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.
A discussion with Zenzic, the coordinator of the UK’s efforts to develop advanced mobility services
In the latest installment of Propel, our podcast series on self-driving vehicles, Paul Keller interviews Daniel Ruiz, CEO of Zenzic, the UK agency leading the coordination of that country's testing and deployment of advanced mobility services. Listen to Paul and Daniel as they discuss the status of Zenzic's work, its collaboration with government, industry, and academia, Covid-19's impact on those efforts and its role in developing a model for other countries to use to prepare for AV technology.
Preparing for the end of the Brexit transition period – ten points relevant to mainstream debt capital market issuance
Whilst Brexit formally happened when the UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020, it has been treated as a Member State under Union law during the transition period established by the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement. The transition period is scheduled to end on 31 December 2020, but it is still unclear whether the EU and the UK will reach a free trade agreement governing the future relationship. Even if there is success on this front, the UK is still expected to leave the single market on 31 December and any free trade agreement is unlikely to have a tangible effect on the mainstream debt capital markets. The points that parties considered ahead of a potential no-deal Brexit previously will again become relevant.
In light of this (and to complement our recent updated bulletin), International Capital Markets partner Amanda Thomas and Jennifer Cresswell, a counsel in the International Capital Markets practice, discuss ten points for action and issues for consideration to assist issuers and other participants in the mainstream debt capital markets in preparing for the end of the transition period.
Podcast #3: Insights for Trustees in Asia Pacific - Corporate liability management
The third episode of Trust Us, a podcast hosted by Allen & Overy’s APAC Corporate Trust and Agency team, focuses on the role of trustees in helping to manage corporate liabilities. The team provides insights on the following topical areas:
Liability Management in APAC Capital Markets – the options and the expectations: What avenues are corporates exploring to manage their liabilities in the current environment and what can Trustees and Agents be expected to do to give effect to these initiatives.
The role of the Tabulation Agent: With corporates looking to manage their liabilities, our clients are undertaking an array of roles to facilitate this. In this episode, we will be looking at the role of the Tabulation Agent.
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. Please note this episode was recorded on 04 November 2020 and references developments occurring on the day.
The “seeing” and “thinking” of self-driving cars
Light Detection and Ranging sensors (“LiDAR”) provide a form of “sight” to AVs that generate massive amounts of data these vehicles can use to “think” about their driving. In the second installment of Paul Keller’s podcast series ‘Propel’ about self-driving cars, Paul is joined by Harriet Ravenscroft and Niall McCarroll, two members of Allen & Overy’s internal scientific team, to introduce this remarkable sensor technology and the AI it powers that is enabling self-driving cars to fulfill their potential.
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.