The Allen & Overy Podcast
How brands should prepare for the Metaverse

How brands should prepare for the Metaverse

May 18, 2022

What role does intellectual property play in the metaverse and do clients need to change their behaviour towards their brands and copyright?

In this podcast, members of A&O’s global IP group, Victoria Pied, Elise Romelly and Beverley Potts, discuss the trade mark, design and copyright issues raised by the metaverse.

Evolution of the in-house legal function in Belgium

Evolution of the in-house legal function in Belgium

May 11, 2022

In this edition of our Allen & Overy Advanced Delivery podcast we discuss how the in-house legal function has changed, what this means for law firms and how technology plays a key role in the evolution of the legal landscape. We invited Caroline Coesemans (Head of Legal BeNeLux & Nordics at Google Belgium) and Laurens De Koster (Legal Counsel at BNYM in Belgium) to share their experiences and views with us! 

Introduction to the Metaverse

Introduction to the Metaverse

May 5, 2022

What is the metaverse, who controls it and what does it look like?

In this podcast, members of A&O’s international IP group, Victoria Pied, Elise Romelly, Laetitia Nicolazzi and Beverley Potts, discuss the fundamentals of the metaverse and how it is quickly evolving to mimic reality.

Market Horizons podcast: Digital Bonds – are they the future of capital markets?

Market Horizons podcast: Digital Bonds – are they the future of capital markets?

May 3, 2022

In this episode of Allen & Overy’s Market Horizons podcast series, partners in A&O’s Debt Capital Markets team, Daniel Fletcher (London), Hervé Ekué (Paris), Salvador Ruiz (Madrid) and senior associate Philippe Noeltner (Luxembourg) look at what the future may hold for the capital markets. Together, they discuss Digital Bonds – which some are calling the future of debt capital markets – and look at some of the potential benefits and challenges of adopting these new structures.

Glossary: 

  • Digital Bond / Blockchain Bond - a wholly dematerialised bond that is issued, registered, settled, transferred and custodied natively using DLT.
  • DLT / Distributed Ledger Technology  -  a set of protocols which enable data to be securely and accurately created and stored on a shared, de-centralised database, generally using cryptography. New information – representing records of transactions – is recorded on the distributed ledger only after validation by multiple computers (referred to as nodes) using a pre-agreed consensus mechanism. 
  • Blockchain -  the most common example of DLT, and is so-called because each new transaction or bundle of transactions is recorded in a new ‘block’ of data which, once validated by the system, is added to the end of the existing sequential blocks of information (like adding links to a chain). 
NJDOT Commissioner Gutierrez-Scaccetti and the Trenton NJ MOVES Program

NJDOT Commissioner Gutierrez-Scaccetti and the Trenton NJ MOVES Program

April 29, 2022

In this episode, New York Intellectual Property partner Paul Keller sits down with New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti. 

New Jersey recently announced a $5 million grant for the Trenton Mobility & Opportunity: Vehicles Equity System or MOVES Project. The grant to the City of Trenton will support the planned start up and eventual deployment of 100 Autonomous Vehicles that will provide an on-demand automated transit system to serve the 90,000 residents of Trenton.

SEC climate-related disclosure proposal: Implications for SEC registrants and foreign portfolio investors

SEC climate-related disclosure proposal: Implications for SEC registrants and foreign portfolio investors

April 6, 2022

In this episode, Diana Billik, head of our Paris Capital Markets practice, and New York-based Capital Markets partner Justin Cooke give a concise overview of the proposed climate disclosures put forward by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that SEC registrants (both domestic and foreign) would be subject to.

They discuss: corporate governance and risk management in relations to a climate focused framework; climate related impacts to financial statements; greenhouse gas emission under the proposal (Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 disclosure mandates), including companies’ own emissions and their supply-chain emissions; and how the proposal could apply to current net-zero carbon emission goals.

Perspectives on the future of banking: Transforming finance for a sustainable future

Perspectives on the future of banking: Transforming finance for a sustainable future

March 31, 2022

In the third episode of our podcast series featuring topical conversations with leading figures in the global financial services industry, capital markets partner Tim Conduit speaks to Christian Leitz, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Corporate Historian at UBS, Duncan Lee, Director of Investment ESG at AIA and Jenn-Hui Tan, Global Head of Stewardship and Sustainable Investing at Fidelity International, about what sustainability means for a bank, insurer and asset manager. 

The group discuss the evolving landscape of sustainable finance, the future of a net-zero economy, the role boards and senior management should play in moving the industry in the right direction, and the position of financial institutions in driving meaningful collaborative change. 

This episode was recorded in February 2022.

Strategies when litigating divisional patents

Strategies when litigating divisional patents

March 14, 2022

Why are divisional patent applications important to consider when litigating a parent patent?

In this podcast, Rafi Allos, Erin Currie and Elizabeth Taylor, members of our intellectual property team, discuss litigating divisional patents and the strategies used when such patents are in play, such as Arrow declarations, issue estoppel and case management.

A new Consumer Duty - what should payments and e-money firms do?

A new Consumer Duty - what should payments and e-money firms do?

March 10, 2022

In this podcast Nikki Johnstone and Jamie Greenwood, members of Allen & Overy's payments regulatory practice, and Claire Haydon from the A&O Consulting team discuss the key legal and practical implications of the latest FCA proposals for the Consumer Duty for payments and e-money firms, including what they need to do to prepare for the April 2023 deadline.

Topics covered in this podcast include:

  • What the new Consumer Duty regime is.
  • What type of customers the new Consumer Duty applies to.
  • What the changes mean for payments and e-money firms in relation to existing and future products.
  • Implications for governance and considerations for senior management.
  • Top tips - what steps payments and e-money firms should be taking to prepare.
Great Fund Insights podcast: Perspectives on ESG in the Middle East with Apex ESG Ratings

Great Fund Insights podcast: Perspectives on ESG in the Middle East with Apex ESG Ratings

February 28, 2022

Funds and Asset Management Counsel, Kamar Jaffer is joined by Andrew Pitts-Tucker, Global Head of ESG at Apex ESG Ratings to discuss ESG integration into investment decision-making, data collection, reporting and measuring impact both at a global level and in the Middle East. 

Topics discussed in this podcast include:

  • The momentum building around the Middle East ESG’s agenda.
  • Observations on managers/GPs and portfolio companies including what they are doing to integrate ESG and sustainability considerations into their investment decision-making process and how they are measuring the impact.
  • The top areas of focus from a GP and investor’s perspective and how to address them.
  • The ESG outlook in the Middle East for 2022 and beyond.

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 Middle East.

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