Speakers

Monday 21 May
 
1: Opening plenary: Securing a seat at the table

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

Craig Budner serves on the K&L Gates Global Management Committee. He currently serves as the Global Business Development, Hiring and Integration 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.

Sabine Chalmers - Group General Counsel and Independent Director, BT Group plc and Coty, Inc.

Sabine Chalmers was recently appointed General Counsel of BT Group Plc. Prior to this appointment, she was the Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs Officer and Secretary to the Board of Directors of Anheuser-Busch InBev, one of the world’s top five consumer products companies and the leading global brewer. In addition to her more than a decade at Anheuser-Busch InBev, she served in a number of leadership positions, including General Counsel of the Latin American and U.S. Businesses at Diageo plc, the world’s largest producer of spirits.  She also worked in private practice at the law firm of Lovell White Durrant and was a lecturer at University College, London. Sabine holds a law degree from the London School of Economics and is qualified to practice in England and NY State. She also serves on the boards of Coty, Inc., one of the worlds largest consumer beauty companies and the Royal National Theatre London. 

William (Bill) Mordan - General Counsel & Company Secretary, Shire Pharmaceuticals

Bill serves as Executive Vice President (General Counsel and Company Secretary) for Shire plc. Shire is the world’s leading pharmaceutical company that specialises in rare diseases and specialty conditions. Prior to joining Shire, Bill served as the general counsel and company secretary for RB plc, a global consumer products company based in the UK. He also previously served in various legal positions at Procter & Gamble, working in that company’s US corporate office as well as in Mexico and Brazil.

He is actively involved in ACC, the Association of Corporate Counsel, and is Chairman of the ACC Board of Directors. Bill is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (U.S.) (B.A) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (U.S.) (J.D.).

Veta T. Richardson - President & CEO, Association of Corporate Counsel

Veta T Richardson is President & CEO of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the world’s largest professional association for in-house counsel. With more than 43,000 members spanning 85 nations and staff located in North America, Asia Australia and soon, Europe, ACC offers a global voice and thought leadership for the in-house community.

Richardson is widely recognized for corporate governance leadership, having been named to the prestigious Directorship 100 list four times. Her thought leadership on the role and positioning of the chief legal officer serves as the basis for recommendations issued to corporate boards by NACD, a US-based multinational directors society.

Legal and business journalists have interviewed Richardson numerous times regarding corporate governance and in-house counsel trends. She has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Agenda Week, Washington Post, New York Times, Bloomberg News, The Financial Post (Canada), Law Society Gazette (UK) and countless other publications. Her articles and op-eds have run in Corporate Counsel, Forbes, Law 360, Ethisphere magazine and the Business Law Journals in China and India.

Prior to becoming an association management executive, Richardson spent more than a decade as corporate counsel at Sunoco, Inc. focusing on governance, M&A, securities disclosure and finance.

Jeremy Schwartz - Former CEO, The Body Shop

Jeremy Schwartz was Chairman and CEO of The Body shop for the last four years and led the sale on behalf of L’Oreal for €1bn to Natura. Jeremy work closely with his Group General Council on the sale, global franchise contracts, litigation and other acquisitions in Brazil and Australia amongst other topics. Prior to this, As Country Manager of L’Oreal UK his UK and global council worked closely with him on various emerging data compliance and audit policies as well as advertising standards challenges around the representation on beauty in advertising. Jeremy is a champion of the legal function and the role it can play in business growth.

2: Expanding your influence: Building legal’s role in the business

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

Katerina Galanopoulou is the Legal and Compliance Counsel of SAP Greece, Cyprus and Malta. At the beginning of her career, she worked as junior associate at Potamitis – Iliadou law firm (E&Y) and since 2005, she works in multinational software companies. Prior to her current position, she had been the legal counsel of Oracle and the Intellectual Property Manager of Microsoft. She co-represents the Association of Corporate Counsel in Greece and is a member of the Intellectual Property Committee of the American Hellenic Chamber of Commerce.

She holds a Degree in Law from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a LLM from University of Kent.

Ian Gray - Chairman, Eversheds Sutherland Europe

Ian is responsible for the firm’s 19 continental Europe countries as well as acting as Executive Partner for Eversheds Sutherland (International) as part of the Global Executive team. He has particular responsibility for the firm’s client strategy around the world, spending much of his time with General Counsel and their teams meeting their multi-jurisdictional needs. 

He joined the firm in 1997 and became a partner in 1999. He has been part of the leadership team for over ten years, and previous senior roles have included International Managing Partner (2015-2017), leadership of the Litigation Practice Group (2008-2015), and senior management sponsor for Gender Diversity (2011-2017). 

He spent the first part of his career with a Magic Circle firm, working both in London and Asia, with stints in Tokyo and Hong Kong. Much of the work he has handled has involved an international element. He also worked for the firm's ground-breaking inquiries and investigations team, playing a senior role in the Bloody Sunday Inquiry, as well as managing substantial claims for the UK Government.

Muriel Makharine - Vice President & General Counsel International Operations, UTC Climate, Controls & Security

Muriel Makharine has been holding since December 2015 the position of Vice-President and General Counsel for UTC Climate, Controls & Security International Operations. Based in France, she most recently served as Vice-President and General Counsel for UTC Building & Industrial Systems Europe, Middle East and Africa, a division of UTC which had operationally merged the Otis and Climate, Controls & Security businesses.

Muriel started her legal career in 1990 as a bankruptcy attorney in a law firm based in Hartford (Connecticut) and joined UTC in 1994 as Senior Counsel for the Carrier Europe & Transcontinental Operations, based in Paris. During her 23-year tenure with UTC, she also held a number of varied and challenging legal positions, including her appointment in 2005 as Executive Assistant to the Carrier President and subsequently as Deputy General Counsel of Carrier Corporation. Following the merger of the Carrier and Fire & Security businesses of UTC, Muriel moved back to France as Vice President Legal for UTC Climate, Controls & Security Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Muriel completed her undergraduate work in La Sorbonne in Paris and holds a Juris Doctor from the Boston University School of Law and a Bachelors of Law from La Sorbonne (Paris IV).

Manuel Morasch - Assistant General Counsel, TE Connectivity

Manuel leads a team of attorneys in TE Connectivity’s Industrial business unit and serves on the business unit’s leadership team in Darmstadt/Germany since joining TE in 2014. His position entails global responsibility for all legal matters arising from the component and systems offerings in the industrial connectivity space, a $1.3bn business within TE Connectivity.

Following a couple of years in private practice, including at Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP in their Toronto office, Manuel held in-house roles in the Frankfurt area, first at Depfa Bank, and then at Bilfinger with a focus on infrastructure projects. From 2012 on, he acted as Head of Legal & Compliance for EMEA at Dematic, a builder and operator of automated material handling systems.

Qualified as an attorney in Germany, Manuel obtained his LL.B. from the University of Konstanz and his LL.M. from the University of Toronto.

Barbara Scarafia - Vice President Legal Europe, Assistant General Counsel, Amazon

Barbara is the Legal Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Amazon in Europe.

Barbara has started her career in 1996 as attorney-at-law in a boutique law firm specialized in media and copyright law in Germany.  She joined Amazon in 1999 as Legal Counsel Germany and became the country Legal Director in 2002. She supported many different businesses including France, Amazon Marketplace, the launches of Amazon’s Italian and Spanish websites, and MP3. Since 2014 she is responsible for the legal support of Amazon’s International Consumer business in the role of VP Legal Europe based in Luxembourg. In her role, Barbara leadings a team of over 100 experienced attorneys and legal professionals across Europe. She is an active supporter of diversity and inclusions programs in the workplace. Barbara studied law in Konstanz and Berlin and is a member of the German Bar Association since 1995.

3: Preparing for GDPR

Alexander Duisberg - Partner & Head Software & Services, Int'l Tech & Coms Group, Bird & Bird LLP

Alexander Duisberg is a highly reputed lawyer within the IT, digital transformation and privacy sphere, with a clear international vision to develop his clients' businesses. He is a partner of Bird & Bird in Munich, handling commercial, digital transformation and data protection issues and a member of our International Tech & Comms Sector Steering Group and leads our Software & Services industry initiative. Alexander is considered a leading expert on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters of technology law, including agile development, Big Data, cloud migration, transactional data protection and cyber security, digital transformation projects, Internet of Things and Industry 4.0. His client base comprises suppliers and customers in a range of industries, in particular within the automotive, mechanical engineering and insurance sectors. Alexander is an appointed panelist to the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre, and has deep experience in domestic and international arbitration on technology disputes. He is a recognized leader and government advisor to the German government think tank projects "Trusted Cloud", "Smart Data" and "Plattform Industrie 4.0". He is a frequent speaker on national and international events, and contributes regularly to publications on Tech-related topics. Alexander speaks German, English, Italian, Spanish and French.

