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Ashley Alder, IOSCO board chair and CEO of SFC, Hong Kong SAR: part two

Alder discusses the rapid evolution of digital assets and Madrid based organisation IOSCO's involvement in the global process
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
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
BCBS adds another piece to the global regulatory puzzle with its principles on management and supervision of climate risk, responding to global demand
The Lummis-Gillibrand Responsible Financial Innovation Act has reset the discussion for the regulation of digital asset business in the US
The amendment to existing regulations remains murky on international stablecoin issuances outside of Japan and stablecoins with unhosted wallets
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
Schemes of arrangement allow different bonds or other debts to be grouped together and has a lower consent threshold compared to exchange offers
Data gaps for SMEs create additional burdens for speciality finance transactions
The landmark legislation aims to rein in systemic jeopardies resulting from high-risk financial products
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
A previously booming sustainable bond market has been subject to a continued slowdown against the backdrop of ongoing geopolitical situation
The lack of eligible assets for the ESG European securitisation market is at least partly due to the high barriers of entry set by the taxonomy
Although ESG accounts for only approximately 7.5% of global assets held by financial firms, stricter regulation, public opinion, and buyside and sellside activism could scale the market dramatically
Still under development in the EU, the regulation is set to build on ICMA’s Green Bond Principles and create an ambitious standard for sustainable finance across the bloc
Interoperability and harmonisation of global carbon markets will be key to improve the liquidity and scaling of carbon trading
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
While efforts to create a consolidated tape tend to dominate recent market structure conversations, regulators and market participants also stress the urgent need to improve data standards

Primers

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
This edition of IFLR’s free-to-read primer series looks at the Act, the history of the anti-money laundering framework, updates to expand it, enforcement trends, and possible changes
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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Features | Special Focus | Opinions

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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