What Matters: A Paul Hastings Podcast

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What Matters is a podcast from the lawyers at Paul Hastings that breaks down the most important legal issues and considers their impact on business and society. Each episode examines topics of interest to lawyers and business executives alike, in a conversational format that is smart, yet easy to follow.

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  Episode 11: ESG Investing – What You Need to Know Today
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) are the three central factors in measuring the sustainability and societal impact of an investment in a company or business. ESG investing presents unique opportunities for asset managers to raise assets, but there are also compliance and regulatory risks that asset managers need to be aware of. In this episode, we’re joined by Vadim Avdeychik, of counsel in the firm’s Investment Management practice, and Runjhun Kudaisya, of counsel in the Private Investment Funds practice. We discuss the critical issues surrounding ESG investing, and what clients need to know today.
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  Episode 10: Protecting IP Rights in the New Frontier of Health Tech
As COVID-19 pushes the United States to innovate at an accelerated pace to respond to this pandemic, a spotlight has been drawn on health tech and the convergence of life sciences and technology. In our latest podcast, we share a conversation between our IP practice co-chairs, Yar Chaikovsky and Bruce Wexler, recorded at our health tech conference earlier this year. They discuss what companies who will be defending and enforcing their health tech IP should be thinking about as change continues to accelerate.
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  Episode 9: Hedge Funds and Other Private Open-End Funds
As the COVID-19 crisis continues to impact virtually every aspect of our lives, it’s also dramatically altering the business and economic landscape in which our clients operate. In this episode, we’re joined by Ira Kustin, a partner in the firm’s Investment Management practice, based in New York. We explore how this new environment is impacting hedge funds and other private open-end funds, and what clients need to know today.
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  Episode 8: LIBOR Litigation Risk
Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Michael Spafford joins the podcast to discuss the winners, losers and litigation risks associated with LIBOR transition. We'll explore whether or not it is appropriate to use temporary fallback language on a permanent basis and weigh the risks that come from both existing contracts and LIBOR replacement rates. For more information, visit
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  Episode 7: Asia Capital Markets
Host Heidi Au sits down with Hong Kong-based Corporate partner Jason Kuo to discuss the trends he’s seeing in Asia Capital Markets. We’ll explore which capital markets deal structures have been the most popular in the region over the past year, the rise in Hong Kong IPOs, how to overcome barriers to cross-border market participation, and how regulatory changes could impact capital markets going forward.

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  Episode 6: CFIUS and FIRRMA
Congress recently passed and President Trump signed into law FIRRMA -- the most consequential update to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) in 30 years. Scott Flicker, a partner in Paul Hastings’ Global Trade Controls practice discusses what might constitute a “threat to national security” or “foreign control,” what changes FIRRMA will bring to CFIUS, why they might be a good thing, and the most important action to take as not to run afoul of CFIUS when considering a cross-border transaction or foreign investment.

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  Episode 5: Artificial Intelligence and Minimizing Workplace Disruption
Artificial Intelligence has the potential to bring tremendous advances, both for consumers and for the enterprise. But if allowed to go unregulated, AI could generate massive disruption in the workplace – with implications pertaining to employee displacement and the creation of intellectual property. Bradford Newman, chair of Paul Hastings’ International Employee Mobility and Trade Secret practice, shares details about his proposed “Artificial Intelligence Data Protection Act,” its goals of limiting disruption caused by AI-created IP and by AI in the workplace, and why a trial attorney has become the champion for artificial intelligence regulation.

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  Episode 4: Project Bonds
Cathleen McLaughlin and Alex Herman in our Corporate Finance and Latin America practices talk about the history of project bonds, trends, and what investors need to know about them in the current financing environment.

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  Episode 3: Initial Coin Offerings
In this episode, Corporate partner Meagan Olsen moderates a discussion about the initial coin offering (ICO) market -- specifically what token sales are and why they're on the radar of financial regulators. Meagan is joined by David Hernand, Jeff Hartlin and Mike Zuppone who take on the big question, namely, are tokens securities, commodities or both? And how might regulators treat ICOs going forward?

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  Episode 2: Master Limited Partnerships
Energy Capital Markets lawyer Douglas Getten discusses the renewed interest in Master Limited Partnerships by energy companies, their benefits over a traditional IPO and how MLPs can structure themselves to be more attractive to investors. We’ll also peer into the future at what is in store for MLPs and midstream energy companies more broadly.

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  Episode 1: Fintech Companies and Bank Charters
In this episode, we're joined by Lawrence Kaplan of Paul Hastings Fintech and Payments practice to discuss fintech companies and their move towards bank charters. We'll discuss why fintech companies are seeking bank charters, the differences between an ILC charter and an OCC charter, what having a chartered fintech would mean for consumers and traditional banks and what regulators and elected officials may -- or may not - do about the potential disruption to the traditional banking model.

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