Power Packed Discussions By The Grand Masters

The Grand Masters 2018 Summit Series will be host to a plethora of discussion points ranging from day to day challenges that in house counsel face at their work desks to the next gen tech topics that have seen a lot of buzz as far as the times to come are concerned. With an overall coverage of the key industry sectors and the most updated legal and regulatory highlights covered, the program flow has been weaved out keeping in mind best possible relevance and learning scopes for all. Stay tuned! Here’s a wireframe of all the sessions being spanned for the day;

  • The All New General Counsel 2.0 – Ready for The Upgrade?
  • Legal Tech Talks – Customary or Innovative Enough?
  • The Regulatory Rage – Ready to Roar?
  • India’s IPR Quotient – Beginning of A New Race?
  • Chambers, Cabins & Courts – Would You Choose to Litigate or Arbitrate?

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Meanwhile, here are the scheduled discussions for The Grand Masters 2018 Summit Series;

09:00 AM REGISTRATION & WELCOME REFRESHMENTS
09:15 AM WELCOME REMARKS BY LEX WITNESS
09:30 AM THE SUMMIT CHAIR’S ADDRESS
09:45 AM SPECIAL ADDRESS BY DR. LALIT BHASIN, PRESIDENT, SILF & BAR ASSOCIATION OF INDIA
10:00 AM MEET THE ALL NEW GENERAL COUNSEL 2.0 – READY FOR THE UPGRADE?

India Inc. is going through a canvas of change, right from economy to legislative affairs, and so is the profile of corporate counsel today. The session also speaks of the swing between in house and external counsel and how critical it is to create a balance within. Needless to say, it is an all new challenge to drive business and legal environs in sync with the stakeholders’ mind-sets. A few other boardroom talks apart from these are key highlights of the session.

India Spikes Up In Ease of Doing Business – The Inevitable Role of Legal Machineries
The Stakeholder Sagas – Are Your Courtrooms & Boardrooms in Sync?
The New Age General Counsel’s Tool Kit

Balancing Act between the In House Counsel & the External Counsel
A GC’s External Counsel Check List – Secrets & Success Stories
An External Counsel’s Wish List – Perspective & Ambition
The In House Legal Team & External Legal Advisory – A Unison in Play?

Technology Steam Ahead of Lawyers – A Combating Conversation?
AI vs. HI – A GC’s Take on the Bots
Future of Fraud Risk Management – Is Automation the Key?
Paradise Papers – A Lesson in Place for Data Shelving?

Disclosure of Whistleblower Investigations – What Does The Law Demand?
White Collar Crimes -Can there be a Watchdog?
Corporate Governance – A GC’s Note wrt SEBI Guidelines & Kotak Committee
Delisting of Companies, Disqualification of Directors -Lessons for The Corporate Counsel
Number of Layers Rules, 2017 – Restrictive & Ambiguous?

11:15 AM NETWORKING BREAK
11:40 AM MASTERING CONTRACTS THROUGH INTELLIGENT CONTRACT MANAGEMENT

The session will cover introduction to new-age contract management solutions, highlight on ease of use with its ROI followed by live demo using Artificial Intelligence while creating contracts.

12:00 NOON  LET’S TALK TECHNOLOGY – CUSTOMARY OR INNOVATIVE ENOUGH?

Technology & Law have developed a very symbiotic relationship.They have finally reached a level where one needs to choose and pick the necessary tools at work. While on one hand we have the drama of drones, on the other, one ponders if we are readying ourselves to be taken over by the bots. The session encapsulates all the tech chartbusters, varying from the Cloud, AIand Robotics etc. thereby identifying challenges and concerns India faces today.

Artificial Intelligence – Need of A Regulatory Framework
Block Chain Technology & Bitcoins: The Indian X Ray
The Future of Contract Management – Smart Contracting on the Go?

The Automation Mess – Managing Overlaps of Product Liability, Consumer, and Criminal Laws
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) – Potential vis. a vis. Risk Mapping
India under The Research Ethics Debate – Addressing Insurance and Liability Gaps wrt Robotics
Interplay between IOT & IPR – Driving India’s Agenda to M2M

Drones & Indian Skies – Privacy & Security Concerns, Need of A Regulatory Framework
Draft Norms/CARs – Data Protection, Bias towards Indian Entities, Multiple Regulatory Windows etc.
A Walk in the Clouds – Innovative, Disruptive & Equally Challenging?
Whose Cloud is it Anyway? Jurisdictional Conflicts, Data Safety, Legal & Regulatory Challenges
The IOT/Open Source Environment – Legal Concerns

01:00 PM NETWORKING LUNCH
2:00 PM THE REGULATORY RAGE – READY TO ROAR?

Undoubtedly, last 365 days have been a massive regulatory ride where we have had a series of new Acts, amendments, and of course several other are tabled for discussions. With a positive shift, comes a stint of ambiguity and confused business environ as there is much to be clear about as far laws and their application is concerned. The session speaks of a quick round up on IBCs and RERAs of India Inc. in terms of major issues, challenges and concerns when it comes to implementation and compliance.

