14 July 2022 - 28 September 2022, Online

The Law and the Little Things Microaggressions in the workplace online

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP

WHERE : Online

WHEN:  Thursday 14th July

Most organisations today recognise the importance of equity, diversity and inclusion within their workplaces, in particular, how to build an inclusive culture.  However, organisations need to go beyond warm words to deliver on commitments in practice.

This webinar series will address subtle aspects of discrimination in the workplace in the form of microaggressions. It will aim to bring these issues to life and help leaders develop their awareness and understanding of the impact of behaviours that many write off as too trivial to mention; the little things that just happen.  Though “little” in name, these occurrences can become large by nature, and businesses must be aware of the deep and often devastating impact of ignoring them.

In each monthly 45-minute session, a diverse panel of speakers will focus on an area where microaggressions are prevalent and discuss:

  • the historical and cultural context for specific microaggressions
  • real-life experience and impact of microaggressions
  • how the law addresses them (or doesn’t as the case may be)
  • what steps organisations can take from a policy and good practice perspective to tackle the issue


This session is ideal for anyone who has an active interest in driving forward long term, sustained cultural change within their organisation including business leaders, HR professionals, GCs and legal teams.

This series will kick off with our first session on afro hair discrimination on Wednesday, 25 May, and we look forward to you joining us. Please register for this and as many sessions as you would like by using the link below.

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Wednesday, 25 May


Hair we go again ...

Understanding hair discrimination

In this session we will look at the treatment experienced by many individuals (specifically women) with afro hair.


Thursday, 23 June


“Don’t Sweat It”

Microaggressions toward menopause

By looking at microaggressions commonly exhibited towards women in connection with menopause, we will consider whether employers should do more and why.


Thursday, 14 July


A touch of class

Social mobility: the impact of microaggression on the workplace - why care?

Microaggressions in this area are often the most innocuous on the face of it. This session will examine every-day behaviours which operate to exclude people based on their social profile.


Wednesday, 28 September


Keep the faith

Calling out subtle and not-so-subtle islamophobia in the workplace.

In this session we will discuss microaggressions in the context of islamophobia, particularly drawing on unfortunate lived experience.


Wednesday, 19 October


Pushy Little Things

Microaggressions toward females in positions of power in the business context.

We will explore some of the more common microaggressions in this space, with a focus on importance of appearance, differing perceptions of strong women (feisty) vs strong men (leaders) and assumptions about career aspirations.


Wednesday, 23 November


The Genderbread Person: a bitesize discussion

Covert discrimination or otherization of people in the LGBTQ+ community.

In the final session of this series, we will be looking at microaggressions experienced by people in the LGBTQ+ community.

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31 August 2022 - 23 September 2022, Online

AAIL x DVC x LIDC HK International Competition Law Webinar Series online

Des Voeux Chambers

AAIL x DVC x LIDC HK International Competition Law Webinar Series 


Date: 31 August, 15 & 23 September 2022

Competition law has become an international phenomenon with increasing importance in today’s globalised world. Starting 31 August, Des Voeux Chambers will collaborate with the Asian Academy of International Law (AAIL) and the International League of Competition Law (HK Chapter) to launch a three-session webinar series to introduce a general principles of competition law and some of the major regimes at domestic levels (Session 1 on 31/8), share insights on how to approach novel and difficult competition issues related to E-commerce (Session 2 on 15/9), and to discuss practical considerations for potential defendants in preparing for and defending claims arising from national and international cartels and other anti-competitive practices (Session 3 on 23/9).

在世界全球化的发展格局之下,竞争法(competition law)的重要性日益增加。德辅大律师事务所(Des Voeux Chambers)将与亚洲国际法律研究院(Asian Academy of International Law (AAIL))以及国际竞争法联盟香港分会(International League of Competition Law (HK Chapter))共同举办系列网络研讨会,介绍竞争法的基本原则以及竞争法在主要司法辖区内的制度概览(8月31日第一节),讲者亦会分享如何处理电子商务行业中有关竞争法的疑难解答(9月15日第二节),以及通过讲者特别精选的几宗涉及国内外同业联盟(Cartels)或其他反竞争行为(anti-competitive practices)的案例,探讨竞争法在私人执行领域的迅速发展趋势。(9月23日第三节)。

Session 1 (31 Aug 2022)  网络研讨会详情如下: 2022 8 31   第一节

International Competition Law – Internationalising Competition Law: Prospects and Challenges

国际竞争法 竞争法国际化的前景与挑战

Despite being relatively new to Hong Kong and some parts of Asia, competition law has become an international phenomenon with increasing importance in today’s globalised world. The purpose of this webinar is to provide an introduction to a general principles of competition law and a brief overview of some of the major competition regimes at a domestic level. The challenges of applying competition law to cross-border anti-competitive practices will be highlighted.


