GC Summit Paris 2021 Fri 1 Jan 2021 | , France
Venue: The Peninsula Paris, 19 Avenue Kléber, 75116 Paris, France
The role of the general counsel and senior in-house advisors is in a constant state of change and expansion. Increasingly, counsel are being tasked with engineering privacy policies, defending against cyber threats, owning disputes and ensuring compliance with an ever-growing array of regulations – all the while taking ownership of the day-to-day legal challenges which directly affect the bottom line of the business.
GC Summit France invites the most esteemed in-house counsel from France’s most prolific companies, to discuss their changing roles as in-house leaders and the challenges, issues and opportunities they are facing in 2020 and beyond. Between comprehensive panel discussions and the opportunity to meet and engage with fellow in-house counsel, GC Summit France promises to be a practical, forward-looking event bringing together the region’s top legal minds.
GC Summit Paris 2021
An Insight into Data Protection and Cyber Security
Acknowledging the critical concepts of data protection and cyber security, this panel will focus on the most effective ways to stay up to date with challenges posed by existing and incoming regulations and threats. The panel will discuss effective, workable and business-oriented solutions that are needed for organisations to be as safeguarded and compliant as possible, and where general counsel can prove to be the leading lights within their business in successfully navigating these challenges.
Discussion points may include:
Harmonization and the relationship between cross-border data transfers
How can you protect your IP when it is intangible?
Best practices of cyber security management and the role advisory firms play in protecting international companies.
Evaluating the legal regulation and mechanisms of cross-border data transfers
The impact of data protection in artificial intelligence
Win the hearts and minds of the business to develop a culture willing to embed data protection
Practically consider the impact of the proposed e-privacy regulation
This panel will cover global investigations, involving the pros and cons of self-reporting as well as dedicated discussion surrounding whistleblowing, including practical dilemmas and solutions concerning safe channels of communications, best practices and key “do”s and “don’ts”. The panel will also consider the question of whether or not to “out-source” whistleblowing communication channels, as well as cover internal investigations and anticorruption due diligence of commercial parties. GDPR related risks and whether there are any solutions to avoid them will also be discussed, as well as if they are covered by legal privilege, and if so, who, what and to what extent is or is not covered by such privilege?
Discussion points may include:
How do organisations approach the question of self-reporting?
While this can enable a company to demonstrate a culture of good compliance and to move quickly to remediate and disclose, it can limit a company’s ability to control disclosure of the internal investigation. Is there a “right answer” when it comes to knowing when to self-report?
Do the benchmark discounts on penalties make self-reporting the best course of action? E.g. the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) programme talks of a 50% discount available to companies that self-disclose and then later self-report.
How are companies developing effective whistleblowing mechanisms? Have they established a reportable concerns office and a whistleblowing champion?
Are companies concerned about civil litigation arising in parallel to the criminal investigation? Have they conducted risk assessments on the disclosure and privilege issues that may arise in in common law countries?
Where encountered, economic sanctions can pose a critical threat to the function of business. The importance of ensuring sufficient resources and planning have been allocated to deal with these threats is therefore of a vital nature. This panel will discuss a number of different points relevant to in-house counsel about economic sanctions, including the risk of compliance failures, due diligence, reputation management and appropriate frameworks that can be put in place to ensure exposure to and damage from sanctions is either limited or avoided entirely.
Discussion points may include:
Contextualising sanctions: What do sanctions mean for the economy, market sector and overall business plans in a given region, and what can compliance failures mean for an organisation?
Due diligence: How can GCs ensure appropriate precautions are taken to avoid problems related to economic sanctions, and are considered before a decision to invest is taken?
Reputational aspects: How in-house counsel can assist during crisis management discussions with the business, in the event that sanctions have been imposed and are affecting business, or are damaging an organisation’s reputation.
Liaison: What systems, frameworks or resources are in place that can be drawn upon if economic sanctions arise?
Networking drinks and canapes
GC Summit Spain Fri 1 Jan 2021 | , Spain
Venue: The Westin Palace, Plaza de las Cortes, 7, 28014 Madrid, Spain
The Legal 500 invites the best in-house counsel and GCs from some of Spain’s most prominent companies to the GC Summit Spain.
Through comprehensive panel discussions, Q&A sessions and the opportunity to meet and engage with fellow in-house and private practice legal luminaries, attendees will be able to hone their understanding of some of the major issues affecting them and the profession as a whole, and discuss these with their contemporaries. Put simply, the GC Summit Spain promises not only to be interesting and insightful, but also an event that will provide practical, tangible benefits to attendees.
The day’s panel discussions will see topics addressed and dissected by legal experts across four panels. Firstly, trademark and anti-counterfeiting efforts will be analysed, before the already-present but ever-growing challenge of cyber security will be unpacked. After this, collective actions and related recovery efforts will receive the attentions of an extremely well-qualified panel. The final panel is still to be confirmed, but also promises to be an engaging and insightful discussion.
These panels are specifically designed to give the audience the right knowledge to handle the challenges and opportunities presented by the corporate legal sector with the best legal strategies designed by experts of the most successful companies in the country.
GC Summit Spain
Registration and light lunch
Best practice benchmarks for trademarks andSafeguarding the intellectual property of their businesses is the foremost concern for many in-house counsel, particularly those at consumer goods companies with strong – and often-pirated – brands. The only way to ensure a successful response to these threats is through enacting a proactive strategy underpinned by robust internal processes. This panel will examine how to go about organizing in-house legal functions to protect their companies’ trademarked goods and intellectual property in the most effective way.
There is scarcely a business functioning that does not consider cyber security threats to be a major concern. For large corporate entities, who often hold vast amounts of customer data on record, the risks are correspondingly larger and will undoubtedly assume greater importance for in-house legal operators as time goes on. How to best approach cyber security issues will be a matter for each individual company as best practices are honed over time, but this expert panel use their vast experience to analyse some of the major considerations for in-house counsel looking to safeguard their companies.
Collective actions: maximising recovery opportunities
Collective actions can cause major losses to a company if the issue is not foreseen or mitigated against, or if recovery efforts are unsuccessful. Despite this, many in-house counsel are unfamiliar with these procedures and run the risk of failing to protect their companies when such a threat develops. This panel will provide practical insight into this less-understood aspect of corporate safeguarding.
This panel will outline effective dispute resolution mechanisms, providing insight on a number of perennial questions for in-house counsel faced with a dispute process: Court or Arbitration? When and how to get management and commercial teams on board, and when to seek the advice of external counsel? All these questions and more will be the focus of this expert panel discussion.
Drinks and canapes
David R Scott, Managing partner, Scott & Scott
Vicente Marot, Partner, Andersen Tax & Legal
María González Gordon, IP & Digital Business Partner, CMS