Half Year May Conference 2018

Warsaw

23 - 26 May 2018


The organizing committee is delighted to invite AIJA members to Poland for the 2018 Half-Year Conference.

One of the most vibrant and fastest growing EU cities, Warsaw is a fascinating collection of neighbourhoods and landmarks. Packed with a unique mix of gleaming modern architecture, Baroque palaces, socrealist buildings, some of Central Europe’s finest urban parks, and reminders of the rich Jewish heritage, it is a magnet for business, large corporations on one side and start-ups who inject the city with their energy and creativity.

To match this with equally exciting scientific programme, the conference will be divided into two seminars focused on corporate governance (“Corporate governance – current trends and development” (organized with support of the Corporate and M&A Commission) and the lawyer-client relationship (“Happy ever after! In-house counsels’ and lawfirms’ perspective on how to successfully develop client-attorney relationship” prepared in cooperation with Commission Skills, Career, Innovation, Leadership and Learning – SCILL).

Both the social and the scientific programmes will of course provide for plenty of excellent networking opportunities.


Conference organised with the support of

 


COACHING AT AIJA


AIJA is working hard to make sure that all attendees make the most out of the AIJA Half-Year conference from 23-26 May, in Warsaw.

We invite you to register to the various coaching sessions we have planned during the week. For more information, go here.

Number of places are limited. Allocation of slots will be made on a first come first served basis


AIJA Commissions

  • Corporate and M&A
  • Skills, Career, Innovation, Leadership and Learning (SCILL)

Full programme

Corporate governance - current trends and developments

Wednesday 23 May 2018

09:00 » 17:00
Bureau Meeting
15:00 » 18:30
Registration at Sofitel Warsaw Victoria
19:00 » 21:00
Welcome Cocktail Reception at Villa Foksal - in partnership with the Warsaw Arbitration & Mediations Days

Thursday 24 May 2018

07:00 » 08:00
Human Rights Run
08:00
Registration at Sofitel Warsaw Victoria
09:00 » 16:00
Extended Bureau Meeting
09:00 » 09:15
Welcome & Introduction to the Seminar
, AIJA President, Bloom & Tax, The Netherlands
, WKB, Poland
09:15 » 10:30
Corporate governance today and tomorrow
  • Overview of the current sources of corporate governance
  • Confirming the existing status or imposing new obligations to the managers
  • Compliance documents and how they differ from corporate governance
Moderator:
, WKB, Poland
Speakers:
Andrzej S. Nartowski, Instytut Dyrektorów, Poland
Anne Toupenay-Schueller, Jeantet, France
José Costa Pinto, Costa Pinto Advogados, Portugal
10:30 » 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 » 12:00
One size fits (not) all - corporate governance within groups
  • Unified EU regulations vs local “specialties”
  • How are intercompany documents implemented within multi-jurisdictional capital groups?
  • Pitfalls within multinational capital groups
Moderator:
, AKD, The Netherlands
Speaker:
Anna Atanasow, CCC, Poland
Marc Hauser, Rittershaus, Germany
12:00 » 13:15
Corporate governance vs public companies – round 1
  • Good practices proposed by the stock
  • Standards in reporting
  • How MAR influenced compliance or corporate governance on the European capital market
Moderator:
Jesper Schönbeck, Vinge, Sweden
Speakers:
Jolanta Tropaczyńska, Orange, Poland
, Blake, Cassels & Graydon, United Kingdom
, Wolf Theiss, Austria
Ludomir Biedecki
, Noerr, Poland
13:15 » 14:15
Lunch
14:15 » 15:15
Corporate governance vs private companies – round 2
  • Are private businesses off the hook or is corporate governance yet another tool to control the business?
  • Managing the conflict of interest.
Moderator:
, Monard Law, Belgium
Speakers:
Adam Leśniak, Raben Group, Poland
, LL.M., Heuking, Kühn, Lüer, Wojtek, Germany
, Farrer & Co, United Kingdom
15:15 » 16:15
No risk no fun – the relevance of corporate responsibility, risk management and compliance procedures
  • Commodity already or still evolving practice?
  • Application of the risk management regime at the strategic level
  • Corporate Social Responsibility - increased focus on value creation
  • Information Technology governance (cybersecurity etc.)
Moderator:
, Franklin, France
Speakers:
Tobiasz Adam Kowalczyk, Volkswagen, Poland
, Macchi di Cellere Gangemi, Italy
Ülkü Solak, Moroglu Arseven, Turkey
16:15 » 16:30
Day Wrap-up
16:30 » 17:00
Coffee Break
17:00 » 18:30
Human Rights Session on 'The Independence of the Judiciary'
Moderators:
Gülsüm Aslan, Loyens & Loeff N.V., The Netherlands
, Attorney at law, Liechtenstein
Speakers:
Przemysław Tacik, Professor at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków at the Institute for European Studies which is also covering different projects on Human Rights
Mikołaj Pietrzak, Advocate, Dean of the District Bar Council in Warsaw, permanent representative of the Polish Bar at the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) in the Human Rights Commission and Partner at the law firm Pietrzak Sidor & Partners 
19:30 » 22:30
Conference Dinner at the Grand Theatre - National Opera
22:30 » 02:00
Afterparty at Opera Club

