Sixth Transatlantic Conference: Programme

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Each session will be led/moderated by a mix of ELA and ABA speakers. Details of speakers will be published here.

8.15am Registration and Tea/Coffee

9.00am Welcome and Introduction
Room: Waterloo
Mike Delikat, Partner, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP (US)
Kathleen Healy, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (UK)

9.15am Plenary Session: #MeToo and the Legal Profession - what and where next
Room: Waterloo

Moderator: Marian Bloodworth, Partner, Kemp Little LLP (UK)
Mike Delikat, Partner, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP (US)
Wendi Lazar, Partner, Outten & Golden LLP (US)
Richard Miskella, Partner, Lewis Silkin LLP (UK)  
Patricia Robertson QC, Fountain Court Chambers (UK)

  • The impact of #MeToo on the legal profession – an introductory view from the US and UK
  • The UK regulatory perspective –  SRA Principles and Code of Conduct
  • The UK Parliamentary Select Committee process
  • Compare and contrast the European view
  • The US regulatory perspective
  • The ABA and ELA response and next steps
  • How does compliance ‘translate’ across borders?

10.30am Tea/Coffee

10.50am – 12.05pm Breakout Sessions I

(please choose one from 1A, 1B or 1C below)

1A: Data, privacy and employer monitoring - the employment experience of the future
Room: Waterloo
Moderator: Kiersten Lucas, Partner, Stephenson Harwood LLP (Dubai)
Philip L.  Gordon, Co-Chair, Privacy and Background Checks Practice Group Littler Mendelson (US)
David Mendel, Senior Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (UK)
Roselyn Sands, Partner, EY Société d’Avocats (France)

  • Moving data across borders
  • Key data transfer issues on international deals
  • Use of data in employment litigation
  • Enforcement and GDPR trends
  • Subject access requests and the employee’s right to privacy
  • The right to disconnect
  • Covert recordings – in or out?

1B: Exercise of discretions - global trends in remuneration decisions
Room: Duke
Moderator: Alistair Woodland, Partner, Clifford Chance LLP (UK)
Clive Howard, Senior Principal Lawyer, Employment & Partnership, Slater and Gordon (UK)
Tim Jones, Group Head of Human Resources, London Stock Exchange Group (UK)
Wayne N. Outten, Chair, Outten & Golden (US)
Louise Skinner, Partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP (UK)

  • Recent key case law
  • Forfeiture, clawback and the reach of the regulator
  • Equity schemes, bonus plans and LTIPs - the art of the possible in discretion drafting
  • Developing trends – a view from Asia

1C: Post-deal integration issues on global transactions
Room: Baron
Kathleen Healy, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (UK)
Danny J. Kaufer, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais (Canada)
Angus MacGregor, Head of Human Resources, MUFG (UK)
Karen Macpherson, Senior Counsel, Employment Law, Accenture (UK)
Stephen B. Moldof, Partner, Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP (US)
Carl Richards, Partner, Baker McKenzie LLP (UK)

  • Key issues on post-deal integration
  • Ongoing challenges posed by automatic transfer legislation
  • Works council (including EWC) issues post Closing
  • Harmonisation of bespoke benefits
  • Harmonisation on tech deals – how to blend the old with the new! 
         • Collective bargaining constraints on post-deal integration and other related employee issues
         • Union/worker options to respond to or head off potential post-deal problems for employees

10 minute break to allow time to change rooms for next session

12.15pm – 1.30pm Breakout Sessions II

(please choose one from 2A, 2B or 2C below)

2A: Whistleblowing – a global update
Room: Duke
Moderator: Beth Hale, Partner CM Murray LLP (UK)
Bryan Dunne, Partner, Matheson (Ireland), 
David W. Garland, Director and Member of the Firm, Epstein Becker & Green (US) 
Mary Inman, Partner, Constantine Cannon LLP (UK)
Ida Nowers, Law and Policy Coordinator, WIN - Whistleblowing International Network
Robert B. Stulberg, Partner, Broach & Stulberg LLP (US)

  • Key whistleblowing developments in the US
  • The EU Whistleblowing Directive – a practical guide to the changes
  • Changes in whistleblowing reporting obligations for public limited companies
  • Global regulatory trends

2B: Global Workplace Investigations – a View from the Front Line
Room: Waterloo
Moderator: D. Jan Duffy, Management Practices Group (US)
Joe Buczek, Chief Compliance Officer – Investigations, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (US)
Melanie Crowley, Partner, Mason Hayes Curran (Ireland)
Samantha C. Grant, Partner, Sheppard Mullin (US) 
Aoife Forrest, Director, HR Investigations, Facebook (Ireland)
Emma Smith, Executive Director and Assistant General Counsel, JPMorgan Chase (UK)

