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Staying on top of all the legal issues for your day-to-day activities and corporate life events in many jurisdictions is a challenge, especially in this current environment. That's why Deloitte Legal launched Dbriefs, live webcasts, to help you gain insights on key legal trends and critical issues affecting your global business operations.
Legal Risk Management: Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Corruption
22 April, 12:00 – 1:00 PM CEST (GMT +2)
Host: Willem Henckens
Presenters: Azahara Cots, Steven Dewulf and Begona Fernandez
The most important risk that all companies must manage is the risk of criminal activity. This does not only mean abstaining from committing crimes, but also effectively preventing criminal conduct by identifying risks and notifying the authorities when potentially criminal conduct has been detected. Money laundering and corruption are two well-known economic crimes. What do you need to know about these legally-imposed obligations? We’ll discuss:
- The basic (inter)national rules and principles on AML and anti-corruption, including the various obligations the authorities have imposed such as Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA), Bribery Act in the UK, etc.
- The risks that companies face when they do not meet these obligations.
- Best practices related to AML and anti-bribery management system.
- Future developments and challenges.
Gain insights from the Deloitte experts and understand what you need to do to ensure the risks incurred by your company are under control.
Corporate and M&A Law
M&A compliance: From the Legal Perspective
13 May, 12:00 – 1:00 PM CEST (GMT +2)
Host: Andreas Jentgens
Presenters: Nora Fu, Christofer Mellert, and Andrea Sciortino
M&A compliance has recently become a very important topic within the M&A world. Specific compliance due diligence services are offered and normally via the forensic services units. Compliance due diligence should also be part of the legal due diligence. What should you know? We’ll discuss:
- IT tools and methods available from both forensic and legal departments.
- Influence of compliance on the Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) and other transaction documents, in particular new clauses in the SPA (e.g., references to the UK Anti Bribery Act and the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act), guarantees on the compliance organisation, corruption, and special covenants.
- Post-merger integration of the target into the existing compliance organisation of the purchaser.
- Directors’ and officers’ liability in relation to compliance within an M&A process.
- Our practical examples.
Explore the important developments on M&A compliance from the legal perspective.
New Energy Procurement Strategies of Energy-Intensive Industries
27 May, 12:00 – 1:00 PM CEST (GMT +2)
Host: Antonella Alfonsi
Presenters: Emanuele Bottazzi, Sebastien Soleille, and Florian Alexander Wesche
Medium-size and large national and international energy-intensive industrial companies are facing high energy costs and increasing regulatory requirements. To reduce costs, companies build up their own know-how, e.g., by setting up energy trading departments, and they also assess measures to benefit from certain relief mechanisms that were recently specified by the EU Commission in 2014. On the other hand, the increasing energy regulatory requirements, in particular, REMIT (Regulation (EU) No. 1227/2011 – Regulation on wholesale Energy Markets Integrity and Transparency) forces these companies with a large energy consumption (>600 GWh) or the company's own trading department to implement a compliance system including a reporting system. We’ll discuss:
- Overview of the EU legal framework regarding energy-intensive companies including REMIT and State Aid Guidelines.
- Implementation of the European law regarding energy-intensive companies in selected EU Member States including Renewable Energy Act in Germany and the French and Italian implementation.
- Procurement optimisation strategies of energy-intensive companies including cost reduction, energy trading, and contractual implications.
Learn the complexities in the energy sector and how companies are responding.
International Expansion: A Focus on Africa and Colombia
25 March 2015
Host: Jean-Victor Prevost
Presenters: Yves Madre and Juan Osorio
When entering into new countries and markets, multinational companies are not only seeking advice on legal and tax environment, but also business climate, custom, and local practices. What are the specific objectives and soft factors to consider if your company is planning to actively invest in selected jurisdictions and new locations / countries? In the last quarter, we illustrated case studies in Central Europe and China and in this quarter, we will continue the discussion of this topic with a focus on Africa and Colombia. We'll discuss:
- A general overview of Africa and Colombia on business including legal and tax aspects and in particular their investment regulations, such as authorisation or declaration for new investments, and control of foreign investments.
- Immigration formalities in these two locations.
- Regulated activities in these two locations including manufacturing, mining, petroleum, etc.
Understand the situation in these emerging markets that your company may be interested to invest in.
