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06/10/17

Thought-leaders, innovators, and change-makers: G+T welcomes the world’s best legal minds to Sydney for IBA 2017

As the world’s largest gathering of international lawyers hits Sydney next week, Gilbert +Tobin is gearing up for what promises to be an unparalleled opportunity to share knowledge, network and learn from the industry’s best. 

One of the most high profile industry events in the global calendar, The International Bar Association (IBA) Conference will attract more than 4000 lawyers to the heart of Sydney.

The event brings together the world’s top legal minds to discuss common challenges, from driving better value for clients to investing in technology to improve legal service delivery and the future of the legal industry. Gilbert + Tobin is actively involved in the extensive conference program and will also host a series of high-level meetings with Managing Partners from overseas firms as well as sponsoring events throughout the week. 

Gilbert + Tobin’s  Partners will be leading discussions topics including private equity investments, implications of Blockchain on business law as well as the effectiveness of alternate performance measures on capital markets. The Conference also provides our team with a unique platform to build new connections, strengthen existing relationships and collaborate with other innovators and international leaders across our different practice areas. 

Gilbert + Tobin Managing Partner Danny Gilbert said he was proud to be part of this prestigious event and looking forward to hosting global counterparts as the forum celebrates its inaugural gathering in Sydney.

“Innovative, strategic and forward-thinking legal services are at the heart of what G+T stands for and supporting the industry to come together, exchange ideas and tackle the issues affecting us all has never been more important, particularly as we face the impacts of disruptive technology and changing client needs.

The conference will be a great experience for our team, and I am excited to hear from the world’s top practitioners, including the many Gilbert + Tobin partners who will be sharing their insights and expertise throughout the week.”

The IBA Conference includes over 200 working sessions on a range of industry-specific topics, creating opportunities to learn from global best practice to build local knowledge and expertise. 

Gilbert + Tobin’s involvement in the conference highlights the firm's position as Australia's most innovative law firm and a leader in corporate legal services. 

Make sure you follow @gtlaw on twitter to keep up with the all the G+T action from the conference as well as insights from our speakers. 

Visiting Sydney for IBA? Find out more about Gilbert + Tobin here and check out G+T’s guide on What To Do In Sydney – its filled with all the insider tips on where to eat and shop, what to see and how to get around!

MONDAY

Peter Reeves, Corporate Advisory Partner
Peter is taking part in a roundtable discussion exploring issues around intellectual property law, internet law and mobile technologies, technology contracting and dispute resolution, arts law and space law. Peter will share his thoughts on the impact of Blockchain on legal services.

John Williamson-Noble, Corporate Advisory Partner 
John’s session looks at structuring private equity investments in today’s economic environment, new forms of debts that are available to private equity in Australia and the non-bank lenders who are providing these ‘Unitranche loans.'   

Moya Dodd, Competition + Regulation Partner
As part of the European Regional Forum Lunch, Moya will discuss ‘Football, women and the world: adventures in gender and sport.'

TUESDAY

Craig Semple, Corporate Advisory Partner
This session will look at Australian inbound M&A transactions, focussing on the Australian regulatory landscape, deal trends and interesting material differences and quirks in Australian market practice to help clients stay on top when investing Down Under.

WEDNESDAY

Peter Reeves, Corporate Advisory Partner
Peter will discuss the private and public uses of blockchain and smart contracts as part of a panel on the implications of technology on business law.

Tim Gordon, Corporate Advisory Partner
The Capital Markets Forum panel will explore the uses, and abuses, of alternative performance measures from a variety of perspectives – private equity, banking, the buy-side, auditing and legal – and investigate whether such measures deliver on their objectives.

Elizabeth Avery, Competition + Regulation Partner
Elizabeth will discuss regulatory bottlenecks in public transactions.

THURSDAY

John Williamson-Noble, Corporate Advisory Partner
John will discuss the role of the target director in distressed M&A, including what directors should do to protect the interests of shareholders, the rights of creditors and their personal position. John’s talk will also cover the new “Safe Harbour” rules for directors who trade in the insolvency zone.

FRIDAY

Rachael Bassil, Corporate Advisory Partner
Rachael will look at managing risk between signing and closing an M&A Deal, as well as the processes that can be set up to monitor for potential issues and solutions to address these risks.

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