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Recent Developments and Future Trends in the Regulation of Cryptoassets

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A FSLA and Taylor Wessing Webinar from 5.45pm to 7pm on Thursday 7th October

On behalf of the Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA) and Taylor Wessing LLP we would like to invite you to attend our event on Recent Developments and Future Trends in the Regulation of Cryptoassets, which will be run as a webinar on Thursday, 7 October 2021, from 5.45pm to 7pm.

The panel event will chaired by Charlotte Hill, head of Taylor Wessing’s UK Financial Services Regulatory group and will feature the following speakers:

  • Katie Fry-Paul, Associate at Taylor Wessing LLP
  • Richard Fox, Head of Markets Policy at the Financial Conduct Authority
  • Andrew Spink QC, Outer Temple Chambers
  • Jannah Patchay, Director and Founder of Markets Evolution. 

The 1 hour webinar will focus on the latest developments, future trends and areas of concern in the fast evolving and increasingly important field of crypto-regulation. We expect that it will be of interest to all financial services lawyers of all levels of PQE. It will conclude with an audience Q&A session that will finish by 7pm. The event shall be held pursuant to the Chatham House Rule.

To register for the event please use the link below.

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FSLA Summer Drinks and Essay Prize Giving

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Join us for our annual drinks at 6pm on 20th July at Middle Temple Gardens

On behalf of the Financial Services Lawyers Association, we invite you to attend a summer drinks party in Middle Temple Gardens where we shall also carry out the prize giving for the annual essay competition.

The drinks are an opportunity to re-connect with friends and colleagues after what will in many cases be a long absence. The drinks are outdoors (but with space indoors in the event of rain) and therefore we hope all our members will feel comfortable attending.

Since we expect most people will be attending from home rather than from the office please feel free to dress for a summer garden party rather than for the office!

We have booked the gardens for 20th July 2021 from 6pm with the prize-giving at 6.30pm. We look forward to seeing our members in person after a year of online events.

The title of the essay competition was “Facebook (and other private companies) are better placed than central banks to issue and maintain stable currencies.” Discuss. The Chris Stallard Memorial Prize (first prize) was awarded to William Wong, with Vibudha Hebballi and Constantine Fraser in second and third place. Their entries may be viewed here.

FSLA is very grateful to the panel of judges for considering the huge number of entries in this year’s competition, Professor Eva Lomnicka, Sir William Blair QC and Upper Tribunal Judge Herrington.

Please note the event may still be cancelled due to government COVID announcements expected prior to 20th July.

If you are able to attend the drinks, please register below.

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Winners of the FSLA Essay Competition 2020

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We are delighted to announce the winners in FSLA’s annual essay competition, with this year’s competition receiving one of our largest number of entries ever.

Congratulations to William Wong, the winner of this year’s Chris Stallard Memorial Prize, who will receive £2,000.

Many congratulations also to second placed Vibudha Hebballi, and third placed Constantine Fraser.

Our judging panel of Professor Eva Lomnicka QC (hon), Upper Tribunal Judge Tim Herrington, and Sir William Blair QC were very impressed by the standard of all our entries this year.

FSLA is very grateful to all of the individuals who entered their work, as well as to the judging panel who reviewed all of the entries before selecting our worthy winner.

The top three essays are all available to read at the links below, with thanks to our winners who allowed us to share them.

The LIBOR Transition: Where are we and what can we expect?

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A FSLA and 3 Verulam Buildings online seminar at 5pm on Tuesday 25th May 2021

On behalf of the Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA) and 3 Verulam Buildings we would like to invite you to attend our forthcoming event on LIBOR Transition, which will be run as a webinar on Tuesday 25 May 2021, from 5pm to 6pm.

Chaired by David Quest QC of 3 Verulam Buildings, with speakers:

  • April Richardson of the Financial Conduct Authority
  • Tom Horn and Alieda Moore from the Bank of England
  • Julia Smithers-Excell, Partner at White & Case, leading a discussion with Kam Mahil of the Loan Market Association in the UK and Tess Virmani of the Loan Syndications & Trading Association in New York.

Our 1 hour webinar will focus on the latest developments in the transition from LIBOR, and consider ongoing issues and concerns. We hope it will be of interest to all financial services lawyers. Log in to the webinar will open at 4.30pm on 25 May, with the webinar beginning at 5pm. It will conclude with an audience Q&A session that will finish by 6pm.

Please use the link below to register.

We look forward to welcoming you on 25 May.

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Recording of FSLA Panel Event: Brexit – What now for financial services?

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On Wednesday 21st April 2021 the Financial Services Lawyers Association invited our members to attend a panel event titled: Brexit – What now for financial services?.

The panel considered the risks and opportunities for the financial services industry in a post-Brexit world. It was chaired by Oliver Assersohn, barrister at XXIV Old Buildings and Secretary of FSLA, and the speakers were:

  • Thomas Donegan, Shearman & Sterling;
  • Jonathan Herbst, Norton Rose Fulbright;
  • Michael Kent, Linklaters; and
  • Penny Miller, Simmons & Simmons.

