Financial Institutions

Financial technology is changing the face of financial services and overturning assumptions about the way they are delivered. Disruptive technologies are challenging the traditional models for the provision of services.

Our cross-border, multidisciplinary teams provide the insight you need, wherever you need it. Whether it is assisting you with structural reform, competition investigations, patenting new technology, or entering new markets and developing new products, we can put together a team tailored to your needs.

We work across all major market sectors, including retail and investment banks, intermediaries, peer to peer lenders, FinTech companies, alternative lenders, asset managers, infrastructure providers as well as, industry bodies and regulators. This means we bring a complete market view to your projects.

Strong relationships with local, national, and supranational regulatory bodies mean we can navigate regulations to find solutions or lobby for change where none can be found.

Our knowledge of what is happening across our sector can help you develop in new markets. We can assist in the design and rollout of new products or assist in the acquisition of new businesses.

Our ability to deliver on transatlantic contentious matters is unmatched. We can help you through major regulatory investigations (such as the recent LIBOR probe) or assist with internal reviews across your global business to ensure compliance with the complex web of regulatory requirements.

Because you work globally, so do we — with teams on the ground in major financial hubs and offices in the emerging economies.

Representative experience

We advised Allianz Global Investors GmbH on the global outsourcing of investor services to State Street for its entire global fund range covering more than €450bn in AUM.

We advised M&G on the launches of three real estate debt funds to invest in pan-European CRE debt, which raised over £1.6bn in aggregate.

We acted for approximately 50% of the UK banking industry and 24 continental European payment services providers on PSD and PSD2 implementation.

We have represented multiple global financial institutions in litigation alleging manipulation of financial benchmarks and anticompetitive conduct.

We advised Regions Financial on its partnership with online lender Fundation to provide commercial loans to small businesses through a dedicated web portal.

We advised Zopa on its launch as the world's first peer-to-peer lender of its type and continue to advise on various product and regulatory issues.

We continue to advise BTA Bank in one of the biggest fraud cases to have ever come before the English courts.

We advised a syndicate of 11 banks on their US$3.2bn loan to the COFCO Group, one of China's largest state-owned companies.

We advised TSB Bank plc to acquire £3.3bn of former Northern Rock mortgages and loans.

We advised Optimal Payments Plc on €1.1bn transformational Skrill acquisition, their £451m rights issue, and €500m debt facility and subsequent step-up to the Main Market.

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