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Reducing Socioeconomic Bias in the UK Financial Services Sector: Emerging Best Practice

The Financial Services Skills Commission has issued an insight paper outlining how companies can collect and evaluate data on employees’ socioeconomic backgrounds. By David Berman, Nicola Higgs, Rob Moulton, and Dianne Bell Socioeconomic backgrounds of employees and socioeconomic diversity at senior levels across the UK financial services industry is beginning to feature more prominently in … Continue Reading

Recap on Reforming the UK Capital Markets

A reminder of the ongoing reforms to implement recommendations from the Lord Hill and Kalifa Reviews. By James Inness, Anna Ngo, and Johannes Poon The outcome of the UK Secondary Capital Raising Review, launched on 12 October 2021 to improve further capital raising processes for UK publicly traded companies, was published by HM Treasury on … Continue Reading

Major Reforms to UK Secondary Capital Raising Processes

The landmark UK Secondary Capital Raising Review Report takes a holistic approach in making bold and comprehensive recommendations to improve the UK secondary capital raising processes and ecosystem. By James Inness, Anna Ngo, Ryan Benedict, and Johannes Poon On 19 July 2022, HM Treasury published the UK Secondary Capital Raising Review Report (the Report) that … Continue Reading

FCA Proposes to Unify the Listing Regime for Commercial Companies Under a Single Listing Segment

The regulator continues its Primary Markets Effectiveness Review to promote the competitiveness of a UK listing. By Chris Horton, James Inness, Anna Ngo, and Johannes Poon On 26 May 2022, the FCA published a discussion paper (DP22/2) to seek further views on how to make the UK listing regime more effective, easier to understand, and … Continue Reading

FCA Finalises Rules to Improve Transparency Around Diversity of Boards and Executive Management

The new rules provide issuers with flexibility to report on representation of women by reference to either gender identity or sex. By Chris Horton, James Inness, Anna Ngo, Nicola Higgs, David Berman, Rob Moulton, and Johannes Poon On 20 April 2022, the FCA published its final policy decision on the proposals set out in CP … Continue Reading

UK Government Announces Fundamental Overhaul of the UK Prospectus Regime

The changes indicate a more dynamic and flexible UK prospectus regime with the FCA to play a central role through enhanced rule-making powers By Chris Horton, James Inness, Anna Ngo, and Johannes Poon On 1 March 2022, the UK government (through HM Treasury (HMT)) announced the outcome of its consultation to reform the UK prospectus … Continue Reading

Top 5 Focus Areas for UK Equity Capital Markets in 2022

Broad reform to listing regimes, growing ESG scrutiny, and increasing retail participation in fundraisings are among the areas to watch. By Chris Horton, James Inness, Anna Ngo, and Johannes Poon Last year was memorable for UK equity capital markets (ECM). The IPO market was at its busiest since 2014, and we encountered innovative deal structures such as the emergence … Continue Reading

China Securities Regulatory Commission Proposes Major Expansion of Shanghai London Stock Connect Programme

The expansion would include Shenzhen Stock Exchange and potentially European stock exchanges, and would permit overseas issuers to raise capital in China through CDR listings. By Chris Horton, James Inness, Anna Ngo, Terris Tang, Cathy Yeung, and Johannes Poon On 17 December 2021, the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) launched a consultation that proposes a … Continue Reading

Tracking Stocks May Serve as a Tool for the ESG Pivot

A relic of the dot-com era may prove useful in attracting investors seeking specific exposures that are ESG-aligned. By Roberto L. Reyes Gaskin and Anna Ngo Shareholders, regulators, and other stakeholders continue to drive the integration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations into corporate strategy and practice. Recent surveys of institutional investors revealed that … Continue Reading

UK FCA Confirms New Rules to Remove Barriers to Listing

The new rules aim to make London a more attractive listing venue for founder-led and other innovative IPO candidates. By Chris Horton, James Inness, Anna Ngo, and Johannes Poon On 2 December 2021, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a Policy Statement (PS21/22) confirming the following key changes to its listing rules that took … Continue Reading

UK High Court Sanctions £10.1 Billion Annuity Book Transfer From PAC to Rothesay

The judgment clarifies the Court’s approach to proposed transfers under Part VII of FSMA, as well as the scope and application of s. 110(1)(b).  On 24 November 2021, the High Court of England and Wales (the Court) sanctioned a £10.1 billion annuity book transfer from The Prudential Assurance Company Limited (PAC) to Rothesay Life Plc … Continue Reading

Could PE Benefit From the Universal Adoption of “Super Senior” RCFs in Leveraged Financings?

