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PRIMEtime Series 4

Carbon Trading 

As companies commit to reducing emissions, and investors demand clear transition plans, a well-functioning voluntary carbon market will be critical to reaching net zero. How can this be achieved? Join Annette Nazareth, Senior Counsel at Davis Polk & Wardwell and former SEC Commissioner, Mike Azlen, Founder and CEO of Carbon Cap Management LLP, and Ian Cuillerier, Partner at White & Case LLP, to discuss the issues. ISDA Senior Counsel Peter Werner will moderate this session. Click here for a recording.

Legends of the Law: In Conversation with Sandie Okoro - 21 July 2021

Hon Elizabeth Stong, US Bankruptcy Judge, in conversation with World Bank General Counsel, Sandie Okoro. Click here for a recording. 

English Law as an Asset – Reflections on Choice of Law after Brexit - 13 July 2021

Changes in EU and UK regulation are putting a renewed focus on the choice of law in financial contracts. Join Philip Wood CBE KC Hon, former President of the EFTA Court Carl Baudenbacher, and former Chair of UK Export Finance Guy Beringer CBE, KC Hon to discuss the implications of choice of contractual governing law, including for key parts of the financial market infrastructure. Click here to access a recording. 

Getting Beyond LIBOR - 28 June 2021

Join Joanna Perkins, consultant and former Chief Executive of the Financial Markets Law Committee, Tom Baxter, former Sullivan & Cromwell Of Counsel, Darrell Duffie, Adams Distinguished Professor of Management and Professor of Finance at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and Franck Risler, Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting (New York), to discuss the challenges of replacing LIBOR: the sheer volume and diversity of contracts referencing LIBOR; the relative value of new benchmarks vs LIBOR; contractual integrity and continuity; and the role of legislation affecting contracts. Click here to access a recording.

PRIMEtime Series 3

Mediation and Financial Services - Reflections on 2020 and What's New in 2021 - 6 May 2021

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Join Jelita Pandjaitan, Partner at Linklaters and Head of Dispute Resolution, Asia, master mediator Tony Piazza and Katerina Yiannibas, Associate Professor at the University of Deusto, Spain, and Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School, New York, to discuss what we have learned from 2020 and what to expect in 2021 including: the suitability of mediation for financial products disputes (and vice versa); emerging subject matter areas; and new process tools, including virtual mediation and the use of experts. Hon Elizabeth Stong, US Bankruptcy Judge, will moderate this session.

Legends of the Law: Judge Brower and Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd - 8 March 2021

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Join P.R.I.M.E. Finance in conversation with Judge Brower and former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, to discuss topics including how their experiences over the years have help shaped their thinking about dispute settlement in the financial markets. P.R.I.M.E. Finance Chair Emeritus Jeff Golden will moderate this session. 

Brexit and the Business Implications for Financial Services - 22 March 2021

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Gay Huey Evans, Chairman of the London Metal Exchange and a leader in the financial industry for over three decades, and Matthew Elderfield, Chief Risk Officer and Head of Group Risk and Compliance Nordea Bank Abp. The panel will discuss topics including: the challenges and opportunities of Brexit; the short and longer term outlook; equivalencies; business relocation; and the impact on dispute resolution. Rick Grove, Chief Executive Officer and Partner, Rutter Associates LLC, will moderate this session. 

Sustainable Finance: A Transatlantic Dialogue - 30 March 2021

Click here to access a recording. Dame Elizabeth Corley, Chair of the Impact Investing Institute, and Eric J. Pan, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Investment Company Institute, will discuss Sustainable Finance.  They’ll cover recent regulatory developments, including what we can expect from the Biden administration; a global overview of ESG market and consumer developments; and emerging challenges and risks, from "green-washing" to shareholder lawsuits. Ida Levine, who also serves on the Board of the Impact Investing Institute as Lead Expert on Policy and Regulation, will moderate this session. 

P.R.I.M.E. Finance Asia Conference

The first P.R.I.M.E. Finance Asia Conference took place in December 2020. 

Session 1 - Disruption: Living in a High Risk World

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Topics include: impact of the pandemic; illegality,force majeure and business interruption; trade tensions and political risk; and climate change and sustainable finance.

Speakers: Adrian Orr, Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (keynote); Rick Grove, CEO of Rutter Associates and former CEO of ISDA (moderating); Jane Jiang, Partner in Allen & Overy’s China litigation and dispute resolution practice; Nish Shetty, Partner and Head of Clifford Chance's APAC Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group; and Lynn Kuok of the International Institute of Strategic Studies. 

Session 2 - Disruption: Evolving Business Challenges 

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Topics include: the use of technology in financial services, financial regulation and compliance; the business and regulatory challenges of integration; and new risks and opportunities. 

Speakers: Mr Edwin Tong SC, Singapore's Second Minister for Law (keynote); Paul Landless, Clifford Chance partner, Head of the financial markets team in Singapore and South East Asia and Co-head of Clifford Chance's global Tech Group (moderating); University of Hong Kong Professor of Law Douglas Arner; Urszula McCormack, Partner and digital economy regulatory specialist at King & Wood Mallesons (Sydney/Hong Kong); Sophia University Professor of Law Tetsuo Morishita; and Keith Noyes, Chief Risk and Compliance Officer for digital asset prime brokerage Covario. 

