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  • 6 August 2014 - 7 August 2014

    Communication Alchemy

    Management Forum

    London

    The Art of Winning People and Business Through Effective Communication Techniques

    OVER THIS 2 DAY SUMMER SCHOOL, THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE: 

    Enhanced Thinking and Dynamic Action ~ Setting the Scene/ Personal Belief Systems/Motivation and High Performance

    Invisible PowerPoint Workshop ~ Goals & Objectives/ Audience Analysis/ Content Construction/ Hooking your Audience/ Working with the Positives of PowerPoint/ Nerves and Confidence/ Call to Action

    Body Language & the Art of Mind Reading ~ Importance of 2 Way Body Language Excellence/ Eyes, Windows to the Soul/ Facial Expressions/ Gestures/ Posture/ Presence & First Impression/ The Power of Smiles/ Voice/Observation and Reading Minds

    Invisible Selling ~ Breaking Down Barriers/Complete Active Listening/Controlling Meetings/ Empathy & Rapport/ Influencing Others/ Pitching/ Building Long Term Relationships

    Networking Master Class ~Why Network, Winning Strategies / Power Communication Techniques/Avoiding Shark Infested Waters

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  • 1 September 2014 - 30 June 2015

    LL.M. in International Law

    The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

    Geneva

    The LL.M. in International Law is a one-year postgraduate degree course that provides advanced, comprehensive and practical training in international law. Students on the LL.M. Programme gain exposure to world-renowned faculty, benefit from being at the heart of international legal affairs in Geneva and share ideas with other participants who come from an array of different legal backgrounds and perspectives.

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  • 2 September 2014

    Intercreditor Agreements in Leveraged Transactions

    Redcliffe Training Associates Ltd

    London

    Course Overview:

    Intercreditor agreements have assumed increasing importance over the past few years. The evolution of laminated structures prior to the credit crisis, initially comprising senior and mezzanine and later, now nascent, 2nd Lien loans, forced these arrangements into sharp relief. Inevitably the increase in
    financial distress flushed out the numerous issues in the prevailing arrangements in a raft of landmark cases (e.g. European Directories, Stabilus, Trimast and IMO Carwash).

    The market responded with the introduction of the LMA Intercreditor precedent in 2009 seeking to codify the market approach which, largely, had remained uniform prior to the crisis. Stung by a series of reverses in IMO and other cases, RBS Worldpay represented the first real effort by mezzanine lenders to redress the balance of power and may well have led to the publication of a revised LMA Intercreditor in 2012. This sought to address some of these issues, particularly valuation and the duties of the Agent vis-a-vis the mezzanine.

    The LMA was always designed as a point of departure and its role has, to some extent, been undermined by the wave of bifurcated pari Loan / Bond structures which have gained traction over the last few years. These structures embrace a raft of variations; super senior RCF / senior secured bonds either on their own
    or together with junior secured 2nd Lien Notes (e.g Voyage) and/or junior unsecured notes (e.g Perstorp). Additionally, since late 2012, the market has also witnessed the resurrection of PIK Notes which have introduced additional complexity. These structures, and particularly the rise of senior secured notes
    (which historically were generally junior unsecured instruments in Europe), have created intercreditor tensions which were never envisaged by the LMA precedents.

    Despite this, the issues inherent in intercreditor arrangements are, to a large extent, similar in all cases. This programme seeks to focus on the main issues in both traditional senior Loan/ Mezz structures and also reviews the problems facing the market in the pari Loan / Bond structures in both corporate deals (e.g. Virgin) and sponsored transactions.

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  • 8 September 2014

    The Real Estate Finance Loan and Security Documentation Training Course

    Redcliffe Training Associates Ltd

    London

    Course Overview:

    The commercial property market has of course flourished over the last few decades and even after the recent credit crunch continues to be attractive to investors.  As in many markets, the availability of debt finance is key to enabling investors to maximise returns. Yet lenders need to be more careful than ever to ensure that all risks are properly covered, and well-drafted legal documents are vital.

    This course focuses on the loan and security documents for real estate finance.  It starts with an examination of the main property-related provisions of the Loan Market Association (LMA) model forms of property investment facility agreement and facility agreement for property development projects.  That will be followed by a review of key provisions of the security documents.  Finally it will explain the restrictions imposed to subordinate the equity funding and other intercreditor terms.


