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When: 28 - 30 May 2019
Where: Reykjavik, Iceland
The WSG 2019 European Regional Meeting, hosted by LEX Law Offices, was held in Reykjavik, Iceland on 28 - 30 May 2019. The program featured guest speakers, case studies and representative panel perspectives. Attendees had several opportunities to network among professionals in the European region and across the WSG Network.

Guest Speakers, Moderators and Panelists
in order of appearance
Wednesday, 29 May


1. Iceland’s Financial Crisis and The Country’s Record-Fast Recovery

Guest Speaker
Bjarni Benediktsson
Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs
Icelandic Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs

Iceland is cool: vast glacial plains & black sand beaches; a creative and music mecca; a stabilized economy bolstered by a bustling tourism industry, further stocking a housing construction market, Iceland has risen from financial crisis to financial boom. This presentation will discuss how Iceland prevented widespread economic crash, shielded the economy from severe depreciation and in turn, fostered healthy growth. Interesting fact: Iceland is the only country to have prosecuted and jailed bank executives in connection with the crisis.

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2. Open Banking: Navigating PSD2 & GDPR Implementation and Consequences

Erla Arnadottir
Supreme Court Attorney
LEX Law Offices

In the last few years, Europe has seen major changes shift its data protection framework. PSD2 creates access to personal data, and GDPR protects it. Explore the interactions and contradictions of these two pieces of legislation during our enlightening panel discussion as our experts clear up any confusion, review the current state of PSD2 compliance on a global and local scale in the ever-changing payment landscape, and offer possible solutions to navigate through these conflicting regulations.

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3. Iceland’s Dynamic Football Team, Soft Power and International Leverage

Guest Speaker
Viðar Halldórsson
Associate Professor of Sociology
University of Iceland

The success story of the Icelandic football and the evolution of sports as a ‘soft power--’ a tool of public diplomacy. It takes, however, more than success on the pitch and money to harness its power. Our speaker discuss the right blend of policies that address both domestic and foreign concerns, an efficient public relations and communications policy, and a measure of transparency and accountability.

4. Innovation & Disruption: The Big Four’s Expanded Services Rock the Global Legal Landscape & What Can Europe Expect

Guest Speaker
James Willer
Senior Analyst

The Big 4’s existential threat to the legal landscape across Europe and its global implications.

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5. The Role of Lawyers on PR Crisis Teams & How to Plan Your Crisis Communications

Andrés Jónsson
Góð samskipti PR

In a world dominated by social media & the 24-hour news cycle, how do firms and clients protect their reputations? What steps can be taken to help mitigate risks? In this session, our panelists explore how to build a comprehensive response plan to breaches and PR crises, as well as what lawyers should-- and shouldn’t-- do in the aftermath of an attack.

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  • Elín Smáradóttir
    Head of Legal Affairs
    Reykjavík Energy

  • Thorbjorn Thordarson
    Broadcast journalist & lawyer
    Sýn (Channel 2 News, Visir.is & Bylgjan Radio)

  • Ásdís Pétursdóttir
    Communications Director

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