Chemicals Update Seminar

Wednesday 30 November 2011

We all know how hard it is to keep up with the pace of change these days.
To make life easier Squire, Sanders Hammonds is putting on the latest in our series of free annual autumn legal update breakfast seminars on Wednesday 30 November at Chemicals Northwest Headquarters at the Heath Business and Technical Park, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 4QX.

The seminar will look at the following issues:-

EU Import Duty Recovery and Reduction Programmes
Robert MacLean – Partner, Squire Sanders Hammonds, International Trade, Brussels

Using some case studies from past real experiences, Robert will speak about how to maximise EU customs duty reduction possibilities. More specifically, he will elaborate on:
* Identifying ways to return value to companies by recovering historical EU customs duties payments and reducing future liabilities.
* Creating new exemptions and suspensions to reduce future operational costs of EU manufacturing operations.
* Steps to protect your company's business if your competitors in the EU have implemented similar programmes to reduce their operating costs.

Reach: One Year On Where Are We?
Dave Gordon, Partner, Squire Sanders Hammonds – Environment, Safety & Health

* A review of the lessons learnt one year on from the introduction of REACH and also an update on current HSE enforcement trends.
* How to notify candidate substances.
* Preparing for REACH audits and a review of current enforcement trends in the UK.
* Thinking ahead to 2013 and a review of lessons learned from the 2010 registration process.

Competition Law: Reform of UK competition regime and Information Exchange
Diarmuid Ryan, Head of Competition Law – UK, Partner Squire Sanders Hammonds

Diarmuid will outline some of the Government's proposed reforms to the UK competition regime, focusing on the proposed changes to the cartel offence and more generally on the implications for enforcement practice in the UK.  Diarmuid will also provide an update of recent cases concerning pure information exchange.
UK competition regime reform
* Cartel offence: the Government is proposing to make criminal convictions under the cartel offence easier by removing the dishonesty requirement, with the avowed intention of securing a greater frequency of convictions.
* Merger control: the Government is considering whether to institute a mandatory notification system but is resisting any meaningful safe harbour for small mergers and is proposing a dramatic increase in merger fees (up to £220,000 for large mergers).
* Investigating infringements: the Government is proposing to merge the OFT and the Competition Commission and is considering reforms ranging from the US model of requiring the OFT to apply to court for an infringement order, to keeping an administrative process but removing the right of appeal to the CAT on the merits against infringement decisions.  
*  Market investigations: the Government is considering introducing more market investigations.

Information Exchange
• Markets in the chemicals sector are often relatively concentrated, with pricing being influenced by industry wide reporting of recent transactions, often carried out by independent market researchers.
• Recent ECJ case law, new draft guidelines from the European Commission and some new cases from the national competition regulators potentially restrict the ability of chemicals companies to lawfully disclose transaction data and access competitor data, even if obtained from independent market researchers.

Patents - Update
America Invents Act 2011 – How It Affects Your Business
Bob Pidgeon, Partner and Head of Chemicals Group at European Patent Attorneys, Appleyard Lees

Bob will discuss the America Invents Act, which President Obama signed into law on 16 September 2011.  This introduces major changes to the patent regime in the United States - but the effects go far beyond US borders and need to be understood by chemicals businesses in the UK.   Bob will summarise the changes, describe how they may affect your business and give advice on the steps you should take to deal with the changes.

Patents UK Law Update
Andrew Clay, Partner Squire Sanders Hammonds – Intellectual Property

Andrew will look at the current status of the pan-European patent, the Patent Box low tax regime for patent royalties as well as a review of recent case law relating to novelty and insufficiency.

Who Should Attend?
This seminar content should be of interest to FDs, those in your business who deal with the importation of chemicals, sales, REACH compliance or with IP issues.

CPD

The seminar will attract 3 hours CPD. You are however welcome to come to part only of the seminar.

Programme
8.30 am:  Registration and continental breakfast
9.00 am:  EU Import Duty Recovery and Reduction Programmes
9.45 am:  REACH
10.30 am:  Coffee Break
11.00 am:  Competition law
11.40 am:  Patents
12.20 pm:  Optional sandwich lunch/session ends

How To Reserve Your Place
To reserve your free place or to find out more, please contact: manchester.events@ssd.com

To view a more detailed flyer please click on the link below

chemicals_seminar_30th_nov_2011.doc

 

 

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