Programme

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Track 1: Lead Yourself
Track 2: Lead the Law
Track 3: Lead the Business

The programme consists of regular sessions and 'Law Labs'. A Law Lab is a small and interactive session, facilitated by experts allowing you to focus on an area of personal development, operations or the law in a small group of your peers. Places for each Law Lab will be limited. Early sign up is recommended to secure your place.

Sunday 20 May
15:00-19:00 Registration Conference Centre Foyer, Level 0
17:30-19:00 Exhibition Exhibition Area, Scène Foyer, Level 0
17:30-19:00 Welcome reception Exhibition Area, Scène Foyer, Level 0

Supported by BrookStreet des Roches LLP

Monday 21 May
07:30-08:45 Delegate breakfast Exhibition Area, Scène Foyer, Level 0
07:30-17:15 Exhibition Exhibition Area, Scène Foyer, Level 0
07:30-17:15 Registration Conference Centre Foyer, Level 0
09:00-10:15 Opening plenary
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Opening plenary: Securing a seat at the table
Scène A, Level 0

General counsel are increasingly considered by the corporate board and C-suite as a go-to resource. Additionally, general counsel are essential allies to the board of directors and chief executive as they strive to set the right “tone from the top” for an ethical and compliant corporate culture that flows to all levels of the organisation. Yet, at too many companies the general counsel lacks regular access to the board of directors and may not be among the chief executive officer’s direct reports. This panel of seasoned general counsel and directors of multinational, publicly-traded companies will offer their views on model governance practices and why the GC must have a permanent seat at both tables - that of the chief executive officer’s executive management team as well as the board of directors.

Sponsor: K&L Gates

Speakers:
Sabine Chalmers, Group General Counsel and Independent Director, BT Group plc and Coty, Inc.
William (Bill) Mordan, General Counsel & Company Secretary, Shire Pharmaceuticals
Veta T. Richardson, President & CEO, Association of Corporate Counsel
Jeremy Schwartz, Former CEO, The Body Shop

Facilitator:
Craig W. Budner, Global Client Development, Recruitment and Integration Partner, K&L Gates

10:15-16:00 Headshots Exhibition Area, Scène Foyer, Level 0

Have your ‘headshot’ taken by a professional photographer, courtesy of ACC Europe.

10:15-10:45 Networking break Exhibition Area, Scène Foyer, Level 0
10:45-12:15 Concurrent sessions
2

Track: Lead Yourself


Expanding your influence: Building legal’s role in the business
Scène A, Level 0

Be more than just a business supporter - build value and influence in your organisation by showing the business how legal needs to be involved from the beginning. How to go about it in your own organisation. How to build influence by understanding the business and the industry, by observing true power sources in your organisation, and how to increase the visibility of your legal department. Listen to experienced legal leaders and business people who made the switch from contacting legal at the end of the process to inviting them to the table from the start.

Sponsor: Eversheds Sutherland

Speakers:
Ian Gray, Chairman, Eversheds Sutherland Europe
Muriel Makharine, Vice President & General Counsel International Operations, UTC Climate, Controls & Security
Manuel Morasch, Assistant General Counsel, TE Connectivity
Barbara Scarafia, Vice President Legal Europe, Assistant General Counsel, Amazon

Facilitator:
Katerina Galanopoulou, Legal and Compliance Counsel, SAP Greece Cyprus & Malta

3

Track: Lead the Law


Preparing for GDPR
Scène C, Level 0

New EU data protection rules will come into effect within days after the annual conference. In this session, experts will discuss compliance strategies and risk considerations.

Sponsor: Bird & Bird LLP

Speakers:
Alexander Duisberg, Partner & Head Software & Services, Int'l Tech & Coms Group, Bird & Bird LLP
Alexandra Guerin, EU Privacy & Data Protection Senior Manager, AmGen
Nathalie Laneret, Director of Privacy Policy, CIPL
Judicaël Phan, Associate General Counsel, Ubisoft

4

Track: Lead the Business


Law Lab: So you think you want to join a start-up?
Forum C, Level -1

Note: session limited to 24 delegates. 

