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Big Data and RFID Technology: What You Need to Know from a Data Protection Law Perspective
25 March, 12 noon – 1:00 PM CET (GMT +1)
Host: Antonella Alfonsi
Presenters: Claudia Grilli, Georgia Skouma, and Stefan Wilke
Big Data and technologies like Radio frequency identification (RFID) offer benefits to businesses and their customers alike. However, Big Data and RFID use can each lead to violations of personal data protection laws. What can businesses do to protect customer privacy and address related risks? We'll discuss:
- Legal impacts of the use of Big Data under the German law.
- RFID technology: the legal European framework, including the EU Commission Recommendation of 12 May 2009 and the Opinion 9/2011 adopted by the Article 29 Working Party.
- Conducting a privacy impact assessment: why it is needed and ways to make it a valuable asset for your company.
Learn how Data Protection can impact on business, specifically how RFID technology can create risk management issues and ways to approach the risk while protecting customer privacy.
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Shareholder Control and European Limited Liability Companies: Be Careful What You Ask For
12 March 2014
Host: Andreas Jentgens
Presenters: Radek Bursik, Stephanie Chatelon, Sandra Laves, and Jordi Maristany
Private limited liability companies are the most often used legal structure for businesses across Europe. What are important legal considerations for shareholders of these corporations? We'll discuss:
- How shareholders may exert influence on a company's management through instructions, consent requirements, removal of directors from office, and representation rules for directors.
- Potential legal effects of such measures on relationships within the company and the subsequent ability of directors to represent the company externally.
- A comparative overview across EU jurisdictions, with a focus on France and Germany.
- When the general rule of limited liability may be breached and what happens when shareholder influence causes a company's insolvency.
Explore the balance of control and responsibility in limited liability companies with a European perspective.
EU Directive on Late Payments in Commercial Transactions: Where Are We Today?
19 February 2014
Host: Jurgen Egger
Presenters: Muriel Féraud-Courtin, Lucia Ruffatti, Georgiana Singurel,and Julia Szarvas
Under Directive 2011/7/EU, all member states had to transpose into their national legislation by 16 March 2013 new provisions for combating late payments in commercial transactions. How has implementation of the Directive progressed? We'll discuss:
- Analysis of the Directive's provisions and issues stemming from failed harmonization between member states, including disparities in payment periods.
- A focus on French, Romanian, and Italian rules, including differences between possible exceptions, control procedures, and sanctions.
- Practical steps European companies can take to adapt to the new laws.
Gain new insights on the complexities created by uneven implementation of the Directive and explore ways your company can navigate them.
Secured Transactions: Global Trends in Taking and Enforcing Security
4 December 2013
Host: Jurgen Egger
Presenters: Isabelle Blomme, Andrei Burz-Pinzaru, and Zbigniew Korba
Secured creditors' rights are critically important in today's uncertain economic environment. What are common features among, and significant differences between, jurisdictions in taking and enforcing security? We'll discuss:
- Types of security available to creditors, assets which can be provided as security, and types of rights that secured creditors can acquire.
- Establishing secured credit, including validity and perfection requirements for security documents, costs and timing of security setup and publicity, and governing law issues.
- Legal concerns and prohibitions related to granting and taking security, such as financial assistance and corporate assets abuse.
- Enforcement issues, including secured creditors' position in insolvency.
Hear results of a Deloitte Legal multi-jurisdiction survey covering cross-border secured transactions globally and factors that may impact your next transaction.
Data Protection and Transfers: A World of Growing Challenges
14 November 2013
Host: Antonella Alfonsi
Presenters: Norman Heckh, Stefan Surina, and Stefan Wilke
As consumer, business, and government activities grow increasingly digital, data protection and data transfers are critical and complex issues. What recent developments should you know about? We'll discuss:
- The European legal environment for data protection, including use of customer data in specific countries and data protection during M&A transactions.
- EU data protection reforms adopted in 2012, including accountability requirements of the proposed General Data Protection Regulation and efforts to resolve conflicts between amendments.
- How Western European data protection regimes go international – an insight view on choosing the strictest data protection rules of the EU as a starting point for international data privacy strategies.
- How businesses are addressing data transfer restrictions, including a complex case study involving consolidation of human resources data from seven Central European countries into sites in the U.S. and Canada.
Gain new insights on the rapidly evolving legal and regulatory environment for data protection and transfers.
Commercial Law: Entering into Contracts Electronically
30 October 2013
Host: Jean-Victor Prevost
Presenters: Guillaume Flambard, Norman Heckh, and Jasmijn Verraes
The use of e-contracting continues to grow in the commercial environment globally, yet international standards still do not exist. What are important legal requirements across the European Union (EU) governing the use of electronic documents? We'll discuss:
- Admissibility of contracts concluded electronically in EU countries.
- Legal requirements in different countries for validating documents in electronic form, including affixing the electronic signature or digital signature.
- Validity of deeds in various countries when they are concluded by means of e-mail exchange or by clicking (double-clicking) on a button for acceptance.
Explore the many opportunities and challenges of e-contracting in the EU.
Corporate and M&A
Business Migrations within the EU: General Considerations, Benefits, and Pitfalls
25 September 2013
Host: Andreas Jentgens
Presenters: Jean-Philippe Drescher, Christoph Michiels, Heike Richter, and Federica Ronfini
Business expansion, simplification of the group structure, or effective management of the regulatory environment are several reasons which could lead to relocation of a company abroad. But how does this play out in reality? We'll discuss:
- Comparison of the legal feasibility and actual practice of company migration in EU countries such as Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, and Netherlands.
- Consideration and practical implications of business migration within and outside of the EU.
Gain a deeper understanding of the interplay between the principles of EU freedom of movement and the realities of business migration.
Group Incentive Plans and Legal aspects: Is Your Plan Compliant?
19 September 2013
Host: Nicolaas Vermandel
Presenters: Marie Elise Darge, Klaus Heeke, and Nick Hipwell
Many multinationals grant equity incentives to their employees worldwide. What is the latest trends in incentives that are typically used by multinationals and what key legal issues you should be aware of when operating equity incentive plans globally? We'll discuss:
- Highlights from Deloitte's 2013 global share plan survey.
- How to manage global securities laws, exchange controls, and data protection provisions.
- The key employment law issues, including consultation requirements, the impact of discrimination laws, "acquired rights" risks, and what rights employees may have to compensation on termination of employment.
Listen to our real life experience of working together to advise multinationals and we'll draw on that experience to bring the issues to life, with examples and practical tips, on how to navigate those issues.