Half-Year May Conference

Lyon

27 - 30 May 2020


Academic programme overview

Seminar 1 - The FinTech Revolution

FinTech has revolutionised the financial services industry. Disruptors, innovators and pioneers are now established financial services companies deploying greater resources to nurture innovation and growth, form strategic partnerships, and make significant advances in technology. 
This new frontier of financial services requires a careful understanding of regulation and risk and a deep knowledge of the FinTech market. Join us for a two day conference in the beautiful city of Lyon, France’s capital of gastronomy, where you will have the opportunity to hear from and network with experienced legal and financial professionals. The seminar aims to cover a diverse range of topics including, but not limited to, cryptocurrencies, ICO’s, blockchain technology based solutions, M&A in FinTech, payment systems, neobanking, machine learning and trading, and of course the regulatory umbrella under which the entire industry operates.

Seminar 2 - Dealing with a Sovereign State

Increasingly keen to attract foreign investors and capital, sovereign states actively take a large part in economic life worldwide. But dealing with and investing in a foreign state is becoming more and more complex. As investors, businesses and state officials alike face deeper scrutiny than ever before from other states, international institutions and NGOs, disputes arise frequently. 

We will gather for two days in Lyon – home of Interpol and Europol – to learn from, exchange and network with international recognised professionals on current issues which regularly make headlines in relation to investing in a sanctioned state, intra-EU bilateral investment treaties, state immunities, ill-gotten assets, international cooperation, human rights and environmental protection.

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AIJA Commissions

  • Banking, Finance and Capital Markets
  • International Business Law
  • Labour Law
  • Litigation

Full programme

Seminar 1 - The FinTech Revolution

Wednesday 27 May 2020

16:00 » 19:00
Registration @ Welcome Desk
19:00 » 21:00
Welcome Reception

Thursday 28 May 2020

07:00 » 08:00
Run for Human Rights
08:00 » 18:30
Registration @ Welcome Desk
09:00 » 09:15
Welcome to the Half-Year May Conference
Marika Devaux, MAAT Law & Co-Chair of the Half-Year May Conference, France
Caroline Barbe, Solucial & Co-Chair of the Half-Year May Conference, France
, FCO Legal Directorate & AIJA President, United Kingdom
09:15 » 10:45
Session 1: Capital markets meet crypto assets: From IPOs and exchanges to ICOs and crypto exchanges – Is anything new really going on?
Speakers:
Luca Bianchi
, Niederer Kraft Frey, Switzerland
Marianne Tordeux, France Digitale, France

Beyond business: Diversity of innovative technologies and their utility at law and legal enforcement
10:45 » 11:15
Coffee Break & Exhibition
11:15 » 12:45
Session 2: Technology transforming tradition: Fintech disruptions in banking and insurance
Speakers:
David Roche
, Aramis, France
Ronald Kogens, FRORIEP Legal AG, Switzerland
Joris van Horzen, Kennedy Van der Laan, The Netherlands

High risk? High Reward? Due Diligence and AML practices
Speakers:
Cecilia Peregrina, Altenburger, Switzerland
Roberta Di Nanni, Luminance, United Kingdom
12:45 » 14:00
Lunch
14:00 » 15:30
Session 3: Keynote - Emerging economies: bridging the gap and increasing accessibility

More than blockchain: Artificial intelligence and machine learning
Speakers:
Chris Hill
, Kemp Little, United Kingdom
Jorma Yli-Jaakkola, Borenius Attorneys, Finland
John Neway Herrman, Advokatfirman Delphi, Sweden
15:30 » 16:00
Coffee Break & Exhibition
16:00 » 17:30
Session 4: Regulation without impediment: Leading jurisdictions and what they are doing right
Speakers:
Naoki Kanehisa
, Atsumi & Sakai, Japan
Stephanie Cabossioras, Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF), France
Robert Jarvis, Luxembourg for Finance, Luxembourg

Global reach requires global collaboration: Jurisdiction shopping and consumer protection
Speaker:
Liesbet Demasure
, BNP, Belgium
17:30 » 18:15
First Timers' Drink
19:00 » 19:30
Meeting in the Hotel Lobby & Transfer to Palais de la Bourse (by foot)
19:30 » 02:00
Conference Dinner @ Palais de la Bourse

Friday 29 May 2020

09:00 » 18:00
Registration @ Welcome Desk
10:00 » 11:15
Session 5: M&A in the age of financial technology
Speakers:
Sophie Gilliam
, DLA Piper, the Netherlands
Phil Shepherd, Taylor Wessing, United Kingdom
Alex Carbonell Real-Salas, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados, Spain

Wrap-up
11:15 » 11:45
Coffee Break & Exhibition
11:45 » 13:00
Human Rights Session
13:00 » 14:00
Lunch
14:00 » 18:00
AIJA Commission meetings
19:30
Home Hospitality Dinner

Saturday 30 May 2020

11:30 » 13:00
Executive Committee meeting
15:00 » 17:00
Optional city tour or activity
19:30
Gala Dinner

