Speakers

Monday 13 May
 
1: Opening plenary: The company lawyer as change agent in disruptive times

Craig Budner - Global Strategic Growth Partner, K&L Gates

Craig Budner serves on the K&L Gates Global Management Committee. He currently serves as the Global Strategic Growth Partner. Craig is a frequent speaker at law schools and conferences on law firm economics, project management and business development skills. As a practicing attorney, Craig maintains a commercial litigation practice that includes representing parties in insolvency litigation arising out of failed business transactions. Craig also has experience in litigation common to financial institutions.

Craig received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, cum laude, in 1987 and finished second in the 1987 College National Debate Tournament. In 1990, Craig graduated from the University of Texas School of Law, where he served as Articles Editor of the Texas Law Review.

Among his civic and charitable activities, Craig is a Past President of the Vogel Alcove Board, a day care facility for homeless families in Dallas. Craig and his wife founded and is the current Chair of the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance, a program designed to offer debate as an option to inner city students in the Dallas Independent School District. Craig was awarded the 2013 Ann Loeb Sikora Humanitarian Award and the 2010 Prince Henry Navigator of the Year Award for Public Service.

Simon Fish - General Counsel, BMO Financial Group, ACC Chair

Joanna Nayler - Group General Counsel, Just

Shannon Thyme Klinger - Group General Counsel, Novartis

Shannon Thyme Klinger was appointed Group General Counsel of Novartis on June 1, 2018. She is a member of the Executive Committee of Novartis.

Ms. Klinger most recently served as Chief Ethics, Risk and Compliance Officer of Novartis on the Executive Committee of Novartis. Before that, she was Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer and Global Head of Litigation. She joined Novartis in 2011 as General Counsel, North America, for Sandoz in the United States and later became the Global Head of Legal and General Counsel for Sandoz International GmbH. Prior to Novartis, Ms. Klinger worked in the US as a partner at Mayer Brown LLP from 2010 to 2011, senior vice president and general counsel for Solvay Pharmaceuticals Inc. from 2008 to 2010, and vice president of marketing compliance and associate counsel for Barr Laboratories/Duramed Pharmaceuticals from 2005 to 2007. She was also a partner at Alston & Bird LLP, where she focused on litigation and antitrust, pharmaceutical legal and regulatory matters.

Ms. Klinger holds a juris doctor with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Notre Dame (both in the US). She is a member of the board of directors of the SIX Group.

2: Why you never wash a rental car - Lead and influence others to OWN IT!!

Mark Fritz - Founder & Managing Director, Procedor Limited

Mark is a leadership speaker, mentor and professor; and has spoken on leadership and the power of ownership in over 50 countries throughout the world. He is the author of The Truth about Getting Things Done, and Lead & Influence: Get More Ownership, Commitment, and Achievement From Your Team, The Truth About Getting Things Done; and a mentor to executives across the world. Mark has taught in business schools across Europe, and now teaches at the Porto Business School in Porto, Portugal. He has lived and worked in the USA, Singapore, Egypt, Netherlands, Italy, Japan and the UK, and now calls London home along with his Japanese wife.

3: Competition law update

Sarah Cardell - General Counsel, Competition and Markets Authority

Sarah Cardell was appointed as General Counsel at the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in September 2013.   She heads the CMA’s Legal Service which provides legal advice across the CMA’s functions.  She is also a member of the CMA’s senior executive team and is the legal advisor to the CMA’s Board.

Previous career highlights include:

  • Partner in the Competition Group at Slaughter and May, where she advised across a wide range of EU and UK merger and antitrust cases.
  • Legal Partner of the Markets Division at Ofgem, where her responsibilities included leading on competition law matters.

Laurent Godfroid - Partner, Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. – Lex Mundi Member Firm

Magdalena Jakubicz - Senior Corporate Counsel, Cisco

Magdalena Jakubicz graduated with honors from the University of Glasgow (Scotland). Magdalena also completed Master’s degrees in the European Union law at the Universidad de Carlos III de Madrid (Spain) and in IP law at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos I (Spain).

Prior to joining Cisco Systems, Magdalena worked at Van Bael & Bellis law firm in Brussels and CMS Albiñana Suarez de Lezo law firm in Madrid. Magdalena moved in-house early in her career and she is currently at Cisco, helping business clients to achieve their goals while ensuring antitrust compliance across EMEAR and Latin America. Magdalena’s day-to-day responsibilities include: designing and delivering compliance programs; co-leading commercial litigations and responses to government inquiries; assisting with merger control fillings; advising on vertical agreements as well as matters related to abuse of dominant position. Magdalena also supports the Brand Protection team from a legal perspective, where she advises on parallel imports and counterfeiting. Finally, Magdalena provides advice on general commercial law matters.

