How safe are your reserves?

This article considers two particular legal issues which may arise when a foreign state or its central bank elects to place any of its reserves with financial institutions operating in the United Kingdom.

Foreign assets which are held in Britain (or, for that matter, anywhere else in the world) are subject to attack in two possible ways. First of all, a private creditor may seek to attach those reserves in order to satisfy a judgment which remains unpaid. Secondly, those assets may be blocked as

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