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FSLA Essay Competition 2023

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

The title for this year’s competition is: “Can the risks and opportunities of AI in financial services be managed by fine-tuning existing regulation, or is a new approach required?

The purpose of the essay competition is to provide students, trainees, and pupil barristers 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, and the deadline for entries is midnight on Friday 6 October 2023.

Prizes

The Chris Stallard Memorial (First) Prize: ÂŁ1,500 and a legal internship at the FCA

Second Prize: ÂŁ750

Third prize: ÂŁ500

We hope to present the prizes at FSLA’s winter social event.  In any case, winners will be notified by the end of 2023.

There is no requirement that entrants be FSLA members; however, free membership is offered to all students.  Please email fslalondon@gmail.com for further details.

The full rules for the competition, including submission details, can be found here.

Financial services: How can it deliver on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

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A FSLA panel discussion at Norton Rose Fulbright on Wednesday 3 May 2023 at 6:30pm

On behalf of the Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA), we invite you to attend a panel event which seeks to examine the role of, and challenges faced by, financial services firms and practitioners in the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion space.

The event panel will include:

  • Elise Sabran (Chair) (UK Head of Governance and Culture & Conduct, Societe Generale)
  • Sharon Blackman OBE (Managing Director & General Counsel, EMEA Head of FX & Local Markets Legal, Citi)
  • Peter Curtis-Valino (Manager, Governance and Cross-Cutting Standards team, FCA)
  • Anna Jernova (Senior Policy Manager Governance, Remuneration & Controls team, PRA)
  • Daniel Winterfeldt MBE KC (Managing Director and General Counsel for EMEA and Asia, Jefferies)
  • Khasruz Zaman (former Global Head of M&A Legal, Barclays Bank and partner of Simmons & Simmons, now Secondary School Maths teacher)

The discussion will be followed by networking drinks and is open to any lawyers with an interest in financial services and Equality, Diversity & Inclusion within financial services (including students, private practice lawyers and in-house lawyers).

The event will be hosted at Norton Rose Fulbright in their Terrace Suite, 3 More London Pl, London SE1 2AQ.

You can register to attend the event at the link below. Please do not register again if you have registered before.

Registration will be open from 6pm and the panel discussion will start at 6:30pm.

If you have any queries or special requirements, please contact us at events@fsla.org.uk

We look forward to seeing you on 3 May 2023.

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Introduction to the UK SMCR – training and networking with Allen & Overy

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A FSLA Juniors Lawyers’ training session and networking drinks at 6:00pm at Allen & Overy on Thursday 26 January 2023

The Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) is now business as usual for over 50,000 financial services firms in the UK. Since its introduction, SMCR market practice has developed significantly, trends have emerged and lessons have been learned by firms as well as their staff. The FCA and the PRA view the SMCR as having been a very successful piece of regulatory change, which is evident in terms of how it runs through in almost all their major regulatory policy initiatives and public commentary.   

On behalf of the Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA) and Allen & Overy (A&O), we would like to invite our junior members (students and those with less than 5 years’ relevant experience), and those looking for a refresher, to attend an training session on the SMCR hosted by Sarah Hitchins, Hannah Crisp, David McMenamin and Oliver Palmer. The session will also signpost key employment law issues that regulatory lawyers need to be alive to when advising on the SMCR.

The presentation will be followed by drinks and canapés, giving our junior members the chance to network in an informal and relaxed setting.

Location: A&O’s London office: One Bishops Square, E1 6AD

Date: Thursday 26 January 2023

Timings:

  • 6pm – registration
  • 6.30pm – session starts
  • 7.30pm – networking

If you wish to attend, please register below. If you have any queries or special requirements, please contact us at events@fsla.org.uk.

We look forward to seeing you on 26 January 2023.

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Investigations involving individuals – training session with Brown Rudnick and junior networking

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A FSLA Juniors Lawyers’ training session and networking drinks at 6:00pm at Brown Rudnick on Wednesday 30 November 2022

On behalf of the Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA) and Brown Rudnick, we invite our junior members (students and those with less than 5 years’ post-qualification experience) to attend a training session on investigations involving individuals. The session will be conducted by ChloĂ« Pawson-Pounds, Ian Weinstein and ChloĂ« Kealey from Brown Rudnick.

The session will focus on common issues which come up in the initial stages of a regulatory or internal investigation where individuals are involved. It will deal with issues such as: when an individual needs independent legal advice; who should pay for an individual’s legal advice; and what influences an individual when deciding whether to cooperate with an investigation. The session will look at these issues from the perspective of both firms and individuals. It has been designed to be of particular benefit to those who commonly advise firms and have to deal with individuals and their independent legal advisors but may have less familiarity with the issues being considered by individuals and how those might inform their approach to investigations.

The session will be followed by drinks and canapés, giving our junior members the chance to network in an informal and relaxed setting.

The event will take place at Brown Rudnick’s offices (8 Clifford Street, W1S 2 LQ) on Wednesday 30 November. Registration will be open from 6:00pm and the session will start at 6:30pm, followed by drinks at 7:45pm.

If wish to register, please use the link below.

If you have any queries or special requirements, please contact us at events@fsla.org.uk.

We look forward to seeing you on 30 November.

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Financial Crime Regulation and Enforcement: from cash to crypto

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A FSLA and Dentons panel discussion on Tuesday 1 November from 5.45pm at Dentons

On behalf of the Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA) and Dentons, we invite our members to attend a panel event exploring recent financial crime risks and enforcement action as well as thoughts on future regulation in a world where crypto-assets are becoming increasingly mainstream. The panel will be chaired by Dentons. 
 
