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World in transition: Redefining the new normal

Tokyo Back-to-Business Program Series 2021

Global business is in the midst of historic transformation. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed serous weaknesses in the global supply chain and social bonds, suggesting that the world may be turning against "globalization" and toward more "localization". Governments and businesses must rapidly navigate new trends in order to fulfill the expectations of their citizens and stakeholders.

We are witnessing a seismic shift in antitrust thinking, harking back to an era before the so-called "Chicago School" and the US, Japan and others have increased regulatory scrutiny of foreign direct investment. These trends suggest fragmentation. Yet heightened concerns about the environment, social issues and governance (ESG) suggest the emergence of a global consensus on the need for more concerted action. Bill Emmott, the former editor of The Economist, will kick-off this year's Back-to-Business event with insights about how business leaders can manage risks related to new pandemics, bio-terror, cyber security and climate change. This event is moderated and commented by Dr. Robert Alan Feldman, Professor at Tokyo University of Science and Senior Advisor of Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co., Ltd.

White & Case partners will lead a series of discussions to help us understand significant changes in antitrust enforcement, recent approaches to the protection of intellectual property (IP), new trends in cross-border investment, and emerging trends in ESG.

We hope you will join us for these thought-provoking virtual sessions.


Event schedule


Thursday, October 14, 2021, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. JST (GMT+9:00)
US antitrust policy 2021: The evolution revolution continues

Friday, October 15, 2021, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. JST (GMT+9:00)
US IP litigation: Trends and transition

Thursday, October 21, 2021, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. JST (GMT+9:00)
Navigating complex FDI Review—Latest updates on US and European FDI review

Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. JST (GMT+9:00)
ESG takes center stage—Access to capital and the importance of environmental, social and governance matters

Thursday, November 25, 2021, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. JST (GMT+9:00)
COP26—Energy transition's pivotal role in delivering climate change targets


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