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Welcome to the 2018 Allen & Overy Seminar Programme

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Tue 20 February 2018
8.30am - 9.30am

New EU prudential regime for investment firms – back to the drawing board?

The EU is embarking on its most ambitious attempt to date to rationalise the prudential regulation of investment firms.  There is a new classification regime for firms and significant changes will be required to the calculation of capital and reporting requirements.  Etay and Victoria will provide an overview of the new regime, highlight the most significant impact points and make practical suggestions on how to approach implementation.
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Tue 6 March 2018
12.30pm - 1.30pm

Global trends in merger control enforcement

In this seminar we will assess global merger control enforcement in 2017 in 26 jurisdictions, focussing on the U.S., EU and China. We will give you insight into the eight key merger control trends from 2017, the story behind each, and provide practical ideas for surmounting some of the challenges identified. This seminar will be of interest to GCs, Heads of M&A and competition lawyers doing M&A transactions across all industry sectors and in all regions.
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Thu 8 March 2018
8.30am - 9.30am

How not to freeze when a freezing order lands on your desk: key issues and practical tips for non-litigators

Freezing orders impose onerous obligations on parties in relation to their assets and on third parties who have notice of the order. Search orders are similarly burdensome, potentially requiring parties to allow searches to be carried out in their homes and business premises with a view to locating documents or assets. These orders are generally served without any prior warning and require immediate action. In this seminar Mona Vaswani, Partner, and Juliet de Pencier, Senior Associate, in our Litigation practice will discuss the key issues you should consider when a freezing or search order lands on your desk, including: • How to determine what your client’s obligations are in relation to the order • Whether those obligations differ if your client (or any relevant assets or property) are based outside the UK • What you might be able to do to overturn the order or to limit its effect • Additional steps you should anticipate parties with an interest in the order taking in the future • Dealing with costs incurred in relation to such orders. The seminar will be of interest to general counsel, in-house lawyers responsible for providing legal advice to business operations and those in wider management roles who may be required to lead the immediate response to the service of a freezing or search order.
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Tue 13 March 2018
8.30am - 9.45am

Brexit - One year to go

Join us for a panel discussion to hear A&O's experience on the key legal issues, risks and challenges for financial services businesses in preparation for Britain’s exit from the EU. The panel will consist of A&O partners Kate Sumpter (London), Brice Henry (Paris), Alexander Behrens (Frankfurt) and Gerard Kastelein (Amsterdam) who will share their understanding of their national regulators' and EU priorities. We are also delighted to be joined by Xavier Parain, Managing Director in charge of the Asset Management Directorate of the AMF in France. Please note this seminar will take place under Chatham House rules and is not eligible to members of the press.
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Fri 16 March 2018
12.30pm - 1.30pm

Recent developments in banking and finance law

A review of developments in banking and finance law that have taken place in the last six months.
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