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1 - 29 June 2020, Online

Fasken Webinar Series – Mining Issues in a Changing World online


WHEN: June 1, 2020 to June 29, 2020



Fasken’s Global Mining Group invites you to attend a five-part series of webinars in June. Each session will feature lawyers from our global offices as well as some guest speakers from Canada, the United States and Australia. Besides the current pandemic, there are many changes to the mining industry which we plan to discuss. We hope you can participate in some or all of the following sessions.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Current Issues Facing Canadian Mining

Shortly after the PDAC conference in Toronto, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, economies throughout the world were put on hold by national governments. While some mining operations continued, the mining industry was not immune to this decision. Now that mining activities in Canada have, to a certain extent, recommenced from coast to coast, the webinar aims to look at some of the challenges, opportunities and risks the Canadian mining industry may face in this unfolding post-confinement era. This program will be moderated by Frank Mariage and John Turner.

Norm Keith, Elaine Léger, Andrew House, Kevin O’Callaghan, Stuart Brotman, Frank Mariage

Monday, June 8, 2020

Mine Financing in the Current Environment

The adverse circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic raise challenges for mining companies related to M&A, capital raising, financing opportunities and private equity considerations. In addition, social distancing requirements can create obstacles to effective communication with shareholders. This webinar will discuss available financing structures and alternatives. M&A considerations and potential pitfalls, as well as virtual shareholder meeting matters will also be explored. This program will be moderated by Sarah Gingrich and
John Turner.

Grant McGlaughlin, John Torrey, Brian Graves, Gesta Abols, Sarah Gingrich, Darren Reed, Krisztian Toth, Bradley Freelan

Monday, June 15, 2020

International Mining Investment and Developments: The Path Forward

Mining companies around the world have faced many changes over the last few months. We’ve seen mining declared essential in some jurisdictions and non-essential in others. This session will explore how mining has been impacted, including addressing global disputes, how the markets are reacting (and it’s not all bad!) and what opportunities we are seeing. This program will be moderated by Alison Lacy and John Turner.

Paul Fornazzari, Michael Boehm, Godfrey Malesa, Mmaphuti Morolong, Guy Winter, Peter Mantas

Monday, June 22, 2020

Critical Minerals Supply Chains for Clean Technology: A New Economic Opportunity

The energy of the future will be driven by technologies which in turn are dependent on minerals. All countries have a competitive and security interest in ensuring that their developing clean energy industries have these minerals available to them - however some of those minerals are in short supply. Finding ways to foster and support the exploration, development, and refining of those minerals is a huge opportunity. This session will discuss those opportunities in the context of traditional allies: Canada, Australia, and the United States. This program will be moderated by Kevin O’Callaghan and John Turner.

Guy Winter, Paul Fornazzari

Guest Speakers:
Simon Scott, Partner, MinterEllison
Nora Pincus, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney
Donald Bubar, President & CEO, Avalon Advanced Materials Inc.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Key ESG Issues Facing the Mining Industry

Throughout the mining industry and across its spectrum of stakeholders, ESG and related sustainability issues are taking on increasing importance. This webinar will explore five key areas of particular relevance as the industry navigates its way through the varying aspects of ESG. This program will be moderated by Tanneke Heersche and John Turner.

Janet Howard, Francois Joubert, Kai Alderson, Clifford Sosnow

Guest Speaker:
Lisa DeMarco, Partner, DeMarco Allan LLP

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm (ET) Program and Q&A

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22 - 25 June 2020, Online

Virtual Summit on Health System Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic online

McDermott Will & Emery

Where: Online 

When: 22-25 June

Emily Cook, Lisa Schmitz Mazur and Mara McDermott will present during Global Health Care LLC’s Virtual Summit on Health System Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic. This summit will address health system strategies to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and discuss the mid and long-term implications of the pandemic to the future of healthcare in the United States.

Emily Cook will speak on the “Conditions of Participation, Hospital without Walls, Blanket Flexibilities” panel on June 24, 2020.

Lisa Schmitz Mazur and Mara McDermott will speak on the “Telehealth Flexibilities, including Originating Site, Expansion of Services, Expansion of Providers” panel, also on June 24.

Click here to learn more about this program

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23 June 2020, Online

Going Remote? Leverage AI to Bring Visibility to your Contracts & Future-Proof Your Business online

Kira Systems

While you’ve no doubt heard a ton about COVID-19’s financial impact on businesses worldwide, there’s yet another major shift that organizations are having to take into account: As companies pivot away from physical offices (with some planning never to return), it’s become more important than ever them to digitize their processes and data.  

