Brexit Workshop: Legal challenges - what do companies have to consider?

Sponsored Event | February.14.2019 | 5pm - 9pm (Central European Standard Time)

Orrick Düsseldorf

The British Parliament has recently rejected the Brexit deal and it presently looks as if an uncoordinated withdrawal of the UK from the EU will occur on the expiry of 29 March 2019. Any company with at least trade relations to the UK now needs to prepare for this challenge.

In order to support you in this endeavor, we will cover the following topics in six short presentations and discuss practice-oriented solutions followed by Q&A:

  • Which choice of law and which place of jurisdiction make sense?
  • How do I protect my IP rights?
  • What changes can be expected in relation to company law and what does this mean in practice?
  • What does Brexit mean for cartels and merger control?
  • What should I bear in mind when transferring personal data to partners in the UK?
  • What are the tax implications of Brexit? Which economic sectors and activities are particularly affected? How should a company behave?

Registration is mandatory and can be found here.

CLE Credits Available: N

Dr. Christian Schröder Partner

Düsseldorf

Dr. Christian Schröder heads Orrick's IP/IT & Data Privacy Practice Group in Germany in Orrick’s Düsseldorf Office. Christian advises medium sized (Mittelstand) companies to large multinationals on IP, Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices, E-Commerce, IT and Data Privacy/Data Protection.

He is listed in Germany's leading lawyer ranking magazine JUVE as frequently recommended data privacy expert and clients recommend him to JUVE for his "reliable and actionable advice". Christian and his practice are also ranked by The Legal 500 Germany and The Legal 500 EMEA as well as Germany’s business journal WiWo for being among the leading German and European IT and data privacy practices (2019), clients referred to him and his team as "Top data privacy expert", "extremely knowledgeable", and "able to explain complex legal issues in an easily understandable way so that both legal and economic decisions can be made". Christian Schröder is recommended for his "data protection expertise and quick comprehension as well as his entrepreneurial acumen."

Christian provides IP/IT advice in M&A transactions and advises on IP focused joint ventures. He supports companies on the set-up of webshops, outsourcings, license agreements, in cases of trademark or unfair and deceptive trade practice issues as well as on hard and software license and IT project agreements.

As a core member of Orrick's global Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation practice, Christian has a special focus on data privacy/data protection matters. In particular, Christian advises on privacy compliance programs, a risk-based approach to privacy, on implementing databases and new software applications, in particular, cloud based solutions. He advises on IT and data privacy contracts, internal data privacy policies, binding corporate rules, user agreements on BYOD, whistleblowing schemes, e-discovery, security breaches, and intra-group data sharing on a national and international basis. Christian regularly represents market leading clients in IT and data privacy contract negotiations and regularly defends companies against unfair access to their know-how by competitors and against unfair poaching of customers and employees.

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Practice:

  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Private Litigation
  • Litigation & IP
  • Restructuring

Dr. Nicholas Kessler, LL.M., EMBA Partner International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Düsseldorf

Dr. Nicholas Kessler, Partner in the Düsseldorf Office, is a member of the International Arbitration Group. Nicholas' practice focuses on national and international arbitrations and complex litigations, predominantly with regard to post-M&A and corporate law disputes, investment protection cases, product liability and particularly to construction disputes.

Nicholas has extensive experience with arbitral proceedings under the auspices of all of the major arbitral institutions and rules (e.g., ICC, DIS, SCC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, ICSID, ad hoc).

Nicholas graduated from law school in 2003 (University of Munster), earned a PhD in law and an Executive Master of Business Administration (M&A) in 2005 and was allowed to the German bar in 2007. In 2008 he received a Master of Laws diploma from the University of Cambridge (UK) and was entered on the roll as Solicitor of England & Wales in 2010.

Dr. Kessler is a visiting lecturer at the University of Münster and teaches the international arbitration and mediation in the university's post graduate program on mergers and acquisitions. He frequently publishes and holds speeches on arbitration and litigation-related topics.