Baker & McKenzie – International M&A
We were the first law firm to go international and now, with 77 offices in 47 countries, we are the premier global law firm. Our bread-and-butter work consists of advising large, multinational clients on complex cross-border transactions. When managing those deals, legal expertise only gets us so far: effective project management and an acute understanding of local markets and cultures is key. During this workshop, we will discuss the dynamics of complex international M&A projects, and explain some of the key challenges and issues that we face on a daily basis, as well as outlining the role taken by each member of the team. There will then be an interactive session, focusing on a case study around key issues which regularly come up in cross-border M&A deals.

Cooley (UK) LLP – Life cycle of a company
Cooley is well known for its first-class work with emerging companies, particularly in the technology space. Come and join some of the lawyers and trainees in this fun and interactive session where we discuss how Cooley lawyers work with the founders of a new company from formation; working together to structure the new business and prepare it for initial financing. We will then move on to ‘going public’ and the initial public offering (IPO), including a discussion of when and why companies go public, the roles that lawyers and investment bankers play in these transactions, and the general steps in a typical IPO. Finally, we’ll move onto the sale of a company. We’ll discuss mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions, including examining the different types of transaction (eg, private v public company transactions), reasons a company might want to be sold, the process of locating a potential buyer and the general steps in a typical M&A transaction. A tall order in the time we have available, but Cooley lawyers relish a challenge!

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP - Private wealth
Charles Russell Speechlys is one of a small number of law firms which provides personalised, considered advice to dynamic and entrepreneurial organisations, as well as astutely commercial advice to individuals and their families. During this interactive workshop you will be presented with a private wealth case study and asked to consider how you can meet the needs of your client by working with the various departments within Charles Russell Speechlys. You'll then be able to discuss your findings and share real-life examples with some of our lawyers.

Clyde & Co LLP - Insurance/professional indemnity
Clyde & Co's experience in the professional practices sector is second-to-none and its lawyers are experts in their fields. Come along and find out more at this interactive session where in small groups you will explore the life of a claim through to trial; consider a claim for negligence against insured solicitors and explore the arguments to be made in their defence; and discuss which documents to disclose and the witnesses and experts you would wish to rely on. You will also have the opportunity to hear war stories from some of Clyde & Co's lawyers who will be running the workshop.

Howard Kennedy LLP - Commercial real estate
Howard Kennedy is a firm well known for its expertise in real estate, acting for a number of high-profile developers. This interactive workshop will feature a case study of a high-profile development in vibrant East London, looking at the different stages a developer must go through, including funding, planning, construction and occupation/leases. Attendees will identify the different considerations needed at each stage and work out what order these strands would be in the context of the transaction as a whole. Attendees will also participate in a practical exercise involving a contract negotiation. This specialisation suits people who enjoy a fast-paced environment and who are looking for a broad spectrum of work.

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP - Debt finance
Our workshop will introduce you to the world of debt finance for private equity acquisitions, through an interactive mock transaction. You will follow the deal from our client’s original bid to financial close, proving along the way that you can think commercially, spot problems and solve them, and pick up on all the details that will ensure the deal runs smoothly. The session will be led by a partner, an associate and a trainee, who will demonstrate the role finance lawyers play at each level. It will involve you working together in small groups.

Ropes & Gray International LLP - Negotiating commercial contracts
Our workshop will enable participants to take an active role in a negotiation skills exercise with the opportunity for feedback at the end of the session. The attendees will be separated into groups and will be given information to enable them to negotiate the key commercial terms of a contract, keeping in mind the interests of their respective clients. The workshop is designed to be a fast-paced, real-life example of negotiating techniques and tactics, which will encourage delegates to collaborate in an interactive environment. The workshop will be hosted by senior solicitors from Ropes & Gray, who have extensive experience with negotiating complex commercial agreements as part of high value transactions. The firm's representatives will put the case study into practical context and explain how the exercise is designed to draw out some of the key issues of relevance to the firm's clients. The case study is designed to leave delegates with transferable skills, which should be useful in any practice area.

Sidley Austin - Tax and funds
As part of one of the world's largest full-service law firms, the tax team in Sidley Austin's London office advises on both the UK and international tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and insolvency, capital markets, banking and structured finance and international investment funds, as well as the resolution of tax controversies, including tax-related litigation. This tax workshop will be an interactive session lead by a partner focusing on our tax practice.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP - Anatomy of an asset finance transaction
Our workshop will feature a breakdown of some of the key considerations in structuring and documenting an asset finance transaction, including a trainee/junior associate's role. This will be an interactive session which will include discussion of a case study.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges - Private equity
Our workshop will be an interactive introduction to the world of private equity, including an explanation of what private equity is, how private equity transactions are structured and financed, and the role that lawyers play.

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