Alexandra Guerin - EU Privacy & Data Protection Senior Manager, AmGen

Alexandra serves as EU data protection senior manager at Amgen. Amgen is one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies and a values-based company, deeply rooted in science and innovation to transform new ideas and discoveries into medicines for patients with serious illnesses. Prior to joining Amgen, Alexandra was a legal counsel at the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL). Alexandra is a qualified French lawyer from the Paris Bar.

Nathalie Laneret - Director of Privacy Policy, CIPL

Nathalie Laneret holds a post graduate degree in European Law from Robert Schuman University (Strasbourg, France) and an LL.M degree in American law from Duke University School of law (Durham, USA). She is admitted to the New York and Paris bars.

Before joining the CIPL, she practiced as an IT and data protection attorney with a French law firm for three years; She then worked for the 3M group as a senior legal counsel where she specialized in contracts, competition law, compliance matters and litigation. In 2011 she joined Capgemini to work on data protection matters and became Group DPO to manage the global data privacy compliance program that led to the approval of Capgemini’s Binding Corporate Rules (BCR) for controller and processor.

Nathalie is member of the European Advisory Board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and of the task force of the Cloud Infrastructure Service Providers in Europe (CISPE) Code of Conduct

Judicaël Phan - Associate General Counsel, Ubisoft

Judicaël is specialised in data protection, with a particular focus on IT, video games and marketing sectors.

He teaches digital marketing regulation at University of Paris II, Sciences Po and at ENSAE Paristech.

He is currently Associate General Counsel and Global DPO at Ubisoft, a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainments and services with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands (E.g., Rayman, Just Dance, Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed, The Rabbids). He is in charge of Data, Privacy and Corporate Affairs.

Before joining Ubisoft, Judicaël was Privacy Director at Criteo, a global performance marketing technology company and he held various positions at the CNIL - the French Data Protection Authority - during 8 years. As part of the inspection department, he conducted more than 200 inspections from start-ups to GAFA. He also worked across a wide range of sectors in the legal department, from marketing to social networks and search engines. Later, he was the coordinator of the IT and Economic Affairs Department of the CNIL.

He was the co-chair of the IAPP KnowledgeNet France.

4: Law Lab: So you think you want to join a start-up?

William Goodwin - General Counsel, AirMap

Bill Goodwin is the General Counsel of AirMap, a start-up powering the future of low-altitude flight, where he manages the legal and policy teams. He is an expert in the area of state and local UAS policy. Prior to AirMap, he was a member of Morrison Foerster’s UAS/Drone Group and counseled clients regarding some of the unique product liability, licensing, and regulatory risks that arise in the drone context. 
 
Mr. Goodwin is a frequent speaker on the legal and policy issues associated with drones, including testifying before Congress. He has worked with elected and appointed officials at the federal, state, and local level on laws and policies related to UAS. Previously, he worked in political network visualization and state and local government consulting.

Anne Hindermeyer - Head of Legal, Believe Digital Group

Anne Hindermeyer is a French lawyer with 25 years' experience in intellectual property, mainly acquired in the music industry.

She holds a Master degree in Business Law from Paris-Assas University and a DESS in Business and Fiscal Law from Paris-Panthéon-Sorbonne University. She was admitted to the Paris Bar in 1992.

After a first experience as a lawyer at Moquet Borde and Deprez Guignot, she worked 14 years as Legal and Business Affairs Manager at major record companies Warner Music, BMG/Sony  and EMI. In 2012 she joined Believe Digital, the leading global provider of digital music in Europe for independent artists and labels, as Head of Legal.

Believe Digital was founded in 2005 and started its strong international expansion after 2010. It has grown from 70 staff in 4 countries in 2012 to 500 staff in 50 countries today. This growth, including several acquisitions in the US and Europe, has been financed by US Venture Capital firms.

Raluca Radu - Legal Director, Fairphone

Raluca Radu is the Legal Director at Fairphone B.V. a sustainable tech innovation company based in Amsterdam, leading the company's legal department. She has over ten years of international experience across several countries in the legal field, on different topics regarding business law and sustainable entrepreneurship. Before joining Fairphone, she held multiple positions, working as attorney-at-law, legal advisor for international companies and organisations, and as external counsel for the EU Commission. She holds two international masters from a French and a Belgian university, one in business law and the other in environmental law.

5: Law Lab: Mindfulness for lawyers | For in-house counsel only

Bruce Greenhalgh - Global Health and Wellbeing Clinical Lead, BT

Bruce is currently Global Health and Wellbeing Clinical Lead at BT (British Telecom) the UK’s leading telecommunications provider. Previously he was head of Employee Assistance at Accenture. He has an MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy, is an accredited therapist with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and is a Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Bruce has developed and delivered programmes globally on wellbeing across all levels within multi-nationals including Accenture, BT, HSBC, Microsoft and O2. He has presented on related topics at conferences across Europe, and in the USA.

In and out of work Bruce has a keen interest in Mindfulness which he now teaches and practices in a range of diverse settings such as therapeutically, counsellor training, summer schools, retreats, and for small private groups and charities. In corporate settings Bruce has integrated mindfulness training as part of wellness programmes and more recently as part of executive training for senior managers. He trained to teach mindfulness on the masters programme at Bangor university (wales) and is certified by the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute created in Google and based in San Francisco.

6: Law Lab: Strategic thinking

Matt DenOuden - Vice President of Sales, Onit

Matt DenOuden has nearly 30 years of legal industry experience, including a dozen years practicing law as a partner in a boutique defense firm in Hartford, Connecticut. While there, he started and grew an early e-discovery technology practice. In 2002, he left private practice to join a young e-billing company, TyMetrix. As vice president of sales for TyMetrix for 14 years, he helped take the company from four clients and $2 million in revenue to 250 clients and $60 million in revenue.

Matt has spent his career working with clients and industry leaders and has a passion for developing solutions to manage the business of law. Most recently, he was a managing director at Huron Consulting (now Consilio) where he worked closely with legal operations leaders around the country as they devised operational strategies and technology roadmaps for their law departments.

Matt has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Hartford and a J.D. from The University of Connecticut School of Law.

Alasdair Moodie - Vice President & General Counsel (EMEA), Thermo Fisher Scientific

Alasdair currently serves as Vice President and General Counsel, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Thermo Fisher Scientific, a large multinational leader in life sciences and healthcare technologies, with headquarters in Boston, United States.

He joined Thermo Fisher in April 2012 as Vice President and General Counsel Europe, based in London, and led a full strategic review and transformation of the EMEA Legal team during the subsequent acquisition-led doubling in the size of the company.

With a degree in biological sciences (Edinburgh University), Alasdair trained and qualified as a solicitor with the international City law firm Linklaters, initially specialising in intellectual property law. He has 25 years' broad and international legal, governance, business and leadership experience within the life sciences industry (Pfizer, Cambridge Antibody Technology / AstraZeneca, Gilead Sciences).

Gregory Ritts - Chief Legal and Compliance Officer , Altisource

Gregory J. Ritts serves as the Chief Legal and Compliance Officer of Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. (NASDAQ: ASPS), a financial technology services and business process outsourcing provider. Prior to joining Altisource in October 2014, Mr. Ritts served as Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel of Publicis Groupe, a global advertising and media company, with oversight of global legal affair (ex-France) for the organization. Mr. Ritts previously served as Global Vice President of Business Affairs and Corporate Development at Razorfish LLC, and held various senior legal positions with aQuantive, Inc. and Microsoft Corporation. Mr. Ritts began his career with the law firms of Nixon Peabody and Perkins Coie as an associate attorney. Mr. Ritts earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University. Mr. Ritts has been a frequent contributor to ACC Annual Meetings in the United States and Europe.

7: “Looking for a legal job in Europe? Here’s what you need to know” For in-house counsel only

Laetitia Desoutter - Directrice des Affaires Juridiques France et Europe du Sud / South Europe Region Legal Counsel, HP

Effective September 1st 2015, Laetitia serves as Associate General Counsel, South Europe Region & Country Counsel France, leading a team of 9 in-house counsels and paralegals, and supporting the legal matters at regional and country level over South European Countries (i.e. France, Spain, Portugal and Italy). She is leading an EMEA Privacy Workgroup interfacing with HP Worldwide Privacy Office on personal data related topics.

From November 2012 until end of August 2015, Laetitia served as Litigation Manager for France and Belgium managing significant disputes in many different sectors (including litigations relating to distribution, competition, copyright levies, IP, grey market issues, labor related matters, etc…) and for all HP’s business units.

Before joining HP in November 2012, she was a member of the Paris Bar for 11 years practicing business law for French and Foreign clients within the Litigation Practice Group of the Paris Office of Baker & McKenzie international law firm.

Laetitia obtained her law degree from the University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) and a Master of Laws from the University of Humboldt in Berlin (Germany). She is fluent in French and English. She has good knowledge of German.

Laetitia’s current office location is Boulogne Billancourt, France.

