E-Signatures and Electronic Contracts in International Transactions: Complying With ESIGN, UETA, eIDAS and More

Navigating Issues of Enforceability, Authentication of E-Signatures and Admissibility

A live 90-minute CLE webinar with interactive Q&A


Wednesday, April 26, 2017
1:00pm-2:30pm EDT, 10:00am-11:30am PDT

Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, March 31, 2017


This CLE webinar will provide counsel involved in international transactions with a review of recent legal trends and developments regarding e-signatures and electronic contracts. The panel will examine evolving legal and practical issues, including the authentication of e-signatures; the admissibility of electronic contracts and e-signatures in litigation; and the implications of U.S. and international laws governing contracting via electronic means.

Description

E-signatures and electronic contracts are now standard in business transactions and are frequently the means through which counsel negotiate, execute and revise the terms and conditions of domestic and international deals.

The Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce (ESIGN) Act and the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA) provide the basic framework for the enforceability of electronic records and e-signatures. Similarly, Regulation (EU) No 910/2014 (the eIDAS Regulation) established an EU-wide legal framework for electronic signatures, effective in the EU on July 1, 2016. Like paper documents, electronic documents must comply with applicable laws.

If litigation ensues surrounding electronic contracts, counsel must be able to understand and address issues related to enforceability, as well as the authentication and admissibility of electronic communications and e-signatures.

Listen as our authoritative panel discusses international transactions and the recent legal trends and developments regarding e-signatures and electronic contracts. The panel will examine legal and practical issues regarding the authentication of e-signatures, the admissibility of electronic communications and e-signatures in litigation, and increasing regulation in this area.

Outline

  1. Electronic contracts and e-signatures—what are they?
  2. Implications of ESIGN, UETA, eIDAS, other laws for electronic contracts
  3. Relevant case law and regulatory developments
  4. Provisions and practices to ensure validity of electronic contracts and e-signatures
  5. Enforceability, authentication and admissibility challenges with electronic contracts and e-signatures

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What are the legal issues surrounding electronic contracts and e-signatures?
  • What is the interplay between ESIGN, UETA, eIDAS and other international laws, and how does this impact electronic contracts?
  • What enforceability, authentication and admissibility challenges do counsel face in litigation involving e-signatures and electronic contracts?

Faculty

Patrick J. Hatfield, Partner
Locke Lord, Austin, Texas

Mr. Hatfield practices focuses on financial services, and IP and technology. He co-authored the 6-Point Framework for assessing risk in electronic signature and e-contracting processes. He has handled a wide range of IT, outsourcing, acquisition and joint venture arrangements in the global financial services industry. Mr. Hatfield has helped many clients design and implement effective electronic signature and electronic delivery processes in compliance with ESIGN, UETA and admissibility standards under various rules of evidence.

Ken Moyle, President
K6 Partners, Bellevue, Wash.

 


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