Technology, Media & Telecommunications Forum 2016


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DAY ONE - 18 May

08.30 Registration and coffee

09.00 Chairman's welcome


09.10 Presentation: EU plans for the digital single economy

  • The vision for a single digital market and why we believe it is best for Europe
  • An update on the open consultation on geo-blocking and other geographically based restrictions
  • EU plans to help organisations safeguard data and transactions
  • Plans to modernise copyright law
  • How we propose to simplify VAT
  • Would a British exit from the EU change our strategy?
Keynote speech: Jacqueline Minor, Head of Representation in the United Kingdom, European Commission

09.30 Panel: Does current European regulation enable European TMT champions to compete on a global scale?

  • What are European regulators doing to help TMT organisations compete with the likes of Google and Amazon and what could they be doing?
  • Europe as an innovation hub, how the regulatory environment competes with
  • Silicon Valley for new product development
  • Geo-blocking – an opportunity or a threat?
  • Net neutrality – Body of European Regulators of Electronic Communications (BEREC) guidelines and how they will be translated nationally

Jacqueline Minor, Head of Representation in the United Kingdom, European Commission
Eva Krogh, former Head of Legal & SME Competition Law, EMEA, Dell
Jean-Yves Art, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft
Chris Harding, Forum Director, The Open Group

10.20 Refreshment break

10.40 Panel: What can we do to reduce the risks and expense of operating across borders?

  • What do we see as the biggest risks of embracing a single digital economy?
  • What can we do to mitigate these risks?
Tommaso Panico, Head of Northern Region & Legal Director, Colt Technology Services Group
Owen O'Hagan,
Deputy Group Tax Director, Informa
Joel Cooper
, Co-Head International Transfer Pricing Group, DLA Piper

11.30 Panel: Where should we base our value chain?

  • The OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Action Plan
  • How to tax at consumption, given that there is no concept of registering just for VAT purposes – will EU draft regulations help?
  • Rules to cover EU taxation of electronically supplied services
  • What price should we put on the PR or rate shopping?
  • OECD recommendations to changes in ‘Patent Box’ preferential tax rate for innovation – which jurisdictions have made the change?

Paul Morton , Head of Tax, RELX Group
Harm Oortwijn , Director of International Tax, Paramount Pictures
David Campkin, Group Tax Director, BBC
Jukka Karjalainen, Director, Baker & McKenzie

12.40 Lunch


13.40 Panel: Tomorrow’s world: What do we need to be ready for?

  • The future of the technology industry as it splinters into all industries
  • As millennials increasingly stream media on demand, will television channels as we know them soon become obsolete?
  • Are we likely to see a patent war in the wearable industry similar to the one seen in the mobile industry?
  • What will be the likely take-up of mobile payment technology? What risks do mobile transactions pose?
  • How far will Bitcoin go as a currency?
  • Where will the Internet of Things (IoT) lead us in terms of product development?
  • Blockchain – the new internet?
  • What likely products and services will result from Google and co.’s investment into artificial intelligence?
  • eHealth as an opportunity

Matthew Redding, Director, EE
Dónall Crehan, General Counsel, all3media
Fiona Morris, Senior Director, Legal Services, Accenture
Joachim Fleury, Partner, Clifford Chance

14.30 Panel: The role of counsel in innovation

  • What does it mean to be a tech lawyer?
  • What does a new product or business need from us?
  • Are lawyers too risk adverse?
  • Ensuring you’re part of the conversation: Do we need to do more to gain the trust of the business?
  • Uber, Airbnb and Pinterest advertised their incompliance with federal rules: How far will disruptive innovation take us?
  • Where private practice can support business

Sarah Macdonald, Head of Legal – Consumer and Digital, BT
Tom Brown, Head of legal, PayPal
Lexi Civil, General Counsel, Bauer Media
Pavel Klimov, General Counsel, Unisys
Nuno Peres Alves, Partner, Morais Leitão Galvão Teles Soares da Silva & Associados

15.30 Refreshment break

15.50 Panel: Protecting, managing and licensing IP

  • How can we best manage our IP portfolio?
  • Strategies to best protect IP
    • In the wider sense given discoverability of IP now
    • Safeguarding the business through collaborations and partnerships
  • Examining the benefits of patent pools to generate licensing revenue
  • Identifying the advantages and drawbacks of business models across different jurisdictions
  • What could the future look like for standards essential patent licensing?
Daniel Hermele, Senior Director and Legal Counsel, Qualcomm
Michael Loch, Head of Intellectual Property, GSMA
Simone Ferrara, Director of IP & Legal Affairs, V-Nova
Roya Ghafele, Director, OxFirst & Oxford University

