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Welcome to the 2019 Allen & Overy Seminar Programme

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Thu 31 October 2019
8.30am - 9.30am

The shape of things to come: regulation of financial institutions in the new world

This session will consider the interplay between Brexit and the ongoing EU regulatory reform package, including ‘in flight’ changes such as the EU risk reduction package (comprising changes to the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR2), Capital Requirements Directive (CRD5), Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD2) and Single Resolution Mechanism Regulation (SRMR2)) and the investment firms prudential package. We will assess the immediate, near and longer term challenges faced by banks and investment firms as they face a more fragmented market and politicised regulatory environment.
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Fri 1 November 2019
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. 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 at listed PLCs: “The next reporting season and current governance issues”. The seminar will focus on what clients need to know 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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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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