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Japan Practice Webinar Series

04 September 2020 | Japan


Welcome to our series of webinars from the Japan Practice

Legal implications when COVID-19 impacts performance of a contract

12 March 2020

Many of you work on projects around the world, and it is increasingly apparent that even places which are so far unaffected by the COVID-19 outbreak may have supply chains disrupted by the unprecedented recent global shutdown following the outbreak in Wuhan, China.

Regardless of where you are in the world, COVID-19 has affected your life one way or another. Companies are now faced with having to deal with unexpected situations, which include an inability to travel, disruptions in the supply of materials, employees having to work from home or taking mandatory leave of absence as preventive measures against the further spread of the virus.

Join us for a live webinar with our Global Head of Contentious Construction, Craig Shepherd, and Disputes Resolution Senior Associate, Andrew Raymond, and discuss how force majeure may affect the performance of contractual obligations and ""top tips"" for companies to beware of in these unpredictable times.

Speakers: Craig Shepherd and Andrew Raymond

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M&A in a crisis: Lessons learnt from the global financial crisis

The World Health Organization declared the current COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic on 11 March 2020. As the human cost escalates, the eventual economic cost is becoming ever more apparent, and ever more significant.

Whilst many are attending to immediate personal and local business concerns, there are indeed critical issues for Asian companies that have current operations in Europe, where the economic impact is significant, as well as those who are contemplating or are in the middle of a European transaction.

Join us for a webinar series where we explore (1) major operational and transactional issues, as well as the legal and strategic considerations, for companies; and (2) how the issues which could arise from COVID-19 contrasts with what the global economy experienced during the Global Financial Crisis of 2008. We will explore these themes from the perspective of the Asian investor, providing practical guidance on steps companies should consider to best protect their interests – either for the short or long term.

EP1 The possible impact of COVID-19 in the short term

9 April 2020

SpeakersGraeme PrestonGavin DaviesFrédéric BouvétAlberto FrasquetLorenzo Parola and Söenke Becker

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EP2 Operational issues

13 April 2020

SpeakersGraeme PrestonGavin DaviesAlberto FrasquetLorenzo Parola and Söenke Becker

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EP3 What's happening in M&A?

16 April 2020

SpeakersJoseph FisherGavin DaviesFrédéric BouvétAlberto FrasquetLorenzo Parola and Söenke Becker

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EP4 Lessons from the Global Financial Crisis: Ten themes for this global crisis, and the recovery

20 April 2020

SpeakersGraeme PrestonGavin DaviesSöenke BeckerLorenzo Parola and Rebecca Major

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EP5 Distressed M&A

23 April 2020

SpeakersJoseph FisherGavin DaviesFrédéric BouvétAlberto FrasquetLorenzo ParolaSöenke Becker and Robert Moore

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EP6 M&A disputes: lessons learned and practical tips

27 April 2020

SpeakersDavid GilmoreEmma Schaafsma and James Allsop

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Getting the contract you want – a return to business as usual

The disruptions caused to the world economy by COVID-19 will come to an end. There will be opportunities for new deals, new investments and new markets – and the pressure to progress may drive rapid decision making. In this environment, properly understanding the principles of contract law so that you are not committed until you mean to be, that the clauses mean what you want them to mean and that what you said in negotiations cannot be used against you will once again become essential for success. More than ever, it will be critical for businesses to understand how to manage these risks and ensure they have robust contracts so that their interests are protected.

Join us for this five-part webinar series where we will explore key practical considerations for businesses to avoid disputes arising out of English law governed contracts. This fundamental concept series will give you an opportunity to hone crucial skills to ensure that your contracts are robust, and that you can navigate contractual obligations to your advantage, understand how to avoid a contractual dispute, and be prepared with an effective dispute resolution strategy.

EP1 Doing a deal – When do you have a binding contract?

22 April 2020

SpeakersCraig Shepherd and Joel Halliday

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EP2 The importance of all that went before – When pre-contractual statements matter

28 April 2020

SpeakersChristopher Hunt and Glenn Kembrey

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EP3 What does your contract mean? How the courts interpret contracts

12 May 2020

SpeakersJames Allsop and Victoria Green

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EP4 The requirements of good faith

19 May 2020

SpeakersYosuke Homma and John Ribeiro

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EP5 Endeavour obligations – how hard do you have to try

21 May 2020

SpeakersAndrew Raymond and Michael McErlaine

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Global cartel investigations in an economic downturn: Recent developments and lessons for companies in APAC

9 June 2020

COVID-19 has created a new environment which impacts many – if not all – aspects of business around the world. It is also resulting in changes to competition law enforcement in Europe and beyond. In the near term, competition authorities have relaxed enforcement against cooperation between competitors struggling with disrupted supply chains – although such cooperation is still not without risk. In the longer term, depressed economic conditions are likely to lead to an increase in both cartel activities and enforcement.

This webinar focuses on what companies need to know to navigate this new environment, both now and for potential future investigations.

Speakers: Kyriakos Fountoukakos, Liza Carver, Adelaide Luke, Frances Xu and Joel Rheuben

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Turning Adversity to Opportunity in Southeast Asia: Trends and issues post COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the commercial landscape in which many businesses operate. As economies around the world embark on the next phase in the crisis – recovery, rebuilding and transformation – there are emerging opportunities around the world for businesses seeking growth.

