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Jun 27 2016

Navigating the EU-US Privacy Shield and the General Data Protection Regulation – Latest on What US Associations Need to Know

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The past months have seen two key developments in the field of data privacy in Europe which are set to a have a significant impact on Associations operating in both the US and Europe that handle personal data; the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework and the General Data Protection Regulation.

 

 

The EU-US Privacy Shield Framework, while still at a drafting stage compared to the now defunct Safe Harbour Framework, and the new EU General Data Protection Regulation, a 200-page piece of legislation that will come into effect in 2018, introduce stronger obligations and Increased fines for breaches.

The recent vote in Britain to leave the EU does not diminish the importance of these issues as there will be a mandatory two year minimum period in which the UK remains a member of the EU while an exit is negotiated. During this time all existing legislation (including GDPR) will continue as before.

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MCI Brussels and Globalaw, a leading global legal network of 110 firms with over 4,500 lawyers in over 165 cities, will host a LIVE webinar on Tuesday, 12 July at 1000 am EDT.   

Essential information on the key changes expected in privacy rules, the repercussions of the GDPR, the costs of non-compliance and how Associations operating in both the US and Europe can best adapt in this transitional phase will be discussed by a panel of legal experts from the US and EU.

Featured Speakers

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Karin McGinnis, Attorney, Member, Moore & Van Allen, PLLC,  USA

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Susanne Klein LL.M., Rechtsanwältin (Lawyer), GÖHMANN Rechtsanwälte, Germany

 

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Dr. Benno Barnitzke, Rechtsanwalt (Lawyer), GÖHMANN Rechtsanwälte, Germany

 Key Topics to be addressed:

  1. Setting the scene: the Privacy Shield and the GDPR

  2. US and European Perspectives on the Schrems Case   (The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued the final ruling in Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner (Case C-362/14) on October 6, 2015. The Court invalidated the Safe Harbor arrangement, which governs data transfers between the EU and the US.)

  3. Transatlantic Data Transfers: Challenges and Alternative Tools to Safe Harbour

  4. The General Data Protection Regulation: the Issue of Consent

  5. Looking Ahead: Practical Steps for US Associations

Time will be reserved for questions.

To Register for the July 12 LIVE Webinar

Register now for this important session while seats last from the Globalaw website!   Follow this link to register.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

May 04 2016

Doing Business in the Middle East Briefing, Panel and Lunch – June 7 and 15

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Sector Opportunities

The prosperity and progress of people dwelling beside the Mediterranean Sea and the Gulf of Arabia have been intertwined for more than 6,000 years. Through the centuries, trade and the presence of global powers have created a vast cultural and economic melting pot. Today, a shared heritage underpins massive flows of goods, investment and people. And a process of renewal and convergence is underway, as countries restore connections and rebuild historic strengths. The region known as The Middle East, North Africa (MENA) is composed of 17 countries, speaking 20 languages with a population of over 411,000,000.  The area is composed of some of the highest GDP’s in the world. With the quest to diversify from the dependence on oil and gas reserves to fuel the economies, opportunities for US associations are extensive.

Business services (IT, customer and business process centers) come out as the most dynamic market segment accounting for 12% to 17% of projects in all subregions. Moreover, the digital economy (ICT services and software development) emerges as another strong driver of investment across the region,
reflecting both the development of its industrial and consumer markets, and the increasing availability of a skilled workforce.   Financial services (banking, trading and insurance) have also become a pillar of greenfield investment, particularly toward the Gulf, Middle East and North African areas (12% of projects).  Process industries remain a strong magnet for FDI as the chemicals, machinery and electronics sectors appear to have a good hold in the Middle East.

International investors are looking for new market opportunities everywhere in the region. New sales and marketing operations capture the largest share of investment in four of the five subregions, where they account for 40% to 50% of respective new investments.  In addition, many companies have established manufacturing operations to serve rapid-growth economies of the region and mature European markets.  Business support services draw almost a quarter of FDI each in North Africa, the Middle East and the GCC region, as multinationals and outsourcers established more and more nearshore back offices.

Attend a Special Briefing & Panel June 7 and 15

If your association is considering expanding into MENA, then you will not want to miss Doing Business in MENA panel discussion and luncheon on:

Panellists will include executives from ASCP and the American Urological Association who will share how US associations are growing in the region and the opportunities and ingredients for success. Through presentations and interactive discussions, you will learn successful strategies and concrete examples from organizations that are selling products and organizing events in the GCC and greater MENA.

This event is free of charge and open to associations only. For more information and to register, please click on the links above for either Chicago or Washington DC.

Our program is sponsored by Emirates Airlines and Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts.

Jan 11 2016

Doing Business in Singapore & Southeast Asia Briefing, Panel and Lunch – Feb 23 and 25

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Southeast Asia is one of the fastest growing regions of the world. Revenues of organizations based in this region have grown from 7.5% in 2014 to an estimated 9.3% in 2015. Only China has grown at a more robust rate. More growth for SE Asia is expect in 2016 and beyond.

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Due to this continued growth, US based associations are finding opportunities to expand into this region, and Singapore has been a natural base for regional outreach. Ranked the world’s number one business-friendly economy in the world according to a report by The World Bank and International Finance Corporation, Singapore is home to over 150 International Organisations and more than 7,000 multi-national companies with regional operations. The strategic location of Singapore connects to the world’s biggest market, with more than 100 airlines flying to 300 countries worldwide and has an access to 4 billion people within a 7- hour flight radius.

The appeal of Singapore to associations, besides its strategic location in Asia, includes the multi-value propositions of a modern cosmopolitan city, excellent connectivity throughout the region and to the rest of the world, state-of-the-art operations and logistics infrastructure, leading edge meeting and convention facilities, strong and stable financial and geo-political status; coupled with its multi-ethnicity and cultural diversity, that offers any newcomer an unforgettable experience and yet provides an environment that is receptive to new influences and the ease of assimilation.

As a nation, Singapore is well-known for its effectiveness, reliability and a consistent enforcer of intellectual property rights; key ingredients for any association keen to establish a presence in Singapore. The government is vastly pro-investment, maintaining a competitive tax strategy and a slew of incentive programmes to encourage and assist in incubating both profit and non-profit organisations.

As Asia’s leading destination for conferences, it comes as no surprise that Singapore was also ranked by the Union of International Associations as the Top International Meeting Country in 2011 and Top International Meeting City for five consecutive years, and Asia’s Top Convention City for twelve consecutive years by the International Congress and Convention Association. With over 50,000 hotel rooms and 50 million passengers passing through the airport, and home to many regional corporate offices, the republic is well poised as a “gateway” to Asia.

Attend a Special Briefing & Panel Feb 23 and 25

If your association is considering expanding into Asia, then you will not want to miss Doing Business in Singapore & Southeast Asia panel discussion and luncheon on:

Panellists will include executives from American Society for Quality, CFA Institute and American Counseling Association who will share how US associations are growing in the region and the opportunities and ingredients for success. Through presentations and interactive discussions, you will learn successful strategies and concrete examples from organisations that are selling products and organising events in Singapore and Southeast Asia.

This event is free of charge and open to associations only. For more information and to register, please click on the links above for either Chicago or Alexandria Va (Washington DC area).

 

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