Financial Institutions & Services

Our work in the financial services industry includes working with institutions, investors, funders and those seeking capital.  Our approach is to advise on how to make the best use of capital: be that ensuring efficient capital flows, securing cost-effective new capital, or protecting existing capital against erosion from tax or other business costs.  We are at the forefront in providing financial services clients with the financial services regulatory advice and guidance now needed across the sector. Practical solutions are offered, whether complex transactions or high-profile investigations.  We also have experience of advising on some of the largest outsourcing projects in the Financial Services industry.

In a sector affected by significant market changes, the core strength of our international banking group is its strong transactional practice, working in partnership with both lenders and borrowers. We have a heightened awareness of the commercial issues on both sides and are able to advise on the regulatory and political responses to these market changes. This means we are ideally placed to focus the parties on the key issues and manage a more efficient transaction process. We are also skilled in finding ways to restructure existing transactions that avoid losses to lenders, with new structures and investment vehicles to affect this in a tax-efficient way.

Taylor Wessing is also at the heart of the international insurance and reinsurance markets. Our team provides an industry-focused service to the Lloyd’s and commercial insurance markets in Europe and in Dubai. We also serve the interests of North American and Far East clients doing business in Europe. Our insurance and reinsurance capability comprises an integrated team of industry experts from across the firm including notably M&A, corporate, insurance and reinsurance disputes, employment and pensions, and regulatory. We advise risk carriers, underwriting agents, underwriters, brokers and run-off agents. We are also involved in all aspects of insurance-related matters for many other clients.

We are exceptional for a large international law firm in having a substantial private wealth capability serving a large number of family offices. Many major corporate businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Asia are still family-owned and we are able to serve all their business needs; from complex tax issues for the controlling family members, to structuring cross-border transactions, to managing investment portfolios for family offices and dealing with succession issues and family disputes.

Our private wealth, private equity, venture capital and capital markets teams work with some of the most innovative organisations in their respective sectors. Whether we are advising corporate clients or their advisers on M&A or capital market transactions, ultra-wealthy individuals or family offices, private equity funds on new strategic investments or venture capitalists on early-stage fundings, we understand the issues our clients face and are able to develop appropriate solutions for them.

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