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  • 9 September 2014

    The Patent Box - Tips & Predictions

    Management Forum

    London

    WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND:

    • The Patent Box regime has bedded in - is it working?
    • Big companies are obtaining major savings on tax through the regime - are you?
    • The EU has asked questions about the legal validity of the regime - where might this end?
    • Ensure you're adopting the best practice
    • Ensure you're future proofing your IP tax measures

    WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

    • Chief Financial Officers
    • Finance Directors
    • Financial Controllers
    • Accountants
    • IP Solicitors
    • IP Managers
    • In house Legal Officer
    • Patent Attorneys

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  • 10 September 2014

    Financial Services Activities & Regulation for Law Firms

    MBL Seminars Limited

    London

    Course Level: Introduction Introduction The financial services industry is a highly regulated environment with strict controls, rules and regulations. Many law firms carry on financial services activities without being direct...

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  • 12 September 2014

    Unitranche – The Rise and Rise

    Redcliffe Training Associates Ltd

    London

    Course Overview:

    Unitranche facilities migrated from the US market to Europe in 2008 in response to the funding gap which arose as European banks contracted their balance sheets.  Having achieved modest success in the early years it has experienced dramatic growth since 2011 driven by increasingly strong demand on both the buy and sell side and as borrowers have become more familiar with the product and it’s many advantages.

    Initially the product was provided by a small group of alternative-debt style funds such as AXA (now Ardian), ICG, Ares and Babson. Some parties, notably GE Capital and Ares, created a joint venture to be able to offer a composite financing package and this trend has gather momentum with Barclays & Bluebay and others, following suit.  Supply has been boosted across the board as many existing providers have increased their commitment levels and been joined by raft of new entrants. Additionally, an increasing number of traditional bank lenders are being forced into providing unitranche as they have recognized the dangers this product poses to their existing leverage business across the credit spectrum in small, bilateral deals (e.g. Groupe Looping €30m), club deals (e.g. The Trainline) and even large syndicated deals (David Lloyds c. £500m). In the same vein, the larger unitranches provide stiff competition to the traditional high bond product.

    The embryonic nature of the product, coupled with the rapid increase of both supply and demand has created a climate in which terms and conditions are extremely fluid.  The impact has meant that whilst unitranche was initially provided on a bilateral basis some deals have been clubbed (e.g. TheTrainline & Infopro digital) and more recently GE/Ares included a junior tranche. GE/Ares recently provided Parkdean with a junior unitranche to accompany the “standard” unitranche.

    A further indication of its flexibility was the provision of a sharia compliant unitranche to Petainer Group. Competition on the supply side accompanied by a high levels of competition from loan and bond markets has mirrored the developments in loan and bond markets which have seen the acceptance of borrower friendly terms and the accompanying erosion of lender protection.

    The private nature of the market and high levels of competition mean that unitranche operates in a private vacuum and information of deals and structures varies considerably. This programme is aimed at giving lenders, borrowers, lawyers, corporate financiers and others involved in providing, using or advising on unitranche a look under the bonnet and a toolkit to understand the key issues facing each of the main players.

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  • 15 September 2014

    Debt Finance: Drafting the Debenture

    Central Law Training

    Manchester

    A practical and interactive session exploring the key clauses and points of negotiation between the Borrower and the Lead Arranger in relation to a standard security debenture. The course will benefit all legal practitioners working in a debt finance...

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  • 15 September 2014

    Debt Finance: Drafting the Loan Agreement

    Central Law Training

    Manchester

    A practical and interactive session exploring the key clauses and points of negotiation between the Borrower and the Lead Arranger in relation to a standard syndicated loan agreement. The course will benefit all legal practitioners working in a d...

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  • 15 September 2014

    Loan Documentation and Security

    Redcliffe Training Associates Ltd

    London

    Course Overview:

    This course provides a full coverage of all of the important aspects of lending. It sets the scene by explaining the banks approach to lending, the roles of the key departments in the bank and the key documents in the process.

    The programme then proceeds to discuss where to focus in analysing the loan and examines the key commercial terms in the loan and security documents from the perspective of both the lender and the borrower. Reference is made to established case law (Spectrum) and to recent cases, such as Stabilus and Urvasco and their relevance to key clauses and aspects.

    Whilst Loan Market Association precedents are widely used as a point of departure for loans throughout Europe, there are a number of key clauses which are left “blank” for negotiation, in particular the various “permitted” baskets which need to be tailored on a case by case basis. Furthermore, syndicated (and club) loans raise additional issues which are not relevant in bilateral loans, such as voting thresholds and transfer restrictions.

    In view of the standardised approach to lending across Europe, the course is presented so that it has a pan-European relevance.

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