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The banking industry is adept at navigating change and driving innovation, something we have been supporting our clients in this sector for more than 25 years in Germany and for over 90 years globally.

Whether it’s helping banks achieve ground-breaking, market first transactions such as advising Santander on the first ever end-to-end blockchain bond issuance to helping banks navigate the regulatory change landscape by transitioning away from IBOR, Allen & Overy has built up a considerable track record of advising banks on a broad spectrum of complex, cross-border transactions and strategic mandates.  By applying a sector lens to our fully integrated, multi-disciplinary and international team of lawyers and consultants, we can provide our clients with in-depth knowledge of their industry, the local regulatory frameworks under which they operate and the impact that market developments have on their businesses, especially in Germany and anywhere in the world.

The team comprises of experts across the full spectrum of banking, finance and capital markets work as well as specialists in regulatory, dispute resolution, antitrust, employment, IP, data privacy, cybersecurity, M&A and tax. We are also the only law firm with an integrated and cross-border team of former regulators and consultants from the ‘Big 4’ who can advise the senior management teams at the banks on governance, corporate purpose and culture, conduct, compliance and operational risk, regulatory advisory and business transformation.

Our integrated capability, coupled with our ability to deliver legal services efficiently via the suite of technology and alternative resourcing models available on our Advanced Delivery & Solutions platform, means we are well placed to offer our banking clients cutting edge, end-to-end solutions which enable them to respond to complex issues.

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Blog Post: 21 February 2023

ECB banking supervisors impose one of its biggest fines to date

The ECB announced on 10 January 2023 that it had imposed an administrative penalty on the German bank Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale (Helaba) in the amount of almost EUR 7 million (EUR…

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Blog Post: 13 February 2023

ECB strengthens ties with supervisors in six EU Member States not part of the common banking supervision

The ECB has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the national competent authorities (NCAs) of six EU Member States that are not part of the European banking supervision under the Single…

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Blog Post: 04 January 2023

ECB publishes supervisory priorities 2023-25

The ECB has recently published its supervisory priorities for the years 2023-2025. They include three strategic priorities that will form the basis of the ECB’s supervisory activity for the next three…

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view on new building of European central bank from a railway bridge

Blog Post: 21 December 2022

EU General Court clarifies its position on shareholders’ right to bring legal proceedings and annuls ECB decision

In Corneli (Case T-502/19), the EU General Court (the Court) decided in favour of a minority shareholder of Banca Carige SpA seeking to overturn the ECB’s decision to place the bank under temporary…

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