36th IBA International Financial Law Conference - Young Lawyers Programme

The Banking Law Committee and Securities Law Committee hold one of the IBA's most popular and well established events, the International Financial Law Conference (IFLC) each year. The 36th edition of this event will take place in Berlin from 15-17 May 2019.

In recent years, a key part of this event has been a Young Lawyers Programme aimed at young lawyers (under 40 years of age). This year, the Young Lawyers Programme will be on the topic of FinTech.

An aspect of FinTech which generates major interest concerns crypto-assets and the phenomenon of initial coin offerings. The Committees accordingly invite young lawyers to compete in an essay competition with the title: 'The ICO is dead, long live the ICO.'

Subject to the terms & conditions of the competition, which can be found here, the winning essay will entitle its author to the following:

  • waived registration fee to the 2019 IFLC Conference in Berlin;
  • a contribution of EUR 1000 towards travel and accommodation costs to attend the IFLC Conference;
  • an invitation to participate a panel discussion at the Young Lawyers Programme session at the IFLC Conference; and
  • publication of the essay in the IBA's Banking Law News or another IBA journal.

The competition is now open and all papers must be submitted by 1700 GMT on Friday 15 March 2019 to Josh Hogan (josh.hogan@mccannfitzgerald.com) and Alyssa Caples (ACaples@cravath.com).

Papers are to be written in English and should no more than 1,500 words in length and papers exceeding 1,500 words will not be considered. Submissions must also be in Microsoft Word format.

Participates are encouraged to review the competition terms and conditions to ensure that their submission remains eligible.

Should you have any further queries, please contact Josh Hogan (josh.hogan@mccannfitzgerald.com) or Alyssa Caples (ACaples@cravath.com).