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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.

Upcoming webcast

Employment Law
Harassment in the workplace: How to prevent and respond?

18 June, 12:00-1:00 PM, CEST (GMT +2)
Host: Florence Theodose
Presenter: Stefano Miniati, Charlotte Sander, and Jolin Song

How should a company react, from a practical perspective, in case psychological and/or sexual harassment may be disclosed or witnessed by its employees? What is the appropriate conduct to adopt for dealing with these situations in practice? Harassment may be defined as the repetition of acts with the intent or effect of deteriorating working conditions in a manner likely to affect the employee's rights and dignity, physical and mental health, or to jeopardize their professional future. Employers who failed to comply with its obligations in this respect could expose to being sentenced to pay substantial amounts in damages to any affected employees, as well to being convicted for criminal offences. In order to avoid such situations, the employer must take preventive actions and react quickly in the event of suspected harassment at work. This webcast will provide a comparative study among China, France, Germany, and Italy. In particular, we'll discuss:

  • How to identify a situation of moral/sexual harassment?
  • What are the existing reporting channels for denouncing moral/sexual harassment?
  • What should be done during the inquiring phase (hearing of the victim, suspect, colleagues, etc.)?
  • What can be done during the disciplinary phase (content of the Company Internal Rules, sanction of the harasser, sanction of the employee denouncing false charges, etc.)?
  • Prevention of moral and sexual harassment.

Hear from Deloitte's labor team of specialists to get a deeper understanding of the best way to identify and anticipate potential situations of harassment at work and how to react in these situations.

Archived webcasts

Employment Law
Data protection: HR focus on EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) implementation

14 June 2019
Host: Nicolaas Vermandel
Presenter: Ivana Azzollini, Martin Doepner, Caron Gosling, and Julien Hick

After one year from the effective entry into force of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018, companies are facing the challenges of the implementation of such provisions in the HR environment. In this area, the GDPR leaves (under the perspective of common guidelines and goals) a wide space for local legislation to arrange for compliance, taking into account also labour law constraints. The topic requires a specific approach, both global and local at the same time, which may differ from the general GDPR implementation and may, in this respect have a huge impact on multinational groups processes and procedures. Leveraging on the broad experience accrued in this specific area, we'll discuss a comparative analysis among different countries (Belgium, Germany, Italy, and UK) on the main common issues to be considered:

  • Main labour law issues affecting GDPR implementation in HR.
  • Sensitive processes and data flows.
  • Critical areas and triggers.
  • Types of agreements to be entered into with HR-related service providers.

Join us to gain insights on how to manage and mitigate the risks and challenges in the GDPR implementation for your organisation.

Legal Management Consulting
Legal Risk Management: How does your organisation compare with the market? What does the future hold?

29 May 2019
Host: Karina Mowbray
Presenter: Tom Brunt, Emily Cromwell, and Stephen Lucas

Managing legal risk has never been more important for global organisations. As the Legal function transforms, so too does the way in which it contributes to an organisation's risk management approach, playing a greater role than ever before. However what exactly constitutes legal risk, how should it be managed, and by whom? Towards the end of 2018, we surveyed general counsel and senior in-house lawyers to benchmark approaches to legal risk management. We then overlaid Deloitte Legal's experience to form a view about what the future holds. During this webcast, we'll discuss:

  • An overview of legal risk management and why it matters
  • The key findings from our global cross-industry survey
  • Our views on the future, including how technology will improve the management of legal risk

We invite you to join the conversation and learn how your organization can manage legal risk more effectively.

Corporate Law
Brexit: Halloween extension

21 May 2019
Host: Andreas Jentgens
Presenters: Christofer Mellert and Meera Patel

The UK did not leave the EU on 29 March nor on 12 April, but will possibly exit on 31 October 2019 (or earlier if the Withdrawal Agreement is accepted, or later if another extension is agreed or not at all). The future is still unclear and businesses in the UK and the EU27 are now having to adjust their planning to new Brexit dates. The latest extension has neither removed nor diminished the risks and uncertainty but has at least provided some additional time. This time should be used wisely. Businesses should act now and finalise or bolster their contingency measures to make their operations are as “Brexit-proof” as possible. There are still legal actions possible and some only became practicable again as a result of the extension. A cross-border merger would again be possible to move entities or assets from the UK to the EU27 or the other way around. We'll discuss:

  • The current Brexit situation.
  • The possible legal measures that can be finalised until the new exit date.
  • What are the next steps for businesses to brace for Brexit.

