2024 DRI International Seminar Madrid

29–31 May 2024
ECIJA Abogados | Madrid, Spain

Cibeles Fountain (Fuente de Cibeles) in Plaza de Cibeles

Anticipate and Minimise Disruptions for your Global Clients!

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Join us for the next annual DRI International Seminar to reconnect with peers and make new connections in Madrid! The theme of this year's seminar is "Disruption." There have been several significant legal and regulatory developments which are impacting our global clients and disrupting business agendas. We expect more pressures in 2024, including the increasing risk of class actions and the rise of collective redress regimes across Europe; the maturing litigation funding market; the evolving regulation and liability frameworks around technology and artificial intelligence (AI); a growth in cybersecurity and data breach disputes; and the emergence of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) disputes and the dominance of AI. We will be joined by lawyers, in-house counsel, and other members of the legal industry to discuss how the disruption is intensifying and how global businesses need to keep pace or risk falling behind. There will also be a number of excellent opportunities to reconnect and network with friends and colleagues from around the world in the beautiful city of Madrid.

What You Will Learn:

  • Insight into the impact of legal and regulatory developments on global clients.
  • The increasing risk of class actions and the rise of collective redress regimes across Europe.
  • How to navigate the emergence of AI and its evolving regulation and liability frameworks.
  • Strategies for overcoming disruptions and growing pressure on business agendas in the coming year.

Expand Your Network By:

  • Reconnecting with friends and colleagues from around the world.
  • Meeting new contacts and networking with leading in-house lawyers.
  • Joining the DRI International Business Meeting to discuss plans for the year ahead.

Panel Counsel Meetings with Major Companies
Take advantage of the opportunity to engage with key industry companies* including:

  • TBD

*Subject to change

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Thank You to DRI International Committee Leadership

Philipp Behrendt
Philipp Behrendt
Taylor Wessing LLP,
Hamburg, Germany

Program Chair
Librado Loriente
Librado Loriente
ECIJA Abogados,
Madrid, Spain

Program Vice Chair
Katie Chandler
Katie Chandler
Taylor Wessing LLP,
London, England
Committee Chair
Peter Bredin
Peter Bredin
Dillon Eustace LLP,
Dublin, Ireland
Committee Vice Chair

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Registration Information

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Agenda with Speakers

*Schedule and Speakers subject to change. Please note that U.S. CLE will not be available for any sessions at DRI International.

Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Time (CEST) Program
16:00 Women in the Law Reception

Hosted by ECIJA.

Teresa Pereyra Caramé, ECIJA, Madrid, Spain
18:00 Cocktail Reception at ECIJA
20:00 Group Networking Dinner

Thursday, 30 May 2024

Time (CEST) Program
08:30 Registration
09:00 Welcome and Introductions
09:15 Class Actions Around the World

The industries, products and focus of class actions continue to expand and change with the rise of a rapidly evolving regulatory and legal framework. This panel will examine global class action trends across key jurisdictions and take a look at the landscape following the mandatory implementation of the Collective Redress Directive in the EU. Our experts will provide important practical advice for businesses across key sectors on how best to prepare for class actions and mitigate risks.

Holger Bielesz (Partner), Cerha Hempel, Vienna, Austria

Sarah-Jane Dobson (Partner), Kennedys, London, England
Noah Boudreau (Partner), Fasken, Montréal, Canada
Hugo Hakvoort (Associate General Counsel, EMEA), Tesla, Amsterdam, Netherlands
10:15 Refreshment Break
10:45 Recent Developments in Litigation Funding

Third-party litigation funding is increasingly becoming part of the litigation landscape in jurisdictions on both sides of the Atlantic. This session will look at the current position with respect to funding in Europe and North America and will consider the potential impacts of recent court judgments and regulatory threats. Our panel, which will include both litigation lawyers and litigation funders, will also provide their insights as to how funding may develop in the coming years and its likely impact on litigation practice generally.

