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  • DLA Piper Global Technology Summit
  • October 9-10, 2018
  • Rosewood Sand Hill
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About the Summit

Launched in 2008, DLA Piper's award-winning Global Technology Summit is an exclusive two-day event dedicated to providing insight and analysis into the current emerging technology and legal trends affecting businesses today.

Day 1: Garage2Global The opening day of the Summit is dedicated to providing entrepreneurs, emerging-technology professionals and investors from all stages of the investment community with insights into the legal and business foundations needed to drive sustainable growth and take companies from "garage to global."

Day 2: TechLaw The second day is dedicated to providing in-house counsel and leaders from well-established technology companies with updates on the latest trends impacting legal departments. Speakers will include general counsel and thought leaders from some of the world's largest and most innovative technology companies.

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Sam Zell

Sam Zell

Chairman

Equity Group Investments

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Sam Zell is the Chairman of Equity Group Investments (EGI), the private investment firm he founded more than 40 years ago. The firm's investments span industries and continents and include interests in finance, energy, transportation, communications, health care and real estate. Mr. Zell is recognized as a founding father of today's public real estate industry after creating three of the largest REITs in history.

He is also Founder and Chairman of Equity International, a private investment firm focused on building real estate-related businesses in international emerging markets. Mr. Zell has been particularly active in bringing Equity International's companies to the public markets.

Three of these investments are listed on the New York Stock Exchange: Gafisa, a leading homebuilder in Brazil; Xinyuan, a fast-growing regional homebuilder in China; and Homex, Mexico's leading homebuilder. A fourth, BR Malls, Brazil's largest retail property owner and operator, is listed on the Bovespa.

Day 1: Speakers

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Day 1: Garage2Global Schedule

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.
Welcome Address
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
BREAK
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m., Track 1
Better Late Than Never: A Discussion of Trends and Tactics for Financing Late-Stage Private Companies

Those dedicated to funding later-stage private companies are changing their approach to investment. Our panel will review trends and metrics around the money such funds are raising; tactics investors are using to take stakes in later-stage companies (secondaries); and terms that later-stage investors introduce to protect their investments.

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m., Track 2
Initial Coin Offerings and Token Generation Events − Market Trends, Legal and Regulatory Developments

ICOs appear to be the latest innovation disrupting the startup financing ecosystem. Are they here to stay, or just a passing fad? Our panelists provide finance and regulatory perspective and discuss the impact of the latest legal developments on investors and companies looking to capitalize on ICOs.

11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
BREAK
12:40 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.
Dessert and Networking
1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m., Track 1
The Convergence of Sports and Technology

From smart products and gear designed to measure and enhance athletic performance to state-of-the-art venues, technological innovations are disrupting the sports industry today and poised to transform it tomorrow. Our panel will discuss which of these technologies could have the greatest impact on the business of sports, on and off the field.

1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m., Track 2
Blockchain: Understanding the Opportunities for the New "Internet"

Blockchain technology will fundamentally disrupt many industries – indeed, its coming impact is being compared to that of the Internet. Blockchain technology is already being applied to financial services (tracking sales of securities), logistics (tracking food from farm to retail), real estate (replacing title regimes), insurance and healthcare (automating claims payment and enabling faster settlement of claims). This panel will discuss how blockchain technology is being applied to real-world problems, then will explore opportunities for new use cases.

2:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
BREAK
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Track 1
Meet the Buyers! What Founders and Investors Should Know about Preparing their Companies for M&A Events in 2019

How should founders and investors position their businesses for potential liquidity events and M&As and maximize the outcome of an exit? Our panelists − strategic and financial buyers, who will tell us what they look for, founders who have achieved successful exits, and investors who have navigated the fine line between making the most of their investment and satisfying fiduciary duties – will offer tips on positioning your company for that coveted exit.

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Track 2
The Future is Now: What's Next in Artificial Intelligence?

Our panelists will discuss innovations in artificial intelligence in various sectors, among them life sciences, privacy, fintech and media. We'll also talk about opportunities for future development and the investment horizon for companies looking to capitalize on AI technologies and data-driven business models.

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cocktails and Networking

Day 2: Speakers

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Day 2: TechLaw Schedule

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:10 a.m.
Welcome Address
10:00 – 10:15 a.m.
BREAK
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m., Track 1
Rise of the Machines: Smart Contracts and Digitization of the Corporate Enterprise

In-house counsel are facing ever-increasing pressures to keep pace with their business clients who are innovating, incubating and launching new digitally focused business models at ever faster pace. Our panelists are at the forefront of counseling businesses throughout the evolution of their companies into digitally transformed enterprises. They will provide insights on the shifting business, legal and regulatory landscapes associated with adopting data-centric business models and new technologies, such as blockchain and artificial intelligence, and will discuss approaches to navigating those landscapes and engaging in digital transactions via electronic signatures and smart contracts. In-house counsel will learn approaches to managing evolving legal and business risks in a world where technology and data are an enterprise's core strategic assets and digitization of products and services is a must-have to maintain competitive edge.

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m., Track 2
More Than Plugging the Hole – A Discussion About How to Respond to a Cyberattack

A discussion about how to respond to a cyberattack – big or small. Among the issues we will cover:

  • Identifying the attack and carrying out prompt internal reporting
  • Conducting the investigation
  • Notifying regulators, card brands, consumers and business partners
  • Mitigating risk of civil liability
  • Communicating with outside stakeholders – AGs, card brands, customers and the media
  • Negotiating resolutions with them
  • Remediation
11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
BREAK
12:40 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.
Dessert and Networking
1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m., Track 1
Inorganic Growth – Hot Topics in M&A: The Buyer's Perspective

What are the most challenging issues that strategic and PE buyers will face in 2019 and beyond, and how will we attempt to solve them? We've assembled a panel of in-house counsel, corporate development executives, PE investors and i-bankers who are dealing with the latest issues in sourcing, executing and making M&A deals successful. We'll be discussing best practices in navigating the ever-changing regulatory framework and the latest strategies in mitigating risk. Whether you are with a company on a buying binge or implementing a growth strategy through acquisitions, you'll want to hear from those on the front lines of M&A. 

1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m., Track 2
Locking the Barn Door after the Horse is Gone − Trade Secret Protection in a Big Data and AI-centric World

This panel will discuss how to think about and implement trade secret protection in a data-centric world. AI and big data analytics are part of an ongoing, evolutionary process involving many people inside your company.  How can organizations identify, categorize, value and protect data-centric trade secrets? How is the most effective trade secret program constructed?

2:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
BREAK
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
#MeToo to Brotopia: Practical Tips for In-House Counsel − Truths and Consequences of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Maintaining a workplace environment free of discrimination, sexual harassment and other misconduct is critical to both the short-term productivity and long-term health of a business. In the #metoo era, the strategy for handling sexual harassment claims is changing. The exposure is no longer just damages to the victim under Title VII, but also significant liability for shareholders and brand damage for not properly handling such complaints. Join us for practical advice on managing your exposure and your PR and changing your implementing best practices.

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cocktails and Networking

Hotel accommodations

For our invited guests, we have reserved a limited number of deluxe king guest rooms at the Rosewood Sand Hill at the discounted rate of $585 per night and a number of premier guest rooms at the discounted rate of $635 per night. This rate will be honored as long as the room block is available. To book a room, please call the Rosewood Sand Hill reservations office directly at + 1 650 561 1515 and reference the DLA Piper Global Technology Summit to receive the special rate.

Rosewood Sand Hill 
2825 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025

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