EEA UCITS operators take note: the Overseas Funds Regime to start by the end of 2026

Last week, the government announced its first equivalence decision under s271A of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA), finding the EEA states to be equivalent under the Overseas Funds Regime (OFR). The equivalence decision will apply to undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities (UCITS), except those which are also Money Market Funds (MMFs), as there is ongoing regulatory development in this area. Read more

FSR GLOBAL OUTLOOK 2024: FINDING SOLID GROUND AS THE BEDROCK SHIFTS

We are delighted to share our global FSR Outlook 2024: Finding solid ground as the bedrock shiftsIn 2024, the character of change facing the financial industry is more foundational - or fundamental - in nature than ever before. From ESG to AI, the shape of the world we live in is changing in a radical way. This year, we chart the paths through the shifting landscape for financial services businesses seeking solid ground. Read more

The EU Anti Money Laundering Authority and the AML reform package: an update

In July 2021, the European Commission presented a package of legislative proposals designed to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and the evasion of sanctions. These proposals included the establishment of a new EU agency, the Anti Money Laundering Authority (AMLA). On 13 December 2023, the EU Parliament and Council of the EU announced that they had reached a "provisional agreement" on the AMLA's creation. Read more

Global Corporate Crime and Investigations update – November 2023

In this first edition, we take a look at enforcement issues around the world, from an EMEA focus on whistleblower protections, to significant economic crime reforms in the UK and Australia, and US and Asian enforcement trends driven by ongoing geo-political developments - there are plenty of developments to follow! Read more

Herbert Smith Freehills publishes Global Bank Review 2023: Trust Matters

Perhaps the most striking thing about the world of finance a decade and a half since the banking crisis is that the industry has not quite managed to regain the allure and self-confidence of earlier times. Certainly, this is a time in which trust – that most precious commodity in banking – is hard to earn and retain. This year's Global Bank Review: Trust Matters explores trust on many fronts. Read more

EU Sustainable Finance – pulling it all together

Are you struggling to keep track of the ever changing landscape of EU Sustainable Finance? As shown by a number of our previous posts, there is a lot on the European Union’s sustainability finance agenda which financial industry participants need to keep in mind... Read more

Sanctions tracker: UK issues general licence in respect of legal services restrictions

The UK introduced restrictions on the provision of legal services to Russia in June 2023 (as summarised in our previous post). Since then, the legal industry has raised a number of concerns about the drafting of the relevant legislation, culminating in the issuance of a new general licence (the "GL") which seeks to address some of the most significant unintended consequences arising from the new restrictions. In this post, we review the provisions of the GL and the remaining issues with these restrictions, as well as providing a round-up of key recent Russia sanctions developments in the UK and EU. Read more