Dun & Bradstreet is one such company. Established in 1841, Dun & Bradstreet have helped businesses improve their performance on a global scale. However, as a leader in their field, it was imperative that they adapt to a post-COVID world and the “New Era” of remote work. 

And adapt they did. 

By leveraging Kira Systems (a powerful machine learning software that identifies, extracts, and analyzes text in contracts and other documents) and Mainspring (provider of innovative business solutions), the team at Dun & Bradstreet was able to smoothly transition their projects from traditional to digital without any significant loss in output. 

As a result they:

  • Gained better insights into their own contracts overall

  • Were able to stay proactive thanks to their newfound ability to scan for critical yet previously unused (until COVID-19, that is) provisions in real-time 

  • Improved their legal team’s efficiency and productivity

On Tuesday, June 23rd at 11 am EDT, join Lily Schurra (Commercial Attorney at Dun & Bradstreet) and James Misterman (Director of Customer Strategy at Mainspring) for an in-depth look at:

  • How Dun & Bradstreet developed their business case (and how you can, too)

  • How Dun Bradstreet measured success

  • How this project impacted their contract management and review capabilities

  • Critical steps you should take in order to digitize your own processes

Register now to learn how you can replicate that same success and future-proof your organization in these uncertain times.

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23 June 2020, Online

USMCA/T-MEC/CUSMA update: what you need to know online

Braumiller Law Group

Join Lexology for an informative webinar presented by Adrienne Braumiller, founder and partner, Braumiller Law Group; Brenda Cordova, Braumiller Law Group Mexico attorney; and Vincent Routhier, partner, DS Avocats, Canada.

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA/T-MEC/CUSMA) enters into force on 1 July 2020. It replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which has been the framework for trade relations in North America since 1 January 1994. The NAFTA was a historic agreement that broadened the earlier US-Canada Free Trade Agreement (entry into force on 1 January 1989) to Mexico to create the largest free trade area in the world. While the new agreement provides many of the same mechanisms as NAFTA, there have been significant changes.

This webinar will focus on those changes. The presenters all have 25+ years dealing with issues related to NAFTA, otherwise known as USMCA (United States), T-MEC (Mexico) and CUSMA (Canada) respectively. Their presentation will provide in-depth perspective from all three countries involved. 

This webinar will cover:

  • Where to find the rules for navigating the USMCA
  • Rules of origin and a practical approach to analysing these rules
  • What the USMCA certification should contain and key considerations
  • Comparison of the USMCA provisions to NAFTA
  • Customs enforcement including verification audits and record requests/desk reviews
  • Compliance tips
  • T-MEC – a Mexican perspective
  • CUSMA – a Canadian perspective

This will be a very comprehensive webinar, with several questions being answered during the presentation, as well as plenty of time (30 minutes optional) set aside for Q&A afterwards. Please feel free to forward questions in advance to bob@braumillerlaw.com.

For more information about Braumiller Law Group please visit http://www.braumillerlaw.com.


Adrienne Braumiller
Founder and partner
Braumiller Law Group




Adrienne Braumiller is the founder of Braumiller Law Group PLLC and an innovative force in the international trade law arena. With more than 25 years of experience, she is widely recognised as a leading ity in Customs, import, export, foreign trade zones, free trade agreements and ITAR compliance.

She has been involved in every aspect of import and export compliance, from developing compliance programmes to conducting audits and assessments, representing clients who are under investigation, preparing and submitting voluntary disclosures, preparing and filing classification requests and licenses, analysing whether specific transactions should be pursued, providing tailored training on specific import/export topics, addressing penalty assessments, and serving as an expert witness in a number of trade cases.


Brenda Cordova
Mexico attorney
Braumiller Law Group PLLC




Brenda Cordova heads the Braumiller Law Group legal practice in Mexico. She has been involved in Mexican customs and trade matters since 1994.

Brenda has represented a wide range of multinational and small companies, advising them on business matters in Mexico. She has helped these clients with their customs and international trade law issues, and she is widely recognised as an expert in the following areas: classification ruling requests, labelling requirements, import/export procedures, certified companies and free trade agreements including NAFTA, certificates of origin, IMMEX, foreign investment and incorporation procedures.