The India Inc.’s Journey with GST – Aftershocks & Legal Implications
Anti-Harassment Environment – A High-end Checkpoint for India Inc.?

Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code – Past, Present & Future – Work in Progress?
Ordinance – Impact Assessment
The IBC Trio – Debtors, Creditors, Bidders – Possible Peace?
India Inc. Stressed Assets Vis a Vis Investment Climate
Identifying an Ideal IRP/IPE

Lack of States’ Unison on RERA Guidelines
Enforcement Challenges for Lenders under RERA
Absence of RERA Tribunals – Back to the Courts?

Right to Privacy – The Debates & Conclusions Therein
India Gearing Up for Its Data Protection Policy –Are We Ready?
7 Commandments of Justice Srikrishna Committee for Data Protection Law in India
The Indian Regulatory Environ for OTT driven Apps

EUGDPR – Definition & Background
Highlighting Differences between the Data Protection Act and the EU GDPR
Data subjects and their rights – dealing with subject access requests.
Secrets to Implementation – Privacy by Design, Privacy impact assessments (PIA), Data Audits
Incident Response and Breach Reporting, Updating Policies and Procedures
International Data Transfers, Replacing Safe Harbour – New Requirements

Concept of Single Economic Entity Under The Indian Competition Act, 2002 – Recent Case Studies
Resale Price Maintenance – An All New CCI Bent?
The Cartel Cries – India vis. a vis. Global Scenarios
Exchange of Commercial & Sensitive Information amongst Competition – Aspiration for India?
Deflating Collusive Bidding Strategies – CCIs Whip on Marketing Brains

3:15 PM INDIA’S IPR QUOTIENT – BEGINNING OF A NEW RACE?

India has seen a very forward looking IPR approach in the recent times. An all new IPR Policy at work and a very proactive Government machinery has created an all new pedestal. Of course, one can debate and opine in as many ways as one would want to. The new tech fevers bring along various complications related to ownership, liabilities etc. The session highlights various IPR home grounds amongst many others.

The IPR Exchange – Too Good to be True?
Protecting Trade Secrets & Confidential Data – A Growing Legal Battle?
Directorship, Employment & Copyright Ownership – The Puzzling Paradox
Defining First Owner of Copyright
IP Litigations – Interim Injunctions and Damages
Mini Trials in Temporary Injunction Applications

‘Inventorship’ in Indian Patent Laws – Assessment Criteria
Patent Litigation in the Tech Space
Demystifying Section 3(f) – Patentability of a Multipurpose Device
Patent of Addition: A Dilemma by Choice?

Artificial Intelligence & IPR – Defining Ownership etc.
Identifying patent infringer in case of AI, Inducer of the Infringement, Wilful Infringer or Inducer?
IPR Complexities in the VR and AR Domains
Counterfeiting In The Virtual World
Revised CRI Guidelines & Patentability of Algorithms
E-Commerce Portals – Haven for Online Counterfeiting?
Targeted Advertising – IP Rights ~ Equalisation Levy ~ Royalty Based Transaction

Sound, Shape & Colour Marks – IP Protection & Enforcement Aspects
Copyright Protection to Architectural Works – India’s Standpoint
Concerns Around Brand Extension
IP Scenarios in case of Insolvency Matters
Fight Against Counterfeits – Enforcement & Execution Mishaps

4:15 PM NETWORKING BREAK
4:45 PM CHAMBERS, CABINS & COURTS – WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO LITIGATE OR ARBITRATE?

Alternate Dispute Resolution and Litigation stand together as heavyweights for a general counsel today. While on one hand,it is a serious struggle and debate for what is justified, on the other hand includes a docile approach but yet tough on negotiations. What remains a better option at the end of the day and how does one refrain from such situations? The session elaborates further highlighting how Arbitration has also evolved as a concept in India.

Litigation vs. Arbitration – A GC’s Dilemma?
The Arbitration & Conciliation (Amendment Act) 2015 – Recent Updates & Impact
The Commercial Courts Act 2015 – Perspective in Detail
Handling Complexities Related to Multiple Dispute Resolution Clauses – Applicable Jurisdiction etc.

The Art of Contracting – India Vs. Global Standards
Contracting & Project Management – Impact Assessment
Importance Of Liquidated Damages Clause in A Contract
Implying Terms Into A Contract – SC Contours & Whips

Choosing an Ideal Arbitrator
Interference of Courts in Appointing Arbitrators – No More A Challenge?
Choosing A Foreign Seat for Arbitration – Clarity Obtained or Still A Contentious Issue?
Inherent Power of Arbitral Tribunals for Procedural Reviews
Defining Scopes of Challenging the Arbitral Tribunal
Risks of Split Contracts & Arbitration Clause Included By Reference

Enforceability of Foreign Awards
Applicability of Arbitration in Foreign Contracts
Dealing with The Issue of Composite Reference to Arbitration Under Multiple Agreements
Settlement Agreements Qua Arbitral Awards
The Concept of Institutional Arbitration – Global Lessons
India As A Global Destination for International Arbitration: A Dream Indeed?

5:45 PM GALA LUCKY DRAW FOLLOWED BY CLOSING REMARKS BY LEX WITNESS

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