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Biodiversity litigation set to take off

An expected rise in ESG litigation will provide an extra enforcement tool to increase accountability for environmental crimes
The urgency for Japanese businesses to sell off non-core units due to corporate governance is creating opportunities for private equity
Proposals to regulate green investments for investment funds in the US have been criticised for being unnecessarily prescriptive, costly and invasive
  • Following Boris Johnson’s resignation along with key cabinet members, market participants expect delays to the agenda but no major policy changes
Top performing law firms in key markets announced
Khofiz Shakhidi of Alif Bank explains how the use of DLT can enhance efficiency and transparency of Sharia-compliant transactions
As the financial world finally makes headway on digital asset regulation, regulators should maximise this moment and continue to plough ahead with any outstanding items
The Summer issue of IFLR Magazine is live, download the PDF now
As the global economy recovers from the shock of Covid-19, it faces further shocks from the Russia-Ukraine war and high inflation. IFLR’s leading correspondents report on the international restructuring and insolvency landscape
The UK is often deemed a relatively trustworthy and easy jurisdiction to bid into, but it does have its quirks when it comes to overseas investors looking to buy a British company
Dan Margulies and Dirk Behnsen of Dechert discuss the troubled airline’s restructuring history and how its latest approved restructuring proposal could face obstacles
Unspent private equity is expected to be a key factor in keeping M&A activity buzzing despite stock market tumbles
The nascent sustainable securitisation space struggles with a lack of dedicated standards and inadequate data sets
In the EU, the Green Bond Standard was proposed to create a taxonomy-aligned framework for green bond issuers but there is uncertainty on how far the UK will align with the EU
As the UK and EU review the trading venue perimeter, market participants stress the importance of getting scope right
Amid growing conflicts between Democrats and Republicans, recent proposals from the SEC on ESG fund rules could be severely impeded
Move to introduce a code of conduct for ESG evaluation and data providers lauded as industry seeks greater transparency; however, its impact may be limited
Public companies in Hong Kong SAR need to develop better gender diversity policies and strategies, including broadening recruitment processes and improving on succession planning
The regulation adds to the growing list of rules under development around the world to deter greenwashing
Linklaters partner Doug Davison and senior associate Menaka Nayar signal five top issues that market participants should keep abreast of in a fast-evolving space
As the debate on whether a synthetic Libor rate is needed in US dollar continues, market participants make a case for its use in legacy bonds
As the UK and EU review the trading venue perimeter, market participants stress the importance of getting scope right
The US dollar market has much to draw from the UK’s experience, but fundamental differences in legislation will make any copy-and-pasting exercise difficult
The conservative government will implement its post-Brexit vision for financial services despite political upheaval and warnings from the EU

Primers

The UK is often deemed a relatively trustworthy and easy jurisdiction to bid into, but it does have its quirks when it comes to overseas investors looking to buy a British company
Following Boris Johnson’s resignation along with key cabinet members, market participants expect delays to the agenda but no major policy changes
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
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

John Crabb speaks to the crypto exchange's chief legal officer about the regulatory agenda in the US and the difficult market environment
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
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