Friday 25 May 2018

08:00
Registration at Sofitel Warsaw Victoria
09:00 » 10:00
His master's voice a.k.a. different models of managing corporations
  • Is delegation of authority a solution to manage the company?
  • Directors independence or dependence
  • Relation between managers on one side and the company and the stakeholders on the other side
Moderator:
, Abreu Advogados, Portugal
Speakers:
Maciej Szczepański, OLX Group Poland NASPERS classifieds, Poland
, Bratschi AG, Switzerland
10:00 » 11:00
How can I help? The role of law firms in corporate governance
  • Do corporate governance templates work?
  • Can an external lawyer serve as compliance officer?
  • Who is the ultimate client – the shareholder or the manager? Balancing the interests
Moderator:
Jan Jarmul, Deloitte Legal, Poland
Speakers:
Anna Grzywinska-Okon, Avon Cosmetics, Poland
Lars Raedschelders, Sherpa Law, Belgium
Marco Gardino, R&P Legal, Italy
Görkem Gökçe, Gökçe Attorneys, Turkey
11:00 » 11:30
Coffee break
11:30 » 13:00
Forum of the Commissions Meeting
11:30 » 12:45
The consequences of ignoring corporate governance …
  • Most apparent/recognized breaches of corporate governance procedures/liability cases from various jurisdictions to be presented
Moderator:
Emanuel Dettwiler, Kellerhals Carrard, Switzerland
Speakers:
, Avellum, Ukraine
, David Aniceto, Brasil
, Penningtons Manches, UK
12:45 » 13:00
Wrap up
13:00 » 14:00
Lunch
14:00 » 17:00
Commissions meetings
17:00 » 18:00
Law Course Committee Meeting
19:30
Home hospitality dinner

Saturday 26 May 2018

08:00
Registration at Sofitel Warsaw Victoria
09:00 » 10:00
SCILL Commission meeting
10:00 » 11:00
Membership Forum meeting
11:00 » 11:30
Coffee Break
11:30 » 13:00
EC meeting
15:00 » 18:00
Optional City Tour
19:30
Gala Dinner at the Royal Castle/Arkady Kubickiego

Happy ever after! In-house counsels and lawfirms perspective on how to successfully develop client-attorney relationship

Wednesday 23 May 2018

09:00 » 17:00
Bureau Meeting
15:00 » 18:30
Registration at Sofitel Warsaw Victoria
19:00 » 21:00
Welcome Cocktail Reception at Villa Foksal - in partnership with the Warsaw Arbitration & Mediations Days