Magdalena is a visiting lecturer on competition law at different Universities in Madrid and a recurring speaker at local and international conferences.

Paolo Palmigiano - Chairman, Association of in-house competition lawyers

Paolo Palmigiano is the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer (EMEA) for Sumitomo Electric Industries, a large Japanese industrial group with operations in more than 50 countries, 250 subsidiaries and more than 300,000 employees. Previously he was the Head of Competition Law at Lloyds Banking Group in London, the General Counsel of the Commission for Communications Regulation (‘ComReg), the regulatory and competition authority in Ireland for telecoms and post. From 2000 to 2009 Paolo headed the Competition and Regulatory team of BT Group plc in London. Paolo is the chairman of the European in-house competition lawyers’ association with 350 members in 23 countries, vice-chair of BIAC (the voice of business at the OECD in Paris) and a non-governmental advisor to the CMA in the UK. He is also a member of the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s users’ group. He was nominated one of the top 40 rising stars of in-house competition lawyers by Global Competition Review.

4: The rise of (wearing the glasses of) the Chief Legal Operations Officer

Tish Clyde - Vice President Global Employment Counsel, Nokia

Chris Fowler - General Counsel BT Technology & Transformation, British Telecom

Chris Fowler is General Counsel Technology Services and Transformation at BT Group plc in London. Chris is  accountable for the legal support to Technology Services which is the unit in BT responsible for the design, delivery and management of BT’s core network infrastructure, its research and development activities and its internal IT infrastructure. In addition Chris is responsible for transformation within BT Legal & Governance  and is responsible for defining and implementing its strategy, managing its overall budget as well as the central operations team which comprises  finance, vendor management, technology implementation, reporting and communications. Previously Chris was the General Counsel for Commercial Transactions with responsibility for setting and oversight of BT’s group wide contractual risk frameworks. His work in transforming this function was acknowledged by the Association of Corporate Counsel as one of its Value Champions in 2013, cited as one of the reasons why BT was recognised by the FT Innovative Lawyers awards as the most innovative in-house team in 2015 and the Legal 500 as its Telecoms Team of the year for 2018. Prior to joining BT Chris worked in the legal departments of Experian and Volkswagen Audi Group and was called to the Bar by Lincolns Inn in 1994.

Mo Zain Ajaz - Chief Operations Officer for Legal & General Counsel, National Grid

5: Law Lab: An alternative perspective on the philosophy of collaboration in teams - Breaking down silo mentality

Andrew Pawley - Partner, Aretai LLP

Andrew is an experienced management consultant, facilitator and coach. He specialises in delivering leadership programmes designed to increase levels of performance and engagement.

Focusing extensively on the legal sector, he works with both law firms and in-house teams and acts as a sounding board to a number of Managing Partners and FTSE-100 Group GCs.

Eight years ago, he authored a significant study on behalf of Addleshaw Goddard that explored the leadership challenges faced by General Counsel. The resultant toolkit, ValueDynamics won an FT Innovation Award.

Building on this research, he delivers regular award-winning modular leadership programmes in the UK, Middle East and Africa designed specifically for Heads of Legal / GCs and which explore the typical challenges faced by inhouse legal leadership teams.

Prior to founding Aretai in 2003, Andrew was Partner responsible for Professional development at Andersen across its EMEA region and for Partner Development globally. In this capacity, he was ultimately responsible for the Firm’s learning environment and led the creation of the Andersen MBA, Europe’s largest in-company MBA Programme.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has an MBA from London Business School with a specific focus on strategy, marketing and OD.

6: Law Lab: Brand, counterfeit and online market protection

Emanuele Bertoli - Founder, 1TrueID

Emanuele Bertoli, entrepreneur, innovator and founder of BerBrand, don't Imitate Initiate© and 1Trueid, the Internet Book of Things.

Emanuele mission is to create brands that emerge and grow in full respect of zero-waste, sustainability and traceability requirements, in the fight against counterfeit products and trade.

He founded his brand company Berbrand in 2002, starting to process mother of pearl, cultivated in Western Australia in compliance with particular environmental sustainability requirements.

Looking towards a Real time Track and Trace product originality based on RFId in 2008, he developed the first supply chain blockchain in 2009, awarded in 2010

Emanuele is also actively exploring new scalable approaches to reduce the footprint of the Textile Industry’s global supply chain and in this regard continues to work very closely with key influencers and industry players as part of a dedicated working group led by the United Nations

Murielle Vincenti - Group Intellectual Property Director, Prada

7: Brexit - the end, or just the beginning?

Alessandro Galtieri - Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Colt Group

Alessandro is Deputy General Counsel at Colt, a Fidelity-owned network services company, active in more than 30 countries globally, with €1.5bn in revenues.

