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Virtual hearings – the psychological aspects of virtual hearings

Virtual hearings – the psychological aspects of virtual hearings

March 29, 2021

As part of Allen & Overy’s interview series on virtual hearings, Frankfurt partner Anna Masser interviews Dr Ula Cartwright-Finch on the psychological side of virtual hearings.

The road to zero emissions in Oxford, UK

The road to zero emissions in Oxford, UK

March 17, 2021

In the latest installment of Propel, our podcast series on self-driving vehicles, New York partner Paul Keller speaks with Councillor Tom Hayes, Council Deputy Leader in Oxford, UK, about the role the City’s mobility plans play in its efforts to de-carbonize Oxford. Councillor Hayes shares with us Oxford’s efforts to address the climate crisis in the UK, the road to achieving a zero emissions city and the challenges that self-driving vehicles may face in a city like Oxford.

Trust Us Season 2 – Episode 1: Market developments in Asia Pacific impacting trustees in 2021

Trust Us Season 2 – Episode 1: Market developments in Asia Pacific impacting trustees in 2021

March 15, 2021

To kick off Season 2, our panellists take us on a whistle-stop tour across Asia-Pacific, discussing the latest capital market and restructuring developments and their implications for trusts and agencies. Topics include:

Topics include:

  • Emergence of sustainable bonds in Asia Pacific: from green bonds to blue bonds to social bonds and now, transition bonds 
  • Rise of alternative clearing options in China. Understanding this system and its requirements
  • Update on regulatory capital requirements in Asia Pacific
  • State of play with restructurings in Indonesia and expectation for a wave of bond defaults in China 
  • Rise of high-yield issuances in Southeast Asia in 2021 
  • Development of sustainability linked products and the increasing presence of convertible and equity linked securities in the region

The discussion, which is moderated by Holly Hart, senior associate in the Asia Pacific Corporate Trust and Agency Team, features the following speakers:

  • Tim Beech, partner and head of the Asia Pacific Corporate Trust and Agency Team
  • Jaclyn Yeap, partner, advising on capital markets transactions across Greater China
  • Felipe Duque, partner, advising on strategic debt and equity investments, and product innovation across Asia 
  • Aloysius Tan, partner, advising on debt and equity capital markets in Singapore and cross-border
  • Rivan Supriadi, senior associate in Jakarta, advising on financing and restructurings in Indonesia

The Trust Us series presents succinct overviews of hot topics for trustees in the APAC market. These podcasts are based on webinars hosted for clients. Please note this episode was recorded on 3rd March 2021 and references developments occurring at that time.

Great Fund Insights podcast: In conversation with PRI – navigating the ESG landscape in 2021 from a manager and investor perspective

Great Fund Insights podcast: In conversation with PRI – navigating the ESG landscape in 2021 from a manager and investor perspective

March 12, 2021

As part of our focus on ESG, Paul Sampson and Ellie Wells from our Funds & Asset Management practice speak to Peter Dunbar at the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in relation to ESG issues on the horizon for fund managers and investors. Peter shares his insights on the importance of managers and investors participating in the discussion around ESG, navigating the regulatory, commercial and market pressures that stakeholders face and the due diligence questionnaire developed by PRI for LPs.

Implications of DORA for technology service providers

Implications of DORA for technology service providers

March 11, 2021

In this second podcast, members of Allen & Overy’s FinTech team Heenal Vasu, Ben Regnard-Weinrabe, and Catherine Di Lorenzo, discuss the changes that DORA will bring for technology service providers in the EU, and some of the practical steps that these service providers should take to prepare. 

Implications of DORA for financial entities

Implications of DORA for financial entities

March 11, 2021

In the first podcast on the European Union’s Digital Operational Resilience Regulation, known as DORA, members of Allen & Overy’s FinTech team Heenal Vasu and Nikki Johnstone, together with Tom Anderson of A&O Consulting look at the changes that DORA will bring to the financial entities across Europe.

How does a material adverse change clause work in these uncertain times?

How does a material adverse change clause work in these uncertain times?

March 4, 2021

The enforceability of material adverse change clauses (“MAC clauses”) in commercial contracts is an area which has come under increased scrutiny in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In this episode, litigation counsel Helen Biggin, litigation consultant Peter Watson and structured asset finance senior associate Chris Mitchell discuss the scope of MAC clauses, what clients need to consider when drafting or seeking to rely upon such clauses in their contracts and the approach taken by the English courts to the interpretation of the MAC clauses.

Cases referred to in the podcast:

Grupo Hotelero Uvasco v Carey Value Added [2013] EWHC 1039 (Comm)

Travelport Ltd v Wex Inc [2020] EWHC 2670 (Comm)

Decura IM Investments v UBS [2015] EWHC 171 (Comm)

Cukurova Finance v Alfa Telecom [2013] UKPC 2

In Credit Podcast - Episode 5 Horizon Scanning

In Credit Podcast - Episode 5 Horizon Scanning

March 1, 2021

In this episode of In Credit, A&O’s consumer finance team Joanne Owens, Victoria Ferres and Sophie Skeet discuss regulatory updates on the horizon for 2021. We round up the key matters on the agenda for consumer credit and mortgages including a couple of the big picture changes such as Brexit and the LIBOR transition. We also run through some of the key consumer credit updates, such as the Woolard Review and the Breathing Space regime, as well as some of the updates expected in the mortgages market.  Please note that this podcast was recorded in early February 2021 before the publication of the FCA’s finalised guidance on the fair treatment of vulnerable customers.

For information on this or any related topics, please get in touch with the speakers, or your usual A&O contact.

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