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Sunday 30 October (1500 - 1700)

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Everything you want to know about networking at the IBA Annual Conference; connecting to the right people; getting return on relationships and really enjoying it (even if you are NOT a newcomer)!
Do you get results from networking events? 
• Do you know how to connect to the right people?
• Do you nurture your relationships on a regular basis?
• Do you struggle with getting your relationships to help you to grow your practice? 
• Do you have trouble with marketing and ‘selling’ yourself?
If any of these questions resonate with you, then you’re not alone. 
Many lawyers struggle with how to build relationships and networking at conferences and networking events in a way that is intentional and actually helps propel them forward, make more income, get more referrals or get better clients.
In this practical and empowering special session, advocate Itzik Amiel, international speaker, bestselling author and the global authority on business development and business networking for lawyers, will share the 7 secrets to building your relations capital by identifying the people critical to your success, and developing strategies to build relations and grow your practice and referrals. These strategies based on his bestselling book: ‘The Attention Switch’. If you want to be connected, make yourself worth connecting to. It’s a journey, and every step counts.
This unique and hands-on introductory networking session to the IBA and the Annual Conference in Miami is a great way for both regular IBA attendees and newcomers to:
Learn about 7C fundamental elements of building relationships capital and get return on relationships from participating at IBA Annual Conference. 
• Identify little known authentic ways to accelerate conversations and influence outcomes during the IBA Annual Conference.
• Learn how rainmaker lawyers create and use networking events in general – and the IBA Annual Conference in particular – to get results. 
• Build an inventory of the best qualities you have in engaging others – and how to activate them every time during the Annual Conference. 
• Learn the secret how to gain confidence while networking at IBA Annual Conference. 
• Special practical networking tips for introverts (that work every time)! 
• Learn creative ways to follow up with important contacts in a way that forms lasting alliances. 
• Understand the IBA, its work, its structure, and the opportunities for you to become more involved in IBA in the future. 
• Practical insights on the IBA Annual Conference programme, structure, and efficient planning of your participation. 
• Start forming connections with new attendees and/or nurture and meet up with old friends at IBA Annual Conference.

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Sunday 30 October (1900 - 2200)

Monday 31 October (0930 - 1045)

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It has been said that there are basically three types of practice orientation: (1) the legal technical approach (2) the wise advisor (3) the lawyer with a high moral purpose as guided by the lawyers' conscience. It has been well recognised that the solution to the social challenges which intersect poverty such as migration climate change and wealth inequality must involve a lawyer’s commitment to a high moral imperative. This requires that that the lawyer approach legal problem-solving guided by such purpose. International norms particularly norms that are grounded upon soft law increasingly call for a holistic approach to business planning. The panel discussion will focus on how such things as the independence of the legal profession can assist in pursuing the practice orientation of a high moral purpose while still maintaining the support of the client in such pursuits.

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Monday 31 October (0930 - 1045)

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Multinational corporations are increasingly facing allegations of involvement in atrocity crimes. This panel will explore past and current cases where corporate entities and/or their officers have been investigated and, in some cases, criminally charged for core international crimes such as war crimes and crimes against humanity. For example, in France, the cement company Lafarge faces charges of crimes against humanity committed in Syria, and in Sweden, Lundin Energy executives have been charged with aiding and abetting war crimes in South Sudan. The panel will look at the general framework for such liability, and the challenges faced in the investigation and prosecution of alleged corporate perpetrators.

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Monday 31 October (0930 - 1045)

Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)

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Money and politics: what’s new in Private Equity in 2022? This panel of experts will discuss the trends in transactions and regulatory issues that are driving deals and deal structures in the private equity arena in the US, Asia and Europe.

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Monday 31 October (0930 - 1045)

Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee (Lead)

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With no doubt the world has accelerated a number of significant changes affecting the way employees work. Work from home, cross-border remote work, hybrid on-and-off the office arrangements, need to conciliate with personal requests, are all just examples on how the world at work has changed. These changes also affect other significant issues such as how to give proper training, how to motivate employees, how to compensate employees, and how to monitor performance. These were all aspects to be discussed as part of this session. 

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Monday 31 October (0930 - 1045)

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Taxpayer visibility is becoming more transparent as it is easier for authorities to obtain as well as combine data about the interaction between multiple parties, be it within a corporate group or among third parties, by new technologies, including AI and larger storage volumes. This panel will discuss and analyze the role the legal profession plays in this tech supported game and the extent to which the meaning and scope of legal privilege has evolved.

