Center for International Legal Studies


The Center for International Legal Studies

- "CILS" or "the Center" - is a non-profit research, training, and teaching institute for international and comparative law and practice, registered and operating as a public interest society under Austrian law. Its international headquarters have been in Salzburg, Austria since 1976. Its essential purpose is to promote and disseminate knowledge and know-how among members of the international legal community.

Compliance in Global Immigration Practice

Friday, 18 January - Monday, 21 January 2019

Budapest, Hungary

Programming Sponsor

This CILS event is co-organised with the Global Migration Section (GMS) of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
Registration fees and registration information available under the above link. Faculty members receive 40 per cent discount; all fees include accommodation and breakfast (and relevant taxes and service charges).


Friday, 18 January 2019

Opening Dinner

7 pm

Saturday, 19 January 2019
Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Law, Classroom IV, 5th District, 1-3 Egyetem tér

Panel 1:
Building a Niche Practice in Global Immigration Compliance

8.30-9-30 am

As countries around the globe tighten their immigration compliance requirements and increase fines and penalties for non-compliance, more lawyers are finding that advising clients on compliance issues is a necessary and lucrative part of their practice. Join our expert panelists as they discuss how they have developed their compliance-related practices and best practices for building your own.
• The Fixer Specialist – correction as a practice area
• Evaluating international business relationships and practices
• Bringing a client back into compliance through correction mechanisms
• Training clients to conduct self-audits and remediation
• Best procedures to ensure that compliance issues remain corrected

Mariette J. Stigter, Duane Morris LLP, Budapest, Hungary

• Michael Kabik, Kabik Law LLC, Washington, DC, United States
• Ilda de Sousa, Kingsley Napley LLP, London, England, United Kingdom
• Philippe Tremblay, Tremblay Immigration PC, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Panel 2:
Compliance Requirements as an Obstacle to the Global Race for Talent in EMEA

9.30-10.30 am

Many countries in the EMEA region have introduced new programs to try to give their domestic companies an advantage in attracting top global talent. But at the same time many of these jurisdictions have enacted burdensome compliance requirements that are serving as an obstacle for companies seeking to hire global talent.
• Introduction to legal regulations and compliance requirements for posting employees in selected jurisdictions
• Impacts of recent compliance requirements on existing systems as well as new programs such as:
---- Assignment based postings
---- Entrepreneur programs
---- Treaty traders programs
• Efforts to stop the emigration of talent

Amit Acco, Kan-Tor & Acco, Ramat Gan, Israel

• Marta Rupieta, Kan-Tor & Acco Poland, Warsaw, Poland
• Veronika Plešková, Havel & Partners sro, Prague, Czech Republic
• Marcel A. G., Reurs, Everaert Advocaten, Amsterdam, Netherlands
• Ana Garciano Sole, Legal Expat S.L., Madrid, Spain

Coffee Break

10.30-10.45 am

Panel 3:
GDPR Workshop: Identifying and Filling Key Compliance Gaps

10.45-11.45 am

More than a year and a half following implementation, the GDPR remains a source of much frustration and confusion among law firms and their clients alike. Join our expert panelists as they review the practical aspects of how immigration law firms can identify and close gaps in their GDPR compliance.
• Review of the most common gaps in the immigration firm setting
• How to conduct a gap analysis in your firm
• Strategies and tips for filling compliance gaps effectively and efficiently
• Experiences with enforcement of the GDPR
• Wrestling with the impact on UK firms’ obligations under GDPR post-Brexit

Gary McIndoe, Latitude Law, Manchester, England, United Kingdom

• Adele Martins, Magrath Sheldrick LLP, London, England, United Kingdom
• Camilla Sand Fink, Clemens Advokatpartnerselskab, Aarhus, Denmark
• Karolina Schiffter, Raczkowski Paruch Sp.K., Warsaw, Poland
• Sabine Straka, Law Office Straka, Vienna, Austria

Dinner Cruise

7-9.30 pm

The Delfin II will depart from Vígadó Square Dock 7 at 7 pm, walking distance from the Mercure Budapest City Center Hotel is about 10 minutes. Boarding starts at 6.30, please make sure to have boarded at 6.45 pm at the latest.

Sunday, 20 January 2019
Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Law, Classroom IV, 5th District, 1-3 Egyetem tér

Panel 4:
Streamlining Law Firm Operations to Maximize Compliance and Efficiency

8.30-9.30 am

We often spend so much time counseling our clients on how best to run their global mobility programs and ensure that they are in compliance with all the various rules and regulations that we forget to look inwards at our own operations. Here our panelists will discuss tips for how to improve firm operations to ensure that you are able to effectively and efficiently provide compliance related guidance to your clients while maintaining your sanity.
• Best practices for policies and practices to efficiently track and communicate compliance-related information to clients
• IT systems and other tools to assist you in your quest for compliance and efficiency
• Strategies for ensuring staff compliance with firm policies and procedures (i.e. recordkeeping, case management data entry, notifying clients of relevant obligations)

Hardeep Sull, Sull and Associates, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

