Events - conferences, seminars and webinars

7 - 29 October 2020, Online

HPE NEW YORK 2020 online

McDermott Will & Emery

WHEN: 7 - 29 October 2020


Join us virtually for McDermott’s signature HPE New York conference. We’ll bring together preeminent healthcare private equity executives and investment bankers and unmatched keynote speakers to your remote workspace in a cutting-edge format – unlike any other conference this fall.

Catch our three-part healthcare subsector investing series, addressing the critical business, legal and reimbursement issues impacting the seven hottest healthcare subsectors. All leading up to the half-day HPE New York program featuring renowned speakers, interactive networking and innovative social elements.


October 29, 2020, 10:00 am – 1:30pm EDT

Panels of preeminent healthcare private equity investors and bankers, keynote presentations from renowned speakers, interactive networking and innovative social elements and surprises.

  • Lunch Keynote with George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States of America
  • Special Moderator: Michael Lewis, business journalist and author of The Big Short, Moneyball, The Blind Side and Liar’s Poker
  • Private Equity Founder’s Panel: The Current and Future States of Healthcare Private Equity
  • The Truth about the COVID-19 Vaccine (Featuring the immediate past Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Scott Gottlieb)

Other key panels include:

  • The Impact of COVID-19: What’s Hot, What’s Not
  • Getting Deals Done in the New Normal
  • The Role of Private Equity in Healthcare: The Debate Continues
  • Election 2020: Material Anticipated Legislation that Would Impact Healthcare Private Equity
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20 October 2020 - 17 November 2020, Online

Life Sciences Dealmaking Symposium 2020 online

McDermott Will & Emery

WHEN: October 20 - November 17, 2020 


In a year marked by unexpected challenges and rapid change, staying connected with industry peers and keeping a watchful eye on market trends, policy developments and collaborations in the life sciences space is crucial to bringing innovations to market.

Join us virtually for our signature Life Sciences Dealmaking Symposium, where seasoned dealmakers, industry executives and technical experts come together with McDermott’s leading life sciences lawyers. Beginning October 20, we’ll bring you a series of three pre-Symposium programs focused on today’s most pressing concerns for life sciences dealmakers, all culminating in a half-day virtual program with multiple networking sessions, industry-leading keynote speakers and insights from investors, life sciences executives, policy experts and investment bankers.



Part 1: Tuesday, October 20, 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT

  • New Factors in the Mix: Diligence in the Time of COVID-19

Part 2: Tuesday, October 27, 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT

  • Powering Through the Pandemic: Trends in Early Stage Investment

Part 3: Tuesday, November 10, 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST

  • Powering Through the Pandemic: Trends in Early Stage Investment


November 17, 2020, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm EST

  • Pre-event Networking
  • M&A Outlook: Expect the Unexpected
  • Sight Unseen: Cross-border Licensing and Collaboration Goes Virtual
  • Speed vs. Safety: Innovating with Urgency in Diagnostics & Vaccines
  • Digital Health Takes Center Stage: Will It Be The Hottest Sector for Dealmaking?
  • Racial Justice in the Start-up Sector: The McDermott Rise Program
  • Keynote Presentation: The Truth About Vaccine Development.
  • Post-event Networking

*Networking platform will be open from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm EST*

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23 October 2020, Online

The Knowledge Series on Investment Arbitration Session 4/5: Damages and Compensation Issues in Investment Arbitrations online

FTI Consulting Asia Pacific

Date: 23 October 2020, Friday

Time: 4pm to 6pm IST

Coming up next in the series on Investment Arbitration is a panel discussion on, 'Damages and Compensation Issues in Investment Arbitrations'.

Experts will discuss key issues relevant to seeking remedies in investment arbitration and quantifying economic damages suffered by an injured party, as consistent with the applicable law and standards of compensation contained in international investment agreements.

Among other things, the panelists will discuss:

  • Applicable law and types of remedies available to investors, including monetary damages, injunctive reliefs
  • Standards of compensation in investment arbitration, including the relevance of fair market value and concept of full reparation
  • Methods of valuation and approach to key assumptions underpinning such valuations
  • Importance of date of assessment and modelling risk in valuation analyses
  • Practical insights on dealing with investments and assets with unique characteristics and a Tribunal’s approach to such issues


  • Arne Fuchs, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery
  • Montek Mayal, Senior Managing Director, Practice Leader - India Economic Consulting and International Arbitration, FTI Consulting
  • Sabina Sacco, Partner, Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler
  • Promod Nair, Managing Partner, Arista Chambers
  • Fereshte Sethna, Senior Partner, DMD Advocates
  • Prateek Bagaria, Partner, Singularity Legal
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24 - 25 October 2020, Online

