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Fri 27 September 2019
8.30am - 9.30am

Fintech litigation and regulatory enforcement risks: emerging trends and areas to watch

Today’s Fintech market has been characterised by a period of significant growth. As the market matures, many of the once “disruptive” new entrants have established a substantial customer base and international footprint. Banks have also launched innovation programmes, which are beginning to deliver tangible results by integrating new models, investing in start-ups or partnering with fintech platforms to deliver bespoke products. With many new enterprises now of a size to attract regulatory interest as well as civil claims, where are the emerging pain points, and what can banks and fintechs do to mitigate risk and protect themselves in a maturing market? In this panel discussion, we’ll bring together a mix of A&O lawyers and regulatory consultants to share their perspectives on future disputes and enforcement “hotspots” in this fast-moving market.
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Tue 8 October 2019
5.30pm - 6.30pm

Evolution and innovation in aviation

The annual Allen & Overy Aviation seminar will look to bring together the entire aviation industry for an engaging discussion on topics, including; Joint Ventures and sidecar entities, the Cape Town Convention, with analysis of Avianca Brazil proceedings, a snapshot of recent legal decisions and the important role of Legal technology in shaping the future of the aviation industry. Registration for this seminar will open on 1 September.
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Wed 23 October 2019
8.30am - 9.30am

Antitrust enforcement: key lessons from recent developments

In this session we will look at recent trends in antitrust enforcement from across the globe. We will consider global fine levels, antitrust enforcement in digital markets, an increased focus on vertical restrictions, consequences for individuals and other key developments, as well as what to watch out for in the months ahead. Registration will open on 1 September.
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Fri 1 November 2019
8.30am - 9.30am

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. Please note registration for this seminar will open at the start of October.
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Wed 6 November 2019
8.30am - 10.00am

The next reporting season and current governance issues

On 6 November 2019, we will host our annual breakfast seminar aimed at company secretaries and in house counsel working in listed plcs: “The next reporting season and current governance issues”. The seminar will focus on what clients need to know about for the 2019/20 reporting season, including the impact of the UK Corporate Governance Code 2018 on 2019/2020 reports, section 172 statements, enhanced reporting on executive remuneration and corporate governance statements for large subsidiaries. The seminar will also cover current institutional shareholder priorities and will give our perspective on high profile governance issues, including ESG, audit reform and corporate culture. Please note registration for this seminar will open at the start of October.
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Thu 7 November 2019
8.30am - 9.30am

Trends in law and regulation concerning cryptoassets, cryptocurrency and blockchain

With law-makers around the world considering their regulatory response to cryptoassets, cryptocurrency and blockchain, we take stock of recent developments in the UK and place them in the context of the global landscape. We will also look at what is coming out of the English courts including the work of the UK Jurisdiction Taskforce. By attending this seminar, delegates should gain insights into the direction of travel on emerging issues such as the FCA’s taxonomy for cryptoassets, the question of whether cryptoassets are property or can be the subject of a security interest, and whether smart legal contracts give rise to binding legal obligations. We will also touch on the latest thinking on related issues including the prudential treatment of cryptoassets, custody, liability, jurisdiction and governing law. Please note registration for this seminar will open at the start of October.
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