16.40 Panel: The Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court: Technology Focus

  • Update on the recent decisions of the Preparatory Committee: Considerations for IT & technology sector
  • A practical guide to making the best use of the court and mitigating costs
  • Should we opt out of our European Patents in light of the UPC?
  • Do the benefits of litigating in the UPC outweigh the increased costs and risks?
James Nurton, Managing Editor, Managing IP 
Pete Wilson, Senior Patent Attorney, BT
Simone Ferrara, Director of IP & Legal Affairs, V-Nova

17.30 Close of day one and networking drinks reception


09.00 Registration and coffee

09.30 Chairman's welcome


09.40 Panel: How do we safeguard our data?

  • Cyber security: What can we learn from the Sony and TalkTalk data breaches
  • How far should our investment in cyber security go? What do we need to do to protect ourselves from litigation?
  • Where should we store our data and how can we ensure our cloud/VOIP providers and outsourcing partners protect our data sovereignty?
  • New safe harbour agreements – controlling data flows
  • How will the internet of things impact cyber security?
  • New government surveillance laws in light of increased national security risks

Jane Finlayson-Brown, Partner, Allen & Overy
Mikko Niva,
Group Privacy Officer, Vodafone Group
Micah Thorner,
General Counsel, Ingenico e-Payments
Anca Plovie, Global Regulatory Counsel, Senior Legal Counsel, Nokia

10.40 Panel: Are we making the most of our data?

  • Advertising media trends and ethics: How far can we go with data collection and targeted promotion? Are perceptions changing on privacy?
  • The value of the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Utilising big data to drive business decisions and improve tax compliancy
  • Can we put a value on data? If so, can it be taxed?

Begüm Yavuzdoğan Okumuş, Managing Associate, Gün + Partners
Glyn Fullelove
, Group Tax Director, Informa 
Michael Blakeley, Group Compliance Officer and Data Protection Officer, MTG
Frank Madden, 
Legal Adviser - Data Protection, Legal & Commercial, Fujitsu

11.30 Refreshment break


11.50 Presentation: TMT market trends

  • Consolidation of the European telecoms market
  • Quad-play and the convergence of tech, telecoms and media
  • Likely effects of regulation on M&A market activity
  • Deal activity in emerging areas like IoT and blockchain
  • Chinese interest in TMT businesses in Europe
  • Deals on the horizon

James Walsh, partner, King & Wood Mallesons

12.20 Panel: Mergers, acquisitions and new markets

  • What can we learn from recent deals such as BT's takeover of EE and Hutchison's acquisition of O2?
  • Raising capital
  • Predicting the potential tax impact of proposed M&A
  • After the deal, when the GC is traditionally left holding the baby, what issues
  • must we be prepared for?
  • Securitising income streams to aid infrastructure investments

Juliette Levy, Barrister, Cerulean Chambers
Kristina Barbov , Senior Adviser, Regulatory and Competition Law, EE 
Robin Brown,
Vice President, Colt Data Centre Services
Carin Eijgenberger,
Director, Structured Finance - Telecoms, Media and Technology, ING Bank

13.10 Lunch

14.10 Panel: Global opportunities and threats

  • What life is like in the emerging markets now
  • Africa as an opportunity
    • How transplantable is European tech to African markets?
    • Reducing the risks of corruption when working in a less regulated market
    • Scope for infrastructure disposals
    • Case study: Successfully moving into Africa
  • Don’t ignore China
  • Opportunities in the European Telecoms market
Nina Triantis , Managing Director, Global Head of Telecoms, Standard Bank
Rubya Ramjahn, Senior Legal Counsel, eBay
David Melville,
General Counsel, Smartmatic

15.00 Panel: Competition law
  • Why the EU is scrutinising mergers (particularly in telecoms)
  • Are we likely to see more demands for structural separation?
  • Interaction between industry regulators and competition authorities during investigations
  • Engaging with the regulators and presenting the business case

Andrea Coscelli, Executive Director, Markets & Mergers, Competition and Markets Authority
Jason Logendra, Senior Legal Advisor, Sky UK
Mark Powell, Partner, White & Case

15.50 Conference Summary – Highlights and takeaways

16.00 Close of Forum




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