Start-ups look glamorous from the outside (conquer-the-world business plans, cool perks, the promise of stock options). But what is it really like, and how can you decide if it’s really right for you?

Speakers:
William Goodwin, General Counsel, AirMap
Anne Hindermeyer, Head of Legal, Believe Digital Group
Raluca Radu, Legal Director, Fairphone

5

Track: Lead Yourself


Law Lab: Mindfulness for lawyers | For in-house counsel only
Forum A, Level -1

Note: session limited to 20 delegates. 

Lawyers get many messages that self-care is important, but sometimes it’s hard to put that into practice. Rarely do clients come to us with happy news, and we carry that stress with us. Join ACC Europe for a practice session on meditation. Develop a sense of calm in the face of crisis, and enhance your focus and react with choice as you navigate our digital world.

Speaker:
Bruce Greenhalgh, Global Health and Wellbeing Clinical Lead, BT

6

Track: Lead the Business


Law Lab: Strategic thinking
Scène D, Level 0

Note: session limited to 24 delegates. 

While it is crucial for senior business executives, lawyers aren’t usually taught strategy in law school. How does one think strategically? What are the building blocks of a plan or strategy for a business or department? This session will explore important questions around thinking strategically – for yourself, for your law department and for your company.

Sponsor: Onit

Speakers:
Matt DenOuden, Vice President of Sales, Onit
Alasdair Moodie, Vice President & General Counsel (EMEA), Thermo Fisher Scientific
Gregory Ritts, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer , Altisource

12:15-13:45 Lunch break Exhibition Area, Scène Foyer, Level 0
13:45-15:15 Concurrent sessions
7

Track: Lead Yourself


“Looking for a legal job in Europe? Here’s what you need to know” For in-house counsel only
Scène C, Level 0

What are the new opportunities in Europe after recent geopolitical changes: How to position yourself for the new European market? How can you seek projects within your organisation to build skills employers are seeking? What kind of roles should you seek to take advantage of opportunities in the European legal market? What new skills can you pick up in different industries? How does the European work culture differ from the rest of the world?

Speakers:
Laetitia Desoutter, Directrice des Affaires Juridiques France et Europe du Sud / South Europe Region Legal Counsel, HP
Maria Rocha Barros, Vice President Legal & Corporate Affairs (General Counsel) - Zone Europe, Anheuser-Busch InBev
Qiong Shen, HR Business Partner, Huawei France R&D, Huawei Technologies

8

Track: Lead the Law


Trade compliance: Sanctions and export control strategies for in-house counsel
Scène B, Level 0

Ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and the Mid-East have made the web of restrictions on exporting goods to embargoed countries and sanctioned individuals much more complex for US and EU companies. What should the in-house counsel know to ensure compliance with often-overlapping rules while still keeping the business running?

Sponsor: Lex Mundi

Speakers:
Meredith Rathbone, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP – Lex Mundi Member Firm
Roberto Soprano, Senior Manager, PWC
Heather Sroka, Corporate Counsel Compliance, Arm

Facilitator:
Jeremy Otis, General Counsel, Eniram Oy, a Wärtsilä Company; Senior Counsel, Wärtsilä Corporation

9

Track: Lead the Business


A.I. - The sequel!
Scène A, Level 0

Following the success of the session at last year's conference on artificial intelligence, experts will again review current trends in A.I. and assess their impact on the practice and profession of the law.

Sponsor: Axiom

Speakers:
Sandra Devine, Managing Director Europe, Axiom
Carmelo Fontana, Senior Regional Counsel, Google
Anthony Kenny, Assistant General Counsel Corporate & CBS, GSK
Vincent Martinaud, Counsel & Legal Manager, IBM

10

Track: Lead the Law


Law Lab: “What could possibly go wrong? We have a social media plan in place”
Scène D, Level 0

Note: session limited to 30 delegates. 

