APAC Fundamentals of Financial Markets
The Clifford Chance’s APAC Fundamentals of Financial Markets Course is designed for junior lawyers and finance professionals who may benefit from an overview of the primary legal concepts across banking and capital markets. The sessions are conducted by senior members of the Clifford Chance Global Financial Markets team.
Introduction to Debt Capital Markets Transactions (March 2023)
An overview of the main structures, documentation, parties and execution considerations in primary debt capital markets offerings. This session covered proprietary interests in debt capital markets transactions and briefly touched upon securities laws applicable to debt capital markets transactions in the region.
U.S. Securities (March 2023)
An overview of the principal provisions of U.S. securities laws that impact international transactions, with an emphasis on private placements and other offerings exempt from SEC registration.
Secured Lending (March 2023)
A discussion of the basic questions of what is security; why to take security and how to enforce it; and the main sources of attack on the effectiveness of security. The practical issues of registration and perfection requirements were also addressed.
Raising Finance, Term Sheets and Loan Facilities (March 2023)
A discussion of the basic principles of raising corporate finance and an overview of debt and equity instruments including the legal status of a term sheet, key provisions and drafting dos/don’ts.
Loan Mechanics (March 2023)
This session looked at how syndicated loan transactions are structured, the underlying principles of syndicated lending and how they dictate the key provisions in a syndicated loan agreement. Structuring issues such as intercreditor issues, debt servicing and the guarantee and security package were covered. This session also looked at the structure of a standard facility agreement and some of the key provisions (including the conceptual/structural changes required to move from a LIBOR facility to a RFR facility) and showed how the structuring issues from the first session are relevant to drafting and structuring the facility agreement.
Exploring the E in ESG: How Financing Products are being used to Promote Environmental Goals (March 2023)
A discussion about recent matters and current trends in areas such as Green Loans, Sustainable Bonds, Energy Transition, Renewables and Carbon Trading. The objective of the session was to help participants understand how the financial markets can be deployed to advance ESG goals.
Introduction to Restructuring and Insolvency (March 2023)
This session looked at the reasons for restructuring from then creditor’s and debtor’s perspectives, when restructuring should happen, and the methods by which it can take place.
Introduction to Derivatives and Structured Finance (March 2023)
An overview of the Derivatives and Structured Finance practice, including an introduction to common transaction structures, such as repackaging, structured notes, securitisation, loan distribution, corporate equity derivatives and equity financing, hedging and the related structural, commercial and legal issues.
Introduction to Project Finance (March 2023)
This session covered the principal parties, types of lenders, financing structures and senior finance documentation of a project finance transaction.
Introduction to Asset Finance (March 2023)
This session provided an introduction to different types of asset leasing arrangements and risk allocation.
Introduction to Common PRC Law Issues for Cross-Border Loan Transactions (March 2023)
This session covered the main PRC legal issues facing PRC obligors/business.