IFLR European In-House Counsel Summit 2017 - January 26, 2017

26 January 2017, The Waldorf Hilton Hotel, London


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8.15 Registration and breakfast

8.50 Chair's opening remarks
Tom Young,
managing editor, IFLR

9.00 Debt and equity capital markets

  • Post-Brexit venue options: is London still number one?
  • How documentation changed in 2016
  • What will happen to the Capital Markets Union when Article 50 is triggered?
  • MAR from an issuer and underwriter perspective
  • Regulatory and market changes facing the debt capital markets

David Gottlieb, partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (chair)
Cynthia Cheung, director and associate general counsel, legal department – EMEA, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Fiona Watson, head of legal, group treasury, RBS
Tim Odell
, director, deputy general counsel, Citigroup
Raj Panasar, partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

10.00 Maximising results during M&A transactions

  • Terms and clauses trends
  • Acquisition finance options – considering alternative sources
  • Improving processes in warranty and indemnity insurance
  • Techniques for narrowing valuation gaps
  • The importance of early planning for integration
  • Sale options: reverse takeovers and dual tracks
  • Managing reputation and shareholders (especially activists)

Sean Geraghty, partner, Dechert (chair)
Iké Adeyemi, managing counsel, corporate, BHP Billiton
Susan Ehr,
head of legal, UK & Europe, Westpac Institutional Bank
Damien Phillips,
group M&A counsel, Spectris
James Bradley,
senior legal counsel, LGC

10.50 Coffee and networking

11.10 The competition landscape post-Brexit

  • What changes will the UK regime need to make to function outside of the EU
  • Analysing the CMA’s ‘tough but fair’ target
  • How will compliance change post-Brexit?
  • Investigations: what powers do the CMA, EC and other authorities have?
  • Merger control: staying in the one-stop-shop?

James Webber, partner, Shearman & Sterling (chair)
Helen Lamprell, corporate and external affairs director, Vodafone
Natasha Franklin,
competition lawyer, British Airways
Michael Lukes,
legal counsel – competition, regulatory & compliance, Virgin Atlantic

12.00 Business ethics: promoting change through corporate criminal responsibility

  • Analyse the UK government's increased focus on holding corporates to account for associated criminal activity
  • Monitoring the extension of the Bribery Act ‘failure to prevent’ regime to other areas (tax avoidance and other financial crimes)
  • Maximising the role of in-house counsel when dealing with these issues
  • Practical guidance on the steps that corporates will need to take to avoid liability under the new regimes

Dan Lavender, partner, Macfarlanes
Athene Blakeman,
group legal counsel, Benchmark
Susanna Berger,
general counsel for Europe, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co
Harry Coghill,
partner, Macfarlanes

12.50 Lunch

The following sessions are shorter in length and designed to cover important issues that don’t have a financial angle, but are nevertheless crucial for in-house lawyers.

A. Data protection

  • Planning for the 2017-19 implementation of the European General Data Protection Regulation
  • Managing social networks efficiently and mitigating the risk of cloud computing
  • How to protect your business from the ‘right to be forgotten’
  • Dealing with leaks of confidential data

Wim Nauwelaerts, partner, Hunton & Williams
Aaron Simpson,
partner, Hunton & Williams

B. Employment law reform

  • Gender pay gap reporting in the UK from April 2017
  • The impact of Brexit on an international workforce, and what you should be doing now
  • The expansion of the gig economy: a threat or an opportunity for your organisation?

Karen Baxter, partner, Lewis Silkin
Valeria Morosini, partner, Toffoletto De Luca Tamajo e Soci

C. Whistleblowing

  • Techniques for managing claims across all levels of the workforce
  • Dealing with the rights of the incriminated person(s)
  • Complying with local employment laws
  • Data transfer outside of the EU
  • Implementing a conduct-based compliance system

Toni Lorenzo, partner, Lewis Silkin
Richard Miskella, partner, Lewis Silkin

15.40 How to manage your company’s liabilities

  • How to interpret your liquidity and decide on the best route for accessing funds
  • Using UK schemes of arrangement for foreign-incorporated companies to avoid costly Chapter 11 proceedings
  • The importance of managing counterparty risk and contractual obligations
  • Collective action clauses
  • Techniques for restructuring debt obligations

Laura Mendes Bumachar, partner, Soares Bumachar Barros Advogados
Matthew Bowman, director & assistant general counsel, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Stephen Ramsay,
general counsel, Globeleq
Rebecca Moses,
senior counsel, Aviva
Simon Enoch,
company secretary and general legal counsel, Darty

16.30 Chair's closing remarks

16.40 Close of Forum


Cleary Gottlieb
Hunton & Williams

Lewis Silkin
Shearman & Sterling

Soares Bumachar Barros Advogados
Toffoletto de Luca Tamajo

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