Crisis management workshop where the company is faced with a variety of dilemmas around social media and has to provide input/responses for the board. The dilemmas will deal with issues such as improprieties by vlogger/bloggers, diversity and inclusion policies, M&A leakage, employee gossip, data breach, trademark infringement, outraged consumers, ethics/fraud, executive firings, and contracts disputes.

Speakers:
Sean Collin, Founder & CEO, Brand PDQ
Carolyn Herzog, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer, Arm
Stacey van Hooven, Vice President & General Counsel, Essity GmbH

11

Track: Lead the Business


Law Lab: Legal operations
Forum C, Level -1

Note: session limited to 24 delegates. 

Tips and tricks to take your legal department from a "cost centre" to a centre of innovation and efficiency.

Sponsor: Icertis

Speakers:
Augusto Lima, Head Legal Transactions, Novartis
Aine Lyons, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Worldwide Legal Operations, VMware
Seth Nesbitt, Chief Marketing Officer, Icertis

15:15-15:45 Networking break Exhibition Area, Scène Foyer, Level 0
15:45-17:15 Concurrent sessions
12

Track: Lead Yourself


Talk like Ted III
Scène A, Level 0

You have great ideas on how to be the strategic business partner. Yet, you are still working on that power point presentation. How do you inspire and convince your stakeholders (your colleagues within the legal department, the senior management team, the Board of Directors) that your case has merit? If you do not know the most effective way to do that, then this session is for you: it will teach you the best presentation techniques to help you craft impactful messages and genuinely engage your audience.

Speaker:
Steve Leroy, Former Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Discovery Networks International, Discovery Communications

13

Track: Lead the Law


Labour law update
Forum A, Level -1

This session will provide you with an overview of the updates on key areas of EU employment law.

Sponsor: Littler

Speakers:
Marlene Connolly, Group Counsel & Legal Director, Forcepoint International Technology
Guillaume Desmoulin, Associate Lawyer, Littler
Mónica Gonzalez, Iberia Region Counsel, HP
Richard Harvey, Partner, Littler
Julia Zange, Global Head of Labour Law, Fresenius Medical Care

14

Track: Lead the Business


Law Lab: East meets West: What you need to know about doing business in Asia
Forum C, Level -1

Note: session limited to 20 delegates. 

Key legal principles and practical advice for negotiating and working with counterparties in the key markets of India, China and ASEAN.

Sponsor: Bird & Bird LLP

Speakers:
Orijit Das, Former Group General Counsel & Corporate Senior Vice President, WNS Global Services
Bobby Jacob Swedjemark, Group Vice President, Senior Legal Counsel - M&A, ABB
Richard Keady, Partner & Head of Asia Pacific Dispute Resolution Group, Bird & Bird LLP

15

Track: Lead Yourself


Law Lab: Surviving disruption: New career choices
Scène D, Level 0

Note: session limited to 30 delegates. 

Change Leadership is the new black. Lawyering requires human-human interaction, creativity, high-level language processing, a deep understanding of how society functions, and a human experience. Discuss how your experience is critical in the new era of artificial intelligence and the legal disruption. Join our panel to explore the future of the legal profession.

Sponsor: Eversheds Sutherland

Speakers:
Mark A. Cohen, CEO, Legal Mosaic; Distinguished Fellow, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
Stefan Corbanie, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland
Isabelle Henkens, Owner, IH & Co
David Lewis, Associate General Counsel (Director of Legal, EMEA), Snap Inc

16

Track: Lead the Law


Blockchain and smart contracts
Scène C, Level 0

The emergence of Digital Ledger Technology, combined with Consensus Protocols, currently known as Blockchain, has spurred the development of smart contracts. But the issues of automation of contracts predate smart contracts. What are the new developments? Are we all to become software programmers rather than lawyers? Are you ready to implement smart contracts in your department?

