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  • Assessing the impact of the Securities Financing Transactions Regulation
    Assessing the impact of the Securities Financing Transactions Regulation
    Jeremy Jennings-Mares, partner; Peter Green, senior of counsel and; Yiulia Makarova, of counsel - Morrison & Foerster Recorded: Jan 16 2019 64 mins
    In the wake of the global financial crisis, the Financial Stability Board (FSB), with the support of the G20 nations, launched its Shadow Banking initiative, to monitor non-banks that perform bank-like activities. This was in response to findings that certain non-banks exacerbated the build-up of excessive leverage and effected substantial maturity transformation, leading to financial stability concerns.
    One of the key recommendations emerging from the FSB initiative was the collation and monitoring by financial stability authorities of data on securities financing transactions. Following the FSB initiative, the Securities Financing Transactions Regulation (SFTR) was introduced in the EU in 2016, but is not yet fully operational.

    This presentation will cover:
    •the scope of the SFTR (which entities and which types of transactions are included);
    •disclosure of SFTs;
    •transparency of SFTs to fund investors;
    •restrictions on reuse of collateral;
    •sanctions;
    •third country issues; and
    •effects of Brexit.
  • IFLR Women in Business Law: using coaching to advance your career
    IFLR Women in Business Law: using coaching to advance your career
    Julie Smith, Pressurevalve (with introduction from IFLR managing editor Amelie Labbe) Recorded: Dec 13 2018 56 mins
    Coaching is now a key component of many development packages, but do we really understand what it is and how to use it to our advantage?
    In this practical session we’ll explore the following questions:
    - What is coaching and what isn’t coaching?
    - What type of challenges and goals can coaching help with?
    - What happens in the coaching process?
    - Are you ‘coachable’?
    - How do you find a coach and assess whether they are the right fit for you?

    Julie Smith

    Julie Smith is director and coach at Pressurevalve Ltd. As well as being a qualified executive coach, she’s also an experienced leader with 15+ years in management positions, 10 of which were in senior posts, including heading national operations and an interim CEO post. This means she understands the complexities, challenges and rewards of leadership. Key success factors in her coaching include helping people develop: skills in viewing situations from different perspectives, self-awareness, decision-making, confidence, self-belief, self-coaching and resilience. As well as coaching, Julie designs and facilitates sessions for leadership programmes in London and New York, runs network groups for leaders and is chair of the Global Taskforce of the American Express Leadership Academy, Alumni Network. If you’d like more information on Julie’s coaching services, plus self-coaching resources, visit: https://www.pressurevalvecoaching.com/free-stuff
  • US and EU risk retention requirements: impact on financing transactions
    US and EU risk retention requirements: impact on financing transactions
    Geoff Peck, partner; Kenneth Kohler, senior of counsel; Yulia Makarova, of counsel - Morrison & Foerster Recorded: Nov 29 2018 61 mins
    Risk retention requirements, or 'keeping skin in the game' were intended as a means of addressing the misalignment of incentives that were inherent in many of the 'originate to distribute' securitisation products. Has the aim been achieved and how have these requirements developed in the US and in the EU?

    This presentation will cover:
    · comparison of US and EU risk retention requirements;
    · market reaction to the LSTA decision; and
    · new regulatory framework for securitisations transactions in the EU.

    This webinar has CLE accreditation.
  • Regulating financial benchmarks for European transactions
    Regulating financial benchmarks for European transactions
    Jeremy Jennings-Mares, partner and Peter Green, senior of counsel, Morrison & Foerster, John Crabb, IFLR Recorded: Nov 7 2018 64 mins
    The EU Benchmark Regulation came into force in June 2016 and most of its provisions came into effect at the start of 2018. It establishes a new regime for the authorisation and supervision of administrators (including non-EU administrators) of financial benchmarks that are used in the EU. We will consider the likely impact of the Regulation in the EU financial markets and look in detail at certain issues raised by market participants including:
    · Timetable for benchmark administrators to be authorised under the regulation and the extent to which administrators of pre-existing benchmarks can rely on 'grandfathering' relief up until 2020.
    · What indices are within the scope of the Regulation and when will an index be regarded as 'available to the public'?
    · What is meant by 'use' of a benchmark in the EU?
    · Are there any regulatory obligations on entities that contribute benchmark data?
    · What is the impact of Brexit on UK benchmark administrators?
  • Regulatory capital relief: legal framework, expected changes and BRRD impact
    Regulatory capital relief: legal framework, expected changes and BRRD impact
    Vladimir Maly, partner, Oliver Ireland, senior counsel, and Yulia Makarova, of counsel - Morrison & Foerster Recorded: Sep 24 2018 62 mins
    In this webinar, we will analyse capital relief driven transactions and structures, focusing on the principle purpose of using this tool, the main structures used in the market and the legal and regulatory framework underpinning the relevant structuring solutions. Among other things, this webinar will cover:
    - the most commonly used capital relief driven structures and why the market choses them, including a comparative summary of the structures used in the EU and the US;
    - the existing legal and regulatory framework and expected changes, including potential impact of different Brexit scenarios;
    - BRRD and its implications: how the rules affect structuring and the mitigating techniques investors may explore.
  • Initial coin offerings: recent legal developments
    Initial coin offerings: recent legal developments
    Fredo Silva, Joshua Klayman and Daniel Kahan, Morrison & Foerster Recorded: Jun 20 2018 91 mins
    This webcast will discuss the latest developments related to initial coin offerings (also known as ICOs or token offerings), which are dramatically changing the ways in which organisations raise capital.

