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Secured Transactions: Global Trends in Taking and Enforcing Security
4 December, 12:00 noon – 1:00 PM CET (GMT +1)
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.
Dawn Raids: When the Authorities are Pounding on Your Door
26 June 2013
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.
Commercial Contract Termination Indemnities: Assessment and Opportunities
5 June 2013
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 (Germany), 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.