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

FCA finalises plans to improve functioning of equity secondary markets

The FCA has today published its policy statement and final rules (PS23/4) on improvements to equity secondary markets.  This forms part of the Wholesale Markets Review (WMR) conducted by the FCA and HM Treasury (HMT) and follows a consultation in July 2022 (see our blog post here). The changes also support the objectives set out in the FCA’s Strategy 2022‑2025 and its recent business plans which include a commitment to strengthen the UK’s position in wholesale markets. Read more

When the Hong Kong Stock Exchange knocks, open the door and cooperate

The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (SEHK) recently published its new Guidance Note on Cooperation (Cooperation Note) and revised Enforcement Sanctions Statement (Sanctions Statement). The Cooperation Note is a brand new guidance note that stresses SEHK’s expectations regarding cooperation. It sets out examples of good cooperation with the possible benefits and examples of uncooperative conduct with the possible consequences. Read more

Edinburgh Reforms – Webcast series

On 9 December 2022, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a package of reforms to the UK financial services sector – the "Edinburgh Reforms". We posted a summary of the Edinburgh Reforms here. To help you digest the proposals, we have created a series of webcasts which will explain:
  • what the key proposals are
  • who they might impact
  • next steps and timing
  • the potential significance and impact of the proposals
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