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Financial Regulation

  • In an environment of growing transaction volumes, higher compliance costs, lower margins, and ever more demanding customer service expectations, it is increasingly important for banks, transaction processors and retailers to have an up-to-date view into the health and performance of their Payments ecosystem.
    In this webinar, IR will share their vision and the experiences of their customers in using real-time and predictive analytics to get greater insight into cardholder behavior, transaction profitability, fraud and risk prevention, as well as the success of new technology rollouts.
  • Reward programs are a highly effective way to attract new customers, build better relationships with your existing ones and increase customer lifetime value. In this hands-on demo, Elena Martínez, Retail Specialist at Openbravo, will show you how to engage and motivate your customers with a loyalty program integrated into your retail solution, and we will demonstrate different techniques to increase loyalty among your customers.

    What Will You Learn?
    - How to create a Loyalty Program and reward your customers based on their purchases.
    - Effective ways to create different rewards like gift cards, gift vouchers, customer management and special discount and promotions.

    Who Should Attend?
    - Roles with business responsibility in processes regarding loyalty programs in the Retail industry, for instance, Marketers, Store Managers, CIOs, CMOs, Merchandise Managers, etc.
  • ESG has been described as “the new bottom line” by Goldman Sachs. It's hard to argue with that when there's $59 trillion committed to ESG integration via the PRI, and it's on the agenda at the G20 and the Bank of England. This RI Webinar with Thomson Reuters examines how incorporating ESG issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes can mitigate portfolio risk and enhance performance.

    Discussion and Q&A:
    · Portfolio management in transition: long termism, carbon risk, ESG
    · It’s all about performance: ESG as a driver of investment strategy and performance
    · Shock protection: using ESG analysis to mitigate downside risks
    · The importance of access to accurate and transparent data

    Moderator:
    · Daniel Brooksbank, Editor, Responsible-Investor.com

    Speakers:
    · Robert Walker, Director of Governance & Social Research, HSBC Global Banking and Markets
    · Tim Verheyden, Associate Researcher, Arabesque Asset Management
    · Christopher Greenwald, Head of SI Research, RobecoSAM
    · Detlef Glow, Head of Lipper EMEA Research, Thomson Reuters

    *“The New Bottom Line” is attributed to Goldman Sachs.
  • This session will address certain issues arising from Title VII of Dodd-Frank and the ongoing regulation of the derivatives markets in the U.S. and elsewhere. We will cover:

    •the “common approach” of the US and the EU with respect to central counterparties;
    •the prudential regulators’ and CFTC’s final margin rules for uncleared swaps;
    •the CFTC, SEC and prudential regulator rules and guidance relating to the cross-border application of the requirements of Title VII of Dodd-Frank, including for margin.
    •the challenges that lie ahead in relation to cross-border harmonisation.
  • Many retailers have chosen to own and run their own payment systems. Having control of this critical infrastructure is key to their long-term success. However, the rapid acceptance of mobile and other alternative payment types means that retail payment systems are becoming increasingly complex and expensive to manage and maintain.

    The good news is that there is a wealth of transaction data coming from these systems that can be used to help manage your business. Using intuitive dashboards to display the most relevant information about system performance and transaction trends, retailers can significantly enhance their ability to prevent system problems, identify and address transaction related issues, improve customer service and have a positive impact on the bottom line.

    In this webinar, the IR team will look at how retailers are using their system and transaction data to manage their operations more effectively and make better business decisions.

    Specific areas to be explored include:
    •Preventing system outages before they happen
    •Tracking response times by BIN, Issuer, Response Code, Route, Store
    •Managing an EMV rollout, including fallbacks (by store)
    •Monitoring and managing Service Level Agreements
    •Uncovering real-time and historical transaction trends
  • Cloud computing has become an attractive option for Tier-1 and Tier-2 retailers that not only aim to cut IT costs, but also focus on achieving higher agility to meet core business goals, while staying competitive and profitable. As a result, Cloud adoption is rapidly gaining ground even for critical systems like the point of sale solution.

    In this webinar, Sergio Martínez, Sales & Alliances Director at Walhalla Datacenter Services, and Xavier Places, Product Marketing Director at Openbravo, will review the main advantages of adopting Cloud in your retail business and how it can improve internal processes, offer smoother customer experiences and scalability to meet industry demands.

