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Germany

Accuracy is sponsoring the 4th Annual GAR Live Frankfurt Conference on 29 June 2017

Round table conference - 16 May 2017

 

The one-day GAR Live Frankfurt conference promises lively debate about recent developments and ongoing challenges in the region, as well as expert presentations from leading arbitrators, private practitioners, governmental representatives and in-house counsel. The day has been designed to maximise audience interaction and offers ample networking opportunity.

This year damages experts from Accuracy will be participating in the fireside chat.

We will discuss whether international arbitration deserves some of the bad press it gets over the calculation of damages, and how counsel and arbitrators can become more literate in modern damages valuation methodologies.

 

If you wish to attend, you can register here:

Netherlands

How to navigate the damages expert’s valuation report

21 April 2017

On Thursday 20 April Accuracy hosted a well-attended event for litigation and arbitration lawyers on the topic ‘How to navigate the damages expert’s valuation report.’

 Accuracy’s valuation experts Bas van Helden (Accuracy Netherlands) and Roula Harfouche (Accuracy UK) provided insights into major points to look out for when reviewing a damages expert’s report such as the basis of valuation (fair value or market value), the “historical” but for scenario, the discount rate and pre-award interest.

Bas van Helden, a partner in Accuracy’s Amsterdam office, has broad experience with complex valuation situations including damage assessment, valuation in dispute contexts and expert determinations. He is currently working on an independent valuation of a SaaS company in relation to the squeeze-out of minority shareholders before the Enterprise Chamber of the Dutch court and has recently prepared an expert report for a financial services company in an IP dispute with a competitor. 

Roula Harfouche, a partner in Accuracy’s London office, specialises in contentious valuations, with over 17 years’ experience in complex damage assessments in arbitration and litigation cases involving contract breaches, investment treaty claims, transaction-related disputes, and IP infringement. She has been appointed as expert, has testified, and has been involved in matters in LCIA, ICC, SCC and ICSID arbitration forums, under the UNCITRAL rules, and before the UK High Court, Family Division and Patents Court.
 
For more information please contact Bas van Helden at bas.van.helden@accuracy.com or Roula Harfouche at roula.harfouche@accuracy.com.

Netherlands

Accuracy- ACG lunch meeting: ‘Social impact investing - creating a better future’ 31 March 2016

11 April 2016

Measuring the social impact we have on the world was front of mind in the recent ACG networking lunch, kindly sponsored by Accuracy. 
ACG, Association for Corporate Growth, is a worldwide network with chapters in almost every country. ACG Holland is the network for middle market dealmaking professionals: private capital providers, M&A advisors, corporate executives, accountants, attorneys and other related service providers.

The theme was social impact investing and in the spirit of the discussion, the selected venue was Instock - a cosy restaurant in Amsterdam which serves delicious dishes from products that would otherwise go to waste. Ingredients are collected daily from local supermarkets by an electrical food rescue car and the day’s menu is driven by what they collect.  

Social impact Investing is seen as the new sustainable investing and is fast becoming a hot theme. In an inspiring presentation, guest speaker Warner Philips of Social Impact Ventures explained that social impact investment funds like his, support companies that are delivering scalable solutions for societal problems. A well-known example is Tony's Chocolonely. This Dutch company is passionate about chocolate but even more passionate about people. Their mission is therefore to create slave free chocolate with reliable and trustworthy cocoa farmers who can guarantee that everyone involved in production will be given a fair wage.

 

Warner's fund invests exclusively in Dutch social enterprises who champion one of six causes: clean tech, bio systems, economic development, civic engineering, health and wellbeing and education. His team look at every potential investment (numbering 800 so far) through a social impact lens: what is the societal problem the company is trying to solve? Who are the beneficiaries? Can the social impact be measured? And then of course - will it create a sufficient financial return? The latter is important but the social impact even more so for if a company fails to deliver on its social impact target, Warner's team relinquish their financial return on the investment which is then donated to charities. In the companies selected for investment, Social Impact Ventures takes a minority stake and then draw on their own entrepreneurial experience and network to help the companies grow. Lunch sponsor Accuracy and Van Doorne are just a few of the companies lending support in the investment process.

 

Taxi Electric is one of the companies in Warner's fund. Founded in 2011 and based in Amsterdam, it is the first fully electrical taxi service in Europe and its primary mission is to make the taxi market ‘greener’ with a fully electrical fleet of Nissan Leafs and Tesla’s. In addition to making the taxi market ‘greener’, Taxi Electric aims to contribute positively to society on other levels. This is reflected in their HR policy – recruiting actively among friendly unemployed 50+ people who have had a difficult time getting back to work, enabling several dozens of long-time unemployed to work. The impact targets set and measured for this investment are firstly the number of kilometers driven by Taxi Electric, representing a) the amount of GHG avoided (+ POx & NOx) and b) the number of passengers who become aware of electric driving by experiencing the Taxi Electric service. Secondly, the team measure the number of drivers hired by the company who fall in their target group (i.e. 50+ and/or distance to the labour market).

 

Warner's hope is to see a world where it is normal to be social and responsible. To walk into a supermarket where organic is the norm - and non-organic is the specially priced food in the dedicated section. We've a long way to go on this but that's exactly why he has a fund! The event was a great success; interesting subject, active discussions and valuable networking with more than 40 participants over a good lunch.


For further information please contact Bas van Helden or Murkje Koopmans.

France

Breakfast: Behind the scenes of major litigation

Breakfast - 17 June 2015

Accuracy, in partnership with the law firm, Linklaters, held a breakfast conference on the topic 'Behind the scenes of major litigation', the 16th June 2015 at the Automobile Club De France, Paris.