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Explore the sessions in the Autumn 2022 Global Financial Markets Perspectives Series:
Leveraged acquisition finance – what happened, and what’s next? – September 2022
Richard Day, Folko de Vries, Elizabeth Hundt Russell, Drew Rundus, Katherine Sinclair, Andrew Young
Activity levels in the syndicated loan and high yield bond markets, for debt finance in the private equity sector, have fallen significantly since February 2022. Our panel of international leveraged finance specialists explored the drivers of that market dislocation, including the extent to which private credit has filled the gap, and made their predictions for Q4 and into 2023.
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SFDR and Taxonomy – the final countdown (September 2022)
Lily Marcel, Paul Ellison, Maren Stadler-Tjan
The Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation and Taxonomy Regulatory Technical Standards will come into effect on 1 January 2023. We discussed what European and international managers need to do to comply, with a specific focus on the Luxembourg CSSF’s processes.
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GP-led secondaries – the next chapter (October 2022)
Kelly Labritz, Tom Lin, Oliver Marcuse, Sonya Pauls, Vishal Mashru
In this session we took a global view on the next stage in the evolution of sponsor-led secondaries transactions for investment funds. We also provided a brief overview of the types of transactions we are seeing in this sector, and then explored: the market perception (and industry concerns) highlighted in recent press coverage; the increasing involvement of regulators; the latest market themes and trends; and what may lie ahead for those participating in this market.
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Sustainable finance regulations – getting closer to the finish (October 2022)
Caroline Dawson, Kikun Alo, Yolanda Ghita-Blujdescu, Hélène Kouyaté or Laura-Isabell Dietz
This session focused on the current status of sustainable finance regulations applicable to banks and investment firms in continental Europe and the UK, and looked at the near future, including upcoming sustainability driven product governance rules under MiFID, requirements for enhanced due diligence, non-financial disclosures and prudential requirements.
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Where next for UK regulation – evolution or revolution? (October 2022)
Caroline Dawson, Frédérick Lacroix, Paul Lenihan and Phillip Souta
The UK government and regulators have announced potentially wide-ranging reforms to UK financial services regulation, with the Financial Services and Markets Bill forming a key part of these reforms. We took a closer look at the likely changes, when these are expected to happen, areas of difference between the UK and EU and what firms need to do to prepare.
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Antitrust issues in bank primary and secondary market coordination (October 2022)
Greg Olsen, Caroline Dawson, Dave Poddar
We explored the steps that banks can take to stay ahead of antitrust risks when collaborating with competitors in primary and secondary markets, for example, when selling down a take-out bond issuance, participating in syndicated lending, managing the stick in a rights issue and enforcing share security for margin loans. The webinar included observations on the failed criminal prosecutions in the Australian ANZ case and its wider implications for competitor co-operation in financial markets.
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How M&A and regulations are reshaping global semiconductor supply (November 2022)
Chris Grey, Renée Latour, Andrea Andolina, Holly Bauer, Alex Walker, Aniko Adam
The semiconductor supply chain has seen a turbulent few years, from the global chip shortage to blocked and aborted deals. The future of this critical industry will be shaped by M&A and strategic partnerships, public subsidies, foreign investment control, antitrust and intellectual property law.
In this webinar we will explore how the semiconductor sector and its many downstream industries are responding to the changing legal and regulatory environment.
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The future of carbon credits – we’ll always have Paris (November 2022)
Belinda Ellington (Citi), Paget Dare Bryan, Caroline Dawson, Nigel Howorth
Carbon credits are increasingly playing a significant part in decarbonisation strategies for governments and companies, but there are still unanswered questions around their legal characterisation and regulatory status. We will look at recent developments in the voluntary carbon markets, the ongoing initiatives to promote trading activity and confidence using derivatives and structured products, and some of the key issues for regulated firms trading these products.
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Looking ahead to COP27 (November 2022)
Clare Burgess, Nigel Howorth, Greg Jehle, Roger Leese, Olamide Oladosu
This webinar was scheduled the week before the 27th Conference of the Parties in Sharm el-Sheikh, which took place amidst significant geopolitical turmoil. Our expert panel discussed energy transition, carbon trading, finance, international sovereign debt and a look at Africa and the US, and will contextualise what’s on the agenda.
Space Tech – a universe of ‘here and now’ investment opportunities (November 2022)
Adam Gilmour (Gilmour Space Technologies), Deepika Jeyakodi (Space Lawyer and Senior Commercial Contracts Officer), Joshua Berman, Julia Dreosti, David Ho, Alexander Kennedy
Space Tech is not just about futuristic colonies on Mars and asteroid-mining, it is also about the constellations of satellites that are already supporting so much of the tech here on earth, including ESG applications such as environmental monitoring. It is also critical infrastructure for the defence sector. Our panellists discussed opportunities in the sector, New Space, financing considerations and the future direction of the industry.
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The future of banking – can CBDCs and custody of digital assets change the financial markets? (November 2022)
Diego Ballon Ossio, Marc Benzler, Jack Hardman, Lena Ng, Monica Sah
In this session we considered some use cases for Central Bank Digital Currencies and how they may impact the financial markets particularly when combined with digital assets. This session also provided practical insights for in-house lawyers on novel legal issues that arise from CBDCs and how the role of custodian of digital assets may be evolving.
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ESG – the role of the in-house lawyer (November 2022)
Kate Gibbons, Naomi Griffin, Dominique Laymand, Roger Leese, Angela McEwan, Michelle Williams
As ESG increasingly becomes a legal issue, the role of the in-house legal team in ESG is growing fast. In this session, our panellists considered the challenges ahead and emerging best practice.
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Managing AI in an evolving legal landscape (November 2022)
Zayed Al Jamil, Caroline Dawson, Ling Ho, Devika Kornbacher, Dessislava Savova, Kate Scott
Our experts examined recent legal developments in a number of jurisdictions, considered key issues affecting the successful deployment and management of AI and machine learning, looked ahead to expected changes to relevant regulatory regimes and discussed what businesses can do to prepare.
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What happened at COP27? (December 2022)
Roger Leese, Ouns Lemseffer, Alex Leff, Angela McEwan, Kirsty Souter, Deborah Zandstra
Following on from our COP27 preview session, this webinar took place shortly following the end of the negotiations in Sharm el-Sheikh. Our experts attempted to make sense of proceedings and gave their thoughts on the implications for businesses.
The future of the in-house legal team – building stronger relationships (December 2022)
Guy Norman (Clifford Chance), Richard Price (Anglo American), Tom Saunders (RSGI), Elena Servini (Admiral Group)
The role of the in-house legal team is fast evolving and becoming ever more driven by the relationships it has both inside and outside its organisation. In our recent thought leadership report, we spoke with leaders of legal functions across some of the world’s biggest organisations. This session explored those relationships, how critical they are to success, how the legal team will operate and how it will evolve in the future.
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Restructuring and insolvency – is winter coming (again)? (December 2022)
Stefanie Ferring, Philip Hertz, Tim Lees, Ilse van Gasteren, Cristina Weidner
A review of the markets across Europe and an update on the tools available for private equity houses, companies, financial institutions and funds for navigating into calmer waters.
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