    What Will You Learn?
    - Key forces impacting the adoption of cloud-based retail management systems positively.
    - Benefits in areas like pricing and promotions, supply chain or IT management impacting your customer experience.
    - 7 cloud computing myths and realities about its costs (vs on-premise), legal aspects about data and disaster recovery strategies.
    - What Openbravo Commerce Cloud is and the value it provides for retailers seeking a flexible retail management solution in the cloud.

    Who Should Attend?
    - Roles with business responsibility in processes regarding the shopping experience, for instance, CIO, CMO, VP of Stores, VP of Supply Chain, etc.
  • This session is a follow-up to Evaluating Skype for Business Effectively and takes a look at the non-technical aspects of moving to Skype for Business.

    - Organizational considerations
    - Business requirements
    - Monitoring and management
    - Determining and delivering ROI

    Following the 30-minute presentation there will be time for Q&A.
  • Traditional methods of identity verification are contributing to lengthy and expensive KYC and onboarding processes. Technological advances, regulatory requirements and business necessity are leading organisations to a point where they have to rethink the way identity works.

    With so many financial services institutions embracing digital, the big challenge is bringing together information about each client, from multiple systems, to create one accurate client identity. Achieving this, while demonstrating robust and compliant KYC capabilities, is causing costs to spiral.

    In this exclusive webinar Jodie Paula Cohen, producer of the acclaimed Identity & KYC conference, catches up with leading Identity expert Rob Laurence, Director of Innovate Identity, to gain some practical insights into how these challenges can be tackled.

    Questions will include:

    1) How close are we to being able to access digital information about identity in a consumable and trusted way, across industries?

    2) Which technologies should organisations be looking into, to support their identity and KYC processes?

    3) Is the blockchain a complete solution for improved identity verification, or just part of a wider solution?

    4) How can institutions ensure a user-friendly and compliant KYC and onboarding process?

    5) What are the challenges and benefits of putting in place a ‘financial services passport’?
  • Many retailers have chosen to own and run their own payment systems. Having control of this critical infrastructure is key to their long-term success. However, the rapid acceptance of mobile and other alternative payment types means that retail payment systems are becoming increasingly complex and expensive to manage and maintain.

    The good news is that there is a wealth of transaction data coming from these systems that can be used to help manage your business. Using intuitive dashboards to display the most relevant information about system performance and transaction trends, retailers can significantly enhance their ability to prevent system problems, identify and address transaction related issues, improve customer service and have a positive impact on the bottom line.

    In this webinar, the IR team will look at how retailers are using their system and transaction data to manage their operations more effectively and make better business decisions.

    Specific areas to be explored include:
    •Preventing system outages before they happen
    •Tracking response times by BIN, Issuer, Response Code, Route, Store
    •Managing an EMV rollout, including fallbacks (by store)
    •Monitoring and managing Service Level Agreements
    •Uncovering real-time and historical transaction trends
  • NonStop systems have been powering the global payments infrastructure for more than 40 years. With its release of the new Integrity NonStop X family of servers, HP introduces support for the x86 architecture and extends its mission critical platform into the future.

    Existing NonStop customers who want to take advantage of the new platform will need to fully understand the implications of adding NonStop X into their existing environment. Running hybrid systems can offer several advantages, but does require the users to develop the right strategy and deploy the right tools in order to achieve optimal results.

    As a next step, HPE is now building a new “Linux on Steroids” with access to the same “metal awareness” as VMs and move us toward a next generation VM that will be a lighter weight ContainerOS.

    In this webinar, industry expert Richard Buckle will provide an overview of the new NonStop X system, as well as the future of NonStop and what hybrid computing can mean for your organisation. Richard will provide additional commentary on HPE’s timelines, who ultimately benefits from these developments, as well as why these changes shouldn’t alarm the NonStop community.
  • Digital technology has already disrupted many industries, and today it is the wealth and asset management space that stands on the cusp of a digital revolution. Consumer demand, increasing competition from new market entrants and regulatory pressures are driving the speed at which technology is being adopted within these sectors.
    Capacity constraints, cultural barriers and concerns over data insecurity have hampered the adoption of digital technology so far; but the tide is now turning....

    Jodie Paula Cohen, producer of the acclaimed Digital Technology in Wealth & Asset Management conference, catches up with leading researcher and analyst Amin Rajan to gain some insights into how the industry may evolve and where advantages will be gained:

    Questions will include:

    - What do you perceive as the most important drivers of digitisation in the wealth and asset management space today?

    - How do you see these drivers playing out over the next 12 months?
    Which activities in the value chain are most susceptible to digitisation, and which areas should managers focus on?