Michael Byrne (Partner), Matheson, Dublin, Ireland

Susan Dunn (Founder), Harbour, London, England
Jesús Rodrigo Lavilla (CEO), Procurator Litigation Advisors, Madrid, Spain
David H. Levitt (Partner), Hinshaw, Chicago, IL, USA
11:45 ESG Litigation

We are seeing a steady increase in ESG-related litigation across a number of jurisdictions. This panel will consider current and future trends covering various ESG-related actions including environmental litigation, greenwashing claims, supply chain liability issues and investor/shareholder claims. Companies in all sectors are coming under the spotlight for their response to climate change and other sustainability issues which is leading to more litigation and regulatory scrutiny. Global companies need to be ready to best position themselves to avoid or defend claims related to environmental, social and governance policies, practices and disclosures including claims alleging liability for acts of overseas subsidiaries and against directors of companies in their personal capacity. Mitigating the litigation, regulatory and reputational risk of ESG-related claims has never been more important for global companies.

Steven Rosenhek (Counsel), Fasken, Toronto, Canada

Toyja Kelley (Partner), Locke Lord, Washington, D.C., USA
12:45 Lunch
14:15 AI Regulation: The AI Act, New Product Liability Directive and Beyond - Where Are We Now?

The EU remains ahead of the game when it comes to the regulation of AI. This session will look at where we are since the EC’s proposals to regulate AI and reform the product liability regime to take account of AI products and how other key jurisdictions have responded globally.

Philipp Behrendt (Partner), Taylor Wessing, Hamburg, Germany
Susan Gunter (Partner), Dutton Brock, Toronto, Canada

Lindsay Lorimer (Partner), McMillan, Toronto, Canada
Edward Turtle (Associate), Cooley, London, England
Conor Cunningham (Senior Associate), McCann Fitzgerald, Dublin, Ireland
15:15 Refreshment Break
15:45 AI Disruption: Are We Getting Closer to an AI Court Room?

The use of AI in litigation is receiving increasing focus. This session will discuss the ways in which AI is already being used in the conduct of litigation such as e-disclosure and legal research and look at how it will continue to expand and be used in the future. Will robot lawyer services be commonplace? How will AI tools be used to assist with preparing legal arguments, pleadings, witness and expert evidence and what cautionary tales do we need to take note of when considering the use of ChatGPT in the delivery of legal services?

Katie Chandler (Partner), Taylor Wessing, London, England

Alejandro Touriño Pena (Managing Partner), ECIJA, Madrid, Spain
Jon Chan (Senior Managing Director, Technology), FTI Consulting, London, England
18:00 Reception
20:00 Dinner

Keynote Speaker
Sofía Fernández de Mesa, Connecting Visions, Madrid, Spain

Friday, 31 May 2024

Time (CEST) Program
09:00 Opening Remarks
09:15 Doing Business and Resolving Disputes in a Rule of Law Crisis

The panel will shed light on the impact of a rule of law crisis for economic life as well as the effectiveness and reliability of courts in countries affected. We will discuss what happens when lawyers lose the forum for their work when courts cannot be trusted. We will also tell true stories of defending the rule of law by lawyers in their countries. Memento: rule of law is not given forever and cannot be taken for granted.

Ewa Rutkowska (Principal), KRK Legal, Warsaw, Poland

Mikołaj Pietrzak (Dean of the Warsaw Bar Association, Partner), Pietrzak Sidor & Partners Law Firm, Warsaw, Poland
10:15 Refreshment Break
10:45 Cybersecurity Regulation: NIS2, DORA, CRA

The breadth of cybersecurity regulation continues to expand, modernising the legal framework in which an increasing range of businesses now operate. With the Network and Information Security Directive (NIS2) and the Digital Operations Resilience Act coming into force within the next 12 months, and the imminent enactment of the Cyber Resilience Act, our panel will discuss latest developments and best practice in this evolving area.

Jesús Yáñez (Partner), ECIJA, Madrid, Spain

One Alfredo Ruz Caruso (Country Manager), Be Disruptive, Madrid, Spain
Lidia Arranz Angulo (Legal Counsel - Cybersecurity, Litigation & Legal Risk), Banco Santander, Madrid, Spain
12:00 DRI International Business Meeting
13:00 Lunch

Headquarters Hotel Information

The seminar will take place at ECIJA Abogados, Calle Serrano, 69, 28006, Madrid, Spain.
To contact the firm directly, call 34-917-816-160.

No official hotel block or guest room rates have been contracted for this seminar. There are several hotels in the area around ECIJA Abogados. Guest rooms are on a first-come, first-served basis at prevailing rates at the time of booking.

CLE Information

Earn up to TBD hours of continuing legal education hours (CLE) from this seminar.

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