ABA Business Law Section hosts annual meeting

The American Bar Association Business Law Section will host its 2016 Annual Meeting later this week at the Marriott Copley Place in Boston.

More than 1,600 registrants — including top U.S. enforcement officers — from around the world are expected to attend the more than 80 sessions scheduled Thursday through Saturday, covering more than 50 business law-related practice areas.

Richard “Dick” Pound, who helped build the modern Olympic Games into a multibillion dollar enterprise, will be the keynote speaker for the section luncheon on Friday.

A senior tax litigator in the Montreal office of Stikeman Elliott, Poun served as vice president of the International Olympic Committee (including chairing the committee that investigated bribery by cities seeking to host games) and was president of the World Anti-Doping Agency from 1999-2007.

Pound was named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in 2005.”

Program highlights include:

• “60 Minutes, Panama Papers, CDD Financial Institution Rules; Developments Affecting Attorneys” — Following the “60 Minutes” television program on attorneys and money-laundering clients and the recent developments of the Panama Papers disclosures, there is a need for updates and understanding of the related issues and concerns for attorneys. The program will cover the issues related to law enforcement obtaining business entity-beneficial ownership information and client due diligence.

• “The Government’s Role in Your Cyber Incident: Friend, Foe or Both?” — This program will explore governmental roles in cyber information sharing, the development of cybersecurity standards and other key regulatory issues. Panelists also will discuss the benefits and costs of interacting with federal law enforcement agencies in the investigation of different types of cyber incidents, and will highlight key issues in civil and criminal litigation/trials relating to organizational cyber incidents.

• “Elections Have Consequences: An Examination of the 2016 Elections, the Respective Candidates’ Post-Election Legislative Agendas and the Impact on You and Your Clients” — This program will provide an overview of campaign finance, lobbying and election law issues business lawyers need to be mindful of during presidential elections. The panel will discuss best practices when getting involved in the political process and identify key post-election issues and policy decisions.

• “Whither Europe: Brexit and the EU, Trends and Consequences” — This panel of lawyers from a number of EU member states will discuss the legal framework of the “Brexit” process, near-term steps that can be predicted with relative certainty and the implications for both the U.K. and EU.


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