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Navigating challenging markets, part two: bridge loans and high-yield bonds

Davis Polk co-head of finance Jason Kyrwood and partner Meyer Dworkin review the tools available to issuers and bookrunners to optimise outcomes in marketing bridge facilities and high-yield bonds
The proposals to create a more level playing field in the EU’s markets have been broadly welcomed but questions remain about how the rules will be implemented
The FCA paper on equity markets follows on from the Wholesale Market Review’s push to reduce unnecessary complexity and costs
The much-anticipated regulation is expected to completely change the crypto landscape in the bloc
Following the publication of the Lummis-Gillibrand bill in the US, market participants reiterate the need for consistency between standards adopted for digital asset regulation globally
The change should put Europe in line with recent developments in the UK on corresponding anti-money laundering regulation
Alder discusses the rapid evolution of digital assets and Madrid based organisation IOSCO's involvement in the global process
While market sentiment appears to have improved on tech companies finding some breathing room, China has its work cut out to reclaim its momentum
A possible recession on the horizon could drive a new wave of operational activists, unsolicited bids, campaigns targeting existing deals and insurgencies
The SEC’s proposed changes have opened questions as to whether other jurisdictions will follow suit, and whether stricter regulation in the US could open opportunities for other SPAC markets
A panel of activists and advisers debated the impact of a new rule for director fights, with one participant suggesting it could open the floodgates for activism campaigns
The regulation will bring a unified approach to cryptoassets across the EU on issues such as AML, consumer protection and financial stability
Attributing much of the supervisory authority over cryptoassets to the CFTC, the bill has been seen as a welcome stepping-stone towards the establishment of a strong regulatory framework
While some criticise the EU’s Securitisation Regulation’s reporting requirements for being unnecessarily onerous, others attest to the usefulness of the data
While the long-standing project has paused, concurrent work on the CMU could be accelerated following vast changes in the industry brought about by digitalisation
While Britain is trying to build its own path through plans such as the Net-Zero Financial Centre, it has followed in the EU’s footsteps with its green taxonomy and SDR
The combination of AMLD6, FATF’s guidelines, and the promises of stricter enforcement could lead to a tightening of capital flows related to environmental crimes
Alder discusses the ongoing efforts of global market regulators to address the risks presented by climate change and the rapid evolution of digital assets
BCBS adds another piece to the global regulatory puzzle with its principles on management and supervision of climate risk, responding to global demand
The FCA paper on equity markets follows on from the Wholesale Market Review’s push to reduce unnecessary complexity and costs
With the deadline to transition to TLREF and stop publishing TRLIBOR having been hit, the challenge is now to transition outstanding exposures through law
While the long-standing project has paused, concurrent work on the CMU could be accelerated following vast changes in the industry brought about by digitalisation
The Securitisation Regulation’s failure to revive public markets in the EU has come under the spotlight as part of the article 46 regulatory review

Primers

IFLR’s latest explainer looks at the impact of the PCAOB audit requirements on US-listed Chinese companies, the potential for an agreement and alternatives companies are considering
IFLR’s latest explainer looks at the Commission’s proposal on climate disclosures for issuers, for which the comment period will end on June 17
Our latest explainer looks at the innovation in international banking regulation and how it has evolved since its initial introduction
As the dust begins to settle on the economic upheaval the sanctions have caused, IFLR unpicks their implications and ponders the long-term consequences for financial services
IFLR’s latest explainer looks at the impact of the rules on foreign investments and the implications of the newly added listing regulations for restricted sectors
Market participants expect the new regulation to have global consequences due to the borderless nature of cryptoassets
IFLR’s latest explainer looks at how the framework compares with other taxonomies and what implementation challenges it will present
IFLR's latest explainer looks at the complexities of one of Mifid II’s most controversial concepts as well as its future in a post-Brexit trading landscape
In our latest explainer, we take a closer look at the new Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive, which replaces the Non-Financial Reporting Directive
IFLR’s latest explainer looks at how companies are preparing for the new law and what areas are the most challenging to comply with
Davis Polk wins firm of the year plus all the night’s winning deals, teams and individuals
Research for the third edition of the IFLR Africa Awards is now underway
IFLR is delighted to reveal the winning deals, teams, law firms and individuals for the 2022 edition of its Europe Awards.
All the shortlisted deals, teams, and firms of the year - winners will be announced on May 5
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Podcasts

In this episode John speaks to Samson Lo, head of M&A at UBS in Hong Kong SAR, about the Asian M&A market, interactions with China and the US and the impact of Covid-19 in the region
2021 was an exciting year for the trade finance bank, whose in-house legal team picked up an award thanks to its support of complex cross-border trade initiatives across the continent.
In this episode, John speaks to VP for regulatory affairs at Solidus Labs, Kathy Kraninger, about crypto regulation in the US and her time at the CFPB
In this episode we speak to Briget Polichene, CEO of the Institute of International Bankers, about the regulatory challenges facing foreign banks in the United States
Bernitsas marked a challenging 2021 with two wins in IFLR's 2021 awards, a successful haul for one of Greece's preeminent firms
In this episode we speak to Scott Shay, cofounder and chairman of NY-based Signature Bank, about Libor alternatives, crypto and ESG labelling
For this episode, John speaks to Nicolas Véron, senior fellow at both the Peterson Institute for International Economics and Brussels based think tank Bruegel
In this edition, John Crabb speaks to Hope Jarkowski, head of equities at the New York Stock Exchange, about the state of the US capital markets, the IPO market, SPACs and the general regulatory landscape
In the latest IFLR Closing Conditions podcast, managing editor John Crabb speaks to Frederique Gilain-Huneeus, head of legal at BFAM Partners in Hong Kong SAR and formerly head of equity legal for Asia Pacific at Goldman Sachs
In the latest edition of IFLR's Closing Conditions podcast, managing editor John Crabb speaks to Dr. Kay Swinburne, vice chair of Financial Services at KPMG and chair of the International Regulatory Strategy Group
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