Encouraging innovation in an evolving legal landscape
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We are delighted to be returning to the Hilton Glasgow for the first in our Scots Law 2024 Conference Series, exclusively available to delegates in person on the day.
Our annual conference, chaired by Andrew Meakin of Morton Fraser MacRoberts, will take an in depth look at the current key developments in corporate law and will also consider how your advice can help clients successfully take their innovative idea to the marketplace.
Topics ranging from how venture capitalists evaluate a new proposal, how to be ‘investor ready’ from an IP perspective, the fundamental changes to the law of moveable transactions and directors’ duties to the use of guarantees, conducting a due diligence exercise and the impact of recent case law will all be considered.
An expert panel of speakers will join Andrew, including Professor Nicholas Grier from Abertay University, Andrew Kinnes of Shepherd & Wedderburn, Dr Julie Nixon from TLT LLP, David Ovens of Archangels, Ralph Riddiough from Holmes Mackillop and Catherine MacColl of Themis Advocates.
What’s being covered?
The Moveable Transactions (Scotland) Bill – the best is yet to come
Moveable transactions law is of vital importance to the Scottish economy. It impacts on all moveable property and regulates the ability of businesses, large and small, to use their moveable property to raise finance. For many businesses, the ability to raise finance using their moveable assets can make the difference between success and failure. The Act was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 4 May 2023 and received Royal Assent on 13 June 2023. What happens next?
Andrew Kinnes, Shepherd & Wedderburn
Investor ready from an IP and data protection perspective
While corporate lawyers advising on M&A and investment transactions rely on colleagues specialising in IP and data protection, it is worthwhile knowing the “red flags” to look out for in due diligence. This session aims to cover IP and data protection basics and some common issues which arise in transactions relating to these topics. Julie will also share her perspective on working with academics in the context of spin-out companies.
Dr Julie Nixon, TLT LLP
Venture capital investment – the protections required and their importance
The protections sought as venture capital investors in the Investment Agreement and Articles include reporting, investor consent matters, warranties, drag and tag and good leaver/bad leaver, but why are these protections important?
David Ovens, Archangels
Directors' duties in difficult times, and the danger of the ill-paid dividend
It's bad enough being a director, having to cope with all the duties prescribed under the Companies Act 2006, but recently there have been some cases where directors' decisions to pay dividends has been later called into question, given their companies' subsequent collapses. Remember BHS and Wilco? What should directors be considering when they decide to pay a dividend? What is the risk to them of paying a dividend that shouldn't have been paid? Where should the money to pay the dividend come from? From whom should the dividend be clawed back - assuming it is even feasible?
Professor Nicholas Grier, Abertay University
Guarantees in commercial transactions
In this session we will take a practical look at the risks to consider and the pitfalls to avoid where there can be problems in transactions that nobody has thought about, such as cost-over-run undertakings and third party security.
Andrew Meakin, Morton Fraser MacRoberts
Due diligence: identifying the issues that matter
In this session we will consider: the questionnaire; working as part of the wider team; pressing for detail; providing useful advice; and issues in specific industries.
Ralph Riddiough, Holmes Mackillop
Corporate caselaw update
This presentation will review the main cases from courts in Scotland and England over the past 12 months concerning corporate law, considering the issues raised and the consequences of those decisions for clients and practitioners.