Topics planned include:  研讨会主要内容包括:

  1. The basics of competition law; 竞争法的基本原则;
  2. Overview of major competition regimes: China, EU, and the US; 主要竞争法司法辖区(中国、欧盟及美国)的制度概览;
  3. The internationalisation of competition law; and 竞争法的国际化;及
  4. The Cross-border anti-competitive practices: Challenges and potential solutions. 跨境反竞争行为带来的挑战及解决方案。



Adrian Lai

  • Deputy Secretary General and Co-Convenor of the Advisory Board, Asian Academy of International Law
  • Barrister, Des Voeux Chambers


Kelvin Kwok

  • Barrister, Des Voeux Chambers
  • Associate Professor, Faculty of Law of The University of Hong Kong

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Session 2 (15 Sept 2022)  2022 9 15 第二节

International Competition Law - E-Commerce and Competition Law

国际竞争法 —— 电子商务与竞争法

The onset of the COVID-19 crisis has led to a significant limitation of physical interactions, and the corresponding rise of e-commerce platforms for the provision of various goods and services. The structure and characteristics of such platforms give rise to novel and difficult competition law issues that competition authorities and e-commerce platforms in various jurisdictions have to properly approach and tackle. 

In this webinar, Connie Lee and Joshua Yeung of Des Voeux Chambers will share their insights on how to approach this novel hot topic. 

新冠肺炎疫情的爆发严重限制了实体经济的发展,随之兴起的则是提供线上商品及服务的电子商务平台。在这一背景下,对于竞争法来说,电子商务平台的结构和特质同时亦产生了一系列新颖和棘手的竞争法问题。对此,各司法辖区内的竞争法监管机构以及电子商务平台自身应当正确面对并且妥善处理。 李匡怡大律师与杨璟麟大律师将会在第二节研讨会中就该热点问题分享见解。

Key issues that will be discussed include:  研讨会主要内容包括:

  1. market definition for e-commerce companies; 电子商务公司的市场定义
  2. the effect of pricing structures and algorithms on competition law; and 定价结构(pricing structures)与演算法(algorithms)对竞争法的影响
  3. downstream arrangements by e-commerce platforms to suppliers and retailers. 电商平台对下游供应商及零售商的安排


Kelvin Kwok

  • Barrister, Des Voeux Chambers
  • Associate Professor, Faculty of Law of The University of Hong Kong


Connie Lee

  • Barrister, Des Voeux Chambers

Joshua Yeung

  • Barrister, Des Voeux Chambers

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Session 3 (23 Sept 2022)  2022 9 23 第三节

Litigating Private Competition Claims: Key Lessons from Recent Developments

国际竞争法 根据竞争法提起的私人诉讼:近期发展的启示

Private enforcement of competition law is increasingly important. This is demonstrated by the growing number of claims for damages and/or other remedies arising from national and international cartels and other anti-competitive practices.

This webinar aims to explore this rapidly developing trend by discussing a selection of landmark decisions and judgments in Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the European Union.


The key topics will include:  研讨会主要内容包括:

  1. Raising competition law infringements as a defence to a private action in Hong Kong: issues and lessons to be learnt from Taching v Meyer 在香港以反竞争法侵权作为私人诉讼抗辩理据:香港蚬壳诉大庆石油案(Taching v Meyer)中的问题与启示
  2. The emergence of the UK as a major venue for private enforcement actions: collective proceedings and other key developments in follow-on litigation 英国作为私人诉讼的主要审判地的兴起:集体诉讼(collective proceedings)与后续诉讼(follow-on litigation)的主要发展
  3. Arbitration as an alternative to private competition litigation 以仲裁作为私人竞争法诉讼的替代争议解决方式


Jindrich KLOUB

  • Executive Director (Operations), Competition Commission


Catrina LAM

  • Founder and Vice-Chairman, International League of Competition Law, Hong Kong Chapter
  • Barrister, Des Voeux Chambers

Christopher VAJDA QC

  • Former Judge of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Court of Justice of the European Union

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All sessions are free-of-charge and CPD points are being applied for.  Download the e-flyer  for speaker details and course outline. Sign up now!

本系列研讨会课程費用全免,语言为英文,合资格参与者可获得香港律师会学分。查看课程大纲及讲者简介请 点击此处下载本系列研讨会宣传页 。即刻报名,不容错过!

