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Post-Brexit plans for UK financial services and fintech: overly ambitious or a phoenix from the ashes?

It has been just over a week since Chancellor Rishi Sunak made a statement to Parliament setting out the Government's approach to financial services following the UK's imminent departure from the EU on 31 December; a statement that has since sparked much debate, intrigue and (cautious) excitement in the fintech, market infrastructure and payments space. 

Brexit Readiness Portal - updated January 2021

This briefing was updated on 6 January 2021 to reflect the provisions of the UK-EU trade deal.

Now that the Brexit transition period has ended and a UK-EU trade deal has been agreed, businesses need to be prepared for significant changes. The guidance on this site explains what the key changes are and what businesses need to do in order to adapt.

ESG - TCFD and SFDR disclosures: a fork in the road?

The UK government and regulators have jointly announced their approach to implementing the recommendations of the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures within the next five years. Notable by its absence is any explicit mention of the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation which comes into force in March 2021.

Preferred equity as a portfolio-wide liquidity option

Potential liquidity concerns are dominating private equity managers’ contingency planning for their portfolio investments. Flexible funding solutions provided on a fund-wide basis have emerged as a means for managers to tap additional capital as needed in order to finance working capital or additional equity for their investee companies.

What’s in your liquidity toolkit for 2020 and beyond?

In the context of continued LP scrutiny of all performance indices and management fee levels, GPs/managers continue to seek to differentiate themselves in terms of yield and broader ‘value add’ for investors. Increasingly they are looking to a range of sophisticated fund management and liquidity tools in order to maximise returns and distinguish their offering.

COVID-19: Liquidity, liquidity, liquidity

Over the last 4 weeks, in the face of COVID-19 the worldwide economy has experienced the sorts of pressures not seen since the Great Depression. Businesses around the world have been forced to close their doors; we have seen government interventions which, only 3 months ago, would have been unthinkable; and terms such as "social distancing" and "furloughing" have become common parlance.

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