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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.
Collective dismissals in Europe: Legal and practical issues
16 September, 12:00 – 1:00 PM CEST (GMT +2)
Host: Stijn Demeestere
Presenters: Ivana Azzollini, Eric Guillemet, Klaus Heeke, and Pablo Santos Fita
Multinationals have recently been reshaping their business model or legal structure to increase efficiency, to reduce costs, or sometimes for tax reasons. Some of these changes may have a significant impact on personnel and involve relocations, or even collective dismissals and/or closures. With a special focus on Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, we’ll discuss:
- Threshold for a collective dismissal.
- Subsequent phases of the collective dismissal procedure.
- Best practices to plan a reorganization.
- How to avoid the typical pitfalls during the information and consultation procedure.
- Is the social plan always needed? What are the main components?
- Points of attention when implementing the reorganization.
Gain insights from the Deloitte experts and have a better understanding of collective dismissals and its impact.
EU General Data Protection Regulation: New challenges and opportunities
22 September, 12:00 – 1:00 PM CEST (GMT +2)
Presenters: Dr. Söntje Julia Hilberg, Dr. Sebastian Leder, Annika Sponselee
After more than four years of debates throughout Europe, the EU Parliament finally passed the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in April 2016. Beginning on 25 May 2018, the unified rules apply throughout the EU and introduce some material changes. Companies face additional requirements and severe penalties for non-compliance. Therefore, it is more important than ever to focus on the establishment of effective data protection measures. But this often called “burden” caused by the new regulation is only part of the story, there is more to be told about it. So far, many companies still hesitate to use their data in the best way for their business, i.e., to invest in new data-driven business models. One of the reasons often mentioned is the difficulty to evaluate and control the risks. The GDPR might change that in the future as it follows a risk-based and technical approach. Methodologies such as standardization and certification, as well as modern concepts, like “privacy by design” and “privacy by default”, will help mitigate risks. Therefore, the GDPR can also be seen as an “enabler” and as an opportunity to develop new strategies to optimize the use of data. We’ll discuss:
- Main changes under the GDPR and “checklist to comply” – how you get ready for May 2018.
- New business opportunities and “roadmap” – how you analyze and structure your potential.
- Future prospects (Analytics show case) – how you might use your data in the future.
Hear from Deloitte's Legal and Risk team of experts to have a better understanding of the impact that the GDPR will have on the use of data in your businesses.
Corporate and M&A
Exit Provisions in M&A Transactions
8 June 2016
Host: Piotr Sitarski
Presenters: Marcin Kozicki, Andrea Sciortino, and Dr. Michael von Rüden
Exit provisions in joint ventures or similar investment arrangements can be key and critical in the lifecycle of a joint investment, should certain events occur. There are many reasons why joint investment parties may wish to terminate their relationship: i) one party might want to sell its share to a third party; ii) the joint investment might have achieved its purpose; iii) the termination might be the result of a desired exit strategy (i.e., sale or IPO); or iv) one party might have severely breached the joint investment agreement or the parties ended up in a deadlock. Thoughtful and extensive exit mechanisms are therefore important and useful for all M&A participants, whether private equity and other financial investors, passive investors or minority shareholders. Unfortunately, it is common that parties neglect to adequately provide for exit clauses and yet this is often one of the main considerations. We’ll discuss:
- Most common exit structures and rationales.
- Reasons why one mechanism might be more appealing than another.
- Practical examples and Hallmarks of Polish, German, and Italian case law.
Deloitte Legal’s experts will share views on how to best plan and implement exit strategies.
Drafting Intercompany Agreements on Intangibles in the BEPS Environment: From a Legal Perspective
19 May 2016
Host: Dulce Maria Miranda
Presenters: Richard Schmidtke, Maria Vidal, and Matthias Vierstraete
Action 8 of the OECD BEPS Action Plan aims to prevent base erosion and profit shifting by moving intangibles amongst group members. The final report addressing Action 8 imposes new compliance burdens on multinationals. What are the crucial legal aspects that you need to know to comply with the new requirements? We'll discuss:
- Identification of intangibles and the drafting and reviewing of IP-related intercompany agreements.
- Consideration of nature, objective, and territorial scope of the rights.
- Explanation of the DEMPE concept as developed by the OECD for intercompany transfer pricing and its consequences on intercompany agreements.
