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After years of garnering little attention, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) matters are now top-of-mind for institutional investors – and are beginning to drive activist campaigns. What is behind this wave of ESG activism? And what can companies do to prepare for the possibility of an ESG-driven activist campaign? In this episode of Conn…
 
In 2021, the outlines of emerging crypto legal and regulatory regimes became steadily clearer. In the US, new regulators brought a fresh perspective and new enthusiasm for investor protections, with parallel efforts gaining traction in Congress. Across the Atlantic, the European Commission adopted a digital finance package and will soon ratify the …
 
Global video game revenue in 2020 jumped by 20% to US$179.7 billion, making the sector larger than the film and North American sports industries combined. And this uptick in gaming is no temporary spike; market forecasts project 10.2% annual growth through 2025. Venture capital firms have enjoyed success in the video game space, which is likely to …
 
The sixth annual Hong Kong and Singapore fintech events, both held in November 2021, revealed key new initiatives, regulatory developments, and market trends that will play out in 2022 and beyond. In Singapore, the Monetary Authority (MAS) released its initial assessment of the economic case for launching a retail central bank digital currency (CBD…
 
Raising fresh capital for portfolio companies in times of financial stress is always a delicate balancing act between attracting new lenders and maintaining the strategic support of existing creditors. The almost instantaneous halt in cash flows and scramble for new capital injections precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly changed …
 
The UK has now seen several public listings with dual class share structures, including most the £5.4 billion IPO of The Hut Group, which had a “special” share for the founder. With the UK government keen to increase the marketability of UK listings following Brexit, we anticipate that US dual class deal architecture is likely to be featured on a g…
 
Emerging companies have historically been backed by venture capital funds, but as Europe’s startup scene matures, involvement by more traditional private equity investors is growing, particularly in the tech, consumer, and digital health sectors. Recent PE investments in emerging companies include stakes in Wolt, Moonbug Entertainment, Zwift, Klarn…
 
As global businesses react to the pandemic and social movements, private equity firms should remain watchful for whistleblowing issues involving both portfolio and target companies. There is now simply more to blow the whistle on, from workplace health and safety issues and misuse of government furlough schemes, to racial equity and sexual harassme…
 
As commodity prices recover from pandemic lows, deal activity in the oil and gas sector is heating up across Europe. A number of factors are contributing to this deal-friendly environment, most notably the acceleration of the transition to renewable and low-carbon energy and the appetite for such changes in the capital markets. European majors are …
 
Jigar Shah is the recently appointed Executive Director of the Loan Programs Office at the US Department of Energy. He brings a robust resume to the position, as co-founder of Generate Capital and founder of SunEdison, two innovative renewable energy finance organizations. He is also well-known for his time co-hosting GreenTech Media's The Energy G…
 
The Equator Principles set a minimum standard for lender due diligence and monitoring to support environmentally and socially responsible decision-making when financing projects. The latest iteration, known as EP4, came into effect in October 2020 and makes significant changes affecting lenders and sponsors – most notably for projects in high-incom…
 
The interest in and availability of ESG-focused investments has exploded in recent years. Last year, the International Capital Markets Association published its Sustainability-Linked Bond Principles, allowing the creation of debt products that hold issuing companies accountable to achieving independently certified sustainability or ESG objectives. …
 
Startups and scale-ups in Europe’s tech and life sciences sectors have flourished dramatically over the past year, fueled by pandemic-induced demand and a wall of investor cash. Early funding rounds are getting bigger, while the time between rounds compresses and SPAC and other suitors come courting earlier and earlier. How can founders and investo…
 
The Biden Administration’s climate goals are ambitious: A carbon free power sector by 2035. Net zero emissions by 2050. Targeting 40% of federal climate action benefits toward disadvantaged communities. So, what is the Administration doing to move toward these goals? And how will different energy and infrastructure sectors be impacted? In this epis…
 
Macro market shifts as part of the energy transition are spurring investors, sponsors, and even traditional oil and gas producers to move in new directions. There is an increase in wind and solar projects being funded, with private equity demonstrating a parallel interest in renewables. Given the intermittent nature of these energy sources, develop…
 
