Region: Germany

Santander snaps up Wirecard payments platform, with A&O advising

Allen & Overy is advising Santander on its acquisition of Wirecard’s core technology assets, the latest in a series of firesales at the collapsed German payments firm which is facing claims worth over €12 billion.

18 November 2020

"No grey areas" around crypto as Germany introduces digital securities bill

Germany’s finance ministry has announced a blockchain-based digital securities bill as regulator Bafin confiscates ATMs belonging to a Polish-owned crypto provider.

19 August 2020

Germany’s Bafin clears up indirect lending rules

Germany’s banking regulator has clarified elements of its Bank Separation Act, stressing that special-purpose vehicles controlled by investment funds can assume the default risk when borrowing from fully-licenced banks.

12 August 2020

ESMA to scrutinise BaFin Wirecard response

The European Securities and Markets Authority has launched a probe into German regulator BaFin’s financial reporting system in the wake of payment company Wirecard’s collapse.

20 July 2020

Wirecard saga exposes cracks in German financial regulation

German payment company Wirecard’s €2 billion accounting scandal illuminates some of the country’s supervisory shortcomings, but criticism of the financial regulator could be misplaced, practitioners say.

08 July 2020

Cum-ex and other forms of dividend arbitrage – implications for financial institutions in the UK

RPC partners Adam Craggs and Michelle Sloane, and associate Alice Kemp, consider the recent convictions in the first criminal trial related to Cum-ex trades, and the ongoing impact for financial institutions in the UK.

29 June 2020

BaFin “rocked asleep” by Wirecard hype

German regulator BaFin is facing questions over its supervision of fintech company Wirecard, which announced on Monday that €1.9 billion had vanished from its balance sheet.

24 June 2020

FCA punishes Commerzbank over AML failures

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority has fined the London arm of German lender Commerzbank £37.8 million for failing to establish robust anti-money laundering controls.

18 June 2020

BIS hires in Basel and Hong Kong

The Bank for International Settlements has hired a new deputy head of banking, and a head for its new innovation hub’s Hong Kong office.

22 May 2020

FCA investigating cum-ex trades

The UK Financial Conduct Authority is investigating 14 financial institutions in connection with an alleged tax fraud that is estimated to have cost European countries over €50 billion.

01 May 2020

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