Debevoise on Brexit: The “No-deal Deal”

It has become common in Britain to argue about whether those who forcefully suggested that a vote to leave the EU would have a very negative effect on the UK economy were wide of the mark.  This argument may be rather pointless and, since the UK has not actually left yet, somewhat premature.  It is also an argument that will be very hard to settle, because measurable economic impacts have a wide variety of underlying causes, and to identify an effect is to beg the question, rather than answer it.  So this week, when Lord O’Neill – prominent pro-EU campaigner … Read more

Debevoise & Plimpton Discusses FCA’s Reforms to UK’s IPO Process

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (the “FCA”) has published changes to the Conduct of Business sourcebook (“COBS”) to boost the transparency of the IPO process and tackle conflicts of interest that may arise from the interaction between an issuer and analysts of the syndicate banks.  The changes, published in the FCA’s Policy Statement PS17/23 (the “Policy Statement”) on 26 October 2017, broadly crystallise the FCA’s proposals that were outlined in its consultation paper launched on 1 March 2017 (see our client update, “UK Regulator Proposes Changes to IPO Process”, dated 16 March 2017).   The primary goal of the … Read more