Business as usual ended in January 2020, when the first cases of COVID-19 were reported. Now, as we try—simultaneously—to develop treatments and cures, tackle the challenges of racial inequality, and restart the global economy, we’ll need more grit and ingenuity than ever before. Welcome to Business Better, a podcast designed to help businesses navigate the new normal.


Episode 5 - Conversations with Women Leaders in Finance, with Special Guest Karen Sunderam of UBS

For this series within the Business Better Podcast, we talk to, and profile, women in finance to learn about their leadership roles in financial services and capital markets, and discuss trending topics within the industry. In this episode, we are joined by Karen Sunderam, Head of Strategy and Business Development (Public Finance) at UBS. Karen discusses her career path to finance, reentering the workforce after a career break, and her involvement in efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in the finance industry with Ballard Partner and Finance Department Co-Chair, Emilie Ninan.

Episode 4 - The State of Distress in the Health Care Industry

On today’s episode we’ll be discussing the current state of distress in the health care industry, and the value opportunities for acquisition and consolidation that may arise as a result. We’ll explore the drivers of distress and current trends, and how bankruptcy law can be used as a tool for facilitating distressed acquisitions and realizing upon opportunities for post-pandemic health care.

Episode 3 - ESG Investments and the Impact of Recent DOL Proposed Regulations on Retirement Plans

On this episode we discuss the new set of proposed regulations from the Department of Labor (DOL) providing guidance to retirement plan fiduciaries about investing plan assets in ESG Investment Vehicles. The group discusses what ESG investment are, what’s different about considering them for retirement plans, and what the DOL’s proposed regulations will do and what they wouldn’t. Finally, we talk about the reaction to the rules, how they impact retirement plans, and next steps for plan fiduciaries.

Episode 2 - CARES Act Compliance and Enforcement

The CARES Act was enacted to provide several forms of relief for individuals and businesses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode, we cover the general requirements for complying with the act, unpack how the government is likely to enforce the requirements, examine what can be learned from the government’s enforcement of TARP in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, provide best practices for CARES Act compliance, and detail how to mitigate the risk of enforcement actions.

Episode 1 - How the COVID-19 Pandemic has Changed the Physical Workplace

In this episode we are joined by Debra Moritz and Antonia Cardone from Cushman & Wakefield, a leading commercial real estate services firm to discuss the changing workplace caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics include: how the workplace was evolving before the pandemic; key learnings from a Cushman & Wakefield study on the current work from home environment; the short-and-long-term impacts on the workplace; and what businesses need to know to succeed in the new Total Workplace Ecosystem.

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John B. Wright, II
Senior Counsel
wrightj@ballardspahr.com