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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

M&A and the Regulation of Foreign Direct Investment in 2022

When: Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 6:30 PM -
Where: 11 rue Galilee - 75116 Paris or Online,

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Queen Mary University of London’s Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) and the Sorbonne Law School request the pleasure of your company to celebrate the Sorbonne - Queen Mary Double LLM and inaugural "Jeantet student achievement prizes" at our January 2022 Opening Lecture on: M&A and the Regulation of Foreign Direct Investment in 2022.

The EU’s foreign direct investment (FDI) screening legislation has been in force for just over a year now and national governments in a number of countries in the EU and elsewhere have been adopting measures to introduce and extend FDI screening regimes. Our panel, comprised of practising lawyers, members of the faculties of law at Queen Mary and the Sorbonne and a representative of the Office for the Control of Foreign Investments in France, will discuss the latest developments in this area and their impact on the execution of M&A transactions.

About the Speakers:

Professor Farhad Ameli is Sorbonne Law School’s Vice-Dean. He teaches as a full-time Professor in the fields of International Trade Law, International contracts, International Labour Law and Arbitration. He is also an International Trade Law and French Business Law specialist attorney with substantial in-house legal experience. High premium on providing preemptive legal support in French or English. Focus on Arbitration, Litigation, enforcement Law, contract drafting, international Labour Law.

Jennifer El-Baz, Deputy to the Head of Office for Foreign Investments in France, Direction Générale du Trésor (the French Treasury).

Professor Ioannis Kokkoris holds a Chair in Competition Law and Economics at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, UK. Professor Kokkoris is an expert on competition law and economics. His main research interests span all areas of competition law and policy including comparative competition law/economics and policy focusing on EU, US, BRICS and ASEAN. He is also focusing on issues of national security concerns and FDI in US, UK and EU. Professor Kokkoris has formerly served at the UK Competition and Markets Authority, DG Competition, European Commission and US Federal Trade Commission and has more than 100 publications.

Ingrid Rogers is a senior associate in the Competition Department of the law firm Travers Smith. She advises on multi-jurisdictional merger control matters, behavioural competition law matters, and competition follow-on damages litigation. Ingrid has experience across a variety of industry sectors including life sciences, energy and infrastructure, retail and consumer goods, insurance and reinsurance, technology, and maritime shipping.

Prior to joining Travers Smith, Ingrid was a legal advisor to the UK Competition & Markets Authority.

Stephen Walters is a member of the Paris Bar and a solicitor in English law. For over twenty years he has advised clients in France and internationally on public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity transactions and other complex strategic transactions. His practice also includes advising on corporate governance issues and institutional investors in connection with their investments in private equity funds.

He advises clients in a wide range of sectors, with particular experience in the life sciences, technology, energy and financial services sectors.

Note: Access to Jeantet's premises for the purposes of attendance at this event will be subject to the legal restrictions and procedures then applicable in the context of the control of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the firm's policies in this regard. All attendees will be required to present a valid COVID 19 vaccination pass on arrival.

Note 2: because of the sanitary checks please note that registrations will be from 18h for an 18h30 start.