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Welcome to the 2018 Allen & Overy Seminar Programme

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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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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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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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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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