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Welcome to the 2019 Allen & Overy Seminar Programme

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Wed 13 November 2019
8.30am - 9.30am

Credit Default Swaps and Restructurings

CDS has hit the headlines because of the role credit derivatives have played in a number of recent restructuring deals, with the focus in particular on two things: ‘manufactured credit events’ and ‘net short lenders’. This seminar will examine some of the headline-grabbing cases, the nuances behind the headlines and the responses to the concerns raised by market participants, industry bodies and regulators. It will also look in more detail at Thomas Cook and the new dynamics we are seeing in restructurings as a result of a wide range of different stakeholders holding credit derivatives positions.
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Tue 19 November 2019
8.30am - 9.30am

Convergence, divergence and disturbance: What’s next for financial regulation in Europe?

During this session, a panel of our European regulatory partners will discuss issues facing our financial services clients including Brexit, the Banking Union, equivalence, financial instability and deregulation.
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Wed 27 November 2019
8.30am - 9.30am

Operationalising data and ethics

With the likes of mobile, blockchain and artificial intelligence reshaping traditional business models, we are seeing the emergence of a new trend threatening to disrupt these disruptive technologies – data ethics. Data ethics is rapidly becoming one of the most important strategic and operationally complex risk management challenges facing organisations. It is the study and evaluation of moral problems relating to data, algorithms and corresponding practices to formulate and support morally good solutions; in practice, data ethics embodies the difference between what organisations can do with data, and what they should do with data. In other words, where legislation and regulation form the letter of the law, data ethics represents the spirit of the law. An organisation could face significant consequences including loss of customer trust, regulatory investigation, and investor backlash if it is perceived to be using data in an underhand or reckless way. Indeed, investors are actively urging companies to remedy perceived ethical deficiencies in their data management practices, suggesting that it is only a matter of time before data ethics makes its way on to the environment, social and governance (usually referred to as “ESG”) agenda of organisations. This session will offer a number of suggestions for how organisations may operationalise data ethics and shift mindset from a compliance/tick-box approach to an approach based on values and principles.
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Mon 16 December 2019
12.30pm - 1.30pm

Taking security over contractual rights: assignment or charge?

This seminar will examine the key legal and practical differences between taking security over contractual rights by assignment and by way of charge. Enforcement rights and priorities will be considered, as well as the risk of recharacterisation of the chosen security interest by the courts.
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