Frost & Sullivan has identified eight key themes through which digital transformations are affecting the chemical industry. Investment in digital technologies is booming in all industries, and the chemical industry is no exception. Furthermore, since chemicals are the raw materials for all other industries, digital transformations in these industries will have a massive effect on their demand for chemicals. The opportunities presented to chemical companies by digital transformations are therefore many and complex, and consequently hard to navigate. For chemical companies to make the most of the opportunities presented by digital transformations, they must be aware of the range of these themes and also their interconnectedness.
The electric motors market is driven by an increase in the electrification of different applications across industries and the need to enhance energy efficiency of existing applications.
Demand for motors from heavy process industries is expected to stabilize in 2017 due to an increase in commodity prices. Food and beverage, water and wastewater, and discrete industries are expected to continue to strengthen in 2017. An increase in the electrification of automobiles (applications such as vehicle traction and other controls), growing adoption of higher-efficiency motors such as brushless DC motors, and Mega Trends such as innovating to zero and green energy are expected to influence customer preference in the electric motor market.
The commercial UAS ecosystem is growing rapidly, but there has been a movement within the industry toward utilizing UAS to make almost any aerial data collection faster, cheaper, and more efficient. This presentation will provide a realistic assessment of the commercial UAS industry, accounting for current regulatory environments and industry trends.
In several years, commercial UAS platforms, like computers and smart phones, will become ubiquitous; however, the commercial UAS ecosystem will be driven by the number of platforms demanded worldwide.
The global precision agriculture market is currently at a nascent stage of growth. With the rise of tech-savvy Gen Y and millennial farmers, as well as the need for increased cost efficiencies associated with climate change, including water management and pollution control, Frost & Sullivan anticipates a substantial increase in precision agriculture over the next five years. Markets such as North America and Australia will see the biggest boost.
Why You Must Attend:
· Understand the key technologies impacting the precision agriculture market in Australia.
· Discover what is driving growth in this sector and where the opportunities will be in the next five years.
· Find out the challenges facing this market in Australia.
The global gearbox and gear motor market is highly diversified with competition distributed across a wide range of industrial and geographic product segments.
Each market segment provides varying levels of growth opportunities and competitive landscape, and requires different product portfolios and competencies to be successful. The gearbox market is impacted by penetration of gear-less drive technology and the increasing preference for bevel gear system over worm gear system. Market participants need to understand which segments will be impacted by these major trends.
This webcast will consist of an analysis of the issues commonly confronted in fraudulent transfer litigation under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and state law. The first portion of the program will provide attendees with an overview of the relevant legal aspects of the fraudulent transfer litigation, including discussion of:
•Relevant provisions of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, including §548;
•Bankruptcy Code §544 and the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act;
•Proving constructive fraud versus actual fraud; and
•Recent developments in case law.
The second half of the program will focus on valuation analyses often performed in conjunction with constructive fraud claims under §548 and state law, including:
•Performing the balance-sheet test;
•Assessing the adequacy of capital; and,
•Analyzing the debtor’s ability to pay debts as they become due.
Numerous case studies will be used during the program to highlight the legal and valuation issues.
The program and a Q&A session will be presented by litigation and bankruptcy attorney Dion Hayes from the law firm of McGuireWoods LLP and valuation experts Jeff Litvak, Scott Friedland and Clara Chin of FTI Consulting.
For legal and compliance professionals, data breach response is where FCPA and AML were fifteen years ago – quietly and quickly emerging as the fastest and most lucrative legal and compliance practice area. Every white collar defense and commercial litigator, and attorneys and other professionals in related areas, should be preparing to enter this exploding marketplace.
Just like any other independent investigation, data breach response requires careful legal navigation. In addition to the governmental investigations and litigation, the list of civil liabilities after a cyber-attack is almost endless, including shareholder lawsuits for cyber security failures; declines in a company’s stock price; and management negligence. There may also be consumer/customer driven class action lawsuits against companies falling victim to cyber-attacks, alleging a failure to adhere to cyber security “best practices.”
Legal and compliance professionals who understand data breach response can also provide critical strategic benefits for their clients, such as: 1) serving as an objective sounding board to IT staff tasked with designing, implementing, and reviewing data security practices and remediation; 2) reviewing privacy policies; testing representations made to consumers, and evaluating how outsiders might exploit those representations in court; and 3) assisting in litigation-testing the "reasonableness" of cybersecurity practices.
