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BI Analyst Briefing: Financial Institutions/Products Litigation In the Wake of the Pandemic

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Date:9/24/2020

Time:10:00 AM EDT

Duration:60 minutes

The global pandemic has already ushered in a new wave of litigation affecting financial institutions. Ongoing litigation includes unpaid rent cases between large retailers and their REIT landlords, material adverse effect disputes, PPP lawsuits against the largest banks and business interruption insurance disputes.

Areas potentially ripe for litigation include margin calls, the Libor transition, and ratings/price inflation in the market for private and hard-to-value securities, including CLOs and CMBS.

Please join Elliott Stein of Bloomberg Intelligence, with his fellow panelists including John Taylor QC of Fountain Court Chambers in London, Uri Itkin of Kasowitz Benson Torres in New York, and Gene Phillips of PF2 Securities in Los Angeles for a webinar discussion of these topics.

Speakers

Elliott Stein

Senior Litigation Analyst

Bloomberg

Elliott Stein is a senior financials litigation analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, a unique research platform that provides context on industries, companies, credit, litigation, policy, and ESG, available on the Bloomberg Professional Service at BI GO . Mr. Stein covers litigation and investigations affecting the financial sector. Mr. Stein litigated complex commercial actions, as well as regulatory and criminal cases, for more than eight years, most recently at the law firm of Lowenstein Sandler. Prior to that, Mr. Stein was an attorney in Dickstein Shapiro's White-Collar Litigation group. Mr. Stein earned his law degree from Yeshiva University's Cardozo School of Law and his Bachelors of Arts degree from Stanford University.

Uri Itkin

Partner

Kasowitz Benson Torres

Uri A. Itkin, a partner at Kasowitz Benson Torres, represents hedge funds and private equity firms in litigation and potential disputes relating to their investments, including in asset-backed securities, structured products and real estate.  He has been recognized by Law360 as a Rising Star in Asset Management, by Legal 500 as a Next Generation Lawyer, and by Benchmark Litigation in its 40 and Under Hot List.  Uri recently authored “Repo Borrowers May Be Able to Recover Covid-Related Margin Call Losses,” published in Bloomberg.  

Gene Phillips

CEO, Director

PF2 Securities

Gene Phillips and his colleagues at PF2 work as strategic consultants, and financial market experts, alongside legal teams in complex litigation matters.  Gene previously held roles on the buy-side at a hedge fund within Citigroup Alternative Investments and before that in the Derivatives group at Moody’s.  He has written extensively on the intersection between financial, economic and legal issues, including damages frameworks for financial-markets and data/privacy actions; the significant motivations and potential for mis-pricing and mis-rating of complex, privately-traded securities; and whether credit ratings should be afforded First Amendment protections.  Gene holds a BSc degree in mathematics and applied mathematics, and a BSc Hons degree in the Advanced Mathematics of Financial Derivatives, from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.

John Taylor, QC

Commercial Silk

Fountain Court Chambers

John Taylor QC, is a commercial litigator, arbitrator and mediator with over 25 years’ experience in banking and finance disputes. He has appeared in cases concerning many of the banking and finance issues that have occupied the English courts over the last few years including LIBOR manipulation, creditor disputes under ABS and CDOs, interest rate derivatives mis-selling, credit default swaps, AIG bonds, portfolio valuation and close-out disputes and PPI. His work extends to overseas jurisdictions including Singapore and the Dubai International Financial Centre. His cases often involve regulatory matters and he frequently works with both litigation and compliance teams on disputes with business-wide implications. He is ranked as a leading practitioner in banking and finance in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners legal directories. John is a contributor to the chapters on electronic funds transfer and cheques in The Law of Bank Payments (2017, 5th ed. Sweet & Maxwell).
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