Between 13-15 April 2018 the Queen Mary – UNIDROIT Institute of Transnational Commercial Law, in association with the University of Oxford Harris Manchester College Commercial Law Centre, organised a conference entitled “Development Finance in Emerging Markets: Challenges, Innovations and Results”. On the first day of the conference, which was opened by Professors Roy Goode and Rosa Lastra, Secretary-General a.i. Anna Veneziano chaired a panel focusing on “the Importance of an Effective Legal Regime for Secured Transactions: The Cape Town Convention and its Protocols”, which featured presentations by Professor Ignacio Tirado (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, World Bank), Dr Marek Dubovec (NatLaw) and Ms Fréderique Dahan (EBRD). On the second day of the conference, Sir Roy Goode chaired a panel on “Intermediated Securities Versus Direct Holdings: The Benefits and Challenges of Book Entry Securities in EMDEs”. On this panel, Dr Thomas Kejiser (Radboud University Nijmegen) presented on the Geneva Securities Convention and the 2017 UNIDROIT Legislative Guide on Intermediated Securities among other presentations by Professor Luc Thévenoz (University of Geneva), Dr Maria Vermaas (Strate), Dr Timi Austen-Peters (Austen-Peters & Co) and Mr Guy Morton (formerly Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer). On the final day of the conference, UNIDROIT President Professor Alberto Mazzoni chaired a session on “Arbitration, Dispute Resolution, and Enforcing Judgements in emerging markets and developing countries: Recent developments”.
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