Session 3 - Disrupted Dispute Resolution

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Topics include: the challenges and opportunities of resolving disputes in a virtual context, including how to build trust and create focus in mediation and settlement negotiations, adapting to the virtual hearing environment, and whether dispute resolution remains an international endeavour as video connects us but distance and time zones divide.

Speakers: Justice Anselmo Reyes of the Singapore International Commercial Court (keynote); Jelita Pandjaitan, Partner at Linklaters and Head of Dispute Resolution, Asia (moderating); the Hon James Spigelman KC, arbitrator at One Essex Court and former judge of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal; Judith Gill KC, arbitrator at Twenty Essex, Vice President of ICCA and Honorary Vice President of the LCIA Court; and Melody Wang, complex disputes partner with Fangda Partners in Beijing.

PRIMEtime Series 2

Sustainability in a Pandemic - 12 November 2020

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How can Finance build back better? How resilient are ESG portfolios proving to be, and why? What does the global picture look like? What can investors do to support Covid recovery?

Jonathan Maphosa, Managing Partner of Maphosa Attorneys and former Nedbank Group Chief Legal Counsel, Wendy Miles KC of 20 Essex Chambers, and Meryam Omi, Head of Sustainablity and Responsible Investment Strategy at Legal & General Investment Management, are confirmed to speak. Ida Levine, also of the Impact Investing Institute, will moderate. 

Alternative Dispute Resolution in a Pandemic – 27 October 2020

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Market volatility prompted by the pandemic has led to the collapse of several financial institutions.  This session will discuss how an ad hoc ADR mechanism was developed to successfully – and quickly - resolve claims between a hedge fund and a number of the fund’s bank creditors.

The Hon. James Peck and Rick Grove, CEO of Rutter Associates and former CEO of ISDA, are confirmed to speak. Stanford Professor of Finance Darrell Duffie will introduce this session.

Insolvency and Business Rescue in a Pandemic – 14 October 2020

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From SMEs to entire industries, COVID-19 has changed the landscape for insolvency and business rescue. How has insolvency law and practice adapted to this situation, what lessons have been learned, and what changes can we expect in the future?

Paul Heath KC, Mr Justice Nick Segal and James Sprayregen, Restructuring partner at Kirkland & Ellis speak, with US Bankruptcy Judge the Hon Elizabeth Stong moderating. 

Innovation in a Pandemic – 30 September 2020

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Technology drives the future of financial markets, so it is no surprise that technological innovations continue apace, alongside the pandemic financial crisis. This session is presented in two parts, each lasting one hour. The first panel focuses on harnessing technology to manage complex information sets, including in the context of regulation, financial risk and the digitisation of legal agreements and advice. The second session focuses on the growth of digital currencies, including those being considered by central banks. 

Brock Arnason of Droit Legal Technologies, Akber Datoo, CEO of D2 Legal Technology, and Walter Gontarek, CEO of Channel Capital Advisors, speak on harnessing technology. Lisa Curran, Senior Counsel at Allen & Overy LLP, moderates.

Duke University Professor Steven L. Schwarcz and University of Hong Kong Professor Douglas Arner speak on digital currencies. Joyce Hansen, Former Deputy General Counsel and Senior Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York moderates.

PRIMEtime Series 1

PRIMEtime Session 1: Dispute Resolution in a Pandemic - 24 June 2020

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Why does market volatility lead to disputes? What type of disputes are most likely to arise? How are courts, arbitrators and parties dealing with complex financial and business disputes in this time of pandemic? How are disputes being managed and determined remotely? Is now the time to break away from convention and seek creative solutions for dispute resolution? 

Sir William Blair, the Hon. Elizabeth Stong, Jean Messinesi and Rick Grove (moderating) consider the issues. 

PRIMEtime Session 2: Financial Regulation in a Pandemic - 7 July 2020 

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The pandemic has caused a more severe recession than the 2008-9 Global Financial Crisis, and provoked a governmental response that is similar in many respects to the response to that crisis. What does this say about the regulatory changes made following the 2008 crisis? What worked? What didn't? And what changes are we likely to see to financial regulation as a result of the pandemic? 

Tim Massad, former Chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Kay Swinburne, Vice Chair of Financial Services KPMG UK and former Member of the European Parliament and Vice Chair of the European Parliament's Economics and Monetary Affairs Committee, discuss the implications of the pandemic for financial regulation, with Robert Pickel moderating. 

PRIMEtime Session 3: Markets in a Pandemic - 14 July 2020

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How is the pandemic leading to market disruption, valuation and structural issues? What is the impact on liquidity and trading relationships? Do market disruptions create increased opportunity for financial crimes, and have they revealed systemic financial stability risks? What are the implications for innovation and technology? 

Gay Huey Evans, Chairman of the London Metal Exchange and a leader in the financial industry for over three decades, and Blythe Masters, former J.P. Morgan executive and CEO of blockchain fin-tech company Digital Asset discuss the reaction of financial markets to the pandemic, with Tom Jasper moderating. 

PRIMEtime Session 4: Legislating in a Pandemic - The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 - 27 July 2020

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The new Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act brings about significant changes to the insolvency framework in the UK. The Act was brought in quickly to support businesses dealing with the consequences of Covid-19, but many of the changes will be permanent. What are the key reforms and likely consequences? What is the impact for financial services? How has the Act been received by businesses?

Jennifer Marshall, partner in Allen & Overy's global restructuring group, Joanna Perkins, Chief Executive of the Financial Markets Law Committee, and Philip Wood CBE KC discuss the issues.

This event was sponsored by 3 Hare Court.