Seminar 2 - Dealing with a Sovereign State

Wednesday 27 May 2020

16:00 » 19:00
Registration @ Welcome Desk
19:00 » 21:00
Welcome Reception

Thursday 28 May 2020

07:00 » 08:00
Run for Human Rights
08:00 » 18:30
Registration @ Welcome Desk
09:00 » 09:15
Welcome to the Half-Year May Conference
Marika Devaux, MAAT Law & Co-Chair of the Half-Year May Conference, France
Caroline Barbe, Solucial & Co-Chair of the Half-Year May Conference, France
, FCO Legal Directorate & AIJA President, United Kingdom
09:15 » 10:45
Session 1: With or Without You? – The Impact of International Sanctions on Contracts
Moderator:
David Savage, Stewarts Law, United Kingdom
Panelists:
Philip Haellmigk, Haellmigk, Germany

  • International sanctions in a diverging and converging geopolitical landscape (e.g. Brexit/US foreign policy) – where are we now and what does the future hold?
  • Enforcement actions against sanctions violations in different states – how do they differ?
  • How to design an effective sanctions compliance framework for your business/firm
  • How to risk assess your client base vis-à-vis sanctions
10:45 » 11:15
Coffee Break & Exhibition
11:15 » 12:45
Session 2: Protectionism in Act – The Impact on cross-border transactions
Moderator:
, TIGGES Rechtsanwälte, Germany
Speakers:
Cheng Chen, Kellerhals Carrard, China
Friederike Henke, Buren, The Netherlands

  • The impact on value chain: from site consolidation to headquarters relocation strategies;
  • Tariff war and Outbound activity (the China scenario)
  • FDI strategies (i.e. sensitive sectors, local restrictions)
  • How to minimize the risks of protectionism in M&A deals (from the due diligence process to CPs and MAC clause)
12:45 » 14:00
Lunch
14:00 » 15:30
Session 3: Facing a Dead End – Immunity Issues as a Breaking Factor and its Management in Respect of Jurisdiction
Moderator:
, De Berti Jacchia, Italy
Panelists:
Antonius Jonetzki, GSK Stockmann, Germany
Camilla Gambarini, Withers, United Kingdom
Michael Avila, Fisher & Phillips, USA
Sevinç Demir, Yalçin & Toygar, Turkey
 
  • How to negotiate a waiver of immunity from jurisdiction and where to go (arbitration, national court)?
  • Protection of claimant’s right when faced with immunity plea
  • Where should the line be drawn on immunity from jurisdiction?
  • How to handle refused access to employment rights through the operation of immunity?
15:30 » 16:00
Coffee Break & Exhibition
16:00 » 17:30
Session 4: Treading on Thin Ice – What is the Future Arbitral Settlement of Disputes and the European Union?

  • What is left of intra-EU Bilateral investment treaties?
  • The implications of EU opinion 1/17 on a multilateral investment dispute settlement system?
  • Is there an impact to EU treaties with third states and the multilateral treaties where EU is a party? (e.g.  CETA-EU and ECT treaty example)
17:30 » 18:15
First Timers' Drink
19:00 » 19:30
Meeting in the Hotel Lobby & Transfer to Palais de la Bourse (by foot)
19:30 » 02:00
Conference Dinner @ Palais de la Bourse

Friday 29 May 2020

09:00 » 18:00
Registration @ Welcome Desk
10:00 » 11:15
Session 5: Don’t Mess with Foreign Relations – How to Enforce Against a Sovereign State?
Moderator:
Emmanuel Kaspereit, Archipel, France
Panelists:
Rosie Wild,  Cooke, Young & Keidan, United Kingdom
Frédéric Dopagne, Monard Law, Belgium
Arnoldo Lacayo, Sequor Law, USA
Antonia Mottironi, Monfrini Bitton Klein, Switzerland
 
  • Asset tracing & taking of evidence – What are the specificities in the context of enforcing against a foreign state?
  • Current issues concerning the immunity from execution – Enforcement without a waiver; a waiver, what for?
  • On whom falls the burden of proof and what specific role plays the judge?
  • Does Enforcing against an alter ego ever work?
11:15 » 11:45
Coffee Break & Exhibition
11:45 » 13:00
Human Rights Session
13:00 » 14:00
Lunch
14:00 » 18:00
AIJA Commission meetings
19:30
Home Hospitality Dinner

Saturday 30 May 2020

11:30 » 13:00
Executive Committee meeting
15:00 » 17:00
Optional city tour or activity
19:30
Gala Dinner

Sponsors


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Organising Committee

Agata ADAMCZYK
Adamczyk, Liber & Współpracownicy (POLAND)

José Miguel ALGORTA GARICOITS
ESTUDIO ALGORTA & Asociados (URUGUAY)

Caroline BARBE
SOLUCIAL (FRANCE)

Marika DEVAUX
MAAT avocat (FRANCE)

Romain FRANZETTI
STANCE (FRANCE)

Emmanuel KASPEREIT
Archipel (FRANCE)

Jennifer MAXWELL
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (UNITED KINGDOM)

Joyce PITCHER
Pitcher Avocat (FRANCE)

Christian SAUER
Franklin Société d'Avocats (FRANCE)

National Representatives

Joëlle MUCHADA
GFP Avocats (FRANCE)