Dealer’s Choice

The 2020 Dealer’s Choice Summit is the annual can’t-miss gathering ever of CEE-interested legal practitioners from around the world, offering attendees both unparalleled networking opportunities and a series of expert panel discussions on a critical matters of professional interest. This year’s event, co-hosted by Slaughter and May, will be the largest yet, with experts providing in-depth status updates of the political developments in the region as they have affected and are likely to affect foreign investment and law firm business, a review of the best ways to establish and improve the relationship between international law firms and local firms coordinating client service on the ground, and more. To conclude the event, a CEE Legal Matters Special Panel consisting of leading international experts will clarify how law firms can assess the risk of potential bribery and corruption charges, as well as how they can deal with the fallout from actual bribery/corruption charges once they are brought.

07:45 am - 16:30 pm Dealer's Choice

8:30 am - 8:45 am
Welcome and Opening Comments

Welcome and Opening Comments

The Dealer’s Choice international law firm forum gathers legal practitioners from around the world for a series of panel discussions on a matters of universal interest to law firms and the lawyers who work within them.

8:45 am - 9:30 am
Political Status Check

Political Status Check

Investors in CEE need to stay informed of the political risks and opportunities in this fascinating part of the world. Our panelists will provide valuable and candid information about the controversial governments, ongoing conflicts, and disputed territories in the region, and their effect on the security of foreign (and domestic) investment.

Speaker:
TBA
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Outsider Looking In

Outsider Looking In

Partners from leading law firms around the world discuss the ways they and their clients see Central and Eastern Europe, from particularly interesting investment opportunities to the challenges of finding competent legal counsel on the ground.

Speaker:
TBA
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Referral Relationships

Referral Relationships

With investors increasingly mobile and committed to pursuing unique opportunities wherever in the world they appear, the ability of lawyers to find reliable, efficient, trustworthy on-the-ground assistance in foreign countries is critical, and the relationship between large international firms outside the region and the domestic firms in CEE has never been more important.

What are both sides looking for, exactly? How should local firms identify themselves to international or regional counterparts as appropriate partners? What added value should firms employ to maintain existing partnerships? Who *is* the client, exactly, and how should fees be divided and negotiated? Our expert panelists, drawn from international, regional, and domestic firms, share their insights and perspectives on this critical topic.

Speaker:
TBA
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Bribery and Corruption: Assessing the Risks and Dealing with the Fallout

Bribery and Corruption: Assessing the Risks and Dealing with the Fallout

A session designed to help understand the scope and significance of international investigations to provide critical information on how to navigate through them when necessary — and avoid them when possible. A remarkable panel of international experts will present information on, among other topics, sources of information for investigators; behaviors likely to trigger a law enforcement investigation; different prosecutorial cultures; cooperation between agencies nationally and internationally; corporate investigations; self-reporting/disclosures; Deferred Prosecution Agreements; and likely future changes.

Speaker:
TBA
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Final Comments

Final Comments

The Dealer’s Choice international law firm forum gathers legal practitioners from around the world for a series of panel discussions on a matters of universal interest to law firms and the lawyers who work within them.

Deal of the Year Awards Ceremony

The CEE Deal of the Year Awards Banquet is an annual celebration of CEE's legal markets and the lawyers who work within them. With good food, live entertainment, this is the social event of the year for the business lawyers who help construct the region’s present … and shape its future.

6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Deal of the Year Awards Ceremony

Deal of the Year Awards Ceremony

The peer-selected CEE Deal of the Year Awards are the most prestigious and eagerly-awaited awards of the year for high achieving legal practitioners in Central and Eastern Europe, and the annual Awards Banquet is a unique celebration of the largest, most significant, and most complex deals in Central and Eastern Europe. With live music, good food, and high stakes, this is the social event of the year for the commercial lawyers who play such a major role in constructing CEE’s present … and shaping its future.