Maria Rocha Barros - Vice President Legal & Corporate Affairs (General Counsel) - Zone Europe, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Maria Rocha Barros is the Vice President of Legal & Corporate Affairs (General Counsel) Europe of AB InBev, the leading global brewer. Maria is responsible for legal and compliance matters, government affairs, external communications, crisis management and corporate social responsibility of AB InBev’s operations in Europe and Middle East, leading a team of +60 in +9 countries.

Since joining AB InBev in 2011, Maria has held a number of positions in New York, Mexico and Belgium, where she has worked on M&As/Greenfield projects in China/Vietnam, transformational M&A deals (including the $20 billion combination with Grupo Modelo, and the $100 billion combination with SABMiller), as well as commercial, procurement, IT, anticorruption, antitrust, data privacy and dispute resolution matters. 

Prior to joining AB InBev, Maria worked at the law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York, where she advised on cross-border M&A, IPOs, bond offerings, syndicated credit facilities and probono matters. Prior to that, Maria was a banking associate at Levy & Salomao Advogados in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Maria holds a bachelor of laws degree from the Universidade de Sao Paulo, an LLM from Stanford University and is admitted to practice in the U.S. (New York), England & Wales and Brazil. 

Qiong Shen - HR Business Partner, Huawei France R&D, Huawei Technologies

 

Qiong SHEN is an experienced HR worker obtaining more than 10 years’ track record in the field of HR, she currently is a Human Resources Business Partner in Huawei Technologies France Research & Development Center in Paris (head quarter), where she has devoted her practice acting as a strategic HR Business Partner to leadership teams. Her recent activities including developing and implementing strategies and plans focused on human/talent capital management, customer satisfaction and business performance for three Huawei France entire R&D centers. She has extensive experience in Talent Acquisition Management, HR Leadership, international mobility and multi-cultural & diversity management while previously working in HSBC Banking China, STMicroelectronics China and Bell Labs Nokia Alcatel Lucent China. 

Key skills and abilities of Qiong SHEN include coaching, influencing, facilitation, presentation, communication, process development, data analysis and problem solving. 

Qiong SHEN can speak fluently Chinese, English and French.

8: Trade compliance: Sanctions and export control strategies for in-house counsel

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

Jeremy Otis is a US-trained attorney living and working in Finland since 2001.  Based in Helsinki, Mr. Otis serves as General Counsel at Eniram Ltd., which provides data analytics and fuel performance optimization solutions to the maritime sector, as well as Senior Counsel in the Group Legal function for Eniram’s parent company, Wärtsilä Corporation, where he is responsible for Wärtsilä’s global IPRs and legal digitalization initiatives. Mr. Otis is a frequent speaker across Europe on technology and export control topics, next as Co-Chair at the 2nd annual Trade Compliance Nordics conference which will take place in Stockholm 11-13 June 2018.  Mr. Otis holds an LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, in addition to his J.D. and B.A. degrees.  Mr. Otis served as Clerk to the Chief Justice of the US Court of International Trade in Manhattan while completing his LL.M.

Meredith Rathbone - Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP – Lex Mundi Member Firm

Meredith Rathbone is based in Steptoe & Johnson’s London office, where she counsels clients in numerous countries and industries on achieving their business goals while ensuring compliance with US economic sanctions and export controls laws administered by the Departments of the State, and Commerce.  Meredith has guided clients in establishing trade compliance programs, conducting internal investigations, preparing and filing voluntary disclosures and subpoena responses, obtaining export and technology transfer authorizations, and undertaking product classification and jurisdiction assessments.

Meredith regularly advises companies on navigating export controls and sanctions considerations in the context of mergers and acquisitions. She has represented individuals and companies facing civil and criminal investigations in this area, as well as clients seeking to be removed from OFAC’s SDN list through the delisting process.  Meredith has also advised clients on compliance with United Nations sanctions and arms embargoes.

Meredith is the co-chair of Steptoe's International Regulation and Compliance practice and serves on the firm's Executive Committee.  She is a member of the Sanctions Subcommittee of the US State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, and previously co-chaired the American Bar Association’s Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee.

 

Roberto Soprano - Senior Manager, PWC

Roberto is a Senior Manager and export control lead at PwC in Brussels. He is specialised in export control and sanctions and currently assists multinational companies in building Internal Compliance Programs to comply with US (BIS, ITAR and OFAC) and EU (dual-use, military and sanctions) laws. He also conducts internal investigations, lead remediation plans and acts as a sanctions legal expert for the PwC Iran Working Group, advising companies doing business in Iran. 

Prior to join PwC, Roberto worked as an in-house trade counsel at Huntsman, a US chemical company in the EMEA region and as an international trade advisor for Federacciai advising steel companies on compliance with the EU and US dual-use regulations and sanctions He has also been appointed as a consultant by the World Bank for dual-use related projects. Roberto graduated in law from the University of Milan and holds a master in WTO law from the World Trade Institute in Switzerland.

Heather Sroka - Corporate Counsel Compliance, Arm

Ms. Sroka is a U.S. licensed attorney specializing in international business & trade and has over fourteen years of experience in the global trade industry. She started her career at the U.S. Government investigating companies and individuals for unlicensed exports. She then went into private practice with a global law firm based in Washington D.C. representing clients in the defense services and high-technology industries including investigations by multiple government agencies and advising clients on establishing internal export compliance programs and obtaining the appropriate export licenses. Ms. Sroka has acted as the Empowered Official in various defense contractors advising on military defense and classified programs and has also worked in-house in multiple industries advising on customs law matters including areas such as country of origin analysis, valuation, classification, deemed exports, encryption technology, use of FTZ and FTA for duty optimization, C-TPAT/AEO programs and global licensing requirements. Ms. Sroka has practiced in the EU working for a Dutch multi-national corporation in Amsterdam advising on the company’s global operations. Currently she is working in the semiconductor industry advising on U.S. Government contract compliance and trade compliance.

9: A.I. - The sequel!

Sandra Devine - Managing Director Europe, Axiom

Sandra (Sandy) Devine is Managing Director, overseeing Axiom’s operations across Continental Europe. She additionally heads Axiom’s New Markets function focused on international expansion and business development. Axiom’s geographic strategy is grounded in serving the firm’s strategic clients across their global operations, as evidenced by investment in the firm’s fast-growing Zurich operation four years ago; and most recently, the entry into the German market with Axiom’s Frankfurt-based hub.

Sandy joined Axiom in 2014 in a leadership role within the firm’s strategic accounts and managed services group. Prior, Sandy held a number of executive positions at HP, A.T. Kearney and CGI, among other experiences. A management consultant by background, she brings deep expertise in technology-enabled business process transformation in financial services, life sciences and other industries.

Axiom is the world’s largest alternative legal services provider, serving large enterprises across its global footprint. The firm’s unique solutions combine legal expertise, technology and data analytics to deliver legal services in a manner that dramatically reduces risk, cost and cycle time. Most recently, Axiom has announced the launch of its R&D Center for Legal Innovation in Seattle, to advance Axiom’s industry-leading technology vision, artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities and contract automation tools.

Sandy obtained her MBA from Georgetown University and is based in Zurich.

Carmelo Fontana - Senior Regional Counsel, Google

Carmelo Fontana is a technology attorney with over 12 years of experience in the fields of intellectual property, data protection and technology transactions. In January 2011, he joined Google where, as Senior Regional Counsel, he currently handles the Italian regulatory and commercial practice. Carmelo also is a lecturer at Bocconi University and SDA School of Management where he teaches on the topics of privacy, intellectual property, consumer protection, technology transactions, negotiation and innovation policy.

Before joining Google, Carmelo was a startup entrepreneur in Silicon Valley (2009-2011), a research associate at Stanford Law School (2008-2010), a lawyer at the European Commission Legal Services (2007) and an attorney for Cleary Gottlieb (2004-2007).

Carmelo is qualified to practice law in California and in Italy and is a US Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US). Carmelo holds a LL.M. degree from Stanford Law School, a J.D. summa cum laude from Luiss Guido Carli and is a Fulbright and Rotary scholar.

Anthony Kenny - Assistant General Counsel Corporate & CBS, GSK

Currently – Assistant General Counsel – corporate at GSK
Previously
European Counsel – The Boston Consulting Group
European Counsel – Deloitte
Litigation Counsel – BT
Associate – Hogan Lovells

Also previously UK Rep for the ACC

Vincent Martinaud - Counsel & Legal Manager, IBM

Vincent Martinaud is Counsel and manager for IBM France, which he joined in 2004.  Before that, he was a lawyer in private practice for ten years, working for Rambaud Martel law firm then Clifford Chance, mainly in the litigation and M&A areas. In his current role, he is responsible for the litigation and financial services sectors, including the regulatory aspects of IBM France Financement. Since 2014, he is also in charge of data privacy for IBM at European level, and he works on the implementation of the GDPR. He recently participated in a conference for AFJE (Association Française des Juristes d'Entreprise) to discuss the data privacy impact assessments. Center of competence for artificial intelligence related legal questions, Vincent holds a law degree in General Private Law from University Paris 2, Assas Panthéon (DEA Droit Privé Général).

