COURT OF APPEAL JUDGMENT ON SCOPE AND EXCLUSION OF ‘QUINCECARE’ DUTY OF CARE

The Court of Appeal has recently handed down an important judgment considering the so-called Quincecare duty of care: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. v The Federal Republic of Nigeria [2019] EWCA Civ 1641. The Quincecare duty arises in the context of a deposit holding financial institution receiving and processing a payment mandate in relation to a … Read more

High Court finds terms of English law Facility Agreement allowed borrower to withhold interest payments given risk of US “secondary” sanctions

In a recent decision, the High Court has found that the terms of a Facility Agreement governed by English law allowed the borrower to withhold payment of interest instalments where there was a risk of secondary sanctions being imposed on the borrower under US law, notwithstanding that the Facility Agreement had no connection with the … Read more

High Court finds in favour of Lehman administrator in respect of US $7 million trade error and implies term into otherwise “unworkable” debt security trade agreement

A recent High Court decision has found that it was necessary to imply a term into an otherwise unworkable debt security trade agreement: Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (In Administration) v Exotix Partners LLP [2019] EWHC 2380 (Ch). The approach of the court towards implying terms into a contract is highly restrictive (see our litigation blog … Read more

Commercial Court considers contractual discretion of bank to close customer account without notice where there is suspicion of money laundering

In a recent decision, the Commercial Court has upheld a financial institution’s decision to exercise its contractual right to close a customer’s accounts and terminate its relationship without notice, where the financial institution had a suspicion that its customer’s accounts were being used for money laundering purposes: N v The Royal Bank of Scotland plc … Read more

Commercial Court adopts broad interpretation of investment bank fee clause in equity and debt finance raising

Applying a commercial approach to the fees payable under an engagement agreement, the Commercial Court recently decided in favour of the claimant investment bank in Macquarie Capital (Europe) Ltd v Nordsee Offshore MEG I GmbH [2019] EWHC 1655 (Comm). The engagement provided for the supply of financial advisory services including raising equity and debt finance … Read more

High Court confirms LMA anti set-off clause applies to equitable set-off

On a recent summary judgment application, the High Court has given effect to an anti set-off clause on standard Loan Market Association (“LMA“) terms to prevent the defendant from relying on equitable set-off, as a defence to claims to recover interest and principal under a loan agreement: AMC III Purple B.V. v Amethyst Radiotherapy Limited … Read more