Employee Participation in the Administrative or Supervisory Boards of Companies in the EU: Rules, Scope, Approach
11 March 2015
Host: Andreas Jentgens
Presenters: Abdelmalik Douaoui, Sashil Durve, and Frauke Heudtlass
Employee participation guarantees employees an influence on the decision-making process of a corporate employer’s administrative or supervisory board. The scope of this participation differs within the EU. It should be reviewed carefully, in particular, before implementing cross-border corporate reorganisations. We'll discuss:
- The main local employee participation rules in specific EU Member States including France, Germany, and the Netherlands.
- The application of employee participation to an EU cross-border merger.
- The practice of European employers when bound to implement employee participation in their supervisory boards.
Keep abreast of employee participation issues that may affect you when you are planning corporate reorganisations across the EU.
Legal Risk Management: An Introduction
17 December 2014
Host: Jurgen Egger
Presenters: Andrei Burz-Pinzaru, Laurent Claassen, Steven Dewulf, and Felix Skala
Legal risk management has always been important in the corporate world with lawyers reviewing policies regularly to ensure the legal risks of the company are being identified and managed. Questions that always arise include the types of risks your company is exposed to, whether your company policy is in line with the latest regulatory developments, and customisation of your compliance methodology to your organisation. What to do when a risk actually materialises, and how to follow-up? Can things go wrong and what happens then? We'll discuss:
- An introduction to general legal risk management principles, including identifying, analysing, and treating various risks from a legal perspective, such as AML and anti-corruption.
- An introduction to compliance methodology, including antitrust compliance programmes and securities compliance programmes.
- Topics that will be explored in future sessions, including Legal Risk Management and Market Abuse, Legal Risk Management and AML / anti-corruption, and Legal Risk Management from a competition law perspective.
Listen to an overview of legal risk management and learn what you need to do to ensure the risks incurred by your company are under control.
International Expansion: Do You Have a Complete Picture?
19 November 2014
Host: Gregor Bender
Presenters: Olaf Babinet, Nora Fu, and Zbigniew Korba
When entering into new countries and markets, multinational companies are not only seeking advice on legal and tax environment, but also business climate, custom, and local practices. What are the specific objectives and soft factors to consider if your company is planning to actively invest in selected jurisdictions and new locations / countries. We'll discuss:
- Location strategy for new facility and critical driver factors.
- Legal framework and barriers to entry in new markets.
- Legal environment with a specific focus on Central Europe and China.
Gain insights on all factors that you need to consider before entering into new markets.
Centralised Treasury Management Systems: A Special Focus on Cash Pooling
8 October 2014
Host: Andreas Jentgens
Presenters: Marcell Baumann, Mattias Bergman, and Guerino Cipriano
Nowadays, companies are centralising their treasury operations including cash management, financing, investment, and foreign exchange. Among these operations, cash pooling is seen as the most effective way for companies to manage their cash positions. What are the formulating considerations about the legal qualification of cash pooling schemes? Are there any regulatory issues across different jurisdictions in the EMEA region? Following the aforementioned topics, we’ll discuss:
- Typical contractual set up of a cash pooling structure.
- Physical cash pooling schemes and notional cash pooling schemes.
- Insights on legal implications including capital maintenance rules (for upstream and downstream cash transfers / loans), potential liability of directors, and guarantees.
- Practical issues, such as project management, to be taken care of before setting up a cross-border cash pool system.
Learn the legal issues of cash pooling and how it can maintain your company’s cash positions.
Corporate and M&A
Cross-Border Group Restructuring within Europe: Exploring the Legal Framework
24 September 2014
Host: Lars Franck
Presenters: Felix Felleisen, Michiel Lampe, and Nicolaas Vermandel
Companies are often faced with cross-border restructurings for a number of reasons including reduction of legal entities, enhancing synergies, reducing workforce, cost optimization, etc. What are the different options and pitfalls for relocating entities within the EU and from non-EU countries into the EU? We’ll discuss:
- Options for relocation of entities within the EU by using branch structures, migration, conversion, EU-cross-border mergers, SE, and SCE’s.
- Options for relocation of non EU-entities into the EU including pitfalls during the migration process, case law, and practice examples.
- Information and / or consultation requirements with representative bodies, and impact of European co-determination guidelines.
- Management of key employees.
Understand the legal framework for relevant options of cross-border group restructuring that might affect your company.
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