10: Law Lab: “What could possibly go wrong? We have a social media plan in place”

Sean Collin - Founder & CEO, Brand PDQ

Sean Collin has spent 29 years in the field of law and management globally. He is admitted to practice law in three countries, has lectured at Universities, Institutes, or professional seminars in more than thirteen countries, and has worked on matters in over 70 countries. He holds an economics and law degree, with honors, from Otago University in New Zealand, and an LLM, with distinction, from Georgetown University. Sean is a tenured Associate Professor of Business Law at the University of North Alabama and is Director of the UNA Institute for Innovation & Regional Development. He is the recipient of multiple awards and recognitions for his work in the field and is a frequent speaker at professional conferences internationally. Sean has sat on numerous non-profit boards in the United States and internationally for decades. In 2003 he was selected by his peers as one of the "top 20 under 40 Attorneys in California" in the intellectual property and international law areas. He specialises in the protection and commercialisation of technology and associated intellectual property and is the Founder of a legal software company, IPWatch Systems Corporation." He has been an accredited United Nations NGO Representative in Geneva and New York.

Carolyn Herzog - Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer, 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 with The World Bank in Washington, DC. Carolyn is an advocate for Diversity and Inclusion and has particularly championed women’s initiatives both inside and outside of her company. She currently lives in the Bay Area with her family.

Stacey van Hooven - Vice President & General Counsel, Essity GmbH

Stacey van Hooven is Vice President and General Counsel at Essity, a leading global hygiene and health company (formerly SCA). Essity is the world's second largest supplier of tissue products and has approximately 48,000 employees.

Stacey has overall responsibility for providing legal support as well as managing the compliance/antitrust law program for the Consumer Goods Business. As a member of the executive leadership team of the consumer sector of the business, Stacey is also involved in corporate strategy and business development.

In addition to her role at Essity, Stacey teaches a course in U.S. Business Law at the law school in the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany.

Stacey began her career as a trial attorney, representing corporate clients in civil commercial matters before both the state and federal courts in New York. Later, she served in New York City government supervising complex criminal and administrative investigations into suspected corruption by City officials and corporations doing business with the City. After moving to Munich, Stacey spent more than a decade in private practice, most recently at Jacob Associates, gaining significant cross-border legal expertise in U.S.-German corporate and commercial matters, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and international licensing arrangements. She has been with Essity since 2007.

11: Law Lab: Legal operations

Augusto Lima - Head Legal Transactions, Novartis

Augusto Lima has joined Novartis in May 2017 as Head Legal Transactions. He is a member of the Legal Leadership Team.

Mr Lima is a director on the board of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Holdings Ltd.

Mr Lima is a leading practitioner of M&A, banking, and corporate law. He joins us from Anheuser-Busch InBev in NY where he was most recently Global Legal Director, M&A, with accountability for one of the largest corporate combinations in recent years. Prior to this, he was General Counsel Latin America at Sealed Air, Senior Associate M&A and Corporate Finance at Skadden, Arps in New York, and started his career as an M&A lawyer at Pinheiro Neto in Sao Paulo.

Mr Lima holds an MBA from the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Sao Paulo, an LLM from Georgetown University in Washington D.C., and an LL.B. from the Federal University of Mato Grosso in Brazil. He is admitted to the New York Bar and the Brazilian Bar.

Aine Lyons - Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Worldwide Legal Operations, VMware

Aine is the head of Worldwide Legal Operations and Chief of Staff for VMware’s General Counsel. She performs a global role and is responsible for driving operational excellence through iterative, scalable innovation.
Aine fosters cohesion and synchronicity in a legal department that is global (170 members in 25 cities in 16 countries), multi-cultural, and multi-disciplinary. The department’s composition (53% female, 23% underrepresented minority) and her role on the global VMinclusion Council reflects her commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Aine adopts a data-driven focus on the business’s bottom-line success. She has achieved an 18% reduction in legal spend as a percentage of revenue over the last four years through transformative initiatives. Such measurable improvements in client service and customer experience are among the many reasons VMware was recently recognised by the Association of Corporate Counsel as a 2015 Value Champion for legal operational excellence and won the 2016 Financial Times’ “Most Innovative In-House Legal Team Award”. Aine is also a regular speaker and writer for the Association of Corporate Counsels (ACC) on legal operations topics and is the founding member of, and European lead for, the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC).

Seth Nesbitt - Chief Marketing Officer, Icertis

As CMO, Seth leads the corporate and product marketing team with the goal of increasing the Icertis brand footprint and extending the company’s leadership position in the $6 billion contract lifecycle management (CLM) market. Seth and his team are responsible for communicating Icertis’ unique vision and capabilities to current and potential customers.

Prior to joining Icertis, Seth spent five years at Ecova, an energy and sustainability cloud software company, where he held a variety of strategic positions ranging from CMO to SVP of Sales and Marketing, and most recently, Chief Commercial Officer. Prior to Ecova, Seth held executive level marketing and product marketing roles in the US and UK at Amdocs, a global provider of software and solutions to the telecom industry.

Seth holds a B.A. in history from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, an M.B.A. from Oxford University in Oxford, England and has attended the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University in California.

12: Talk like Ted III

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

Steve Leroy has a diverse experience in public affairs, communications, sustainability, legal, compliance and business project management in consumer goods and media. From June 2016 until April 2018, Steve Leroy was Senior Vice President Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs for Discovery Networks International (DNI), which is Discovery’s business outside of the US. As a media company, Discovery is the global leader in real life entertainment, with assets including Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, and Eurosport.

Prior to DNI, Steve was Vice President Legal & Corporate Affairs Europe at Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), the world’s largest brewer, based in Leuven, Belgium, for six years. Before AB InBev, Steve held public affairs & communications as well as business project management roles across Europe, Eurasia & the Middle East, first at the bottler Coca-Cola Enterprises (now Coca-Cola European Partners) and then at The Coca-Cola Company, for twelve years.

Steve started his career as a lawyer in Brussels, and assisted the Belgian Commissioner General for the Refugees, before becoming project manager with the Antwerp Economic Development Agency. Subsequently, he was Chief of Staff to the Governor of the Province of Antwerp in Belgium.

Steve Leroy is a US-born Belgian citizen (1966), and holds a Master’s degree in Law from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (1989); a Master’s degree in Commercial & Consular Sciences from Hautes Etudes Commerciales St. Louis (Groupe ICHEC), in Brussels, Belgium (1992); a full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) from INSEAD, in Fontainebleau, France (1998); and the specialised Master’s degree in EU Competition Law & Economics from the Brussels School of Competition, Belgium (2014).

13: Labour law update

Marlene Connolly - Group Counsel & Legal Director, Forcepoint International Technology

Marlene has over 20 years in-house experience and is currently Group Counsel for Forcepoint International Technology Ltd. Founded in 1994, Forcepoint (formerly Websense) addresses constantly evolving cybersecurity challenges. Marlene established the International legal team based in Forcepoint’s International HQ in Dublin, Ireland in 2007 to support the Company’s business operations in EMEA and Asia Pacific.

Before Forcepoint Marlene was General Counsel and Company Secretary of Meteor Mobile, responsible for all legal and corporate governance affairs. Prior to Meteor, Marlene was Legal Counsel in eir (formerly eircom), the principal provider of fixed-line and mobile telecommunications services in Ireland, leading the Mergers and Acquisitions legal team for 9 years.

Marlene is a graduate of ICSA (Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators), a CEDR Accredited Mediator (2011), and achieved a Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection (PDP) in 2015. Marlene founded and previously chaired the Irish American Chamber of Commerce GC forum in 2014. In 2015 and 2017 she was selected for the Legal 500: GC Powerlist for Ireland. She received her law degree (LL.B) from Trinity College Dublin, before qualifying as a solicitor in Ireland and she is also admitted to the Bar in England and Wales.

Guillaume Desmoulin - Associate Lawyer, Littler

A partner at Fromont Briens, which he joined in 2005 following his admission to the bar, Guillaume Desmoulin draws from his strong knowledge in the field of labor relations, and particularly restructurings, collective redundancies and collective bargaining, to represent employers in a wide range of labor and employment law matters. He primarily works with software publishers, transport companies, banks and the steel industry. He also represents clients in litigation matters, before labor, civil and criminal courts, including litigation related to:

  • Termination of high-level employees and expatriates
  • Collective bargaining matters
  • Professional elections
  • Employee transfers
  • Occupational illnesses

He regularly counsels local and international companies with operations in France on matters including mobility, termination procedures, working time, restructurings, due diligence, collective bargaining and workforce reductions. Guillaume performs labor audits, which allow his clients to anticipate and prevent liability by verifying compliance with obligations under France’s social and labor laws.

