December 18, 2020
The fourth episode of Trust Us, a podcast hosted by Allen & Overy’s APAC Corporate Trust and Agency team, discusses the following areas:
- The Loan Market – What’s happening (and what’s not) as 2020 draws to a close
We provide an update of activity in the loan market and how loan agents can be most effective, from the perspectives of the Banks and the Borrowers.
- Refinancings, Restructurings and Releases of Security – The role of loan agents
We dig into the technical aspects of the roles performed by various agents in refinancings, facility restructurings and security releases and, in particular, examine timing considerations that are relevant for the smooth completion of these often-complex transactions.
The Trust Us series presents succinct overviews of hot topics for Trustees in the APAC market and these podcasts are based on webinars hosted for clients. Please note this episode was recorded on 9th December 2020 and references developments occurring at that time.
December 16, 2020
In this podcast, Jamie Palmer, Corporate partner in our Sydney office speaks with Rose Hall, Global Head of Sector BD, to discuss the trending increase in data centre deals and what’s happening in the market to spur this level of activity. Key points addressed include:
- Trends in the market driving the growth of data centre M&A
- Key players, including data centre operators and investors
- What investors are looking for and what they should they be aware of
- Types of deals in the market and the possible risks for the parties
For more information on this or any related topics, please get in touch with the speakers or your usual A&O contacts.
December 15, 2020
In this episode of In Credit, A&O's consumer finance team Joanne Owens, Victoria Ferres and Sophie Skeet take a look at two recent publications impacting the retail finance sector.
Firstly, we get in to the detail of Treasury’s recent Call for Evidence on Access to Cash (which follows on from our first podcast where we discussed ATM and branch closures) and then the FCA Occasional Paper (No 58) on Understanding Consumer Financial Wellbeing through Banking Data including an overview of the methodology and the findings.
December 9, 2020
In the latest installment of Propel, our podcast series on autonomous vehicles, New York partner Paul Keller interviews Siyuan Chen, Associate Professor at Singapore Management University, Simon Constantine, Deputy Research Director Law Reform at the Singapore Academy of Laws and Sampson Lim of Allen & Gledhill, LLP about Singapore’s efforts to develop various aspects of that country’s civil and criminal legal frame-work to accommodate self driving cars, their users, manufacturers, and pedestrians. Listen to Paul and his guests as they discuss Singapore’s status as the leading country in this year’s Autonomous Vehicle Readiness Index, KPMG’s ranking of the world’s countries readiness for autonomous vehicle technologies.
December 8, 2020
With Brexit proper fast approaching, UK listed issuers of shares need to ensure they are prepared for the end of the transition period. This short, high-level podcast discusses the key questions for issuers to consider, including:
- Which rules will apply going forward?
- Will UK MAR (market abuse regulations) require us to change our policies?
- How will the changes to the transparency regime impact us?
- We have a transaction announcing in January 2021 – what do we need to think about?
December 1, 2020
In this episode of In Credit, Joanne Owens, Victoria Ferres and Sophie Skeet, members of our consumer finance team, discuss the impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on the consumer lending sector in the UK. This episode has a particular focus on the recent FCA announcement regarding continued support to consumers through the second period of lockdown. We also briefly touch on the FCA's plans to conduct a Retail Lending Forbearance Project in the coming months and CRA reporting expectations.
For more information on this or any related topics, please get in touch with the speakers, or your usual A&O contact.