Welcome to the GD Financial Markets Quarterly Insights Journal. This is a collection of our Insight Notes published over the last quarter on current themes and topics of interest to our clients.




70 million. This was the number of customers of the retail chain Target whose contact information, and/or credit and debit card records were stolen between November 27 and December 15, 2013.[1] This was not the result of sophisticated hacking or burglary. Rather the source was an air conditioning company with just a 100 staff. The company fell victim to a simple phishing attack and, because it was connected to Target’s internal systems for billing and contract management via a vendor portal, this allowed the hackers to access the extensive information Target held on their customers.



The May 25th deadline for GDPR has come and gone and for most people the most tangible aspect was probably the flurry of emails they received in the run up to the deadline containing privacy notices from companies they had forgotten they had signed up with in the first place. Brief coverage of in the news over the go-live period highlighted that the majority of members of the public were unaware of what GDPR stood for or what it meant for them. This may well have been the first and last that they will hear about GDPR, and for companies, it may be tempting to think that the hard work is done and it is back to ‘business as usual’.




Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (‘AML’) regulations have increased compliance costs and regulatory scrutiny in the past four years with no less than three European Directives published since 2015. The scopes of the first regulations were originally focused on financial services but were extended to other sectors including the real estate industry. Penalties have already been imposed on a number of agents. How can estate agents mitigate their regulatory risk? This note explores the regulatory landscape in the Real Estate industry, then use the lessons learnt for the financial services industry to explore the possibility to implement a real estate solution.




In the earlier note[1] we looked at the Three Lines of Defence (3LoD) through a control engineering lens to provide a context for some of the practical challenges that financial services organisations are experiencing with the framework.

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In the face of uncertainty we tend to do nothing. This has proven to be the case for many firms when it comes to the transition away from LIBOR. Despite the risk of LIBOR’s discontinuation in 2021, many affected businesses have yet to put in place plans to move to the alternative risk-free rates (RFRs).




I recently spoke on a panel session at the 1LoD Conference in Hong Kong. The title of the session was ‘The Role of the 1st line within the evolving 3 lines of defence’ and as part of this I was asked what Asia could learn from the experience of implementing the Three Lines of Defence (3LoD) in Europe.

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Led by Partner Rupert Thomas, Gordon Dadds’ Cardiff commercial real estate team acted for longstanding client Bevan Holdings Limited in the sale of Chapel 1877 to The City Pub Company as a going concern.



Gordon Dadds has advised on the sale of shares of the Electoral Reform Services Limited to Civica UK Limited, part of the Civica Group. Electoral Reform Services with its subsidiaries comprises the ERS Group, the UK’s market-leading provider of software and services for election management, membership engagement, democracy and governance systems. Electoral Reform Services is the foremost provider of end-to-end ballot, election and voting services, having originally grown out of the Electoral Reform Society which was established in 1884.

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We are delighted to announce Gordon Dadds has been recognised in Chambers and Partners UK 2019.

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