Vincent Routhier
DS Avocats, Canada




Vincent Routhier's practice is focused on international trade and customs law; particularly in the areas of trade remedies, cross-border trade facilitation and customs/export controls compliance. He assists clients in developing import compliance programs and has represented clients before Canadian and US administrative agencies in the context of trade and customs proceedings. He also advises corporate clients and governments on a broad range of international trade and customs law technical matters, providing strategic counsel in regards to issues arising from WTO agreements, bilateral trade agreements, Canadian trade and customs legislation and US trade and customs provisions. 


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23 June 2020, Online

Development assessment pathways outside the Planning Act | Planning, development and sustainability lunch box series 2020 online

Holding Redlich

Date: Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Time: 13:00 Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland)

Duration: 1 hour

Development assessment pathways outside the Planning Act

During this webinar, we will discuss the following:

  • Economic Development Act
  • State Development Public Works Organisation Act
  • ministerial call-in
  • State interest


Gerard Timbs

Gerard Timbs
Holding Redlich

Gerard Timbs is a Partner in the firm’s Planning, development and sustainability group where he specialises in planning, environment and sustainability law including major projects, mixed use, master-planned and multi-unit residential projects, renewable energy (solar farms), agricultural and tourism developments and local, state and federal government work. Gerard is also a qualified (previously practising) town planner and the current editor of the Queensland Environmental Practice Reporter.


Amelia Prokuda

Amelia Prokuda
Senior Associate
Holding Redlich

Amelia is a Senior Associate in our Planning, development and sustainability group specialising in town planning, development and environmental law with experience in land acquisition and compensation matters. Amelia is known for her successes in appeals, declaratory proceedings and enforcement proceedings in the Planning and Environment Court, Land Court and Magistrates Court, as well as her forward-thinking advice surrounding strategic planning, development assessment and infrastructure delivery.


Mitchell Osborne

Mitchell Osborne
Senior Associate
Holding Redlich

Mitchell is a Senior Associate in our Planning, development and sustainability group who specialises in town planning, infrastructure and environmental law. Mitchell is also a qualified town planner and has experience acting for developers, land owners, local and state governments and submitters on a broad range of planning, development and environmental matters.

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23 June 2020, Online

AI invention: patentable or not? Comparative studies in the United States, Europe, Japan and China online

Sonoda & Kobayashi Intellectual Property Law

Following a brief review of laws and rules regarding the patentability of inventions where AI is involved, this webinar will review real-world examples of patent families filed in the United States, Europe, Japan and China. Attendees will gain clarification on the common features and significant differences in the examination of such inventions at the different patent offices.



Sarvajit Patil, US patent attorney and us attorney at law
Sonoda & Kobayashi

Sarvajit Patil has been a New York State licensed attorney at law and a US registered patent attorney since 2011. He received bachelor’s degrees in computer science and economics from Carnegie Mellon University before attending Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was an editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law.

Sarvajit practised IP law in New York before moving to Japan. He joined Sonoda & Kobayashi in 2018, where he focuses on Japanese national phase prosecution of electrical and mechanical inventions. He speaks English and Japanese.


Yoshitaka Sonoda, co-founder and managing partner
Sonoda & Kobayashi

Dr Yoshitaka Sonoda is fluent in both English and French, skills which were acquired as a researcher at the Saclay Nuclear Research Center of the Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives. He spent three years there after working on transient vibration and instability problems in nonlinear systems, for which he was awarded a PhD by the University of Tokyo.A fter returning to Japan, he was a researcher at Hitachi, Ltd, and he joined the field of IP law in 1987.

He has acquired extensive knowledge and experience in various aspects of IP rights over more than 30 years, including 10 years as a director at a major Japanese IP firm, and 19 years at Sonoda & Kobayashi as the managing director since its founding in 1998.


As the primary patent litigator, Dr Sonoda handles appeals, invalidations and infringement proceedings for private companies and public organisations from France, Denmark, Germany, and the United States before Japanese courts. Dr Sonoda regularly gives seminars abroad and at IP organizations and associations

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24 June 2020, Online

Berggren Live Radio Series | Copyright protection of shapes of products and store layouts online

Berggren Oy


Berggren Live Radio is our weekly, fast-paced 30-minute program on important intellectual property issues during these strange times. The program is hosted by Berggren’s own Robert Alderson and Mariella Massaro. Every week we invite a special guest to join the discussion with Robert and Mariella.