Gain practical insights from our legal specialists on the evolving situation and prepare your business for Brexit, whatever the outcome is.

Legal Management Consulting
Token issuance: Gain insight into the legal operating models around token issuance in the ICO and crypto market

3 April 2019
Host: Clemens Petersen
Presenters: Sven Buschke, Martin Flisgen, Albrecht Kindler, Kathrin Rennertseder, and Osman Sacarcelik

Albeit the ICO and crypto market is in its post hype winter after the big collapse of crypto currencies and ICOs in 2018, a silver lining is noticeable with major regulators admitting first companies with crypto / token bearing products. With its market cap still being north of USD 135 bn. with plus 3000 different tradeable tokens, new products surface the markets as the likes of security token offerings (STOs). This new more mature wave of token models might have the potential to spur mass adoption and enter the corporation realms. As soon as the maturity of market increases after the 2018 dent, survivors are more likely to have sounder businesses, emerging custodial services can boost re-gained trust further. Companies start to act now as legal frameworks are establishing and competitors are prepping up and are thinking about entering this still infant type of financing/utility instruments face many challenging decisions in order to avoid mistakes driven by a fear of missing out. The entire lifecycle of token emissions needs to be taken into consideration, starting with the strategy, whether or not to issue tokens, the choice of the token type and the token design and execution of the offering. As this is highly regulatory driven and has a manifold of legal ramifications, a key determinant of the success of the token offering lies with the legal structure and set-up. What should be considered to help them take the right design decisions? In this Legal Dbriefs, we'll discuss:

  • Market overview.
  • Token spectrum.
  • Regulatory challenges.
  • Tax structure.
  • Token design considerations.

Gain insight into the factors to consider whilst designing your legal operating model around token issuance. The topic should be of interest across business units, but with its focus on legal aspects in particular to general counsels and innovation teams of start-ups up to multinational companies, heads of operations for in-house legal functions, legal COOs, legal CFOs, and in-house legal practitioners.

Commercial Law
Benefits and incentives given by European States: Making sure your company can keep them. A state aid primer.

20 March 2019
Host: Hendrik Viaene
Presenters: Csaba Markus, Rafael Piqueras, and Wim Vandenberghe

Although the general prohibition on state aid and exemptions are part of the European Union rule books since 1958 and state aid spending is ever increasing, with approximately EUR 116.2 billion spent in 2017, for a long time, the European Union’s state aid rules were not on the radar of EU and non-EU companies. In the last few years, however, the European Commission is cracking down on state aid even more than before. This is why companies must be aware of state aid risks and think twice before accepting state subsidies, tax breaks, cheap land, R&D grants, etc. If they do not act diligently, companies may end up refunding the state aid, increased with a substantial recovery interest rate. In this session, specialists from Deloitte Legal and Deloitte, with a proven track record in ensuring compliance of subsidies with state aid rules and substantial litigation experience, including before the European Court of Justice, will:

  • Explain the basics of state aid (what is state aid, who are the stakeholders, what are the incentives).
  • Zoom in on the current issue of state aid and taxation (individual tax rulings, taxation schemes, way forward).
  • Describe approaches that can be undertaken in the area of R&D and government funding.
  • Discuss the impact of corporate restructuring in one/more EU Member State(s) on the eligibility for regional aid in other EU Member States.

Specialists from our Brussels, Madrid, and Budapest offices will provide practical insights into this challenging area of law and guide you on how to manage state aid issues.

Legal Management Consulting
How to design and optimize your Legal Operating Model

27 February 2019
Host: Karina Mowbray
Presenters: Tom Brunt, Meghann Kelley, and Lester Pereira

Companies face many challenging decisions in designing their Legal Operating Model. What should Legal functions be considering to help them take the right design decisions? We will discuss:

  • What do we mean by an Operating Model?
  • A representation of a typical Legal Operating Model.
  • Diagnosing the Operating Model. 
  • Design consideration 1: Building a service catalogue for an in-house Legal Function.
  • Design consideration 2: In-house v Outsource.

Gain insight into the factors to consider whilst designing your Legal Operating model. The topic should be of interest to General counsels at multinational companies, Heads of Operations for in-house Legal functions, Legal COOs, Legal CFOs, and in-house Legal practitioners.

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