IBA Annual Conference Sydney 2017

8 Oct - 13 Oct 2017

Room C4.2, Convention Centre, Level 4

Session information

Cross-border aspects of legal opinions in financial transactions

Wednesday 11 October (0930 - 1230)

Room C4.2, Convention Centre, Level 4


Banking & Financial Law Committee (Lead)


Legal opinions are regularly issued in multiple jurisdictions in financial transactions, but no two jurisdictions necessarily take the same approach to them or understand them the same way. Recipients of legal opinions expect an accurate, precise and reliable legal instrument, which presupposes that everybody involved has the same understanding of the what, why and how. This panel will discuss issues and pitfalls in issuing cross-border opinions and will explore possible ways to address them.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

John Elias Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Vice Chair, Legal Opinions Subcommittee
Benedikt Maurenbrecher Homburger AG, Zürich, Switzerland; Chair, Legal Opinions Subcommittee
Ulrike Erika Brigitte Ursula Naumann Bowmans, Johannesburg, South Africa; African Regional Forum Liaison Officer, Banking & Financial Law Committee


Russell DaSilva Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, New York, New York, USA; Co-Chair, Banking & Financial Law Committee
Andreas Meyer Deutsche Bank AG, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Anastasia Walker Macquarie Bank, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Jacob Willeumier