The IBSA has been very proud of the quality of speakers and topics at its annual event, the November conference. This year it will be held again at the Landmark hotel, London. The theme of the conference is Practical Issues for Entrepreneurial Family Owned Companies, where we will be exploring matters such as what happens to the company in the event of divorce or death of the entrepreneur, protecting the company from competition, developing international holding and intellectual property companies, corporate finance and relevant international tax issues, and how the family can inherit the company in the most tax efficient manner. Our expert speakers from family and employment lawyers to intellectual property lawyers and international tax consultants will be examining these issues. We are in the early stages of planning this conference but please see our draft programme below.
The conference fee is £750 plus VAT reduced to £450 plus VAT for IBSA members. For those IBSA members only, we are also holding our third Annual Members’ dinner the night before on 15th November at the world famous Langan's Brasserie in their Hall of Fame – the cost of this as in previous years is £100 per member. And this year, we are planning a golf day on the following day, 17th November – details to follow but please register your interest with Lucie at the IBSA team.
This promises to be an exceptional conference with ancillary events for IBSA members and we look forward to seeing you there.
09.15 Chairman's Introduction, Roy Saunders (Founder & Chairman, IBSA)
Introduction of case study for the day
09.30 How do I protect my company's intellectual property?
What can be protected and how - registration of patents and trademarks – passing off, copyright, design rights, image rights and confidential information – risk management – avoiding infringing rights of others – cost-benefit analysis
Jonathan Riley (Memery Crystal) & Chris McLeod (Elkington & Fife)
10.10 How can I incentivise my employees?
Stock option agreements – drag/tag along clauses – good/bad leavers – phantom share schemes – disguised remuneration rules
Bernhard Gilbey (Squire Patton Boggs) & Michael Lewis (Frank Hirth)
11.00 Refreshment Break
11.30 How can I raise additional finance?
Tax effective reliefs such as EIS, SEIS and Entrepreneur’s Relief - private equity vs trade finance vs IPO – building flexibility into corporate structures for efficiency – corporate governance issues – importance of vendor due diligence (VDD) prior to sale
12.10 How can I maximise my after-tax earnings?
IP regimes (patent box) – holding companies – substance requirements – commercial use of double tax treaties
Wim Ritz (Vistra, Luxembourg) & Matthew Ledvina (Anaford)
12.50 Lunch Break
14.00 Where should I invest surplus cash?
Options – hedging currencies – equity vs bond and other asset allocations
Penny Lovell (Close Brothers) & James Bronte-Stewart (IFX Ltd)
14.40 Where should I be resident if I want to sell up?
Immigration lawyer with tax consultant with citizenship advisor – social/personal issues – risks of being offshore resident
Matteo Rapinesi (Law Partners)
15.20 Refreshment Break
15.50 What happens to my company if I divorce or die?
Pre/post nuptial agreements – shareholder agreements with partners/spouses – use of trusts or insurance to protect – use of redeemable, growth, tracking shares
Lucy Greenwood (International Family Law Group) & Alan Kaufman (Howard Kennedy)
16.20 How can my children inherit the company in the most tax efficient way?
IHT planning – Wills and Letters of Wishes – use of Trusts
Nigel Sloam (Nigel Sloam & Co) & Liz Palmer (Howard Kennedy)
17.00 Networking Drinks
18.00 Event Close
This conference has been approved with full conformity for 6 hours' accreditation under the CPD guidelines.