INBLF recently held its annual Black-Tie Weekend in Prague, which coincided with the Czech Republic’s annual commemoration of its November 17, 1989 Velvet Revolution, the date the country officially broke free from 40 years of rule by the Soviet Union.

To say that Prague knows how to celebrate freedom would be an understatement!

Along with our INBLF colleagues, we enjoyed good food and good Czech beer and at the same time discussed issues relevant to our law practices. Notable among our program speakers was author of Economics of Good and Evil, philosopher of economics, Tomas Sedlacek, who was the economic advisor to the former Czech President, Vaclav Havel. Sedlacek authored the award-winning, bestselling book “Economics of Good and Evil: The Quest for Economic Meaning from Gilgamesh to Wall Street” (Oxford University Press, 2011).

The International Network of Boutique and Independent Law Firms (INBLF) is a worldwide network of highly credentialed attorneys and law firms composed of boutique firms in the US and Canada with deep experience in scores of legal specialties and full-service international firms who are steeped in the law, traditions, and cultures of their home countries.

Our member firm in Prague, Felix a spol., kindly hosted attendees from around the world. Aside from wonderful networking, dining, and social get-togethers, the weekend included a range of programs, including:

  • An INBLF Next Generation panel discussion with a focus on ways of work and work culture, featuring lawyers from AKD, DMH Stallard, HRW, Kunz Wallentin, and Setterwalls
  • A Global Trade update, moderated by Sebastiaan Moolenaar
  • An AI/Tech update, moderated by Arnie Lutzker
  • A session on Property, Real Estate, and Banking (including discussion of transformational technology, influence of ESG, financing, and market trends), moderated by Peter Kunz
  • A session on Corporate, M&A, and Restructuring issues (including cross-border transactions, governing law provisions, and more), moderated by Ellisa Habbart
  • A Litigation update (including domestic and international arbitration across the globe), moderated by Kathryn Manning
  • A session on Immigration and Employment (including the impact of new technologies such as AI and the current political environment on immigration and employment laws), moderated by Marcine Seid and Geneviève Hénault
  • A meeting of the Board of Directors of INBLF