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Wed 21 October 2020
8.30am - 9.30am

Virtual Seminar - FCA and PRA enforcement themes and trends

Although Covid-19 has dominated the agendas of both the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the UK Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) over the last few months, both regulators continue to progress their enforcement agendas. Although levels of enforcement action and financial penalties remain relatively modest, the enforcement appetite of the FCA and the PRA across a broad range of firms and topics shows no sign of waning. In our sixth annual review of FCA and PRA enforcement themes and trends, Calum Burnett, Sarah Hitchins, Stacey McEvoy and Hayley Humphries from our Litigation & Investigations team will: • Analyse enforcement themes and trends that have emerged from FCA and PRA enforcement investigations and actions over the last year; • Highlight the key areas of focus for the FCA and the PRA from an enforcement perspective, including areas of particular enforcement focus such as governance, culture, individual accountability, non-financial misconduct, treating customers fairly, market abuse, financial crime, cyber security, data breaches and operational resilience; • Share insights into how the FCA and the PRA are conducting their enforcement investigations, especially in light of the FCA's sustained high volume of investigations and the impact of Covid-19 on current enforcement investigations; and • Look ahead to the next year to predict future key areas of focus for the FCA and the PRA from an enforcement perspective, including likely areas of enforcement focus relating to Covid-19. This seminar will be of interest to those in Legal, Compliance, Competition, Risk and Regulatory Relations professionals who work in regulated financial services firms with operations in the UK.
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Wed 4 November 2020
8.30am - 9.30am

Virtual Seminar - Managing your workforce in the new normal - Part 1

Join A&O’s Global Employment team throughout the month of November to hear about the significant issues and challenges that employers need to prioritise in relation to managing and supporting their workforce as we continue to navigate the Covid-19 pandemic. The team will look at a broad range of issues including the latest local government support methods, the possible impact of the pandemic on working time and how to best handle potential headcount reduction. We’ll be looking at developments across: Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain, The Netherlands, UK and U.S.
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Thu 5 November 2020
1.00pm - 2.00pm

Virtual Seminar - Tax investigations and enforcement risks for financial institutions and their staff - a European perspective

Enforcement activity by European tax authorities continues to grow with record numbers of tax investigations and prosecutions being brought as governments pledge to ‘clamp down’ on tax evasion and avoidance. Parties are subject to increasingly onerous requirements to identify and report wrongdoing, with the possibility of individual and corporate criminal liability or regulatory sanction. Bringing together some of Allen & Overy’s tax and litigation specialists from Belgium, France, Germany and the UK, we will discuss current enforcement priorities and predicted areas of focus in the future, highlighting practical risks for clients and the steps that can be taken to mitigate those risks.
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Tue 10 November 2020
9.00am - 10.00am

Virtual seminar - ESG/Sustainability - Recent developments for banks, investment firms and asset/fund managers

ESG/sustainability is rising to the top of the agenda in the financial services industry, with a vast array of new policy proposals and requirements targeting the financial services sector in the EU and UK, as well as international standards and initiatives. In this seminar we will review recent developments of particular interest, consider what each will mean in practice and outline what steps we think financial services firms should be taking now.
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Wed 11 November 2020
12.30pm - 1.30pm

Virtual Seminar - Managing your workforce in the new normal - Part 2

Join A&O’s Global Employment team throughout the month of November to hear about the significant issues and challenges that employers need to prioritise in relation to managing and supporting their workforce as we continue to navigate the Covid-19 pandemic. The team will look at a broad range of issues including the latest local government support methods, the possible impact of the pandemic on working time and how to best handle potential headcount reduction. We’ll be looking at developments across: Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain, The Netherlands, UK and U.S.
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Thu 19 November 2020
4.30pm - 5.30pm

Virtual Seminar - Managing your workforce in the new normal - Part 3

Join A&O’s Global Employment team throughout the month of November to hear about the significant issues and challenges that employers need to prioritise in relation to managing and supporting their workforce as we continue to navigate the Covid-19 pandemic. The team will look at a broad range of issues including the latest local government support methods, the possible impact of the pandemic on working time and how to best handle potential headcount reduction. We’ll be looking at developments across: Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain, The Netherlands, UK and U.S.
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