Our International Financial Services Group provides advice to clients in the financial services sector on all their legal requirements, including financing transactions, regulatory issues, commercial contracts and dispute resolution.
Clients include commercial and investment banks, funds, asset managers, insurers, financial intermediaries, brokers and retail product providers.
The Group provides an integrated service from our offices across Europe and Asia, combining commercial and dispute resolution expertise with an in-depth knowledge of transactional work and the regulatory framework in the financial sector.
Our offices share knowhow, best practice and market intelligence to ensure that we provide a seamless service on cross-border transactions. We have handled numerous significant multi-country projects, including many requiring competition, EU, regulatory and/or public policy expertise and often involving complex issues relating to data protection, security, outsourcing, employment, real estate and/or taxation law.
Our mainstream transactional finance practice handles a wide range of transactional work – including general lending, asset financing, project finance (including PPP and PFI transactions), retail finance, real estate finance and restructurings/insolvency.
Our financial services regulatory team deals with obtaining authorisations and with ongoing compliance issues for regulated institutions - including rules relating to the outsourcing of core services, rulebook observance generally, conflicts of interest, market abuse, insider trading and money laundering. We are also very familiar with advising on situations with a contentious aspect - such as regulatory investigations and disciplinary proceedings.
Our financial services expertise is complemented by our market-leading strength in IT, technology, data protection, intellectual property and e-commerce. This combination has been particularly powerful in relation to outsourcings by regulated institutions and the development of products in the fields of electronic banking and financial services, electronic money and other online payment systems.
Heads of Group: Christian Bartsch & Raimondo Maggiore