Governments’ desire to control investments by businesses from purportedly hostile nations has led to more investments being stalled or blocked in recent years. Recent moves to tighten FDI screening rules during the COVID-19 crisis accelerated this trend. While more and more countries are introducing or expanding their FDI screening regimes, well-es…
 
As the healthcare and technology sectors converge to create revolutionary new products and innovations, companies operating in very distinct regulatory and business environments must find ways to adapt and cooperate. When non-registerable IP, such as software and data, feed patented medical inventions to produce personalized medicine, how have lice…
 
Artificial intelligence (AI) is a burgeoning sector for investors and companies alike, but the unclear regulatory landscape for the use of AI in healthcare may cause headwinds that prevent it from achieving its full potential. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asserts broad authority over medical devices, from toothbrushes to high-tech impl…
 
Under Article 15 of the EU’s Copyright Directive, “information society service providers” must compensate “publishers of press publications” for the use of news articles, photos, and video. Translation: social media companies and search engines will need to pay up when users access news through their platforms. Yet, exactly how this transformation …
 
After the EU’s top court invalidated the Privacy Shield and cast doubt on the use of the model clauses in certain circumstances with consequences for global business, EU Business that use US service providers and US business that target US users across all industries. We explore the background to the decision, the current status of the existing tra…
 
The EU Copyright Directive, now implemented in Europe, did not “break the internet” as some feared, but has been controversial. With the longstop implementation date for EU Member States falling after Brexit, the UK need not and will not implement the directive. What does this mean for the future of copyright law in the UK, and what does the diverg…
 
With insolvency alone no longer valid grounds for severing most commercial contracts in the UK, how can suppliers and customers spot early warning signs of counterparty distress and head off future risk? This podcast is the second in a series of three considering the impact of the UK’s new Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act, as well as existin…
 
The US regulators have been particularly focused on new players in the health tech space and the novel regulatory issues their products present within the existing legal framework. While the market is ripe with opportunity for innovative healthcare delivery models, tech companies should proceed with caution and ensure they understand the complex ri…
 
Throughout 2020, cryptocurrencies experienced incremental progress towards the mainstream as institutional investors and financial institutions made positive statements about the nascent asset class, an increasing number of jurisdictions sought to establish frameworks to decisively regulate the issuing and trading of cryptocurrencies and, in some m…
 
In 2020, Singapore solidified its position as a leading center of fintech innovation, as the country continued to advance legislation and regulations to facilitate innovation and hosted the world’s largest fintech event in December. From new payment services and digital bank regimes to the launch of a crypto-asset trading platform by a major bank, …
 
2020 has been another year of growth for fintech and payments, as economies became increasingly cashless and alternative payment products and regulations proliferated. What is driving alternative payments products and networks like stablecoins and central bank digital currencies? How have payments regulations been stress tested in Europe? What have…
 
With the second largest bond market in the world, China has weathered the economic downturn this year relatively well, without widespread credit dislocation. Looking ahead, will that picture change as Chinese regulators return to policy normalization, away from the accommodative stance that has sustained issuers and helped mitigate defaults? How wi…
 
Recent high-profile beauty M&A deals, coupled with economic turbulence, have brought renewed interest in the “lipstick effect” – when consumer demand for relatively affordable luxuries, such as lipstick, continues or increases during economic recessions. Indeed, the beauty market is booming as home-bound consumers seek to be “camera ready” for vide…
 
Nearly a year after California’s landmark Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) went into effect, the reach and interlocking complexity of the world’s data privacy laws continue to expand, from a maturing GDPR in Europe to additional regimes in California and beyond. How are companies adapting to the CCPA and navigating the relentlessly evolving data privacy…
 
Culture has become a point of focus for regulators and corporate stakeholders. The UK Financial Conduct Authority has taken a particular interest in culture and conduct within the financial services sector following the financial crisis. Companies increasingly recognise a need to measure and monitor their culture, yet struggle to do so given its am…
 
With the end of the Brexit transition period looming, many financial services firms are asking what they need to do between now and the end of the year to ensure regulatory compliance. In this episode of Connected With Latham, Anne Mainwaring, London associate in the Financial Regulatory Practice, joins Stephen Hanks, Manager in the Markets Policy …
 