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Monday 31 October (0930 - 1045)

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This topic will cover the latest global and regional trends in aviation finance and leasing, the Covid-19 repercussions to the entire industry including development in law, regulation and restructuring and the current state of implementation of the Cape Town Convention and it’s Aircraft Protocol.

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Monday 31 October (0930 - 1045)

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A recent survey conducted by the LFMC of the IBA shows that while 84% of firms have a strategy, there is less satisfaction in terms of its uniqueness, ableness in a partnership to articulate the firm's strategy and follow up in terms of implementation. This session will discuss how a firm can improve it success in implementing its strategy. How is a strategy effectively communicated? How to set goals and measure progress? How should we organise ourselves to ensure better implementation? Are your incentives and performance reviews aligned to the strategy? What does it take to make lawyers change their daily behaviour?

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Monday 31 October (0930 - 1045)

Immigration and Nationality Law Committee (Lead)

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From Venezuela to Haiti to Central America and elsewhere, refugee migration is challenging countries throughout the Americas. Our experts discuss where we are in 2022.

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Monday 31 October (0930 - 1045)

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It is now firmly established in some jurisdictions that assets held in a discretionary trust are at risk of being treated by the court as a potential financial resource in divorce proceedings if either or both of the parties are beneficiaries of the trust. The vulnerabilities of trusts on divorce are sometimes misunderstood. This session will look at those vulnerabilities, and we will deal with a common misconception that trusts are only relevant to common law jurisdictions. On this issue we will look at situations where common law trusts have civil law jurisdiction foundations appointed as trustees, where criminal offences can be committed by the trustees if trust disclosure is provided, causing in turn major conflict ramifications for settlors and/or beneficiaries going through divorce in the more generous common law jurisdictions in the world (generous for the financially weaker party, that is). We will also look at the most effective way to handle litigation when trusts are being attacked in the divorce courts - including whether trustees should submit to the jurisdiction of the divorce court. What happens if the trustee is joined into the divorce proceedings?

We will look at PNAs from an international perspective and particularly why responsible trust structuring in tandem with PNA structuring may be the best approach to adopt. When should you enter into a PNA? What are the pitfalls? What do you have to watch out for? Do they work? We will be reviewing some key international PNA cases of significance. We will be looking at how PNAs can sometimes help relationships. Conversely we will deal with circumstances when they should be avoided: a ‘shot gun’ PNA for instance, or negotiation of a PNA where one party is clandestinely sabotaging its effectiveness, because often millions or billions are at stake. We will be looking at the situation where there is fraud, misrepresentation or undue pressure, and what evidence is relevant: PNA ‘amnesia’ is not an infrequent occurrence, where, after the divorce petition has been filed, the financially weaker party asserts that he/she can remember very little about any legal advice they received, and the circumstances surrounding, and the events leading up to, the signing of the PNA. Sometimes, the amnesia is genuine, sometimes not. Does it matter? In the family court, the judge may want to know every piece of that evidence. 

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Monday 31 October (0930 - 1045)

BIC International Trade in Legal Services Committee (Lead)
Bar Issues Commission Regulation Committee

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The rise in the frequency of online cross-border legal services, already in evidence before the pandemic but doubtless increased by home working and travel restrictions during the pandemic, poses challenging questions about whether bars’ existing regulation of foreign lawyers, often based on their physical presence, needs to be reconsidered in the light of digital advances.

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Monday 31 October (0930 - 1045)

Young Lawyers' Committee (Lead)

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Presentation of the Young Lawyers' Committee and its activities and projects by its Officers. You will learn how you can contribute and get involved in the Young Lawyers' Committee. This session will also include a presentation of the highlight of the IBA Young Lawyers’ Report released earlier this year.

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Monday 31 October (0930 - 1230)

Intellectual Property, Communications and Technology Section (Lead)

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Presented by the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee, Arts, Cultural Institutions and Heritage Law Committee, Space Law Committee, Media Law Committee, Technology law Committee and Communications Law Committee.

This very dynamic and well-attended session enables you to select from a menu of hot topics in the IP, communications, media and technology sectors and participate in roundtable discussions.

