7 days, 19 sessions, 37 specialist speakers covering some of the hottest topics in the Financial Services sector.
Catch-up on the sessions you missed and refresh your memory on your favourite ones during the week. Find below a range of webinars covering topics including the FCA’s new consumer duty, the growth of decentralised finance, How to be a successful VC and challenges when faced with significant business interruption and/or financial difficulties – particularly lessons learned from Wirecard.
In this session Mark Wesker and Nikki Worden will give a bird’s eye view of the challenges and opportunities within the financial services industry in 2022 and beyond, including our predictions for the next 12 months!
The FCA describes its new Consumer Duty as requiring a complete step change in how firms design, market and operate their services, putting the customer at the heart of every aspect of their business models. In this session, we will drill down into the FCA’s proposals, looking at the key elements and challenges, before asking both what this means for individual firms and the implications for the UK as a global financial centre.
Our panel of expert OC partners from across Europe will discuss their top tips on how financial services business can expand into Europe.
In this panel session we will focus on the changes to the financial services industry resulting from an increased focus on ESG – and changes still to come.
At our How to be a successful VC event, we welcome Mark Sims of the British Business Bank to talk about the Enterprise Capital Fund programme and how VCs can increase their chances of securing ECF funding; and Daniel Roddick of Ely Place, who will talk to participants about raising money from institutional investors. We will also give participants access to our pre-recorded panel sessions, where well-known LPs and GPs in the space (such as BAE Systems, Highland Europe and Notion Capital) will talk about raising Fund II, III and beyond; and chat with portfolio company founders on what makes a good VC from the company point of view.
In this panel session a number of industry experts will discuss the themes and trends they see in relation to M&A and fundraising in the financial services industry – which areas will be hot for investment, where will consolidation be a feature, where has M&A peaked and much more.
Financial services businesses face particular challenges when faced with significant business interruption and/or financial difficulties. We explore these, as well as what financial institutions should have in place concerning contingency planning, and steps they should be taking to deal with a worst case scenario and minimise potential business risk in the future.
This session will look at how the decarbonisation transition will impact employers, many of whom have made public net zero commitments and what employers need to do to adapt and develop their workforce so they have the right skills for the green economy.
We’ll discuss innovations in cryptocurrency markets both in the UK and abroad against the backdrop of UK regulation, and consider whether there is the potential for more traditional investors (e.g. pension funds) to enter this space.
We will look at the growth of decentralised finance and discuss the challenges that it poses from both the market and legal/regulatory perspectives, particularly around enforcement.
We will look at how bringing BNPL into the perimeter may affect the consumer lending market and, in the context of SME finance, the questions being asked in the wake of Greensill’s collapse.
The dependency on IT in financial services only continues to increase. For many organisations in the sector, their products and services, and the channels through which they are provided to customers, are intrinsically bound up with technology. As a result, the effective procurement and deployment of new IT is now mission critical for many organisations. At the same time financial services regulators are taking an ever increasing interest in how businesses are sourcing and using technology. We will look at the current landscape (including aspects such as cloud, agile, open source and outsourcing) , assess key considerations and discuss the regulatory perspective and its practical implications in this area.
Cybersecurity incidents can cripple even the largest of companies, given the potential for severe disruption to business, regulatory enforcement action, legal claims, and ensuing reputational damage. This session will explore the particular cyber risks for the Financial Services sector, how these are likely to evolve over the next 5 years, and what companies can do to mitigate those risks.
Unregulated firms launching platforms may inadvertently brush up against the perimeter of financial services regulation. We’ll take a look at some of the issues that unregulated firms need to tackle pre-launch, as well as the key factors retailers should consider when designing their online checkout functionality.
With increased digitalisation, the IT and operational systems of financial institutions are ever more important and failures increasingly impact customers. We explore the regulatory response and approach financial services businesses should take.
The FCA, PRA and Bank of England have ambitious and eye-catching plans to use regulation to drive progress on D&I in financial institutions, describing it as a critical aspect of firms’ culture and important to product design and customer service. While the media fixated on proposals to make the language of regulatory rules more inclusive (such as ending the use of the phrase “Chinese walls” in the rulebook), the discussion has been wide-ranging, thoughtful and, in places, radical. With many firms having made significant strides in this field, this panel session will look at the merits of the regulators’ proposals, share firms’ experience of best practice, and discuss the challenges that remain.
The latest of our regular series of round table events for general counsel and senior legal officers of FinTechs.
The session will begin with a look at Open Banking. We will be discussing the legal and regulatory framework for Open Banking, its use cases for financial services firms and some of the legal issues and challenges we see for providers and recipients of these services.
The session will then look ahead to Open Finance – the idea of applying Open Banking principles to share customer data on other financial products, including the proposal for a ‘Pensions Dashboard’. We will take a look at where the market and regulators are at in adopting Open Finance standards, and what still needs to happen for it to become mainstream. More generally, we will be looking at the opportunities and challenges arising from Open Finance, and any lessons that can be learnt from Open Banking