Finance and Banking (Corporate)

Financial Services

Businesses in the Financial Services sector require lawyers who are both astute in their advice and resolute in their handling of disputes, guiding their clients through challenges and opportunities in this high-stakes landscape.  

Our Financial Services sector group draws on the deep knowledge of experts across the firm, working with clients to analyse risks, protect assets, resolve disputes and build their businesses.

We act for all sides of the industry.  Our clients range from clearing banks, second-tier banks, private banks and non-bank lenders to private equity funds, finance ministries, sovereign wealth funds, institutional funds and high net worth individual investors.

We specialise in advising businesses in a state of change and growth, and regularly deal with issues arising from new technologies emerging from the worlds of Fintech and Blockchain. We also manage complex, high-profile and high-stake situations, appointments, exits and disputes for some of the sector's most prominent Senior Executives, CEOs and Board Directors. 

We advise unregulated entities and individuals on whether they need to become authorised, the marketing of financial products, appointed representative arrangements, interpretation of the FCA Rules and Guidance, and UK anti-money laundering and proceeds of crime legislation.

Where matters turn contentious, we resolve disputes swiftly and decisively, mindful of our clients' business strategy and objectives. We also act for individuals and companies in the face of criticism or questioning from the regulators, understanding that this requires sensitivity to a delicate environment. Our detailed dealings over the years with the investigators and the decision-making bodies mean we are able to understand their thinking and tactics. If an individual or company is accused of improper financial conduct or is the victim of fraud, we can address all aspects of the case: civil, regulatory and criminal – within a single team, in any jurisdiction.

  • Acquisition finance
  • Bilateral, syndicated, club, structured, senior and mezzanine finance
  • Corporate lending
  • Debt restructuring and refinancing
  • Employment law, conduct risk, remuneration regulation and regulatory enforcement 
  • Finance and banking disputes
  • Fintech & Blockchain
  • Funds and financial services
  • General corporate finance
  • Insider dealing and market abuse investigations 
  • Insurance 
  • Leveraged/acquisition finance
  • Mergers & acquisitions 
  • Private equity 
  • Real estate finance
  • Remuneration
  • Retail banking disputes
  • Security enforcements and receiverships 
  • Senior Managers and Certification Regime
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