The StartEd Seminars #4: Brexit Blues? The Legal Implications for Irish SMEs

The fourth StartEd seminar will look at the legal and regulatory factors that small and medium-sized businesses in Ireland will have to consider once the UK leaves the European Union.  

This is a paid event. Get your tickets via this Eventbrite link. EntAnon and B.U.I.L.D members get in for the sold out Early Bird price EUR7,50 (normal price EUR15). Use the code ENTANON

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The seminar - which is supported by Enterprise Ireland - will be followed by a pizza & beer networking event, and it will be hosted in Dogpatch Labs' iconic Vaults event space. The seminar will commence with a series of talks followed by an extended Q&A.

Paul White, William Fry
Paul is a Partner in William Fry's Corporate Group, with a focus on startup companies/SMEs and advising on the legal issues you will face as your company grows and develops. Paul will discuss the impact of Brexit from an Irish legal and business perspective, and consequent company law issues and investment challenges post-Brexit.

Niamh Hall, FR Kelly
Niamh is a solicitor and trade mark attorney with over 15 years experience at the cutting edge of intellectual property protection. Niamh works with some of Ireland's biggest brands and with a host of international household names on protecting and enforcing their intellectual property assets. 

She has a wealth of experience in designing scalable strategies to take businesses from start-up to success in the most cost effective manner. Niamh will focus on the potential impact of Brexit on intellectual property rights, with a particular focus on trade mark protection and brands.

Conall Geraghty, Mason Hayes & Curran
Conall is an associate in the Mason Hayes Corporate team. He advises Irish and international clients on all aspects of the corporate life cycle from incorporating a company in Ireland to selling a business to international investors. 

Conall assists start-ups, founders and emerging companies with funding rounds and taking investment. His clients in this area include alumni of start-up accelerators such as NDRC, Wayra and Dogpatch Labs. While Conall will also consider the general implications of Brexit, he will also dive deeper on the potential implications to Irish SMEs in the fintech and software sectors.

Aidan Sweeney, IBEC
As Ibec's senior executive for government, enterprise and regulatory affairs, Aidan's focus is on growing enterprise and entrepreneurship, public procurement, the better regulation agenda and ensuring Ireland is a hub for innovation, creativity and start-ups. 

He represents Ibec on the Irish Government's SME procurement advisory group, the high level group on business regulation and Dublin City Council's Finance SPC. Aidan will provide the perspective of IBEC and its over 7,500 members on the challenges for Ireland's SMEs in light of Brexit, where next for regulation in the context of Brexit and what assistance could be provided to SMEs in these uncertain times.

After the talks, we will have an extended Q&A session, where the panelists will be joined by Anne Lanigan of Enterprise Ireland.

The organizers are our friendly partner StartEd. The StartEd organization exists expressly to give entrepreneurs and early stage companies a leg up. Launching a new business comes with many potential pitfalls, and it can be both time consuming and expensive to learn about all the best practices you should be aware of. This is particularly the case when it comes to the type of guidance typically provided by lawyers and other professional advisors.

StartEd's main aim is to upskill the startup scene. At StartEd's events, SMEs can learn best legal and regulatory practice from the country's top professional advisors. 

StartEd have been running highly successful StartEd Roundtable Sessions for a number of years. At StartEd Roundtable Sessions, entrepreneurs gather in groups to discuss different specific legal topics (such as shareholder agreements, intellectual property or tax) each overseen by an expert professional advisor. It's group therapy for businesses! Even better, startups can attend these events entirely for free!

In addition StartEd has now commenced the StartEd Seminars, where a bunch of top people in a room discuss all aspects of one startup relevant legal issue, with time for questions, networking and drinks!


Thursday, October 13th, 2016 from 18:30


The CHQ Building - Dublin