As the year draws to a close, this session looked at key events, assessed where we are and looked forward to 2019 when the UK is officially scheduled to leave the EU.
This session looked at the integration of blockchain and virtual and cryptocurrencies in capital markets transactions. It examined the limitations of early blockchain issuances and seeked to outline an ambitious vision of how to build on these early attempts to take the next step in using these technologies in the placing, trading and settlement of securities.
We examined the effects Brexit is likely to have on Europe’s securitisation markets (of which the UK currently makes up the single biggest part), from the regulatory to the practical. We also considered whether it amounts to a real roadblock or just another hurdle the markets will take in their stride.
This seminar covered the proposed Shanghai London stock connect, expanded access programs to raise capital from Chinese investors, AUM onshore in China, and other recent announcements of market liberalisation.
On the tenth anniversary of the financial crisis, we examined what the future held for bank capital, including the latest developments on MREL and TLAC, bank structural reform and the impact of Brexit.
The full implications of IBOR reform begin to be developed by working parties around the world. We considered the latest developments from a regulatory, lending, derivatives and litigation perspective.
With the changing political landscape, sanctions are becoming increasingly important in relation to Iran, Russia, Turkey and China. This session covered recent developments and some of the practical issues thrown up by the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and the recent amendment to the EU’s Blocking Regulation.