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In each episode of Connected With Latham, we discuss ideas, developments, and trends shaping the global economy.

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In each episode of Connected With Latham, we discuss ideas, developments, and trends shaping the global economy.

    PE Views: Has Rethinking Cannabis Sparked PE Interest?

    PE Views: Has Rethinking Cannabis Sparked PE Interest?

    Not long ago, the prospect of significant PE investment in the cannabis industry would have been unthinkable for many. However, recent regulatory and legal developments have created opportunities for medical cannabis businesses and legalised new non-medical cannabis applications in many jurisdictions. Buyout firms have shown significant appetite for these deals, investing US$3.54 billion into the cannabis sector in 2021 across more than 200 transactions, according to Pitchbook. In this episode of Connected With Latham, London private equity partner Tom Evans speaks to Paris and Brussels healthcare & life sciences partner Eveline Van Keymeulen about how firms now have scope to embrace growing medical and consumer interest in cannabis in certain jurisdictions, while in others, such as the US, evolving legal restrictions continue to challenge investors.
     
    This podcast is provided as a service of Latham & Watkins LLP. Listening to this podcast does not create an attorney client relationship between you and Latham & Watkins LLP, and you should not send confidential information to Latham & Watkins LLP. While we make every effort to assure that the content of this podcast is accurate, comprehensive, and current, we do not warrant or guarantee any of those things and you may not rely on this podcast as a substitute for legal research and/or consulting a qualified attorney. Listening to this podcast is not a substitute for engaging a lawyer to advise on your individual needs. Should you require legal advice on the issues covered in this podcast, please consult a qualified attorney. Under New York’s Code of Professional Responsibility, portions of this communication contain attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each representation. Please direct all inquiries regarding the conduct of Latham and Watkins attorneys under New York’s Disciplinary Rules to Latham & Watkins LLP, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020, Phone: 1.212.906.1200

    • 9 min
    PE Views: Why Do Music Deals Sound So Attractive to PE?

    PE Views: Why Do Music Deals Sound So Attractive to PE?

    Music deals, particularly the acquisition of rights to songs and recordings by popular music artists, remain attractive investments for PE. The continued popularity of global streaming services and the music rental economy have helped to reduce the threat of online piracy, made revenues easier to track and predict, and ensured that strong revenues continue to flow to rights holders. Music rights will likely become even more attractive as revenues are increasingly derived from a growing number of sources, including social media platforms, video games, exercise platforms, video streaming, and virtual reality. Yet PE investors should note the complex tune of music deals, considering the depth and size of catalogues, re-recording risks, and range of sellers involved. Still, as the use of popular music continues to broaden, rights holders will reap the dividends. In this episode of Connected With Latham, London private equity partner Tom Evans speaks to London entertainment, sports, and media partner Libby Savill about why music deals are expected to stay at the top of the charts for PE teams.
     
    This podcast is provided as a service of Latham & Watkins LLP. Listening to this podcast does not create an attorney client relationship between you and Latham & Watkins LLP, and you should not send confidential information to Latham & Watkins LLP. While we make every effort to assure that the content of this podcast is accurate, comprehensive, and current, we do not warrant or guarantee any of those things and you may not rely on this podcast as a substitute for legal research and/or consulting a qualified attorney. Listening to this podcast is not a substitute for engaging a lawyer to advise on your individual needs. Should you require legal advice on the issues covered in this podcast, please consult a qualified attorney. Under New York’s Code of Professional Responsibility, portions of this communication contain attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each representation. Please direct all inquiries regarding the conduct of Latham and Watkins attorneys under New York’s Disciplinary Rules to Latham & Watkins LLP, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020, Phone: 1.212.906.1200

    • 13 min
    PE Views: Could PE Benefit From the Universal Adoption of “Super Senior” RCFs in Leveraged Financings?

    PE Views: Could PE Benefit From the Universal Adoption of “Super Senior” RCFs in Leveraged Financings?

    Undrawn revolving credit facilities (RCFs) serve as essential parachutes to private equity. They are a backup in the event of mismatches in the working capital cycle, they provide comfort for a rainy day, and they preserve swift access to deal-making when other financing sources are unavailable, or less easily accessible. The COVID-19 pandemic clearly proved the importance of undrawn RCFs to private equity. At the onset of the pandemic, credit markets gummed up and businesses worldwide grappled with evaporating liquidity, while leveraged companies dashed for cash and drew revolving lines. In this episode of Connected With Latham, London private equity partner Tom Evans speaks to London capital markets partner Francesco Lione on how elevating RCFs to “super senior” status could correct the imbalance between high demand by private equity and short supply by banks.
     
