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Tuesday 09/02/2021 - 09:00-17:15
Wednesday 10/02/2021 - 09:00-17:15
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Business success largely depends on the successful closing and completion of chosen commercial transactions. With the rapid development of technology and the inevitable need for digital transformation, the successful closing and completion of chosen technology agreements is directly connected to business success. Most often such commercial transactions are pre-agreed between the parties and represent valid commercial contracts. Commercial contracts can be oral, written, partly written and partly oral or implied based on the conduct of the parties. However, proving the terms of an oral contract is a matter of evidence and can be very difficult when there is nothing in writing to confirm the precise rights and obligations which have been agreed to between the parties. A written contract serves as its own proof that an agreement was made.
Well drafted and effective commercial contracts avoid hidden risks and liabilities and usually lead to successful transaction outcomes. On the other hand, poorly drafted commercial contracts increase the likelihood of claims and disputes often leading to loss of business opportunities and revenue. Therefore, one needs to have the knowhow and make the effort in getting the contract right in the first place.
This intensive training course is designed to give participants the required theoretical and practical knowledge and the basic legal and commercial information, in order to improve their drafting skills and enable them to manage contractual pitfalls and draft clear, transparent and unambiguous commercial contracts that conform on a legal and commercial level.
The training course focuses on the structure, terms and conditions of a basic commercial contract and pays particular attention to the importance of contract interpretation as well as providing an overview of the allocation of risk between the parties.
It also briefly discusses the factors influencing the drafting process and allows time for the trainer and the participants to engage in various discussion and drafting attempts and to review certain commercial and technology contract clauses.
By the end of the programme, participants will:
Forming a commercial contract
The Drafting Process I
The Drafting Process II
The Parties to the Commercial Contract
Warranties and Indemnities
Contract Termination and Force Majeure Clauses
The programme is designed to deliver theoretical knowledge and practical experience and enhance participants’ skills mainly via short lectures supported by power-point presentations and practical examples.
The whole training course aims at delineating the main issues while providing the grounds for in-depth deliberation and interactive discussion. The participants will be presented with real life examples of commercial and technology contracts and/or specific clauses and provisions and will benefit from participating in discussions as well as assessment and drafting exercises.
The core of the training course is useful for any framework, since it is mainly driven towards raising the most important principles and issues when drafting or reviewing commercial contracts, including specific technology clauses or provisions, while offering certain fundamental tips. The trainer takes the opportunity to draw provisions from the common law, Cyprus and EU law, purely to exemplify the interaction between law and contract-drafting and the legal implications thereof. This is a more practical course, since we are not going to teach participants contract law. Instead, the purpose of the course is to help drafters identify the necessary substantive provisions that should be included in a commercial contract. The main takeaway from the course is that provisions should be included in contracts by design and not by accident.
Participants will also benefit from feedback based on real-life practise and experience at the end of the programme and take away the knowledge gained to be transferred to their workplace.
This programme may be approved for up to 14 CPD units in Law. Eligibility criteria and CPD Units are verified directly by your association, regulator or other bodies which you hold membership.
The Cyprus Bar Association (CyBAR) has confirmed that this programme is accredited for 14 CPD units.
Who Should Attend
This course is ideal for those involved in contract negotiating, drafting or reviewing as well as those responsible for auditing, approving, or managing any part/s of the contracts created by the organisation.
Furthermore, the programme may also benefit:
Christiana Aristidou is a former partner of a 50-year legacy medium-size family law firm, who recently established Christiana Aristidou LLC, a hybrid SmartLaw-Tech firm. Christiana has been practicing business and technology law for more than 23 years, she is a Certified International Legal Project Practitioner (IILPM), a Digital Transformation Specialist and an EU licensed litigator since 1997. She is a Cyprus Delegate to the ISO TC/307 Blockchain Committee, member of WG6 on blockchain use cases and actively contributing to WG-3 on Smart Contracts. She has also served in ITU-FG-DLTs. Christiana is a co-founding member and Vice-Chair of the Cyprus Blockchain Association (CBA). Having studied and lived in more than five different countries, i.e., Greece, the UK, Germany, China and Cyprus, Christiana combined legal studies on law and technology, in both, common law and civil law jurisdictions and maintains a very rich network which supports a global reach of more than 50K professionals and corporates in more than 120 countries and holds Directorships as well as advisory positions in the boards of several corporate bodies. Christiana is a graduate of the law school of the Kapodistrian University of Athens-Greece and holds three (3) Master degrees from the UK, on International Business, Commercial and Technology Law, a Certificate in International Commercial Arbitration from the University of Cologne and a certificate in Chinese Culture and language (HSK2) from Mandarin House-Shanghai. She also holds a certificate in Digital Currencies from the University of Nicosia and a certificate on Data Protection and Privacy Rights from HELP-EU. Christiana has been involved in multijurisdictional and complex business and technology legal projects and worked extensively with Silicon Valley companies and entrepreneurs. She has advised major local and international players in the fields of regulation compliance, IT and advanced technologies, platform design, legal mechanics and legal architecture for platform-based innovative business models, start-up projects and funding (i.e. ICOs, STOs, IPOs), digital identity , electronic signatures, digital onboarding and online identity verification, open banking and payment innovation, privacy by design, e-money, digital currencies, crypto-coins and crypto-exchanges, tokens and tokenisation, transactional deals and documentation, commercial contract drafting, cybersecurity, financial services and fintech, funding and investments, insurance, telecommunications, internet and cybersecurity, software and gaming, technology IP protection, and intellectual property taxing. Christiana is a trainer training leaders, executives, teams and departments on several major EU Directives, Regulations and other legal and regulatory compliance instruments. She is also a legal author and a regular speaker at national and international technology conferences and summits.