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PLC Forum Winter Webinar Series: Key takeaways

The PLC Forum Winter Webinar Series featured expert panels comprising leading industry figures and Clifford Chance subject matter experts discussing critical board level business issues such as navigating the UK's increasingly challenging regulatory environment, the geopolitics of international trade, audit and corporate governance reform and COP26 and its impact on listed companies.

The increasingly complex UK regulatory environment and its impact on deal certainty

The UK's regulatory environment is becoming increasingly complex as the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) appears to be taking a tougher stance and the National Security Investment Act – which came into force in January 2022 – introduces significant reforms.

James Bole chaired a panel discussion involving Arabella Hinton, Head of Competition & Regulatory Affairs at O2, Adam Atashzai, Partner at Flint Global, and Sue Hinchliffe, and explored the practicalities of navigating this developing regulatory landscape, the trends being seen in UK merger control, and the new National Security Investment Act.

To find out more and digest the key themes you need to be aware of, view our one page summary of James and Sue's session


Trade in transition: navigating trends and uncertainty

As the global economy continues to grapple with the fallout from the pandemic, the evolving geopolitical landscape has significant implications for international trade.

In a panel discussion moderated by Gareth Camp, Edward Bowles, Global Director of Public Policy at Novi and Penelope Naas, President of International Public Affairs and Sustainability at UPS, alongside Stephen Reese and Janet Whittaker, explored the emerging trends in international trade and what they mean for businesses and supply chains, as well as how businesses can best prepare for, and navigate, the challenges they present.

To find out more and digest the key themes you need to be aware of, view our one page summary of Gareth, Stephen and Janet's session

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BEIS White paper: Restoring trust in audit and corporate governance or playing poker with risk and liability?

In March 2021 the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy published the consultation paper "Restoring trust in audit and corporate governance". In this webinar, Steven Fox moderated a discussion involving Gareth Wright, Group Finance Director at Informa, John Boulton, Policy Director at ICAEW and David Pudge, all of whom shared their insights from the consultation and discussed whether the proposals represent much needed innovation to ensure the highest levels of trust and public confidence in audit and governance and cement Britain as a destination of choice for investment, or whether they represent unnecessary regulatory and political overreach.

To find out more and digest the key themes you need to be aware of, view our one page summary of Steven and David's session

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What might COP26 mean for listed companies?

Following the UN's Climate Change conference COP26, Cheng Li Yow moderated a panel comprising Wei Ling Lim, Global General Counsel – Supply Chain at Unilever, Andrew Philip, Legal Director and Company Secretary at Scottish Power and Roger Leese, and discussed the outcomes of COP26 and its potential impacts on listed corporations, including likely trends in investment, regulation, risk and governance.

To find out more and digest the key themes you need to be aware of, view our one page summary of Cheng Li and Roger's session

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