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Virtual Board Room: Keeping Pace of This New Technology
11 September, 12:00 – 1:00PM CEST (GMT +2)
Host: Gregor Bender
Presenters: Francesca Gili, Christoph Michiels, and Heike Richter
Recently an increasing number of companies tend to hold their board meetings online in a virtual board room globally, and lots of online providers for virtual board room have evolved providing online platforms for these kinds of meetings. However, these virtual board meetings are encountering several cliffs to sail around in different jurisdictions. Why is there a need for virtual board meetings? What are the prerequisites and restrictions of virtual meetings, and what new opportunities does technology offer in this context? We’ll discuss:
- Legal framework and corporate law requirements with a focus on Belgium, Germany, and Italy.
- Tax issues for virtual board meeting including tax residence of companies.
- Evolving concept of corporate services including use of technology and external providers.
Explore more about virtual board room particularly its advantages and see how the new technology might affect your company.
Corporate and M&A
Cross-Border Group Restructuring within Europe: Exploring the Legal Framework
24 September, 12:00 – 1:00PM CEST (GMT +2)
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.
Centralised Treasury Management Systems: A Special Focus on Cash Pooling
8 October, 12:00 – 1:00PM CEST (GMT +2)
Host: Andreas Jentgens
Presenters: Mattias Bergman, Guerino Cipriano, and Robert Kobelt
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.
Equity Compensation Litigation: A Cross-Border Employment Law Perspective
18 June 2014
Host: Christina Melady
Presenters: Eric Guillemet, Gro Forsdal Helvik, and Valerie Vuurstaek
While share based compensation has been prevalent for decades, there are numerous lawsuits and transactions involving such arrangements all over the world. How do you identify situations where this type of litigation is likely to arise and what steps you can take to mitigate and manage exposure? We'll discuss:
- A typical stock compensation plan including eligibility and leavers provisions, and application in eligibility and employment termination.
- Typical litigation scenarios and important case law sampling the main issues of contention in countries such as Belgium, France, Norway, etc.
- Practical solutions and key takeaways including awards of stock compensation, litigation strategy, etc.
Join us and gain a perspective of employment law litigation surrounding stock compensation plans.
Corporate and M&A
M&A Litigation and Arbitration: Navigating Strange Seas in Familiar Territories
4 June 2014
Host: Andreas Jentgens
Presenters: Joanna Dudek, Thibaut Lasserre, and Christofer Mellert
Mergers & acquisitions (M&A) do not always end well. If the seller and buyer cannot find a solution, the courts and arbitration tribunals have to decide. Whilst M&A transactions follow an international standard, there remain differences between countries. What are the differences, and how do you address these differences during M&A litigation? We’ll discuss:
- An overview of the market practice, legal environment, and cultures, in France, Germany, and Poland.
- Sample clauses and case studies of preventive measures in the transaction process and the Share Purchase Agreement (SPA) in order to avoid uncertainties and disputes as regards the calculation of the final purchase price or violation of representations and warranties, etc.
- Enforceability of the breakup fee clause?
- Arbitration clause or not?
- Litigation / arbitration strategy in the event of a dispute.
- Cross-border M&A litigation issues including International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) or national arbitration rules.
Gain insights on M&A litigation in different jurisdictions, and how to navigate any differences that arise.
Industries – Energy & Resources
Smart Grids & Renewable Energy: Where are We Now and What’s Next?
21 May 2014
Host: Antonella Alfonsi
Presenters: Emanuele Bottazzi, Claudia Grilli, and Sabine Pittrof
The European Commission has launched the 2030 framework for climate and energy policies, proposing targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to increase the shares of renewable energy in compliance with the 2020 climate and energy package. The EU Member States are implementing the EU targets adopting a range of measures reflecting different starting points for increasing renewables energies production and growing investments in new technologies, as smart grids, in order to improve their energy efficiency. We'll discuss:
- An overview of the European Commission targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increasing of renewable energy and the Italian framework;
- How the energy industry is entering the new era of energy efficiency by using smart grids: a European and Italian overview;
- The steps of the EU Member States to update their regulatory framework to support their energy markets: the German situation in renewable energies.
Join us and learn how the EU Member States are encouraging the energy efficiency and production of renewable energy in their market to build an economy and energy system more secure, sustainable and competitive.
Mass Redundancies in Europe: Managing the Legal and HR Framework
30 April 2014
Host: Nicolaas Vermandel
Presenters: Veronique Child, Bert Croimans, Pablo Santos Fita, and Markus Wolferseder
Many multinationals are facing difficulties especially in Europe where growth is limited. In view thereof, they sometimes need to shut down operations or reduce their workforce in Europe. What are the key legal and human resources (HR) issues you should be aware of? We'll discuss:
- Legal framework of mass redundancy procedure.
- Deloitte’s survey regarding dismissal cost in 25 European countries.
- Comparative overview and practical aspects in European key countries (Belgium, France, Germany, and Spain), such as thresholds as of when the information and consultation procedure should be respected, timeline, cost impact, showstoppers, etc.
Listen to our real life experience and expertise of working together to advise multinationals and we'll draw on that experience to bring the issues to life, with examples and practical tips, on how to navigate those issues.
Big Data and RFID Technology: What You Need to Know from a Data Protection Law Perspective
25 March 2014
Host: Antonella Alfonsi
Presenters: Claudia Grilli, Georgia Skouma, and Stefan Wilke
Big Data and technologies like Radio frequency identification (RFID) offer benefits to businesses and their customers alike. However, Big Data and RFID use can each lead to violations of personal data protection laws. What can businesses do to protect customer privacy and address related risks? We'll discuss:
- Legal impacts of the use of Big Data under the German law.
- RFID technology: the legal European framework, including the EU Commission Recommendation of 12 May 2009 and the Opinion 9/2011 adopted by the Article 29 Working Party.
- Conducting a privacy impact assessment: why it is needed and ways to make it a valuable asset for your company.
Learn how Data Protection can impact on business, specifically how RFID technology can create risk management issues and ways to approach the risk while protecting customer privacy.
Shareholder Control and European Limited Liability Companies: Be Careful What You Ask For
12 March 2014
Host: Andreas Jentgens
Presenters: Radek Bursik, Stephanie Chatelon, Sandra Laves, and Jordi Maristany
Private limited liability companies are the most often used legal structure for businesses across Europe. What are important legal considerations for shareholders of these corporations? We'll discuss:
- How shareholders may exert influence on a company's management through instructions, consent requirements, removal of directors from office, and representation rules for directors.
- Potential legal effects of such measures on relationships within the company and the subsequent ability of directors to represent the company externally.
- A comparative overview across EU jurisdictions, with a focus on France and Germany.
- When the general rule of limited liability may be breached and what happens when shareholder influence causes a company's insolvency.
Explore the balance of control and responsibility in limited liability companies with a European perspective.
EU Directive on Late Payments in Commercial Transactions: Where Are We Today?
19 February 2014
Host: Jurgen Egger
Presenters: Muriel Féraud-Courtin, Lucia Ruffatti, Georgiana Singurel,and Julia Szarvas
Under Directive 2011/7/EU, all member states had to transpose into their national legislation by 16 March 2013 new provisions for combating late payments in commercial transactions. How has implementation of the Directive progressed? We'll discuss:
- Analysis of the Directive's provisions and issues stemming from failed harmonization between member states, including disparities in payment periods.
- A focus on French, Romanian, and Italian rules, including differences between possible exceptions, control procedures, and sanctions.
- Practical steps European companies can take to adapt to the new laws.
Gain new insights on the complexities created by uneven implementation of the Directive and explore ways your company can navigate them.
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