He has extensive experience in commercial and corporate matters in the high-tech space, having held roles at Hexagon AB, Interoute Communications, and the European Space Agency.

Alessandro is an English Solicitor, an Italian Avvocato, an ICSA Associate, and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E).  He serves on the Technology and Law Committee of the Law Society, which develops the Law Society's policy on electronic law, and provides guidance on the impact of new technologies on the legal profession.

Alessandro is a UK Country Representative for ACC and a UK Council Member for CLOC, the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium.

Stephen Hurley - Head of Brexit Planning & Policy, British Telecom

Stephen Hurley is Head of Brexit Planning & Policy at BT, where he leads BT’s preparations and public policy response to the challenges and opportunities associated with the vote for the UK to leave the European Union. Prior to his current role, Stephen was a senior lawyer advising BT in relation to all aspects of competition and regulatory law, including leading complex dominance investigations, merger inquiries and litigation.  He also worked as a Référendaire at the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal and as an associate in the London and Washington D.C. offices of the international law firm Freshfields.  He holds degrees in law and economics from King’s College London, the College of Europe and Trinity College Dublin.

Sam Lowe - Senior Research fellow, Centre for European Reform

Sam is a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform. He is also a visiting research fellow at The Policy Institute, Kings College London and a co-founder of the UK Trade Forum. He works on trade issues, with a focus on Brexit, customs and regulatory barriers, and trade in services. He regularly briefs businesses, government officials, politicians and European institutions, including Parliamentary select committees and the European Central Bank. Sam often appears in the media, including the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, The Financial Times, The Times, Politico, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal and Sky News.

Simon J. McMenemy - Managing Partner, London, Ogletree Deakins

8: New skills to innovate: Checks and balances to the potential of AI (intended and unintended consequences)

Jonathan Armstrong - Technology & Compliance Lawyer, Cordery

Jonathan is an experienced lawyer with Cordery in the UK with a concentration on compliance and technology. His practice includes advising multinational companies on matters involving risk, compliance and technology across Europe. He has handled legal matters in more than 60 countries involving data breach, bribery and corruption, corporate governance, ethics code implementation, reputation, internal investigations, marketing, branding and global privacy policies.

Jonathan is one of three co-authors of the LexisNexis definitive work on technology risk, "Managing Risk: Technology & Communications". He is a frequent broadcaster for the BBC and other channels and appeared on BBC News 24 as the studio guest on the Walport Review.

In April 2017 Thomson Reuters listed Jonathan as the 6thmost influential figure in risk, compliance and fintech in the UK.  In 2016 Jonathan was ranked as the 14th most influential figure in global data security by Onalytica in their Data Security Top 100 Influencers and Brands Survey.

In addition to being a lawyer, Jonathan is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Marketing. He has spoken at conferences in the U.S., Canada, China, Brazil, Singapore, Vietnam, Dubai and across Europe. Jonathan qualified as a lawyer in the UK in 1991 and has focused on compliance and technology matters for more than 20 years.

Alejandro Bes - Senior Legal Counsel, Novartis

Ellas Papadopoulou - Legal Officer, European Commission

Ellas (Elsa) Papadopoulou works at the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation, Directorate "Health". She deals with legal and policy issues pertinent to data and more specifically health data such as data protection, cross-border sharing of data, the General Data Protection Reregulation, Open Science, open sharing of data, artificial intelligence and cloud technologies.  She also deals with issues emanating from the Nagoya Protocol and the EU Regulation on compliance measures for users from the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from the Utilization (EU ABS).

Elsa studied law at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and became an accredited member of the bar in Athens, Greece. She subsequently obtained a Master's degree in Strategic Studies, International Relations from the University of Aberdeen, UK. She has obtained certifications in project and programme management, financial analysis, people, team management and is a member of the European Women Lawyers Association (EWLA).

In the past, Elsa has worked at globally leading consulting firms and a Non for profit entity in Luxembourg and Brussels in the sectors of health & care, transport, energy, climate change, alternative fuels and renewable energy sources. She has worked as strategic and legal advisor, knowledge manager, association manager and public affairs consultant. She disposes of knowledge and experience with business analysis and advice, business plan development, going global strategies, introduction of new, disruptive technologies in the market, financial analysis and evaluation, investment banking and structured finance, international relations and geo-strategic analysis, European and national funding programmes, support to SMEs.

Erik Vermeulen - Senior Legal Counsel, Signify, Professor of Business and Financial Law, Tilburg University

9: Are you ready for the next crisis?

