The Allen & Overy Podcast
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 27, 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.

Internet of Things – key legal issues

Internet of Things – key legal issues

May 22, 2020

The focus of this podcast is on the exponential growth in the Internet of Things and the ley legal issues that should be considered by device manufacturers. Catherine Di Lorenzo (Counsel, IP/IT, Luxembourg) and Rose Hall (Global Head of TMT sector BD) discuss these issues with a focus on cybersecurity and data protection.

Beyond Covid-19: Reinvigorating the economy in the MENA region by focusing on mid-caps and SMEs

Beyond Covid-19: Reinvigorating the economy in the MENA region by focusing on mid-caps and SMEs

May 18, 2020

In this podcast, co-heads of Allen & Overy's Middle East Asset Management and Financial Services Regulatory practice Nick Smith and Jodi Norman, and Kamar Jaffer, a counsel in that practice, are joined by Taimoor Labib, founding partner at Affirma Capital and Head of MENA and Chairman of Africa, to examine the impact of the pandemic on the region’s midcaps and SMEs.

They explore how governments in different countries have reacted, the stimulus measures in place across the MENA region, the wider trends and challenges they are seeing in capital raising and also how greater co-ordination and collaboration among financial services players – in particular, banks, institutional investors, private equity funds, fintechs and equity crowdfunding platforms – can help to improve the outlook of these critically important businesses.

Lifting the Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown - what issues need to be considered when screening and testing your employees in Europe and the U.S.?

Lifting the Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown - what issues need to be considered when screening and testing your employees in Europe and the U.S.?

May 15, 2020
A team of Allen & Overy’s specialists across Europe and the U.S. hosted a client webinar focussing on the lifting of Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown restrictions and key issues to consider when approaching the return to work.
 
Panellists in key jurisdictions such as Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK and the U.S. discussed key issues for employers to be aware of when reintroducing their employees into the workplace. In particular, they focussed on the latest legislative developments for the testing  and screening of employees. 
Covid-19 coronavirus and UK Employment Law – Guiding employers through a safe return to work

Covid-19 coronavirus and UK Employment Law – Guiding employers through a safe return to work

May 13, 2020

Following the release of UK government guidance on how organisations can safely re-open workplaces on Monday 11 May, Allen & Overy’s UK Employment team held a call to guide employers through the key points they need to understand to help safely navigate their lockdown exit strategy.

In particular, the call focused on office-based workplaces and whether there are now answers to many questions employers have been considering, such as whether temperature testing and personal protective equipment (PPE)  need to become features of our workplaces.  The team also reflected on other legal obligations that need to be factored into the return to work planning such as the physical design of workplaces and the challenges of public transport.

How should the in-house legal function respond to the forces disrupting its operating model?

How should the in-house legal function respond to the forces disrupting its operating model?

May 12, 2020

The in-house legal function is facing a decade of potentially transformational change. Intense cost pressures, rapid advances in technology and the growth and fragmentation of the legal supplier market are changing the way in which internal legal departments work and deliver their services. Jonathan Brayne, partner and chairman of Fuse, Allen & Overy's tech innovation space, and Shruti Ajitsaria, partner and head of Fuse, discuss the opportunities and challenges that General Counsel and heads of legal operations should consider.

How does Covid-19 increase the need for tighter oversight and scrutiny of U.S. government spending?

How does Covid-19 increase the need for tighter oversight and scrutiny of U.S. government spending?

May 6, 2020

In the latest in a series of conversations with leading figures in the world of anti-corruption, Billy Jacobson speaks with Shruti Shah, President & CEO of Coalition for Integrity, about the potential for fraud in relation to the US government’s Covid-19 stimulus packages, the importance of independent inspectors general and anti-corruption legislation pending before Congress.

Covid-19 coronavirus – Podcast: Practical implications for European primary debt capital markets

Covid-19 coronavirus – Podcast: Practical implications for European primary debt capital markets

May 1, 2020

International Capital Markets partner Amanda Thomas and Jennifer Cresswell, a counsel in the International Capital Markets practice share their thoughts with ICMA on the practical implications of Covid-19 for European primary debt capital markets.

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