Thursday 24 May 2018

07:00 » 08:00
Human Rights Run
08:00
Registration at Sofitel Warsaw Victoria
09:00 » 16:00
Extended Bureau Meeting
09:00 » 09:15
Welcome & Introduction to the Seminar
, Partner, Domański Zakrzewski Palinka, Poland
Štěpán Holub, Holubova advokati s.r.o., Czech Republic
, AIJA President, Bloom & Tax, The Netherlands
09:15 » 10:30
Keynote 1: “How to speak in order to sell better to inhouse counsel – (theory for the 1:1 sessions)”
Tamás Lippner, Sell & Speak, Hungary
10:30 » 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 » 12:15
Keynote 2: “Seven strategies on how to successfully develop inhouse counsel – external lawyer relationship”
, THE SWITCH®, The Netherlands
12:15 » 13:15
Panel 1 : Communication as a tool in relationships – the characteristics of the “perfect lawyer”
  • Legal services in a fast changing world: how to develop and maintain a longstanding and fruitful relationship with your clients? Secrets of happy client-lawyer relationship.
  • Law is not enough, know the industry and the business you work for! What should a lawyer know (on top of law) to best serve the client?
  • Mistakes happen – how to deal with crises and conflicts? How should a lawyer behave and what client can demand? Is a work-life balance an issue in a client-lawyer relationship? 
  • How to formulate your advice using the “So-What-Test”? Why lawyers should  stop quoting paragraphs and try to understand the client’s need?
  • Do the clients expect innovation from law firms?  How do lawyers deliver their services and which platform to use?
  • “LegalTech” – how will artificial intelligence and computer technology impact legal services and the future of the today’s lawyers?
Moderator:
, Partner, Domański Zakrzewski Palinka, Poland
Speakers:
, Legal Compliance and Public Affairs Director, Celsa Huta Ostrowiec, Poland
, Legal Team Supervisor, České Radiokomunikace, Czech Republic
Krzysztof Horoszko, Corporate Affairs, TOYOTA Motor Manufacturing Poland, Poland
Wojciech Kowalewski, General Counsel Poland, Siemens, Poland
13:15 » 14:15
Lunch
14:15 » 15:15
Panel 2: Negotiating fees for legal services – clients expectations
  • Writing on the wall for the billable hour - what do clients expect in terms of legal fees? Is predictability of the utmost importance?
  • How do clients establish their budget for legal services? How do you price to win?
  • How to structure and manage the co-operation with a law firm? Best practices and good tips  from the general counsel's point of view.
  • How to negotiate the fees?  Is it possible to successfully negotiate or renegotiate with your long-term client?
  • Pricing strategies for advising startups and market newcomers:  how to make money when the client does not have any or is reluctant to pay?
  • Big law firm or small “bespoke boutique”? How to turn your service into a product and not go bankrupt?
Moderator:
, Partner, Foyen, Sweden
Speakers:
Magdalena Cholewa-Klimek, General Counsel, Mota-Engil Central Europe, Poland
, Legal Director Poland, Switzerland and Nordics Cluster, GSK Services, Poland
Aneta Martišková, Head of Legal Compliance & HR, Glencore Agriculture Czech, Czech Republic
, Head of HR / HR Business Partner Sales & Service Europe South-East & MENA, DMG MORI, Germany
15:15 » 16:15
Panel 3: Personal branding of legal professionals – create your own business case
  • From passion to profit: turn your hobby into a business
  • “Do-It-Yourself Marketing” – ideas and strategies how to market yourself and your practice
  • Multidisciplinary practice vs niche specialization – which way to go? Should a good lawyer have an interdisciplinary background or rather a specialist and unique knowledge?  
  • Professional legal assistance? It's not enough! New trends and expectations in the market of legal services that make a difference
  • Make your plan! Strategies to grow your practice and engage clients.
Moderator:
, Partner, Heuking Kuhn Luer Wojtek, Germany
Speakers:
, Associate, De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani, Italy
, Chief Legal Officer, Squalio Group, Latvia
Mariusz Kowalski, Chief Marketing Officer / Partner, Magnusson, Poland
, Head of Legal Department, FBSerwis (Ferrovial Group), Poland
16:15 » 16:30
Day Wrap-up
16:30 » 17:00
Coffee Break
17:00 » 18:30
Human Rights Session on 'The Independence of the Judiciary'
Moderators:
Gülsüm Aslan, Loyens & Loeff N.V., The Netherlands
, Attorney at law, Liechtenstein
Speakers:
Przemysław Tacik, Professor at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków at the Institute for European Studies which is also covering different projects on Human Rights
Mikołaj Pietrzak, Advocate, Dean of the District Bar Council in Warsaw, permanent representative of the Polish Bar at the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) in the Human Rights Commission and Partner at the law firm Pietrzak Sidor & Partners 
19:30 » 22:30
Conference Dinner at the Grand Theatre - National Opera
22:30 » 02:00
Afterparty at Opera Club

Friday 25 May 2018

08:00
Registration at Sofitel Warsaw Victoria
09:00 » 11:00
Improve your skills and professional life with SCILL 2.0: Beauty contest (Part I)
Present your law firm after preparation with Itzik Amiel and win a free ticket to AIJA seminar
On Friday, 5 pairs of international lawyers will present their law firms and their skills to a broad audience.
All pairs will receive personalised advice on the strategy how to present from an inspirational professional speaker and trainer Itzik Amiel.
The pairs will be evaluated by independent experienced jury including in-house lawyers. The best presenters will receive a free tickets to annual SCILL Law Practice Seminar in Sofia (28 - 30 June 2018)
Personal feedback will be given to all presentators.
11:00 » 11:30
Coffee break
11:30 » 13:00
Forum of the Commissions Meeting
11:45 » 12:45
Improve your skills and professional life with SCILL 2.0: Beauty contest (Part 2)
Jury:
, Mason Hayes & Curran, Ireland
, Chief Legal Officer, Squalio Group, Latvia
, Legal Team Supervisor, České Radiokomunikace, Czech Republic
, Partner, Heuking Kuhn Luer Wojtek, Germany
Štěpán Holub, Holubova advokati s.r.o., Czech Republic
13:00 » 14:00
Lunch
14:00 » 17:00
Commissions meetings
17:00 » 18:00
Law Course Committee Meeting
19:30
Home hospitality dinner