Neil Laventure - Vice President Legal, Consumer Healthcare EMEA, GSK

Neil Laventure is VP Legal, EMEA, Global Categories and R&D, based in GSK House in the UK. In this position, Neil and his team are responsible for providing legal support to the GSK Consumer Healthcare (CH) business in EMEA, the four Global Categories and Global R&D. He is part of the EMEA Leadership Team.    

Prior to this, Neil was Head of Legal, Asia, Middle East and Africa at GSK Consumer Healthcare, based in Singapore. 

Prior to GSK, Neil was an associate in London in the City law firm Slaughter and May, with a focus on commercial and intellectual property.

Neil holds a degree in Modern Languages from Christ Church, Oxford, and Legal practice qualifications from the College of Law, Guildford, UK.

Steve Leroy - Group General Counsel, United Group BV

United Group BV is a Dutch company that is the largest alternative and privately-owned telecommunications and media company in the Western Balkans, operating in Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro and Macedonia. Since September 2018, Steve oversees all legal matters, as well as all contacts with policymakers and regulators across the territories of United Group. He also coordinates corporate communications and speaks to the media for the overall United Group company.

Before joining United Group, Steve Leroy held a number of leadership roles in legal, public affairs, communications, sustainability, crisis & issues management and business project management at Discovery, the leading real life media entertainment company; at Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest beer brewer; and at global soft drinks icon The Coca-Cola Company.  Before his career in business, Steve was a lawyer in Brussels, and was chief of staff to the Governor of the province of Antwerp in Belgium.

Steve Leroy holds a Master’s degree in Law from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium; a Master’s degree in Commercial & Consular Sciences from Hautes Etudes Commerciales St. Louis (Groupe ICHEC), in Brussels, Belgium; a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from INSEAD, in Fontainebleau, France; and the specialised Master’s degree in EU Competition Law & Economics from the Brussels School of Competition, Belgium.

10: Law Lab: Human rights and the in-house lawyer: Creating and maintaining an ethical business

John Morrison - Chief Executive, Institute for Human Rights and Business

Moira Oliver - Head of Policy & Chief Counsel, Human/Digital Rights , British Telecom

Anna Triponel - Business and Human Rights Advisor, Triponel Consulting

11: Law Lab: Compliance and internal investigations

Laura Rigo - EMEA Legal Counsel, HP

Brenton Steenkamp - Managing Partner, EY Forensic & Integrity Services, WEM

12: Best practices with legal and non-legal partners
TBC
13: The march of the machines? The legal and ethical issues

Carolyn Herzog - EVP & General Counsel, Arm

Carolyn Herzog is the Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer at Arm, the world’s leading semiconductor IP company.  Prior to joining Arm, Carolyn was the VP, Chief Compliance Officer and Deputy General Counsel at Symantec Corporation, the global leader in cybersecurity, based in Mountain View, California, and held prior roles as Symantec’s Head of Legal for Europe, Middle East and Africa region, based in the U.K. Carolyn joined Symantec through the AXENT Technologies acquisition in December, 2000, where she was General Counsel, and was based in the Washington DC area prior to moving to the UK.   

Carolyn has served on the European Board of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Board for the National Cyber Security Alliance, and is an Advisory Board member to IPWatch System Corporation. Before moving to the technology sector, Carolyn worked in the international development arena, both in the non-profit sector and in the Africa Department of The World Bank in Washington, DC. Carolyn is an advocate for Diversity and Inclusion and has championed women’s initiatives both inside and outside of her company.  She currently lives in the Bay Area with her family.  

Roelien van Neck - Partner, Bird & Bird LLP

Roelien heads Burd & Bird's Commercial Group in the Netherlands and she is based in The Hague.

Roelien focuses on commercial matters in the IT and other technology-based industries. She is a specialist in digital business and technology related contracts. Roelien has a specific expertise in the field of (online) business-to-consumer (B2C) matters and she advises clients on all aspects of trading practices, marketing and advertising.

She also advises on commercial contracts covering distribution, sales, agency, cooperation and procurement arrangements, acting for suppliers and customers. She is a member of our Tech & Comms Group.

Additionally, Roelien is a Board Member at the Netherlands Association of Computer Lawyers (VIRA).

Roelien regularly speaks at internal and external seminars and courses. Roelien is a co-editor of legal journal "Juridisch up to Date" (Legally up to date) and she regularly contributes to other leading legal journals. Roelien is a co-author of the leading handbook "Recht en Computer" (Law and Computer) (Kluwer 2014 – 6th edition).

