As rising energy prices and the shifting political landscape bring greater uncertainty, our international speaker panel featuring Russell Wells, Anna Thwaites, David Evans, Philip Sealey and Felicity Ward, discussed how this will impact the speed of the wider energy transition. Our experts also looked at some of the innovations and developments that we are seeing as corporates and governments take on the challenge of reaching net zero.
As sustainable finance, carbon trading and other areas of green financing continue to evolve and expand in China, Clifford Chance partners Maggie Zhao, Paget Dare Bryan, Terry Yang, Vicky Ma, David Tsai and Kimi Liu, Counsel at He Ping Law Firm, discussed the themes and issues for the China market and where it is heading.
As the EU sustainable finance taxonomy develops, Clifford Chance speakers David Adams, Caroline Dawson, Paul Ellison, Keith Hauck, Kirsty Souter and Thomas Voland looked at what’s sustainable and what’s not, what new obligations the Taxonomy Regulation introduces and whether we might see other jurisdictions developing their own taxonomies.
The landscape of the securitisation markets in the EMEA region has been changing rapidly over the last couple of years. Brexit has created a new legal jurisdiction within Europe, the UK and the EU are both reviewing their securitisation regulatory frameworks, ESG concerns are becoming an increasingly important consideration, and new markets are opening up, including in Africa. In this session, our speaker panel featuring Kevin Ingram, Ouns Lemseffer, Andrew Bryan and Sophie Guilhem-Ducléon, considered the regulatory horizon and the emerging market trends for securitisation in the EMEA region.
In this webinar moderated by Clifford Chance partner Caroline Dawson, our international speaker panel featuring David Adams, Paul Ellison, Kate Norgett, Luke Tolaini, Christian Vogel and Thomas Voland, considered the burgeoning temptations for businesses to highlight their green credentials including the increasing regulatory imperatives in the US and Europe, how to be vigilant in avoiding the bear traps and some cautionary tales of those found guilty of greenwashing.
We were delighted to welcome Anand Menon, political commentator, broadcaster, Director of the UK in a Changing Europe and Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at King’s College London. Anand was in conversation with Dan Neidle, Special Counsel at Clifford Chance, to share his views on the state of EU-UK relations, drawing on recent events and ongoing discussions about the Northern Ireland Protocol. They also considered the future direction of the relationship.
Post-Brexit, the UK Government plans to build a strong partnership with the insurance sector, strengthen its contribution to economic growth and work together to enhance the UK’s competitiveness as a financial centre in a truly global industry. Guest speakers Caroline Wagstaff, CEO of the London Market Group, and Adrian Yeo, Deputy Director at Treasury Legal Advisers, HM Treasury, along with Clifford Chance lawyers Ashley Prebble, Cheng Li Yow and Amera Dooley, discussed the UK regulators’ priorities, examined the UK’s plans for regulatory reform and considered the key regulatory issues impacting consumers, regulated firms and new entrants in the UK insurance sector.
As investment floods into the Metaverse – a collection of immersive, integrated, virtual worlds where users can live, work and play – our panel of experts explored the practical applications of the Metaverse and the legal issues that will arise as it grows. With questions of data security, privacy, IP, antitrust, diversity and ethics already emerging as key issues for the future of the Metaverse, Megan Gordon, Brian Harley and Angelina Gomez analysed whether real-world problems will take on new dimensions in the virtual realm.
In Tech there is a growing spotlight on ethical principles such as fairness, transparency, accountability and access. As the framework around digital ethics continues to evolve, panellists Professor Victoria Nash (Director, Associate Professor and Senior Policy Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford), Aida Rodríguez Moral (Managing Director and Sustainable Finance & Non-Financial Risk Lead at Accenture Iberia) and Clifford Chance lawyers Arnav Joshi and Jamal El-Hindi discussed the hot topics for regulators, where the grey areas exist and how to deal with ethical considerations.
While class actions have long been a feature of the legal landscape, there are clear indications that their reach is expanding. In this session, Clifford Chance partners Ian Moulding, Kate Scott, Daan Lunsingh Scheurleer and Kelwin Nicholls drew on their experience to provide a snapshot of the key risks in relation to securities and shareholder litigation, claims arising from data breaches and data misuse, and climate change litigation.
In this session, Clifford Chance partners Charles Cochrane, Caroline Dawson, Dauwood Malik, Kate Scott and Andrew Young considered the challenges and market developments relating to LIBOR transition, how the experience of sterling LIBOR transition may inform USD LIBOR transition, and assessed the state of play in Asia and the EU.