The Southeast Asia region is one such destination which continues to carry significant and strategic growth potential for foreign investors in these unique and unprecedented times. Distressed M&A and other opportunities across high-growth industries are on the rise, while technology and digitisation are permeating various industries at an accelerating speed, playing an increasingly critical role in the emergence of novel, innovative solutions and business models following the significant business impact caused by the pandemic. Meanwhile, such opportunities inevitably come with a degree of risk, and understanding these risks and how to mitigate against them will be crucial to succeeding in the post-Covid-19 world.

Join us for our six-part webinar series where we will explore emerging trends in investment opportunities and risks in Southeast Asia for foreign investors. Focussing on key and emerging sectors and the regional distressed M&A market, we will take you through top tips to maximise investment opportunities, and practical guidance to mitigate against risk. In our final wrap-up session, we are delighted to be joined by Control Risks who will share their insights from their experience helping clients through managing and mitigating business risks throughout this crisis.

EP1 Distressed energy and infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia

8 June 2020

SpeakersDamien RobertsGlynn CooperDaniel WaldekIrina AkentjevaDhani MM Pattinggi

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EP2 Infra-tech: trends and issues

11 June 2020

SpeakersDamien RobertsGlynn CooperTomas FurlongJamie McLaren and Kathryn Thornton

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EP3 Southeast Asia tech investments: trends and issues

16 June 2020

SpeakersDamien RobertsTomas FurlongJamie McLaren and Matthew Wentz

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EP4 Indonesia: trends and issues

18 June 2020

SpeakersVik TangTeguh ArwikoDebby Sulaiman and Gitta Satryani

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EP5 Southeast Asia pharma and healthcare: trends and issues

25 June 2020

SpeakersDamien RobertsHarry Evans and Tomas Furlong

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EP6 Zooming out: Southeast Asia: trends and issues across the region

29 June 2020

SpeakersDamien RobertsAustin SweeneyElaine Wong and Steve Wilford (Partner, Sinpapore, Control Risks)

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Investing in healthcare assets - emerging trends and key risks

The healthcare sector is set to experience radical change, driven by the rising tide of digitisation, push for innovation, and evolving healthcare needs, many of which came to light during the COVID-19 pandemic. New business opportunities are already emerging in this dynamic sector as it continues to attract interest from investors and industry players alike.

Join us for a four-part webinar series where we will explore the evolving landscape of healthcare investments, opportunities and key considerations for potential investors, and the critical pressure points to maximise your investments and new ventures in this fast-evolving and highly regulated industry.

EP1: Investing in healthcare assets - Due diligence and regulation

23 June 2020

SpeakersGraeme PrestonNatalie BryceVik TangJamie McLarenGavin Guo and Nicola Yeomans

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EP2: Introduction to Healthtech

30 June 2020

SpeakersGraeme PrestonNatalie BryceMark RobinsonHarry Evans and James Gong

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EP3: Lessons learnt from Covid-19 - maximising your healthcare investments

02 July 2020

SpeakersGraeme PrestonNatalie BryceGavin GuoJamie McLaren and Stephanie

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EP4: Healthcare as an infrastructure asset

13 July 2020

SpeakersNatalie BryceGlynn CooperKeith Gamble and Paul Flynn

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Resolving and preparing for commercial disputes in the new normal: a comparative overview of key dispute resolution methods

The recent global pandemic has had a significant impact on how businesses around the world will operate and mitigate against risk in the future. Various types of dispute have already arisen as a consequence of the severe economic impact caused COVID-19, forcing companies to plan for, and mitigate against, complex commercial disputes whilst minimising disruption to their business, markets and key business relationships. Others are revisiting their dispute resolution strategies to ensure their contracts contain robust and appropriate dispute resolution clauses before entering into commercial agreements or embarking on new ventures, having witnessed the magnitude and scale of disruption, particularly where companies are not sufficiently prepared.

Join us for a three-part webinar series where we will explore three of the most common dispute resolution methods: arbitration, litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Providing a comparative overview of these three mechanisms, we consider practical tips and factors to consider – including cost, jurisdictional risk and enforceability - to help you prepare a robust dispute resolution strategy to protect critical commercial interests.

EP1 International arbitration

1 July 2020

SpeakersChristopher Hunt and Yosuke Homma

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EP2: Alternative dispute resolution (ADR)

6 July 2020

SpeakersCraig Shepherd and Michael McErlaine

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EP3: International litigation

8 July 2020

SpeakersDavid Gilmore and James Allsop

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10 years of the UK Bribery Act: What are the lessons for Japanese companies?

30 July 2020

It is now 10 years since the Bribery Act 2010 (the UKBA) was introduced in the UK, reforming the law on bribery and corruption. After a slow start there has been much recent activity affecting international business, including the recent landmark €1 billion deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with Airbus; the first time a UK DPA has been reached with a non-UK entity.

Please join us as we consider the lessons from the last decade that Japanese companies should be aware of, including enforcement trends, the scope for non-UK parent companies to be made subject to the UKBA through the management of their business operations, and the future of the UKBA.

Speakers: David Gilmore, Daniel Hudson, James Allsop and Yosuke Homma

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