Professor Burkhard Schafer - Professor of Computational Legal Theory, University of Edinburgh

Professor Burkhard Schafer is Director and Co-founder of the SCRIPT Centre for IT and IP law. He holds degrees in computer linguistics, philosophy, logic and law from the Universities of Munich, Mainz and Lancaster. His main field of research is the interface between law, computer technology and science from a comparative-legal perspective.  He has been PI or Co-I on research projects from the  UK, EU, German and Norwegian funding councils, most recently the RCUK funded large research network on Copyright in the Digital Economy CREATE, where he also served on the management board.  He has published more than 100 papers in the field of law and technology, working closely with research users in the legal service industry and the police. He is member of the Data Ethics Group  of the Alan Turing Institute and member of the European Initiative for AI4Society.  . He has been consulted as expert by the UK government on the regulation of automated cars, the government of Washington State on the regulation of civilian drones and the Scottish Law Commission on Data Protection law and the right to a fair trial.

14: Law Lab: Information management

Jessica Jacob - Co-founder, CEO and CLO, Komply LLC

Laura Pavese - Litigation Manager, EMEA Legal, HP Italiana s.r.l.

15: Law Lab: An alternative perspective on the philosophy of collaboration in teams - Breaking down silo mentality

Andrew Pawley - Partner, Aretai LLP

Andrew is an experienced management consultant, facilitator and coach. He specialises in delivering leadership programmes designed to increase levels of performance and engagement.

Focusing extensively on the legal sector, he works with both law firms and in-house teams and acts as a sounding board to a number of Managing Partners and FTSE-100 Group GCs.

Eight years ago, he authored a significant study on behalf of Addleshaw Goddard that explored the leadership challenges faced by General Counsel. The resultant toolkit, ValueDynamics won an FT Innovation Award.

Building on this research, he delivers regular award-winning modular leadership programmes in the UK, Middle East and Africa designed specifically for Heads of Legal / GCs and which explore the typical challenges faced by inhouse legal leadership teams.

Prior to founding Aretai in 2003, Andrew was Partner responsible for Professional development at Andersen across its EMEA region and for Partner Development globally. In this capacity, he was ultimately responsible for the Firm’s learning environment and led the creation of the Andersen MBA, Europe’s largest in-company MBA Programme.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has an MBA from London Business School with a specific focus on strategy, marketing and OD.

16: The brave new world of cyber breaches and cyber litigation

Jeff Bullwinkel - Associate General Counsel and Regional Director of Corporate, Legal & External Affairs Microsoft Europe, Microsoft Europe

Jeff Bullwinkel serves as Microsoft’s Associate General Counsel and Regional Director of Corporate, External & Legal Affairs for Europe.  He is based in Amsterdam and oversees the company’s legal and corporate affairs teams across the region, providing support for commercial transactions and regulatorycounsel on public policy issues such as IPR, cybersecurity, competition, and international trade.  Mr. Bullwinkel joined Microsoft in 2000 and previously held a number of senior roles with the company across the Asia Pacific region, based in Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney.    

Prior to joining Microsoft, Mr. Bullwinkel was with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, an international law firm based in New York.  Mr. Bullwinkel also served as a federal prosecutor with the Office of International Affairs, Criminal Division, US Department of Justice, where he was responsible for a wide range of matters relating to international law. 

Mr. Bullwinkel is originally from the New York area.  He graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received his law degree from New York University.  He is a member of the New York State Bar. 

Susan Fahringer - Partner, Perkins Coie

Lorena Marciano - Director - EMEAR Data Protection & Privacy Officer, Cisco

Senior representative - GCHQ, National Cyber Security Centre

The NCSC was set up to help protect our critical services from cyber attacks, manage major incidents, and improve the underlying security of the UK Internet through technological improvement and advice to citizens and organisations. Its vision is to help make the UK the safest place to live and do business online.

17: Law Lab: Project management for lawyers

Ken Ebanks - Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, EMEAC, eBay

Ken leads eBay’s Legal team for EMEA/Cross-Border Trade, based in Switzerland.  He oversees a diverse team of Legal/GR professionals spread across Europe and Asia, addressing myriad cutting-edge legal and regulatory issues. As a member of eBay’s EU and Global Leadership teams, Ken is active in nearly all aspects of eBay’s efforts to reboot the 20+ year old Internet pioneer through new approaches like AI, VR/AR and payment intermediation.

Ken joined eBay in 2015 from Amazon, where he led the EU Legal team for Amazon Video from London and Luxembourg.  Prior to Amazon, he was a corporate law partner at Covington & Burling in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, with a technology/media client list that included Electronic Arts, Yahoo, Microsoft, the National Football League, Patagonia and Amazon, as well as leaders of the venture capital and entertainment spaces. Ken also spent two years in Geneva, Switzerland building a practice focused on life science start-ups and emerging growth companies. 

