Historically, class action events have taken a broader, more generic look at global jurisdictions or more long-standing class action regimes such as the US. In contrast, this conference focuses specifically on Europe and its developing class action landscape.
Delegates who are seeking a European perspective on class action issues will benefit greatly from this focus on the region. Leading lawyers, economic experts and class representatives have shaped the agenda and are on the advisory board so that attendees can benefit from practical, first-hand experience of pressing issues concerning European mass litigation.
With Fourteen Key Topics Over Two Days...
This event spread across two days will result in more opportunities for networking, and in-depth discussion into topics. It’s location in scenic Amsterdam will provide greater access to practitioners with hands-on familiarity of relevant cases, whose proximity to the venue encourages their attendance. It is a premium event without the premium price, increasing it’s affordability and making it more accessible to a variety of experts.
The Rise in European Shareholder and Securities Class Actions
- Private retail investors vs venture capital in shareholder actions
- “After the event” insurance and other financing risks
- How economics can inform legal analysis of
questions related to class composition and quantum
Recent Developments in Data Privacy Class Actions
- How the EU RAD builds on the GDPR for consumers
- Evidence gathering and pre-litigation discovery
- Unique possibilities for forum shopping
The Evolving Landscape of ESG Class Actions
- NL precedent for environmental claims, Urgenda, KLM, and others
- Greenwashing cases and corporate climate commitments
- Disclosure of human rights and environmental credentials
Evaluating the Legitimacy and Viability of Cross Border Claims
- How claimants have been pursuing cases concerning multiple member states in the new regime
- Financing cross border claims
- Establishing commonality across state lines
- Can the Dutch WAMCA Regime Be Applied Outside of the Netherlands?
- Implications for claimants and clients if the WAMCA has wider application
- Who is allowed to file a claim in the European Union
- What do you need to fulfil the requirements in various member states
- How is it going to work in practice?
Strategies for Effective Class Management, Communication, and Payment Mechanisms
- Difficulties in getting people in for Opt-In cases for sensitive matters like privacy cases and data breaches
- Notifying members of a very large and diverse class of relevant updates and developments in their case
- Absent class members – discovery
- Litigation PR
- What European parties can learn from established payment structures in the UK, US, and Canada
- Perspectives on current EU payment functionalities.
- Claims Administration
Managing Risks and Strategies in the Defence of Class Actions
- The kinds of liabilities present with new access to class actions
- How to prepare as a defence firm in a member state with oncoming legislation
- Impacts of the RAD from claimant / defendant perspective
- Novel Exposure for Clients from the European RAD
Your Key Speakers at the Forefront of the Industry...
Hear directly from key Sector Regulators and members of the Judiciary. This is a unique opportunity to meet individuals actively involved in setting the guidance for new class action regimes in various member states and gain the knowledge only they can share. Top economists with expertise in the evaluation of mass claims in consumer class actions, other competition claims, and shareholder litigation, along with prominent legal practitioners, will provide insight from front line experiences.
Meet Your Advisory Board
Sousa Ferro & Associados
Birkway (The Netherlands)
With Confirmed Speakers Including:
While other events are weighted more towards claimant or defendant side, The European Class Actions Forum 2024 brings a balanced perspective addressing concerns for all parties. Delegates will benefit from a more even discussion, hearing a diverse set of views, leading to a more informed perspective and insights into the mindset of opposing counsel.
Herbert Smith Freehills
Aston Law School
Finch Dispute Resolution (The Netherlands)