The Allen & Overy podcast
How does a material adverse change clause work in these uncertain times?

How does a material adverse change clause work in these uncertain times?

March 4, 2021

The enforceability of material adverse change clauses (“MAC clauses”) in commercial contracts is an area which has come under increased scrutiny in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In this episode, litigation counsel Helen Biggin, litigation consultant Peter Watson and structured asset finance senior associate Chris Mitchell discuss the scope of MAC clauses, what clients need to consider when drafting or seeking to rely upon such clauses in their contracts and the approach taken by the English courts to the interpretation of the MAC clauses.

Cases referred to in the podcast:

Grupo Hotelero Uvasco v Carey Value Added [2013] EWHC 1039 (Comm)

Travelport Ltd v Wex Inc [2020] EWHC 2670 (Comm)

Decura IM Investments v UBS [2015] EWHC 171 (Comm)

Cukurova Finance v Alfa Telecom [2013] UKPC 2

In Credit Podcast - Episode 5 Horizon Scanning

In Credit Podcast - Episode 5 Horizon Scanning

March 1, 2021

In this episode of In Credit, A&O’s consumer finance team Joanne Owens, Victoria Ferres and Sophie Skeet discuss regulatory updates on the horizon for 2021. We round up the key matters on the agenda for consumer credit and mortgages including a couple of the big picture changes such as Brexit and the LIBOR transition. We also run through some of the key consumer credit updates, such as the Woolard Review and the Breathing Space regime, as well as some of the updates expected in the mortgages market.  Please note that this podcast was recorded in early February 2021 before the publication of the FCA’s finalised guidance on the fair treatment of vulnerable customers.

For information on this or any related topics, please get in touch with the speakers, or your usual A&O contact.

If you liked what you heard and want to keep up to date then sign up here to receive the most up to date podcasts, briefings and webinars from our retail and digital finance team.

Great Fund Insights podcast: Investing in Saudi Arabia - current and emerging trends for Institutional investors

Great Fund Insights podcast: Investing in Saudi Arabia - current and emerging trends for Institutional investors

February 26, 2021

In this podcast, MaameYaa Kwafo-Akoto, senior associate in our Funds & Asset Management practice, speaks with Mazen Al-Jubeir, Private Investor, Chairman of the Jada Fund of Funds and Vice Chairman of the Alraidah Investment Company.

They discuss the impact of Covid-19 on Saudi Arabia, investing in Saudi PE and VC funds, what distinguishes Saudi Arabia from other emerging market countries and the focus on reforms as part of the Vision 2030.

Modeling the social etiquette of pedestrian movements – using AI to anticipate human paths of travel

Modeling the social etiquette of pedestrian movements – using AI to anticipate human paths of travel

February 16, 2021

In the latest installment of Propel, our podcast series on self-driving vehicles, New York partner Paul Keller speaks with Serene Haddad, Principal Research Fellow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, about her research into the development of algorithms that predict pedestrian movement and intentions for use in AVs.

In Credit Podcast: The Woolard Review

In Credit Podcast: The Woolard Review

February 11, 2021

In this episode of In Credit, A&O’s consumer finance team Joanne Owens, Victoria Ferres and Sophie Skeet examine the findings from the Woolard Review. This review examined change and regulation in the unsecured credit market (covering credit cards, overdrafts, personal loans, high-cost short-term credit and currently unregulated products, such as buy-now pay-later arrangements). The findings were published on 2 February 2021. 

Virtual hearings – are they here to stay?

Virtual hearings – are they here to stay?

February 5, 2021

As part of Allen & Overy’s interview series on virtual hearings, Dubai partner Kirsten O’Connell interviews London partner Kate Davies McGill on her experience with virtual hearings so far and how the changes that occurred in 2020 may shape proceedings in the future. 

Virtual hearings – an expert witness perspective

Virtual hearings – an expert witness perspective

February 5, 2021

As part of Allen & Overy’s interview series on virtual hearings, Shanghai partner Jane Jiang interviews Rick Grove about his experience with virtual hearings, primarily from the perspective of an expert witness. 

How virtual hearings are shaping 2021 and beyond

How virtual hearings are shaping 2021 and beyond

February 5, 2021

As part of Allen & Overy’s interview series on virtual hearings, Shanghai partner Jane Jiang interviews Sir William Blair about his experience with virtual hearings and his thoughts on the future. 

The branding and uniqueness of self-driving vehicles – an overview of design law

The branding and uniqueness of self-driving vehicles – an overview of design law

January 28, 2021

In this installment of A&O’s podcast series on autonomous vehicles, NY partner Paul Keller interviews our own David Stone, the Global Head of Intellectual Property, and author of a leading textbook on EU trademark and design law, to discuss the fascinating new customer facing elements of self-driving cars – the logos, slogans, sounds, voices, shapes, and components – and the design law that may be available to protect these innovative features.

Great Fund Insights podcast: spotlight on opportunities in alternative investments in the US

Great Fund Insights podcast: spotlight on opportunities in alternative investments in the US

January 26, 2021

New York based partner, Jillian Ashley and Middle East based counsel, Kamar Jaffer put the spotlight on the US as they discuss opportunities in alternative investments and market trends from both the manager and investor perspective.

Topics discussed in this podcast include:

  • Recent trends in the US fund raising environment
  • How managers have navigated the challenges of Covid-19
  • Investment strategies and opportunities in the US
  • Impact of Biden’s administration and upcoming legal and regulatory developments
  • Institutional investors focus on good citizenship and governance
  • Shifts in fund terms in favour of investors
  • Creativity of fund managers and product developments
  • Developments in secondaries
  • The industry’s emphasis on ESG

This Great Fund Insights podcast will be of interest to sovereign wealth funds, institutional investors, family offices, fund managers and portfolio companies with a focus on the US.

Play this podcast on Podbean App