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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.
Individual Dismissals in Europe: Legal and Practical Issues
16 September, 12:00 – 1:00 PM CEST (GMT +2)
Host: Nicolaas Vermandel
Presenters: Laurence Debart, Stijn Demeestere, and Sashil Durve
When multinational companies dismiss individuals in Europe, whether due to economic conditions or other drivers, it is important to understand and consider legal systems and cost involved in the countries concerned because significant unplanned costs could otherwise be incurred. What important issues and which budget should HR leaders take into account? We’ll discuss:
- Legal framework regarding individual dismissals in Europe, including recent changes in the Netherlands as well as new trends.
- Dismissal cost overview of 30 European countries based on different case studies, i.e., recent hire, middle management, as well as managing directors based on the International Dismissal Survey Deloitte has recent published.
- Pitfalls and other constraints associated with dismissals, including legal ramifications, budget exposures, timing constraints, and country-specific challenges.
- Lessons learned and effective practices.
Learn about the many legal and practical issues and pitfalls potentially affecting multinational companies that seek to downsize their workforces in Europe.
Legal Issues Relating to Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Actions
24 June 2015
Host: Michiel Lampe
Presenters: Christian Bednarczyk, Jean-Philippe Drescher, and Patrick Van Min
The BEPS project is an important review of the world's international tax architecture in decades. From a tax perspective, the BEPS initiative provides a number of recommendations on how the tax treatment should be obtained. However, another important aspect is the legal considerations. What does a country need to do in order to change the recommendations into law, and how companies can achieve tax result and be in-line with their local law and other treaties or agreements? Deloitte's Corporate Reorganisations presenters together with the Deloitte Tax professionals will guide you through a couple of tax and legal issues including group structure simplification, the adapting of intercompany agreements, and more generally, the aligning of legal structures with the upcoming new BEPS environment. We’ll discuss:
- Legal involvement in regard to Action 2 – hybrid mismatch arrangements.
- Legal perspective on Action 5 (a new term of art – spontaneous compulsory exchange).
- Legal basis of Action 15 – multilateral instruments.
- Increase of transparency and how information is shared under legal basis
Learn more about this complex and politically important project and how it can affect your company.
New Energy Procurement Strategies of Energy-Intensive Industries
27 May 2015
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.
Corporate and M&A Law
M&A compliance: From the Legal Perspective
13 May 2015
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.
Legal Risk Management: Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Corruption
22 April 2015
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.
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.
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