Saturday 26 May 2018

08:00
Registration at Sofitel Warsaw Victoria
09:00 » 10:00
SCILL Commission meeting
10:00 » 11:00
Membership Forum meeting
11:00 » 11:30
Coffee Break
11:30 » 13:00
EC meeting
12:45 » 13:00
Wrap up
12:45 » 13:00
Wrap up
15:00 » 18:00
Optional City Tour
19:30
Gala Dinner at the Royal Castle/Arkady Kubickiego

Sponsors


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Practical information

 Conference Venue

SOFITEL WARSAW VICTORIA *****
Krolewska 11
00-065 Warsaw

Tel: (+48)22/6578011
Fax: (+48)22/6578057
E-mail: H3378@sofitel.com  / Website

Accessible by public transport:
Bus:  UNIWERSYTET (0.4 KM/ 0.25 MI)  /  ZACHETA (0.3 KM/ 0.19 MI)
Railway Station:  WARSZAWA CENTRALNA (2.0 KM/ 1.24 MI)


Accommodation Booking

SOFITEL WARSAW VICTORIA *****
A block of bedrooms have been pre-booked at the following preferential rates for AIJA Participants: 
Wed 23/05 - Thu 24/05:  650 PLN (+/- 155 EUR) for single occupancy  -  700 PLN (+/- 167 EUR) for double occupancy
Fri 25/05 - Sat 26/05:       620 PLN (+/- 148 EUR) for single occupancy  -  670 PLN (+/- 160 EUR) for double occupancy
Rates are per night, incl. breakfast and wifi, excl. 8% VAT

To make a reservation, contact the Sofitel directly at H3378-RE@sofitel.com or tel: +48 22 657 80 12 or fax: +48 22 657 81 69 mentioning the code 'AIJA' . Please note that rooms will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 

Bookings may be modified/cancelled free of charge until 30/04/2018. Any cancellation as of 01/05/2018 will be subject to a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the total cancellation room revenue. 


ALTERNATIVE HOTELS


Raffles Europejski Warsaw ***** 
(5 min walking distance from Sofitel Warsaw Victoria)

Krakowskie Przedmieście 13
00-071 Warszawa
Tel: +48 22 255 95 00
E-mail: bookus.warsaw@raffles.com 

Rate for Deluxe room: 1050 PLN (+/- 250 EUR) for single occupancy - 1150 PLN (+/- 274 EUR) for double occupancy
per night, incl. breakfast and wifi, excl. 8% VAT
To make a reservation, fill in the Raffles reservation form - AIJA and send it to bookus.warsaw@raffles.com  by 23/03/2018 - After this date, booking under the same conditions will be subject to hotel availability.

Radisson Blu Centrum Hotel***** 
(13 min walking distance from Sofitel Warsaw Victoria)

Grzybowska, 24
00-132 Warsaw
Tel: +48 22 321 88 88
E-mail: Info.Warsaw@RadissonBlu.com

Discount of 15% on daily rate with the promocode 'AIJA'.  Check the rate and book your room on the hotel reservation webpage

Free cancellation of the whole reservation 21 days prior to arrival. If reservation is cancelled less than 21 days prior to arrival, cancellation fee of 100% cost of the full stay will apply.

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Organising Committee

Ludomir BIEDECKI
Noerr Biedecki sp.k. (Member of Noerr Group) (POLAND)

Emanuel DETTWILER
Kellerhals Carrard Basel KlG (SWITZERLAND)

Stepan HOLUB
Holubová advokáti s.r.o. (CZECH REPUBLIC)

Jan JARMUL
Deloitte Legal (POLAND)

Agnieszka JUSZKIEWICZ
TJC Tymiński Juszkiewicz Cykowska Kancelaria Radców Prawnych s.c. (POLAND)

Katarzyna KUZMA
Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka sp.k. (POLAND)

Piotr PRZECHERSKI
Olczak- Klimek, Van der Kroft, Wegielek Kancedlaria Raddcow Prawnych (POLAND)

Tomasz RYSIAK
Magnusson, Tokaj i Partnerzy Adwokaci i Radcowie Prawni Spółka Partnerska (POLAND)

Damian SZCZYGIELSKI
Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka sp.k. (POLAND)

Justyna SZPARA
Laszczuk i Wspolnicy sp.k. (POLAND)

Pieter VAN DEN BROECK
Monard Law (BELGIUM)

Anna WOJCIECHOWSKA
WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr Sp. k. (POLAND)

Anna WYRZYKOWSKA
WKB Wierciński, Kwieciński, Baehr sp. k. (POLAND)

Dorota ZABłOCKA
Ernst & Young Law Tałasiewicz, Zakrzewska i Wspólnicy sp.k (POLAND)

National Representatives

Jerzy SAWICKI
Jerzy Sawicki Legal Advisory (POLAND)