The art of the deal? Liability begins when artistry fails: Criminal and civil liability in M&A transactions


29 September 17:00 CEST - 01 October 2022 13:00 CEST

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Kraków, the historic capital city of Poland is one of the most dynamically developing cities in Europe. Many foreign investors are expanding their businesses through acquisitions in the Royal City. Business is booming. However, as always, risks and disputes can ensue. The M&A Commission and the Commercial Fraud Commission invite you to a joint seminar on the legal consequences of making false, incomplete or inaccurate representations and warranties in M&A contracts (share or assets deals).

We will discuss the legal claims that the buyer and the seller may bring to the table. Different jurisdictions offer various claims and remedies: compensation, termination of the agreement, price reduction based on the warranty regime etc. The litigators will share their post-closing dispute experiences and will discuss with the transactional lawyers the best practices in negotiation and drafting M&A contract clauses in view of possible future claims. A part of the seminar will be dedicated to litigation and arbitration proceedings as well as interim protective measures.

The commercial fraud panellists will discuss best practices for investigations during the due diligence audit. They will share their experiences on how buyers are protected by a proper investigation and how forensic tools may contribute to a high-quality audit and detect potential frauds, schemes and irregularities. Transactional lawyers will have a unique opportunity to learn from commercial fraud specialists, specifically about the most important aspects of the pre-signing stage from the criminal perspective. They will explore the criminal liability of natural persons making false or inaccurate representations and will present the criminal consequences for the companies of a breach of representations and warranties.

We will also discuss how innovative legal tech tools influence our practice and impact the professional secrecy and liability. See you in Kraków

AIJA Commissions

  • Commercial Fraud
  • Corporate and M&A

Event fees

+ VAT if applicable<= 2022-08-31> 2022-08-31<= 2022-09-20

AIJA Member < 352055,00  PLN 2522,00  PLN 2989,00  PLN
AIJA Member >= 352288,00  PLN 2755,00  PLN 3222,00  PLN
Non AIJA Member < 352522,00  PLN 2989,00  PLN 3456,00  PLN
Non AIJA Member >= 352755,00  PLN 3222,00  PLN 3689,00  PLN
Speaker2055,00  PLN 2522,00  PLN 2989,00  PLN
Local lawyers2055,00  PLN 2522,00  PLN 2989,00  PLN
In-House Counsel701,00  PLN 1051,00  PLN 1401,00  PLN


Full programme

The art of the deal? Liability begins when artistry fails: Criminal and civil liability in M&A transactions

Thursday 29 September 2022

16:00 » 17:00
Registrations at Hotel Stary
17:00 » 18:00
Welcome Cocktail at Hotel Stary
Optional Dinner
(in small groups, several restaurants, payable onsite)

Friday 30 September 2022

08:00 » 09:00
Registrations at Hotel Stary
09:00 » 09:15
Opening session
09:15 » 10:30
Improve your due diligence question list. Find out what is hidden – compliance and forensic perspective.

Moderator: Noémie Coutrot-Cieśliński, CC&C Avocats, France

  • Anna Kratiuk, WKB lawyers, Poland
  • Thomas Ricard, J.P. Karsenty & Associés, France
  • Sajai Singh, JSA Advocates & sollicitors, India
  • Marcin Klimczak, PwC, Poland
10:30 » 11:00
Coffeee break
11:00 » 12:30
Challenges related to creation and use of LegalTech, not only for due diligence purposes

Dominik Wagner, TIGGES Rechtsanwälte, Germany

  • Philip Rosenauer, PHH Rechtsanwälte, Austria
  • Orsolya Szabo, Invest CEE, Hungary
  • Iga Kurowska, Aktion Legal Partners, Spain
12:30 » 14:00
14:00 » 15:15
Drafting and negotiating R&W and liability clauses

Moderator: Christoph Allmendinger, Schilling Zutt & Anschütz, Germany

  • Rene Male, Roschier Attorneys Ltd, Finland
  • Lukas Rusch, Pestalozzi Attorneys at law, Switzerland
  • Carolin van Straelen, AIG, Germany
15:15 » 15:45
Coffee break
15:45 » 17:00
Target's perspective. What is expected from directors of the Target and what directors of the Target expect in course of the transaction?

Moderator: Philippe Harles, Arendt, Luxembourg

  • Annika Brandt, Lindhal, Sweden,
  • Judith de Boer, Hertoghs advocaten, the Netherlands
  • Agnieszka Skowronek, Eurocash, Poland
  • Adrian Michalak, Medicover, Poland
Dinner at Szara Gęś
Address: Rynek Główny 17 31-008 Kraków

Saturday 01 October 2022

09:00 » 10:00
Registrations at Hotel Stary
10:00 » 11:15
Claims under the SPA, tort law and criminal law

Moderator: Agata Adamczyk, Adamczyk, Liber & Współpracownicy, Poland

  • Maximilian Lang, Schoenherr, Austria
  • Karin Graf, Visher, Switzerland,
  • Philippe Sylvestre, Brucher Thieltgen & Partners, Luxembourg
  • Andreas Pfister, Wessing & Partner, Germany
11:15 » 11:45
Coffee break
11:45 » 13:00
‘No Time to Die’: How to conduct an internal investigation and boost your fact-finding for effective prosecution and litigation relating to the breaches of R&W

Moderator: Katarzyna Randzio-Sajkowska, Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak, Poland

  • Edouard Kaiflin, Monfrini Bitton Klein, Switzerland
  • Angelika Ciastek-Zyska, PwC, Poland
13:00 » 14:00
Optional Programme : Wieliczka Salt Mine - Visit to salt mine including Guided Tour & Transportation & Dinner & After Party
Address: Park Kingi 10, 32-020 Wieliczka




Practical information


The seminar will be taking place at the Hotel Stary hotel and we have negotiated special rates for the participants of the seminar:

Room type Single rate per night
Standard room 720 PNL (approx 150€)


Above rates are exclusive of the breakfast (110 PNL)

To book your accommodation, please contact the hotel via email or telephone: 0048 12 384 08 08 and use the following discount code: AIJA22

Please note that rooms will be allocated on a first come first served basis according to availability and that we have the special rate until 26 August 2022.


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Organising Committee

Adamczyk, Liber & Współpracownicy (POLAND)

Nicolas HERREN
Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law Ltd (SWITZERLAND)

Krzysztof PAWLAK
Schoenherr Halwa sp.k. (POLAND)

Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak Kancelaria Radców Prawnych i Adwokatów Spółka Jawna (POLAND)

Dominik WAGNER
TIGGES Rechtsanwälte (GERMANY)