Conference Schedule

  • Thurs July 16, 2020

    • 09:40 am – 09:45 am

      Remarks by CPC Chair

    • 09:45 am – 09:50 am

      Conference Framer by NBA-SBL Chair.

    • 09:50 am – 09:55 am

      Welcome Remarks.

    • 09:55 am – 10:00 am

      Opening Address.

    • 09:55 am – 10:00 am

      Keynote Address.

    • 5 Minute Break.

    • 10:25 am – 11:40 am

      Plenary 1 – Day 1: Disrupting the Status Quo: Charting the Path for an Alliance

      The COVID-19 pandemic presents a global economic crisis, the repercussions of which are resounding in Nigeria. For businesses to thrive, governments must, now more than ever, strike the correct balance between their regulatory function and collaborative initiatives with the business community. This session entails a frank discussion between entrepreneurs and policy makers on forging a new alliance under which Nigerian businesses can flourish.

    • 5 Minute Break

    • 11:45 am – 13:00 pm

      Plenary 2 – Day 1: Business Unusual: Continuity in times of Crisis.

      The agenda for business leaders comprises the following: responding to the immediate crisis, dealing with the economic fall out, and planning for recovery. The challenge in balancing these three items requires astute leadership and comprehensive planning. This session explores how businesses are planning to ensure continuity for employees, partners and customers in the short term, and measures to preserve long term value for shareholders and stakeholders

    • 25 Minute Break

    • 13:25 pm to 13:55 pm

      Changes on the Horizon: The Future of Company Law in Nigeria.

      The National Assembly has passed the Companies and Allied Matters Bill. The Bill covers a wide range of measures which, once it receives Presidential Assent, would see significant operational and legislative changes to company law, impacting new and existing businesses. In this brief Fireside Chat, the Registrar General of the Corporate Affairs Commission will discuss the forthcoming changes to Company Law in Nigeria.

    • 5 Minute Break

    • 14:00 pm – 15:00 pm

      Breakout 1 – Day 1: Banking through the Crisis

      Though commercial banks have built up substantial capital since the 2017 recession, will their financial muscle be big enough to withstand the challenges ahead? Will Fintech solutions win through the crisis? Panellists in this session will discuss how the banking sector can navigate these unprecedented

    • 14:00 pm – 15:00 pm

      Breakout 2 – Day 1:Fossilised: End of the Oil and Gas Industry as we know it?

      The plunging demand for oil brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, combined with a savage price war, has presented the oil industry with the gravest challenge in its 100-year history. What will be the short- and longer-term impacts for the oil industry? How can oil companies position themselves to manage through the current low-price environment? Will the crisis see oil companies reset their strategies in favour of greater investment

    • 14:00 pm – 15:00 pm

      Breakout 3 – Day 1: AFCFTA: Dead or Alive?

      As countries look to localise supply chains and protect their national interests, is this the end of global trade as we know it? Where does this leave the implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement?

    • End of Day 1

  • Fri July 17, 2020

    • 10:00 am – 10:15 am

      Level Up: Initiatives of the NBA-SBL.

      The Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law (NBA-SBL) regularly innovates to respond to the changing needs of the legal sector and the business environment. This brief session showcases two of the Section’s flagship initiatives, the “Competency Framework” and the “Smarter Regulation Framework

    • 5 Minute Break

    • 10:20am - 11:35am

      Plenary 3 – Day 2: Zooming Ahead: The Legal Industry post COVID-19

      Digital transformation has been a priority for years, but the legal industry has scarcely taken notice and is unprepared. The coronavirus will change that. It is likely to produce a swift, comprehensive, top-to-bottom reimagination of legal services including, for instance, how lawyers commence court actions and close transactions. This session explores what things might look like on the other side.

    • 5 Minute Break

    • 11:40 am – 12:40 pm

      Breakout 4 – Day 2: Sunk Costs: COVID-19 and the Maritime Industry.

      The shipping industry, at the forefront of international trade, is facing large scale disruptions - the scale of which has not been seen in decades. In this time of global crisis, the importance of keeping supply chains open and allowing maritime trade and cross-border transport to continue, is of paramount importance. Panelists in this session will, amongst other things, discuss whether autonomous systems pave the way for a cheaper, more efficient and resilient industry.

    • 11:40 am – 12:40 pm

      Breakout 5 – Day 2: Grounded: The Future of Travel and Tourism.

      COVID-19 has dealt an unprecedented blow to the travel and tourism sector. Airplanes are grounded, hotels closed, and travel restrictions are in place in almost all countries around the world. What is the right strategy to manage the impact of lockdowns? How and when can airlines become fully operational again? What could the new normal look like? These questions, and more, will be analyzed during this session

    • 11:40 am – 12:40 pm

      Breakout 6 – Day 2: The Price of a Cure: Patent Mechanics in a Crisis.

      As governments around the globe fight the COVID-19 outbreak, pharmaceutical companies race to develop a vaccine and potentially secure a patent for it. In the wake of this vaccine and patent sprint, questions arise concerning affordable and universal access: will governments, especially poorer ones, be able to secure affordable access to a vaccine when one becomes available? Can a patent owner be forced to license a COVID-19 vaccine for the benefit of the greater good? Is the existing legal framework in Nigeria adequate? This session will critically assess the current legal framework and propose critical changes that may be required.

    • 11:40 am – 12:40 pm

      Breakout 7 – Day 2: e-Medicine: The Future of Technology in Healthcare

      As demand for personal protective equipment, medical devices and diagnostics increases exponentially amid the global pandemic, healthcare services quickly become overburdened. Could digital solutions help relieve pressure from the public health system? What are the innovations are likely to be implemented in the wake of COVID-19? How do we address issues of cybersecurity in healthcare data?

    • 20 Minute Break - Speed Networking

    • 13:00 pm – 13:25 pm

      Wellbeing Session:Every Mind Matters: Emotional Wellbeing during a Crisis.

      In the face of indefinite isolation, contagion, financial uncertainty, and with no return to normality in sight, COVID-19 is taking its toll on our collective mental health. In these unprecedented times, what can we do to bring ourselves a bit of mental relief? This short session will share top tips and practical ideas to help you and your teams stay calm and positive during this time of panic

    • 5 Minute Break

    • 13:30 pm – 14:45 pm

      Debate Session: The ‘Next Normal’: Practice in a borderless legal profession.

      In this fiery but friendly debate, opposing teams will attempt to persuade the audience on the following controversial questions:
      a. Is digital technology an aid or inhibitor of legal practice?

      b. Are 9-5 work patterns still relevant?

      c. Are Nigerian-trained lawyers well-equipped for practice in the Digital Age?

      d. Pay cuts in a COVID-era: a necessary sacrifice by all, or an unfair burden on already under-paid lawyers?

    • 14:45 pm – 15:00 pm

      Tare Yeri Award & Vote of Thanks.

    • 15:00 pm – 19:00 pm


      Music, Games, Pop-Quizzes, Trivia, Song Request/ Shout-Out and lots more..


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