Commitment to Accessibility
Aligned with the evolving needs of financial institutions and the increasingly global nature of capital markets, our London practice is organised to ensure that clients receive the attention of the partners they instruct, rather than a team of less-experienced lawyers. Our clients tell us that this enhanced level of accessibility, accountability and responsiveness distinguishes Bingham from many traditional (and much larger) London firms.
Financial Restructuring Practice
Recognised as the premier bondholder practice in the market, Bingham’s ‘diligent, responsive and commercial’ team...continues to attract instructions on the majority of major restructurings in the market. — The Legal 500
Widely recognised as one of the world’s top-tier financial restructuring firms, we have played a leading role representing creditors in numerous high-profile, precedent-setting workouts and restructurings throughout Europe. Our Financial Restructuring Group, which includes recognised leaders in the profession, is ranked in Band 1 by Legal 500 UK and has also been awarded a top-tier ranking by PLC in its Restructuring and Insolvency Handbook for six consecutive years.
The financial restructuring practice in London is closely integrated with our restructuring and insolvency practice in the United States, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Beijing.
London Finance Practice
Its experience of representing noteholders and institutional investors is unparalleled. — Chambers UK
Often at the centre of today’s most high-profile and innovative transactions, our top-tier, multidisciplinary finance team advises on financings, workouts and restructurings throughout Europe. Our London debt finance lawyers also have in-depth experience in structuring, negotiating and documenting substantial and complex credit arrangements.
UK Finance Litigation
These are effective litigators — they leave almost no stone unturned and represent excellent value for money.
— Chambers UK
We help financial institutions with the disputes and business challenges that they face — that is our exclusive focus. As a result, we have gained experience over many years that enables us to provide our financial institution clients with incisive, business-orientated and solution-driven advice. We represent European and US-based financial institutions, including investment banks, hedge funds and investment management companies. The team covers all the areas of disputes and contentious work that our clients expect: securities, banking and finance litigation; international and domestic arbitrations; regulatory investigations and enforcement; litigation strategy; and risk management. The team forms part of a market-leading global securities and financial institutions litigation practice, with capabilities in key financial centres including New York, London, Frankfurt, Tokyo and Hong Kong.
UK Financial Regulatory
Praised for its ‘speed of response and down to earth approach.’ — The Legal 500
Bingham’s UK Financial Regulatory Practice provides UK, European and US-based clients with advice on all aspects of dealing with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA). Our team is experienced in enforcement and investigations and advisory work, and provides clients with advice and assistance in a number of areas, including: FCA and PRA authorisations and approvals; regulatory compliance and reporting; building and presenting a cooperative and positive relationship with the FCA and PRA; supervisory interviews; thematic reviews; product intervention; Information requests; market conduct issues; FCA investigations and enforcement proceedings; Regulatory Decisions Committee hearings; Upper Tribunal hearings; strategic guidance on changes to financial services legislation; EU financial services regulations and directives; The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000; planning business models so as to meet the regulatory framework; developing compliant investment management strategies; structuring of investment management and advisory platforms; structuring onshore and offshore funds; fund marketing and distribution; change of control issues; remuneration; and training.
London is one of the hubs of Bingham’s market-leading Investment Management Practice Group. Lawyers in our London office provide investment advisers, funds and other financial institutions with integrated advice on US, UK and European laws and regulations. Our UK practice offers a team of experienced US and UK investment management and funds lawyers, who have handled countless fund launches and provide up-to-the-minute advice on current market terms and best practices. Post-launch, they have the skills to help funds, fund managers and directors/operators of funds address the legal minefield of managing a successful fund in a world of unending new regulations and increasing litigation risk.
We represent approximately half of the London-listed closed-end funds of hedge funds by market capitalisation, including the world’s largest exchange-traded fund of hedge funds.
Bingham’s London team principally advises on special situation investments, innovative methods of listing financial
vehicles on London’s stock exchanges and high-end corporate work, including public/private M&A and takeovers, private equity, equity capital markets, debt capital markets and strategic corporate advice.
EU/UK Competition Practice
Our competition law practice advises on the full range of competition law services across Europe, representing clients
before the European Commission and other EU institutions, the Office of Fair Trading, the Competition Commission and the Competition Appeal Tribunal, as well as litigating before the European and UK courts.
Praised by clients for ‘distilling complex issues into manageable opinions.’ — Chambers UK
The London tax practice advises on all aspects of direct and indirect UK taxation, with a focus on representing financial institutions in restructurings and reorganisations, M&A, capital market issuances, funds, securities and derivatives. We also provide stand-alone tax consultancy services and advise on tax audits, enquiries and litigation.