Both the discussion and Q&A portion were wide ranging, informative and would be of great interest to our members who were unable to attend.

Registered FSLA members can view the recording of the session below. If you wish to become a member or need to confirm your username, please contact fslalondon@gmail.com.

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FSLA Panel Event: Brexit – What now for financial services?

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An online panel event at 9.30am on Wednesday 21st April 2021

On behalf of the Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA), we invite our members to attend an online event from 9:30am to 11am on Wednesday 21 April 2021 considering risks and opportunities for the financial services industry in a post-Brexit world.

The speakers will include:

  • Thomas Donegan, Shearman & Sterling;
  • Jonathan Herbst, Norton Rose Fulbright;
  • Michael Kent, Linklaters; and
  • Penny Miller, Simmons & Simmons.

If you wish to attend please register on the link below.

If you are not a FSLA member but would like to attend the event please contact treasurer@fsla.org.uk.

We look forward to hosting you on 21 April.

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Core Elements of Financial Services Regulation – Recording of Training Session with Herbert Smith Freehills

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On Tuesday 9 March 2021 the Financial Services Lawyers Association and Herbert Smith Freehills invited our members to attend a training session on the core elements of financial services regulation led by FSLA Advisory Board member and HSF Partner Chris Ninan.

The event was aimed at our junior members who have less than 5 years’ experience as the session went back to basics, stopping to consider why regulation is so critical and introducing the UK’s regulatory structure and legislation. The HSF presenters also discussed the importance of good governance, individual accountability and culture within firms. The session also briefly examined some of the most pressing areas of focus for the financial services industry in 2021.

The event was very informative and would be of great interest to our junior members who were unable to attend.

Registered FSLA members can view the recording of the session below. If you wish to become a member or need to confirm your username, please contact fslalondon@gmail.com.

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Trends in Enforcement 2021 – A FSLA and Blackstone Chambers Seminar

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An online seminar at 9.30am on Wednesday 17th March 2021

On behalf of the Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA) and Blackstone Chambers we would like to invite you to attend our annual ‘Trends in Enforcement’ event, which this year will be run as a webinar. The webinar will be held on Wednesday 17 March, 9.30am to 11am.

The webinar will comprise of a panel discussion chaired by Javan Herberg QC, Blackstone Chambers, that will also feature:

  • Thomas Baudesson, Partner, Clifford Chance, Paris;
  • Andrew George QC, Blackstone Chambers;
  • Helen Marshall, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld;
  • Patrick Meaney, Head of Enforcement, Dubai Financial Services Authority; and
  • Mark Steward, Director of Enforcement and Market Oversight, Financial Conduct Authority.

During the 90 minute webinar, the speakers will discuss the latest trends and current thinking on how to tackle some of the most difficult enforcement issues facing those working in the financial services sector. Log in to the webinar will open at 9am on 17 March, with the webinar beginning promptly at 9.30am. It will conclude with an audience Q&A session that will finish by 11am.

We look forward to welcoming you on 17 March.

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Core Elements of Financial Services Regulation – Training Session with Herbert Smith Freehills

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An online event at 6:00pm on Tuesday 9th March

On behalf of the Financial Services Lawyers Association and Herbert Smith Freehills, we invite our members to attend a training session on the core elements of financial services regulation led by FSLA Advisory Board member and HSF Partner Chris Ninan. The talk will take place online on Tuesday 9 March 2021, 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

The event is open to all but would be most beneficial to our junior members who have less than 5 years’ experience as the session will be going back to basics, stopping to consider why regulation is so critical and introducing the UK’s regulatory structure and legislation. We will also discuss the importance of good governance, individual accountability and culture within firms. Looking ahead, we will examine some of the most pressing areas of focus for the financial services industry in 2021.

If you wish to attend please register on the link below. Once registered you will be sent a link to attend the online event a few days beforehand.

We look forward to seeing you on 9 March.

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FSLA Essay Competition 2020

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The Financial Services Lawyers Association is pleased to announce its annual essay competition.

The Essay Competition is now closed – Thank you to all those who entered, we will be in touch regarding the prize giving in the near future.

The title for this year’s competition is as follows:

Facebook (and other private companies) are better placed than central banks to issue and maintain stable currencies.”  Discuss

The purpose of the essay is to provide students with the opportunity to apply their studies to issues that are of particular relevance to the financial services industry and wider society.

Essays should be no longer than 1,500 words. The full competitions rules can be found at the link below.

Please submit your essay by Sunday 10 January 2021 to essay@fsla.org.uk.

We hope to present the prizes in early Spring 2021 at a reception attended by our members and the judges.

The Chris Stallard Memorial Prize (first prize) is £2,000. The runner up prize is £1,250. Third prize is £1,000.

Entrants are not required to be FSLA members, though free membership is offered to all law students.

FSLA Essay Competition 2020 Rules