• Laura Devine, Laura Devine Solicitors, London‚ England, United Kingdom
• Bram van Melle, Everaert Advocaten, Amsterdam, Netherlands
• Julie Pearl, Pearl Law Group, San Francisco, California, United States

Panel 5:
Bridging the Cultural Divide: Working Effectively and Compliantly with Diverse Clients and Local Counsel

9.30-10.30 am

This panel will explore the importance of emotional intelligence in the context of cultural differences in client/local counsel management across different regions. Panelists will examine how the concept of compliance is approached globally using emotional intelligence to navigate cultural challenges and differences.
• The Importance of Emotional Intelligence in dealing with clients and local counsel from diverse backgrounds.
• Laying the groundwork for a successful and compliant client or local counsel engagement
• Strategies for maintaining relationships while navigating compliance and other sensitive issues
• Tips for training your staff in effective relationship management
• The opportunities that innovative technology creates for emotional empathy and meaningful client relationships

Audrey Lustgarten, Lustgarten Global LLC, Petoskey, Michigan, United States

• Benjamin Sookia, Kingsley Napley LLP, London, England, United Kingdom
• Adriana Varela, Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy LLP, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
• Tina C. Kushner, Kushner and Kushner PC, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

Coffee Break

10.30-10.45 am

Panel 6:
A Whirlwind of Conflicting Advice – Consolidating Client Advice from Different Practice Areas and Jurisdictions

10.45-11.45 am

By definition, advising on global mobility issues entails the cooperation of practitioners from multiple practice areas and jurisdictions. What happens when that advice conflicts? This panel will review best practices in advising clients receiving conflicting advice, to forward the best interests of the client and to distinguish the global mobility adviser.
• Order to chaos – management of the global mobility team
• Taxes – it is not all about tax (or is it?)
• Employment Agreements – the perfect catch-all fix?
• Multiple jurisdictional licenses – key practice management and ethical concerns

Clayton E. Cartwright, Jr., The Cartwright Law Firm LLC, Columbus, Georgia, United States

• Attila B. Tari, Duane Morris LLP, San Francisco, California, United States
• Beate Erwin, Ruchelman PLLC, New York, New York, United States
• Stephane Coulaux, CMG LEGAL (Coulaux-Maricot-Georganta), Paris, France

Monday, 21 January 2019
Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Law, Classroom IV, 5th District, 1-3 Egyetem tér

Panel 7:
Costs and Benefits of Expedited Processing Schemes – Should Your Client Sign Up?

8.30-9.30 am

Several key jurisdictions have introduced special programs under which they grant certain companies access to priority processing of work permit applications. However, this priority treatment often comes at a cost, whether it is submission of extensive company documents and information for examination, enhanced recordkeeping requirements, or heightened scrutiny via audits. This panel will examine the costs and benefits of the various programs.
• Introduction to jurisdiction–specific expedited processing schemes
• Requirements and drawbacks to participation:
---- Proactive provision of sensitive or burdensome information
---- Stricter recordkeeping requirements
---- Additional audits
• Calculation of the cost of adherence to expedited status schemes
• Short term as well as long term benefits of expedited status schemes
• Future developments

Susanne Mooij, Adam Wolf, Amsterdam, Netherlands

• Gabriella Fossum, Advokatfirman Vinge, Stockholm, Sweden
• David Heneghan, Eugene F Collins, Dublin, Ireland
• Alejandro Rodriguez, Ara Law Abogados, San José, Costa Rica

Panel 8:
The In-house Counsel Perspective – Remaining Compliant Through Ever Changing Business Needs

9.30-10.30 am

Shifting to the in-house perspective, our panelists examine how companies internally view and address compliance-related challenges around the globe.
• The road to increased compliance – defining company goals
• Implementation – ensuring awareness for compliance within the organization
• Most common challenges to attaining compliance
• IT systems and other tools to ensure compliance and tracking
• Cooperation with external counsel – tips for success

Nina Perch-Nielsen, Blue Lake Legal Ltd., Zurich, Switzerland

• Irene Boccardo, London, England, United Kingdom
• Lois Gimpel Shaukat, McKinsey & Company, Inc United States, New York, New York, United States

Coffee Break

10.30-10.45 am

Panel 9:
Tips and Tricks for a Stress-Free Audit

10.45-11.45 am

Compliance continues to grow in importance in the context of corporate immigration, which also results in an increase of government audits. Employers and employees must be informed and prepared. Join our panelist as they discuss what employers need to know when considering foreign national candidates, what records they must keep, and the consequences of non-compliance.
• Multijurisdictional overview of document and recordkeeping requirements:
---- Pre-employment
---- During employment
---- Post-employment
• Non-Compliance: penalties and sanctions
• Advising a client on reaction and behavior during an audit
• Best practices for preparing your clients to be audit-ready in advance

Bernard Caris, Praetica, Brussels, Belgium

• Jacqueline R. Bart, Bart & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
• Elise Fialkowski, Klasko Immigration Law Partners LLP, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
• Petra Pardatscher, Oberhammer Rechtsanwälte GmbH, Vienna, Austria

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