Banking and Finance Practice

Banking & Finance - UK

Our banking and finance lawyers in the UK are known for driving transactions quickly and effectively, and for paying close attention to the commercial objectives of our clients. We regularly advise financial institutions, and UK and international banks, in transactions spanning the UK, Europe and Asia.

Our expertise in London covers debt capital markets, and derivatives and structured products. 

The right guidance when raising capital

We have a strong track record of working with major international corporates and banks on some of the most complex and innovative debt capital market transactions. Our legal team has experience in a multitude of jurisdictions and is particularly adept at cross-border transactions in the emerging markets across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Russia.

The areas of capital markets law we advise on include:

  • Bonds, including corporate bonds 
  • MTN programmes 
  • Private placement 
  • Hybrid instruments, including bank capital 
  • Certificates, structured notes and warrants relating to, and repackaging of, any kind of underlying assets (including funds and life insurances) 
  • Warehousing. 

Bringing clarity to the complex world of derivatives and structured finance

As a full-service derivatives law firm, we advise on the complete range of exchange-traded, over-the-counter derivatives and stock lending arrangements. We advise clients on derivatives framework agreements, transaction specific documents, litigation and regulation relating to derivatives. Working together, we can give you clear structuring and commercially aware advice – for even the most complex structure.

We advise on all derivatives including:

  • Transaction-linked derivatives 
  • CDOs, CBOs, CDSs, CLOs, CFOs and CLNs 
  • Gap options 
  • Commodity derivatives 
  • Other credit and fund derivatives 
  • Equity derivatives 
  • Hedge fund and private equity fund repackagings and derivatives 
  • GMSLAs. 

Our advice on structured finance includes:

  • Certificates, structured notes and warrants. 
  • Bonds, including corporate bonds 
  • Warehousing of assets 
  • MTN programmes 
  • Private placement 
  • Hybrid instruments. 

We advise international and local banks, funds, investment managers and other financial institutions, as well as arrangers, trustees and end-users of derivative and structured products.

Discover our latest insights into legal issues affecting your business

The Criminal Finances Act (“CFA”) 2017 comes into effect on 30 September 2017. The CFA introduces two new offences which could affect any company with links to the UK.

04 August 2017

Failures to comply with a bank’s UK regulatory obligations, including a failure to implement whistleblower protections, may lead to reputational damage, fines and licence restrictions for that bank.

26 May 2017

We examine changes to the requirements regarding client communications (including marketing) under MiFID II.

14 December 2016

The FCA has published a consultation paper containing proposals to enhance the conduct of business rules for firms providing CFDs to retail clients.

09 December 2016