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Regulated Banking & Finance Activities
Rely on our solicitors to help you strategically navigate regulated banking and finance activities.
Our solicitors are experts in a full range of financial services laws and regulations, including all aspects of regulation applying to financial investments. They also have experience in working on complex cross-border projects in the financial sector.
We advise extensively on the interaction between new and emerging technologies and financial regulation, and we are highly experienced in advising clients operating and innovative business models in the fintech sector to more traditional securities services products. Our solicitors have expertise in advising on various regulatory issues including:
- Queries relating to Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 & Regulated Activities Order (RAO)
- FCA application process, Appointed Representative.
- Digitisation and tokenisation initiatives in securities services
- AML, Bribery, Proceeds of Crime Act.
- UK implementation/on shoring of European law, such as AIFMD, UCITs, SRD 2, BRRD II, MiFIR, SFTR.
- Regulatory and transactional advice on all aspects of securities services, including custody arrangements, identification and segregation of client money and assets, CASS compliance, COBs compliance.
- ESG horizon scanning, planning
What we do
Banking & finance regulatory and legal advice
Our solicitors advise on various aspects of banking and investment firm regulation and market standard transaction documentation.
We can provide legal and regulatory advice on a wide range of regulated banking and finance activities including custody, repo, depository, securities lending and collateral management transactions. If you are a new company planning to work with existing banks or financial institutions active in securities services, we can work with you to help you develop your business plans and your systems and processes. Our solicitors have experience working with a range of institutions from entrepreneurial start-ups to major banks, and providing thought leadership to industry bodies on securities services.
If you are a financial institution providing custody services or intending to, or providing, services to a bank or financial institution providing such services, you will likely need to consider client money rules, CASS rules, and assess your fiduciary duties. If you are safeguarding assets, or act as a custodian or depositary we can help you with drafting or review of agreements, regulatory advice, including relating to temporary permissions regime, UK regime for UCITS & AIFs, financial collateral arrangements, CASS rules, as necessary.
You may need to consider COBs rules will be relevant if your firm carries on designated investment business (accepting deposits, structured deposits or issuing e-money) from an establishment in the UK.
If you are a digital asset, crypto asset provider, we can help you (i) navigate the UK’s custody regulatory framework and understand the extent to which these rules could apply to you; (ii) help you determine if the assets you propose to trade are regulated, for example, if they are considered financial instruments.
We can help with review of market standard documentation such as Global Master Securities Lending Agreement (2010 & 2018), ancillary documentation like delegation agreements, and advise on regulatory compliance, including UK SFTR, DTRs. We can also advise on ESG, corporate actions, shareholder reporting, voting, as required.
Our solicitors can advise on various collateral management arrangements with banks and financial institutions, account control agreements, pledge arrangements. We can help negotiate collateral management documentation with other banks and financial institutions and advise on regulatory issues such as reporting, corporate actions, uncleared margin rules, data protection.
If you are a company new to this field and planning to work with existing custody banks or financial institutions, we can work with you to help you develop your business plans and advise on regulatory compliance.
Our banking and finance solicitors work closely with our corporate and commercial teams to cover all aspects of your transaction, so the legal work is seamless whatever the nature of the transaction.
Who we help
Businesses exploring the regulatory implications of innovation
Our financial regulatory solicitors advise many different individuals and organisations. For example, we could offer cost effective solutions focussed advice if you are:
- Overseas and on shore companies looking to offer financial services in the UK
- Banks and financial institutions seeking regulatory advice
- Fintech companies offering or planning to offer regulated or ancillary services to other banking or financial institutions
- If you need transactional or regulatory advice for securities services, including securities lending, collateral management, or custody transactions
Meet our team
Why choose our banking and finance solicitors?
Our financial services specialists have deep industry knowledge, have worked in top law firms and financial institutions, have worked across the spectrum of new and innovative start-up companies and regulated entities and banks and provided thought leadership in their respective fields, working with banks, other advisors and industry bodies. They have a practical understanding of the financial services industry and deep technical knowledge which they will bring to bear on your transaction.
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Have legal peace of mind for £209 per month with additional support from £140 per hour.
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Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.
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