School of Law

Paris Event: Queen Mary LLM Paris Opening Lecture - 'Artificial Intelligence and Corporate Governance'

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10 September 2019

Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Venue: McDermott Will & Emery, 23 rue de l'Université, 75007 Paris, France

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Queen Mary University of London’s Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), McDermott, Will & Emery, and the Association Française des Juristes d’Entreprise request the pleasure of your company at the Queen Mary LLM Paris Opening Lecture on:

'Artificial Intelligence and Corporate Governance'

This event will address issues around Artificial Intelligence (AI) decision-making technology in the context of corporate governance. It will look to the potential for a regulatory model that places public rather than private interest at the heart of AI regulation. The speakers will examine the influence of human design and impact behind AI technology on the nature of AI decision-making. They will explore ownership and control of companies developing AI, as well as discuss potential changes to corporate governance regulation, particularly of tech companies, whilst considering the merits of introducing public interest regulation.

Starting with a presentation on the topic by Queen Mary's Professor Alan Dignam, discussion will ensue, as moderated by Professor Jonathan Griffiths of CCLS, with Bertrand Delafaye from MWE, and Bruno Massot, General Counsel at IBM and Leader of the AFJE's Digital Taskforce. We anticipate lively debate also with members of the audience.

Date: Tuesday 10 September 2019
Time: 18h30 (registrations from 18h00)
Location: 23, rue de l'Université, Paris 7ème

The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

Kindly sponsored by McDermott, Will & Emery, Paris, co-sponsors of the CCLS-MWE-AFJE LLM Paris Scholarship.

About the Speakers

Professor Alan Dignam

Alan Dignam is Professor of Corporate Law at Queen Mary University of London's School of Law. His major research interests are company law, corporate governance, the application of Constitutional Rights/Human Rights to corporations and the impact of Artificial Intelligence on Corporations.

He has written widely in domestic and international law journals on company and commercial law matters, and is the co-author with David Allen of Company Law and the Human Rights Act (Butterworths, 2000) and with Professor John Lowry (UCL) of Company Law (Oxford University Press, 2019). A co-authored book with Michael Galanis (Manchester University) entitled The Globalization of Corporate Governance, (Ashgate, 2009) was published in 2009 predicting the end of globalisation and the rise of nationalist agendas. In 2014, again with Michael Galanis, he edited a collection of essays on Post-crisis Trajectories of European Corporate Governance: Dealing with the Present and Building the Future (Wiley 2014).

He was appointed in 2004 to the International Advisory Committee to the South African Department of Trade and Industry Company Law Review and has advised various governments, NGOs and corporations on Corporate law and governance reform. In 2012 he was the Eversheds, Ernst & Young, Sino Group, Tricore, Noble Group Joint Visiting Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Hong Kong. He is an honorary Member of 7 Kings Bench Walk Chambers and a Member of the European Forum on Securities Regulation. In 2015 he was ZIFO Institute for Financial and Corporate Law Amsterdam Distinguished International Visitor and a visiting Professor at the Cambridge University Law Faculty.

Since 2016 he has been a member of a Welcome Trust funded network exploring the impact of Artificial Intelligence on Corporations.

Bertrand Delafaye

Bertrand Delafaye is a Partner at McDermott Will and Emery's Paris office. He advises private and listed companies, investors and investment funds on general corporate concerns, including mergers and acquisitions (M&A), joint ventures and other major transactions, as well as private equity and securities law matters. He also has significant experience in the international arena, cross-border and domestic joint ventures, post-closing reorganizations, and negotiation of major industrial and commercial agreements.

Bruno Massot

Bruno Massot has been General Counsel at IBM France since 2013. Prior to this, and after several years as an avocat, he held diverse positions within the IBM group in the fields of social law, negotiation of external IT contracts and setting up joint ventures, for France and Belgium and then at the European level, from Madrid. He oversees the European working group within IBM which focuses on legal aspects of Blockchain. He has been a member of the AFJE since 1997 and leads its Digital Taskforce.

For further information, please contact:

Anna Gray
Phone: +33 (0)1 44 11 73 97
E-mail: anna.gray@qmul.ac.uk