ESG disclosure investigations – Are you ready?

Listed companies across various sectors and industries are grappling with how to manage and disclose ESG issues, particularly relating to climate. These issues include: Accounting for carbon and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of their business, suppliers and value chain partners. Considering the downstream effects of their products and services. Integrating energy transition plans and … Read more

UK listing and prospectus regime reform: potential impact on securities litigation

The FCA has proposed a revolutionary restructuring of the UK listing framework. Its consultation paper (published in May 2023) sets out a blueprint for the UK’s new listing regime. For an overview of the key proposals in the FCA’s consultation paper, please see our Capital Markets team’s briefing paper: UK Listing Regime Reform. While the … Read more

Failure to prevent fraud – an introduction to the proposed new offence

This week saw the government’s long-awaited introduction of a proposed new offence of “failure to prevent fraud” in amendments to the existing Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill. The new legislation will be of interest to in-house lawyers at financial institutions. It is intended to protect the public from a wide range of harms, including … Read more

ESG for financial institutions – Top five trends in UK and EU regulation for 2023

As financial institutions get to grips with the opportunities and challenges presented by the constantly evolving ESG landscape, our FSR colleagues have outlined the top five trends that they are seeing in this space. From a disputes perspective, particularly for mis-selling and securities class action claims, it is important that firms take note of these … Read more

Navigating UK sanctions against Russian persons in English court proceedings

The UK is one of many countries which have introduced extensive sanctions against Russia, its individuals and entities in light of the military action in Ukraine which began on 24 February 2022. The application of the sanctions is generally limited to the territory of the UK and the conduct of UK persons (as defined) inside … Read more

FCA confirms final rules for new Consumer Duty

The FCA has published the final rules and guidance and accompanying non-Handbook guidance relating to the new Consumer Duty (the Duty). While the nature and scope of the Duty remains largely unchanged in most areas, the final rules and guidance contain some significant changes and clarifications relating to how the Duty will apply in relation to distribution chains, closed books, wholesale markets and … Read more