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Perspectives on the future of banking: In conversation with Sir Douglas Flint, chairman of abrdn

Perspectives on the future of banking: In conversation with Sir Douglas Flint, chairman of abrdn

December 16, 2021

In the second episode of our podcast series featuring topical conversations with leading figures in the world of banking, Sir Douglas Flint, chairman of global investment company and asset manager abrdn, talks to Richard Cranfield, senior adviser and former chairman of A&O’s global corporate practice, about the developments shaping the future of the industry. Sir Douglas discusses the competitive challenge posed by a raft of new digital market entrants, the state of banking regulation, and the preparedness of banks for the transition to net zero. 

In a wide-ranging conversation, Sir Douglas reflects on his career and the experiences that have shaped it, particularly his time as chairman of HSBC, and what personally motivates him in his current role at abrdn. He shares his thoughts on the evolving responsibilities and accountabilities of boards and their directors, the need for boards to define their purpose clearly, and how that can help to identify the skills needed by directors. 

This episode was recorded in October 2021.

Propel: Gearing up with Embark to transform the USD700 billion trucking industry

Propel: Gearing up with Embark to transform the USD700 billion trucking industry

December 13, 2021

In this episode, New York Partner, Paul Keller, talks with Sid Venkatesan, the Chief Legal Officer of Embark. 

By choosing collaboration over competition, Embark has secured its spot as the longest running self-driving truck program in America.  Listen to Paul and Sid as they discuss the company, its goals, the self-driving technology involved, the impact it may have on human truck drivers, and the overall sea-change that Embark is leading to make long-haul trucking safer, sustainable, and more efficient.  

Great Fund Insights: Perspectives on ESG in the Middle East with ESG consultant, Vasuki Shastry

Great Fund Insights: Perspectives on ESG in the Middle East with ESG consultant, Vasuki Shastry

December 7, 2021

This timely discussion is part of a series of Allen & Overy conversations to explore different perspectives on ESG in the Middle East with key industry players in the region.

Funds and asset management counsel, Kamar Jaffer is joined by Vasuki Shastry, ESG and Strategic Communications Advisor. They discuss the role consultants can play in identifying and managing ESG factors within the Middle East.

Topics discussed in this podcast include:

  • Private equity managers commitment to ESG in the Middle East
  • The approach to integrating ESG related principles into systems and processes
  • The approach on ESG from the due diligence phase through to the post-investment assessment
  • Common themes across the Middle East, Europe and Asia
  • Areas of focus of private equity managers with portfolio companies
  • Outlook for ESG in the Middle East for the coming year 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.

Podcast #7: Insights for Trustees & Agents in Asia Pacific – Considerations for an exit strategy and dealing with bond defaults

Podcast #7: Insights for Trustees & Agents in Asia Pacific – Considerations for an exit strategy and dealing with bond defaults

December 2, 2021

In our latest edition of Trust Us, a podcast addressing hot topics for trustees and agents in Asia Pacific, Holly Hart from our Corporate Trust & Agency team moderates a discussion on the key considerations for the retirement or substitution of trustees and agents in the context of bonds, and a best practice guide to dealing with bond defaults.

Exit Strategy – Key Considerations for the Retirement or Substitutions of Trustee and Agents

There are various reasons why a trustee or agent may wish to exit a current role – it could be due to a regulatory or licensing regime change, because of a commercial decision, or sometimes it may be the consequence of a bond default, when the issuer has been drawn into court-sanctioned on-shore restructuring proceedings. Holly Hart and Katherine Signy share their thoughts on the steps trustees and agents should take when considering extracting themselves from matters that are commercially or practically untenable. The speakers also highlight a range of possible scenarios and share tips on how to deal with potential pitfalls and successfully navigate an exit.

The Defaults Playbook – Best Practice for Trustees and Agents

Given the significant uptick in bond defaults over the last two years, Tim Beech, Head of our APAC Corporate Trust & Agency team provides listeners with a detailed guide to bond defaults in Asia. Tim covers: 

  • The process of a bond default and any actions that may occur
  • The role of trustees
  • Considerations when notifying and communicating with bondholders
  • Dealing with conflicting instructions from bondholders
  • The importance of indemnification and pre-funding.

The Trust Us series presents succinct overviews of hot topics for trustees and agents in APAC, and these podcasts are based on webinars hosted for clients. Please note this episode was recorded on 16 November and references developments occurring at that time.

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