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New Solutions in Risk Management, effective tools for Managers in the area of Credit risk, Finance and General management

March 13, 2008 Amcham

FIRST GENERIC FAILURE SCORE in the Czech Republic. D&B covers each of 2,25 mil. companies, from sole proprietor to a large corporation with a great overall PI of 74,72. Presented by Joris Peeters, Head of Scoring for Europe, Alena Seoud, Managing Director D&B Czech Republic and Marek Jurčík, Business Intelligence Manager D&B Czech Republic. Joris has been working in the credit area for over the past 10 years, and brings a wealth of experience both from the scoring and risk assessment area, as well as from the operational credit point of view. Joris worked 7 and a half year for Dun & Bradstreet in various scoring positions, both on a local level and on a global level. As Director of Global Scoring for Europe at D&B, Joris and his team were responsible for the development of the D&B generic scores across Europe, where they pioneered several new methodologies for optimizing the development of scorecards on large business databases. In his role Joris and his team also supported the scoring activities at D&B's Global Customers. In this role Joris worked on several regional and global strategic scoring systems for the Global Customers of D&B. •Concept of assessing risk by using Scoring in Credit Risk management •Scoring models development process - Challenges met when building the scorecard - How can D&B achieve that the score’s predictiveness works well on companies without balance sheet data - Objectivity and consistency •PI (Predictiveness Index) - General information - Czech D&B Scorecards PI •Output of Scoring models for Credit Risk Management •Scoring as an effective tool for Portfolio management - Automate credit workflows and hence more efficient processes •Credit limits assessments by using new advanced solutions •Credit Scoring and decision-making systems •Specifics for the Czech Republic environment in Credit Risk •Risk Management solutions and BASEL II compliance

The 3rd Central European AmCham Tax Conference 2008

March 11, 2008 Hilton Prague, Pobřežní 1, Prague 8

Deputy Finance Ministers from Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic gathered at the 3rd Amcham Regional Tax Conference in Prague on March 11th to compare notes on past and present tax reform. They were joined by Thomas Neale, the EU official responsible for drafting the proposed Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base, and by Czech Deputy Prime Minister Alexandr Vondra, who briefed participants on priorities for the Czech presidency of the EU. More than 140 members of the AmChams of Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic attended the conference. The 4th Regional Tax Conference is planned for March 2009 in Bratislava.

Roundtable on Agency Employment

March 06, 2008 AmCham

On March 6, 9 - 11 am, a Discussion Roundtable on Agency Employment is held at AmCham offices, Dušní 10, Prague 1. The event is a part of a series featuring members of a drafting team for a substantial amendment to the Labor Code, set up by Minister Nečas. This time, JUDr. Bořivoj Šubrt, a member of the ministerial team and an employment agency expert will attend. The event is held in Czech language.

Roundtable on Travel Expenses and Concurrent Execution of Positions of Top Manager and Statutory Body

February 29, 2008 AmCham

The two topics of the Roundtable have arisen from the discussion roundtable held on January 29 at AmCham, which featured Petr Bezouška, a head of the ministerial working group currently working on a substantial amendment to the Labor Code. The event will be held on February 29, 9 - 11 am at the Chamber offices at Dusni 10 at it will feature Bohumil Havel (a drafter of the now prepared new Commercial Code), a representative of the Ministry of Labor´s working group and a representative of the Ministry of Justice. The event is held in Czech.

