International Business Agreements Summer School
Why you should attend this summer school
Contracts are at the heart of nearly all business transactions and as business becomes increasingly globalised, more and more contracts are negotiated and drafted across international boundaries. Now more than ever you need to ensure that you protect your organisation against contractual risk and draft agreements that satisfy all parties and will be performed as agreed.
This five-day Cambridge Legal Summer School programme includes best practice tools, tips, techniques and sample clauses on all key elements that are essential when drafting and negotiating clear and concise contracts including pre-contract issues; Force Majeure; excluding and limiting contractual liability; managing risk; and international law considerations.
Integrated Practical Workshops
A special feature of the 2013 Summer School is the integrated workshop sessions where delegates will have the opportunity to work through different agreements. Participants will be divided into small working groups to apply ‘in practice and context’ tips and techniques learnt during the course of the programme under the guidance of our expert training faculty.
Who should attend?
This programme has been specifically designed for all professionals concerned with the drafting of cross-border commercial agreements, including:
- In-house lawyers
- Private practice lawyers
- Commercial and contract directors and managers
Learn practical skills, new techniques and tips for drafting effective agreements with a particular focus on:
- Licensing agreements
- Confidentiality agreements
- Agency and distribution agreements
- Joint venture agreements
- International supply contracts
- Share purchase agreements for international acquisitions
Programme - Day 1
Registration and Refreshments
Welcome and introduction
Mastering the skills of international negotiation (1)
- Preparing for negotiations
- Setting objectives and getting started
- Tips for conducting cross-border negotiations
- Make-up of the negotiation team
Mastering the skills of international negotiation (2)
- Negotiating across national and organisational cultures
- Mapping national cultures
- Reconciling differences
- High and low context
- Types of collaborations
- Mapping organisational cultures
- Case studies
Mastering the skills of international negotiation
- Role play session
Key principles and common clauses in international business agreements
- Common law v civil law
- Terms of appointment/length of relationship
- Confidentiality and non-competition
PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: Drafting agency and distribution agreements
- Exclusivity and minimum performance targets
- Definitions of products and territory
- Obligations of the parties
- Intellectual property rights
- Commencement and termination
Programme - Day 2
- Pre-contractual liability
- Types of binding and non-binding documents
- Duties and obligations
- Functions of confidentiality agreements – when are they appropriate and when should they be avoided?
- The basic obligations: confidentiality, non-use, limits on copying, return of information
- Typical negotiating issues and how they are resolved
- Dealing with breaches of confidence
PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: Pre-contract issues and confidentiality
- Drafting typical pre-contract documents
- Drafting confidentiality agreements
Dealing with cross-cultural issues
- Understanding different business environments
- Managing and identifying cultural barriers
- Cross-cultural communication
- Turning cultural differences into business advantages
Key IP law issues in commercial contracts
- Dealing with disputes over IP
PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: Drafting licensing agreements
- Licensing and IP issues
- Financial terms
- Performance obligations and termination rights
- Boilerplate clauses, including law and jurisdiction
Programme - Day 3
EU competition law and its relevance to drafting agreements
- Articles 101 and 102 Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (“TFEU”)
- Scope of EU anti-trust internationally
- Consequences of breach of the rules
- EU regulations applicable to distribution, outsourcing and licensing agreements
- Common pitfalls with agreements and the block exemptions
Exclusions and limitations of liability
- Liability for personal injury or death
- Liability for late delivery, performance and similar
- How to limit the maximum aggregate damages
- Fundamental breach v breach of fundamental obligation
PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: Damages – workshop
- Liquidated damages and penalties defined
- Recoverability of liquidated damages and penalties
- Rules of interpretation and evidence requirement
- Types of contract to which the rules do or do not apply
- Types of clause to which the rules do or do not apply
Drafting international joint venture agreements
- Sharing of risk and investment
- Different types of joint ventures – new entity or contract
- Multi-party ventures
Programme - Day 4
Force Majeure – a common law/civil law comparison
- The concept of Force Majeure
- Chancing circumstances and unforeseen events
- Hardship clauses
- Defining the events
- Typical claims
- The termination period
- The Doctrine of Frustration
- The legal effect
Drafting warranties, guarantees and indemnities in international business agreements
- Contrast between them
- Distinguishing guarantees and indemnities
- Does a guarantee vary the agreement?