DobroRun fundraising to fight children's cancer online


WHEN: 24-25 October 

WHERE: online registration, participation is possible from all over the world

On the eve of its 25th anniversary Asters, the largest Ukrainian law firm, invites you to join the DobroRun fundraising project in partnership with Tabletochki Charity Fund.
All donations will be used for purchasing vitally important medicines for Ukrainian children fighting cancer. Because of inefficient public procurement, the much needed medications are in shortage in Ukraine.
DobroRun is not about competition, but about doing good ("dobro" in Ukrainian) both for runners' own health and for children who need help.
Join to walk, run or ride any suitable distance at any place at any time:

  • No mood for run, but want to help and have fun
  • Baby Race — 500 m
  • The First Steps Race — 1 km
  • Persistence Race — 5 km
  • Heroic Race — 10 km
  • Superhero Race — 21 km
  • Asters Race — 25 km

You can join either alone or in a team with the family, friends, clients or colleagues, keeping the safe distance in the open air area.

What else? To demonstrate solidarity with children fighting cancer, DobroRun participants are also encouraged to run with their favorite toys.

DobroRun also offers corporate volunteering and teambuilding opportunities with minimal investments from your company. There is a special registration form for corporate teams at A dedicated account manager will help you with all the documents needed. A registration fee can be paid both by credit card or via wire transfer. The registration process is simple and won't take much time.

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26 - 28 October 2020, Online

Connect with Forward- Thinking Trademark Practitioners online

Alt Legal Inc

WHEN: October 26th-28th


Alt Legal Connect, a virtual conference on October 26th-28th, is designed to bring together forward-thinking trademark professionals for invaluable content about effective strategies for better firm operations and current and timely CLE-eligible trademark law content. 

The trademark practice track will feature some of the nation’s top trademark practitioners: Allison Ricketts of Fross Zelnick will share accounts of and insights into the USPTO’s post-registration audit program. Shabnam Malek and Amanda Conley of Brand and Branch will discuss the complicated status of trademark protection in the smoking hot cannabis industry. Ed Timberlake will sound off about nontraditional trademarks.Keynote sessions will feature Clio CEO Jack Newton explaining how to create a client-centered firm, Alt Legal CEO Nehal Madhani discussing the future of trademark law, and Above the Law founder David Lat detailing how to make your firm more diverse.

The conference also includes a firm operations track to help attorneys manage their practices, market their services, maximize profits, and more. Sessions in this track focus on real-world topics and advice presented by top attorneys who have successfully managed and scaled their own firms: Sonia Lakhany of Lakhany Law will lead a workshop on giving your firm its own “wow factor.” Kim Bennett of Bennet Law will moderate a panel discussion explaining how to create a steady income with subscription practices. Karima Gulick will lead a panel discussion about how to use digital marketing to grow your practice.

Added to the wonderful and informative content, Connect will also include games, networking sessions, cooking classes, and tons of great and exciting ways to connect with other top trademark professionals. For more information about sessions, please visit 

Lexology readers can use the code “lexology” (case-sensitive) for a 15% discount!

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26 October 2020, Online

The Burden of Proof on International Arbitration online

Mauro Rubino-Sammartano

WHEN: 26 | Oct | 2020, 15:00 Central European Time (CET) 


The European Center for Arbitration and Mediation and

 The The International School of Arbitration and Mediation for Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East organise their Annual International Conference.

Med-Mid XIV to be held by videoconference Zoom on 26 October 2020 at 15:00 CET



  • Fact Witnesses,  Expert Witnesses,  Parties and  Witness Statement

Civil Law Approach

(Fabrizio Marrella, Professor, Venice)

Common law approach

(Sir Michael Burton, Former High Court Judge, Independent Arbitrator, London)



  • How to determine the applicable law
  • Effects of the civil procedural law on the taking of evidence (Elie Kleiman, Jones Day, Paris)
  • Effects of the procedural common law on the taking of evidence (George Bermann, Professor, New York)



  • Effects of only voluntary production of documents 
  • Forced discovery 
  • Its limits

Civil Law Approach

(Ercument Erdem, Professor Emeritus, Istanbul)

Common Law Approach

(Melanie Willems, Haynes Boone, London)



  • Role as Umpire 
  • Wider ex officio authority as to evidence
  • Limits and support from State Courts

Civil Law Approach

(José Carlos Fernandez Rozas, Professor, Madrid)

Common law approach

(John Fellas, Hughes Hubbard & Reed, New York)



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27 October 2020, Online

Patent Eligibility of Mechanical & Medical Devices online

M&B IP Analysts, LLC

WHEN: Tuesday, 27nd of October, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Jeoyuh Lin of M&B IP Analysts will teach how to draft applications and claims covering mechanical and medical device products to avoid patent eligibility (101) rejections.

