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The CEA's Inaugural Conference

The CEA hosted its inaugural conference at the King’s Inns, Dublin on 19 October 2023. There was a highly impressive array of speakers, which included experts in both civil and criminal law drawn from practice, public administration, and academia. The conference was opened by the Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Dara Calleary, TD with the afternoon session Chaired by the Attorney General, Rossa Fanning.The conference was fully subscribed with 160 delegates attending the historical venue. The programme gave insights into, amongst other subjects, the highly topical issues of:

  • searching for evidence in a digital age,
  • privacy, privilege, and access to data,
  • the challenge of privacy law to corporate transparency and probity, and
  • investigations under the Companies Acts.

Delivering an opening address the Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation Dara Calleary, TD said: “Since its establishment last year, the CEA has quickly established itself as a self-driven, purposeful, and professional organisation whose thought leadership is reflected in its excellent conference programme and the panel of influential speakers lined up to participate.
The CEA’s advocacy function is a crucial one and today’s conference is important in creating an increased awareness of rights, duties, and obligations under company law".


Ian Drennan, Chief Executive Officer said: “When we set about developing the Corporate Enforcement Authority’s first Statement of Strategy, our key objectives included responding to evolving issues relevant to company law, and to the CEA’s remit more broadly, and promoting thought leadership. Today’s conference, which we hope to make an annual event, serves both of those objectives”.

Our audience included company directors as well as representatives of listed companies, members of the Bar, senior leaders from legal and accounting professional services firms and other regulatory and enforcement bodies, as well as policy makers and key figures from the world of academia. Thank you to all the speakers for making the conference both informative and thought provoking.

Speakers papers and presentations can be downloaded below. 

Video clips and photographs of the conference below.