The ILF Podcast Series - The Deal Makers

The ILF has embarked on a new project this summer semester 2023 - its own Podcast Series titled "The Deal Makers".

This podcast of the Institute for Law and Finance (ILF) of Goethe University in Frankfurt is managed with the input of and assistance from the student cohort. It aims to explore the evolving landscape between law and finance and show how legal frameworks and regulations are adapting to keep pace with these changes. It is hoped that an engaging platform will be created where one can delve deeper into the current legal issues and industry trends that are shaping the future of law and finance.


#6: Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism in the digital era: objectives and challenges in a constantly evolving financial sector

In our latest episode of The Deal Makers Podcast, we delve into the ongoing battle against money laundering. Despite legislative strides to combat financial crimes, regulators face a significant hurdle: adapting to the ever-changing financial landscape, especially with the advancement of crypto-assets and DLT technologies. However, promising legislative initiatives such as MiCAR and regulations on information accompanying transfers signal proactive efforts to confront these challenges head-on. Join us as we explore these developments with our expert guests, Dr. Manuel Lorenz, LL.M., from Baker McKenzie, and Eirini Rafa, ILF Alumna. Tune in to stay informed about the latest anti-money laundering advancements.



#5: Initial Public Offerings in 2023

In “Revving Up for the Road: The High-seed world of IPOs”, our 5th episode of the Deal Makers Podcast series, Dr. Sebastian Sieder, our student and Vienna based lawyer and Alexander Rang, Partner at Hengeler Mueller, focus on the how, what and why of an IPO, including a basic understanding of the process and important legal stipulations of a company going public.  They touch upon the specific tasks, which are done by a Junior Associate, the so-called SPACs, direct listings and the EU Listing Act or the Zukunftsfinanzierungsgesetz in Germany. Please have a listen from the expert who advised IONOS, the first IPO in Germany for 2023, and his experiences with advising a company going public under multiple crises challenging market conditions.



#4: FinTech Focus 2023-24: “Cryptocurrency and Digital Assets”

On 20 April 2023, the European Parliament adopted Regulation (EU) 2023/1114 on Markets in Crypto-Assets (Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation - MiCAR). This was the motivating factor for our student Nicolas Bonilla to meet up with Dr. Conrad Ruppel, partner at Ashurst in Frankfurt am Main and to discuss this new, harmonised regulatory framework for crypto-assets and related services. As an expert in financial markets supervisory law and litigation, Dr. Ruppel’s practice covers all areas of investment and financial markets law, including the regulation of new technologies and digital assets. Tune in and find out more about the behind the scenes practice of a team that advised Goldman Sachs on their use of a digital asset platform.



#3: Third-party Funding in Arbitration: A look at the Trends and the Implications

Dear Listeners, in our third episode of the Deal Makers - ILF Podcast Series, Dr. Markus Burianski (Partner and Head of White & Case's German arbitration practice, as well as Lecturer at the Institute of Law and Finance) together with Ms. Buket Bayril discuss the topic on Third-Party Funding in Arbitration. With the support of Basavan Patil, they explore the motivations behind funders, their meticulous evaluation of potential cases, and the intriguing possibility of public offerings in third-party funding. If you are fascinated by the world of arbitration and want to learn more about the nuances of this dynamic practice, this episode is a must-listen. Tune in now for valuable insights!



#2: AT-1 Bonds / CoCo Bonds

We are back with Episode 2 of The Deal Makers - ILF Podcast Series with Dr. Christian Storck (Partner and German Head of Finance at Linklaters LLP), Mr. William Lam and Ms. Namrata Pandit where we take you through an interesting conversation on AT-1 bonds, their emergence, and how different they are from the traditional bonds. The conversation will also shed light on the recent events that saw a complete write-down of the AT-1 bonds at Credit Suisse. Do listen to this episode, and as always, your feedback and suggestions are welcome! Thank you for the overwhelming support towards the ILF Podcast, and we hope to bring more such conversations!  


#1: Building a Sustainable Future - Impact of ESG Factors on Project Finance

Dr. Daniel Reichert-Facilides, Senior Counsel of Chatham Partners and Mr. Andreas Ruthemeyer, Counsel of Clifford Chance, will be discussing the impact of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors on project finance . They will touch upon various facets of ESG, including taxonomy, regulations and greenwashing and also give their views on the importance of having an ESG agenda for the future.

ILF Editorial Team: Jeanne Boillet, Ruslana Bronina, Alexandra Königsberg, Basavanagouda Patil, Erato Zeliou. Namrata Pandit gave the introduction and concluded the podcast .



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