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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 15 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: 05 July 2022

EU General Court backs ECB on refusal to permit Silvio Berlusconi to acquire a stake in Banca Mediolanum

In Fininvest and Berlusconi (Case T-913/16), the General Court upheld the ECB’s decision to refuse to authorise Silvio Berlusconi's acquisition of a qualifying stake in Banca Mediolanum, due to his…

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News: 17 June 2022

Bank of China issues first green bond under the updated version of the Common Ground Taxonomy report between China and the EU

Allen & Overy has advised the managers on the first green bond offering, by Bank of China Limited’s Frankfurt Branch, in reference to the Common Ground Taxonomy - Climate Change Mitigation report…

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Blog Post: 07 June 2022

ECB expresses support for the EU proposal to harmonise rules for third country bank branches under CRD VI

In its recent opinion on the Commission’s proposal to amend the Capital Requirements Directive (CRD VI), the ECB strongly supports the plans envisaged by harmonising the EU regulatory framework for…

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Governance and compliance

Blog Post: 01 June 2022

Governance within smaller banks - key takeaways from the ECB thematic review

In the context of its 2022-2024 Supervisory Priorities, the ECB carried out a thematic review of the governance arrangements of more than 200 smaller banks under its indirect supervision. The review…

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