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Thursday 2 February (0930 - 0945)

North American Regional Forum (Lead)

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Thursday 2 February (0945 - 1000)

North American Regional Forum (Lead)

Thursday 2 February (1000 - 1100)

North American Regional Forum (Lead)

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This session will have moderators on different tables to allow for discussion on the listed topics. At 20-minute intervals delegates will be given the opportunity to move to another table and discuss a different topic. Topic’s include: 1. Mobile payments/FinTech 2. Cross-border issues – the reality for US v EU 3. Managing conflicts between founders 4. IPOs and alternative IPOs in the US and Europe 5. Drawing the line on business method patents 6. Virtual reality and augmented reality 7. The internet of things (IoT) 8. NDAs – protecting and avoiding misuse of confidential information 9. David v Goliath

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Thursday 2 February (1130 - 1230)

North American Regional Forum (Lead)

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Mobile technology is growing at the speed of light and apps have become an integral part of the digital ecosystem and a ubiquitous presence. This interactive discussion will include: • Cloud technology and apps – legal implications • App security • Location based and beacon internet (Wi-Fi) services • Wearable technology • Marketing, advertising and purchasing within apps

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Thursday 2 February (1400 - 1500)

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Consumers want their content anywhere and anytime. This cutting edge interactive discussion will explore how the PE, VC and other financiers are affecting the film, television, games and digital media industries. Topics include: • Creation of media and entertainment content • Mobile content delivery • Financing for content creation and content distribution • Issues involved in content delivery via mobile services, OTT services, streaming etc.

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Thursday 2 February (1530 - 1630)

North American Regional Forum (Lead)

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This session will address the long and winding road of raising capital for start-ups. Raising capital can be a full-time job and lawyers should be familiar with the raising capital rules and protocols to be at the top of their game for their clients. Topics include: • Fundraising approach and mentality for start-ups. • Fundraising principles and rules. Do’s and don’ts? • Friends, family and fools. • Crowdfunding effects and consequences on the fundraising ecosystem? More opportunities for all. • Venture capital funds. How to deal with them. • Dilution and conquer. The start-up dilemma.

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Thursday 2 February (1630 - 1730)

North American Regional Forum (Lead)

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Strong intellectual property rights are crucial to obtaining funding and forging a strong path for the start-up business. This session will focus on strategies for efficiently and cost-effectively protecting IP rights for start-ups and how to avoid key mistakes. Topics include: • Limiting your IP spend by alternative fee arrangements – positives and negatives. • Dividing your IP dollar early stage, mid-development, late stage start-up • Should you protect your brand? • Do you actually own your content/app/video game? • Strategies for patenting apps. • Legal ramifications of open source software. • Data privacy issues.

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Thursday 2 February (2000 - 2300)

North American Regional Forum (Lead)

Friday 3 February (0930 - 1045)

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Scale-up is one of the most challenging stages in the life-cycle of a company. In particular for technology companies and for disruptive business models, scale-up stage kicks in very quickly and increasingly early. Scale-up involves the use of more resources (money, people, infrastructure), a substantial or even dramatic acceleration of cash-burn and the need to efficiently manage such resources. The challenges of scale-up are the top cause of failure for companies that survive the start-up stage. In this highly interactive session, entrepreneurs and legal practitioners from the US and Europe will discuss the challenges of scale-up, their own successes and failures, and set up a roadmap for guiding entrepreneurs through the scale-up stage.

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Friday 3 February (1115 - 1230)

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M&A has once again become a main focus for many companies seeking growth through acquisition as well as for funds seeking to put their capital to work. As companies and portfolio entities face tough competition and increasing demands to innovate, they are turning to strategies such as M&A and global expansion to improve solution suites and their market position. This session will focus on ways to streamline the legal aspects of the M&A process. This interactive discussion will include: • Strategic use of the letter of intent • Time planning for each stage of due diligence and negotiation • Building relationships at each level of management and decision-making • Managing stakeholders and advisors across jurisdictions • Identifying impediments and critical conditions to closing

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