- Recent cases
PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: Drafting contract clauses with financial implications
- Price, variation and escalation clauses
- Payment terms
- Currency clauses
- Time is of the essence
Choice of law, jurisdiction and ADR and disputes
- How to choose the governing law and jurisdiction
- Selecting the forum
- Impact of international treaties and enforcement
- Use of arbitration
- Alternatives – mediation
PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: Key clauses and how they are interpreted in different jurisdictions
A practical workshop where common clauses will be examined and compared to highlight
- How they are interpreted differently in different jurisdictions
- How these impact agreements
- Drafting tips to protect against risk
Programme - Day 5
Drafting and understanding boilerplate clauses
- Transferring contractual benefits, rights and obligations
- Waiver clauses
- Interpretation section
- Term and termination
- Entire agreement
Share Purchase Agreements
- What drives M&A documentation?
- Common law versus civil law
- English law in an acquisition of a non-UK company
- English law SPA structure
- Representation, warranty and indemnity
- Limitations to seller’s liability
- Take-over documentation
CASE STUDY: Share Purchase Agreements
A case study comparing common and civil law approaches to M&A documentation: negotiating key provisions of a SPA governed by English law/civil law.
PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: Drafting arbitration and ADR clauses
- Standard arbitration clauses (ICC, LCIA, AAA etc)
- UNCITRAL ad hoc arbitration clauses
- Bifurcation clauses (state courts and arbitration)
- ADR clauses (boilerplate, ICC and special purpose clauses
Venue - The Moller Centre
The Moller Centre
Cambridge CB3 0DE, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1223 465500
Set in the heart of Cambridge, one of Englands most famous centres of learning the Møller Centre accommodation has a fresh contemporary style and provides comfort and space for relaxing or studying. Some leisure facilities are available on site including a fitness suite, squash and tennis courts. Wireless broadband access is available throughout the centre.
Accommodation is included for the nights of the 17-21 August 2014. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are also included for the duration of your stay. If you would like to extend the length of your stay or bring a spouse there is an extra charge for this.
Please contact Falconbury Customer Services for more information on +44 (0)20 7729 6677 or contact use via our contact form
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Timetable and Networking Programme
This series has been developed to provide in-house lawyers and contract executives with a focused learning opportunity that takes them outside of the office environment and allows them to benefit from being away from the daily challenges of their role, mix with colleagues from other organisations and concentrate on developing their commercial, professional, personal and technical skills.
Become part of the Falconbury Legal Summer School Alumni by attending this series and you will access a new international network of legal colleagues. Meet and network in the exclusive learning environment created annually by our legal summer school series set in the heart of Cambridge.
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Welcome drinks followed by dinner will be at 19.00 on Sunday 17 August 2014. All participants are invited to attend and meet the rest of the group and the Falconbury representatives before the official registration. Light refreshments will be available from 14.00 on request.
Registration will take place on Monday 18 August 2014 from 09.00 – 09.30. Each day will have refreshment breaks and one hour scheduled for lunch. The final day will finish earlier to allow time for your travel home.
Social and networking programme
The Falconbury Legal Summer Schools provide participants with many social networking opportunities with other legal professionals from all over the world. Group activities include a Welcome Dinner, an evening BBQ, a walking tour of Cambridge and punting on the river. The social programme is a fantastic opportunity to meet and benefit from the experience of other international legal professionals, attending any of the summer schools, and to make lasting connections.
Each participant is also provided with a FREE copy of Speak the Culture Britain, a cultural guide to spending time in the UK to facilitate your trip and any further travel you maybe thinking of completing while you are here.
Delegates are also given ample free time in the evenings making it a great opportunity to see some of the famous architectural sights including:
- Queens College
- The Mathematical Bridge
- Botanic Garden of Cambridge University
- Kings College and Chapel
The expert faculty
Summer School director
Arun Singh (Prof) OBE, FRSA is an international lawyer and consultant to an international law firm. He was formerly a partner and Head of Commercial Law at KPMGLegal and partner at Masons (now Pinsent Masons). Arun has advised on disputes and collaborations in a wide range of jurisdictions including inn Europe, countries in West and East Africa, India, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Pakistan, Libya, Jordan, Syria, the U.S., Caribbean, Russia, Israel, Lebanon, Egypt, Thailand, Singapore. Arun is cited and ranked in Chambers Guide of the World’s Leading Lawyers. He concentrates on international investment, joint ventures, licensing of technology, research and development, M&A, energy, outsourcing and corporate governance in developed and emerging markets. He also handles international legal risk management matters. He is a Visiting Professor in International Business, Leadership and Negotiations at Salford University Business School, Senior Associate at Oxford University’s Institute of Legal Practice and teaches international leadership and negotiations at the University of Cambridge. He has facilitated programmes in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the U.S.