    - What are the key challenges that firms need to overcome when putting in place a digital strategy?

    - How are new market entrants shaping the evolution of the sector?

    - How are clients responding to digital technology? What are their main concerns and demands?
  • Please join Experis Finance for the second session of our revenue recognition webinar series titled, “Revenue from Contracts with Customers – Developing an Implementation Strategy” where we will be presenting:

    • an illustrative roadmap for implementation
    • example templates used in an initial implementation assessment
    • the challenges and obstacles in implementing the new standard
    • certain industry-specific considerations that could impact your implementation strategy.
  • Rapidly changing technology means that most mission critical systems are becoming increasingly complex. Many high volume payment engines are now surrounded by a variety of complementary systems used for enhanced authorization processing, fraud scoring, token management, etc. In this session payments industry experts Jack van Meel and Jim Knudsen will look at how to effectively monitor and manage payment ecosystems in more detail. They will walk through several complex scenarios including real-time transaction visibility, interchange insight and a BASE24 to BASE24-eps migration that shows how businesses can still excel in demanding hybrid environments.
  • You’ve decided to evaluate Skype for Business [and/or O365], Now What?
    a. You’ve read about Skype for Business/Office 365 and are ready to make an evaluation what are the next steps?
    b. Who do you talk to?
    c. What are the considerations to an evaluation plan?
    d. What is the difference between Skype for Business and Office 365?
  • The Foundation's Chair, the Hon. Huub Willems, and its US and European counsel will discuss its strategy for recovering Volkswagen ("VW") investor losses.

    VW’s admitted cheating of emissions tests caused massive declines in the prices of VW ordinary shares, American Depository Receipts ("ADRs") and VW preference shares, erasing tens of billions of dollars in investors' assets. Additionally, VW faces criminal investigations and massive civil penalties from governments around the world, and has set aside over $7.3 billion to cover the costs of the cheating scandal.

    The US District Court for the Northern District of California has appointed leading shareholder rights law firm Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann ("BLB&G") as sole Lead Counsel in the pending ADR securities class action case. Coextensive with BLB&G's appointment as Lead Counsel, the Firm established the Volkswagen Investor Settlement Foundation in the Netherlands under the Dutch Collective Settlement Act (the "Act") to provide a vehicle to recover damages in VW's other publicly traded securities.

    The discussion will cover, among other topics, the following:
    - The status of litigation and investigations in the US regarding Volkswagen's conduct
    - Background on the Dutch Collective Settlement Act and its procedures
    - The relationship between the US ADR class action and the Dutch settlement Foundation
    - The Foundation's efforts to protect VW investor interests

    An interactive Q&A will follow.

    Panelists:
    - Prof. mr. Huub Willems, Chairman of the Board, Volkswagen Investor Settlement Foundation
    - Jeroen van Kwawegen - Partner, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann (US Counsel to the Foundation)
    - Arnold Croiset van Uchelen - Partner, Allen & Overy (Dutch Counsel to the Foundation)
    - Jim Harrod - Partner, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann (Counsel for VW investors in the Volkswagen ADR Securities Litigation)
  • Good customer service needs to be supported by next generation point-of-sale that empowers employees with stock visibility, customer information, rich product search or mobile capabilities. During this webinar, Elena Martínez, Retail Specialist at Openbravo, will show you all these capabilities through a hands-on demonstration of the Openbravo Commerce Suite latest release, which helps retailers enhance the in-store customer experience.

    What Will You Learn?
    - How our latest Store Solution features deliver speed and convenience.
    - Operations that do not require having to change the user interface for their complete in-store management.
    - Cross-store stock visibility considering reservations.
    - Fraud prevention enhancements.
    - ... and other useful features requested by the audience.

    Who Should Attend?
    - Retail Marketers
    - Retail Business Areas Directors
    - Retail CIOs
    - Retail IT Administrators
    - Retail Consultants
  • Professor Bill Black, an expert on white-collar crime, former federal bank regulator, advisor to governments worldwide, and frequent commentator on fraud in America's financial markets, is the featured speaker in the inaugural installment of BLB&G’s Real-Time Speaker Series.

    Dr. Black has spent decades exposing the destructive forces of corporate misconduct and regulatory languor. The discussion will focus on his work and current topics in corporate governance, including “control fraud” (frauds led by those that control a seemingly legitimate entity and use it as a "weapon" to defraud), the rise of the “Imperial CEO" in America, and what investors can do to reign in managerial excesses.

