Matthew Kulkin of Steptoe & Johnson LLP figured out a new way to help his law firm during the coronavirus pandemic. When he came back to Steptoe after a tenure at the CFTC, after taking the spot previously occupied by now-author Eileen Flaherty as director of the Division of Swap Dealer & Intermediary Oversight, he was impressed with how many different pieces of the firm “plug into the financial services industry,” he said.
He started thinking about how to communicate that to their customers and colleagues in the company around the world. He came up with the idea of a Financial Services University, consisting of a series of video interviews of colleagues across the organization.
He wanted to help both to understand the opportunities to leverage the vast skills of Steptoe in financial services.
Since Steptoe partners were all working from home, and allegedly had extra time on their hands without any commuting to do, Kulkin figured it was a good time to allow everyone in the firm to meet and learn about what they do.
So he recruited colleagues to sit for video conversations, break down their practices generally and discuss the big issues confronting clients in their area of expertise.
The sessions were filmed over the web-based video chat system BlueJeans. The videos are lightly edited but look very professional.
Kulkin, who is a Steptoe partner and co-chair of the firm’s Financial Services Group, said, “These short videos show the depth and breadth of our global Financial Services Group, both in terms of subject matter expertise and geographic reach. The Financial Services University brings together lawyers from across practice areas, jurisdictions, and industry teams to help viewers stay informed about the latest financial services industry developments.”
The partners who participated came from as far as Brussels, London and Hong Kong.
The variety of subjects they have addressed in this “first semester” of classes included anti-money laundering regulation, corporate governance, EU cybersecurity legislation, individual tax and estate planning, financial services regulatory compliance and advocacy, insider trading investigations and enforcement and virtual currency and blockchain among others.
You can see the whole list of classes for the Financial Services University HERE.