Summer School faculty of presenters
Nick Gavin-Brown is a dual qualified solicitor (England & Wales and Hong Kong) at Pinsent Masons where he specialises in complex financial restructurings. Nick advises lenders, insolvency practitioners, distressed debt investors and corporates in relation to debt restructuring, security and insolvency related issues. He has particular experience in the construction, mining and house building sectors. Nick spent two and a half years practising in Hong Kong, where he undertook a broad variety of corporate and financing work including secured financing and general corporate financing.
Colin McCall is a senior associate in Taylor Wessing’s Intellectual Property Department. His practice focuses on the technology (with a particular focus on clean technology) of life sciences and healthcare sectors, and he advises on both non-contentious and contentious matters. Key areas include intellectual property disputes, commercial agreements including patent and know-how licensing, research and development agreements, collaborations, distribution agreements and contract disputes.
Paul Oxnard is a partner in the London office of Squire Sanders Hammonds. Paul has over 20 years of experience dealing with high value commercial litigation, and international and domestic arbitration matters. He has been instrumental in developing the firm’s marketleading Alternative Dispute Resolution practice in the UK. Paul has particular experience in relation to disputes in the heavy engineering, energy and telecoms sectors and white collar fraud, injunctive work. He also specialises in EU public procurement regulations related issues. Paul is recommended in the Legal 500, 2010 for his ‘tenacious approach, attention to detail, and drafting skills’.
Andre Pretorius is a partner in the London office of Herbert Smith specialising in anti-trust law. He has had very wide exposure to international work: after being a paralegal in the firm’s Brussels office, he did one of his trainee seats in Hong Kong. Since then work has taken him to Malaysia, India, Sweden, Germany, Belgium and Italy.
Eero Rautalahti is a partner in the London office of Edwards Wildman. He specialises on advising investment banks and listed companies on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions. He is both a civil law trained lawyer and an English solicitor and has advised on several high-profile public and private M&A transactions involving targets in several jurisdictions, such as the Ukraine, Portugal, Poland, UK, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Australia, Spain and the United States.
Susan Singleton is a solicitor with her own London firm, Singletons, which specialises in intellectual property law, including trade marks and competition law and Internet law and general commercial law. She founded her own firm in 1994 and since then she has advised over 700 clients. According to the Chambers and Partners Legal Directory, she is one of the UK’s leading IT Lawyers. She acted for the claimant in the first damages action for breach of the EU competition rules to come before the English courts Arkin v Borchard and Others. Her clients range from major Plcs and institutions to small start up businesses. She is the author of over 30 law books on topics such as Internet and ecommerce law, competition law, commercial agency law, data protection legislation and intellectual property and writes many legal articles.
Cerys Wyn-Davies is a partner at Pinsent Masons. She specialises in intellectual property, information technology and information law and has extensive experience advising major public companies, banks, universities and government bodies. Cerys has an in-depth experience of all areas of intellectual property, information technology and information law, in particular many years’ experience advising on technology licensing, confidentiality, evaluation, collaboration, research and development and licensing agreements, intellectual asset management, IT procurement, outsourcing and data protection in a wide variety of sectors and industries including the technology, manufacturing, automotive and life sciences sectors.
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What previous delegates say...
“Very informative, good content”
Waleed Mahmoud Moham Saeed, Director Legal Affairs, Mobily Etihad Etisalat
“Very good opportunity to share your experience and improve your skills”
Salima Fiandca, Manager – Legal Affairs, Helsinn Healthcare SA, Switzerland
“Course was practical, useful and gave a wide but depth overview of English law and of the main issues of international agreement. Showing experiences of all attendees was interesting and useful”
Stefano Negrini, Lawyer, Studio Legale Negrini
“Thanks so much for the valuable time, useful sessions, and the presenters are professional”
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“Presentation was excellent”
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