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Tue 25 September 2018
8.30am - 9.30am

Will the English scheme still be the procedure of choice post Brexit?

Through the use of a simple case study, Jennifer and Lucy will consider the impact of Brexit on European cross-border insolvency and restructuring proceedings (including the English scheme of arrangement). They will consider where the Brexit discussions seem to be heading in this area, what other sources of cross-border insolvency law will remain available and how Brexit might impact on some of the choice of law safe-harbours that are important to those structuring transactions.
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Thu 27 September 2018
8.30am - 9.30am

Extension of the FCA’s Senior Managers and Certification Regime


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Tue 9 October 2018
8.30am - 9.30am

FCA Enforcement themes and trends

We have continued to see relatively few public enforcement actions being concluded by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) over the past year. However, the FCA has fulfilled its promise of opening a significant number of new enforcement investigations over the past year into both firms and individuals, meaning that a number of firms are seeing a significant increase in the amount of interactions they are having with FCA Enforcement. In this seminar, Calum Burnett (Head of our Litigation & Investigations team), along with Brandon O’Neil and Sarah Hitchins (Senior Associates) will: – Analyse enforcement themes and trends that have emerged from recent FCA and PRA enforcement investigations and actions. – Consider what are the key areas the FCA and the PRA are currently focusing on from an enforcement perspective, as well as other areas that the FCA and PRA may turn their attention to over the coming months. – Share insights into how the FCA is now conducting enforcement investigations, especially in light of the significant increase in the number of investigations it is conducting. – Look ahead to the next year, to predict key areas of focus for the FCA and the PRA from an enforcement perspective. This seminar will be of interest to those working at financial services firms who are responsible for the conduct of internal and/or regulatory investigations, as well as those who are responsible for liaising with the FCA and the PRA on behalf of their organisations.
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Thu 18 October 2018
8.30am - 9.30am

Bond Litigation: playing hardball

Whether willing or unwilling, bondholders, issuers, and trustees are often ensconced in litigation before the English courts. In this seminar our litigation and capital markets specialists will explore the emerging issues facing those involved in bond litigation, from Brexit to jurisdiction disputes to secondary market liability, and give guidance and practical views on safely navigating this complex territoryThis seminar will be of interest to business teams and in-house lawyers at financial institutions, funds and other investment firms, as well as insolvency practitioners.
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Mon 22 October 2018
12.30pm - 1.30pm

Recent developments in banking and finance law

A review of developments in banking and finance law that have taken place in the last six months.
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Thu 15 November 2018
8.30am - 9.30am

Misselling claims: ten years on from the financial crisis

In this seminar, we explore the key principles that can be derived from the court’s approach to financial misselling claims over past decade, recent cases and potential areas for future disputes. We also offer practical tips for how to maximise your chances of avoiding misselling claims and successfully defending them.This seminar will be of interest to business teams and in-house lawyers at financial institutions, funds and other investment firms, as well as insolvency practitioners.
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Wed 5 December 2018
8.30am - 9.30am

Look before you lend: top risks for lenders and how to manage them

In this seminar we will discuss the key legal issues and tactics commonly encountered in loan disputes. Our litigation and banking experts will share drafting tips and practical strategies that will help lenders avoid and manage litigation risks, or deploy them to their own advantage. This seminar will be of interest to business teams and in-house lawyers at financial institutions, funds and other investment firms, as well as insolvency practitioners.
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Thu 31 January 2019
8.30am - 9.30am

Derivatives Disputes: Testing the ISDA Master Agreement

There has been more than a 500% rise in disputes in the English Courts related to derivatives since the financial crisis, with the ISDA Master Agreement subjected to an unprecedented level of judicial scrutiny. In this seminar, our litigation and derivatives experts will explore the key practical lessons learnt from this wave of litigation for those working with, or litigating, the ISDA Master Agreement, and look to the future for issues on the horizon which may give rise to new challenges.This seminar will be of interest to business teams and in-house lawyers at financial institutions, funds and other investment firms, as well as insolvency practitioners.
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