In order to meet this growing client need, legal and compliance professionals must first understand the intricacies of a data breach response. This webcast fills that critical gap — reviewing data breach response workflow in plain English, designed exclusively for legal and compliance professionals who want to take the lead of, or assist with, data breach response engagements and investigations.
The health ingredients (omega-3 EPA + DHA, calcium/vitamin D and Lutein & Zeaxanthin) market is set to demonstrate steady growth in the future. Factors that stimulate the unit shipment and revenue growth of these markets include increased awareness of health benefits; rise in chronic and cardiovascular diseases, stimulating health consciousness among the population towards prevention of diseases; and manufacturers contributing to the market with new product launches and innovative technologies to cater to different end-applications and offer superior products. Among the end-application segments, dietary supplements and infant formula are expected to witness growth.
The global agriculture sector has encountered challenges with the lack of adequate food for the growing malnourished population, the continued radical decrease in the areas of global arable land, and a dearth of technology that supports increased productivity and reduced labor dependency. These challenges are being addressed by integrating farming with technologies that provide decision support systems, effective farm monitoring, crop management, improved farm household income and farm output, and an overall improvement in the efficiency of the agricultural system. Critical factors for successfully exploiting opportunities in the smart agriculture sector include providing a means to enable continuous monitoring, enabling real-time data collection, increasing automation of crop cultivation and livestock production systems, and effectively demonstrating increased farmer return on investment.
With the change in administration and the replacement of SEC Chair White, the state of SEC enforcement is in flux, and public companies are pressed to reevaluate how they deal with regulators and manage internal processes. This webcast will provide an in-depth examination of the projected 2017 areas of SEC focus, as well as an overview of how in-house counsel and finance teams can avoid missteps in this evolving financial reporting landscape.
This program and Q&A session will be presented by SEC investigations and white collar defense attorney Nicolas Morgan from the law firm of Paul Hastings LLP, and forensic accounting, regulation and compliance expert Jean Chow-Callam of FTI Consulting. The presenters also will discuss steps for dealing with regulators and managing internal processes to simultaneously avoid and prepare for investigations, and other highlights from their article “Top SEC Concerns in Public Company Financial Reporting to Watch in 2017” published in Bloomberg BNA Insights in February 2017.
In the global processed food and beverage market, key trends are expected to have a direct impact on industry growth and performance, including the emergence of new business models that will transform food retail, the impact of changing socioeconomics, connected eating in the cognitive era, and the continued rise of “freedom food.” This outlook argues that companies armed with a truly global market and product strategy, a focus on health and wellness, and demonstration of an environmentally and socially responsible sustainability strategy will come out on top as the global leaders of the processed food and beverage industry.
The word is out—the SEC has made good on its promise to pay millions of dollars in awards to those who come forward with evidence of securities law violations and employees are taking notice. For the fifth consecutive year, 2016 saw the number of tips flowing into the SEC Office of the Whistleblower reach a record high, including a new high for complaints of FCPA violations. In 2016, the SEC awarded to whistleblowers over $57 million—higher than the combined award amount from all previous years.
Meanwhile, the SEC’s Division of Enforcement brought multiple enforcement actions to discourage what it views as overly restrictive employee severance and confidentiality agreements as well as an unprecedented stand-alone enforcement action against an employer for allegedly retaliating against a whistleblower employee. In addition, federal courts across the nation continue to reach disparate conclusions concerning the scope of Dodd-Frank’s whistleblower retaliation provisions. These trends, coupled with dynamic developments in FCPA enforcement, provide the perfect storm for keeping in-house counsel and compliance professionals up at night.
The panel discussing these developments will include Patrick F. Stokes of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Sean X. McKessy of Phillips & Cohen, respectively the former chiefs of DOJ’s FCPA Unit and the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower. Joined by co-panelists F. Joseph Warin and John W.F. Chesley of Gibson Dunn, Erika A. Kelton of Phillips & Cohen, and Jim Barratt of FTI Consulting, this free 90-minute webcast will include a dynamic and participatory discussion on Dodd-Frank’s statutory and regulatory framework, discuss its early and recent interpretations by the SEC Office of the Whistleblower and federal courts, analyze the statute’s intersection with the FCPA, and provide participants with practical tips for navigating the minefield of whistleblower complaints.
