The Allen & Overy Podcast
English law and the English courts 5 years after the Brexit referendum – are they still an attractive choice?

English law and the English courts 5 years after the Brexit referendum – are they still an attractive choice?

June 22, 2021

In this podcast we provide an update on the legal position, including when the Hague Convention might not apply, whether the UK is likely to rejoin the Lugano Convention, and how the markets have reacted to the change of regime.  We also discuss the key issues parties should be thinking about when negotiating governing law and dispute resolution clauses in their commercial contracts.   

Great Fund Insights podcast: Spotlight on opportunities in alternative investments in the Middle East

Great Fund Insights podcast: Spotlight on opportunities in alternative investments in the Middle East

June 22, 2021

This timely discussion is part of a series of Allen & Overy conversations on opportunities in alternative investments across our global funds network.

Partner, Nick Smith and counsel, Kamar Jaffer, both based in Dubai, put the spotlight on the Middle East as they discuss opportunities in alternative investments and market trends from the manager and investor perspective.

Topics discussed in this podcast include:

  • Recent trends in the Middle East fund raising environment
  • How managers have navigated the challenges of Covid-19
  • Investment strategies and opportunities in the Middle East
  • The trends and demand for Shari’a-compliant funds
  • The trends on domicile and fund vehicles
  • Flexibility in governance and economic terms to navigate challenging markets
  • The industry’s emphasis on ESG
  • Models being used to attract institutional capital
  • Outlook for 2021 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.

“Secure first, then ride.” V2X technology and enhancing the safety of self-driving vehicles

“Secure first, then ride.” V2X technology and enhancing the safety of self-driving vehicles

June 9, 2021

New York partner Paul Keller interviews Jaeson Yoo, Chief Strategy Officer of Autocrypt, a leading V2X provider that offers services and solutions to secure communication lines between connected and autonomous vehicles and the outside world. 

Paul and Jaeson discuss the basics of V2X technology, the emergence of CV2X technology and its impact on V2X technology, cyber-security and data ownership issues, and, what the future may hold for not only autonomous vehicles but also for the cities in which they operate.

In Credit Podcast: The Financial Conduct Authority’s proposed new “Customer Duty”

In Credit Podcast: The Financial Conduct Authority’s proposed new “Customer Duty”

June 7, 2021

In this episode of In Credit, A&O’s consumer finance team Joanne Owens, Victoria Ferres, Sophie Skeet and Mercy Hadfield discuss the Financial Conduct Authority’s recent proposal to introduce a “Consumer Duty.”  The consultation paper is proposing firms provide a higher standard of care for consumers by asking themselves “would I be happy to be treated in the way my firm treats its customers”, or even “would I recommend my firm’s products and services to my friends and family?” 

The goals and themes echo those of previous consultations papers from the FCA, including the  treatment of vulnerable people which we discussed in a previous episode here, however the proposed measures could herald a “paradigm shift” in how business is conducted in the retail sector.

This episode will consider:

  • the background to the paper
  • the three elements of the Consumer Duty
  • what this means for firms dealing with retail customers 

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