On 24 June our guest will be Marco Ricolfi, chair of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Turin (Italy), founding co-director of the Nexa Center for Internet and Society and Partner at Weigmann law firm (Italy) to learn more about the latest trends in Italian IP litigation and to discuss copyright protection of shapes of products and store layouts in light of recent European and Italian court decisions.



Robert Alderson

Partner I Berggren Oy

United States and European Patent Attorney

Admitted to the NY and Georgia Bar

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Juris Doctor (J.D.)

Robert is a partner at Berggren where he is one of a very small number of intellectual property attorneys working at a European IP firm who has a law degree from the United States and is qualified to practice before both the USPTO and EPO.

Prior to moving to Europe almost 9 years ago, he worked in New York as an intellectual property attorney for 14 years, including over 10 years in the IP group of an AmLaw 100 law firm. In his professional capacity, Robert has a great deal of experience in patent prosecution, litigation, licensing, opinion letter-writing, and IP due diligence matters.

Robert often writes and speaks on a variety of intellectual property-related topics, particularly concerning comparative IP law issues

Mariella Massaro

Partner I Berggren Oy

IP Strategist

Dr. Jur.

Mariella practiced as an IP attorney-at-law in Italy for over 15 years handling IP litigation and transactional matters, including licensing, commercial agreements and anti-counterfeiting programs, for iconic design and fashion companies. She also assisted research centers and hi-tech companies in all aspects of intellectual property created through innovation, with a particular focus on the protection of software-based assets with both proprietary and free/open source software.

In Berggren, Mariella coordinates projects and transactions having an international component and helps to develop effective IP strategies in key global markets. She is also part of the International Business Development team and the head of the Italian and Russian Desks.

Mariella has ed several publications on European IP law. She is also a frequent speaker at international events and workshops on a variety of IP and Privacy issues.

Mariella is fluent in English, Italian and Russian.

Marco Ricolfi

Chair of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Turin (Italy)

Founding co-director of the Nexa Center for Internet and Society

Partner at Weigmann law firm (Italy)

Born in Turin on 19 July 1952, he works in the field of intellectual property law, both national and international.

He is professor of Commercial Law at the University of Turin, Department of Law, where he also teaches Intellectual Property Law. Since 2006 he has co-directed the Research Centre for Internet and Society of the Polytechnic of Turin, Nexa.

He is the of numerous publications on intellectual property, including Trattato dei marchi, Giappichelli, Turin, 2015, which can be consulted free of charge at https://iris.unito.it/handle/2318/1526036#.W9cuI3tKi1s.

He has taught in the United States, Australia and China. He jointly directs the Giurisprudenza annotata di diritto industriale. He is a member of the European Copyright Society.

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24 June 2020, Online

Legally speaking digital transformation: three steps for in-house counsel online


Technology shouldn't be a four letter word when it comes to legal and in-house counsel. A fully automated contract management solution reduces the overall time and effort spent on manual processes, leaving more time for strategic and high-risk assessments. Digital transformation is the essential key for legal departments in an ever-changing digital world.

Join us for this informative webinar to discover:

  • The current state of digital transformation for legal functions
  • Why now is the right time
  • The legal digital transformation journey
  • The blueprint for success: how to plan your approach

Don’t miss out – book your spot today!



George Barlow
Senior legal engineer

George is the senior legal engineer in the transformation team and oversees the training of the world's first end-to-end artificially intelligent contract analyst as part of the implementation of the ContractPodAi® system.

George has over 25 years’ experience both in-house and in private practice as a real estate solicitor and has worked in-house for companies in the financial services and energy and utilities sectors, including 16 years working in-house with Aviva plc, where he combined his legal work with managing his team’s IT systems for five years before successfully completing the switch to legal technology, working for the last three years as the legal technology manager for Aviva plc’s global legal function.

George has a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Hull and a master’s degree in landscape history from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom.


Charles Dimov
Vice president of marketing, global

Charles has 24 years of experience in marketing, sales, engineering and management across various IT and technology businesses. He has had experience in the telecom, computer and printing, HR systems, retail technology, AI and legal tech verticals. Previous roles include chief of staff, director of product marketing and director of sales. He has held roles in brand-name firms like IBM, Ericsson, HP, ADP, OrderDynamics, and now ContractPodAi®.


Kumud Bika
Vice president, global customer success

Kumud Bika is vice president, global customer success. Kumud previously worked at Clearslide, where she was responsible for building a thriving customer success function. She leads our customer success team and partners with customers to grow and drive value throughout the customer lifecycle.

