The Allen & Overy Podcast
Voluntary carbon credits - an in depth look

Voluntary carbon credits - an in depth look

December 1, 2022

In this episode of Allen & Overy's Market Horizons podcast Series, U.S. Project Finance Partner Sam Kamyans, is joined by Muireann Mageras, Head of Environmental Strategy & Advisory at Vertree, an integrated carbon solutions provider wholly owned by Hartree Partners, to provide an in depth view of key financing developments in the voluntary carbon credits (VCC) markets.

Our speakers discuss the voluntary carbon credit markets, focusing on how voluntary elements can accelerate the energy transition while reducing overall carbon footprints. As the market evolves, voluntary carbon credits can generate a revenue stream that can be used to finance projects that remove carbon emissions from an industrial process.

The speakers go on to differentiate voluntary credits from regulatory credits, noting the strong market based solutions available when emitters choose to participate in a voluntary system.

Notably, they discuss that the imperatives to do this increasingly come from financial markets, as the rise of ESG and sustainability-linked financing, paired with increasing consumer awareness and pressure from younger generations of buyers as well as shareholders alike, have prompted corporates to think more about these issues. 

A global perspective on accelerating decarbonisation through infrastructure and carbon markets

A global perspective on accelerating decarbonisation through infrastructure and carbon markets

November 30, 2022

Partner David Lee, partner and head of the global infrastructure group, senior associate Victoria White, and Phil Beattie, head of strategic relationships at SparkChange, join Brenna Speiser, senior manager at Fuse, A&O’s tech innovation hub, to discuss how investment in infrastructure and carbon markets (mandatory and voluntary) can work together to drive decarbonisation. 

The speakers explore the interaction between developments in infrastructure, technology, and policy required to transition to low-carbon energy, and the market structures which can support this effort.

SparkChange helps investors to meet specific decarbonisation objectives by integrating the global finance industry directly with carbon markets. Its specialist carbon investment products and data allows both financial returns and positive environmental impact.

Selecting your Fund Domicile: Channel Islands – Part I: Guernsey

Selecting your Fund Domicile: Channel Islands – Part I: Guernsey

November 22, 2022

The next two podcasts focus on topical fund trends in the Channel Islands, presented by expert speakers at law firm Ogier. Our discussion starts with Guernsey and features Tim Clipstone, a Guernsey based partner at Ogier.

This podcast forms part of Allen & Overy’s Selecting your Fund Domicile series. Selecting your Fund Domicile is a series of video podcasts that focuses on manager considerations for setting up a fund and choosing the most appropriate domicile. Featuring leading offshore law firms, these Q&A video podcasts explore some of the benefits and legal and regulatory considerations for each offshore location, including the British Virgin Islands, the Channel Islands, the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Dublin, Cyprus, the Isle of Man and Mauritius.

About the speaker

Tim Clipstone is an experienced funds, regulatory and corporate lawyer with a particular focus on all aspects of the life cycle of hedge, private equity, venture capital fund and alternative asset management structures domiciled in Guernsey and BVI, as well as corporate M&A and restructuring. He is consistently recognised as a leading practitioner by Chambers, Legal 500 and IFLR.

Propel: Car industry monetization strategies and damages

Propel: Car industry monetization strategies and damages

November 18, 2022

In this episode of Propel, host Paul Keller sits down with Joshua Gans, Professor of Strategic Management and holder of the Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair in Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. He is also the Chief Economist of its Creative Destruction Lab.

This discussion covers trajectory of the car industry from the past to the future and its impact on the monetization model. The two also deliberated over the scope of intellectual property issues, including patent litigation and trade secret misappropriation, and whether these issues impact the whole car or individual parts.  

Selecting your Fund Domicile: British Virgin Islands

Selecting your Fund Domicile: British Virgin Islands

November 10, 2022

We are delighted to launch Selecting your Fund Domicile, a new series of  podcasts that features offshore law firm experts and focuses on manager considerations for setting up a fund and choosing the most appropriate domicile.

In the inaugural episode of Selecting your Fund Domicile Middle East-based partner Kamar Jaffer (Funds) discusses topical fund trends in the British Virgin Islands with Paul Waldron and Tom Cochrane, both partners at Walkers law firm.

