Risk and Compliance for Law Firms Amsterdam 2017

Comply with international, European and UK regulation and legislation as a legal services business. Register your place at this intimate one-day event for risk and compliance professionals working in law firms and gain a comprehensive overview of the headline compliance challenges facing your business this year.

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09:00 Registration and refreshments

09:30 Introduction, regulation and overview by the Chair

  • Identifying risks to law firms in Europe
  • The development of global firms
  • Life after the Panama Papers
  • Regulatory reform
  • Managing the risks

Frank Maher, Partner, Legal Risk

10:00 The Panama Papers and the global clampdown on tax evasion

  • Under scrutiny: professional secrecy and legal professional privilege
  • Fourth Money Laundering Directive implementation — what's the UK approach?
  • When does avoidance become evasion and how do you manage this risk?
  • The challenges verifying beneficial ownership and funds' legitimacy

Sue Mawdsley, Partner, Legal Risk

10:45 Morning break

11:00 Cyber security and insurance coverage

  • When will a policy pay out?
  • Identifying and evaluating exclusion clauses; what have firms experienced so far?
  • How does insurance coverage apply to fines and public policy?

Sarah Stephens, Cyber, Technology and Media E&O, JLT Speciality

11:45 Cross-border data transfers

  • Schrems case, Safe Harbour and the latest on the Privacy Shield
  • Cloud services: an additional data protection risk and compliance challenge?
  • Managing conflict between compliance regimes across sector suppliers
  • Is data compliance now about ticking boxes rather than building trust?
  • Complying with the regulations when transferring data using the USA Patriot Act

Speaker details coming soon

12:30 Networking lunch

13:30 International law firm structures

  • Mergers and acquisitions - what are the best structures?
  • 'One firm'  – or is it just branding?
  • Use of the Swiss Verein structure: financial benefits, professional liabilities, data sharing
  • Client consent and sharing between separate entities

Alan Hodgart, Managing Director, Hodgart Associates

14:15 Managing international conflicts of interest

  • Lessons learned – where it went wrong
  • Client demands – outside counsel guidelines
  • The US experience of client waivers

Frank Maher, Partner, Legal Risk

15:00 Afternoon break

15:15 Sanctions update

  • Current international sanctions framework
  • Recent developments in the Netherlands
  • Types of sanctions, violations and penalties
  • The regulator's current position and outlook
  • What's going to happen? Russia – EU overview; Trump

Anke Feenstra, Partner, Hertoghs Advocaten

16:00 The game changer in risk and compliance management: has artificial intelligence come of age in 2017?

Our panel of experts will explore the issues, including:

  • Is AI a marriage of lawyer and technology or the end of a career break?
  • AI and the blockchain – will 2017 be the breakthrough year?
  • Known unknowns: managing new technology risks
  • Looking to the legal tech start-ups

Moderator: Frank Maher, Partner, Legal Risk


Alan Hodgart, Managing Director, Hodgart Associates

16:30 Chair's closing remarks

16:40 Close of conference

Full Description

Register your place to:

  • NEW for 2017: Prepare for the new and developing tax evasion regimes with implications for professional privilege

  • NEW for 2017: Identify solutions to the ongoing challenges of cross-border data transfers in a session preparing you for the countdown to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

  • Develop actionable strategies to help you prepare for an evolving regulatory landscape

  • Get answers to your most pressing questions during Q&A sessions with our line-up of expert risk and compliance speakers

  • Stay abreast of economic sanctions as these rise up the agenda in response to geo-political change

  • Evaluate the benefits of cyber security insurance to ensure your firm has adequate protection

  • Cross-check expertise and listen to a range of perspectives via an interactive panel session

  • Learn and share best practice approaches to cross-border risk and compliance

  • Develop new relationships with like-minded professionals

Make sure you're prepared for a year of evolving operational and risk processes. Comply with international, European and UK regulation and legislation as a legal services business

Designed to be an intimate forum uniting risk and compliance partners, lawyers and managers from across Europe, you'll leave the day with a comprehensive understanding of the headline compliance issues.

This seminar is suitable for international and national firms alike, as it takes an international problem-solving approach to legal services compliance. And with the world becoming increasingly smaller, it makes sense to be aware of the risks that can arise when you do business with another jurisdiction, since your clients will increasingly have their own international connections.

What's new for 2017?

  • Manage the effects of disruptive/enabling technology
  • Track ongoing risk to professional privilege as a result of a clampdown on tax evasion

A trusted source for risk and compliance professionals

ARK Group is well regarded for providing market-leading risk and compliance learning for legal services businesses in the UK for over twelve years. In 2017, we return to Amsterdam for the second risk and compliance programme for risk and compliance professionals.

Confirmed organisations speaking at this conference

  • Legal Risk
  • Hertoghs Advocaten
  • JLT Speciality Ltd
  • Indica
  • Artificial Lawyer

This 7 hour programme will run from 9.00am to 4.30pm enabling you to make flight and rail connections if you are travelling internationally. Confidently respond to growing compliance burdens this year. Register your place today. 

Register your place early and take advantage of our early bird saver rates

Save £100 when you book your place before Thursday 20 April. Pay £395

You'll pay £495 for your place after Thursday 20 April. Don't miss out on your £100 saving - register today