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  • 22 May 2019 12:25 PM | Anonymous

    Conference Report



    International Law Firms (ILF) just recently concluded a successful and fruitful conference in Milan last May 10-12, 2019. This conference was attended by 22 members from 21 different law firms and from 18 different states.

    The conference started with a dinner last May 10th in a beautiful restaurant in Milan called Ceresio 7. Everyone had an aperitivo on the roof top terrace next to a swimming pool with a very nice view of Milan. This was followed by a delicious dinner served by waiters that stayed throughout the whole dinner who provided excellent service.

    The meeting started the following day at 9:30 am. Everyone was welcomed by a welcome speech by the host company, Banor Sim, which is a securities brokerage company in Milan, via Dante 15. Then each participant had time to introduce him/herself and his/her law firm. The attendants were:

    • Giovanni Galoppi from the law firm Galoppi & Partners - Rome Italy
    • Vadim Tsvetkov from the law firm Ost Legal – Moscow Russia 
    • Karlheinz  Merkel from the law firm Merkel Rechtsanwalte – Hof Bavaria Germany 
    • Bruno  Gouallou from the law firm  LLC et Associes –  Paris France
    • Richard Schmidt from the law firm Smartlegal Schmidt and Partners – Budapest Hungary 
    • Pekka Suominen and Tony Huopalainen from the law firm Asianajotomisto Mercatoria Oy– Helsinki Finland 
    • Raphael Gassmann from the law firm Merleker Partner – Berlin Germany
    • Richard B. Heinfrom the Hein law firm  – Sant Louis Missouri USA
    • Veronica Donella from the law firm Studio legale Donella – Verona Italy
    • Virginie De Groote from the law firm DP Advocaten – Antwerpen Belgium
    • George Tsakonas from the law firm George Tsakonas & associates – Athens Greece
    • Fred Langelaar from the law firm Langelaar Klinkhamer Advocaten – Rotterdam The Netherlands
    • Joanna Bogdanska from the law firm KW Kruk and partners – Warsaw Poland
    • Josef Aujezdsky  from the law firm Masek, Koci, Aujesdsky attorneys at law – Prague The Czech Republic
    • Lutz Kaiser from the law firm Lutz Kaiser – Karlsruhe Germany
    • Edward Miller from the law firm Croft Solicitors – London UK
    • Alexandra Bessone Cardoso – from the law firm ABC – Lisbon Portugal
    • Christiana Theophilou – from the law firm A. Chr. Theophilou LLC- Limassol Cyprus
    • Katrika Mirda from the law firm Katrika Hermawan & Partners – Jakarta  Indonesia
    • Zoe Pons from the law firm Astrid Dorfmeister – Barcelona Spain 
    • Joseph Li from the law firm Joseph Li & Co. Solicitors and Notaries– Hongkong


    Each participant took the time needed to explain the type of work that he/she carries out and how his/her office is organized. It was a great opportunity for everyone to understand each other's competencies and working areas. The coffee break also turned in to get to know activity. Everyone took advantage of this time to get to know each other and exchange business cards


    At 12, a speech about Cybercrime was virtually facilitated by mr. Fratallone. This would've been great if not for the IT problems encountered at that time.This was then followed by a sumptuous lunch served with specialties from Milan

    At 2pm, the meeting started again with a virtual presentation from Jaimee Hall from Lagal Back Office. His lecture is entitled "Make More Money Through Enhanced Productivity". It was a very interesting and engaging since everyone had to do some exercises and had to think about how they organize their work and how to improve their profits.

    After Jamiee Hall presentation, our member from Hungary Richard Schmidt made a presentation about he updates on the GDPR status, with “GDPR in Action Takeaways from the First Penalties” including decisions that have been delivered recently on the subject, so very interesting and the presentation was really excellent.


    Last but not least Lutz Kaiser, the ILF Chairman, presented his Chairman’s Report. Everyone thanked him for his commitment towards ILF and his generosity and efforts to make ILF a good organization.

    The day wrapped up with a small and friendly discussion on new ideas to improve the association and plans for the 2019 ILF Annual Conference in Mumbai on in November.

    The meeting ended at 5:30pm circa

    Due to the weather condition, the scheduled tour started an hour late but after the rain subsided, the participants started their walking tour in Milan's new architectural area. The guide was very skilled, he explained the history of Milan in the hotel while waiting for the rain to stop. At the end of the tour, the guide accompanied all to Ratanà, were half of the ourcolleagues were waiting  already sitting at the table. Everyone had a wonderful dinner. Although the desire to stay longer was evident, some had to say their goodbyes. Those who remained went for drinks and disco to experience Milan's night life.

    It was a wonderful weekend with nice and lovely colleagues from all over the world. It provided an opportunity to strengthen the bonds and to build a common future. I hope everyone enjoyed it.

    A special thanks to Lutz and Mich who helped me a lot and without them the meeting would not have been possible…

    Veronica



  • 12 Jun 2018 10:31 PM | Anonymous

    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union comes into force on 25 May 2018, introducing the most comprehensive change in data protection over the last 25 years and establishing the strictest data protection regime in the world.

    The GDPR has cross-border effect, affecting every enterprise worldwide, handling personal data of individuals living in the EU.

