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Italy as the European hub for business in Africa and the Middle-East

In the plenary session, after the institutional greetings, some speakers will be required to make a speech on “the importance of having hubs for the organization of business”. The presence of a geographic area that represents a bridge between marketplaces is becoming more and more strategic for players such as corporations, banks, services companies in terms of development and growth.

After the coffee break, the panelists will participate to the talkshow.

The first round table will be focused on Italy:  "How can Italy be the operational base for activities in Africa and the Middle-East? We will try to reflect on regulatory, logistics, bureaucracy, tax authority infrastructures and on the culture of the country so to understand whether Italy is ready or not to play this role.

The second roundtable will be focused on Brexit: “How can Brexit facilitate Italy's role as hub for Africa and the Middle-East?”

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8,45 am Registration & Welcome coffee
9,00 am Institutional Greetings
Aldo Scaringella Founder and Managing Director LC Publishing Group 
Mr. Andrea Orlando - Italian Minister of Justice 

9,15 am Plenary Conference “The importance of having hubs for the organization of business” 
Stefano Simontacchi Co-Managing Partner BonelliErede
Tadesse Zenebu Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Ethiopia to Italy 
Jonathan Marsh Deputy General Counsel Total and President of Ecla
Mohamed Elmogy, General Counsel for Egypt, Libya Sandoz
10,30 am Coffee Break 

10,45 am Round Table “How can Italy be the operational centre for activities in Africa and the Middle-East?”
Marwan Al-Garem Board Member Lootah Holding
Giuseppe Conti Head of Legal & Corporate Affairs Enel Green Power 
Karima Rabia Farah Legal Director Sorfert Algérie
Karen Jabbour Legal Counsel Banque du Liban
Galileo Pozzoli Managing Partner Curtis
Erik Renander Fund Manager HI Africa Opportunities Fund 
Umberto Simonelli General Counsel Brembo
Gianfranco Veneziano Partner BonelliErede 

12,05 pm Round Table “How can Brexit facilitate Italy’s role as hub for Africa and the Middle-East?” 
Emanuele Camandona Head of Legal Affairs EMEA Luxottica
Andrea Carta Mantiglia Partner BonelliErede
Bepi Pezzulli Chairman & General Counsel Select Milano 
Antonio La Verghetta Senior Legal Counsel & Executive Director UBS AG

01,15 pm Q&A 
01,30 pm Light Lunch Buffet 

MODERATOR: Nicola Di Molfetta - Editor-in-Chief legalcommunity.it