Guillaume has authored articles for French and international publications on a variety of topics concerning labor law and legal analysis. He also contributed a chapter to a book on “Employment and Labour law,” published by Global Legal Insights. He is regularly invited by various legal and professional associations to speak on current topics in labor law and human resource management.

Mónica Gonzalez - Iberia Region Counsel, HP

Mónica is the Iberia Country Counsel for HP since 2015, in charge of all legal, corporate and compliance matters, providing legal services to HP Sales, Marketing and Global Functions. She also provides direct support to the Iberia Managing Director, participates in the Leadership Team Meetings and sits on the SBC Committee and Barcelona Site Council.

Mónica started at HP providing support to Large Format Business GBU. She participated in a major OEM agreement with Seiko Company. She was part of the team that in 2008 initiated the first contact of HP with 3D printing.

Previously Mónica held the position of employment attorney at HP. During those years, major restructurings took place: a collective substantial modification of employment conditions (2012) and in 2013 a collective dismissal (HP ITO) acting on Lead of Legal during negotiation and closure.

Prior to HP Mónica practiced civil, commercial and labour law at Uría & Menéndez and Ernst & Young. A Spanish qualified lawyer admitted at Madrid and Barcelona Bar, Mónica holds a Law Degree from the University Complutense of Madrid.

Richard Harvey - Partner, Littler

Richard Harvey joined GQ in January 2016 as a partner following GQ's acquisition of Camfords LLP, an employment law boutique of which Richard was a founding member. Before Camfords, Richard was a senior lawyer at international law firm Clyde & Co. He also held senior in-house employment counsel roles at Paramount Pictures and Tata Consultancy Services.

Richard has concentrated his practice in employment law since 2002. He advises a client base of companies across
a wide range of sectors including insurance, life sciences and luxury retail on the full range of their employment law requirements. He has particular experience in advising on employee relations matters, terminations, HR strategies and the employment law implications which arise from organisational change and development including outsourcing, transfer of undertakings (TUPE) and collective redundancy programmes. He is described in Legal 500 as a “great strategist” and rated as a leading individual in Chambers & Partners.

Richard has developed a niche practice as an international employment lawyer, advising international companies on their global HR requirements. He is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), the American Bar Association (ABA) and the European Employment Lawyers Association. Richard was a speaker at the IBA annual conference in Vienna in 2015 and he is vice chair on the International Employment Law Committee of the ABA International Section.

Julia Zange - Global Head of Labour Law, Fresenius Medical Care

Julia Zange serves as VP / Global Head of Labor Law at Fresenius Medical Care. Fresenius Medical Care is the world’s leading provider of products and services for people with chronic kidney failure (2017 revenues: € 17,784 mio; 114,000 employees worldwide).

Julia reports into the company's General Counsel, and works closely with the Global HR leadership team, as well as with senior management and all functional leads on all aspects of labor and employment laws.

Julia is an attorney-at-law admitted in Germany with more than 15 years of post-graduate professional experience. She started her career in private practice, and spent many years in the labor and employment practice of both a domestic law firm as well as in a US law firm.

Before joining Fresenius Medical Care, Julia has been In-House Employment Counsel at TE Connectivity, a global electronic manufacturing company with 80,000 employees worldwide (global sales: USD 13,1 bn), and led the in-house EMEA employment practice.  

Julia holds a law degree from the university of Cologne and the university of Paris I / Sorbonne. Since 2007, she is a certified specialist lawyer for employment law, as recognized by the German bar association.

14: Law Lab: East meets West: What you need to know about doing business in Asia

Orijit Das - Former Group General Counsel & Corporate Senior Vice President, WNS Global Services

Orijit is an experienced General Counsel and has worked for large organisations like WNS, Genpact, Convergys and in his capacity as a global and regional General Counsel. He is a highly experienced (20+ years PQE) General Counsel who has consistently been rated as a “Top 100 Lawyer” in the UK, by The Lawyer & Euromoney Guide – “Leading Technology, Media & Telecom Lawyers”. Orijit has been associated with the ACC for the last decade and has served on the Board of the ACC in Europe for numerous years.

Bobby Jacob Swedjemark - Group Vice President, Senior Legal Counsel - M&A, ABB

Bobby Jacob Swedjemark works as Senior Legal Counsel specializing in M&A at the global headquarters of ABB in Zurich, Switzerland. At ABB, she has had more than a decade of experience executing strategic, complex and time sensitive M&A transactions around the world. Prior to ABB, Bobby has worked in Singapore (with Wong Partnership LLP) and India (Fox Mandal Associates) specializing in corporate and commercial transactions. In 2011, she was recognized with the ABB Group General Counsel Award for Outstanding Contributions. She has also co-authored: “India-Singapore CECA: the Investor’s Guide” during her time with Wong Partnership LLP. She is qualified at the Indian Bar and the Bar of England and Wales.

Richard Keady - Partner & Head of Asia Pacific Dispute Resolution Group, Bird & Bird LLP

Richard leads Bird & Bird's International Dispute Resolution Group in the Asia Pacific region. He focuses on handling litigation, international arbitration and investigations for clients operating in highly regulated environments including the financial services, telecommunications, energy, aviation and life sciences sectors.

He acts for governments, multi-national corporations, professional services firms and high-net worth individuals across the region.  He has been resident in Hong Kong for over 17 years and during that time has acted in some of the region’s highest profile disputes.

Richard has particular expertise in:

  • litigation arising out of equity and debt capital markets, and in the distribution of financial products and investment funds;
  • complex disputes in relation to private equity and major infrastructure investments;
  • advising listed companies, licensed individuals and senior directors/officers of major corporations and financial institutions in relation to investigations by various regulatory bodies including the SFC, HKMA, CIB and the HKICPA; 
  • shareholder and boardroom litigation, including in particular cross-border disputes arising out of joint ventures in China; and
  • acting in professional disputes and disciplinary proceedings for a wide range of professionals including solicitors, accountants, brokers and licensed individuals.

Richard is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Hong Kong Institute of Directors.

15: Law Lab: Surviving disruption: New career choices

Mark A. Cohen - CEO, Legal Mosaic; Distinguished Fellow, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

Mark is a global thought leader in the legal industry. He is presently the Chair of the Advisory Board and Chief Strategy Officer at Elevate; a Distinguished Fellow at Northwestern University Law School; a regular contributor to Forbes where he has a column on the global legal marketplace; a sought-after keynote speaker; and CEO of LegalMosaic, a legal business consultancy and repository for his work. His LegalMosaic blog was recently honored by the ABA as one of the 50 outstanding worldwide legal blogs in their inaugural “Web 100.”

Stefan Corbanie - Partner, Eversheds Sutherland

Stefan heads the Eversheds'employment practice in Belgium.

At the wider practice group level, he has been tasked to coordinate and streamline the international HR offering.

His expertise covers all aspects of individual and collective employment law as well as change management issues.

He has considerable experience working with foreign companies at both Belgian and pan- European level, involving cross border operations, with a focus on information and consultation of employees' representatives and collective bargaining in the event of company restructurings.

Stefan was admitted to the Bar in 1996. He was appointed as a Deputy Judge at the Brussels Labour Tribunal in October 2003.

Isabelle Henkens - Owner, IH & Co

Isabelle began her career in recruitment : she was a specialised headhunter for the healthcare sector for 12 years (Korn/ Ferry, Brussels and London, Russell Reynolds, Paris). 

In 2002, she set up her own company, IH & co, specialising in health and well-being at work. She created a team of psychologists, psychiatrists, sophrologists, physiotherapists, nutritionists and massage practitioners to help employees develop their health capital, both physical and mental.

She decided to return to University to do a Master in Psychology in order to broaden her range of tools (she graduated from the University of Louvain La Neuve in 2015). These studies have enabled her to strengthen her methodology and reinforce the scientific foundations on which her approach is based. 

She individually coaches employees currently working in companies or when they have left. She also serves as an international expert in cases of harassment at work.

The keyword for her practice: 

Respect…Believe in the dignity and uniqueness of each of us, in our right to choose and our potential to overcome difficulties.

David Lewis - Associate General Counsel (Director of Legal, EMEA), Snap Inc

David Lewis heads the EMEA Legal team at Snap Inc., the Los Angeles headquartered company whose camera-focussed products include the mobile app Snapchat (used daily by over 173 million people worldwide) and video-capturing sunglasses, Spectacles. Snap Inc. listed on the New York Stock Exchange last year.

David joined Snap Inc. in late 2016 as the first legal hire outside of the company’s Venice Beach HQ. Based in Soho, London, he has built a team that provides general legal counsel to Snap Inc.’s growing network of offices in Europe and the Middle East, ranging from commercial advertising and sponsorship deals to corporate support and regulatory matters.