Patent applications involving mechanical devices and medical devices with mechanical “moving parts” have generally been “safe” from patent eligibility “101” rejections, at least in comparison to computer and software-based applications. However, we have observed recent cases where these mechanical devices are rejected as patent-ineligible, therefore, learning ways to avoid these rejections is imperative.

Presenters: Jeoyuh Lin

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27 October 2020, Online

PAVC Provider Panel: Lessons Learned from Deploying Telehealth Strategies in COVID-19 online

McDermott Will & Emery

WHEN: October 27, 2020, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EDT)


You’ve experienced the telehealth surge firsthand at the height of the public health emergency. Now hear from leading providers on how they deployed telehealth solutions and supported patients during COVID-19, and how the healthcare industry can work together to maintain the positive momentum we’ve witnessed with telehealth implementation.

Join the Partnership to Advance Virtual Care for two webinars on patient and provider telehealth experiences. Partner organizations will share their perspectives on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how potential changes to the legislative and regulatory environments could support patients and providers moving forward.


Sentara Healthcare, Daniel J. Dickinson, MD, MPH, VP, Medical Director, Complex Care Solutions

University Hospitals, Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, Chief Clinical Transformation Officer

Ascension, Baligh Yehia, MD, MPP, FACP, Senior Vice President

Fresenius Medical Care, Dr. Michael Kraus, MD. Associate Chief Medical Officer


Mara McDermott, Vice President, McDermottPlus Consulting

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27 October 2020, Online

New Contracts: Pandemic Impact on Contract and Transaction Due Diligence (Webinar) online

Bowditch & Dewey LLP

WHEN: OCTOBER 27, 2020 


3:00-3:40PM: PROGRAM


During times of economic turbulence and commercial uncertainty, your business team and corporate counsel are well advised to undertake a more deliberate and thorough due diligence process when entering into contract and transaction negotiations. Now more than ever, due diligence should be utilized as a risk management tool prior to entering into definitive agreements, with heightened scrutiny on critical issues that may be affected by COVID-19, including a counterparty’s employment practices and policies, possible changes in and compliance with applicable law and regulations, supply chain disturbances, key customer business issues, insurance coverage for business interruption, and cybersecurity safeguards.

Realizing the due diligence process should change under extraordinary circumstances such as a global pandemic; we will explore additional matters and issues that your team should examine; and offer practical advice for a proactive approach to managing counterparty defaults and business relationships.


Kelly Whetstone, Deputy General Counsel, Foreside Financial Group

Chris Cunico, Senior Counsel, Covanta

Patrick Tracey, Partner, Dispute Resolution & Trials, Bowditch

Rory Fazendeiro, Partner, Business & Finance, Bowditch

The Association of Corporate Counsel – Northeast Chapter and Bowditch are pleased to offer these “bite-sized” webinars that will include small group networking. We invite in-house attorneys, business owners, and other executives who manage contracts or legal issues to attend. Pre-registration is required.

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27 October 2020, Online

European Patent Oppositions – strategies for success in the brave new world online

Potter Clarkson

In this webinar, we will look at the procedure for opposition at the European Patent Office (EPO). In recent times there have been dramatic changes in the rules and practices of the Opposition Divisions and Boards of Appeal. Our experts will explain why these changes demand a radical rethinking of opposition case preparation and strategy.

Learn: how to maximise your prospects of success

Our experts will explore the key factors to consider and the best strategies to follow, whether attacking or defending a patent in EPO oppositions and appeals. 



Philip Thomas
Partner and board member - patent attorney
​Potter Clarkson 

With more than 25 years' experience of biotech patenting, Philip is recognised as a leading European patent attorney.

A skilled advocate, he has acted in over 150 hearings before European Patent Office Opposition Divisions and Boards of Appeal, as well as working on complex multi-jurisdictional biotech patent disputes across Europe. Philip has earned a reputation for success in patent disputes: easy to work with, but very hard to fight against. Clients value that he always sees patent disputes in the wider context of the business and is proactive in suggesting settlement options if that will deliver the best commercial outcome. 

Another large part of his practice is advising early-stage companies on effective IP strategies to support growth. He is also skilled in guiding clients through IP due diligence in successful private and public financing rounds. 

Above all, Philip understands the value of intellectual property as a business tool and his pragmatic commercial approach is appreciated by clients.


Benjamin Hoffmann
Partner - patent attorney 

Potter Clarkson

Heading up Potter Clarkson’s Copenhagen office, Benjamin has experience of all types of patent work, with significant involvement in European Patent Office (EPO) prosecution, opposition and appeal work, as well as worldwide product clearance and freedom-to-operate advice.

With a strong technical background in chemistry, most of his patent work has been in chemical and materials science, particularly for new technologies where the invention lies in the novel properties of the chemicals or materials being used in the device or product. 
Benjamin joined Potter Clarkson in August 2018. 

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