  • A snapshot from Europe on investigations trends
  • Regulatory change – summary of key issues
  • The US perspective
  • NDAs – dead in the water?
  • The thorny issue of privilege

2C: The impact of technology on the workplace
Room: Baron
Moderator: Katherine Gibson, Legal Director, DLA Piper LLP (UK)
Rubén Agote, Partner, Labor & Employment, Quatrecasas (Spain)
Adam S. Forman, Epstein Becker Green (US)
Owen E. Herrnstadt, Chief of Staff, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (AFL-CIO) (US)
Valerio de Stefano, Professor of Labour Law, KU Leuven (Belgium)
Johnna G. Torsone, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Pitney Bowes Inc (US)

  • The impact of AI on the global workplace
  • Opportunities and Threats
  • New ways of working
  • Portability and security of information
  • Social media – friend or foe?
  • Wearable tech and the impact on the worker

1.30pm Buffet Lunch

2.45pm-4.00pm Breakout Sessions III 

(please choose one from 3A, 3B or 3C below)

3A: Pay equity and diversity trends
Room: Duke
Moderator: Maryann Parker, Parker Law PLLC, and Counsel, National Education Association (NEA) (US)
Reid Broda, Global Head of Employment Law, JPMorgan Chase (US) 
Vanessa Hogan, EMEA Counsel Employment, Compliance & Corporate, Director, Splunk (UK)
Adam T. Klein, Managing Partner, Outten & Golden LLP (US)  
Jennifer Millins, Partner, Mishcon de Reya (UK)

  • The impact of the latest reporting obligations - e.g. U.K. Gender Pay disclosure on pay practices?
  • Are we seeing the globalisation of pay equity?
  • Impact of disclosure on employer practice
  • The union perspective
  • The rise of the gender collective - approaches to collective action to push for change

3B: A Brave New World – the Challenges of Managing the Modern Workforce
Room: Baron
Moderator: Caspar Glyn QC, Cloisters (UK)
Jeremias Adams-Prassl, Professor of Law, Magdalen College
Susan Battye, Partner, Walkers (Ireland)
Jason Moyer-Lee, General Secretary, IWGB (The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (UK)
Michael C. Subit, Partner, Frank Freed Subit & Thomas LLP (US)

  • How well do traditional legal models of employment fit with the modern workplace?
  • The misclassification risk – where are we now?
  • Increased regulator interest in alternative working models
  • A frictionless workplace – the upsides and associated risks
  • Collective action in non-traditional workplaces: litigation, union and employee organising

3C: Trade Secrets and Data IP rights - where are we now in the US and UK on restrictive covenants?
Room: Waterloo
Moderator: Catherine Taylor, Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP (UK)
Dean A. Crawford QC, Partner, Pulver Crawford Munroe LLP (Canada)
Gayle R Klein, Principle, McKool Smith (US)
Daniel Oudkerk QC, Essex Court Chambers (UK)  
Arnie Pedowitz, Partner, Pedowitz & Meister LLP (US)
Christine Young, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP (UK)

  • A view from the US on the current trends
  • Change on the horizon in Europe -  a summary of the highlights of the new EU Trade Secrets Directive – what you need to know
  • Employment restrictive covenants  – key international trends
  • Is consideration a fundamental part of the enforceability armour? A view from the British Columbia Court of Appeal
  • IP and tech clients – specific issues arising in respect of the protection of  tech IP rights

4.00pm Tea/Coffee

4.20pm Closing Plenary Session: Populism and Cross-Border Mobility – consequences for the Work place and Employees
Room: Waterloo

Keynote Introductory remarks: Lord Hill, Former European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union

Moderator: David S. Fortney, Co-Founder, Fortney Scott (US)
Juliet Carp, Consultant Solicitor, Keystone Law (UK)
Jonathan A. Grode, US Practice Director, Green and Spiegel (US)
Louise Haycock, Partner, Fragomen LLP (UK)
Stefan Kühteubl, Partner, Schonherr (Austria) 
Victoria A. Lipnic, Acting Chair, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) (US)

  • The Trump and Brexit effect on the workplace
  • The resurgence of increased workplace discrimination?
  • Key US and UK trends in anti-discrimination legislation and caselaw
  • The impact of Brexit and Trump on immigration law and the cross-border movement of employees
  • A view from the EU – practical Brexit lessons learned to date from a UK neighbour

5.40pm  Closing Remarks
Wendi Lazar, Partner, Outten & Golden LLP (US)
Toni Lorenzo, Lewis Silkin (UK)

5.50pm - 7.00pm Drinks Reception
All speakers and delegates are invited to the drinks reception

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