This podcast forms part of the Great Fund Insights series, a global resource providing practical insights into legal and regulatory developments affecting fund managers and institutional investors across Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the U.S.

The developing cryptoasset landscape in the UAE podcast: Spotlight on anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing

The developing cryptoasset landscape in the UAE podcast: Spotlight on anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing

November 2, 2022

The UAE is developing its financial crime compliance credentials in order to position itself as a global leader and innovator in the cryptoassets space. This means that a proper understanding of the intersection between AML/CTF considerations and cryptoassets regulation is essential for those involved or interested in the cryptoasset landscape in the UAE.

In this episode, Middle East-based senior associates Victoria Ferres (Financial Services Regulatory) and David Berman (Litigation, Investigations and Contentious Regulatory) discuss the unique AML and CTF issues relevant to cryptoassets in the UAE and explore recent regulatory developments in this space in the UAE. 

This podcast will be of interest to legal practitioners, individuals working in any financial services sector and other designated non-financial businesses or professions, and those interested in cryptoassets generally. It forms part of a series where we will be focusing on key considerations relevant to the developing cryptoasset landscape in the UAE.

Great Fund Insights podcast: US tax matters

Great Fund Insights podcast: US tax matters

October 25, 2022

US federal tax treatment can be relevant to funds in a variety of contexts and provides a range of risks and benefits depending on the type of investor. 

In this podcast episode, Middle East-based Partner Kamar Jaffer (Funds) and US-based Senior Counsel Caroline Lapidus (Tax) discuss the key US tax considerations relevant to any funds with either US or sovereign investors or activities and investments in the US.

This podcast forms part of the Great Fund Insights series, a global resource providing practical insights into legal and regulatory developments affecting fund managers and institutional investors across Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the U.S.

Annual reports and AGMs – what you need to know this year

Annual reports and AGMs – what you need to know this year

October 12, 2022

In our latest podcast our team of A&O experts bring you up to speed with the key issues company secretaries and their teams need to think about when preparing for their next Annual Report and AGM. 

These include:

diversity on boards and in executive management;
market trends and new requirements for environmental and climate reporting;
current high profile aspects of remuneration reporting; and
best practice for the format and business of AGMs in 2023.

Episode 2: Deconstructing Crypto: Emerging RICO applications to digital assets

Episode 2: Deconstructing Crypto: Emerging RICO applications to digital assets

October 10, 2022

In September 2022, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released a series of reports regarding the development of digital asset markets. 

In one of the reports, titled Implications for Consumers, Investors and Businesses, the Treasury Department, highlighted a series of “conduct risks” associated with crypto assets. 

The U.S. Department of the Treasury observed: “Crypto-assets and markets that operate out of compliance with applicable laws and regulations, or are unregulated, can breed fraud, abusive market practices, and disclosure gaps. Certain practices in the crypto-asset ecosystem have resulted in financial harm to consumers, investors, and businesses; unfair and inequitable outcomes; and damage to the integrity of the market.”

As mentioned in our first installment of Deconstructing Crypto, standalone violations of the federal wire fraud, bank fraud and securities fraud statutes could be packaged together as a potential charge under the U.S. Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) statute. In this second episode, New York Litigation Partners Todd Fishman and Eugene Ingoglia take us through an explanation of:

  1. What is RICO?
  2. The elements of a RICO Charge
  3. Criminal applications to digital assets
  4. Civil applications to digital assets
Great Fund Insights: Five questions on sustainability-linked fund financing

Great Fund Insights: Five questions on sustainability-linked fund financing

October 4, 2022

In this podcast, Greg Brown (Partner, London) and Joanna Pecenik (Counsel, Luxembourg) discuss sustainability-linked fund financing: what it is, the main EU regulatory drivers and the key issues that fund managers and lenders need to consider when agreeing terms to document a sustainability-linked fund financing. 

Topics discussed in this podcast include:

  • Sustainability-linked lending in the context of fund finance
  • Key EU and UK regulatory drivers towards sustainability-linked financing for limited partners and fund managers
  • Key issues that fund managers and their lenders need to consider when agreeing terms to document a sustainability-linked fund financing
  • How participants in sustainability-linked financings can look to protect themselves from accusations of ‘Greenwashing’
  • What we see on the horizon.
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