    (NOTE: If you wish to ask a question, please click on the “Ask a Question” button at the top of the webcast screen and submit. Click on the adjacent "Attachments” button to view articles, video and other related materials pertaining to Dr. Black’s work. Please also feel free to rate the webcast by clicking on the “rate this” button.)

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    BLB&G’s Real-Time Speaker Series hosts candid conversations with academics, policy makers, and other experts about the financial markets and issues of importance to the institutional investor community.
  • Now that you’ve heard about Skype for Business what’s next?
    a. Is it right for your business?
    b. How does it fit into your current communication infrastructure?
    c. How does it factor into your plans for the future?
    d. What can you expect to gain from a productivity perspective?
  • Join us for Part 1 of a two part series where we will present a technical overview of the new standard. We will also provide general information and best practices to consider when implementing the new revenue recognition standard.

    After attending this webinar, you will be able to:
    • Understand the principals of the new revenue recognition standard
    • Determine how your company will adopt the new guidance based on the transition and retrospective adoption of the revenue recognition standard
    • Anticipate the changes that can be expected by implementation of the new revenue recognition standard
    • Make appropriate revenue recognition decisions
  • As 2015 draws to a close, regulators have issued a number of new requirements aimed at systemically important lenders. These include the FSB’s final TLAC principles for G-SIBs and the US Federal Reserve Board’s notice of proposed rulemaking regarding a long-term debt requirement, a TLAC requirement and a clean holding company requirement for US G-SIBs, and the intermediate holding companies of foreign (non-US) G-SIBs subject to an IHC requirement. Although consistent in their objectives, these all differ in certain important respects. The requirements will have broad impacts on the ways in which G-SIBs finance their operations. Given that banks are frequent debt issuers, the effects of these changes will impact the debt capital markets.

    In this webinar we will discuss:
    - The FSB’s final TLAC principles;
    - The FRB’s proposed requirements;
    - The principal differences between the FSB’s and the FRB’s approach;
    - The planning required of G-SIBs in order to prepare to comply;
    - Potential effects for foreign banks subject to both regimes; and
    - Anticipated effect on how banks will fund going forward.

    Speakers are:
    - Oliver Ireland, Morrison & Foerster
    - Anna Pinedo, Morrison & Foerster
    - Ahmet Yetis, UBS
    - Todd Mahoney, UBS
    - Danielle Myles, IFLR (moderator)
  • The end of the year is approaching and it is time to see what happened during this year in the Retail space and most important what are the trends that will come in 2016.

    As we have seen during 2015, today shopping is social and mobile is the medium. We have read a lot about the so-called seamless experience as channels are transparent for customers. Successful retailers are true omnichannel organizations that deliver great experiences to their customers among channels smoothly. That is why they have been, and will continue to put their efforts into processes like store fulfilment, inventory accuracy, data integration across channels, multi-channel loyalty systems, and in-store technology like RFID or beacons.

    We will talk about these and other trends of 2015 in the last webinar of the year, while opening the door to the new retail trends that are coming for 2016.

    What Will You Learn?
    - Overall view of the year: what happened in 2015?
    - Key priority spending and coming trends for 2016

    Who Should Attend?
    - Retail CIOs
    - Retail Business Areas Directors
    - Retail IT Administrators
    - Retail Consultants
  • Year-end tax activities can be overwhelming and put extra stress on you and your tax team. Corporations are often challenged to clarify what their priorities need to be when planning for year-end tax activities. As 2015 comes to a close, there are a number of important items that should be taken into consideration as part of your planning efforts. This 60-minute webinar will update participants on the latest federal, state and international tax developments.

    By attending this session, participants will:

    - Learn about international tax updates including corporate inversions legislation, transfer pricing, and income tax accounting issues and the potential impact on your organization.
    - Understand the latest developments in federal tax requirements including uncertain tax benefits, recent FASB tax accounting agenda and tax accounting considerations for the new revenue recognition rules.
    - Be aware of critical state income tax legislative modifications and plan how to address these changes.
  • The annual NonStop Technical Boot Camp in San Jose, California is the global community event for all things NonStop.

    However, we know that many of you, especially those belonging to the international NonStop community, are not able to travel to the USA for this event.

    In this webinar, our team of roving reporters, including the inimitable Richard Buckle, will recap the event for those who cannot attend.

    Please join us for the session to get all the latest news, gossip and technical revelations from the 2015 TBC!