2020 has been a year of rapid change in how we work and live – changes facilitated by technology. Despite fewer M&A megadeals and a lower volume overall, tech stands out as an increasingly active and competitive sector. To catch up on the latest trends in the fast-paced tech M&A market, Ben Potter speaks with Bay Area M&A partner Luke Bergstrom, wh…
 
Sweeping changes to the UK’s insolvency regime became effective on 25 June 2020, curtailing the ability of parties to terminate commercial contracts for the delivery of goods and services on the grounds, ipso facto, of the other party’s insolvency. Coming in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, this change is particularly important for companies tha…
 
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues continue to rise in importance for global companies, a trend driven by investors, employees, customers, and other stakeholders. How are companies approaching ESG risks and opportunities? What are the accepted ESG benchmarks? What ESG issues will predominate over the coming years? In this episode of…
 
Today I go through what I have learnt about Quarterly Reports (10Q) and why they are important to read and understand as an investor. If you go to the Youtube video version of the podcast, there is an extra video where I go through and share my screen with you to walkthrough a 10Q and show how to find the information.. so go check that out. *** Not…
 
As we move from the age of AI development to the era of implementation, governments and companies are wrestling with the ethical, legal, and business challenges of deploying AI and machine learning technology in a globally competitive environment. In this episode of Connected With Latham, Ben Potter, Global Chair of Latham’s Technology Industry Gro…
 
Welcome to Quest To Invest. I'm the host, Zac Latham, and this week's episode is just an introduction to what will be on this podcast going forward as well as a brief bit about who I am and why I decided to start this podcast. This will always be available on Youtube as well as a video version of the podcast: Quest to Invest with Zac Latham Connect…
 
In today’s competitive environment, how are startups fueling themselves between equity funding rounds as they move toward IPO? Increasingly, the answer is growth debt. In this episode of Connected With Latham, Bay Area partner Ben Potter, Global Chair of Latham’s Technology Industry Group and Global Vice Chair of the firm’s Emerging Companies Pract…
 
There is perhaps no better source on the topic of direct listings than Greg Rodgers, a capital markets partner in Latham’s New York office and a pioneer of this innovative approach to going public. Latham has been at the cutting edge of this product, representing Spotify in its groundbreaking direct listing and the financial advisers in Slack’s dir…
 
Looking to sell a home? Get a free home value report Looking to buy a home? Search all homes for sale One of the biggest real estate challenges people face is not knowing how to transition between selling their current home and buying their new one without becoming temporarily homeless. I’ve helped over 1,000 people buy or sell a home in my 15-year…
 
Looking to sell a home? Get a free home value report Looking to buy a home? Search all homes for sale How do you get from where you are to where you want to be? What’s the secret to unlocking a better future? You become obsessed with it. You journal on it. You write it down. You do anything you can to keep that goal in the front of your mind. When …
 
Looking to sell a home? Get a free home value report Looking to buy a home? Search all homes for sale Today I share with you some of the challenges that we are having in this market. There is very little inventory out there to choose from right now. Homes are selling rapidly for a lot of money, and there is just not much to choose from. Why is this…
 
Looking to sell a home? Get a free home value report Looking to buy a home? Search all homes for sale Latham Realty Unlimited is truly a one-stop shop where we can help you achieve your goals, whether it’s buying or selling a home, making repairs, or just getting ready to make a transition into a new place. Today, I want to share how we helped thre…
 
Looking to sell a home? Get a free home value report Looking to buy a home? Search all homes for sale Today, I’m coming to you from our team meeting, where we are preparing to climb Mt. Rainier. We will make the climb this June or July, and we’re going to do it together as a team and make it happen. Most people limit their challenges but here, we c…
 
Looking to sell a home? Get a free home value report Looking to buy a home? Search all homes for sale I want to give you some stories today of some customers that we’ve been able to help. One great example that comes to mind is this awesome couple in Camano Island. They had a bunch of repairs that needed to be handled, but they didn’t want to be ho…
 
Looking to sell a home? Get a free home value report Looking to buy a home? Search all homes for sale I want to share a story with you today. It’s about the second home I purchased as an investment. I was able to flip it for a really nice profit. This property came from someone on my team who found it in Granite Falls and it was listed at around $1…
 
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