Dr. Eric Ben-Artzi, former Deutsche Bank Risk Officer, and Dana Gold, Esq., Senior Fellow at the Government Accountability Project ("GAP") discuss Dr. Ben-Artzi's remarkable whistleblower effort to expose improper accounting practices at Deutsche Bank, as well as GAP's ground-breaking advocacy efforts on behalf of whistleblowers and to advance corporate and regulatory reform.
The SEC has been very active in pursuing enforcement cases relating to accounting errors that led to a restatement. The decisions of the board of directors and management before, during, and after a restatement will be under scrutiny. A company’s actions in investigating and correcting accounting errors and ultimately restating financials are critical to avoid a prolonged SEC investigation, increased liability in civil litigation, loss of confidence by lenders and shareholders, and potential delisting by an exchange. Appropriately managing a restatement requires special care and skill.
Join us for this webcast on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 1:00 pm to hear a leading practitioner’s perspective on how to avoid potential pitfalls in the restatement process.
The space industry is going through a transformational evolution. What used to be an industry whose products/services were affordable only to large enterprises is fast evolving to include small businesses and everyday individuals as potential customers. The small-satellite technology has played a key role in re-establishing the ground rules of operation for space industry participants. The growth of the small-satellite market will be responsible for the birth of multiple space industry segments, while also imposing changes on the existing industry participants. The future has many new opportunities and threats approaching the existing and incoming space industry participants, and small-satellite technologies will be a key connecting link for most of those Mega Trends in motion.
• The briefing will address the scale and scope of opportunities arising from implementation of digital technologies, while identifying main challenges and risk mitigation strategies. Airline and airport managers will find this particularly important as they develop their medium- and long-term business and IT strategies.
• IT suppliers with an interest in identifying growth opportunities in new airline and airport market segments will also benefit by gaining a better understanding of the major trends affecting airline and airport operations.
Why You Must Attend:
• The landscape of the PPE industry is undergoing rapid transformation, with distributors taking a more front-line position in the value chain. Are you ready for the change?
• Several distributors are adopting robust competitive strategies to survive in the dynamic market climate. Are you up to date with the market requirements?
• Are you a PPE manufacturer? If so, what does the changing face of PPE distribution mean to you, and how should you position yourself?
This briefing will highlight key technological developments in the field of agriculture and enabling technologies that will transform the future of agriculture. It will also discuss the main challenges facing farmers, like depleting water supplies, with a focus on California agriculture.
Why You Must Attend:
· Learn about disruptive technologies in agriculture water management
· Get an update on the current state of agriculture in California and the world
· Engage in an interactive Q&A session with leading technology and market experts from Frost & Sullivan
Alter ego/separateness litigation is sought to breach the defendant’s corporate structure in order to obtain access to the financial or other resources of the defendant’s subsidiaries. In order to determine separateness or “pierce the corporate veil,” the plaintiff is generally required to prove that the corporate form was ignored, controlled or manipulated to an extent that it was merely the alter ego of another person or entity and that the misuse of the corporate form would constitute a fraud or used to promote injustice. We will cover the three elements that courts look to in order to determine separateness: (1) the corporation is substantially controlled or manipulated by another; (2) the control was or will be misused to commit fraud or promote injustice and (3) the claimant suffered or will suffer injury as a result. We will also discuss factors that indicate whether affiliated companies should be treated as a single entity including:
•Fraudulent representation by corporation’s shareholders or directors;
•Use of the corporation to promote fraud, injustice or illegal activities;
•Commingling of assets and affairs;
•Failure to observe required corporate formalities;
•Other shareholder acts or conduct ignoring, controlling, or manipulating the corporate form
•Existence of common officers, directors, and employees;
This webcast will provide legal and accounting perspectives on determining separateness or piercing the corporate veil and will cover:
•Need for accounting expertise and issues to examine from an accounting perspective;
•Evidentiary basis and the federal rules of evidence;
•Permitted Uses including accounting expertise and expert opinions;
•Cases where alter-ego claim was made;
•Hypothetical case study
• Learn about the opportunities for growth and expansion in the emerging module technology sector and how this will influence the materials market.
• Understand the future of PV technologies in commercial and residential installations.
