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Mutuals and Building Societies

This experience enables us to take an informed and commercial view of situations and give advice to clients which combines legal accuracy and practical experience.

The practice has advised on a number of market firsts, including the creation of the UK's first 'super-mutual' under the Butterfill Act, the first acquisition under the Banking Act 2009, the first covered bond by a building society and the use by building societies of self-issued covered bonds to access central bank funding.

We have advised societies and other mutuals, and entities dealing with them, for many years and have considerable experience and expertise in advising on constitutional issues, directors' duties and corporate governance, regulatory matters (including regulatory investigations), defence issues and strategic transactions (including mergers and acquisitions).

In addition, we have advised on numerous building society covered bonds and securitisations. Other areas on which we regularly advise societies and finance arrangers include public senior and subordinated debt issues, medium term note (MTN) and commercial paper (CP) programmes, transfers of mortgage portfolios, commercial lending, project financing, housing association financing and other types of treasury transactions. We also advise societies on regulatory capital, liquidity, mortgage regulation, consumer credit, unfair contract terms, employment, pensions and incentives matters, tax, data protection, intellectual property, outsourcing, electronic communications and insurance.

News & insights

Publications: 24 FEBRUARY 2021

Key Regulatory Topics: Weekly Update 12 – 18 February 2021

Our weekly update on key regulatory topics affecting the financial services sector. If you would like to receive this update by email and be added to our marketing mailing list please contact…

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Publications: 24 FEBRUARY 2021

Why investors should care about their portfolio companies infringing competition law

Financial investors, including private equity businesses, can be held liable for competition law infringements committed by one of their portfolio companies.

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News: 22 FEBRUARY 2021

Allen & Overy lawyers from across Europe recognised as rising stars

Allen & Overy topped the list of firms with rising star lawyers at the Rising Stars Europe Awards 2020.

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Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation will apply from 10 March 2021

Publications: 12 FEBRUARY 2021

Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation will apply from 10 March 2021

On 10 March 2020, the ESG – Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (EU) 2019/2088 (SFDR) will start to apply. SFDR disclosures will be applicable both to financial products (e.g., alternative…

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Our Building Societies and Mutuals practice

Our Building Societies and Mutuals practice includes specialists with specific sector experience across a range of practice areas