Ken attended Georgetown University Law Center in Washington DC. He has been honored as a leading lawyer in his practice, including in Legal 500’s Top GCs in Switzerland and San Francisco Magazine’s Top 100 Lawyers in Northern California. 

Cathal McDermott - Privacy and Regulatory Affairs Attorney, Microsoft

 
Tuesday 14 May
 
18: A new step in your legal in-house career, thinking of becoming a GC or CLO, or moving on from your GC role?

James Bellerjeau - Head of Regulatory Affairs, Mettler-Toledo International Inc.

James Bellerjeau is Head of Regulatory Affairs of Mettler-Toledo International Inc., an S&P 500 company with its worldwide headquarters in Greifensee, Switzerland. Mettler-Toledo is the world's largest provider of weighing instruments for use in laboratory, industrial, and food retailing applications.

James previously served as Group General Counsel of Mettler-Toledo through the end of 2018. Prior to joining Mettler-Toledo as its General Counsel in 1998, James worked at the law firms of

  • Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in Frankfurt, Germany, and
  • Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in New York, NY. 

His practice included securities, structured finance, mergers & acquisitions, public company, and corporate law.

James lectures in the LL.M program of the University of Zürich and for the Europa Institut of the University of Zürich. James previously served as President of the European chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel and as a member of the Board, as well as a country representative for Switzerland.

James received a Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) from Clark University, a Juris Doctor (magna cum laude) from Albany Law School, and a Master of Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Sandra Mori - Data Privacy Officer Europe, Coca-Cola

 

Sandra Mori is currently the European DPO of Coca-Cola.  Previously, she held the position of European General Counsel of Coca-Cola for over 8 years.

A native of Pisa (Italy), Sandra attended the University of Pisa where she obtained her law degree in 1989.  She then completed her education at the Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut, attending a one-year master program in international law.

Before joining Coca-Cola in 2001, she worked for Microsoft Corp. as Director of Legal Affairs for Southern Europe and in various law firms in Italy and the US.

Kimberly Nuzum - Group Deputy GC, Publicis Group

19: Data overload? Data protection - GDPR and beyond

Eric van Dam - Employment Lawyer, MfN certified Mediator, CLINT, Littler

Sara Fernández - Privacy Strategy Director, Liberty Global

Sara is currently Privacy Strategy Director at Liberty Global, a Cable and telecommunications Company Group operating in 12 European countries, Virgin Media in the U.K. And Ziggo in the Netherlands among others.

She's responsible for designing the privacy strategy and data customer journey at a corporate level, in order to maximize business opportunities around data while building a relationship based on trust.

She has a legal background and previously worked in Telefónica España for 20 years, as Data Protection Officer, Customer Protection, and Regulatory Legal Manager.

She's also an Executive Coach and a leadership program facilitator.

Jeremy Rollison - Director Government Affairs, Microsoft EU

Thomas Roth - Global Data Protection Officer, Boehringer Ingelheim

Thomas Roth is the Global Data Protection Officer for Boehringer Ingelheim, a globally acting, research-based and family owned pharmaceutical company with headquarters in Ingelheim, Germany. BI has about 50.000 employees and a yearly turnover of around 18 billion Euros.

Thomas is a lawyer by training and held several legal and compliance roles at BI in the human pharma and animal health business units before becoming the Global Data Protection Officer at the beginning of 2017. Before joining BI, Thomas worked for international law firms in London and Cologne  - one of which was Freshfields - advising clients in regulated industries including the health care market in Germany.

20: Lawful tech and innovative tools

Cem Akoymak - Director of General Legal Affairs, Turkcell

Andrea Bertolini - Assistant Professor of Law, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna

21: Law Lab: Coach yourself back to your mindful, best-performing and creative self | For in-house counsel only

Pino Bethencourt - Coach for leadership and personal growth, Pino Bethencourt

After 15 years of coaching practice, Pino summarizes her approach to leadership development in three words: “Embrace The Wild!”  She helps top executives develop an eye for the invisible dynamics of emotion and instinct in business, accepting their unpredictable strength, and understanding how their simple but powerful logic drives behavior and end results.

Pino provides executive coaching services to top leaders in several companies (CEO, CEO-1, shareholders, board members, and family business owners). She facilitates teambuilding and leadership skills programs for groups in Nature: on mountain hikes or with horses.

Pino founded and presides Club Comprometidos, through which influential business people promote a culture of personal growth in Spain.

Pino holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from ETSII of Madrid, an ExecutiveMBA from IEBusiness School, and she is trained in multiples lines of study of human and animal behavior. She has been an executive in multinationals, an entrepreneur and business owner, a public speaker and promoter of several women groups. She has published four books and actively participated in TV and radio.