    In case of non-compliance, your business has to face serious fines: in case of minor, administrative data breach, the authorities can impose fines up to 10 Million EUR or 2% of the annual worldwide turnover, in case of major data breach, the fine may be up EUR 20 Million or 4% of the worldwide annual turnover.

    Given the cross-border nature of GDPR, international businesses need comprehensive approach to comply with the new regulation.

    For this reason, the member firms of International Law Firms have established a GDPR Working Group in 2017, in the framework of which they can mutually share information and best-practices with each other.

    We suggest that your GDPR compliance project consist of the following 3 (three) phases: Due-Diligence, Compliance, and Training.

    Due Diligence

    In the frame of Due Diligence, we identify the problems and risks within your company that need to be addressed to meet the GDPR, and we provide you with an action plan in which the steps, necessary to be taken to meet compliance are summarised.

    Compliance

    Problems and risks discovered during the Due Diligence are solved and treated at this stage, by reviewing & drafting internal data protection documentation, and other related documents. Besides internal documents, we focus on contracts concluded by you, as well as the personal data protection aspect of the contract templates used by your company.

    Training

    The world's best corporate privacy policy is worth nothing if your employees do not know or do not comply with its provisions. For this reason, we apply a data protection training on request, whereby based on the internal rules adopted by you in the framework of Compliance,  we teach the basic personal data protection rules to you employees, and test their knowledge.


  • 12 Jun 2018 10:30 PM | Anonymous

    Who: All ILF Members are invited

    When: October 13-16, 2017

    Where: Limassol, Cyprus

     

    We are please to announce that the next ILF Annual COnference will be held in Limassol, Cyprus on October 13-16 2017. Invites will be sent via email. If you have questions and inquiries feel free to send and email to Mich

     

    Update:

    The event is nearing so please dont forget to book your hotel rooms as October is a busy month for Cyprus. Please check you inbox for the most recent update and registration form. Feel free to send Mich an email if you have questions

     

    Update:

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  • 12 Jun 2018 10:28 PM | Anonymous

    Here are some of the photos taken from the successful ILF Regional Conference in Vienna.

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  • 12 Jun 2018 10:23 PM | Anonymous

    On 14th April the Danish and Hungarian member firms of the ILF organized a conference in Budapest, with the title “Hungary in a nutshell”. Twenty Danish lawyers of the Law Society of Aalborg took part on the half-day conference in the framework of a long week-end.

    The colleagues of the SMC Partners Law Firm made presentations to their Danish peers on various topics of Hungarian law, from corporate law, through labour law to real estate law. The participants could also hear some useful information about Hungarian accounting and taxation system, presented by the cooperating partner of the SMC Partners Law Firm.

    This short conference was a great opportunity to extend and deepen relationships between members of ILF.

    We hope that our Danish colleagues enjoyed their long week-end in the Hungarian capital!

    -dr. Richard Schmidt LL.M


  • 12 Jun 2018 10:22 PM | Anonymous

    We would like to share with you the results of the last edition of the “Análise Advocacia 500”, the most important and respected ranking of Brazilian law firms.

    Once again Rayes & Fagundes (ILF LAW FIRM) has been ranked among the 30 largest Brazilian law firms. Most importantly, our firm has been ranked among the 30 most admired law firms and has received a special recognition award in the areas of civil and commercial litigation, labor, tax and international trade.

    João Paulo F. A. Fagundes, Luciana Maria Agoston Burr and Sylvie Boechat have been recognized among the most admired lawyers in Brazil.

    These results have only been achieved due to the involvement and participation of each of you.

  • 12 Jun 2018 10:21 PM | Anonymous

    Kanokanga & Partners was recently recognized by Corporate INTL as “Commercial Law Firm of the Year in Zimbabwe as well as Alternative Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year in Zimbabwe.” 

    Corporate INTL is a global magazine geared towards business leaders, professional advisers and financiers worldwide. The awards commemorate those who have been successful over the past 12 months and who have shown excellence not only in expertise but in service. 

    Potential candidates are selected by an independent research team from Corporate INTL based on service range, business type, geographical location and the expertise that the firm can offer in their region. The winners are then selected by an independent panel consisting of senior members from a global law firm, an international accounting firm, a global legal network and the managing editor of Corporate INTL Magazine.


  • 12 Jun 2018 10:20 PM | Anonymous

    On November 12th,2015, the representatives from KooFa Law Firm, International Law Firms (“ILF”) and China-UK Low Carbon Industry Park (“CULCIP”) attended the opening ceremony of International Legal Service Center in-between CULCIP and ILF. In the opening ceremony, chairman of ILF, Mr. Lutz Kaiser expressed in his speech that the establishment of International Legal Service Center was the innovation and milestone for ILF to provide multinational legal services for industry parks and enterprises all over the world. Meanwhile,the representative from CULCIP also indicated that the International Legal Service Center and its high quality international legal supporting services were not only a great innovation among industry parks in China, but also an important factor to attract international enterprises to locate in the industry park.

    As the initiator and operator of the International Legal Service Center,KooFa will, as always, provide one-stop legal services for the go-global of Chinese enterprises and bring-in of foreign enterprises, so as to reach great achievements and have further developments together with clients.




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