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Diversity & Inclusion in the time of coronavirus

May 28, 2020
12:00 PM PT
Please join us for a lively discussion that will focus on how companies and law firms can preserve their hard won diversity gains during the COVID-19 crisis and avoid a repeat of the 2008 recession’s disproportionately adverse effect on women and diverse attorneys. This session will be moderated by Justine Lee, Reed Smith Associate, Silicon Valley.

Challenges and key aspects of medical device M&A deals in Europe

14 May 2020
1:00 PM BST
There are a number of considerations that a company must review when embarking on medical device mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions, especially surrounding deal structuring and regulatory compliance.  Learn more about the critical issues unique to medical device companies during this Reed Smith webinar.  Areas that will be covered include:  * Unique and specific legal and business challenges  * Transaction agreements  * Deal protections Regulatory due diligence  * EU Medical Device Regulation (MDR) impact  * Effective presentation of quality and regulatory findings to senior management  * Post-acquisition activities (Integration, harmonization, and remediation)  * Common issues and deal-stoppers


A Roundtable with California Tax Administrators - COVID-19 Updates, Reed Smith webinar

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
11:00 AM PT
The Reed Smith State Tax Group is hosting a one-hour Live Webinar with high-level tax administrators from California’s tax departments to discuss how the departments have been impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the resulting shutdown. The virtual panel will provide updates on important topics including the effect of COVID-19 on audits, settlements, department operations, and related guidance. Reed Smith presenters, Shail Shah and Priscilla Ayn Parrett, are scheduled to be joined by the following special guest panelists:  * Craig Scott, Deputy Chief Counsel of General Tax Administration, California Franchise Tax Board * Robert Tucker, Chief Counsel, California Department of Tax and Fee Administration * Sonya Yim, Tax Counsel, California Board of Equalization * Myriam Bouaziz, Director of Legislation, California Office of Tax Appeals 

Crisis Management Webinar Series: Reputational Risk

5 May 2020
12:00 PM BST
In an interconnected, multi-media world, news travels quickly. While companies used to have up to 48 hours to deal with a crisis internally before it became public knowledge, the advent of social media often reduces this to less than 24 hours. It is important to be flexible and agile, acting quickly to protect risk to your business and navigate unavoidable delays that can have serious consequences.  Please join us for a webinar series looking at crisis management. This series looks at issues arising across a variety of sectors. The sessions are practical and designed to meet your questions and needs, with a real-world focus.  This sixth and final in this series will look at Reputational Risk.


International developments in the regulation of protecting children online: from GDPR and AVMS to CO

29 April 2020
12:00 PM BST
Our transatlantic team will be hosting a practical webinar looking at the significant proposed changes in the protection of children online. The webinar will look at the current trends across Europe and the US to provide insights on changes that could impact your business in the year ahead. This program is presumptively approved for 1.0 general CLE credit in California, Illinois, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia. For lawyers licensed in New York, this course is eligible for 1.0 credit under New York’s Approved Jurisdiction Policy. Please allow four weeks after the program to receive a certificate of attendance.


Sanctions post-COVID-19: What is on the horizon for international trade?

23 April 2020
12:00 PM BST
The current crisis has seen increased collaboration from a number of countries in order to procure essential supplies and ensure the continued exchange of goods. Should we expect to see sanctions and export controls relaxed following the COVID-19 crisis or are we likely to see renewed restrictions and an increase in protectionist policies? Change is definitely on the horizon and members of our global sanctions team will talk you through what to expect and provide practical tips to help you prepare on this webinar. This program is presumptively approved for 1.0 general CLE credit in California, Illinois, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia. For lawyers licensed in New York, this course is eligible for 1.0 credit under New York’s Approved Jurisdiction Policy. Please allow four weeks after the program to receive a certificate of attendance.

What policyholders need to know about insurance for COVID-19

April 16, 2020
11:00 AM ET
This webinar will cover the following topics: * Business interruption coverage, including issues relating to physical loss/damage trigger * Contamination/virus/microorganism exclusions (and coverage extensions) * D&O coverage for shareholder claims * Trade/credit risk coverage and political risk coverage * Pollution/remediation/decontamination coverage * State legislative initiatives and public policy issues related to insurer denials of coverage for COVID-19 claims

Demystifying US securities law

15 April 2020
12:00 PM BST
Join this webinar on US securities laws in international offerings will include a review of the legal and regulatory framework around private placement exemptions (including Rule 144A and Reg D), the offshore safe harbour under Reg S, and the US securities law liability regime.


Discovery 2020: Debunking the Myths

April 14, 2020
12:00 PM ET
This CLE program will lay out how to become a more effective discovery strategist. Which of the following are true?:  * Your client has a duty to preserve all information potentially relevant to anticipated litigation  * The best offensive discovery strategy is to seek everything from your opponent that is potentially relevant to the case  * A good first response to overbroad discovery requests is to file the standard objections  * The best discovery outcomes are achieved through zealous advocacy  * Discovery delays usually benefit the party with the most to produce  * You must get the consent of opposing counsel or the court before using predictive coding  * The clawback provisions of the Federal Rules protect you from inadvertent privilege waiver  * Producing parties must cover all of their own production costs  If you said “yes” to any of the above, then you are behind the times. Attend this 1 hour CLE program to become a more effective discovery strategist!

Force Majeure – Understanding your rights and protecting your position

8 April 2020
1:00 PM BST
Join us for a webinar on a reminder of how force majeure works in English law, with a focus on shipping contracts.  * What events are covered under my force majeure clause?  * Can I still rely on force majeure now? foreseeability of the force majeure event or its effect.  * Causation: is my performance actually being affected by force majeure?  * Do I have to make extra efforts to perform?  * Should I give or renew a force majeure notice, and what if I don’t do it?  * Force majeure clauses in charters, freight terms, and ship-building contracts.  * Other helpful contract clauses in “force majeure” situations  * Help from English common-law: frustration and illegality  * Amending or ending a contract by agreement.  Who should attend: ship managers, owners, brokers, charterers, and in-house counsel specialising in shipping matters.


COVID-19's Impact on the global pharmaceutical supply chain and steps to take now

April 7, 2020
12:00 PM ET
COVID-19 is having an unprecedented impact on the global pharmaceutical supply chain. This webinar will focus on current issues facing the global pharmaceutical supply chain and steps companies should take now to position themselves for international arbitration claims that may arise.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we at Reed Smith have postponed all upcoming in-person events.

As with many global organizations, we are generally following the guidance of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; however, we are also monitoring guidance at the state level in the US as well as guidance issued by other public health authorities as it applies to our offices. Where there is any ambiguity, we are erring on the side of caution.

We look forward to hosting you again in person in the future. In the meantime, please visit our webinars page for a full listing of our virtual events.