Conférence bi-annuelle de mai 2020

Lyon

27 - 30 May 2020


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and after much consideration of the current situation in France, our association’s leadership together with the Organising Committee have agreed that the Lyon Half-Year  Conference cannot take place as expected in May. We are currently working on a new format which will be communicated soon on our website and social media. For any question, please contact the AIJA Team.

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

Programme complet

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
, Holubova advokati, Czech Republic

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
Joris van Horzen, Kennedy Van der Laan, The Netherlands

High risk? High Reward? Due Diligence and AML practices
Speakers:
, Altenburger, Switzerland
Thomas Seeber, Kunz, Austria
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
Roberta Di Nanni, Luminance, United Kingdom
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
Moderator:
Alex Carbonell Real-Salas, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados, Spain
Speakers:

Lars Raedschelders
, Sherpa Law, Belgium
Phil Shepherd, Taylor Wessing, United Kingdom
Nessim Gaon, Lian Group, Switzerland

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
Konstantin Bureiko, Debevoise & Plimpton, United Kingdom
Mattia Morani, Curtis, Italy
Isabel Foster, Akin Gump, United Kingdom

  • 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
, Buren, The Netherlands
Maksim Salahub, Sorainen, Belarus
Agata Adamczyk, Adamczyk, Liber & Współpracownicy, Poland
Boris Ostroukhov, Alrud, Russia

  • 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 Braking Factor and its Management in Respect of Jurisdiction
Moderator:
, De Berti Jacchia, Italy
Panelists:
Antonius Jonetzki, GSK Stockmann, Germany
, 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 of investor-state arbitration in the European Union?
Speaker:
Hendrik Puscmann, Farrer & Co, United Kingdom

  • 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
, 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

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Informations pratiques

CONFERENCE VENUE

The InterContinental Lyon – Hotel Dieu

20 Quai Jules Courmont
69002 Lyon - France
Tel: +33-4-26 99 23 23
E-mail: lyon@ihg.com / Website 

Location: 7 minutes on foot from popular Place Bellecour square and a 5-minute stroll from Bellecour metro station.

The InterContinental Lyon - Hotel Dieu

Opened in June 2019, the InterContinental Lyon – Hotel Dieu is one of the city’s most emblematic historical landmark buildings, with a contemporary take on design.

Style and Character
One in three Lyonnais were born at this grande dame of a historic monument; it was the city’s maternity hospital from 1493 until 2010. Four years of restoration and the edifice is once again open to the public – as a luxurious, five-star hotel by InterContinental. 
A sweeping, 280m-long façade by 18th-century architect Jacques-Germain Soufflot (of Pantheon-in-Paris fame) is the magnificent prelude to a strikingly contemporary interior by celebrated hotel designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. His dramatic mix of sumptuous Verel de Belval silks and rustic stone-flag flooring, the wall of antiquarian medicinal books behind reception, the coffered dome ceiling soaring 32-metre and central altar-like floral display in the hotel bar are but some of the countless clever, breathtakingly beautiful evocations of the hotel’s unique past.
Source © Telegraph Media Group Limited

To learn more on Grand Hôtel Dieu history: https://grand-hotel-dieu.com/en/place/ 

How to get to the Intercontinental Hôtel Dieu from the Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport:

By public transport:

Take the airport shuttle called Rhônexpress (https://www.rhonexpress.fr/en/
Departure every 15 minutes from 4.25am to midnight (Every 30 min from 4.25 am to 6 am and from 9pm to midnight) - 7 days/week all year long
Stop at the La Soie station. Take the Subway Line A (Perrache Direction) and stop at Bellecour Station. From Bellecour station, it is at 5 min walk the Intercontinental Hôtel Dieu
Ticket: 15.20€ (single) – 26.70€ (return) – Online advance purchase possible on the website

By taxi:

The transfer from the airport to the city centre will take +/- 25 minutes (subject to traffic 25 km) and cost around 50€.
Here a few contacts for taxi companies to order pick-ups: 
Taxi Radio - service-client@taxilyon.com - www.taxilyon.com 
Airport taxi - airportaxilyon@gmail.com - www.airportaxi.fr/taxis 
Atout B - atoutb.transport@gmail.com - www.atoutb.com 
Step - steptransports@gmail.com - www.step-transports.fr 

Accommodation

The InterContinental Lyon – Hotel Dieu

20 Quai Jules Courmont
69002 Lyon - France
Tel: +33-4-26 99 23 23
E-mail: lyon@ihg.com / Website

The InterContinental Lyon - Hotel Dieu

The 144 rooms across three floors enjoy road-and-river or peaceful courtyard view. A sophisticated heritage colour palette of gold, black, charcoal-grey and pale slate blue mimics the hotel’s public areas, and original features abound: white-washed plafonds françaises (extra-high and hefty beamed ceilings) typical to Lyon, fantastic arched windows in the duplex suites that are as high as 12 metres. Silk bed cushions are crafted in Lyon. Spacious bathrooms sport plain stone walls, sassy mosaic-tiled shower and heavenly magnolia-scented courtesy products by Parisian perfumer Frederic Malle. His inspiration: the magnificent magnolia tree in the hotel courtyard. Source © Telegraph Media Group Limited

Bedrooms have been pre-booked at the conference hotel at the following preferential rates for AIJA Participants:

Superior Garden Room: 295€ (single occupancy) / 315€ (double occupancy) per room per night - incl. 10% VAT, American Buffet breakfast & wifi + city tax at 3.30 per person and per day.

Please note that rooms will be allocated on a first come first served basis according to availability. To make a reservation: 
Click here to download the booking form and return it completed to Emmanuelle Rannou at Emmanuelle.Rannou@ihg.com 

Sofitel Lyon Bellecour

20, quai Gailleton
69002 Lyon – France
Tel : +33-4-72 41 20 20
Email : H0553@Sofitel.com - Website

Location: 7-minute walk from The InterContinental Lyon - Hotel Dieu

Sofitel Lyon Bellecour

Each Sofitel hotel is a unique blend of French art de vivre and local mores. The capital of gastronomy and the birthplace of the silk industry, the rich history of Lyon will delight lovers of art and culture. In the heart of the city, the Sofitel Lyon Bellecour hotel is located in a district classed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Between the Saône and Rhône rivers, enjoy a walk along the banks and discover the authentic cuisine of Lyon's renowned Bouchons. Ascend the heights and dine in the 8th-floor restaurant for breathtaking views of the city which produced the Lumière brothers. Chef Christian Lherm offers culinary creations every bit as exquisite as the landscape. The interior of the hotel combines technological innovation, contemporary design and traditional expertise, inherited from the silk makers of Lyon. A colourful and relaxing decor that combines refinement and lighting effects.

Bedrooms have been pre-booked at the conference hotel at the following preferential rates for AIJA Participants:

Standard Room: 230€ (single occupancy) / 250€ (double occupancy) per room per night - incl. 10% VAT, buffet breakfast & wifi + city tax at 3.30 per person and per day.

Please note that rooms will be allocated on a first come first served basis according to availability. To make a reservation: 
Click here to download the booking form and return it completed to Mathilde Puiroux at H0553-SB2@sofitel.com 

Comité organisateur

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
BCLP (FRANCE)

Valerio SCOLLO
GSK Stockmann SA (LUXEMBOURG)

Sandy VAN DER SCHAAF
Heussen B.V. (NETHERLANDS)

Représentants nationaux

Joëlle MUCHADA
GFP Avocats (FRANCE)