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Thursday 17 June (1300 - 1305)

Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)

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Thursday 17 June (1305 - 1400)

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M&A practitioners had great expectations regarding the consequences of the pandemic on deal making and deal shaping. What really happened? Did it really kill ‘locked box’? How do you account for 2020 if the enterprise value is based on a normalised EBITDA multiple? How can you manage a company in the ordinary course of business in extraordinary times? This panel will analyse these and further aspects that changed or, contrary to expectations, did not change in the M&A world.

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Thursday 17 June (1400 - 1500)

Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)

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More seasoned M&A practitioners will remember that special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) are not a new phenomenon, but rather returnees celebrating a splendid comeback. But what exactly is a SPAC? What is the history of SPACs and how are they regulated? What are their advantages and why did they gain so much popularity lately? Will they disappear again or are they here to stay? The panel will give answers to these and some further questions.

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Thursday 17 June (1500 - 1530)

Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)

Friday 18 June (1300 - 1400)

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Cyber risks are omnipresent and growing at a progressive rate. If you think your (target) company is not at risk or that the risk would only remain at the level of the acquired company: think again! No company is immune and the costs of resolution of cyber incidents are severe. But what is best practice in terms of cyber risk management in the M&A context? The panel will discuss latest trends in cyber risk (vendor) due diligence, the advantages and limitations of W&I insurance and best practice with respect to drafting the acquisition agreement and planning post-closing remediations with respect to cyber risks.

 

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Friday 18 June (1400 - 1500)

Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
European Regional Forum

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General Counsel roundtable.

‘I think that you will all agree that we are living in most interesting times. I never remember myself a time in which our history was so full, in which day by day brought us new objects of interest, and, let me say also, new objects for anxiety.’ Today, this statement seems truer than ever, although it was in fact made by Joseph Chamberlain in a speech some 125 years ago. What is true for politicians and statesmen, seems truer for general counsel. The challenges are multi-faceted and increasingly complex. The panel will discuss how geopolitical events, and in particular the pandemic, were perceived in the general counsel office, what challenges they and new trends such as ESG demands posed and how they have been managed in the various industries. It will also discuss whether, and how, the pandemic changes the internal legal department's demands on outside counsel.

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Friday 18 June (1500 - 1530)

Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)