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Monday 22 May (0830 - 0845)

Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises Committee (Lead)
Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee
European Regional Forum
Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee
Young Lawyers' Committee

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Monday 22 May (0845 - 0915)

Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises Committee (Lead)
Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee
European Regional Forum
Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee
Young Lawyers' Committee

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Monday 22 May (0915 - 1045)

Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises Committee (Lead)
Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee
European Regional Forum
Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee
Young Lawyers' Committee

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Is disruptive innovation a threat or does it create opportunities? How to stay ahead in the race? How to become relevant as a disruptor – and how stay relevant as a traditional business? A keynote panel of leading entrepreneurs will debate how disruptors are changing the economy and the traditional business models, and how traditional industries can react to such changes.

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Monday 22 May (1115 - 1230)

Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises Committee (Lead)
Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee
European Regional Forum
Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee
Young Lawyers' Committee

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This session will look at some of the legal and regulatory challenges and tension created in the sharing economy. The identity crisis – am I: • an entrepreneur? • a service provider? • an employee? Playing hide and seek with the tax authorities. To what extent should the platform be liable to the customer and to third parties? For example, a driver knocks down someone walking along the street while they’re driving a client. Legislating trust in the sharing economy: who is the guardian of consumer protection, privacy and safety standards? What can be expected from future legislation on the sharing economy?

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Monday 22 May (1400 - 1530)

Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises Committee (Lead)
Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee
European Regional Forum
Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee
Young Lawyers' Committee

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Fintech (financial – technology) broadly refers to the application of technology within the financial industry, affecting how customers store, save, borrow, invest, move, pay and protect money. This includes those companies of technological nature operating in financing (including crowdfunding and crowdlending platforms), payments, investing and risk management, among other activities. In a context where customers are demanding better services, seamless experiences and more value for money, Fintech companies have an important role to play. Although, so far, mainly start-ups have been disrupting incumbent financial system by driving new business models, traditional players are now more focused on the impact of technology on their business. Over the past few years the financial services industry has seen – and will continue to see – technology-lead changes that will shape our daily lives. The Fintech world is and undoubtedly will continue to be one of the forces driving these changes. In this session we will have an interactive panel with key players from this industry and legal experts, who will discuss on the trends and developments of Fintech and will discuss on the most critical regulatory, contractual and corporate issues to be borne in mind when advising Fintech companies.

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Monday 22 May (1600 - 1730)

Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises Committee (Lead)
Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee
European Regional Forum
Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee
Young Lawyers' Committee

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This interactive panel will explore trends in recent M&A transactions involving disruptive innovation, including experiences with established corporations acquiring/emerging technology players and/or early-stage companies to ‘supercharge’ their own development pipelines or to exert a degree of influence on the future direction of particular sectors or technologies. The panel will discuss the pros and cons of this approach as compared to joint ventures or other forms of commercial collaboration. The panel will also explore the more traditional aspects of M&A – that is, due diligence, funding and acquisition structures – and consider what challenges are faced when established companies acquire disruptive companies / technologies that are, in many cases, essentially ‘start-ups’.

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Monday 22 May (2030 - 2230)

Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises Committee (Lead)
Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee
European Regional Forum
Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee
Young Lawyers' Committee

Tuesday 23 May (0900 - 0915)

Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises Committee (Lead)
Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee
European Regional Forum
Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee
Young Lawyers' Committee

Session/Workshop Chair(s)

Tuesday 23 May (0915 - 1045)

Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises Committee (Lead)
Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee
European Regional Forum
Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee
Young Lawyers' Committee

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Providers of tech-enabled legal and contracting services are innovating the ways to meet clients’ changing demands. Help yourself online services may still be in a different market segment but are permanently improving and getting ever closer to our target clients and markets. Experienced lawyers available on demand are the Ubers of the legal profession as we know it. The Big 4 have been slowly but surely transforming themselves from audit firms, to ‘globally integrated business solution providers’ – where an important component of the business solutions that they offer is law. Clients are demanding control and added value. Firms are looking to be more efficient. Artificial intelligence tool that were originally helping with research are currently already able to respond to a complaint with no human intervention. Law firms are already outsourcing part of their services or use contract lawyers. Our interactive panel will discuss the challenges of the legal industry and the perspective of the legal profession vis-à-vis these disruption threats and innovations

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Tuesday 23 May (1115 - 1245)

Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises Committee (Lead)
Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee
European Regional Forum
Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee
Young Lawyers' Committee

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‘This can’t be right – why didn’t somebody tell me that?’ ‘Even though I am a disruptor, I do not like surprises from lawyers, investors’, etc. Key do’s and don’ts in being or advising a disruptive business and entrepreneur. This session will be a highly interactive exchange among disruptors, the audience and the chairs to share practical useful insights derived from ‘disruption war stories’. Topics will include: • We need to ‘lawyer up’. Does the disruptor need his or her own lawyer separate from any company counsel? Are some lawyers better at representing disruptors? Disruptive companies? We need a cultural translator: can the lawyer and disruption coexist? • We must choose a structure. How soon should anyone care? From the start, should we consider ‘KISS: keep it simple stupid’ or complex arrangements driven by tax and other legal considerations? • Do we own the keys to the kingdom? Who owns the intellectual property? How soon should a disruptor care? • We need help! Who are the best ‘partners’? • We need to raise more money or sell! What can be shocking about Angels, VCs and private equity; pricing and dilution issues? • Shouldn’t even disruptors adopt more professional Board practices?

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