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  • Moving away from the C-corporation: understanding Reits, MLPs, PTPs and BDCs Moving away from the C-corporation: understanding Reits, MLPs, PTPs and BDCs Thomas Humphreys and Remmelt Reigersman, Morrison & Foerster; Tom Young, IFLR Recorded: Nov 30 2016 89 mins
    Traditionally, most public companies in the US were organised as C-corporations. However, tax developments in recent years have given corporate planners a wide range of new tools to structure a public company. For example, tax pass-through MLP and Reit structures are spreading into new asset classes. Also, traditional double taxed ‘C’ corporations are using tax pass-through entities, including partnerships, to reduce or eliminate entity-level taxes as well as optimise their internal structures with tax ‘disregarded entities’. These new tools lead to a variety of tax choices in deciding how to structure a public company.

    During this briefing, which is intended for a general audience, the speakers will explain the structures, restrictions and pitfalls in this evolving hybrid world of C-corporations mixed with tax pass-throughs. Specifically, they will discuss:

    •Master limited partnerships;
    •Reits and alternative assets that may qualify as ‘real estate’;
    •Business development companies;
    •Consolidated groups of corporations and disregarded entities; and
    •Up-C structures.

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  • IFLR Women in Business Law Group: Communicate with Impact IFLR Women in Business Law Group: Communicate with Impact Marianne O’Connor, Associate, CareerSavvyWomen; Lizzie Meager, IFLR Recorded: Nov 11 2016 48 mins
    IFLR Women in Business Law Group members are invited to join a webinar on Communicating with Impact. Topics include:
    •The ‘psychology’ of being heard
    •The ‘double bind’ stereotypes of female communication
    •The essential rules of getting your point across
    •Establishing your presence
    •Influencing others to get the results you want
  • Latest developments in the global private placement market Latest developments in the global private placement market Scott Ashton, Morrison & Foerster; Brian Bates, Morrison & Foerster; Tarun Sakhrani, Barclays Recorded: Oct 25 2016 87 mins
    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 seen incredibly robust activity this past year, has continued to attract issuers across a myriad of industries and from multiple worldwide 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; and
    •Ratings and the NAIC.
  • Foreign Banks Raising Capital in the US Foreign Banks Raising Capital in the US IFLR, Morrison & Foerster Recorded: Sep 1 2016 89 mins
    Foreign banks are increasingly looking to diversify their financing options. With careful planning, they can access US investors without subjecting themselves to the securities registration requirements applicable to public offerings, or the ongoing disclosure and governance requirements applicable to US reporting companies. This webinar will explain how non-US banks can pursue these funding avenues. Topics of discussion will include:

    •Issuances exempt from registration under Rule 144A;
    •Issuances that rely on registration exceptions provided by Securities Act Section 3(a)(2) for securities offered or guaranteed by banks;
    •Setting up a Rule 144A or bank note program for straight debt;
    •Issuing contingent capital or other securities convertible into equity upon the occurrence of a non-viability event;
    •Yankee CD programmes; and
    •Banking and securities regulatory requirements to consider before setting up an issuance program.

    Speakers:

    Anna Pinedo, Partner, Morrison & Foerster
    Bradley Berman, Of Counsel, Morrison & Foerster
    Tom Young, Managing editor, IFLR
  • Planning for financings in volatile markets Planning for financings in volatile markets Anna Pinedo and James Tanenbaum, Morrison & Foerster; Brian Maier, Geoffrey Goodman and Gregory Ogborn, Wells Fargo Recorded: Jul 12 2016 102 mins
    Volatile capital markets and the rapidly changing financial landscape make it important for issuers to recognise changes quickly and adjust their financing strategies accordingly.

    For example, for an issuer that contemplated an IPO or is in the IPO queue, it is important to become familiar with other financing alternatives, such as venture debt or late-stage or mezzanine debt, as well as institutional equity private placements. Each of these markets is quite different. Familiarity with investor expectations and documentation requirements is essential in order to put your company in the best position to make crisp decisions. For issuers that already have their securities listed on a non-US securities exchange, which may offer limited liquidity, it may be time to consider undertaking a US IPO in order to establish a more liquid market for their securities. Already public companies considering their next capital raise also must be nimble - a PIPE transaction may be an attractive (and available) financing alternative. During this session, the speakers will discuss:

    •Current market conditions;
    •Financing alternatives for pre-IPO companies;
    •The market for venture debt;
    •The late-stage (or cross-over) private placement market;
    •Options to consider on the way to an IPO;
    •The ReIPO™
    •Financing alternatives for recently public companies; and
    •PIPE transactions and other financing alternatives.

    The webinar's speakers will be:

    -Geoffrey Goodman, managing director, equity capital markets, Wells Fargo
    -Gregory Ogborn, director, equity capital markets, Wells Fargo
    -Brian Maier, vice chairman, Wells Fargo
    -Anna Pinedo, partner, Morrison & Foerster
    -James Tanenbaum, partner, Morrison & Foerster
  • Ending too big to fail: bank resolution strategies and counterparty impacts Ending too big to fail: bank resolution strategies and counterparty impacts Morrison & Foerster, IFLR Recorded: Jun 8 2016 93 mins
    As jurisdictions continue to move forward with strategies for resolving large banking organisations, recent turmoil in relation to European bank stocks has raised questions as to how markets will react to the initiatives and perceived differences between them. This webinar will take stock of comparative bank resolution regimes and the stated strategies of the resolution authorities under those regimes. We will also look at ‘pre-emptive’ measures such as structural changes and changes to the terms of bank instruments. From a market point of view, we will also discuss the effect that the above factors, the possibility of bail-in, and the need to raise TLAC/MREL/PLAC, will affect the market for bank capital and debt instruments as well as other banking transactions.

    Speakers
    Oliver Ireland, Morrison & Foerster
    Jeremy Jennings-Mares, Morrison & Foerster
    Doncho Donchev, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank
    Tom Young, IFLR
  • The new Cayman LLC regime & resulting tax entitlement benefits for investors The new Cayman LLC regime & resulting tax entitlement benefits for investors Nick Pettifer, IFLR; Melissa Lim, Walkers; and Len Lipton, GlobeTax Recorded: May 17 2016 50 mins
    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
  • Insurance Linked Securities: A UK hub? Learning from the US model Insurance Linked Securities: A UK hub? Learning from the US model Danielle Myles; Lee O'Rourke; John Stokes;Steven McEwan;James Doyle;Tauhid Ijaz;Rob Ripin; Peter Humphreys; Therese Goldsmith Recorded: Apr 26 2016 90 mins
    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)
  • Cross-Border and Recent Developments in Derivatives Cross-Border and Recent Developments in Derivatives Julian E Hammer and James Schwartz, Morrison & Foerster; Robert Dilworth, Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Edward Price, IFLR Recorded: Apr 19 2016 91 mins
    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.
  • eIDAS and E-Signatures in Europe: A Legal Perspective eIDAS and E-Signatures in Europe: A Legal Perspective Osborne Clarke, VASCO, IFLR Recorded: Mar 23 2016 75 mins
    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