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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 webcasts

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

3 April, 12:00 – 1:00 PM CEST (GMT +2)
Host: Clemens Petersen
Presenters: Sven Buschke, 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.

Archived webcasts

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.

Employment Law
Final settlement agreements between employer and employee: A comparative study

5 December 2018
Host: Florence Theodose
Presenters: Marta Fernandez-Blanco, Jolin Song, Florence Theodose, and Pedro Breyner Ulrich

Final settlement agreements are appropriate in the employment relationship to minimize the risk of a claim from the employee. Each settlement agreement is unique because the circumstances of each case are different, and different jurisdictions have different limitations, groundings, and enforceability. This webcast will provide a comparative study among China, France, Portugal, and Spain. In particular, we'll discuss:

  • Definition of the settlement agreement and main difference with the mutual termination agreement.
  • Practical impacts on the settlement agreement on the employer-employee relationship.
  • Conditions for the settlement agreement to be valid.
  • Favorable social and tax treatment of the settlement indemnity paid to the ex-employee.

Learn more from Deloitte's employment law specialists to get a deeper understanding of how different legal framework works on final settlement agreements.

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A standard Certificate of Attendance will be made available to participants of the Dbriefs Legal webcast programme. Please be advised that participants will consult their CLE / CPD / CPE accrediting agency to determine whether self-study credit can be earned for viewing our webcast programme.

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