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Brazil’s anti-corruption revolution – an analysis

Brazil’s anti-corruption revolution – an analysis

August 6, 2020

Billy Jacobson speaks with Luis Wielewicki, partner at Sampaio Ferraz Advogados, about Operation Car Wash (Lava Jato), the massive anti-corruption investigation that ultimately brought about a new culture of compliance in Brazil. Join Billy and Luis as they discuss how the investigation began, how it resulted in improved cross-border cooperation among law enforcement agencies, how it helped institutionalize Brazils' overall anti-corruption efforts and why it has been the subject of criticism in Brazil. 

SEC being forced to change its enforcement approach

SEC being forced to change its enforcement approach

July 9, 2020

In a conversation with A&O partner and former SEC Enforcement Official Bill White, Billy Jacobson explores the Supreme Court’s decision in SEC v. Liu and two other recent Supreme Court decisions which are already having an impact on the SEC’s ability to bring cases going forward.

Beyond Covid-19: Emerging market private equity driving growth

Beyond Covid-19: Emerging market private equity driving growth

June 30, 2020

Corporate partner, David Foster and funds and asset management counsel, Kamar Jaffer are joined by V. Shankar, co-founder and chief executive officer and Huda Al-Lawati, partner, both at Gateway Partners. They discuss the role private equity can play in emerging markets as one of the key drivers of global growth following the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis.

Issues discussed in this podcast include:

  • Long-term outlook in favour of emerging markets such as Africa, Middle East and Asia including the factors underpinning their attractiveness, relevance and growth potential.
  • Role of private equity in the face of megatrends such as supply chain disruption and de-globalization.
  • Lessons learnt from the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis including the impact on fundraising and changes in the approach, structuring of deals, valuations and management of portfolio companies going forward.
The latest on anti-corruption efforts and prosecutions in the UK

The latest on anti-corruption efforts and prosecutions in the UK

June 25, 2020

Washington, D.C. partner Billy Jacobson speaks with London partner Eve Giles about anti-corruption efforts and prosecutions in the UK, including the standards for corporate liability and the SFO’s approach to delving into corporate compliance programs.

Covid-19 coronavirus and global employment law: the key risks you need to be aware of – part 5

Covid-19 coronavirus and global employment law: the key risks you need to be aware of – part 5

June 15, 2020

Allen & Overy’s Global Employment team held the fifth in a series of calls on the major developments of interest when workforce planning in light of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

This call focused on how the return to work is progressing, the associated risks, engagement with employee representatives and the potential for whistleblowing claims to arise. We also looked at the employment issues associated with home working and how employers can best manage them.

Pitfalls of relying on force majeure clauses in asset finance transactions

Pitfalls of relying on force majeure clauses in asset finance transactions

June 10, 2020

Senior associate Chris Mitchell leads a discussion with litigation counsel Helen Biggin and litigation consultant Peter Watson about the use and ambit of force majeure clauses and the pitfalls associated with reliance on force majeure events in the context of aircraft leasing.

Insider insights into an FCPA investigation and the unprecedented coordination amongst Brazilian authorities

Insider insights into an FCPA investigation and the unprecedented coordination amongst Brazilian authorities

June 8, 2020

In the fifth installment in a series of conversations with leading figures in the world of anti-corruption, Billy Jacobson speaks with Natalia Shehadeh, Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer at TechnipFMC, a large, global oil and gas services company. Natalia discusses lessons learned from a recent TechnipFMC FCPA investigation settlement with the DOJ and SEC, and the unprecedented coordination amongst Brazilian authorities. We also hear about Natalia’s role as CCO in the current landscape and how she sees it evolving in ‘a very changed world’.

The impact of the Brexit transition period on equity capital markets

The impact of the Brexit transition period on equity capital markets

June 3, 2020

This podcast covers the impact for equity capital markets transactions now that the UK has left the European Union with a deal and is in a transition period.

In this episode in our Brexit podcast series, PartnerMichael Bloch and Anne Kirkwood discuss the key points to note in this context.

Exploring the important role played by the OECD in the fight against corruption

Exploring the important role played by the OECD in the fight against corruption

May 26, 2020
In the latest in a series of conversations with leading figures in the world of anti-corruption, Billy Jacobson speaks with Nicola Bonucci, former Director for Legal Affairs at the OECD, about the importance and function of that organization's working group on bribery and the key role it played in the development of the UK Bribery Act.
Covid-19 coronavirus: Agreements to Agree - can they be binding?

Covid-19 coronavirus: Agreements to Agree - can they be binding?

May 26, 2020

The market volatility triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic is raising questions about the rights that parties have to exit commercial commitments they have entered into and whether there is any legal commitment to carry them through. In this episode, litigation counsel Helen Biggin, litigation consultant Peter Watson and structured asset finance senior associate Chris Mitchell, discuss whether documents, such as non-binding letters of intent, can be deemed to be binding if one party's actions suggest that an agreement has been made and what steps parties can take to ensure that they do not inadvertently create a binding agreement.

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