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Financial Institutions

Financial institutions form the core of Allen & Overy’s client base and our Financial Institutions Group (FIG) brings together lawyers with specialist legal expertise and deep industry knowledge from across all our practice areas and offices.

With partners who focus exclusively on financial institutions transactions in offices across the world, we are well placed to advise on complex deals that often involve more than one jurisdiction.

Buffeted by a vast and growing regulatory reform agenda, particularly in the U.S. and Europe, volatile financial markets and adverse economic environment, financial institutions face considerable strategic challenges as they seek to navigate a path to achieving the returns expected by their shareholders. Our FIG team is working with our financial institution clients across the world to help them anticipate and prepare for change across the full scope of their businesses, both in terms of their own organisations and in terms of the products they offer their customers.

Recovery and resolution planning, remuneration rules, the impact of the Basel Committee’s responses to the financial crisis including regulatory capital requirements and liquidity issues, the development of new trading systems and other market infrastructure regulation, preparing for Solvency II, derivatives reform, developments in clearing OTC derivatives and regulatory investigations are just some of the areas in which our lawyers are applying their full intellectual nous and well-known skills to developing practical solutions for our clients.

Dedicated groups focus on key issues for banks, mutuals and building societies, insurers, asset managers and stock exchanges, supported by specialists regularly working with hedge funds, global investment bodies and brokerage houses.  


News & insights

Publications: 02 APRIL 2020

5MLD – Implementation in Luxembourg

The 5th anti-money laundering directive (5MLD), which amends Directive (EU) 2015/849 (4MLD), was adopted in May 2018 with a view to addressing both recent technological innovations and weaknesses identified in the 4MLD regime in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris and Belgium in 2015 and in relation to the leaked Panama Papers in 2016.

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Publications: 27 MARCH 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus: how it will impact insolvency law matters and what further action lawmakers can take

Polish lawmakers are preparing a financial and legal package to help businesses survive the crisis.  However, the Polish draft measures concerning the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic do not explicitly deal with bankruptcy and restructuring law and the pandemic has obviously created new insolvency law issues while exacerbating existing ones. Therefore, the following factors should be taken into account in any stress situation.

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Publications: 20 MARCH 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus: what should banks and other financial institutions focus on?

The Covid-19  pandemic presents an unprecedented challenge and will affect all walks of life.  The quantum of the impact is hard to determine at this stage although based on preliminary assessment and considering the dramatic steps enacted so far by governments worldwide, it is expected to be severe.

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Publications: 04 OCTOBER 2019

Outstanding performance by A&O in global M&A league tables

A&O has marked the end of Q3 2019 with an outstanding performance in the M&A league tables; the result of advising on a number of complex, high-value transactions in a wide range of sectors and markets, around our global network in 2019.

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