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Tue 6 July 2021
8.30am - 9.30am

Virtual seminar - MAR themes and trends for listed issuers

This July marks the fifth anniversary of the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) coming into force. The last five years have seen no shortage of activity relating to MAR for listed issuers, ranging from significant developments in market practice to enforcement action taken by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and, most recently, the on-shoring of MAR into UK law following the expiry of the Brexit transition period. This webinar will explore some of the key areas of market practice for listed issuers and regulatory scrutiny that have emerged over the last five years during which MAR has been in force and provide practical guidance and 'lessons learned' for listed issuers in these areas. It will also explore potential future themes for listed issuers in this area, including ESG related disclosures and potential future areas of supervisory and enforcement focus for the FCA. This webinar will be of interest to individuals who work at listed issuers with responsibility for matters relating to investor relations, market announcement obligations, personal dealing notifications and other areas of MAR compliance.
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Thu 15 July 2021
9.00am - 10.00am

Virtual seminar – Greenwashing risks and issues

As products with an ESG or sustainability “badge” continue to gain more and more traction in the market, so does greenwashing risk move up the regulatory agenda. In part, this is about a concern on the part of regulators to ensure the continued credibility of this nascent market segment, and help steer private capital into “greening” initiatives. But it is also about basic principles of investor protection and making sure products “do what they say on the tin”. In this seminar, we will look at EU, UK and other regulatory initiatives intended to prevent the risk of greenwashing – including SFDR and the Taxonomy Regulation – and provide practical guidance on how firms can ensure their systems and controls offer robust protection. We will also be joined by Matt Townsend (co-head of our Environment, Climate and Regulatory Law Group) to talk about what regulators are likely to focus on most. PLUS Suzanne Spears from our Public International Law team to talk about what key messages we should take away from greenwashing cases decided to date.
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