We are delighted to welcome our panel: 

  • Carly Nuzbach Lowery, Chief Legal Officer, Copper.Co
  • Victoria McLoughlin, Interim Head of Digital Assets, FCA
  • Matthew Nyman, Counsel, CMS 
  • Katharine Harle, Partner, Dentons
  • Chris Brennan, Partner, Dentons

Following the panel discussion, we hope you will join us and the panellists for a drinks reception.

The event will take place at Dentons’ offices (1 Fleet Pl, London EC4M 7RA) on Tuesday 1 November. Registration will be open from 5.45pm and the panel discussion will start at 6pm, followed by drinks at 7pm. This will be an in-person event only.

If you have any queries or special requirements, please contact us at events@fsla.org.uk.

Members can register for the event at the link below.

We look forward to seeing you on 1 November.

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FSLA Essay Competition 2022

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The competition is now closed. Thank you everyone for your entries.

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

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

Laundromat, police state or somewhere in between: has the correct balance been struck between anti-money laundering, anti-fraud, and anti-corruption aims on the one hand and the benefits of free enterprise and a global financial market on the other?
If not, explain one legislative or regulatory change which could make a significant difference.

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 on the FSLA website through the link below.

Please submit your essay by Friday 15 July 2022 to essay@fsla.org.uk.

Prizes will be presented at a reception hosted on a date to be confirmed.

The Chris Stallard Memorial Prize (first prize) is ÂŁ1,500 and an internship with the FCA.

The runner up prize is ÂŁ750. Third prize is ÂŁ500.

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

FSLA Essay Competition 2022 Rules

FSLA Junior Lawyers Training: Recording of Introduction to Market Abuse session with Herbert Smith Freehills

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On Tuesday 19 April 2022 the Financial Services Lawyers Association and Herbert Smith Freehills invited our junior members to attend a training session on market abuse led by FSLA Advisory Board member and HSF Partner Chris Ninan.

The session provided an overview of the civil and criminal market abuse regime in the UK and do a deeper dive into some of the key concepts, and will finish with a look at the regulators’ enforcement action in this area.

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 secretary@fsla.org.uk.

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FSLA Junior Lawyers: Introduction to Market Abuse – training session with Herbert Smith Freehills and junior networking

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A FSLA Juniors Lawyers’ training session and networking drinks at 6:30pm at Herbert Smith Freehills and online on Tuesday 19th April 2022

On behalf of the Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA) and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF), we invite our junior members (students and those with less than 5 years’ post-qualification experience) to attend an introductory training session on market abuse conducted by Chris Ninan, Natasha Stevens, and Alexandra Fitzgerald from HSF.

The session will provide an overview of the civil and criminal market abuse regime in the UK and do a deeper dive into some of the key concepts, and will finish with a look at the regulators’ enforcement action in this area.

The presentation will be followed by drinks and canapés, giving our junior members the chance to re-connect in an informal and relaxed setting.

The event will take place at HSF’s offices (Exchange House, Primrose Street, EC2A 2EG) on Tuesday 19 April. Registration will be open from 6pm and the presentation will start at 6:30pm, followed by drinks at 7:30pm. The presentation will also be available to view live online – please see the below RSVP options.

If you wish to attend, whether in-person or virtually, please register via the applicable link below. If you select virtual attendance, you will be sent a link a few days beforehand. Please provide your RSVP for in-person attendance by Monday 11 April. If you have any queries or special requirements, please contact us at events@fsla.org.uk.

We look forward to seeing you on 19 April.

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Trends In Enforcement

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A FSLA and Blackstone Chambers Seminar, Wednesday 23rd March from 6pm

On behalf of the Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA), together with Blackstone Chambers, we would like to invite you to attend our annual ‘Trends in Enforcement’ Seminar on Wednesday 23 March.

This is an in-person event, with the option to attend virtually, please choose how you would like to attend using the ticket options in the links below.
 
The seminar will comprise of a panel chaired by Javan Herberg QC, Blackstone Chambers, that will also feature: 

  • Andy George QC, Blackstone Chambers 
  • Alison Wilson, Divisional Practice Head, Dispute Resolution, Linklaters
  • Mark Steward, Director of Enforcement and Market Oversight, Financial Conduct Authority
  • Catherine Bellsham-Revell, Head of Legal, Regulatory, Lloyds Banking Group

During the 90 minute seminar, the speakers will discuss the latest thinking on how to tackle some of the most difficult enforcement issues facing those working in the financial services sector, followed by a Q&A.

The event will take place at the Institution of Engineering and Technology, 2 Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL, with registration open from 6pm. The event will also be available to attend online.

Members of Blackstone Chambers would be pleased if you would join them and the panellists for a drinks reception following the seminar.

We very much hope you will be able to join us and look forward to seeing you on 23 March.

If you have any further queries or special requirements, please contact Stevie Moore at marketing@blackstonechambers.com.

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Recording of FSLA Panel Event: ESG Climate Disclosures – Key challenges for firms

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Link to the video of the FSLA and Mayer Brown Webinar, which took place on Thursday 28th October at 1pm

On 28 October the Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA) and Mayer Brown LLP organised a panel event considering ESG Climate Disclosures and the key challenges for firms.

The panel was chaired by James Whitaker, Litigation and Disputes Partner at Mayer Brown, and featured:

  • Joanne Etherton, Climate Finance Lead, Client Earth;
  • Anne Corrigan, Deputy Head of Legal, Bank of England;
  • Edward Cumming QC, XXIV Old Buildings; and
  • Tonia Plakhotniuk, Vice President, NatWest Markets and ex Director of Policy for Sustainability at AFME.

The one hour webinar focussed on the key risks and challenges for financial services firms navigating the latest developments in the ESG Climate Disclosures landscape.

The panel covered a wide range of topics, with lively and engaging discussion between the panel. The recording will be of interest to all financial services lawyers of all levels of PQE, please login to access the link below.

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