- Consistency between the contractual terms of the intercompany agreement and the actual conduct of the parties.
Hear from Deloitte's cross-border team of experts and the combined approach of IP Legal and Tax to have a better understanding of the impact on businesses for the management of intra-group IP-related agreements.
Cross-Border Relocation of Companies within the EU: A Chance for Your Company? – Opportunities, Challenges and Potential Pitfalls
11 May 2016
Host: Felix Felleisen
Presenters: Nikki Borgman, Andreas Knijpenga, Sylvain Lesaffre, and Heike Richter
In addition to cross-border mergers, the transfer / relocation of the statutory seat of a company from one EU Member state to another whilst simultaneously changing the legal form of the entity into a legal form of the recipient EU Member state has become a viable reorganisation option within the EU for international groups of companies. Such relocation of limited liability companies within Europe is a consequence of the freedom of establishment and ECJ case law, potentially offering tax benefits in comparison to cross-border mergers or other options like asset transfers and cross-border accretions. It may be an alternative to a potentially burdensome liquidation and formation of a new company. We’ll discuss:
- General possibility of relocation within the EU.
- Opportunities, challenges and potential pitfalls.
- Practical experience with successful recent relocations in Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Switzerland.
- Tax treatment and potential benefits associated with relocations – avoidance of transfer taxes and in particular avoidance of Real Estate Transfer Tax.
Gain insights from the Deloitte experts and have a better understanding of the opportunities offered by cross-border relocation.
Workforce-on-Demand: A New Era for Employment?
12 April 2016
Host: Nicolaas Vermandel
Presenters: Fernando Bazan, Sashil Durve, Boris Emmerig, and Liesbeth Van Malderghem
Employment patterns have changed considerably over the past decade. Based on studies conducted by the International Labour Office of the UN, full-time, stable employment contracts represent less than one in four jobs and that fraction is falling. The standard employment model is less and less dominant. New technology and changes in the way enterprises organise production are key factors behind the shift in employment relationships and the spread of new forms of work. It may therefore not come as a surprise that the Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends 2015 survey also indicate that global HR managers regard workforce-on-demand as a key trend and priority. In view of these, legal and tax experts as well as HR consultants of Deloitte will address the following topics:
- Workforce-on-demand – drivers, trends, and challenges.
- Strategic elements such as work force planning, talent and engagement management, etc.
- Legal and tax boundaries in Europe.
- Governance structure, e.g., how to align HR, procurement, and business.
- Quid recruitment, management, etc. – how to reward? Quid about performance management?
- New forms of collaboration – crowdsourcing, virtual free lancers, etc.
Gain insights from the Deloitte experts and understand how your company may manage these new trend and priorities.
European Insolvency Law Reform: Be Ready for the Future!
22 March 2016
Host: Arnaud Pédron
Presenters: Santiago Hurtado and Zbigniew Korba
On 5 June 2015, the new Regulation 2015/848 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 May 2015 was published on insolvency proceedings, which follows the same structure and normative model as the previous version (Regulation 1346/2000). However, the new regulation introduces significant innovations, focuses on filling gaps and legal loopholes of the current regulation. Its provisions will apply to insolvency proceedings opened after 26 June 2017. We’ll discuss:
- Overview and key changes of new Regulation.
- Impact on cross-border insolvencies.
- Complementary changes in domestic Insolvency Laws, i.e., France, Poland, and Spain.
- Practical implications and challenges.
Gain valuable insights into this new Regulation and explore ways of addressing them.
New EU Public Procurement Directive: Keeping up with the Changes
2 March 2016
Host: Kathleen De hornois
Presenters: Ole Magnus Karlsen and Alexis Treca
The relevance of the new EU public procurement directive is not limited to EU28 but impacts every company worldwide that sells goods or services to public organisations in the EU. What do you need to know about the implementation and the transposition of the directive that may affect your operations? We'll discuss:
- The importance of the public procurement market in the EU.
- What is included in the directive in terms of innovation, digitalisation, and flexibility.
- The implementation timeframe and status in the different member states including Belgium, France, and Norway.
- Comparison with the new EU Concessions Directive.
Gain insights from the Deloitte experts and understand the key changes and timeframe that may impact your company.
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