Sep 4

JOINT CONGRESS AEA-EAL/F.B.E.: AIX-EN-PROVENCE, 20-23 MAY 2010, CENTRE DES CONGRÈS, AIX-EN-PROVENCE

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There were significant changes regarding the lawyers’ profession in the last few years. Further challenges and issues are awaiting: to what extent shall continuing training be required? How shall deontology be defined? How will the new technologies influence the lawyer’s activity? What shall be the right relationship with other legal, audit or commercial professions? etc. The modernization of the lawyers’ profession will be the topic of the morning session held jointly with the F.B.E.

Arbitration has become an important part for an increasing number of lawyers. The actual situation of this attractive dispute settlement tool in Europe is the subject of the afternoon program which will be organised by the AEA-EAL separately from the F.B.E.’s afternoon program on 21 May 2010. F.B.E. kindly offered not to charge AEA-EAL members for the participation of the morning program. The social activities (cocktails, lunch, gala dinner, coffee breaks) are open for both F.B.E. and AEA-EAL members.

VENUE:

The venue of the conference is the Centre des Congrès, 14 boulevard Carnot, F-13100 Aix-en-Provence

PROGRAM:

Thursday, 20 May 2010

7 pm: Welcome Cocktail, at the city hall of Aix-en-Provence, Salon des Etats de Provence

Friday, 21 May 2010

8.30 am Registration

Morning session held jointly with F.B.E.

9.00 – 9.30 am Welcome speeches

9.30 am – 1.00 pm F.B.E. morning session “Shall we ‘modernize’ the lawyers’ profession and the bars?” including an AEA introductory presentation “EC rules affecting the lawyers’ profession” developed by Mr. Román Gómez Ponti, Lawyer in Barcelona, Professor of Administrative Law at UB (Barcelona’s University) and former General Secretary and Chef of the Legal Department of the Catalonian Bars Council .

1.00 – 2.30 pm Lunch

Afternoon session held by AEA-EAL

2-30 – 2.45 pm Welcome and introduction speech
by Philipp Zurkinden, President of the AEA-EAL

2.45 – 3.15 pm The role of arbitration in Western Europe Juan Núñez,
Partner BD abogados, Barcelona

15.15 – 3.45 pm The role of arbitration in Eastern Europe
Robert Kamionowski, Partner Peter Nielsen Partners, Warsaw

3.45 – 4.15 pm Coffee break

4.15 – 4.45 pm Arbitration and Mediation – Competing or complementary tools?
Michel Forges, Partner, Faber Inter Law Firm, Brussels

4.45 – 5.15 pm Arbitration and Mediation in EC merger control
Prof. Thomas Hoehn, CompetitionRx, London

5.15 – 6.00 pm Panel with the speakers Co-Chairs: Dr. Elisabeth Hoffmann, Hoffmann Partners, Brussels, Member of the Board of AEA and Dr. Philipp Zurkinden, Prager Dreifuss Attorneys at law, Berne/Zurich/Brussels, President AEA

7.30 pm Gala Dinner (black tie), Fondation Vasarely, Aix-en-Provence

Saturday, 22 May 2010

10 am AEA board meeting

12 am Closing Cocktail, at the Centre des Congrès

COSTS

400 Euros For AEA-EAL members (including welcome cocktail an 20 May 2010; morning [F.B.E.] and afternoon [AEA-EAL] conference sessions on 21 May 2010; lunch and gala dinner; cocktail on 22 May 2010)

450 Euros For non members

300 Euros For accompanying persons (see social program on www.fbe.org )

PLEASE ARRANGE PAYMENT AT BANQUE ING, PLACE POELAERT, B-1000 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, A/C NUMBER 630-0234922-47, IBAN: BE22 6300 2349 2247, BIC: BBR UBEB (INDICATING NAME OF PARTICIPANT AND “AIX-EX-PROVENCE”)

ACCOMODATION/TRAVEL INFORMATION

See website information of F.B.E. on www.fbe.org

INSCRIPTION FORM

Please fill out the inscription form and send it by fax to Prager Dreifuss, att. Philipp Zurkinden, on +41 31 327 54 99 before 15 May 2010.