Cum-ex trading: coming soon to a court near you

However, if the SFO wants to sink its teeth into this issue then it must surely keep in mind that it only secured five convictions in relation to its Libor investigation, despite how widespread that practice once was.

One of the British former bankers on trial in Germany, Martin Shields, has told the court that cum-ex trades were not “clandestine” but were rather the “clear and openly communicated expectation of most banks and their customers”.

If cum-ex trades were indeed the robbery of the century, it seems to have been carried out in broad daylight.

Bambos Tsiattalou is the founding partner of Stokoe Partnership Solicitors