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A significant portion of our Corporate, Banking, International Capital Markets and Litigation practices are dedicated to serving the legal needs of our international bank client base.

Banks of all shapes and sizes, from domestic retail to international commercial and investment banking conglomerates, have relied on Allen & Overy’s FIG team to advise them through the financial crisis through to the current sovereign debt crisis. For example, we have helped banks: undertake capital raisings and liability management exercises to shore up finances and comply with new regulatory capital standards; restructure their operations to focus on core businesses; embark on major multi-jurisdictional outsourcings; acquire assets and businesses being offloaded by distressed institutions; defend themselves and key individuals from actions and proceedings resulting from cases brought as a result of the financial crisis; restructuring and insolvency proceedings, including on issues relating to custody and title to assets; and navigate the myriad of regulatory initiatives and proposals emanating from global, European and national bodies, including Dodd Frank, the various Recovery and Resolution Plan proposals in the UK, U.S. and Europe, the Independent Commission on Banking’s report in the UK, and Basel III and CRD IV to name a select few.

In relation to the business that banks provide their customers, a significant share of our Finance and regulatory work is devoted to advising our bank clients on the full range of products and services they offer. This includes: asset finance; debt and equity capital markets; derivatives and structured finance; general lending; leveraged finance and high yield; projects, energy and infrastructure, real estate finance; and securitisation. These are described in greater detail in the Finance section of our website.

News & insights

Publications: 09 JULY 2020

Luxembourg third country firms regime

In the framework of the third country firms regime applicable in Luxembourg in relation to investment services, the CSSF, on 2 July 2020, published an update of its Circular 19/716 and a new…

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Publications: 09 JUNE 2020

Active U.S. Enforcement of Anti-Money Laundering Rules Continues Unabated

In January 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued its National Strategy for Combating Terrorist and Other Illicit Financing (2020 Strategy).

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Publications: 22 APRIL 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus: Belgian bank debt relief measures

Final regimes are in force

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Publications: 20 APRIL 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus: key legal considerations for bancassurance arrangements

The ultimate consequences of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic remain unclear, but banks and insurers have begun to take stock of the potential risks and liabilities that they may face.

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