Allen & Overy is an international legal practice and trusted counsel to the world's leading companies, financial institutions and public sector organisations. In this series of podcasts, our lawyers share their perspectives on today's most significant legal, regulatory and commercial issues. Disclaimer: Podcasts are not legal advice. Laws may have changed since a podcast was recorded.
Great Fund Insights: Measuring ESG in real asset funds – benchmarking, disclosure and driving better practice
In this podcast, Dominic von Wulffen, partner in our Funds & Asset Management Group, speaks with Steve Pringle, Director of EMEA at GRESB. They discuss how GRESB validates the quality and accuracy of ESG data that managers and investors report as well as other issues including:
The key elements of measuring ESG performance;
GRESB’s approach to reporting and benchmarking against the EU's action plan for sustainable growth and the forthcoming EU regulations; and
ESG assessments and benchmarking to create change in the "real world".
The landmark Siemens FCPA case – an inside look
In the latest installment of Billy Jacobson’s podcast series, Anti-corruption conversations, Billy and Bruce Yannett take an inside look at the landmark Siemens FCPA case. Billy worked on the case while at the DOJ and Bruce led the Siemens internal investigation into the corruption scandal that resulted in the first case brought concurrently by the U.S. and another country’s regulator. The discussion reveals how German and U.S. prosecutors eventually came to trust and rely on the findings of Siemens’s own internal investigation, which was extremely rare at the time, in reaching their own conclusions about Siemens.
In Credit Podcast: FCA’s finalised guidance on branch and ATM closures or conversions
This is the first episode of what will be a regular podcast – In Credit – where the A&O team cover recent trends and updates in Consumer Credit and Retail.
In this podcast financial services regulatory lawyers Jo Owens, Victoria Ferres and Sophie Skeet will discuss the FCA’s finalised guidance published on 14 September relating to branch and ATM closures or conversions. In particular:
an overview of the finalised guidance and key points for consideration
expectations on and actions required by firms
where the guidance does and does not apply.
For more information on this or any related topics, please get in touch with the speakers, or your usual A&O contact.
AGMs and Annual Reports: What you need to know this year
In this podcast our team of A&O experts cover the key issues company secretaries and their teams need to think about when preparing for their next AGM and Annual Report including:
best practice for AGMs in 2021;
virtual and hybrid meetings;
updates to articles of association;
reporting on the year of the pandemic;
diversity, including the Parker Review;
executive remuneration and remuneration reports; and
environmental reporting and climate change.
To find out more about the support we can provide for AGMs and Annual Reports and details of some of our key value-added services please download our brochure.
How EasyMile is tackling the under-30mph market and the impact of the pandemic on the autonomous vehicle industry
In the first installment of a new podcast series about self-driving vehicle, New York partner Paul Keller is joined by Sharad Agarwal, Senior VP at EasyMile, to discuss how that company is tackling the under 30 mph market, a market it believes provides one of the best growth opportunities in this revolutionary space. They also cover the impact the pandemic is having on EasyMile specifically and the industry generally, and conclude with thoughts that the questions over the autonomous vehicle world should focus on when, not if.
Podcast #2: Insights for trustees in Asia-Pacific: Virtual bondholder meetings and e-signatures
The second episode of Trust Us, a podcast hosted by Allen & Overy’s APAC Corporate Trust and Agency team, focuses on our virtual world. Tim Beech along with Holly Hart and Regina Lui discuss the following:
Virtual bondholders’ meetings. Is this possible under the terms of a Trust Deed and, if so, what does it entail?
E-signatures. Are e-signatures valid and what are some best practice considerations for Trustees and Agents?
The Trust Us series presents succinct overviews of hot topics for Trustees in the APAC market and these podcasts are based on webinars hosted for clients.