22: Law Lab - Building an effective in-house pro bono programme

Andrea Garford-Tull - Group Senior Legal Counsel, Technology & IP, Dentsu Aegis

Avnee Thakrar - Senior Legal Counsel, 3M North Europe Region

Avnee Thakrar has an honors degree in Economics; is a qualified Solicitor in the UK and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in EU Competition Law.   Avnee started her career as an M&A lawyer at a national law firm in the UK and moved in-house to 3M in 1999. As a keen advocate of legal transformation and innovation, Avnee has had several opportunities to speak on this subject externally. In her new role as head of legal operations Avnee plans to develop strategies for the efficient delivery of legal service across the EMEA region which stretches as far as Russia and the Gulf Countries, to South Africa and the Nordics and Baltics.  

 

Avnee is passionate about diversity and inclusion and community service.  To this end Avnee leads the Women’s Leadership Forum in the UK&I and is also a founding member of 3M’s Probono4International steering team. In 2018, Avnee worked on a 2-week skills based pro bono assignment in Brazil, assisting an NGO operating on the outskirts of a favela in Campinas, San Paolo to develop and improve the lives of neighborhood children often growing up in very dangerous environments.  

Avnee is married and has two boys.

Rebecca Wilkinson - Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Programmes, Law Works

As Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Programmes of LawWorks, Rebecca leads the team which supports a growing network of independent pro bono clinics, and facilitates the provision of pro bono legal advice for smaller charities and not-for-profit organisations. In her role, Rebecca works closely with member firms and third sector organisations, to drive forward LawWorks’ pro bono programmes, helping to address unmet legal need within England & Wales. 

Rebecca previously managed the Law Society's pro bono and public legal education programmes as their Pro Bono and Public Legal Education Policy Adviser (2014-2018). On behalf of the Law Society she acted as the organiser for National Pro Bono Week, sat on the Attorney General's Domestic & International pro bono committees, and coordinated the Society's relationships with key stakeholders. Rebecca was called to the Bar in 2013.

Prior to her involvement with the legal profession, Rebecca spent many years working for Community Service Volunteers, a large volunteering charity, where she ran national projects and training events. She gained extensive experience in managing and inspiring people to give up their time on a voluntary basis to help others.

23: Law Lab: Contract management

Kenny Robertson - Head of Outsourcing, Legal, RBS

24: The in-house lawyer of the 2020s: be and remain innovative, embrace change, dare to disrupt

Gloria Sánchez - Chief Transformation Officer, Santander

Gloria Sánchez is Head of Transformation of Banco Santander’s Group Legal Department, taking care of innovation & legal tech, strategy and efficiency of the legal area. She’s been previously in charge of the legal team for the Equity Participations, Real Estate and Portfolio Sales Area at Banco Santander.

She commenced her legal career in Clifford Chance in 2004, and after some years advising clients in different transactions, she joined the Santander’s group as in-house legal, where she gained a profound experience in different areas of advice (including M&A, real estate transactions and project finance). She has been involved in various major corporate and real estate transactions in different countries such as Spain, France, Portugal, Belgium, UK, USA, Mexico, Brazil.

She is associate professor at Instituto Empresa, where she currently teaches both at the Law School and the School of Architecture & Design. In the previous years, she was associate professor of corporate law at Carlos III University in Madrid and lecturer in other public and private institutions. She is a speaker of innovation and legal tech in multiple forums.

Miguel Viedma - Vice President and Group Legal Director Digital, Capgemini

25: A step to the right? Doing business in the new world order

Kris Brown - President, Brady Campaign & Center to Prevent Gun Violence

As President of the Brady Campaign & Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Kris Brown combines a lifelong background in policy and grassroots activism with considerable strategic management expertise to help forge the direction of the organization’s campaigns and ensure the successful impact of its national and field assets.

A veteran of gun violence prevention work, Ms. Brown started her career on Capitol Hill working for Rep. Jim Moran, advocating for the bill that would eventually become the groundbreaking Brady Act requiring background checks on federally licensed gun sales. At Brady, she has helped shape the conversation on gun violence as a national healthcare crisis, and she is particularly proud of Brady’s “Team ENOUGH” youth initiative that emerged from the Parkland high school massacre.

A noted speaker and media commentator on gun violence, Ms. Brown was most recently featured in the November 2018 TIME magazine cover article, “Guns in America,” in which she noted that Brady is working to move the discussion on gun violence beyond the polarizing politics in American life. “There’s a huge amount of common ground on this issue in this country and I hope we’re finally at a tipping point where we can move forward with legislation and [programs] that actually protect people, and are entirely consistent with the Second Amendment.”

Ms. Brown grew up in Arlington, VA, where she still resides with her two teenage daughters.