Having trained in the City at Herbert Smith Freehills, David moved in-house early on in his career to BBC Worldwide, where he advised the TV channels and digital businesses. He later returned to private practice for several years, focussing on technology and digital regulation at Fieldfisher, where clients included Twitter, Nintendo, Netflix, eBay and several UK tech start-ups. Prior to joining Snap Inc., David was General Counsel and Company Secretary of the charity and media organisation, Comic Relief and remained a consultant of Fieldfisher.

16: Blockchain and smart contracts

Bertrand Alexis - Senior Legal Director, Ooredoo Group Q.S.C.

Bertrand Alexis is Senior Director, Legal of Ooredoo Group based in Doha Qatar. Ooredoo Group is a world leading global telecommunications company with over 9B USD Revenues and a presence in over 15 countries in the Middle East. Bertrand is a member of the Board of Managers of Novus Law. He is also a member of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, an American advocacy group that promotes the emerging industry behind blockchain technology, bitcoin, digital currency and digital assets.

Previously Bertrand was a co-founder of Vistalaw International, a global team of former in-house attorneys with broad experience in providing legal support and advice to international companies. Bertrand was also Associate General Counsel at Cable & Wireless and in that capacity was responsible for providing legal counsel for the European and Japanese operations in all aspects of Cable & Wireless telecommunications and internet services. Prior to joining Cable & Wireless, he served as counsel to Nortel Europe and international counsel to Alcatel S.A., responsible for joint ventures, strategic alliances and technology transfer agreements in Europe, the US, Africa, India and China.

Mr. Alexis received his bachelors degree in economics from Columbia University and JD from Harvard University. He is a member of the NY Bar.

Bertrand resides in Doha, Qatar with his wife and two children.

Raja Sharif - Chief Executive Officer, FarmaTrust

Raja is the Founder and CEO of FarmaTrust, and is driving the company’s vision and mission of creating efficiencies for the pharmaceutical industry and protecting consumers of medicines. Raja is a UK qualified barrister with over 20 years business experience in the global media and technology industries. He has been General Counsel and board member of a number European companies, including Guardian IT PLC, Globix, COLT, and British Telecom. Before establishing FarmaTrust, he was Legal Adviser to the the DG of Al Jazeera and he was Deputy CEO of Barwa Media which sought to establish a Smart City in Qatar. Most recently, he worked as Strategy Implementation at Al Jazeera and was responsible for the launch of AJ+ English, Spanish and Arabic the industry leading digital current affairs media product aimed at millennials.

Christopher Wray - Chief Legal Officer, Mattereum Ltd

Christopher Wray is Mattereum’s Chief Legal Officer. Christopher is a lawyer and mediator with particular experience in company law, intellectual property and legal project management.

He read physics and philosophy at New College, Oxford and co-founded or advised several media and technology start-ups, increasingly specialising in managing commercial agreements and intellectual property.

After studying law at City Law School, he was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2011 by Gray’s Inn. He was subsequently accredited as a civil and commercial mediator by ADR Group.

From this base of knowledge, he built an independent consultancy advising media and technology companies, handling investment negotiations, technology licensing, dispute resolution and mediation until his appointment as Chief Legal Officer in May 2017. He writes on the cognitive science of decision-making and dispute resolution. 

Christopher is committed to supporting overseas development and is a Director of the Centre for Vision in the Developing World, a community interest company which designs and manufactures low cost self-adjustable glasses for use in developing world communities without access to eye care professionals.

 
Tuesday 22 May
 
17: My favourite mistake - Overcoming career setbacks

Philippe Antonio - Director of Legal - EMEA, ANSYS

Philippe is the Director of Legal for the EMEA region at ANSYS, Inc., a US-based technology company where he oversees all legal and compliance activities in that region. Philippe has had different roles in his career in which he covered a broad range of legal areas in the technology sector from multi-million dollar deals to negotiating sensitive agreements with Works Councils in France and Germany.

Although he is a French trained lawyer, he has been working in the UK for most of his career which is a testimony of his two main passions outside of the law, cultural exchanges and technology.

Adam Smith - CLO/Group General Counsel, OVH

After his first job in an architectural practice, Adam Smith began his legal career 30 years ago at HoganLovells in London, where he worked on large-scale corporate recovery projects. Armed with an MBA, he dropped law and became an investment banker at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. But the law caught up again and, moving to Paris in 1998, Adam spent 18 years in aerospace and defence, starting with Airbus Group, where he was head of the M&A legal department and later General Counsel of the defence division, based in Munich. Returning to Paris in 2010, Adam became Group General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Naval Group, the global supplier of submarines and surface combatants. Adam then joined Safran, where he led a global team of 215 lawyers and other professionals before leaving to pursue his academic interests.

But all good things must come to an end, and Adam resumed working full-time as Chief Legal Officer of OVH, Europe’s leading cloud provider, in May 2018, based in Roubaix and Paris.

A British and French national, Adam is a solicitor. He holds an LLB in Law, an MBA, an MA in History, and recently graduated with distinction with an MA in International Relations. He intends to start a PhD in philosophy shortly.

Catherine Stavrakis - Vice President & Associate Group General Counsel, Capgemini

Catherine Stavrakis is VP, Global Head of Legal Compliance and Legal Risk Management at the Capgemini Group, which she joined in 2010. Before that she spent close to ten years at GE, based in France, as legal head of M&A for GE Medical Systems Europe and then as European General Counsel for GE Healthcare Financial Systems.   Catherine began her legal career with the law firm Jones Day, based in Washington DC, as part of the international transactions team, after graduating from the American University with a J.D. degree in law and passing the NY bar.

Although her kids can’t imagine it, Catherine wasn’t always a lawyer or a workaholic. She actually started off in journalism, after obtaining a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in International Relations from Tufts University, as a support staff editor in the International Herald Tribune in Paris.   And guess what? After learning a whole lot, making life-long friends and having fun, that experience turned out to be a great mistake. Lawyers are much better paid, work conditions are better and you still get to use your brain and make a difference.

18: The European project (Brexit)

Daniel Friedlaender - Head of European Office, Sky

Daniel is the Head of the Sky Group's EU office. Sky is Europe's largest entertainment company, directly present in five European countries and active in all EU Member States through joint ventures or partnerships. Sky is in a unique position in Europe as a content creator, distributor, licensor, pay tv and free to air operator, over the top service provider, Internet service provider and now mobile network operator. Sky is also launching Europe's leading virtual reality content offering and is the largest investor in sports rights in Europe. 

Daniel holds a BA from McGill University in Montreal, an MA from the College of Europe in Bruges, and an MBA from Imperial College in London, having focused on digital distribution platforms. Daniel is responsible for many of the European political dossiers for Sky, providing a Group perspective and working on partnerships with public and private institutions, EU stakeholders as well as the media. 

Caroline Hobson - Partner, CMS

Caroline Hobson is a partner in CMS London specialising in EU law, antitrust, procurement and trade matters.

Caroline has worked in London and Brussels and has advised extensively on EU law matters. Caroline’s main expertise lies in advising on merger control and antitrust issues. She has advised on numerous merger notifications to the Competition and Markets Authority, European Commission and in multi-jurisdictional cases, as well as advising clients on Article 101/Chapter I cartel investigations and Article 102/Chapter II dominance issues. She advises extensively on competition law risk management and compliance strategies and has attended raids conducted by the EU and UK competition authorities.

Caroline advises on EU public procurement issues. She acts for government bodies and utilities, as well as suppliers in relation to tendering procedures and procurement challenges. She also regularly advises clients across a number of industry sectors on the application of the EU and UK trade and sanctions rules, helping to identify risks in commercial transactions, applying EU free movement rules, and liaising with UK government agencies with regards to sanctions and export control matters.

More recently, Caroline has been advising clients and industry groups on the legal and trade implications of Brexit and the move to a new trading relationship, including advising on the the application of WTO rules to UK trade matters.

Helena Raulus - Head of Office, Joint Law Societies Office

Helena joined the Joint Law Societies Office in Brussels at the beginning of 2015 and in February 2017 became the Head of Office. She is an expert on EU legislative processes and institutional frameworks. She is a Finnish national with Scots law background.

Before joining the Law Societies Office, Helena was an Assistant Professor in European Union Law at the Rotterdam School of Law. She obtained her first degree, LLB (Hons), and PhD from the University of Aberdeen. Her PhD was on the implications of the transposition of the Brussels Convention on jurisdiction, recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters into an EU Regulation.

19: When restructuring affects the legal department

Nino Cusimano - Former General Counsel, CMA CGM

Nino is a global general counsel with broad experience in corporate governance, global dispute resolution, commercial law, EH&S, regulatory, compliance and anti-bribery. He assists in clients with an “in-house” approach, understanding their business and devising, with them, the most cost effective legal strategy.