By Francesco Lione, Charles Armstrong, Tom Evans, Dominic Newcomb, David Walker, and Catherine Campbell Undrawn credit lines are essential to private equity but in short supply from banks. Undrawn revolving credit facilities (RCFs) are essential to private equity. They are a backup in the event of mismatches in the working capital cycle, provide comfort for a … Continue Reading

The Smile Telecoms Restructuring Plan: A Closer Look

A restructuring plan completed earlier this year by Smile Telecoms notches up a number of firsts. By James Chesterman and Tom Davies African telecommunications provider Smile Telecoms Holding Limited, incorporated in Mauritius, successfully completed a restructuring plan (the Plan) under Part 26A of the UK Companies Act 2006 at the end of March 2021. The … Continue Reading

FCA Proposes Enhanced Disclosures on Diversity and Inclusion for Listed Companies

Proposals reflect growing investor focus on the ESG performance of listed companies. By Chris Horton, James Inness, Rob Moulton, Anna Ngo, and Johannes Poon The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has launched a consultation setting out proposed changes to its Listing Rules (LRs) and Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules (DTRs). The proposals seek to: (i) … Continue Reading

Where Are We Now? Digital Health in the UK in 2021

In Lexology’s Getting the Deal Through: Digital Health 2021 (UK) Latham & Watkins considers the key regulatory and transactional issues faced by market players and practitioners. By Frances Stocks Allen, Oliver Mobasser, Sara Patel, Mihail Krepchev, and Robbie McLaren The UK has an active digital health market comprising both the private and public sectors. Venture … Continue Reading

End of Enhanced Reporting Requirements for Italian Listed Issuers

Italian Securities Commission returns to ordinary reporting requirements for listed issuers. By Antonio Coletti, Isabella Porchia, Guido Bartolomei, and Marta Negro The Italian Securities Commission (CONSOB), by press release dated April 12, 2021, announced its decision to end the more stringent reporting requirements originally introduced on April 9, 2020, as a response to the impact … Continue Reading

Private Bank Briefing – March 2021

By Rob Moulton, Nicola Higgs, Anne Mainwaring, Becky Critchley, and Anna Lewis-Martinez The latest edition of our Private Bank Briefing provides a roundup of legal and compliance issues impacting private banks and their clients from Q1 2021. In this edition, we cover some of the key regulatory announcements relating to MiFID II and the impact … Continue Reading

Independent Review Provides Recommendations for Improving UK Listing Regime

The recommended reforms aim to make the UK’s listing regime more competitive while maintaining high standards of corporate governance, shareholder rights, and transparency. By Chris Horton, James Inness, and Anna Ngo A new independent review (the Review), led by Lord Hill, has been released that provides recommendations on how the UK can improve its listings … Continue Reading

CONSOB Extends Reporting Requirements for Italian-Listed Issuers by 3 Months

More stringent reporting obligations regarding relevant shareholdings and investment objectives for Italian-listed issuers will continue until 13 April 2021. By Antonio Coletti, Guido Bartolomei, Marta Negro, and Isabella Porchia On 13 January 2021, the Italian Securities Commission (CONSOB) adopted Resolution 21672 (the Resolution), further extending for three months the more stringent reporting requirements for relevant … Continue Reading

Landmark Judgment Rules in Favour of Latham Client Rothesay Life Plc

Court of Appeal sets out correct approach to transfer of long-term Insurance. By Victoria Sander, Jon Holland, Alex Cox, and Duncan Graves Latham & Watkins has won an appeal on behalf of Rothesay Life Plc (Rothesay) in an unprecedented challenge to the High Court’s refusal to sanction the transfer of around 370,000 annuity policies in … Continue Reading

CONSOB Again Extends Reporting Requirements of Relevant Shareholdings in Certain Italian-Listed Issuers

The more stringent reporting obligations for certain Italian-listed issuers will continue until January 13, 2021. By Antonio Coletti, Isabella Porchia, Guido Bartolomei, and Marta Negro The Italian Securities Commission (CONSOB) has adopted Resolution 21525, extending for a period of three months — from October 13, 2020, to January 13, 2021 — the provisions of Resolutions … Continue Reading

Law no. 120/2020 Converting Simplification Decree Facilitates Capital Increases by Italian Companies

The Simplification Decree (Decreto Semplificazioni) follows and puts into effect the earlier attempt of the Italian cabinet to facilitate capital increases. By Antonio Coletti, Isabella Porchia, and Marta Negro Law no. 120/2020 converting Law Decree no. 76/2020 (Decreto Semplificazioni), which entered into force today (Law no. 120/2020), introduces certain measures (see Article 44) facilitating capital … Continue Reading

5 Considerations for European Retail and Consumer Product Companies Preparing for a High Yield Issuance

For the retail and consumer product sector, the high yield market will likely remain an attractive source of capital.   By Roberto L. Reyes Gaskin and Laurie Tomassian The retail and consumer products sector has been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, both due to physical constraints on brick-and-mortar stores and supply chains, and acceleration of … Continue Reading

CONSOB Extends Reporting Requirements of Relevant Shareholdings in Certain Italian-listed Issuers

The more stringent reporting obligations for certain Italian listed issuers will continue until October 12, 2020. By Antonio Coletti, Isabella Porchia, and Marta Negro The Italian Securities Commission (CONSOB) has adopted Resolution 21434, extending for a period of three months — from July 12, 2020, to October 12, 2020 — the provisions of Resolutions 21326 … Continue Reading
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