    Panellists will discuss:
    - recent market updates;
    - investment trends;
    - regulatory considerations; and
    - best practices.
  • Understanding the SEC’s Guidance on Cybersecurity Disclosures and Compliance
    Understanding the SEC’s Guidance on Cybersecurity Disclosures and Compliance
    Marty Dunn and Emily Beers, Morrison & Foerster; Suzanne Barr, Fannie Mae Recorded: May 24 2018 61 mins
    The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently indicated it was intensifying scrutiny of public companies’ cybersecurity practices. In this webinar we will cover:
    - The latest SEC guidance on cyber risk disclosure and insider trading practices for public companies;
    - The impact of the guidance on public company disclosure regarding cyber risk disclosure;
    - Insider trading practices following the guidance; and
    - Recent SEC enforcement action regarding cyber risk disclosure.
  • Derivatives Update: Recent Developments in the US and EU
    Derivatives Update: Recent Developments in the US and EU
    Julian Hammar, Jeremy Jennings-Mares, James Schwartz – Morrison & Foerster Recorded: Feb 28 2018 92 mins
    In this session, we will provide an update on recent developments affecting derivatives in the US and EU and prospects for regulatory harmonization between the two jurisdictions. Topics covered include:

    With respect to the EU:
    - aspects of Mifid II relating to derivatives, including requirements in relation to trading, margin, transaction reporting and position limits; and
    - current proposals regarding the supervision of central counterparties and potential amendments to Emir.

    With respect to the US:
    - the recent Treasury Reports and their suggestions for cross-border matters; and
    - the CFTC’s order exempting EU trading facilities from the requirement to register with the CFTC, comparability determination with respect to the EU margin rules and extension of existing relief in relation to swaps data reporting.
  • Regulatory Burden Relief and Reform & What to Expect
    Regulatory Burden Relief and Reform & What to Expect
    Hillel Cohn, Oliver Ireland, Jeremy Mandell and Anna Pinedo of Morrison & Foerster, and Jay Baris, Shearman & Sterling Recorded: Jan 18 2018 92 mins
    There was no shortage of news in 2017 and the year ended as dramatically as it began. In this session, we will provide a focused recap of the most significant developments related to regulatory burden relief in the United States. We also will share our insights and predictions regarding the changes to anticipate and prepare for in 2018 in the following key areas:
    · regulatory relief measures taken by or under consideration by the banking agencies;
    · legislative regulatory relief measures affecting financial institutions;
    · the future of the CFPB and fintech related developments;
    · a fiduciary or best interests standard for broker-dealers, the likely next steps to be taken by the SEC and where things stand with the Department of Labor’s rule;
    · the SEC’s rulemaking and enforcement agenda for investment funds and investment advisers;
    · SEC rulemaking priorities likely to affect capital formation; and
    · legislative proposals relating to the securities laws.
  • Getting Your Message Across:  Best Practice for Private and Public Companies
    Getting Your Message Across: Best Practice for Private and Public Companies
    Scott Lesmes and Anna Pinedo, Morrison & Foerster; Jeff Grossman, Solebury Communications Group Recorded: Dec 14 2017 91 mins
    With companies remaining private longer, their stockholder base often becomes more widely dispersed. More and more privately held companies are facing interesting challenges in communicating effectively with various stakeholders, without violating securities laws. Companies contemplating or undertaking an initial public offering face particularly acute issues as they try to establish effective communications approaches. Finally, public companies face Regulation FD and other regulatory requirements that may require that they map out a careful communications approach. During this session, we will address the following:

    Trends and developments in capital markets communications;
    New modes of communication and engagement (e.g., social, digital);
    Non-GAAP financial measures;
    Navigating disclosure risks and requirements, including Regulation FD;
    Assessing materiality and whether there is an obligation to disclose (and when);
    Forward-looking statements, financial guidance and communicating with investment professionals, including analysts and rating agencies;
    Competitive benchmarking and key metrics;
    Optimizing value in an exit strategy, whether it is an IPO or an M&A exit; and
    Best practices in public debt communications (as a private company).

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