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12 - 13 September 2022, Live and Virtual

National Conference 2022: Modern Philosophies—How they affect governance and risk management practice in person

Governance Institute of Australia

Date : 12-13 September, 2022

Time : Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

  • Monday, 12 September, 2022: 8:30am-7:00pm
  • Tuesday, 13 September, 2022: 8:45am-4:15pm

Fees :

  • One day ticket for Governance Institute of Australia  members/ subscribers:$900 / non-members: $1,050
  • Full conference for Governance Institute of Australia members/ subscribers: $1300 / non-members: $1,500
  • Virtual pass for Governance Institute of Australia members/ subscribers: $350 / non-members: $495

400 years from now, society will look back and see this juncture in history as a defining one. What they see will be coloured by the philosophies that guide our thinking and actions today – how we live, how we let live; how we choose to govern and be governed; how we get to know each other and study and build knowledge of our times together.

At the 2022 National Conference, we explore how the philosophies of our time affect the practice and function of business. We consider how the unique ethical and moral underlays of our time, drive and underpin the stakeholder ecosystem and the value chain for business, government, and community. And how that impacts the way our governance systems are framed, and how we determine acceptable risk. In keeping with the times, this will be a hybrid event with delegates able to join us via live link through our conference platform.


Opening address: Professor Edward Freeman, Elis and Signe Olsson Professor of Business Administration, Darden School of Business

CSIRO Director, National Artificial Intelligence Centre, Stela Solar

Humanitix Co-founder and Co-CEO, Adam McCurdie

Queensland Ballet Chair, Julieanne Alroe

Award-winning Author and Journalist, Director, Alliance for Journalists’ Freedom, Professor Peter Greste

And so many more!

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13 September 2022, Online

Global Sanctions & Export Control Response to the Ukraine Conflict – What is the Current Status and What Comes Next? online

Global Investigations Review

The past six months have seen an unprecedented sanctions and export control response to the Ukraine conflict.  Supply chains have been disrupted and both multinational and local businesses in a wide variety of industry sectors have suffered adverse impacts and considerable compliance challenges.  Our panelists – experienced practitioners from the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States – will explore strategies for coping with the new compliance landscape and planning for the future.  Join us for a lively discussion of the new normal and likely impact on global business alliances and other sanctions and export control regimes. 


Sue Millar
Stephenson Harwood

Sue is a finance litigation specialist.  She focuses on investment banking disputes, involving high complex products and structures.  Her expertise extends to commercial private banking and trade finance disputes.

She is also recognised for her expertise in commercial dispute resolution where her pragmatic approach wins praise.  Clients describe her as knowing "the best deal and how to achieve it".  She advises a diverse range of clients including insurance brokers, asset managers, corporate and pension trustees and insolvency professionals.

Sue also leads the firm's sanctions group.  She advises on a range of contentious and non‑contentious issues arising in relation to the various Iranian, Libyan, Syrian and Russian sanctions regimes.  Her experience in this area extends to acting for designated entities and individuals in challenging their designations before the EU Courts.


David Holley

David A. Holley, a Partner with StoneTurn, has more than 30 years of investigative and risk consulting experience and frequently serves as a trusted advisor to corporations, law firms, audit committees, special committees of boards of directors and their counsel.  David has excelled in the management of high-stakes internal and cross-border investigations and is an expert at navigating and mitigating the business and legal challenges posed by doing business in high-risk jurisdictions and industries. He draws on his decades of private-sector experience to provide pragmatic solutions which integrate his investigative background with technology and regulatory expertise to provide clients with seamless approaches to solve critical business and legal problems.

David’s investigative expertise spans diverse areas including: regulatory investigations, such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and anti-corruption investigations; Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) and sanctions compliance investigations and consulting; internal investigations involving fraud, insider threats or third-party malfeasance; proxy and corporate control investigations and advice; reputational due diligence; the identification of potentially responsible parties in environmental contamination matters; and corporate governance and integrity advisory. David has also served as an independent third-party auditor in connection with National Security Agreements issued under the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

Prior to StoneTurn, David held leadership positions at two risk consultancies and headed the Boston office of a global consulting and risk mitigation firm for fifteen years. At the outset of his career, David worked with the Environmental Enforcement Section of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) where he conducted investigations into some of the United States’ most contaminated hazardous waste sites. In that capacity, he identified and built the liability case against potentially responsible parties at several Superfund sites. David’s investigative work led to a Certificate of Commendation from the Assistant Attorney General of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the DOJ.

David is a graduate of the Roger Williams University School of Law and Boston University, a member of the International Association of Independent Compliance Monitors, a Senior Fellow with the Regulatory Compliance Association and a Certified ISO 37001 Lead Auditor.


Dr Roland M. Stein

Roland M. Stein is an expert for international trade law and founding partner of the leading boutique law firm BLOMSTEIN in Berlin, Germany.