Speakers:
Bertrand Alexis, Senior Legal Director, Ooredoo Group Q.S.C.
Raja Sharif, Chief Executive Officer, FarmaTrust
Christopher Wray, Chief Legal Officer, Mattereum Ltd

18:45-22:15 Conference dinner Palais Brongniart

Conference Dinner at the Palais Brongniart. Transport will be provided (30 minutes drive). Coaches will depart from the conference venue at 1745.

This is a pre-registered event. Please book a place on the registration form. 

Dress code: Business formal

Supported by Lex Mundi

Tuesday 22 May
07:45-08:45 Delegate breakfast Exhibition Area, Scène Foyer, Level 0
07:45-14:00 Exhibition Exhibition Area, Scène Foyer, Level 0
07:45-15:30 Registration Conference Centre Foyer, Level 0
08:00-08:30 Update from ACC Europe’s Advocacy and International Relations Working Group Scène D, level 0

Javier Ramirez, ACC Europe Board member and Chair of Advocacy in Europe, will lead this informal session and give a brief update on the advocacy activities carried out by ACC at European and national level to protect the interests of in-house counsels, including work to put Legal Professional Privilege (LPP) for in-house lawyers onto the EU’s legislative agenda.

09:00-10:30 Concurrent sessions
17

Track: Lead Yourself


My favourite mistake - Overcoming career setbacks
Scène A, Level 0

Learn from colleagues who have lived it – how to rebuild and capitalise on the experiences that lead to Your Favourite Mistake. Whether you’re in transition or facing a career setback, learn how others navigated choppy waters – talking about the layoff or firing during your job search, being strategic in looking for a new position, promoting your “brand” in the new digital era, and keeping spirits up.

Speakers:
Philippe Antonio, Director of Legal - EMEA, ANSYS
Adam Smith, CLO/Group General Counsel, OVH
Catherine Stavrakis, Vice President & Associate Group General Counsel, Capgemini

18

Track: Lead the Law


The European project (Brexit)
Scène B, Level 0

Join us for a panel discussion on the emerging EU in light of the UK’s departure.

Sponsor: CMS

Speakers:
Daniel Friedlaender, Head of European Office, Sky
Caroline Hobson, Partner, CMS
Helena Raulus, Head of Office, Joint Law Societies Office

19

Track: Lead the Business


When restructuring affects the legal department
Scène C, Level 0

Downsizing, rightsizing, restructuring, rebalancing: internal reorganisations can take many different forms and have many different labels. A guide to understanding and responding when restructuring affects your legal department.

Speakers:
Nino Cusimano, Former General Counsel, CMA CGM
Christof Höfner, Senior Legal Counsel, Zurich Insurance Company
Paolo M. Quaini, Group General Counsel presso, Alitalia Società Aerea Italiana S.p.A.

20

Track: Lead the Law


Law Lab: Cyber security: The in-house lawyer's role in preparing for, and responding to, a data breach
Scène D, Level 0

Note: session limited to 24 delegates. 

Traditional industrial companies now share many of the same risks of cybercrime and hacking as consumer concerns. As an in-house lawyer, how would you prepare for, and respond to, a cyber security crisis at your company? During this interactive session, we will explore these dilemmas through a variety of data breach and cyber attack scenarios.

Sponsor: EY

Speakers:
Dr. Greg Dzsinich LLM, Board Member of CyAN (Paris), Partner, Attorney-at-law (Budapest), ICT, Data Protection, IPR
Ryan Rubin, Partner, Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services, EY
Alesch Staehelin, Lead Counsel Research Europe, IBM

10:30-11:00 Networking break Exhibition Area, Scène Foyer, Level 0
11:00-12:30 Concurrent sessions
21

Track: Lead Yourself


Law Lab: Put “people person” back on your resume: Soft skills can’t be automated
Forum A, Level -1

Note: session limited to 30 delegates. 

