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Robert Pickel (RP), chair of P.R.I.M.E. Finance, and Camilla Macpherson (CM), head of Secretariat discusses P.R.I.M.E. Finance’s new venture, PRIMEtime Virtual Events.
CM: We wanted to launch a programme that would help market participants and their advisers understand the issues arising out of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. P.R.I.M.E. Finance was formed in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis. The pandemic is, most immediately, a health crisis. Yet it is already becoming a financial crisis, and one which is likely to have enormous repercussions.
RP: We have been thrilled with the success of PRIMEtime. The events have enabled us to reach hundreds of attendees across more than thirty jurisdictions. The quality of our speakers, who have included Sir William Blair, the Hon. Elizabeth Stong, Jean Messinesi, Tim Massad, Dr Kay Swinburne, Gay Evans OBE, Blythe Masters, Tom Jasper and Rick Grove, is a huge part of the attraction. Our line-ups are testament to the quality of P.R.I.M.E. Finance’s panel of experts (now totalling more than 200!) and to our wide reach and contacts in the market.
CM: P.R.I.M.E. Finance was established to help resolve complex financial transactions. Our experts are unique in straddling the worlds of finance, financial markets law, and dispute resolution. PRIMEtime has focussed on these strengths, opening with sessions on dispute resolution, financial regulation and markets.
CM: Volatility in the markets leading to diminished liquidity is certainly likely to lead to disputes. Disputes over the interpretation of force majeure clauses in contracts, and the application of business interruption insurance policies, are also likely. We may see commercial mortgage backed securities get into difficulties due to falls in commercial rents. Insolvency is also a huge issue, with many businesses likely to shut their doors forever as a result of the pandemic.
RP: Most of the disputes coming out of the 2008–2009 Global Financial Crisis went through the courts, and some of them are only now being finally resolved. We firmly believe there is a role for other, more creative forms of dispute resolution, such as P.R.I.M.E. Finance, that can speed up the resol
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Emma is head of the Banking and Finance team and the Finance Group at LexisNexis®UK.
Emma has wide-ranging experience in derivatives and capital markets with a particular emphasis on credit derivatives and structured products. Emma qualified as a solicitor with Allen & Overy LLP, working in the derivatives and structured finance teams in both their London and Paris offices before gaining experience with Deutsche Bank AG (advising the foreign exchange prime brokerage desk) and Crédit Agricole CIB (advising the fixed income and derivatives desk) before joining LexisNexis®.
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