Educated internationally with legal studies in Italy and the US, he speaks English, Italian and French fluently. He has lived and worked in London, Milan, Paris and Pittsburgh, throughout a 20+ year professional career with successful, world-class, global corporations.  Nino enjoys a record of enhancement of internal controls and positive impact with boards, business executives and corporate stakeholders, as well as successful development and management of high-performing multi-jurisdiction legal teams.

He started his career in private practice in London with Hill Dickinson, moved in-house with PPG Industries where he served in multiple roles, including EMEA General Counsel, General Manager Environment, Health and Security Protection and with GE Oil & Gas as Global Services and Transactions General Counsel. Nino joined then Telecom Italia, one of leading TLCs in Europe and South America as Group General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Directors.

Married, three children, Nino is a regular lecturer at various academic institutions, a keen swimmer and an avid tweep (@ninocusimano).

Christof Höfner - Senior Legal Counsel, Zurich Insurance Company

In 2014 Mr. Höfner joined Zurich Insurance Company, working in the Corporate Center Legal Team in Zurich. His current focus is on sourcing and procurement projects; particularly BPO, IT & telecommunication services and outsourcing contracts.

Prior to joining Zurich Insurance Company, Mr. Höfner was the Global Legal Head for Vistaprint´s procurement team. From 2008 to 2012 he served as Senior Legal Counsel and Country Counsel (responsible for Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland and Croatia) at Nokia Siemens Networks in Munich. Prior to 2012 he worked for nine years with IBM Germany in different roles such as Contracts & Negotiations Operations Manager Europe, Negotiator and Senior Contract Manager supporting IBM´s European sales teams.

Mr. Höfner began his in-house career at Linde AG. Before that he worked in private practice in the field of private international and commercial law, specializing in representing Italian companies.

As a member of several working groups of BITKOM e.V., Germany’s Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media, he contributed to the BITKOM guidelines on Cloud Computing, Data Protection and Compliance. He is co-author of the “Operational Guide to Contract and Commercial Management” of Van Haren Publishers, Netherlands. Mr. Höfner is member of ACC, the Swiss Inhouse Lawyers Association VSUJ and DGRI - German Association of Law and Informatics.

Paolo M. Quaini - Group General Counsel presso, Alitalia Società Aerea Italiana S.p.A.

Paolo M. Quaini is General Counsel for Alitalia SAI S.p.A. in Amministrazione Straordinaria, based in Rome, Italy. Alitalia is Italy’s largest airline and member of the Sky Team alliance. In 2017 it carried 21.3 million passengers. On May 2, 2017, Alitalia SAI S.p.A. was admitted to the extraordinary administration procedure provided by Italian law for large insolvent companies. Prior to joining Alitalia, Mr. Quaini was General Counsel for OTB S.p.A. (holding company of an Italian fashion group operating under the brands of Diesel, Marni, Maison Margiela and Viktor&Rolf, and – as licensee – of DSquared, Just Cavalli and Vivienne Westwood), General Counsel for Cementir Holding S.p.A. (an Italian group listed on the Italian Stock Exchange which manufactures and distributes worldwide white and grey cement, aggregates and concrete products), Senior Legal Counsel for Parmalat S.p.A. (a food and beverage multinational group listed on the Italian Stock Exchange), and Legal Director for the Plant Making Division of Techint S.p.A. (a multinational group engaged in the business of steelmaking, manufacture of complex infrastructures, industrial plants design and construction, oil and gas exploration and production). Before starting his career as in-house counsel, Mr. Quaini also practiced law for private firms in Italy and, as visiting lawyer, in the US. Mr. Quaini is a graduate of University of Genoa, Faculty of Law.

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

Dr. Greg Dzsinich LLM - Board Member of CyAN (Paris), Partner, Attorney-at-law (Budapest), ICT, Data Protection, IPR

Greg is an ICT attorney and executive strategist in (Budapest), a Member of the Advisory Board of Communication Providers at EUROPOL (The Hague), a Board Member of CyAN (Paris), a High-Level Expert Group Member of the European Commission regarding fake news/online misinformation (Brussels). 

In the multinational world, he served as the Intellectual Property Rights Lead at Microsoft and after that as the Chief Legal Counsel at T-Systems based in Budapest. He was the moderator of the Internet Legal Team of Deutsche Telekom. His public sector practice includes working with the European Patent Office, the Council of Europe and the European Commission. His industry representation experience includes the local chairmanship of the Business Software Alliance (BSA). Greg is a university lecturer on IT criminal law since 9 years. His education includes the following institutions: Pazmany University, the University of Salzburg, the Pécs University and the Cambridge University. He received is LLM info-communication in 2007.

Ryan Rubin - Partner, Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services, EY

Ryan is a Cyber Partner in the EY UK Fraud Investigations & Disputes Services with a focus on Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigations.

Ryan brings more than 20 years of breadth and depth of experience supervising and delivering event driven, business focused risk, security consulting and IT assurance services to corporate clients helping to manage cyber security risk from the boardroom to the network.

Ryan has worked for global FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 clients across multiple industries providing a range of IT risk and compliance related consultancy services, forensic investigations, e-discovery, risk management, strategy & architecture, technical due diligence, IT audit support, data privacy, penetration testing, application and database security, technology implementation.

Alesch Staehelin - Lead Counsel Research Europe, IBM

Alesch Staehelin is IBM’s Lead Counsel Research Europe, focusing on the legal aspects of cognitive computing and other cutting edge technologies related to digitalization, virtualization and automation: Internet of Things, blockchain, artificial intelligence, big data analytics, cloud, cybersecurity, quantum computing, MedTech, FinTech, virtual and augmented reality, etc. He is a member of IBM’s global IP and competition law core teams.

Before assuming his current role, Alesch was IBM’s Lead Counsel for maintenance services in Europe and for outsourcing services in the DACH region. Prior to joining IBM, he worked as a TMT attorney for major law firms in Zurich. As Digital Lawyer & Counsel (DLC)®, Alesch Staehelin frequently speaks and writes on Technology & IP related legal issues. He studied at the UCLA School of Law (LL.M.), the City University of New York and the University of Zurich School of Law (Dr. iur.).

21: Law Lab: Put “people person” back on your resume: Soft skills can’t be automated

Helena Bescos Menenedez - Senior Legal Consultant, SAS BML Consulting

Helena Bescos Menendez de la Granda is an independent senior legal consultant based in Paris providing high level legal assistance to companies and helping corporate legal departments to obtain the expert support they need to reach their goals. She has worked previously as Senior Legal Director EMEA for Citrix for seven years and as General Counsel for Omniticket Network for eleven years. She has been and international lawyer for six years in two law firms in New York (Rubin Baum) and Paris (Stibbe Simont) and started her legal career, after being admitted at the Madrid’s bar association, as an associate in Madrid’s law firm Diaz de Bustamante back in 1992.

Alessandro Galtieri - Vice President Corporate Law, Colt Technology Services

Alessandro is Vice President, Corporate Law, at Colt, a privately-owned (previously FTSE250) network services company, active in more than 30 countries in EMEA/APAC, with €1.5bn in revenues. He is responsible for supporting all Corporate functions (Finance, Business Development, External Relations, Marketing, Security), and for Data Protection and Company Secretariat. He is Secretary to the Audit Committee and a Trustee of Colt’s Pension Fund.

He has extensive experience in the high-tech space, having worked in Italy, the Netherlands, and the UK, with roles at Hexagon AB, Interoute Communications, and the European Space Agency. He attended Rome University "La Sapienza" and the University of Law in London, he is an alumnus of the Academy of International Law in The Hague and of the British Council's European Young Lawyers Scheme.

Alessandro is an Italian Avvocato, a Solicitor in England, an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries, and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E).

Alessandro has served as ACC UK Country representative since June 2014 and was named ACCE’s first Country Representative of the Year in 2015. He serves on the Technology and Law Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales, which provides guidance on the impact of new technologies on the legal profession.

Paul Williams - Executive Commercial Counsel, GE Power

Paul Williams is Executive Commercial Counsel at GE Power with a global role advising the Power Services business, and is based in Baden, Switzerland. GE Power is a world leader in power generation technology which 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 to his current role.

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.

22: Competition law update

Anjuna Crespin - Head of Competition Law, Total

Anjuna is the Head of competition law of Total S.A.. Before joining Total, she practiced as an in-house lawyer  in the Telecommunication industry and before that she practiced competition law in an international law firm.  Anjuna is qualified as a French lawyer and holds a master’s degree in law (DJCE), a LLM in international business law (University of Exeter) and a master in business law and management (Paris Dauphine University).

David Foster - Director, Frontier Economics

David is a Director in the competition practice at Frontier Economics, where he has worked since 2005. He has wide range of experience advising clients in merger, market investigation and litigation work in front of the EU, UK and other national regulatory authorities. He has particular expertise in Telecoms, Media and Technology, in FMCG and retail, and in public markets and the healthcare sector.

