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Finding Balance: The Post-COVID Landscape for Financial Institutions

This series of briefings seeks to map the post-pandemic environment that financial institutions need to navigate as we move to the new normal.
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Innovations in digital technology and rapidly evolving regulations are forcing banks to rethink their strategies. Operating in this uncertain environment increases the burden to navigate local laws and remain globally compliant.

We advise on all forms of transactions in corporate, investment and retail banking, nationally and across borders. Many of our lawyers are former regulators with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission in Japan and Financial Conduct Authority in the UK, providing industry insight to help clients understand and respond to the recent reforms and prepare for challenges on the horizon. They work hand- in-hand with our practitioners in areas such as tax, IT, intellectual property and dispute resolution to provide comprehensive services.

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Episode 19: Crypto around the World (Part 2)

Taking off from the guide Crypto around the World, the second of two episodes takes a closer look at market abuse, sustainability, decentralized finance and future developments. Sue McLean, a partner in our London office, talks to the team that started this project: Iris Barsan, counsel from our Paris office; Julian Hui, associate from our London office; and Chris Murrer, a US attorney in our Zurich office. They also cover specific regulatory and policy considerations, as well as the future impact of central bank digital currencies.


Episode 18: Litigation Readiness for Financial Institutions

Financial institutions (FIs) surveyed by Baker McKenzie spent an average of USD 272 million each on litigation in 2020 higher than any other industry but their readiness strategies may not be keeping up with the scale of the challenge they face.

In this episode of FInsight, Baker McKenzie partners Daniela Fonseca Puggina from our Miami office and Jennifer Semko from our Washington, D.C. office discuss litigation readiness for financial institutions. The episode also covers potential vulnerabilities and disputes that they need to prepare for, current and emerging trends in litigation (from our Litigation Intelligence Tool and Report), and how they can benefit from litigation preparedness.


Special Edition: Finding Balance - Sustainability in Financial Institutions

In this special edition, Eva-Maria Segur Cabanac, a partner in our Vienna office and global sustainability lead for financial institutions, and Jennifer Klass, a partner in our New York office and co-chair of the financial regulation and enforcement practice in North America, talk with Ying Yi Liew on how the COVID-19 pandemic led to the prioritization of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) considerations among financial institutions (FIs). They also cover progress around the creation of common and consistent international standards over disclosure and classification, and the impact of new technologies on sustainability priorities. This episode is part of the sixth installment of Finding Balance: The Post-COVID Landscape for Financial Institutions.