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  • There has been much demand from the US financial services industry for a Cayman Islands LLC and the establishment of this product solidifies the Cayman Islands' commitment to providing sponsors, promoters and investors with flexible, commercial solutions.

    The Cayman Islands LLC will be very similar to a Delaware limited liability company with some subtle differences that make it an attractive investment fund or structuring vehicle.

    This webinar will provide:
    • a practical overview of the Cayman LLC regime;
    • a useful comparison to the current Delaware LLC law; and
    • tangible tax benefits investors can expect as result of this new product.

    Presented by: Melissa Lim, Walkers; Len Lipton, GlobeTax; and Nick Pettifer, IFLR
  • The UK government recently published a consultation paper outlining plans to make London a hub for insurance linked securities transactions. But what are these transactions? And what effect will these proposals have?

    Featuring presentations from leading Hogan Lovells practitioners, as well as representatives from HM Treasury and HM Revenue & Customs (see below), this webinar will provide an overview of insurance linked securities transactions, including how they are used and why. It will take a look at the government consultation paper and discuss how the proposals might interact with both EU capital markets regulation and EU insurance regulation.

    The session will also examine insurance linked securities in the US, from both a regulatory and transactional perspective, to see what insights the UK might glean from a more developed market.

    We are especially pleased to announce that the Hogan Lovells presenters will be joined by Lee O'Rourke, head of the insurance linked securities project at HM Treasury and John Stokes, policy & technical adviser at HM Revenue & Customs, who will offer a unique insight into the government's proposals.

    Presenters:
    Danielle Myles, editor, IFLR
    Lee O'Rouke, head of insurance linked securities project, HM Treasury
    John Stokes, policy & technical adviser, HM Revenue & Customs
    Steven McEwan, partner, Hogan Lovells (London)
    James Doyle, partner, Hogan Lovells (London)
    Tauhid Ijaz, partner, Hogan Lovells (London)
    Rob Ripin, partner, Hogan Lovells (New York)
    Peter Humphreys, partner, Hogan Lovells (New York)
    Therese Goldsmith, partner, Hogan Lovells (Baltimore)
  • 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.
  • The new Electronic ID and Trust Services (eIDAS) regulation that takes effect in July will be a significant step forward for e-signature adoption in Europe. eIDAS promises to make trusted communications easier in Europe and remove the previous hurdles to cross-border recognition of e-identities and e-signatures. This webcast will provide an overview of the new regulation and its impact on companies doing business electronically. They will answer common questions such as, “can I use an e-signature to create a legally binding contract in my country?” and “do I have to use a Qualified E-Signature?”

    Speakers will also discuss:
    - The ABCs of e-signatures, digital signatures and qualified certificates
    - Differences between an Advanced E-Signature and Qualified E-Signature under eIDAS
    - How and when Trusted Service Providers play a role in the changing landscape
    - Best legal practices regarding which types of documents and processes are ideal for e-signatures
    - How to meet e-signature requirements as defined in the regulation
    - How eSignLive complies with eIDAS for each e-signature type

    Speakers:
    • Lorna Brazell, IP lawyer at international law firm Osborne Clarke
    • Michael Laurie, VP product strategy at eSignLive by VASCO
  • Public companies face increasing pressure from activists, institutional investors and proxy advisors on a wide range of corporate governance issues. This pressure has led to an increased need for a comprehensive approach to shareholder engagement.

    This IFLR and Morrison & Foerster webinar will focus on proxy access, say-on-pay, shareholder proposals, shareholder activism, shareholder engagement, and other evolving corporate governance issues.

    Speakers:
    David Lynn, Partner, Morrison & Foerster
    Scott Lesmes, Partner, Morrison & Foerster
    Derek Zaba, Principal, CamberView Partners
    Rob Zivnuska, Principal, CamberView Partners
  • The JOBS Act and more recently the FAST Act have brought about a number of changes to the framework governing offerings exempt from SEC registration. More and more US and non-US companies are choosing to rely on securities offerings that are exempt from the US registration requirements. In part as a result of these and other changes, there are now more sources of private capital and “restricted securities” have become more liquid. As a result, many more promising companies are choosing to defer their IPOs and rely on exempt offerings to fund their growth. We will discuss the following:

    How the JOBS Act has affected private placements;
    Late-stage private placements;
    The Regulation A market;
    The final crowdfunding regulations;
    Other exempt offering developments, such as intrastate offering changes; and
    Resales of restricted securities through private secondary market transactions as well as reliance on new Section 4(a)(7).
  • 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 cross-border private placement market has continued to grow, providing non-US issuers with an opportunity to raise capital from US and European financial institutions. This market, which has been incredibly robust this past year, has continued to attract issuers across a myriad of industries and from multiple jurisdictions. These issuers seek to, among other things, diversify their funding sources or supplement their bank lending, lengthen their existing debt profile, refinance acquisition debt, or finance certain single-asset projects.

    In this webinar, speakers will discuss:
    - The global private placement market and recent trends
    - Market participants
    - Documentation requirements for traditional and structured transactions
    - Financial covenants, MFLs and model form provisions
    - New issuers using the market (social housing trusts, universities, investment trusts etc)
    - Marketing process with agented and direct private placements
    - Ratings and the NAIC

    Speakers:
    - Scott Ashton, Morrison & Foerster
    - Brian Bates, Morrison & Foerster
    - Akshay Shah, Barclays
    - Tom Young, IFLR (moderator)
  • Given the global scope of derivatives regulation, legal and compliance professionals need an integrated global framework to ensure consistency and regulatory compliance with their derivatives trading.

    Through a panel discussion with Hogan Lovells regional experts, this webinar will provide these professionals with an overview of the main regional global derivatives regulatory frameworks in the United States, Europe and in Asia. The webinar will compare and contrast the various regulatory regimes with respect to relevant issues such as reporting, clearing and margin.

    The panel will also comment on whether it is possible to have a consistent global compliance program and if so, what should it look like?

    Hogan Lovells' presenters:
    Evan Koster, partner, Hogan Lovells (New York)
    James Doyle, partner, Hogan Lovells (London)
    Bronwen May, partner, Hogan Lovells (Hong Kong)
  • Seven years after the onset of the financial crisis, and five years after the Dodd-Frank Act was passed, derivatives reform continues to be a hot – and unresolved – topic.

    In this webinar, the speakers will provide an update regarding recent actions by the CFTC and SEC with respect to derivatives, and discuss a number of derivatives and cross border issues. Topics include:

    -Proposed Form TO relief
    - Forwards with embedded volumetric optionality;
    -CFTC no-action relief and guidance for swap execution facilities;
    -Uncleared swaps margin rules;
    -Status of cross border harmonisation; and
    -SEC’s cross border proposal and reporting rules.

    Confirmed speakers include:
    - Julian Hammar, Morrison & Foerster;
    - James Schwartz, Morrison & Foerster;
    - Gary Kalbaugh, ING Financial Markets;
    - Danielle Myles, IFLR (moderator)

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