• Get an inside look at what's happening in the most PV module-friendly countries in the world.
Why You Must Attend:
• Understand the impact of key IIoT-based technologies that are poised to change MES platforms
• Realize the value addition through dynamic modularization and smart functionalities in MES platforms
• Recognize the opportunities bought about by the transformation of traditional MES into manufacturing intelligence platforms
• Learn key industrial verticals and analyze the implications that are set to occur due to the advent of advanced MES solutions
• Capture the benefits of scaling and orchestrating MES solutions across global manufacturing facilities
• Participate in an interactive Q&A session with Frost & Sullivan and Forcam
• How are existing VOC regulations expected to change the future of wood coatings?
• Will solvent-borne technologies continue to dominate the market?
• What is the outlook for sustainable technologies in wood coatings, and how are industrial OEMs and end users reacting?
• How are resin manufacturers for wood coating products expected to be impacted by the rise in demand for bio-based wood coatings?
The Foundation's Chair, the Hon. Huub Willems, and its US and European counsel will discuss its strategy for recovering Volkswagen ("VW") investor losses.
VW’s admitted cheating of emissions tests caused massive declines in the prices of VW ordinary shares, American Depository Receipts ("ADRs") and VW preference shares, erasing tens of billions of dollars in investors' assets. Additionally, VW faces criminal investigations and massive civil penalties from governments around the world, and has set aside over $7.3 billion to cover the costs of the cheating scandal.
The US District Court for the Northern District of California has appointed leading shareholder rights law firm Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann ("BLB&G") as sole Lead Counsel in the pending ADR securities class action case. Coextensive with BLB&G's appointment as Lead Counsel, the Firm established the Volkswagen Investor Settlement Foundation in the Netherlands under the Dutch Collective Settlement Act (the "Act") to provide a vehicle to recover damages in VW's other publicly traded securities.
The discussion will cover, among other topics, the following:
- The status of litigation and investigations in the US regarding Volkswagen's conduct
- Background on the Dutch Collective Settlement Act and its procedures
- The relationship between the US ADR class action and the Dutch settlement Foundation
- The Foundation's efforts to protect VW investor interests
An interactive Q&A will follow.
- Prof. mr. Huub Willems, Chairman of the Board, Volkswagen Investor Settlement Foundation
- Jeroen van Kwawegen - Partner, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann (US Counsel to the Foundation)
- Arnold Croiset van Uchelen - Partner, Allen & Overy (Dutch Counsel to the Foundation)
- Jim Harrod - Partner, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann (Counsel for VW investors in the Volkswagen ADR Securities Litigation)
Security issues continue to dominate the global agenda through increasing regional tensions, rising terrorist activity, as well as protection of personal safety and digital identity.
The webinar will cover:
• The evolving dynamics of the security challenge
• Protection of identity and digital footprint
• The use of data across both government and critical infrastructure security
• How cloud, IoT and analytics continue to gain momentum in security applications
• The security versus privacy debate
Professor Bill Black, an expert on white-collar crime, former federal bank regulator, advisor to governments worldwide, and frequent commentator on fraud in America's financial markets, is the featured speaker in the inaugural installment of BLB&G’s Real-Time Speaker Series.
Dr. Black has spent decades exposing the destructive forces of corporate misconduct and regulatory languor. The discussion will focus on his work and current topics in corporate governance, including “control fraud” (frauds led by those that control a seemingly legitimate entity and use it as a "weapon" to defraud), the rise of the “Imperial CEO" in America, and what investors can do to reign in managerial excesses.
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BLB&G’s Real-Time Speaker Series hosts candid conversations with academics, policy makers, and other experts about the financial markets and issues of importance to the institutional investor community.
Strong growth in building and construction activity in North America is expected to drive demand for composites. The poor state of US infrastructure is creating opportunities for composites in highways and bridge applications. In Europe, steady recovery of construction activity, mainly in residential and commercial construction, provides several opportunities for use of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites. The highest demand is likely to come from customers seeking alternatives with key properties of anti-corrosion, resistance to chemicals, light weight and longer life spans compared to traditional materials such as steel, concrete and aluminum. This briefing provides a broader understanding of regional growth trends for composites, their use in building and construction, supporting regulations, drivers and challenges. It also demonstrates opportunities wherein fiberglass composites can outperform conventional steel and concrete.