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Wed 15 February 2023
12.30pm - 1.30pm

Hybrid seminar - Enforcement of security financial collateral arrangements

This seminar will focus on the self-help remedy of ‘appropriation’. Appropriation provides collateral-takers with the means of taking financial collateral in satisfaction of the underlying obligation, while accounting to the collateral-provider for any surplus value. The seminar will include analysis of ABT Auto Investments Ltd v Aapico Investment Pte Ltd [2022] EWHC 2839 (Comm), which is the first English case to consider what is required to make a valuation ‘in a commercially reasonable manner’ for the purposes of appropriation.
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Tue 21 February 2023
9.00am - 9.45am

Virtual seminar - Pillar Talk: Conversations on OECD global tax reforms for a digital world

A SERIES OF WEBINARS AND PUBLICATIONS FOCUSING ON GLOBAL TAX REFORMS Client Seminar Programme 2023 Pillar Talk is Allen & Overy’s new series of webinars and publications focusing on global tax changes being implemented as a result of the two-pillar proposals initiated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), focussing initially on the introduction of a global minimum tax rate for multinationals within scope (Pillar Two). As progress towards domestic implementation advances, our global A&O tax lawyers will consider the tax, legal and commercial implications of recent and upcoming developments, as well as emerging themes and possible pain points in the context of specific sectors. Our first webinar will introduce and review some of the central principles of Pillar Two and developments to date in the UK and European Union, including: • Implementation and timing • Role of accounting principles and calculation of effective tax rate • Mechanics of the income inclusion rule and possible anomalies • Scope of exclusions, safe harbours and transitional rules
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Wed 22 February 2023
9.00am - 10.00am

Virtual seminar - The year ahead in ESG – product update for UK financial services firms

2022 was a busy time for ESG, with a long list of initiatives in both the EU and the UK. 2023 shows no signs of slowing down, so in this seminar we will provide an overview of recent ESG updates and highlight the items you should have on your agenda – as regards derivatives, carbon credits, bonds, CLOs and the general lending market.
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Tue 28 February 2023
9.00am - 10.00am

Virtual seminar - The end-game: options, strategy and tactics for defined benefit pension schemes

Sponsors of private sector defined benefit pension schemes are continuing to look for end-game solutions, especially in light of ever increasing regulatory scrutiny. Buy- out, run on or consolidate – what are the pros and cons of the options available? How do you balance strengthened funding expectations against the risk of trapped surplus and secure good outcomes in a volatile world?
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Wed 1 March 2023
12.30pm - 1.30pm

Virtual seminar - Navigating the challenges of sensitive workplace investigations: tips and techniques

Conducting workplace investigations into sensitive issues can be incredibly challenging. Juggling duties of care to all involved in the investigation process, along with stakeholder management and potential regulator and other third party interest, exposes companies to significant financial and reputational risk. Equally, getting it right will have a positive impact on culture and on encouraging employees to speak up without fear of retaliation. In this session, we will share our experience of managing sensitive investigations with you. We will look at topics such as stakeholder management, proportionality and fairness of the process, appropriate lines of questioning of witnesses and communication of findings, providing you with practical guidance from real-life examples whilst working through a hypothetical investigation.
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Tue 14 March 2023
12.30pm - 1.30pm

Virtual seminar - National Security and Investment Act 2021 - Implications for Energy and Infrastructure Financings

One year on from the National Security and Investment Act 2021 coming into effect, we examine its operation and implications for energy and infrastructure financings. Drawing on our experience of developing market practice, this session will touch on the related specified sectors under the Act that may require mandatory notification, as well as on restructuring implications.
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Wed 22 March 2023
9.00am - 10.00am

Virtual seminar - Crypto’s Regulated Future in the EU & UK – What happens now?

Both the EU and the UK have announced the introduction of new legal frameworks for the provision of cryptoasset activities. The EU’s Markets in Crypto-assets Regulation (MiCA) in particular will come into force soon (from April 2023). The UK’s proposed measures are aimed at mitigating specific risks posed by crypto firms, which shall be under consultation until 30th April 2023. In this session, lawyers from our European and UK regulatory teams discuss the various ways that crypto firms can prepare for this new regulated environment, including: 1. understanding how your products, services or token offering(s) might be in-scope of these new regimes; 2. devising a licensing strategy for your key markets; and 3. anticipating future guidance from competent authorities.
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Thu 23 March 2023
9.00am - 10.00am

Virtual seminar - UK individual accountability in financial services: Themes, trends and challenges

Now in its seventh year, the UK Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR), continues to present no shortage of tricky issues and challenges for firms to grapple with. But are we approaching a turning point? The Edinburgh Reforms have cast doubt over the future of the SMCR, but in the meantime firms must still carry on with their ‘business as usual’ SMCR activities. In our annual webinar on UK individual accountability themes and trends, Sarah Hitchins, Robbie Sinclair, Marc Teasdale and David McMenamin will share their thoughts on: • navigating the challenges that applicants for Senior Manager roles should expect given the FCA’s more assertive approach to the gateway; • the latest thinking and regulatory expectations around Senior Managers and their “reasonable steps”; • whistleblowing, with a particular focus on the obligations and expectations of Senior Managers; • employment litigation risks, including examples of the types of actions employees have issued, or threatened to issue, over the last 12 months in the High Court and Employment Tribunal; • handling employee misconduct, including non-financial misconduct and assessing direct or indirect responsibility for issues through individual accountability reviews; • the regulators’ current enforcement appetite and areas of focus under the SMCR; and • the Edinburgh Reforms and their likely impact on the SMCR. Whether you work in Compliance, Employment, ER, HR, Investigations, Legal, Risk or dedicated individual accountability teams, there will be takeaways from this session to assist with the day-to-day operation and management of the SMCR.
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Tue 28 March 2023
3.00pm - 4.00pm

Virtual seminar - Liability management – risk and opportunity in the world of leverage

Liability management transactions can be a powerful tool. Sponsors, debtors and supportive investors can use in-built flexibility in finance contracts to maximise their value. But, these transactions can face significant opposition and execution risk. With issues relevant to stakeholders in the US and Europe at origination as well as those confronted with a distressed credit, join our expert panel to hear about liability management trends and the market outlook.
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Fri 31 March 2023
12.30pm - 1.30pm

Hybrid seminar - 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.
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