‘The Future of CoCos’ Online seminar
Contingent Convertible bonds – also known as CoCo bonds – have attracted growing attention over the past years, both from regulators and industry practitioners. CoCos can be seen as a creation of the last financial crisis. They are a hybrid security that takes the form of a debt instrument upon issuance that may be turned into equity or written down altogether when a pre-determined trigger is activated.
In theory, CoCos thus constitute an ideal risk-absorbing instrument. It provides more agility and flexibility to banks in distress while at the same time – through its preventive effects – improving the resilience of the banking system. But under which exact design conditions can they support ‘going concern’ restructuring and market discipline in practice? Moreover, given the current volatile and unpredictable demand for CoCos in the market, is there a risk that CoCos might contribute instead to financial instability? Looking ahead, will the CoCo market reach maturity any time soon?
These are a few of the questions that will be addressed in this interactive online seminar on the future of CoCos with the lead presenter Enrico Perotti (University of Amsterdam) and the commentator Simon Gleeson (Clifford Chance).
Speaker: Enrico Perotti (University of Amsterdam)
Enrico Perotti (PhD in Finance at MIT, 1990) is Professor of International Finance at the University of Amsterdam. His broad research output has appeared in the top journals in economics, finance and law. He has been a frequent guest to the IMF, Federal Reserve Board and ECB Visiting Scholar programs. Since 2009 he acted as senior advisor on banking and financial regulation to the European Commission, Federal Reserve Board, ECB, DNB and the Bank of England. He visited the Bank of England in 2011-12 as Houblon-Normal Fellow and the ECB in 2015 as Wim Duisenberg Fellow.
Commentator: Simon Gleeson (Clifford Chance, London)
Simon Gleeson is Partner at Clifford Chance, specializing banking and financial markets law and regulation, clearing, settlement and derivatives. He is described by all of the major legal directories as one of the world’s leading experts in financial services and banking regulation, capital markets and derivatives. He is the lead legal advisor to the main UK banking and financial services industry bodies regarding Brexit. In addition to his private practice, he chairs the Institute for International Finance’s cross-border resolution committee, has been called to give evidence to UK and EU parliamentary committees, has advised the World Economic Forum on its 2009 Report on The New Global Financial Architecture, and was involved in the establishment of the UK’s Banking Standards Board.
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