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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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ECB building and Frankfurt city skyline

Blog Post: 04 April 2024

EU court’s judgment sheds new light on how the ECB should apply national administrative measures

The General Court of the European Union recently delivered its judgment on a dispute between an Austrian bank (BAWAG) and the ECB over the imposition of an administrative measure for breaching the…

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ECB building and Frankfurt city skyline

Blog Post: 26 September 2023

Culture matters - The ECBs approach to assessing banks' culture and risk behaviour

A recent speech by Frank Elderson, Vice-Chair of the ECB Supervisory Board, places culture firmly on the supervisory agenda. Mr Elderson considers how culture can drive risk behaviour in banks how the…

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Blog Post: 18 July 2023

ECB draws lessons from Archegos collapse in report on counterparty credit risk governance and management

The collapse of Archegos in 2021 was a wake-up call for regulators as to banks' vulnerabilities to counterparty credit risk. In response, the ECB conducted a targeted review and published a report on…

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Blog Post: 06 July 2023

ECB published report on sanctioning activties in SSM for 2022

The ECB has published its annual report on sanctioning activities in the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) for 2022, which shows how the ECB and national competent authorities (NCAs) enforced…

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