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Roadtrip on the ATAD3 highway

Roadtrip on the ATAD3 highway

May 27, 2022

Join Zofia White (Senior Associate) and Franz Kerger (Counsel) for their latest podcast as they discuss their journey on the ATAD3 highway.

ESG in the funds industry: outlook on the French, Luxembourg and UK markets

ESG in the funds industry: outlook on the French, Luxembourg and UK markets

May 5, 2022

In this podcast, Codrina Constantinescu (Counsel, Luxembourg), Tamara Cizeika (Counsel, London) and Benjamin Lacourt (Counsel, Paris) discuss SFDR and taxonomy challenges and opportunities in the funds industry.

What is driving the financing market in the alternative investment space?

What is driving the financing market in the alternative investment space?

March 25, 2022

In this podcast Fiona Cumming (Partner), Bénédicte Kurth (Counsel), Hannah Gates (Senior Associate) and Andreas Hommel (Counsel) discuss hot topics, trends and practical insights across asset classes and financing products, ranging from fund-level financing, fund guarantees and equity commitment letters to leveraged finance and direct lending products.

Twenty years after Sarbanes-Oxley: what will be Luxembourg employers’ obligations to protect whistleblowers?

Twenty years after Sarbanes-Oxley: what will be Luxembourg employers’ obligations to protect whistleblowers?

March 25, 2022

Twenty years ago, as a reaction to an unprecedented series of major corporate and accounting scandals, the U.S. enacted the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which provides for a specific whistleblower protection.

In this podcast, Maurice Macchi (counsel) and Julian Kisslinger (associate), members of the Luxembourg Employment Law team, discuss the Luxembourg Bill implementing the EU 2019 Directive on the protection of individuals (“whistleblowers”) who report violations of EU law. They also address the major points and obligations for Luxembourg employers arising thereof.

Keen to learn more? Then listen to the newest A&O Luxembourg Podcast.

Beneficiary Units – A Peak into Pandora’s box

Beneficiary Units – A Peak into Pandora’s box

August 4, 2021

In our newest episode of the Allen & Overy Luxembourg Podcast, Victoria Woestmann, Senior Associate in our Corporate M&A department, discussed all things Beneficiary Units with Justine Yansenne, junior associate in our Corporate M&A department, who recently won the Prix de l’ALJB 2020 for an empirical study on the market practice for beneficiary units in Luxembourg commercial companies, together with her university colleague, Dr. Thomas Biermeyer. Keen to find out what beneficiary units are, what they are used for, and whether you have to pay for them with your own sweat and blood ? Listen in !

DAC… WHAT?

DAC… WHAT?

July 21, 2021

Listen in to an informal coffee break conversation on (the Luxembourg implementation of) DAC 6 between Zofia White (Senior Associate) and Franz Kerger (Counsel), both tax lawyers within Allen & Overy Luxembourg.

“DAC6” is the sixth EU directive on automatic exchange of information in the field of taxation. Its purpose is to provide Member States with information on reportable cross-border arrangements so as to enable them to close loopholes and combat harmful tax practices.

Back to the office post-pandemic: Top tips for employers

Back to the office post-pandemic: Top tips for employers

June 11, 2021

In this podcast, Victoria Woestmann (senior associate in the Luxembourg Corporate team) and two members of the Luxembourg Employment Law team, Laurie Lougsami (associate) and Maurice Macchi (counsel), discuss some of the key considerations for employers over the coming months as they prepare for a return to the office in a post-Covid-19 world.

SPACs and Luxembourg – a success story in the making?

SPACs and Luxembourg – a success story in the making?

March 26, 2021

Jacques Graas, partner in the Luxembourg corporate team, Paul Péporté, a partner in the Luxembourg ICM team, and Victoria Woestmann, a senior associate in the Luxembourg corporate team, talk about the SPACtacular world of Special Purpose Acquisition Vehicles (SPAC), how de-SPACing is as important as getting the SPAC listed, and why Luxembourg is a great market to absorb the SPAC wave that is flooding into Europe over the Atlantic. 

Keen to learn more? Then listen to the newest A&O Luxembourg Podcast.

The revised CSSF circular 12/552 and what it means for banks

The revised CSSF circular 12/552 and what it means for banks

February 26, 2021

Banks’ internal governance issues have, in recent years, received increased attention from regulators and international bodies, aimed primarily at correcting weak or superficial internal governance set-ups and practices.

In this context, the CSSF Circular 20/759 recently amended the CSSF Circular 12/552 on central administration, internal governance and risk management and aligned it with relevant European guidance (notably the EBA Guidelines on internal governance (EBA/GL/2017/11) and the Joint ESMA and EBA Guidelines on the assessment of suitability of members of the management body and key function holders (EBA/GL/2017/12).

Testimony to the importance of the topic in the coming years, the amendments made to the CSSF circular 12/552 go beyond mere cosmetic updates and:

  • clarify certain internal governance requirements applicable to banks;
  • define the scope of certain regulatory principles (such as the principle of proportionality); and not least
  • formalise the CSSF’s approach and practice in certain areas.

In this podcast, Henri Wagner, the head of A&O’s Luxembourg banking regulatory practice, is joined by Carole Schmidt and Andrei Costica, who are respectively counsel and associate in the firm’s Banking-ICM and Regulatory team, in an interactive discussion on the key amendments to the revised CSSF circular 12/552.

Great Fund Insights: Luxembourg - a leading hub for alternative investments and a hedge against uncertainty

Great Fund Insights: Luxembourg - a leading hub for alternative investments and a hedge against uncertainty

November 27, 2020

Today, Luxembourg is widely used as a hub to set up alternative investment funds (so-called upstream or fund formation) and to structure and execute transactions at the funds’ investment portfolio level (so-called downstream transactions). 

In this podcast, Natacha Oskian (head of business development) is joined by Peter Myners (partner and co-head of [Global] Alternative Investment Initiative) and Patrick Mischo (office senior partner) to discuss the main features of the Luxembourg alternative investment space and how it has been adjusting to the Covid-19 crisis.

They will also discuss what makes Luxembourg so special and distinct from other countries and examine some of the changes alternative investment managers are experiencing today.  

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