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How virtual hearings are shaping 2021 and beyond

How virtual hearings are shaping 2021 and beyond

February 5, 2021

As part of Allen & Overy’s interview series on virtual hearings, Shanghai partner Jane Jiang interviews Sir William Blair about his experience with virtual hearings and his thoughts on the future. 

The branding and uniqueness of self-driving vehicles – an overview of design law

The branding and uniqueness of self-driving vehicles – an overview of design law

January 28, 2021

In this installment of A&O’s podcast series on autonomous vehicles, NY partner Paul Keller interviews our own David Stone, the Global Head of Intellectual Property, and author of a leading textbook on EU trademark and design law, to discuss the fascinating new customer facing elements of self-driving cars – the logos, slogans, sounds, voices, shapes, and components – and the design law that may be available to protect these innovative features.

Great Fund Insights podcast: spotlight on opportunities in alternative investments in the US

Great Fund Insights podcast: spotlight on opportunities in alternative investments in the US

January 26, 2021

New York based partner, Jillian Ashley and Middle East based counsel, Kamar Jaffer put the spotlight on the US as they discuss opportunities in alternative investments and market trends from both the manager and investor perspective.

Topics discussed in this podcast include:

  • Recent trends in the US fund raising environment
  • How managers have navigated the challenges of Covid-19
  • Investment strategies and opportunities in the US
  • Impact of Biden’s administration and upcoming legal and regulatory developments
  • Institutional investors focus on good citizenship and governance
  • Shifts in fund terms in favour of investors
  • Creativity of fund managers and product developments
  • Developments in secondaries
  • The industry’s emphasis on ESG

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 US.

The Legal Aftermath of the January 6th Capitol Breach

The Legal Aftermath of the January 6th Capitol Breach

January 21, 2021

Washington D.C. Investigations and Enforcement partner, Billy Jacobson, hosts a discussion about the pending prosecution of individuals who breached the Capitol following the events of January 6, 2021. Billy speaks with Andy Wise of Miller & Chevalier and Jon Jeffress of Kaiser Dillon about various factors the Department of Justice may take into consideration as they weigh the evidence at hand against those who participated in this event.

The views reflected in this podcast are that of the guests and do not necessarily reflect the views of Allen & Overy LLP.

Financing the Economy: how private credit will cope in an uncertain economic outlook

Financing the Economy: how private credit will cope in an uncertain economic outlook

January 13, 2021

In this podcast, Kamar Jaffer, Counsel in A&O’s Middle Eastern funds and asset management team is joined by Jiri Krol Deputy CEO of the Alternative Credit Council and Todd Koretzky, Partner in A&O’s Leveraged Finance practice, to discuss how private credit will cope in an uncertain economic outlook, what investment opportunities could arise and the challenges that face the sector globally. Such themes were examined in the latest Financing the Economy report, exploring why private credit is vital to continued economic growth and a key source of financing to businesses.

Podcast #4: Insights for Trustees in Asia Pacific - latest developments in the loan market

Podcast #4: Insights for Trustees in Asia Pacific - latest developments in the loan market

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.

M&A Insights Q4 2020: Connecting data centres: attracting investors

M&A Insights Q4 2020: Connecting data centres: attracting investors

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.

In Credit Podcast: Access to cash and the UK’s FCA Occasional Paper

In Credit Podcast: Access to cash and the UK’s FCA Occasional Paper

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.

An update on Singapore’s efforts to develop a legal frame-work for self-driving vehicles

An update on Singapore’s efforts to develop a legal frame-work for self-driving vehicles

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.

Preparing for the end of the Brexit transition period – key points for issuers of shares

Preparing for the end of the Brexit transition period – key points for issuers of shares

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?
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