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AFB Seminar: How Does Competition Law Impact the Activities of Banks?

AFB is holding an in-person seminar with Latham & Watkins LLP to look at the impact of competition law and guidance from regulatory authorities on banks. The seminar will focus on how this topic impacts the activities of banks when undertaking coordinated selling and entering into ESG agreements.

Coordinated selling (the coordination between a syndicate of banks in connection with a public offering or private placement of debt, equity or equity-linked securities) and ESG agreements are typical collaborations between industry participants, which benefit the wider community. Competition authorities have acknowledged that there are circumstances where collaboration between competitors may be needed but the authorities have also emphasised that not all forms of collaboration between peer firms are lawful.

This seminar will explore the key principles of competition law which apply in these areas and provide practical examples that participants can use to inform and shape their own decisions when working with other companies on these types of agreements. 

Why attend?

This seminar will provide members with insight into the competition law aspects of these banking activities and talk through case studies. There will be targeted and practical information available for both employees and employers to take away. This seminar has limited places, so we recommend booking early to secure your place.

Who should attend?

This seminar is aimed at representatives from AFB firms working in legal and compliance functions.

What will members gain for use at their bank?

  • An understanding of the competition law principles that apply to coordinated selling and ESG agreements
  • The identification of potential risk areas
  • Awareness of how to implement mitigation strategies

Speakers

David Little, Partner

David R. Little is a partner in the London and Brussels offices of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s Global Antitrust & Competition Practice. Mr. Little advises clients on many of their most significant and complex UK, EU, and international competition law matters, including merger control, anticompetitive agreements, abuse of dominance, and litigation. Drawing on more than a decade of experience spanning large-value transactions and sensitive disputes and investigations, Mr. Little counsels leading global clients on a variety of competition issues, working closely with regulatory authorities around the world to achieve favourable outcomes for clients.

Rob Moulton, Partner

Rob Moulton is a partner in the London office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Moulton specializes in financial services regulatory advice and has vast experience advising investment banks, governments, corporate finance houses, clearing houses, fund managers, insurers, stockbrokers, and online trading business on a variety of legal and regulatory risk management matters. He has particular expertise in the FCA’s Conduct of Business Rules, European regulatory developments such as MiFID and MAR, and contested enforcement actions.

Mr. Moulton is recognized in the Hall of Fame in The Legal 500 for financial services non-contentious regulatory. He is the former Chair of the firm’s Financial Institutions Industry Group.

Mark Wagh, Associate

Mark Wagh is an associate in the London office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s Global Antitrust & Competition Practice. Mr. Wagh advises clients across all areas of UK and EU competition law, including merger control, abuse of dominance, competition compliance, and regulatory matters. Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Wagh worked as an associate at international law firms in London. In 2018 he undertook a six-month secondment at the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) where he worked on a number of complex and high-profile CMA matters.

Logistics

Fee:        Included in AFB membership (no fee)

Location:  In-person at Latham & Watkins, 99 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3XF

Date:        Tuesday 12 March 2024

Time:        08:30 – 10:15 (Registration and breakfast 08:30 – 09:00)

There will be ample opportunity for questions throughout the session, however, if you would like to submit a question before or have any specific questions or areas that you would like the session to address, please send them to the AFB at secretariat@foreignbanks.org.uk as soon as practicable. You will receive details on how to join the virtual session a week before the event.