What the Crypto Winter means for insolvency

    There has been no shortage of high-profile insolvencies in the crypto market in recent months across a range of market participants and geographies. These include the US Chapter 11 and Bahamas provisional liquidation of FTX as well as the US Chapter 11 filings of BlockFi, Singapore-based crypto hedge fund ThreeArrows Capital, US-based lender Celsius Network, … Read more

    Contractual duties of good faith: Court of Appeal confirms context is king

    The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal in a case which provides important clarification around the scope and construction of contractual provisions obliging the parties to act in good faith: Re Compound Photonics Group Ltd; Faulkner v Vollin Holdings Ltd [2022] EWCA Civ 1371. Although set in a non-financial context, the decision will be of … Read more

    Court of Appeal confirms reflective loss rule will bar claims of former shareholders of a dissolved company because the principle must be determined at time of alleged loss

    The Court of Appeal has upheld a decision of the High Court to strike out a claim by the former shareholders of a dissolved company against an investor on the basis that all the losses claimed were barred by the reflective loss principle: Burnford & Ors v Automobile Association Developments Ltd [2022] EWCA Civ 1943. … Read more

    Court of Appeal confirms identity of those instructing lawyers not generally protected by litigation privilege

    The Court of Appeal has held that the identity of those instructing lawyers on behalf of a corporate client are not generally protected by litigation privilege: Loreley Financing (Jersey) No 30 Ltd v Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) [2022] EWCA Civ 1484. The court rejected the notion that litigation privilege protects all information falling within a “zone of … Read more

    High Court confirms interest rate swaps entered into with Italian municipal authority were valid, lawful and binding on the parties

    The High Court has allowed a summary judgment application by an Italian bank seeking declarations to the effect that certain interest rate swaps entered into with an Italian municipal authority were valid, lawful and binding on the parties: Dexia Crediop SPA v Provincia Di Pesaro E Urbino [2022] EWHC 2410 (Comm). This is an interesting … Read more

    Green credentials: walking an advertising tightrope

    In October 2022, the Advertising Standards Authority (the ASA) ruled for the first time that a bank had misrepresented its green credentials and engaged in so-called “greenwashing“. In this blog post, we consider how banks and financial services institutions can fall within the remit of the ASA’s advertising codes and the potential risks associated with … Read more