He is listed in Who's Who Legal as Thought Leader for competition economics, and has published in the Competition Law Journal. He sits on the Editorial Board of the LexisNexis CompetitionPSL publication, for which he has authored a number of articles on the application of EU Competition Law. David studied economics at Oxford University, where he was a Lord Crewe Scholar at Lincoln College and won the George Webb-Medley prize for his thesis in micro-economics.

 

Spyros Mello - Chief Compliance Officer & Deputy General Counsel, Coca-Cola HBC

Spyros Mello serves as the Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Coca-Cola HBC, one of the largest Coca-Cola bottlers in the world and a member of FTSE 100. Mr. Mello is leading a team of approximately 100 lawyers in the 28 countries where Coca-Cola HBC operates. He has extensive corporate governance, compliance, securities and M&A experience with Coca-Cola HBC and, previously, as an associate with Sullivan and Cromwell LLP in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Africa. Mr. Mello is a member of the Athens Bar and the New York Bar. He holds a LL.B. from Athens Law School, a LL.M from Cambridge University, a LL.M. from Columbia Law School and is a graduate of the GMP program from Harvard Business School.

Thilo Reimers - Senior Counsel Antitrust, Deutsche Bahn AG

Dr. Thilo Reimers is Head of Antitrust - Compliance and Damage Prevention at Deutsche Bahn AG. His main tasks include the design and implementation of Deutsche Bahn AG’s group- and worldwide antitrust compliance program. He joined Deutsche Bahn AG in 2010, initially as Senior Counsel Antitrust Law. Before joining Deutsche Bahn AG, he worked as a legal counsel at the German Federal Cartel Office from 2007 to 2010. He is also head of the Antitrust Working Group at the German Institute for Compliance (DICO).

Anne-Laure-Hélène des Ylouses - Attorney at law, Fieldfisher

Anne-Laure-Hélène is a competition partner who regularly advises clients in the telecommunications, energy, transport, banking, new technology, health, and art markets sectors. She advises clients on competition law and unfair practices, establishing and implementing their distribution and contractual policies, merger controls and public aids. She participates in the implementation of compliance programs on competition and regulatory matters.

She defends the interests of her clients before the competition authorities (Competition Authority, DGCCRF, and European Commission) and the courts having jurisdiction in matters involving competition law (specialized courts and Paris Court of Appeal, administrative courts, supreme courts, constitutional court, TUE and CJUE).

She also has in-depth expertise in handling litigation before courts and national regulation authorities including ARCEP, CRE, CNIL and CSA.
Anne-Laure-Hélène is a member of the board of directors of the French competition lawyers association (APDC) as well as a member of the board of the Women and Law Association. She teaches competition litigation within the master's program at Paris-Dauphine University and at the Paris school for lawyers (EFB). She is also a member of the Conseil National des Barreaux (representing the interests of French lawyers) and Droit et Justice, a French entity that aims to develop a scientific research activity in the fields of law and justice.

She joined Fieldfisher from YGMA, a firm she co-founded in 2004.

23: Successful metrics for in-house counsel

Jason Heyman - Managing Director, EMEA , Mitratech

As Managing Director of EMEA for Mitratech, Jason Heyman’s primary responsibilities include development and growth of the Mitratech suite of products outside of America. In his spare time, Jason enjoys playing and watching a variety of sports and driving fast cars.

Gabriella Porcelli - General Counsel, Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG

Gabriella Porcelli is a long experienced General Counsel. She currently serves as a General Counsel for TAP ( Trans Adriatic Pipeline) AG, based in Switzerland. Admitted to the Italian Bar in 1991, after working at prestigious law firms in Italy, she moved in-house in 1994, where she developed more than 20 years of experience in senior leadership roles across various industries. Prior to TAP she has been General Counsel Italy and EU Legal Coordinator for the RRP business with Philip Morris International. Before that she served for 10 years as Associate Legal Director at Pfizer and, as Senior Counsel, at ENI (Oil & Gas), specialising in international contracts negotiations, corporate governance, antitrust and anticorrpution. Gabriella’s team at PMI was awarded in 2014 as Best Legal Department of the Year in Compliance and in 2015 as Regulatory Best Legal Team. Gabriella is a long-standing member of the Board at AIGI (the Italian In-House Counsel Association), where she has always being committed to recognition of the in-house legal status under Italian law. Gabriella studied at INSEAD Fontainebleau (management), at SDA Bocconi (corporate governance) and at Fordham University in New York. She is also an independent Board member at Terna (the Italian electricity TSO) and a member of Confindustria working groups on Company Law and White Collar Crimes. She is also the mother of two boys aged 12 and 15.

Helena Samaha - Former Head of Legal - Media and Programming, EU, Liberty Global

Helena Samaha is a multi-cultural, multi-lingual lawyer with substantial international experience. She started her career at Clifford Chance in London as a Banking & Finance lawyer. In 1998, Helena joined the Virgin Group. As Group Legal Director, Helena advised on numerous transactions across the organisation and in 2001 she implemented the Group's first legal panel.
In 2005, Helena joined DLA Piper as a partner in the TMC practice, advising clients on cross border JVs and strategic alliances. She also had a mandate to strengthen the firm's offering to the General Counsel community, and supported the firm’s Middle East roll-out.
Helena joined AlixPartners in Paris in 2007 as General Counsel-EMEA, where she built up the legal, risk management and compliance function.

In 2011, Helena was appointed as General Counsel and Company Secretary of OSN, the Dubai based TV broadcaster with a 24-country distribution footprint. Helena returned to the UK in 2015 and has worked as Group Head of Legal & Regulatory at Lycamobile, and Head of Legal–Media and Programming, EU, for Liberty Global.
 Helena has been an active member of the in-house legal community throughout her career and has participated in in-house legal events in Europe, China, USA, Middle East.

24: Law Lab: Public affairs/lobbying

Anton'Maria Battesti - Public Policy Manager, Facebook

Anton'Maria Battesti has worked at Facebook since 2013 as the company’s Public Policy Manager for France. Before joining Facebook, he worked for the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés (CNIL) and the governmental advisory committee of ICANN as an expert on international Internet governance. He is a graduate of Sciences Po and the University of Paris II Assas.

David Berman - Head of Corporate Public Affairs, Veolia

Ross Biggam - Vice President Government Affairs EMEA, Discovery Communications

Ross is Vice-President Government Relations for EMEA at Discovery Communications, the global media and entertainment group whose brands include Discovery Channel, Eurosport and Animal Planet. He joined Discovery in November 2015. Previously Ross ran the Association of Commercial Television, a pan-European body representing the interests in Brussels of over 30 broadcasters from across Europe. Earlier roles included Head of European Affairs at ITV, the UK’s market leading commercial broadcaster, and Legal Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the EU.

Ross studied European law at Exeter and Saarbrücken, and is Visiting Professor in Creative and Cultural Economies at Glasgow University and a board member (Vorstandsmitglied) at the European Media Law Institute in Saarbrücken.

Mary Blatch - Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, Association of Corporate Counsel

Mary Blatch is the Association of Corporate Counsel's director of advocacy and public policy. She directs ACC's regulatory, legislative and judicial advocacy efforts on attorney-client privilege, attorney ethics and mobility, corporate compliance and other issues of importance to in-house counsel.

Prior to joining ACC, Mary was a senior manager at Deloitte, working on regulatory advocacy and compliance issues for the tax practice. Before joining Deloitte, she was a litigation associate at McKee Nelson LLP and Hogan & Hartson LLP (now Hogan Lovells LLP). She also served as a federal judicial clerk in the Eastern District of Virginia.  

Mary holds a JD from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America and a BA from Spelman College.

25: Closing plenary: Transforming busy lawyers into business leaders

Trevor Faure - President, Global General Counsel Academy

Currently advising law firms, general counsel, Fortune 500 legal departments, compliance professionals and legal support services on: organisation, transformation, performance improvement, data analytics, compliance, supply chain, cost optimisation, risk management & regulation.

Faure has been a senior lawyer inside global giants at times of existential change:

Ernst & Young Global - Faure was Global General Counsel and Leader Legal Services when it was implicated in the $60Bn Lehmann Brothers collapse, the Madoff fraud and an Iran nuclear embargo breach, all successfully resolved.

Tyco International – EMEA GC, part of the turnaround team after the Dennis Kozlowski scandal almost led to an Enron-style collapse.

Dell – Legal Director EMEA, during the “Dellionaire” rocket-ride from No.7 worldwide to No.1

Apple – Senior European Counsel, EMEA, during the loss-making spiral before working on the Steve Jobs return and turnaround.

Through these successful transformations, Faure developed the definitive performance improvement program, The Smarter Legal Model described as “the holy grail of business productivity [from] one of the most creative and systematic thinkers about contemporary business law.” by Ben W. Heineman, Jr., Former GE General Counsel. Since 2008, over 250 legal departments and law firms have successfully applied the Model.