HR Committee

February 29, 2008 AmCham

Agenda: 1. Věra Budway-Štrobach of Česká Spořitelna will brief about potencial seminar on Corporate Culture/Leadership Development 2. Frans Hoekman of Hudson will brief about potential seminar on Managing high potentials 2. Igor Požár of IBM will brief about temporary agency work and difficulties with Czech law 3. Alena Králíková of HR Forum will talk about possible joint panel discussion 6. Honza Muška will inform about seminar on Cross-Cultural Communication 4. HR seminar on Social networks featuring Patrik Schober of Pram Consulting planned for middle of March 5. Possible HR seminar on HR Integration and Change featuring Jana Riebová of UniCredit Bank 6. HR seminar from Profiles International on April 3 7. CEO Talks with Ron Adams of Tatra on February 20th 8. Prepare agenda for roundtable with Ondřej Liška, Minister of Education

Business Briefing on Adverse Effects of Revision of European Works Councils Directive on Companies Operating in More than One EU State

February 28, 2008 AmCham

The European commission is at the moment approving a draft revision of Directive 94/45/EC of 22 September 1994 on the establishment of a European Works Councils. If passed, it will strenghten the possition of European Works Councils and allow them to retard and in some cases even to block a corporate decision-making process concerning transformation, outsourcing, take-overs, joint venture etc. The negative impact of the decision concerns primarily the new member states, being in the middle of the investors interest because of their qualified labour force and competitive labour market. Some of the new AmCham members consider the intended revision being a threat for their EU operations. The most controversial issues of the proposal: - widening the classification of information and consultation: as yet the employers have to consult their decisions concerning at least two member states or the entire company; According to the new proposal all company activities exceeding the authority of governing bodies in one member state are subject to consultation. - moreover, inclusion of environmental or occupational safety and health issues that are effectively dealt with in national legislations makes whole procedures even more unclear and complex. It would mean a dramatic increase in the scope of issues and uncertainty as to what issues at what level should be consulted - increased number of European Works Councils meetings. This would mean a further increase of already high costs. One meeting of European Works Councils (the employer is required to cover travel expenses, translation of the documents, simultaneous translation into all languages present, accomodation and other expenses) is expected to reach 100 to 200 thousand dollars - further limitations of employers discretion to classify information as confidential will increase its vulnerability to exposure of company proprietary information and therefore significantly endanger its competitive advantages - European labor unions are planing to lower a number of the employees, which at the moment is 1000 employees and more than 150 in 2 member states. We would like to invite you to a briefing during which Milena Jabůrková of IBM will explain the impact the revision, if passed, would have on big corporations. The event is held on February 28, 9 - 11 am at the Chamber offices at Dušní 10, Prague 1. AmCham would also like to gather members´ comments on the issue and embark on lobbying a less stringent wording of the Directive revision.

Roundtable with Finance Ministry on International Accounting Standards

February 21, 2008 AmCham

Ministry of Finance has addressed AmCham with a request to provide expert consultation on the issue concerning corporations listed on a regulated securities market in the ČR or other EU member state (please, see the attached letter). Such corporations are obliged to keep books and put together the statement of balances according to International Accounting Standards (IAS/IFRS). Pursuant to the Act on Income Taxes, they also (concurrently) have to keep books according to the Czech law (Act on Accounting and related legal enactments). A discussion roundtable with representatives of the Ministry of Finance, Department for Accounting and Audit, will take place on February 21, 9 – 11 am. The event is held in Czech language. Please, register at With any questions, contact Iveta Havlová at or 602 736 797.

CEO Talks with Ronald Adams, Tatra

February 20, 2008 Mandarin Oriental Prague, Nebovidská 459/1, Prague 1

The informal discussion on leadership. For senior managers only.


February 19, 2008 AmCham

Structure: 1. Key elements of IP Audit 2. Implementation of IP Audit 3. IP Audit Follow-up: Compliance and Monitoring

Flashpoint on How will world financial markets impact Czech economy? with David Marek of Patria Finance and Miroslav Singer of CNB

February 19, 2008 Radisson SAS Alcron Hotel, Štěpánská 40, Prague 1

Topics: 1. Roots of current turmoils on the financial markets 2. Contagion through various asset classes provided by financial innovations ang globalization 3. Impact on the real economy, a threat of U.S. recession, eurozone slowdown and economic policy response 4. Sub-prime crisis, the Czech market and economy. For senior managers only.