Tanya Jaeger de Foras - Vice President & Chief Legal Officer, Whirlpool EMEA

26: Cross functional leadership and decision making in times of uncertainty

Sebastian Chames - Senior Vice-President, General Counsel, Viacom International Media Networks Southern & Western Europe Middle, East Africa

Matteo Frigerio - Italy Country Manager and Senior Counsel, Airbnb

Matteo has a true passion for new technologies regulatory challenges. He joined the popular travel platform, Airbnb, in 2016 as a senior legal counsel and in March 2018 he also started acting as country manager, leading local operations and strategy. Matteo is working hand-in-hand with the Airbnb community, policy makers and government relations experts to propose new legislative initiatives, participate in public debates as well as contributing to direct democracy opportunities to amend existing laws. Prior to taking up his current role, Matteo’s career spanned among Italy, Switzerland and Ireland in various regulatory roles at Yahoo, PayPal and Ralph Lauren. During his time at Yahoo, Matteo served as EMEA head of regulatory compliance and law enforcement, substantially contributing to building a new legal department when Yahoo moved its headquarters from Geneva to Dublin and creating a law enforcement liaison team in the new HQ from scratch. At Ralph Lauren, he contributed to the brand corporate and retail innovation strategy by structuring an offline private club initiative designed to foster engagement with the company most sophisticated clients.

Paul H Williams - Executive Commercial Counsel, GE Gas Power

Paul Williams is Executive Commercial Counsel at GE Power with a global role advising the Power new equipment and services business, and is based in Baden, Switzerland. GE Power is a world leader in power generation equipment and services. GEtechnology today delivers one third of the world’s electricity.

He has many years’ international commercial legal experience, including negotiating a large number of high-value contracts for major projects in Europe, Asia and Latin America. He has advised on a wide range of claims, disputes, project execution issues, and on matters involving competition law, IP and ethics and compliance.

Paul is an English Solicitor and started his legal career in 1993 at Hogan Lovells in London, becoming a commercial litigator managing high-value disputes in the High Court in London and also focusing on mediation. In 2001 he joined Alstom Power as Senior Legal Counsel, based in Switzerland, and in 2006 was appointed Legal Director for Alstom’s global gas turbine services business. After Alstom Power’s acquisition by General Electric in 2015, Paul, was appointed Executive Commercial Counsel at GE Power.

Paul has developed and led a number of internal training programmes on matters including commercial awareness, claims management, ethics, compliance and negotiation strategies, and has performed training for legal and business personnel in many locations across the globe.

 

27: Law Lab: Coach yourself back to your mindful, best-performing and creative self | For in-house counsel only

Pino Bethencourt - Coach for leadership and personal growth, Pino Bethencourt

After 15 years of coaching practice, Pino summarizes her approach to leadership development in three words: “Embrace The Wild!”  She helps top executives develop an eye for the invisible dynamics of emotion and instinct in business, accepting their unpredictable strength, and understanding how their simple but powerful logic drives behavior and end results.

Pino provides executive coaching services to top leaders in several companies (CEO, CEO-1, shareholders, board members, and family business owners). She facilitates teambuilding and leadership skills programs for groups in Nature: on mountain hikes or with horses.

Pino founded and presides Club Comprometidos, through which influential business people promote a culture of personal growth in Spain.

Pino holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from ETSII of Madrid, an ExecutiveMBA from IEBusiness School, and she is trained in multiples lines of study of human and animal behavior. She has been an executive in multinationals, an entrepreneur and business owner, a public speaker and promoter of several women groups. She has published four books and actively participated in TV and radio.

28: Closing plenary: Crossing the generational divide: Unlocking the power of generations to succeed in disruptive times

Jason Dorsey - Millennial and Gen Z Researcher and Keynote Speaker, The Center for Generational Kinetics - Millennial and Gen Z Researchers

Jason Dorsey is the #1 Gen Z, Millennial, and generations speaker and researcher. He has received more than 1,000 standing ovations for his acclaimed presentations. Adweek calls him a “research guru.” He’s funny, too.

Jason has appeared on over 200 TV shows including 60 Minutes, 20/20, The Today Show, and in a New York Times cover story.

Jason is President of The Center for Generational Kinetics, which delivers research, speaking, and consulting for more than 180 clients annually. Jason works closely with leaders around the world to separate generational myth from truth.

He uses original, data-driven research to explain generational behaviors. He has led research on four continents and keynoted events from India and Egypt to Chile, Finland and all 50 U.S. States.

Jason and his team at The Center have repositioned global brands to win each generation. They’ve advised on multi-billion-dollar acquisitions and taken clients from last to first in both employee retention and customer growth.

He’s also a Millennial, married to a Gen X’er, and they have a Gen Z daughter.