As a leader of customer success teams for over 10 years, Kumud enhances the customer experience and optimises product and service delivery. Kumud is based out of our New York office.

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24 June 2020, WeWork, 310 Edward Street Brisbane City Qld 4000

Building Better Business: MFR for licensing. Protecting your licence [24 June 2020] in person

Helix Legal

Where: WeWork, 310 Edward Street Brisbane City Qld 4000
Date: Wednesday, 24 June 2020
Time: 7:45am to 9:00 am (AEST)

The Minimum Financial Requirements for licensing caught several companies off guard in 2019. Learn from mistakes with insight from the team at Helix Legal as part of their Building Better Business Series.

Under the Minimum Financial Requirements for Licensing, since 1 January 2019 the QBCC has progressed through 2 phases of assessment:

Phase 1 – ‘signed financial statements’ from 742 large contractors; and
Phase 2 – declarations from self-certifying licensees who have a turnover not exceeding $800,000 or ‘internal management accounts’ from licensees who have a turnover greater than $800,000 but less than $30 million.
There were approximately 70,000 licensees that are captured by these two phases.

What are the lessons learnt from those who got caught out in the changes?

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24 June 2020, Online

The key to technology adoption is in your firm’s culture online

HighQ, part of Thomson Reuters

The adoption of new technology by any organisation requires an understanding of the culture, the group dynamics, and the needs of those who will engage and benefit from its use. Understanding how your intended users will react to change, from shock to acceptance and commitment, might inform how new technologies are introduced. Can cultural change be driven by performance measures, such as rewards for engagement, or is punishment more effective? Within all culture discussions, collaboration is a perennial topic of conversation. In these challenging times, looking to colleagues, and cross-team working, could provide answers and promote new ways of tackling problems.

Join our panel for what will be a lively discussion as we consider the cultural implications of implementing new technology.

  • Understanding your change curve – what are the stages likely to feature in technology adoption in a firm?
  • Carrot versus stick – is one more appropriate than the other?
  • What steps can you take to promote cross-team collaboration?

This webinar is part of HighQ’s SmartLaw Series – find out more about SmartLaw at highq.com/gb/smartlaw/ .



Samantha Steer
Director large law strategy
Thomson Reuters




After seven years as a dispute resolution lawyer in private practice, Sam joined the world of legal information provision. This world has now become one of legal information, and software, provision, with Westlaw UK, Practical Law, Lawtel, Contract Express and HighQ all part of the Thomson Reuter’s suite of law firm solutions.

Sam’s roles at Thomson Reuters have included product development and product strategy for both online and software solutions. Sam is currently responsible for devising and implementing the strategy for Thomson Reuters’ large and medium law firm customers.



Ian Rodwell
Head of client knowledge and learning



Ian Rodwell is head of Linklaters’ client knowledge and learning team. He works directly with the firm’s clients ensuring they have access to a suite of legal and skills training, as well as an extensive collection of publications and knowhow tools. Ian has delivered business skills masterclasses globally and advised clients on a range of learning and knowledge management initiatives.

Joining the firm in 1992, Ian has held a number of knowledge and learning roles. These include establishing a knowhow system for the firm’s real estate practice and then running an information centre providing legal research and business analysis to teams across the London office.

As well as knowledge and learning collaborations with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Henley Business School, Ian regularly writes for the legal press and chairs and speaks at industry conferences.


Caroline White-Robinson
Head of knowledge management and learning and development



Caroline has been head of learning and development at Shoosmiths for the last 13 years having moved into the legal industry from the world of pharmaceuticals. Her thirst for all things new led her to persuade Shoosmiths’s board in June 2018 to set up an official knowledge management team which Caroline now leads.

Her background in business means that she approaches both strategic thinking and operational excellence with an improvement mindset and a desire to see both individuals and teams fulfil their potential.


Jessica Magnusson
Global head of legal knowledge management
HSBC, Legal




Jessica Magnusson is the global head of legal knowledge management at HSBC, Legal. In the last five years she has set up a new knowledge management team, implemented new technology, legal training and initiatives that facilitate knowledge-sharing, collaboration and performance improvement.  Prior to HSBC Jessica worked in various knowledge management roles at Osborne Clarke, Baker McKenzie and Arthur Andersen Business Consulting. Jessica enjoys working in international and diverse environments, helping people to collaborate, learn and thrive.


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