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Law Summit can mitigate business risk in todays soft economy

(Mississauga Business TimesAugust 2008)

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The theme of the third annual Business Law Summit will be “Economic Uncertainties: Prepare, Prevent & Protect — Mitigating the Risks and Discovering the Opportunities.” This is the only usiness law summit in the Western GTA.  

This year’s summit will be held on Thursday, September 25, 2008 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Mississauga Grand, 35 Brunel Road.

Given the current Canadian economy with a high dollar, fluctuating stock markets, the auto sector in serious trouble, high commodity prices, and rising food prices, this year’s Summit will kick off with a panel discussion titled “Leaning Into the Headwinds.”

The panel, moderated by Rick Drennan, editor of the Brampton Business Times, will be comprised of economists and bankers including: Scotia McLeod’s legendary Fred Ketchen, TD’s Pascal Gauthier, and HSBC’s Stewart Hall. RBC has also agreed to participate.

After the panel discussion, about 10 lawyers from Mississauga and Brampton law firms will address legal topics to help business people mitigate risks and discover the opportunities of today’s changing economy. Areas covered include corporate, leasing, family, technology, criminal, tax, labour and employment, and insolvency and bankruptcy law.

“The law changes regularly and it is important to know your rights as well as your obligations. In today’s fast-paced business environment, keeping abreast of legal developments is vital because they have an impact on the business decisions our clients make every day and often represent opportunities,” says Pallett Valo LLP Managing Partner Anna Esposito.

“The 2008 Business Law Summit is a unique opportunity to get updated on current legal issues as they impact business and individuals, in just one half-day. For business executives and owner-managers in the Western GTA, that’s time well spent,” adds Esposito. The 2007 Business Law Summit was attended by about 100 business people from across Peel.

Contributing sponsors of the 2008 Business Law Summit include: Scotiabank, Connon & Iacobelli, DeRusha Law Firm, RBC, TD Bank Financial Group, HSBC, and lead sponsor Pallett Valo LLP, Mississauga’s largest law firm. Rogers Television and the Mississauga Business Times are the media sponsors.

The cost to attend the 2008 Business Law Summit has been set at $75 (plus GST) per participant to cover the conference room rental, breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks.

Space is limited, so register early. For more information, or to register for the 2008 Business Law Summit, click on: www.businesslawsummit.com.

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