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Law Resources: Banking and Finance

European Commission: Policies: Economy, finance and tax  

Financial Services, Budget, Competition, Customs, Economy, Fight against fraud, Taxation

FSA Handbook Online  

Publisher: Financial Services Authority  

Sets out the FSA's legislative and other provisions made under powers given to it by the Financial Services Act.

International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes  

Provides facilities for the conciliation and arbitration of disputes between member countries and investors who qualify as nationals of other member countries.

International Money Laundering Information Network  

An internet-based network assisting governments, organisations and individuals in the fight against money laundering. IMoLIN has been developed with the cooperation of the world’s leading anti-money laundering organizations. Includes a database of legislation and regulation throughout the world, an electronic library and a calendar of events in the anti-money laundering field.  

Stand-alone reference and networking tool with direct links to the biographies of lawyers with a track record in supporting securitization deals world-wide, along with a news channel and events calendar.

The Directory: Community Support and Advice

Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)  

Created under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 to pay compensation if an authorised financial services firm is unable to pay claims against it. The Scheme covers deposits, insurance and investments.

The Directory: Courts and Tribunals

High Court: Admiralty Court  

We handle shipping and maritime disputes. Cases that we hear include: collisions between ships disputes over the transport of cargo salvage of a ship, cargo or crew disputes over goods supplied to a ship disputes over mortgages and other security over ships claims by passengers for injuries suffered claims by ship crew for unpaid wages claims by shipowners to limit liability for loss or damage We handle both claims brought against the owner of a ship ('in personam' claims) and claims brought against the ship itself ('in rem' claims). We can also hear claims brought against other types of crafts (for example aircraft) as well as cargo. We can seize ('arrest') ships and cargos to prevent them being moved and can also sell them within England and Wales.

High Court: Commercial Court  

We handle complex national and international business disputes. Cases that we hear include: disputes over contracts and business documents insurance and reinsurance sale of commodities import, export and transport (‘carriage’) of goods issues relating to arbitration awards banking and financial services agency and management agreements construction of ships Many of these cases can also be heard by the Mercantile Court. However, we generally hear the more complex cases, or cases where there is a large amount at stake.

High Court: Mercantile Court  

We handle commercial and business disputes. Cases that we hear include: disputes over contracts and business documents insurance and reinsurance sale of goods import, export and transport (carriage) of goods professional negligence in commercial circumstances (eg solicitors and accountants) issues relating to arbitration awards restraint of trade banking and financial services agency and management agreements share sale agreements confidential information injunctions There are no restrictions on the size of claims which can be brought to the Mercantile Court. Cases will ordinarily be heard if they are of a genuine business nature and appropriate for the court.

The Directory: Courts and Tribunals: Tribunals

Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber)  

Assisting those wishing to appeal against, or involved in, decisions of the First-tier Tribunal in Tax or Charity cases, and people wishing to refer matters relating to certain decisions of the Financial Services Authority and the Pensions Regulator. Also aims to assist those who wish to appeal the decision of the Independent Valuer in the case of the Northern Rock shares valuation.

The Directory: European and EU Institutions

European Central Bank (ECB)  

Official website of the European Central Bank.

European Investment Bank (EIB)  

The long-term lending bank of the European Union.

The Directory: International Organisations

Asian Development Bank  

Established in 1966 to promote economic and social development in Asian and Pacific countries through loans and technical assistance.

Bank for International Settlements (BIS)  

International organisation which fosters international monetary and financial cooperation and serves as a bank for central banks. Includes a directory of central banks.

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)  

International financial institution that supports projects in 29 countries from central Europe to central Asia, investing primarily in private sector clients whose needs cannot fully be met by the market.

International Monetary Fund (IMF)  

Organization of 186 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.

World Bank Group  

Made up of two unique development institutions owned by 184 member countries�the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA) whose mission is global poverty reduction and the improvement of living standards. The IBRD focuses on middle income and creditworthy poor countries, while IDA focuses on the poorest countries in the world.

The Directory: Law Associations: International

Institute of International Banking Law and Practice  

Non-for-profit, global organisation dedicated to achieving a better understanding of the relationship between banking law and banking practice, and the impact each has on the other.

The Directory: Law Associations: Lawyers

Financial Services Lawyers Association  

FSLA provides a forum for the open exchange of views and the dissemination of knowledge and ideas in financial services law and regulation.

The Directory: Professional Associations

Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI)  

Professional body for those who work in the securities and investment industry in the UK.

Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland (CIOBS)  

Developing and maintaining the highest industry-wide standards in the banking and financial services sector through the provision of top quality financial services qualifications and worldwide relationships with the main powers and influencers in the banking industry.

Institute of Financial Planning (IFP)  

Professional body for those committed to the development of the multi-disciplinary profession of financial planning.

Institute of Financial Services (IFS)  

Incorporated by Royal Charter with a remit to provide the financial services industry with a skilled and competent workforce, and to promote a better understanding of finance amongst consumers.

Society of Technical Analysts (STA)  

Non-profit-making organisation dedicated to the promotion of technical analysis.

The Personal Finance Society  

The largest professional body for individual financial advisers (and those in related roles) in the UK market. Created following the merger of the Life Insurance Association and Society of Financial Advisers in January 2005.

The Directory: Regulators

Claims Management Regulator  

We're a unit of the Ministry of Justice and we regulate the companies that offer a service for people hoping to claim compensation for personal injury, mis-sold financial products and services, employment and redundancy, criminal injury, industrial injury, housing disrepair

Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)  

We supervise the conduct of over 50,000 firms, and regulate the prudential standards of those firms not covered by the Prudential Regulation Authority.

Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA)  

The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) is responsible for the prudential regulation and supervision of banks, building societies, credit unions, insurers and major investment firms. In total the PRA regulates around 1,700 financial firms.

The Directory: Trade and Industry Organisations

Alternative Investment Managers Association (AIMA)  

The hedge fund industry's global, not-for-profit trade association, with over 1,100 corporate members (with over 4,500 individual contacts) worldwide.