Roland has been advising international clients on all areas of international trade law, including export controls and sanctions law, customs law and excise taxes. He also advises international companies (and sometimes the government) in German foreign investment control proceedings in connection with cross-border M&A transactions.

Roland studied law at the Universities of Heidelberg and Leeds and holds both a Master of Laws degree and a Doctor of Laws degree from the University Frankfurt. He is half German and half Brazilian and grew up in São Paulo.


Barbara Linney

Barbara Linney co-leds BakerHostetler’s International Trade and National Security practice team, building on nearly 30 years of experience advising U.S and foreign clients on international trade and business issues. Her multinational practice spans numerous industries, notably including the defense, aerospace, oil and gas, maritime, technology and medical device industries. She is well-versed in providing practical, business-oriented advice on complex issues involving a wide range of regulatory requirements – including sanxctions, export and import controls, regulatory requirements related to mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Foreign investment reviews and anti-corruption legislation. In 2021, Barbara was named WorldECR’s Practitioner of the Year.

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13 September 2022, King & Spalding, 1180 Peachtree Street, Suite 1600, Atlanta

GAR Live: Atlanta in person

Global Arbitration Review

GAR Live: Atlanta

DATE: 13 September 2022


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13 September 2022, Online

FinTech Market: Regulation of crypto assets in Germany and the EU online

McDermott Will & Emery

Which financial supervisory regulations apply to crypto assets and how are the various crypto models to be correctly classified from a supervisory point of view?

The regulation of crypto assets is increasing and becoming further unified. Depending on the features of the tokens, issuers and crypto service providers may therefore be subject to regulatory licensing requirements. However, the increasing regulation of crypto assets in Germany and the EU is also associated with growing legal certainty, making market entry to one of the world’s biggest market economies particularly attractive for FinTechs from all over the world.

Our webinar will provide an overview of the current regulatory landscape in Germany for crypto assets and crypto service providers accompanied by a look at the European level, where a unified body of legislation for the regulation of crypto assets is already on the horizon.

In particular, the webinar will address the following topics:

  • Regulatory classification of crypto assets in Germany.
  • Licensing requirements in connection with crypto assets and crypto services.
  • Overview on regulatory requirements for institutions regulated in Germany.
  • Draft European crypto regulation, in particular Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation ("MiCAR").
  • Passporting of licenses within the EU.


Renate Prinz
McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP   





Renate Prinz focuses her practice on corporate and financial regulatory law, as well as national and international mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and corporate reorganizations. She advises clients inter alia in Banking M&A transactions, owner control procedures and licensing requirements. Renate has extensive experience in acting in the finance and banking sector, especially for FinTechs and credit institutions as well as for retail and public sector clients. She publishes in corporate and financial regulatory law on a regular basis.

Prior to joining McDermott, Renate worked at another leading international law firm in the fields of Corporate/M&A and financial regulatory law in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt a.M. and London. She speaks English, German and French.


Annabelle Rau
McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP   





Annabelle Rau focuses her practice on banking and securities law, corporate law, international banking law and securities regulation. In her academic career, Annabelle has worked extensively on German and European banking and capital markets law. Annabelle conducted research as a visiting scholar at Columbia University for her comparative law study on German and U.S. securities regulation and published in a renowned German journal on private enforcement in market manipulation cases.

Prior to joining McDermott, Annabelle worked at two international law firms in the area of corporate law in Germany and New York. In Germany, her activities included assisting in advising public banks and their special-purpose associations.

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14 September 2022, Online

Proposed EU Artificial Intelligence (AI) Act - Implications for Corporates online

Squire Patton Boggs

The landmark EU proposal for the AI regulatory regime is a comprehensive legal framework for this fast-developing and highly debated family of technologies which is likely to become the first major global regulation of AI systems and the de facto standard setter globally, following in the footsteps of the GDPR. With cases of non-compliance subject to a range of penalties of between €10-€20 million, are you prepared for what the final EU AI Act may mean for your business and what steps you should be taking as the debate continues? Where does the related policy debate stand in the European Parliament and the Council?

Many corporates are planning to use AI based systems in future for various business use cases. It will be very important to understand the new regulatory regime in order to not fall inadvertently into a high-risk AI risk category – which would trigger various far-reaching obligations. For instance, when the AI system is used for recruitment purposes or for allocating tasks within the corporate work force, it could be deemed ‘high-risk’ as it falls into the scope of Annex III of the AIA.