ICT Committee

February 14, 2008 AmCham

AmCham ICT Committee during its last session came with a proposal to initiate issuance of procedural guidelines for the Czech Telecommunications Office. This could make the Office’s decision-making processes fundamentally more transparent and predictable and improve cooperation with the private sector. For example, this document could contain guidelines for setting fines, procedures for settling disputes, rules for collaborating with the market when preparing legislation, etc. The fulfilment of set criteria could be subject to monitoring by an independent group of experts. This model is well-known abroad. To be able to draft a position document to be communicated to the Office, AmCham needs to map processes, which such guidelines should cover. Let me thus invite you to a meeting of AmCham ICT Committee where the issue will be brainstormed. The meeting is held on February 14, 9 am at the AmCham offices at Dusni 10. I would like to ask you to make a registration for the event using AmCham web site – the yellow box in the upper right corner on the home page. If you do not know your company’s password, click on the “Forgot Your Password?”.

Roundtable with the Mayor of Brno Roman Onderka followed by cocktail

February 07, 2008 Holiday Inn Brno, Krizkovskeho 20, Brno

Mayor Onderka will in his speech to AmCham members introduce city development plans, conditions for doing business in Brno and cooperation between the city and private sector.

Roundtable on Draft Labor Code Amendment

January 29, 2008 AmCham

On January 29, 9 – 11 am a discussion roundtable with the chief drafter of the amendment to the Labor Code (currently being prepared by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs) Petr Bezouška will be held at the AmCham offices at Dušní 10, Prague 1. The AmCham position paper on the Labor Code (now being finalized, see attached the current version) is to be discussed. The event is held in Czech. Please, register at With any questions, please contact Iveta Havlová at or 602 736 797.

HR Committee

January 25, 2008 AmCham, Dusni 10, Praha 1

Agenda for the meeting: 1. Introduction of new co-chair of the HR Committee – Katka Benešová 2. Report on recent activities: a) HR seminar featuring Petr Draxler, Country HR Leader, and Igor Požár, HR Partner, IBM, was held on January 10, 2008 at IBM Global Services Delivery Center in Brno. Speakers informed attendees about talent management, university-private sector partnership and co-operation and diversity management in IBM...Number of attendees: 11 b) CEO Talks with Aleš Bartůněk, CEO of IBM – number of attendees: 30 3. Activities for this year: a) CEO Talks with Olga Girstlová, GiTy – tentative date: beginning of March, CEO Talks with Ron Adams, Chairman/CEO of Tatra – tentative date: end of February, Mike Short, Managing Director of Plzeňský Prazdroj, Jane Gilson of Microsoft b) HR seminars – Vera Budway-Štrobach of Česká Spořitelna (Corporate Culture and Value), Radek Maršík of Fleishman-Hillard (Crisis Communication), Patrik Schober of Pram Consulting and Frans Hoekman of Hudson accepted invitation to HR Committee to discuss possible topic and structure of their workshop/seminars. c) Planned tours at companies – Tatra – tentative date: end of February/beginning of March, DHL (global center), Sun Microsystems (new technologies), Google (new technologies), Foxconn (Asian company), TPCA (Asian company), Plzeňský Prazdroj, ČSA, Vodafone, Telefónica O2 Czech Republic, a.s., Škoda Auto a.s., Skype, Hyundai

Labor Code Committee

January 25, 2008 AmCham

On January 25, AmCham Labor Code Committee will meet to finalize the AmCham Position Paper on the Labor Code. Please see attached a draft Paper. Any comments are required in writing to by January 23. The session will also serve as a preparatory meeting for the January 29 Roundtable with Dr. Petr Bezouška, the main drafter of the amendment to the Labor Code that is now being prepared at the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. Any member is welcome to attend both events. Events are will take place at AmCham offices at Dusni 10 and are held in Czech.

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