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.
Please explore upcoming programs or access archived programs below.
Limitation on Corporate Officer and Director Remuneration around Europe: Why, What, and How?
22 May, 12:00 noon – 1:00 PM CEST (GMT +2)
Host: Jean-Victor Prevost
Presenters: Andreas Karpenstein, Antoine Larcena, and Muriel Sella
On 3 March 2013, Swiss voters approved the Minder Initiative, a referendum against excessive corporate executive remuneration. Similar discussions are taking place in Germany and France. What do these trends signify for European companies and their executives? We'll discuss:
- Executive remuneration discussions across Europe, including newly enacted or proposed rules and how they are targeting both public and private companies.
- Rules for determining the amount of executive remuneration, publicity given to it, and procedures for reviewing or approving remuneration by corporate boards or shareholders.
- Suggestions from professional and government bodies for non-binding guidance on executive remuneration limits.
Learn about currently proposed and draft rules in the overall European context to identify likely trends for statutory and regulatory limitation of executive remuneration.
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Commercial Contract Termination Indemnities: Assessment and Opportunities
5 June, 12:00 noon – 1:00 PM CEST (GMT +2)
Host: Jurgen Egger
Presenters: Joanna Dudek, Muriel Feraud-Courtin, Andreas Leclaire, and Muriel Sella
When multinational businesses undertake business model optimisation (BMO) initiatives, they often must terminate trade agreements to achieve desired changes. What legal issues might arise due to such actions? We'll discuss:
- An overview of the potential BMO initiatives.
- Potential legal approaches for achieving a new structure through BMO, legal services required, and advantages and pitfalls, including possible high compensation payments to terminated agents.
- Relevant legislation in EU member states, including Northern (Norway), Eastern (Poland), and Western (Switzerland) European countries.
Hear results of a Deloitte BMO survey and ways that multinational businesses are addressing legal risks of terminating trade agreements.
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Dawn Raids: When the Authorities are Pounding on Your Door
26 June, 12:00 noon – 1:00 PM CEST (GMT +2)
Host: Jean-Victor Prevost
Presenters: Kim Bronselaer, Muriel Feraud-Courtin, and Felix Skala
Increasingly, European prosecutors, tax, and antitrust authorities are conducting unannounced searches of businesses suspected of non-compliance with a range of laws and regulations. How can corporate decision makers and in-house counsels take effective measures to be prepared for a dawn raid? We'll discuss:
- Do's and don'ts during an antitrust investigation, including practical insights about the typical course of a search and a company's rights and obligations.
- For tax purposes, maintaining transparent documentation of tax positions and other records tax authorities might inspect.
- Food fraud in France and investigations resulting from the horse meat scandal in Europe, and procedures usually followed by French authorities during unannounced audits.
Understand your company's rights and learn how you can prepare for an unexpected audit or investigation.
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Facing the Regulatory Wave: Antitrust and Corporate Criminal Liability Compliance
30 April 2013
Host: Stephanie Chatelon
Presenters: Antonella Alfonsi, Andreas Jentgens, and Felix Skala
Across Europe regulatory requirements are steadily increasing, placing added pressure on businesses to comply with rules and regulations. In light of these changes, what particular areas of risk should executives be concerned with, and what additional risk monitoring and control capabilities should be considered? We'll discuss:
- An overview of the European regulatory environment.
- Antitrust regulations and enforcement trends, including potential consequences of antitrust violations, and practical insights into and leading practices for antitrust compliance programs.
- A global overview of laws and regulations relating to companies' criminal liability, with a focus on Italian Law 231/2001 and the exempting to avoid liability.
Explore the growing complexity of the European regulatory environment and ways companies can protect themselves through effective compliance programs.
Anticipating Bankruptcy: Pre-Insolvency Procedures in Continental Europe
27 March 2013
*Length of webcast: 70 minutes
Host: Leonard Khaw
Presenters: Stephanie Chatelon, Jurgen Egger, Silvia Garcia, and Johannes Passas
In the context of crisis, some European countries encourage use of legal tools that help distressed companies avoid insolvency. How do pre-insolvency procedures vary from one European country to another, including France, Germany, Spain, and Belgium? We'll discuss:
- Pre-insolvency procedures vs. insolvency procedures – their objectives, who is typically involved, and differences between the four countries.
- Common issues, including confidentiality, takeover potential during a pre-insolvency procedure, public and judicial views of the procedure, and coherency and harmonisation of procedures across Europe.
- History of successful and efficient use of the procedures and areas of possible improvement.
Learn about benefits and challenges of pre-insolvency procedures in continental Europe and why their use, despite countries' cultural differences, may grow, and not only in Europe.
Corporate and M&A
Cross-Border Mergers: Practical Considerations for Implementing Pan-European Reorganisation Projects
6 March 2013
Host: Robert Tsang
Presenters: Kim Chatterley, Felix Felleisen, Eugenia Jover, and Jean-Victor Prevost
With the European regulatory framework for mergers fully implemented, cross-border M&A may now be conducted under corporate statutes and regulations throughout Europe. What are the benefits, limitations, and alternatives associated with this new environment? We'll discuss:
- Common drivers of European cross-border mergers, including entity reduction, pooling of regulatory and reporting requirements, and human resources and employee representation.
- Typical issues to be addressed, including merger procedure under applicable corporate and commercial law, regulatory filings with competent authorities, notification to employees, and employee vested rights.
- Practical project management, time line, and implementation considerations, including feasibility, step plan, implementation, and post-merger integration.
Explore the new framework and concepts of cross-border reorganisations in Europe, and learn effective practices for implementing your structuring ideas.
Dismissals in Europe: Legal and Practical Issues
20 February 2013
Host: Steve Towers
Presenters: Jan Prochazka, Didac Ripolles, and Nicolaas Vermandel
When multinational companies downsize their European workforces, whether due to economic conditions or other drivers, it is important to understand and consider legal systems and economies in the countries involved because significant unplanned costs could otherwise be incurred. What important issues should HR leaders factor into their plans? We'll discuss:
- Legal framework regarding dismissals in Europe and legislative trends, including recent changes in Spain and Italy and anticipated changes in Belgium and the Netherlands.
- Pitfalls and other constraints associated with dismissals, including legal ramifications, budget exposures, timing constraints, and country-specific challenges.
- Lessons learned and effective practices, including an overview of company costs associated with dismissals in Europe.
Learn about the many legal and practical issues and pitfalls potentially affecting multinational companies that seek to downsize their workforces in Europe.
(Deloitte has conducted the Dismissal survey in 2012, and we will discuss the survey during the webcast.)