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Wed 12 December 2018
8.30am - 9.30am

Artificial Intelligence v Human Intelligence: where are the legaltech battle lines being drawn?

This seminar aims to provide insights into how artificial intelligence (AI) can be applied to legal tasks to increase efficiency and accuracy, streamline workflow, produce innovative solutions to problems, and address the increasing burden of regulatory compliance. It will cover the different technology approaches; outline the factors which need to be considered when selecting the optimum approach; consider the level of human involvement required; and highlight some examples of successful use cases.
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Thu 13 December 2018
12.30pm - 1.30pm

Force Majeure Clauses

This seminar will examine some general and specific issues relating to the drafting of, and reliance upon, force majeure clauses. It will include Brexit related issues. Recent case law will also be reviewed, including that dealing with causation and the use of 'reasonable endeavours' to remedy or avoid the force majeure.
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Fri 11 January 2019
8.30am - 10.00am

M&A outlook in 2019

This seminar will be split into two parts. The first part will cover the M&A outlook for 2019, with guest speaker Anthony Gutman, Global co-head of Investment Banking Services and co-head of UK Investment Banking, Goldman Sachs. The second part will be a panel discussion on the implications of trade wars and Brexit, led by a global panel of A&O speakers.
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Thu 17 January 2019
8.30am - 9.30am

The extension of the FCA’s Senior Managers and Certification Regime: approaching your implementation project

The extension of the FCA’s Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) will come into force on 9 December 2019. With less than a year to go until the SMCR goes live by the time this seminar takes place, most firms will be commencing their SMCR implementation projects during Q1 2019 if they have not done so already. In this seminar, members of our regulatory and employment teams will cover: • How FCA-only authorised firms should be approaching their SMCR implementation projects, including what they should be prioritising and why. • What documentation FCA-only authorised firms should be putting in place in order to implement the SMCR, including examples of key documents that firms should be putting in place and what they should contain. • Key lessons learned from the SMCR implementation projects undertaken by banks and building societies that they advised, and how FCA-only authorised firms can benefit from these lessons learned. • How FCA-only authorised firms can ensure that they implement the SMCR in a way which will help them to ‘live’ with the SMCR after it comes into force on 9 December 2019. This seminar will be of interest to those in Legal, Compliance and HR functions of FCA-only authorised firms which will be subject to the SMCR from 9 December 2019.
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Tue 29 January 2019
8.30am - 9.30am

EU Securitisation Regulation framework: where are we now?

The new EU Securitisation Regulation framework applies in general from 1 January 2019, but the securitisation markets enter the new EU regime with a number of uncertainties remaining, not least because the final texts of some of the new regulatory guidance and technical standards are not made available at the start of 2019. The seminar will provide an opportunity to hear from the A&O securitisation team on the latest position, the key issues from the perspective of different market players and latest practice points.
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Wed 6 February 2019
12.30pm - 1.30pm

A stronger Pensions Regulator: new risks for UK corporates?

The government intends to strengthen the Pensions Regulator and make changes to scheme funding rules. As the pensions pendulum swings between, on one hand, minimising the adverse impact of the defined benefit funding regime on the sustainable growth of an employer, and preventing corporate scandals and scheme abandonment on the other, where will the lines be drawn? What are the implications for corporates generally and M&A activity in particular of the Pensions Regulator wielding greater powers and penalties? Partner Neil Bowden and Counsel Jessica Kerslake will guide you through the proposed changes, implications, and expected timing.
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