We will be covering the key elements of the proposed new EU AI regime, but also walk you through the most thorny policy issues which the EU legislators are still discussing:

  • How should you best prepare for the future EU AI regime?
  • How can you meaningfully engage in the ongoing EU policy debate?
  • What are the relevant timelines?

Our experts will cover these and other questions, and will stand ready to answer any related questions you may have.


Matthew Kirk
International Affairs Advisor, Squire Patton Boggs




Matthew Kirk is an international affairs advisor in our Public Policy International Practice. He is a former UK Ambassador and former Global Head of External Affairs at Vodafone. Therefore, Matthew not only enjoys top-level connections in all relevant mobile network operators and other business stakeholders, but also has access to political decision-makers at the EU level, in the UK and in France and other EU countries.

Matthew is a highly experienced international risk strategist and negotiator of complex multinational issues. He has industry-leading experience in cybersecurity, political risk, regulatory issues as well as external communications, sustainable business and corporate philanthropy.  His involvement with the telecoms industry, in Government and in business, stretches back over 20 years. He provides strategic advice concerning business, politics and international law from the firm’s London office.


Wolfgang Maschek
Partner, Squire Patton Boggs




Wolfgang Maschek’s practice includes the representation of both private and public sector clients at EU and national level across various regulated industries and policy matters. Wolfgang is a former Head of EU Policy and Regulation at Western Union, and has chaired our European Public Policy Practice since 2016. He has a reputation for delivering the highest-quality services to his clients in Brussels, and he has built his EU network and expertise since 2001 in various functions.

Wolfgang and his award-winning Public Policy team have extensive experience in supporting technology firms in advocacy at the EU level. He advises clients across a wide range of emerging and existing digital markets policy matters. His practice group has been recognized as one of the top public policy law firm offerings in Brussels in the Best in Brussels guide for three consecutive years.


Christina Economides
Public Policy Advisor, Squire Patton Boggs




Christina Economides is an advisor in the firm’s Public Policy Practice in Brussels in coordination with the Public Policy International Group. She has monitored closely the negotiations of the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) at the EU but also at national level during the transposition process. Christina is one of the most skilled client account managers in Brussels and is supported by a team of efficient and effective legal and policy experts based in the Brussels office.

Christina provides policy and strategic advice to a range of Fortune 500 companies, including from the ICT sector. She particularly excels at devising strategies to advocate very technical and politically sensitive files in the broader ICT/telecommunications sector.

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14 September 2022, Butchers’ Hall, London

WTR Live: Brand Protection Online Europe 2022 in person

World Trademark Review

WTR Live is back in London on 14 September for the annual Brand Protection Online conference.

As online and technological environments continue to evolve, this event provides an open dialogue for the trademark elite to discuss new challenges, opportunities and risks facing them in 2023 and beyond. Meet and learn from global brand executives as they share their insights into building, growing and sustaining a successful online IP strategy.

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14 - 16 September 2022, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

GIR Live: Global 2022 in person

Global Investigations Review

Global Investigations Review (GIR), the leading provider for global coverage of corporate investigations and their aftermath, is hosting the inaugural GIR Live: Global this September in Lisbon, Portugal.

Across two-days, leading players from the world of investigations and corporate risk – including lawyers, in-house counsel and enforcers – will explore the latest best practice and insight on current and emerging trends in the global enforcement arena. Through interactive discussion, thought-leadership and networking, attendees will benchmark the art and science being used to manage cross-border investigations to successful conclusions.

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14 September 2022, Online

Buyer’s Remorse – Enforcing Your Rights When Acquisitions Go Wrong online

Squire Patton Boggs

WHERE:  Online

WHEN:  14 September 2022 12:30 PM BST

Despite best intentions, some business acquisitions do not turn out as planned. The situation within a business may not always be as it was presented, and unanticipated issues may arise after the deal is done.

Drawing on our practical experience of helping buyers navigate post-acquisition issues, this webinar considers what to do to mitigate the financial consequences of a poorly performing acquisition, including:

  • Making, preserving and pursuing warranty or indemnity claims
  • Clawbacks and deferred consideration
  • Dealing with material non-disclosures
  • Quantifying and mitigating losses
  • Other routes to recovery

This session will be of interest to institutional investors, frequent acquirers and sellers, and others involved in M&A activity.

This webinar is the final of our series designed to provide insight into litigation risks in M&A activity and how to avoid them.

Our first webinar “ Skeletons in the Cupboard – Assessing Litigation Risk in Target Businesses ” dealt with how to effectively assess the risk and impact of threatened and existing litigation within a target business.

Our second webinar “ “Future-proof”: Catering for Disputes Risks in M&A Transaction Documents ” dealt with how effective negotiations before agreeing the deal can help to regulate the post-acquisition relationship.


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