    This podcast is provided as a service of Latham & Watkins LLP. Listening to this podcast does not create an attorney client relationship between you and Latham & Watkins LLP, and you should not send confidential information to Latham & Watkins LLP. While we make every effort to assure that the content of this podcast is accurate, comprehensive, and current, we do not warrant or guarantee any of those things and you may not rely on this podcast as a substitute for legal research and/or consulting a qualified attorney. Listening to this podcast is not a substitute for engaging a lawyer to advise on your individual needs. Should you require legal advice on the issues covered in this podcast, please consult a qualified attorney. Under New York’s Code of Professional Responsibility, portions of this communication contain attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each representation. Please direct all inquiries regarding the conduct of Latham and Watkins attorneys under New York’s Disciplinary Rules to Latham & Watkins LLP, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020, Phone: 1.212.906.1200

    • 10 min
    New FDA Commissioner Dr. Califf: What His Appointment Means for the Regulated Industry and What to Watch for in 2022

    New FDA Commissioner Dr. Califf: What His Appointment Means for the Regulated Industry and What to Watch for in 2022

    Now that the US Senate has confirmed Dr. Robert Califf as Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, a position he held briefly in the Obama Administration, we turn to the priorities and perspective he is likely to bring to the agency. Making big data, including from electronic health records, useful for research and sufficient to support FDA regulatory decision-making emerged as a major theme from Califf’s Senate testimony. How might he employ big data to achieve his stated goals of improving emergency preparedness and response, modernizing the FDA, and ensuring the safety of FDA-regulated products already on the market? In this episode of Connected With Latham, New York partner Nathan Ajiashvili discusses this question and more with Washington, D.C.-based Healthcare & Life Sciences partners John Manthei, Global Chair of the practice, and Ben Haas, as well as associate Nathan Beaton. 
     
    This podcast is provided as a service of Latham & Watkins LLP. Listening to this podcast does not create an attorney client relationship between you and Latham & Watkins LLP, and you should not send confidential information to Latham & Watkins LLP. While we make every effort to assure that the content of this podcast is accurate, comprehensive, and current, we do not warrant or guarantee any of those things and you may not rely on this podcast as a substitute for legal research and/or consulting a qualified attorney. Listening to this podcast is not a substitute for engaging a lawyer to advise on your individual needs. Should you require legal advice on the issues covered in this podcast, please consult a qualified attorney. Under New York’s Code of Professional Responsibility, portions of this communication contain attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each representation. Please direct all inquiries regarding the conduct of Latham and Watkins attorneys under New York’s Disciplinary Rules to Latham & Watkins LLP, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020, Phone: 1.212.906.1200

    • 20 min
    PE Views: How are ESG Regulatory Reforms and Investor Focus Shaping the Market?

    PE Views: How are ESG Regulatory Reforms and Investor Focus Shaping the Market?

    Market sentiment and the increasing importance of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) to firms’ competitiveness across the market, combined with wide-ranging and rapidly developing ESG regulatory reforms, are driving increased focus on ESG at both LP and GP levels across Europe. As a result, the market is showing demand for enhanced diligence, and a wider range of deal provisions are being considered in light of their potential to enhance the ESG outlook of PE investments. In this episode of Connected With Latham, London private equity partner Tom Evans speaks with London associate Anne Mainwaring, who specializes in ESG financial services regulation. They discuss private equity firms’ opportunities to move toward a more holistic approach to tackling ESG matters on transactions.
     
    This podcast is provided as a service of Latham & Watkins LLP. Listening to this podcast does not create an attorney client relationship between you and Latham & Watkins LLP, and you should not send confidential information to Latham & Watkins LLP. While we make every effort to assure that the content of this podcast is accurate, comprehensive, and current, we do not warrant or guarantee any of those things and you may not rely on this podcast as a substitute for legal research and/or consulting a qualified attorney. Listening to this podcast is not a substitute for engaging a lawyer to advise on your individual needs. Should you require legal advice on the issues covered in this podcast, please consult a qualified attorney. Under New York’s Code of Professional Responsibility, portions of this communication contain attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each representation. Please direct all inquiries regarding the conduct of Latham and Watkins attorneys under New York’s Disciplinary Rules to Latham & Watkins LLP, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020, Phone: 1.212.906.1200

    • 16 min
    Energy & Infrastructure: What’s Behind The Wave of ESG Shareholder Activism?

    Energy & Infrastructure: What’s Behind The Wave of ESG Shareholder Activism?

    After years of garnering little attention, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) matters are now top-of-mind for institutional investors – and are beginning to drive activist campaigns. What is behind this wave of ESG activism? And what can companies do to prepare for the possibility of an ESG-driven activist campaign? In this episode of Connected With Latham, we continue our Energy & Infrastructure series with a look at how company boards and management are navigating the choppy waters of ESG-related activism. Lauren Anderson, a private equity partner in Houston, speaks with Christopher Drewry, a Chicago partner and a leader in the firm’s Activism Defense Practice, and Tiffany Campion, a Senior Attorney in Chicago who focuses on takeover defense and shareholder activism, about the trends they are seeing.
     
    This podcast is provided as a service of Latham & Watkins LLP. Listening to this podcast does not create an attorney client relationship between you and Latham & Watkins LLP, and you should not send confidential information to Latham & Watkins LLP. While we make every effort to assure that the content of this podcast is accurate, comprehensive, and current, we do not warrant or guarantee any of those things and you may not rely on this podcast as a substitute for legal research and/or consulting a qualified attorney. Listening to this podcast is not a substitute for engaging a lawyer to advise on your individual needs. Should you require legal advice on the issues covered in this podcast, please consult a qualified attorney. Under New York’s Code of Professional Responsibility, portions of this communication contain attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each representation. Please direct all inquiries regarding the conduct of Latham and Watkins attorneys under New York’s Disciplinary Rules to Latham & Watkins LLP, 885 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022-4834, Phone: 1.212.906.1200

    • 24 min

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