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By Rachel Couter
Recent years have seen a sustained and highly visible increase in enforcement activity by the FSA, as it continues to pursue its credible deterrence strategy.
By Rachel Couter, Hannah Parry
In a recent case, the Supreme Court confirmed that legal advice given by an accountant will not be protected by legal advice privilege.
By Rachel Couter, Lucy Kerr
A recent High Court decision has opened the gateway for consumers to bring claims in relation to disputes for which they have already received compensation via a Financial Ombudsman Service award.
By Laura Charkin, Christian Schatz, Emidio Cacciapuoti, Raphaël Béra, Alberto Ruano, Geoffrey Scardoni
A discussion on the US FATCA regime, which represents the new rules by which the US tax authority is seeking to prevent US taxpayers from avoiding their US tax obligations by moving money abroad.
By Rachel Couter
The lesson for regulated individuals, yet to be regulated individuals and even unregulated individuals, is to be fully conscious that everything you do in life, whether regulated or not, can and will be watched by the FSA and action taken accordingly, should it see fit to do so.
By Rachel Couter, David Calligan, Gregg Beechey, Alex Jayne
A discussion on a recent case that confirms that where a bank has made a SAR to the Serious Organised Crime Agency concerning a customer suspected of money laundering, the bank is legally entitled to delay the execution of transfers on behalf of that customer until authorisation has been given, and to refuse to provide information to the customer.
By SJ Berwin's EU & Competition Team
On 29 July 2011 the OFT published its provisional decision to refer the audit market to the Competition Commission ('CC') and has invited comments.
By SJ Berwin's EU & Competition Team
On 3 August 2011 an OFT criminal investigation into the agricultural wrapping sector, which covers plastic stretch film used to package and protect straw, hay and silage, was dropped due to a lack of evidence.
By SJ Berwin's EU & Competition Team
The Competition Appeal Tribunal ('CAT') has confirmed that the OFT is in time to review Ryanair's acquisition of a minority interest in Aer Lingus, despite the acquisition dating back to 2006.
By SJ Berwin's EU & Competition Team
The European Commission ('Commission') has opened a formal competition investigation against Czech electricity incumbent CEZ for potential abuse of dominance.
By SJ Berwin's EU & Competition Team
The Competition Commission ('CC') has concluded that BAA is still required to sell Stansted and either Edinburgh or Glasgow airports.
By SJ Berwin's EU & Competition Team
The OFT has recently published its decision on the anticipated acquisition by Atlas Copco Limited ('Atlas Copco') of the medical gas division of Penlon Limited ('Penlon') (announced on 7 July).
By SJ Berwin's EU & Competition Team
The Competition Commission ('CC') has provisionally cleared the completed acquisition by Sector Treasury Services Limited ('STS') of Butlers (a trading division of ICAP plc) which provides treasury management advisory ('TMA') services.
By SJ Berwin's EU & Competition Team
The Office of Fair Trading ('OFT') has cleared the acquisition by Kingfisher plc, the parent company of B&Q, of 30 former Focus DIY stores.
By SJ Berwin's EU & Competition Team
The OFT has referred the acquisition by Kerry Foods Limited of the frozen ready meals business of Headland Food Limited to the CC under the Enterprise Act 2002.