2015 U.S. - E.U Legal Summit
Agenda - June 30, 2015
8:15 amRegistration and Continental Breakfast
Upon arrival please ensure you have collected your conference programme and name badge. At registration please make us aware of any dietary requirements & anonymous speaker questions.
9:15 amWelcome and opening remarks

  • Jean Cattaruzza, Treasurer, European Company Lawyers Association & Head of the Legal Department, ING Belgium

9:25 amOpening Keynote: Doing Business Across The Atlantic in 2015
As the European Union and the United States are still negotiating to secure an agreement, our opening address will start by providing an update on The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Setting the tone for the day, further consideration will be given to the influence of taxation and regulatory frameworks across the Atlantic on competition for multinationals. What does this mean for you and your business?

  • Ignacio García Bercero, EU Chief Negotiator of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, European Commission

10:10 amDebate: Can there be Regulatory Cooperation in TTIP?
'Our core aim is that by working together EU and US regulators will make better use of their scarce resources and produce more effective regulation at lower cost to all concerned, both the regulators and the regulated. This aim is based on both sides’ strong commitment to high levels of protection in areas such as consumer safety, health and the environment.’ European Commission 2015

Following on from the opening address, the EU chief negotiator will join the rest of the panel as they assess and debate with the group about the extent to which the US and EU can and will work together to create a harmonised partnership. What obstacles of regulatory convergence do TTIP need to confront? How far can the negotiations go to construct a cooperative regulatory framework to facilitate streamlined trans-Atlantic economic development? How far can the US and EU go in forging a common regulatory front that will lead the way to the establishment of constructive international standards that foster global economic growth? Foremost, how can we jointly create a common regulatory framework from the start when considering the regulation of new technologies, for example?

  • Moderator: Laurent Ruessmann, Partner, Fieldfisher
  • Ignacio García Bercero, EU Chief Negotiator of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, European Commission
  • Elena Bryan, Senior Representative, U.S. Mission to the European Union
  • Ricardo Cortés-Monroy, Global Legal Head, Nestlé
  • Hendrik Bourgeois, General Counsel Europe – Government Affairs & Policy Europe, General Electric

11:00 amCoffee, refreshments & networking
11:20 amDebate: Opting to blow the whistle or choosing to walk away?
What if you have tried all the internal channels and they have not resulted in an acceptable resolution of the issue? Should you blow the whistle? It is at the heart of the in house counsels role to negotiate a course of action when things go wrong. But as the custodian of legal propriety, the in house counsel is in a very compromising position when representing the company’s business interests whilst upholding what is right and fair. We will assess the dilemmas that are likely to arise for the head of the legal department, but most importantly share best practice and advise as to what to do next.

  • Moderator: Stephen C. Mavroghenis, Head of Brussels office and co-head of the Global Antitrust Group, Shearman & Sterling
  • Alexandra Cebulsky, Global Director Regulatory Compliance, Avanade

  • Martim Della Valle, Vice President, Complliance, Anheuser-Busch InBev

  • Gerald Miersch, Head of Unit for Cartels II, European Commission 

12:05 pmPanel - EU & US Economic Sanctions: Policy, Implementation and Compliance
US and EU economic sanctions have dominated headlines for several years.  Longstanding sanctions against Iran, which have excluded many Western firms from the market, are on the verge of being lifted.  Meanwhile, in the wake of the Ukraine crisis, both the EU and the US have imposed targeted sanctions against Russia.  While EU sanctions have traditionally had less commercial impact than the hard-hitting sanctions imposed by the US, this is no longer the case: the EU has developed its own complex sanctions regimes that differ, both in scope and effect, from US sanctions. This panel will discuss the political objectives driving sanctions policy on both sides of the Atlantic, how the policymakers choose their targets, the key differences between the EU and US sanctions regimes, and the challenges faced by companies that must comply with both sets of rules.  The panel will also highlight the most important developments that in-house lawyers should watch out for during the year ahead.
  • Moderator: Dr Georg Berrisch, Partner, Baker Botts
  • Stephan Marquardt, European External Action Service (EEAS), Legal Affairs Division
  • Aga Polcyn, Global Head of Sanctions, RBS Markets and International Banking
  • Paul Luther, Partner, Baker Botts
12:50 pmThe talk of the town: Saving you and your company's reputation

In an increasingly interconnected world, companies need to respond clearly and swiftly to the critical issues they face. Reputations are always at risk when a major legal dispute or crisis is played out. Whether the situation calls for a reactive or proactive approach, how can you develop the right strategy to support the proceedings, manage key audiences and protect your reputations.

  • Kate Miller, Head of Corporate, Project Associates


1:15 pmWine, dine & network
2:30 pmClose of Day