Archivo de la Categoría ‘IE Law School News’

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Jun

Practice and Procedure in EC Antitrust Law

Escrito el 8 Junio 2012 por Law School en IE Law School News

After 15 very intensive sessions, the International Executive Program of IE Law School Executive Education entirely focused on European competition and antitrust came to an end.

Starting on Wednesday the 23rd of May, a wide range of different debates based on practical, specific and the essential aspects of law competition, took place.

All this was possible firstly because of the participants’ profile. The fact of having lawyers coming from the most important international law firms and law departments from renowned international companies, gave path to the development of a series of interesting debates, with very different points of view.

The group was guided by a very highly qualified faculty (lawyers and economists), with many years of experience in this area.

The participants had the privilege, for the very first time, of having lectures held by Prof. Christoforou Theofanis, the principal director of Legal Services at the European Union Commission in charge of competition law and merger control gave three very interesting sessions. At the end of them he answered all the questions posted by participants and joined the group for lunch.

8
Jun

Lawyers’ Management Program 2012

Escrito el 8 Junio 2012 por Law School en IE Law School News

Four days of class at the “College of Law of England and Wales” has been the epilogue of the second edition of the Lawyers’ Management Program. After the first module in Madrid and the six online weeks, the famous London institution, partner of IE Law School, has been the theater from the 18th to the 21st of April of the last 25 sessions, which ended up with group presentations and the delivery of certificates.

The program, a renowned leader in the national and international legal market on management, gathered once more professionals from all over the world (Spain, North and South America, Africa, Portugal, Romania etc.), with years of experience as lawyers and in house.

Through careful selection, IE Law School combined different profiles, enabling the development of in class ongoing discussions under the guidance of an enviable faculty. In The last module in London the best professionals in the world decided once again to join the LMP  project, considering it such a unique and innovative opportunity.

This intense London module, in a city considered by most as the capital of legal world, saw the whole group applying the models and skills learned throughout the program to their own organizations, offices and teams, thus being able to receive direct feedback from the professors and peers.

Such intensity and such a strong international feature, enabled to create a very strong group not only of peers but also of friends who are still in touch and share their personal and professional life.

8
Jun

The Spanish Labour Reform

Escrito el 8 Junio 2012 por Law School en IE Law School News

With the occasion of the recent Spanish labour reform, IE Law School Executive Education held a Seminar on the New Spanish model of labor relations in the 21st Century. The event was sponsored by the Law Firm MLA Associates.

The opening of the seminar was chaired by Mr. Pedro Llorente, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Employment and Social Security, Mr. Nicolas Martín, Managing Partner of MLA Associates, and Mr. Carlos de la Pedraja, Director of IE Law School Executive Education.

All main changes of the Labour Reform were discussed during the event. Mr. Ignacio Hidalgo, Head of the Employment Practice of MLA Associates, explained the importance of these changes, which means a change of the mentality regarding the use of the flexibility measures of the labour relations. These measures enhance companies to adapt their structure to the current situation, being the contract termination the last resort. The effects of these measures when applied to big and medium size companies were also discussed.

Among the attendees there where professionals from both the legal and human resources sectors of different national and international companies.

The closing ceremony was led by Mr. José María Fidalgo, Chairman of Negocia Forum, IE Negociation and Mediation Centre, who shared his particular view about the recent reform.

8
Jun

As a player…Be responsible

Escrito el 8 Junio 2012 por Law School en IE Law School News

On the 4thth of June, the closing of the 1st edition of the Gaming Sector Program took place. The Program was sponsored by Fundación Codere, Accenture and LOYRA Abogados and led by Cristina Romero, Lawyer and Partner of LOYRA Abogados.

During the Program, Ie Law School has had the pleasure of working with a highly qualified and experienced faculty, with professionals coming from the main companies in the gaming industry, professors of tax and administrative law, marketing and social media experts, and even psychiatrists who shared their approach on “the gaming and gambling business”.

Since December 2010, when an early draft of the Law regulating “remote” gaming appeared (current Law 13/2011, of 27 May, of Gambling Regulation), the interest in an industry, ignored and stigmatized until then , has kept growing encouraged by the attempt (subsequently failed) of entering the Spanish Stock market, which until now has been controlled by the Spanish National Lottery. Seguir leyendo…

8
Jun

IE SUMMER LAW SCHOOL

Escrito el 8 Junio 2012 por Law School en IE Law School News

IE Law School se complace en presentar el IE Summer Law School 2012. El objetivo del curso es empezar a desarrollar, de la mano de los mejores profesionales en el asesoramiento jurídico y fiscal de empresas, las habilidades y competencias necesarias para convertirse en un abogado o asesor de empresas de éxito.

Utilizando nuestra metodología del caso y compaginando talleres de desarrollo de habilidades con clases prácticas en materias esenciales del derecho de empresa como derecho fiscal, societario o contratación mercantil internacional, los alumnos podrán tomar un primer contacto real con el ejercicio de la abogacía.

El curso se impartirá del 9 al 13 de julio de 2012 en horario de mañana y tarde en nuestro campus de Madrid.

