Our approach to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic

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Our approach to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic

Walkers is both prepared and open for business

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Ireland Update: SFTR reporting update issued by ESMA

On 19 March 2020 ESMA issued a public statement relating to the application of the Securities Financing Transaction Regulation (“SFTR”). In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the reporting obligations for credit institutions, investment firms and relevant third country entities which were due to apply from 13 April 2020 have been delayed as well as the registration requirements for trade repositories (“TRs”).

 Updated 26 March 

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Listings Advisory: Green Bonds

2019 was a turning point for the capital markets where Walkers noted a wide variety of transactions embracing the “green factor”. With 2019 green bond issuance estimated at excess US$225 billion, and market sources projecting soaring demand for corporate environmental, social and governance ("ESG") investment, we anticipate growth across green finance transactions in 2020, with some exciting and novel features expected.

Alongside the increased investor demand for green bonds, we’ve seen the development and promotion of green market segments on many international stock exchanges including Euronext Dublin, the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange ("CSX"), The International Stock Exchange ("TISE") and Vienna MTF, for whom Walkers acts as a recognised listing agent. This advisory aims to provide clients with a flavour of our listing expertise alongside the options available when choosing to list Green Bonds.

 

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Coronavirus pandemic: Force majeure and frustration under Irish law

The economic impact of the ongoing ongoing coronavirus (or COVID-19) pandemic is being felt acutely in a number of sectors. In this note we consider the ways a party to an Irish law contract might seek to avoid or postpone its obligations if the pandemic impacts its ability to perform under the doctrines of force majeure and frustration.

 

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