Industrialisation of the legal profession is happening. Great lawyering is no longer a differentiator – it is the price of entry. Excelling in the new era means being a champion of the soft skills: communication, relationship building, and a service-orientated mindset. There is a correct way and an incorrect way to communicate: asking questions in an open-ended manner, positioning yourself in a way that clearly passes the message to the other party, deflecting rather than defending, and using opportunities to build stronger relationships rather than diluting them. Join our workshop to enhance your existing skills and give yourself that extra communication boost.

Speakers:
Helena Bescos Menenedez, Senior Legal Consultant, SAS BML Consulting
Alessandro Galtieri, Vice President Corporate Law, Colt Technology Services
Paul Williams, Executive Commercial Counsel, GE Power

22

Track: Lead the Law


Competition law update
Scène B, Level 0

This session will present an overview of significant legal and policy developments in EU and US competition law, the latest trends in competition litigation and what it means for you in practice.

Sponsor: Fieldfisher

Speakers:
Anjuna Crespin, Head of Competition Law, Total
David Foster, Director, Frontier Economics
Spyros Mello, Chief Compliance Officer & Deputy General Counsel, Coca-Cola HBC
Thilo Reimers, Senior Counsel Antitrust, Deutsche Bahn AG
Anne-Laure-Hélène des Ylouses, Attorney at law, Fieldfisher

23

Track: Lead the Business


Successful metrics for in-house counsel
Scène A, Level 0

It remains true that "what gets measured gets managed". With so much data and so many ways to measure it, it can be difficult for in-house counsel to know where to begin. This session offers guidance.

Sponsor: Mitratech

Speakers:
Jason Heyman, Managing Director, EMEA , Mitratech
Gabriella Porcelli, General Counsel, Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG
Helena Samaha, Former Head of Legal - Media and Programming, EU, Liberty Global

24

Track: Lead the Business


Law Lab: Public affairs/lobbying
Scène D, Level 0

Note: session is limited to 24 delegates. 

In-house counsel help apply the rules, lobbyists help shape them. Hence they are often considered two sides of the same regulatory coin. Understandably, lawyers are increasingly called upon for public affairs work. What role can in-house counsel play in public affairs, and what are the pitfalls they need to avoid? This session will provide an overview of basic public affairs.

Speakers:
Anton'Maria Battesti, Public Policy Manager, Facebook
David Berman, Head of Corporate Public Affairs, Veolia
Ross Biggam, Vice President Government Affairs EMEA, Discovery Communications
Mary Blatch, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, Association of Corporate Counsel

12:30-14:00 Lunch break Exhibition Area, Scène Foyer, Level 0
14:00-15:30 Closing plenary
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Closing plenary: Transforming busy lawyers into business leaders
Scène A, Level 0

Participate in a real-time improvement process that applies seven ways a lawyer can get closer to the business, demonstrate value and become a trusted adviser, and counters seven reasons why we resist and avoid change.

Speaker:
Trevor Faure, President, Global General Counsel Academy

Programme and speakers are subject to change without notice.

ACC Europe wishes to thank the 2018 Annual Conference Advisory Board for their thought leadership, creativity and hard work in developing this programme:

Chair:
Steve Leroy, Former Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Discovery Networks International, Discovery Communications

Deputy Chair & Track leader Lead Yourself:
Katerina Galanopoulou, Legal and Compliance Counsel, SAP Greece Cyprus & Malta

Track leaders Lead the Business and Lead the Law:
Matthew Benz, Senior Counsel, Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A.
Jeremy Otis, General Counsel, Eniram Oy, a Wärtsilä Company; Senior Counsel, Wärtsilä Corporation

With thanks also for significant assistance from:
Marcella Sampic, Senior Legal Counsel, Data Privacy & Corporate Governance, CCS International