Las personas interesadas en participar tienen hasta el 3 de julio de 2012 para inscribirse (las plazas son limitadas).

 

8
Jun

IE LAW SCHOOL TRAVELS AROUND EUROPE

Escrito el 8 Junio 2012 por Law School en IE Law School News

In order to keep strengthening our School and our programs’ position outside Spain, IE Law School travelled last spring around Europe. Brussels was our first stop in the journey for its international environment and its focus on European matters. During her presentation “EU Trade Policy in Times of Crisis”, Salomé Cisnal de Ugarte, counsel at Mayer Brown in Brussels (Belgium) and professor of our International LLM, analyzed together with the participants the measures taken by the EU and the Member States regarding foreign trade policy since the beginning of the economic crisis.

The attendees to this conference arrived from different European countries. Prof. Wehner, lawyer at Lalive and professor of the Executive LLM and International LLM, introduced a topic of growing importance in today’s world: international arbitration. During this session that took place in Zurich (Switzerland), Prof. Wehner explained the subtle line dividing arbitration and mediation and what an international arbitration professional should and should not do.

8
Jun

4TH EDITION OF THE SEMINAR ON BUSINESS LAW

Escrito el 8 Junio 2012 por Law School en IE Law School News

The 4th edition of the Seminar on Business Law, organized every year in collaboration with the Universidad Complutense’s Debates Society, took place in April. This year 86 students in their final years of their Law Degree coming from different Spanish universities participated for two days in different sessions regarding Personal Branding for Lawyers. 

Our participants, together with our experts Arancha Ruíz, Martí Manent, Marisa Méndez and Carlos de la Pedraja, dealt with current topics such as how to build your personal brand, the lawyer’s presence in the online media, marketing for legal services and the lawyer’s new competences and abilities.

8
Jun

We started the term by inaugurating a successful series of online conferences dealing with topical issues, in collaboration with Northwestern University School of Law. During the course of a session entitled “Antitrust Developments in US Mobile Markets” Prof. James Speta analyzed the implications of the latest US Justice Department intervention in the merger between two of the biggest American telecommunication companies.      

Prof. Lynn P. Cohn also delighted us with his interactive presentation “Moving to Mastery in Negotiations” which was of great interest to all of our participants. During her presentation, Prof. Lynn P. Cohn explained the key issues for a successful negotiation.

8
Jun

Thanks to the agreement signed last January, IE Law School is now an ELSA (European Law Students’ Association) member and sponsor. ELSA was founded in 1981 by Law students from Central Europe and it has now become a unique and growing network for more than 30.000 Law students coming from 200 universities in 36 different countries around Europe.

This agreement offers many advantages in connection to IE Law School to those Law students who are members of the association. These benefits range from the possibility of participating in numerous events organized by the school to the possibility of being granted a scholarship of up to 30% for one of our LLMs.

As an ELSA sponsor, IE Law School had the chance to attend the association’s International Council Meeting that was held in Algarve, Portugal from the 26th to 28th March where we introduced our School, our programs and this recently established collaboration to an audience of more than 150 students from different places around Europe.

5
Jun

Michael Ross

Michael Ross, is a former partner of Latham & Watkins (Los Angeles), ex-Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Safeway, Inc., and currently is an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia School of Law and University of California Berkeley School of Law as well as the author of the book Ethics & Integrity in Law & Business – Avoiding ‘Club Fed’.

Given the changes in the US legal market over the last few years, combined with a market saturated with young lawyers, what in your opinion are the distinguishing skills of a successful lawyer?

Law firms continue to reward handsomely lawyers who produce and proliferate client business.  In order to be successful in these efforts, lawyers must usually demonstrate sincere interest in the client and its business.  Too often lawyers emphasize their own achievements and the law firm’s pedigree and reputation, which is of much less interest to many clients and prospective clients.  The lawyer should develop a reputation for not only contributing to the client’s successes but also for giving the client’s General Counsel and senior executives credit for successes.  Lawyers and law firms should also not shirk responsibility for mistakes.

Law firm lawyers with less business production potential should devote significant efforts (without charge to the client) to understanding the client’s business so that the lawyer addresses legal issues in that context, taking into account quasi-legal and non-legal consequences of alternative courses of action and results.  These lawyers may also distinguish themselves by proficient and creative use of networking platforms in order advertise their expertise and efficiencies.

Have these market changes created any new ethical problems/challenges for lawyers which were rarely seen or contemplated before?

The continuing increase in competition for high-paying legal work will challenge law firms to make more than incremental changes to their fee structures in order to provide substantially more value to their clients.  They will need optimize staffing, including greater use of part-time and contract lawyers and outsourcing of legal and support services.  Firms will have to explore and implement new technological measures to increase efficiency.  They should initiate alternative fee structures, rather than merely responding to clients requests and demands for them.

As competition increases, law firms will be susceptible to temptations to take on more matters that involve legal or business conflicts, or serious potential conflicts of interest.  Increasing financial pressures may cause some firms to emphasize billings, collections and realized rates at the expense of professional responsibility and ethics.  These pressures will increase the need for effective ethics training throughout the firm.     Seguir leyendo…

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