Topics of current interest are selected to stimulate a lively debate. Moderators on each table introduce the table topic and the participants do the rest. Background knowledge or experience within areas for discussion is not required. Our menu will include hot and 'late breaking' topics in the areas of intellectual property law, internet law and mobile technologies, privacy and data protection, technology contracting and dispute resolution, arts law and space law.

Discussion is usually around the interface of law, business and technology, with a global focus. Many topics for discussion are often the subject of considerable public and media interest. In participating in the table topics you will gain a deeper insight into these areas and be able to add your own comments. 

The format is interactive networking. The session will provide you with a great opportunity to meet many other lawyers and to discuss topics of mutual interest with them: don't forget your business cards, ecards and contact details to share. We welcome new participants in these discussions. 

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Monday 31 October (0930 - 1230)

International Commerce, Trade, Franchising and Product Law Section (Lead)

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Our hot topics round tables are designed to be interactive and will host a series of tables where we will discuss ‘late breaking’ topics in the areas of international commerce, trade, franchising and product law. The topics are selected to be of current interest and likely to stimulate discussion and debate. Moderators at each table introduce and briefly discuss the table topic and then participants weigh in with their views. You have the opportunity to discuss three topics. We have scheduled turnover times when the participants change tables to move to the next topic of their choice. By participating in the table discussions, you gain a greater insight into these areas and the other participants and table moderators benefit from your comments. In a final wrap-up afterwards for all participants the moderators share the highlights of their tables. The session provides you with a great opportunity to meet many other lawyers and discuss topics of mutual interest with them. Many times at our session, participants meet lawyers from other countries who they keep in touch with for years to come. Every year our table moderators comment that they ‘learnt as much or more’ from the table participants as they themselves conveyed.

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Monday 31 October (0930 - 1230)

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Cyber risks to companies and their customers and employees have reached unprecedented new levels. The onslaught of ransomware attacks, state-sponsored cyber intrusions, and myriad online fraud schemes is now combined with the renewed specter of politically motivated, destructive cyber-attacks on a global scale, including against critical infrastructure companies. This session will begin with a keynote and fireside chat featuring Rob Silvers, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary for Policy and recently appointed by President Biden to head the nation’s first Cyber Safety Review Board. This will be followed by a panel of leading cyber and data privacy legal counsel from companies and law firms around the world, who will address how lawyers can drive positive changes for their clients and firms in managing emerging cyber risks.

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Monday 31 October (1115 - 1230)

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In 2016, the IBA Annual Conference included one of the first panel discussions about the legal issues arising from what was then the beginning of a change in US law on the legalisation of marijuana. Six years later, this budding industry has become a literal “growth” practice, with law firms embracing this as a new practice area, and a wide variety of legal issues to be addressed. Our expert panel will discuss how changes in the law in the US and other countries are impacting the legal landscape, and how law firms are navigating the ethical boundaries.

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Monday 31 October (1115 - 1230)

Maritime and Transport Law Committee (Lead)

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We will be returning to our popular hot topics session to feature issues that are topical at the time of the Miami conference. Topics may include: cyber security in the shipping industry and risk management of same, the current sanction regimes, recent highlights in courts or new important legislation in different jurisdictions; and/or focus on specific shipping sectors such as cruise industry which is very important in Miami. This session’s speakers will largely be drawn from younger and/or newer members of the IBA Maritime and Transport Law Committee, taking advantage of the opportunity to introduce them to other Committee members.

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Monday 31 October (1115 - 1230)

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Governments around the world are looking to investment in infrastructure as one of the key tools to drive economic recovery. The need for massive spend on infrastructure globally in order to tackle climate change is also clear. This session will explore the particular challenges and opportunities related to financing, procuring and delivering infrastructure projects in developing countries including the role of multilateral agencies.

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Monday 31 October (1115 - 1230)

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Recurring initiatives in multiple jurisdictions to amend the taxation of partnerships leads to opportunities and risks for the industry. This applies to sponsors, investors, and the vehicles themselves facilitating or obstructing cross-border investments. Different approaches for how to tax carried interest are in place in the countries of sponsors. Is the pressure on policymakers behind the preferred treatment of sponsor return as capital gain, rather than as ordinary income, the same in all countries? And for investors: pension and retirement funds, sovereign funds, individuals, and corporate treasuries? What about the promoting entity jurisdiction, will source countries respect the look-through nature of investment vehicles and tax investors accordingly? The anti-hybrid rules should give answers, but often cause more confusion and complexity.

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