Banks

We advise banks on a broad range of legal issues, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, capital raising (including complex regulatory capital issues), corporate restructurings, debt facilities and provide technical expertise in relation to regulatory matters.

Our strength lies in advising international banks and other lenders in relation to complex structured finance transactions. We also have a formidable reputation for handling all types of banking litigation, however complex, both domestic and international.

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The banking and finance team at Slaughter and May has established a very strong reputation for providing clients with innovative solutions to complex cross-border financial transactions Chambers UK, 2012

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Our clients include:

  • Banco Santander
  • Barclays
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Goldman Sachs
  • JPMorgan
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Santander UK
  • Standard Chartered

The banking sector is concerned with a range of issues arising out of the financial crisis, including reforms of prudential regulation put forward by the European Commission and the Basel Committee and the impact of other crisis-related proposals, such as recovery and resolution plans and ring-fencing. Progress has also been made in the enactment of legislation regarding the reform of OTC derivatives regulation.

The UK and international financial regulatory landscape is in the process of significant development in light of the recent changes to the UK financial regulatory architecture and proposals for a banking union. Attention has also turned to past practices in parts of the banking sector, including allegations relating to the manipulation of LIBOR and other benchmarks and losses from mis-selling.

The spotlight and media interest also continue to fall on senior management following the introduction of regulation of the structure of remuneration arrangements in banks and the publication of proposals to reorganise and expand on the approved pensions regime.