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ESG in S&P Ratings for Loans and CLOs

This session is the first in a three-part series on how credit rating agencies are addressing ESG risks. Presented by Michael Ferguson, Senior Director, Sustainable Finance, S&P Global Ratings, Paul Kalinauskas, Director, Structured Credit Group, S&P Global Ratings and Tess Virmani, Associate General Counsel, EVP Public Policy, LSTA. Presentation and replay now available for LSTA Members.

Digital Assets and Virtual Currencies – Amendments to UCC

This program summarized the initial draft of the amendments as presented to the Uniform Law Commission at the Commission’s annual meeting in July of 2021. Presented by Steven L. Harris, Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Edwin E. Smith, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Steven O. Weise, Partner, Proskauer Rose LLP and Bridget Marsh, EVP & Deputy General Counsel, LSTA. Presentation & Reply now available to LSTA members.

Recent Developments in Bankruptcy Law – August 4, 2021

A presentation of recent articles and decisions of interest to the lending community, including articles on Bankruptcy Directors and The Breakdown of Chapter 11; decisions on setoff (Orexigen), administrative priority claims (Energy Future Holdings), subordination agreements (Fencepost Productions), postpetition interest (PG&E), KERPs (LSC Communications); and developments in subchapter V (Johnson, 305 Petroleum, Walker, and Satellite Rests.), and U.S. Trustee fees (Circuit City, Clinton Nurseries, and Paragon Offshore). Presented by Elliot Ganz, General Counsel & Co-Head, Public Policy, LSTA and Richard Levin, Partner, Jenner & Block. Presentation and replay now available to LSTA Members.

Sustainability-Linked Loans and Sustainability-Linked Bonds – Trends and Perspectives

Sustainability-linked debt is a fast-growing asset class within the broader category of ESG-focused debt, with broad appeal to issuers that may not have appropriate projects to finance with traditional green bonds. The panel will discuss the development of this asset class, with the advent of sustainability-linked loans, and the emergence of sustainability-linked bonds; the challenges of sustainability-linked debt and the measures adopted to avoid “ESG-washing”; and specific features of sustainability-linked debt in the US, with a comparative view to Europe. Presented by Yair Galil, Of Counsel, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Hillary H. Holmes, Partner & Co-Chair Capital Markets, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Ben Myers, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Tess Virmani, Associate General Counsel, EVP Public Policy, LSTA. Presentation and replay now available to LSTA members.

LSTA Summer Series

LSTA University was delighted to launch the ”LSTA Summer Series”. The Series was designed as an introduction to the loan market and included classes focused on market volumes and trends, credit agreements, secondary trading, and regulations impacting the loan market and will be ideal for new entrants or those with one or two years’ experience in the loan market. Presentations and Replays are now available to LSTA members.

How Domestic and International Politics Are Shaping the ESG Agenda

Members joined us for a timely presentation by David Chmiel, geopolitical strategy expert, on the political forces shaping the global ESG discussion as he explored the fundamental question – will action meet expectation? Presentation and replay now available to LSTA Members.

Semi-Annual Oil & Gas Industry Update

Energy finance and bankruptcy practitioners from Haynes and Boone, LLP discussed current energy finance topics, including the latest trends in oil and gas finance. Presented by Kraig Grahmann, Partner & Head of the Energy Finance Practice Group at Haynes and Boone, LLP, Bridget Marsh, EVP & Deputy General Counsel at LSTA, Jeff Nichols, Co-Chair of Energy Practice Group at Haynes and Boone, LLP, Kelli Norfleet, Partner, Bankruptcy & Restructuring Practice Group at Haynes and Boone, LLP and Chris Reagen, Associate, Energy Practice Group at Haynes and Boone, LLP. Presentation and replay now available for LSTA Members.

Intro to SASB Standards: Applying ESG to the Loan Market

In today’s economy, corporate financials are increasingly driven by sustainability factors not adequately represented in conventional accounting metrics. Presented by Jeff Cohen, CAIA - Director of Capital Markets Integration and Head of Private Investments Initiatives at SASB, and Tess Virmani - Associate General Counsel, EVP, Public Policy at LSTA. Presentation and Replay available to LSTA Members.

Digital Asset Financing – Market Update

Since 2018, the transactions in digital assets – secured lending, swaps, repos – have matured and evolved nearly as much as the underlying digital assets. That maturity has come in the form of more complex transactions and necessitated the development of more standardized structures and documentation. Presented by Yevgeniy Feldman, Director at Institutional Services, BlockFi, Inc., Matthew Frankle, Partner at Haynes and Boone, LLP, Alexander Grisham, Partner at Haynes and Boone, LLP and Rene van Kesteren, Chief Risk Officer & Head of Global Markets at BlockFi, Inc. Presentation and replay now available to LSTA Members.

The New Investment Adviser Marketing Rule: Everything You Need to Know

Last December, the SEC adopted significant amendments to its existing rules under the Investment Advisers Act governing advertising by investment advisers and cash payments to solicitors. As a result of these amendments, as of May 4, 2021, there will be a single rule—new Rule 206(4)-1—which more comprehensively addresses requirements and prohibitions relating to investment adviser marketing and solicitation activities. Presented by David Dickstein, Partner of Katten Muchin & Rosenman LLP, Richard Marshall, Partner of Katten Muchin & Rosenman LLP and Amanda Segal, Partner of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. Presentation and Replay is now available to LSTA Members.

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