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“Given this firm’s pre-eminence in the corporate world, it should come as no surprise that it [the FR Group] attracts work of the highest level and is a recognised source of excellence for both contentious and non-contentious advice”

Chambers UK, 2012

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The core of our practice is advising on the authorisation and supervision of UK regulated financial institutions, including:

  • banks
  • building and friendly societies
  • insurers and reinsurers
  • asset managers, brokers, advisers and other investment firms
  • mortgage firms and other commercial lenders
  • payment service providers and e-money institutions
  • clearing houses, exchanges and other trading platforms
  • rating agencies

We provide advice to financial and non-financial sector businesses on the full life-cycle of business and product developments, in both domestic and cross-border contexts, including:

  • the establishment of new financial services businesses
  • mergers, acquisitions and reorganisations in the financial services sector
  • insurance and banking business transfer schemes
  • the structuring and distribution of new and innovative products for both wholesale and retail markets
  • regulatory capital arrangements
  • financial services e-commerce projects
  • outsourcing arrangements
  • the impact of UK and EU regulatory reform projects and other developments in the law and market practice
  • UK and EU securities law and marketing regimes
  • market conduct issues
  • the international anti-money laundering and sanctions regimes
  • regulatory investigations and disciplinary proceedings

We advise on many of the most complex and innovative transactions in the regulated financial services sector. We regularly publish critical analysis of regulatory proposals and developments. For example, we have been closely involved with our clients and professional bodies in contributing to domestic and international consultations on financial services rules, guidance and legislation.

Our broad experience and regulatory skillset enable us to provide first-class insight, support and advice on the regulatory aspects of financial services transactions and to find practical solutions to the regulatory issues that our clients face.

Many of our projects are international and we work closely with leading local counsel who have some of the most highly regarded financial services lawyers in Europe, the US and Asia, as well as strong relationships with local regulators.

 
 

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