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The Rule and Role of Law

FT / Paul Hastings Series: Tomorrow’s Global Business

New York |
Speakers include:
Robert E.  Rubin

Robert E. Rubin

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary

Lewis Kaden

Lewis Kaden

Harvard Law School

Louise Pentland

Louise Pentland

Paypal

Overview

Today’s challenging legal environment extends beyond the realm of the general counsel. This exclusive half-day forum will gather over 125 senior business executives and legal counsel from corporates, banks, and investment firms to discuss the critical role the law plays in corporate strategy.

Chaired by Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor of Financial Times, the agenda will explore how firms across different sectors are approaching the fast-changing regulatory, geo-political and economic landscape as they seek to innovate, finance and grow their business and manage risk, particularly cross-border.

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Full Overview

The rule and role of law has never been more integral to a company’s corporate strategy and its ability to create or protect value. Constantly changing geopolitics, global market shifts, and massive industry disruption means that this critical issue has become a significant area of risk, but can also be an opportunity for growth for those re-thinking their business model and operations.

Today, the growing legal footprint is no longer just the purview of the general counsel. The entire global commerce and finance network depends on reliable national and regional legal structures which are often struggling to keep up with the pace of global change and innovation. As a major operational concern facing corporations, the law has become a board issue right across the globe as many struggle to get to grips with the considerable reputational and business risks.

The critical role the law plays in business innovation, growth, and financing will be the focus of the fifth in a series of strategic forums being organized around the world by the Financial Times and Paul Hastings, exploring Tomorrow’s Global Business. This high-level, invitation-only forum will gather senior business executives and legal counsel from corporates, banks, and investment firms to discuss the following topics and more:

  • Does law and regulation capture the current and potential impact of digital transformation?
  • How will regulatory change affect cross-border business and investment growth? What will drive greater fragmentation or increased harmonization of regulation globally?
  • How will the evolution of fintech and alternative forms of finance affect the ability of corporates and investors to raise capital and finance growth?
  • How can organizations meet cybersecurity and data privacy challenges and still focus on developing a profitable business?
  • How do corporations juggle exposure to the increasing scale, costs and extraterritorial reach of regulatory risks—from antitrust to IP to anti-corruption?

This discussion, chaired by Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor at the Financial Times, will be attended by a senior audience of C-suite executives, general counsel and investors from government, financial, life sciences, real estate and technology sectors. 

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Agenda - 15th Nov

  • 4:00pm
    Registration
  • 4:30pm
    Opening and Welcome Remarks

    Jennifer Yount, Partner, Corporate Department, Paul Hastings

    Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:35pm
    Keynote Interview

    The entire network of global commerce and economic development depends on reliable and predictable legal structures. Yet today, there are powerful political actors whose view on the way law supports and promotes a stable business and economic climate is markedly different to traditional practice.  

    Allied to this, corporations and investors are dealing with tech-driven industry disruption on an unprecedented scale and prolonged economic uncertainty in key markets the world over.

    How will these market phenomena play out? What will be the impact on the strategies and operations of tomorrow’s global business? How will the creation of law and policy evolve, not only in the US, but more broadly following the change in the US administration?

    Robert E. Rubin, Co-Chair Emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations, Former U.S. Treasury Secretary

    Interviewed by: Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:00pm
    Panel Discussion: The Role of Law in Creating Value and Enabling Growth
    • How will regulatory change affect cross-border business and investment growth?
    • What role can the law play in supporting innovation and creating value? How is this different in heavily regulated industries?
    • Does law and regulation capture the current and potential impact of digital transformation?
    • How will the evolution of fintech and alternative forms of finance affect the ability of corporates and investors to raise capital and finance growth?

    Louise Pentland, Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer and Executive Vice President, PayPal Holdings

    Seth Zachary, Chairman, Paul Hastings

    Rachel Stern, Senior Vice President, Strategic Resources and General Counsel, FactSet

    John Finley, Senior Managing Director and Chief Legal Officer, Blackstone

    Moderator: Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:45pm
    Keynote Panel Framer

    Is business in unchartered terrain where technical advances move far ahead of the law and world developments cause either greater fragmentation or increased harmonization of regulation globally?

    Lewis Kaden, John Harvey Gregory Lecturer on World Organization, Harvard Law School

    Interviewed by: Gillian TettUS Managing Editor, Financial Times

  • 6:00pm
    Panel Discussion: The Role of Law in Protecting and Embedding Value
    • How can organizations meet cybersecurity and data privacy challenges and still focus on developing a profitable business?
    • How do companies juggle exposure to the increasing scale, costs and extraterritorial reach of regulatory risks—from antitrust to IP to anti-corruption?
    • What will drive greater fragmentation or increased harmonization of regulation globally?
    • Should corporations and governments interact more closely in rule-setting for heavily-regulated industries? Where is the right point of balance in these discussions?
    • Given the wide-ranging legal, regulatory, management and political challenges today’s business must tackle, what impact does this have on the shape and structure of corporate boards and the role of GCs?
    • Given the growing importance of IP as a corporate asset right across industries, what would you most like to see in terms of legislation or regulation to recognize and reinforce corporate rights?

    Lewis Kaden, John Harvey Gregory Lecturer on World Organization, Harvard Law School

    Adele Gulfo, Executive Vice President and Head of Global Commercial Development, Mylan and Director, Bemis

    Alex Dimitrief, ‎Senior Vice President & General Counsel, GE

    Robert Silvers, Partner, Litigation Department, Paul Hastings and Former Assistant Secretary for Cyber Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

    Moderator: Stephen Foley, Deputy U.S. Managing Editor, Financial Times

  • 6:45pm
    Cocktail Reception

Keynote speakers (2)

Robert E.  Rubin

Robert E. Rubin

Co-Chair Emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations
Former U.S. Treasury Secretary

Robert E. Rubin served as the 70th Secretary of the U.S. Treasury from 1995 to 1999. He joined the Clinton Administration in 1993 as the first director of the National Economic Council.

Mr Rubin began his career in finance at Goldman, Sachs & Company in 1966, serving as co-senior partner and co-chairman from 1990 to 1992. From 1999 to 2009, he was a member of the board of directors at Citigroup and a senior advisor to the company.  In 2010, he joined Centerview Partners as senior counsellor.

In June 2017, he concluded his 10-year term as Co-Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations but serves as Co-Chairman Emeritus; serves as a member of the boards of trustees of the Mount Sinai Health System; and is chairman of the board of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation.  In 2014, he completed a 12-year term as a member of the Harvard Corporation, and is now a member of its Finance Committee. He was one of the founders of The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution.

Mr Rubin is the author of In An Uncertain World: Tough Choices from Wall Street to Washington, which was a New York Times bestseller and was named one of Business Week’s ten best business books of the year.  He graduated from Harvard summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in economics; he received a law degree from Yale, and attended the London School of Economics.  He has received numerous honorary degrees.  

Lewis Kaden

Lewis Kaden

John Harvey Gregory Lecturer on World Organization
Harvard Law School

Lewis Kaden is currently the John Harvey Gregory Lecturer on World Organization at Harvard Law School, a Senior Fellow at the Program on Corporate Governance, and the Center on the Legal Profession at HLS and was a Senior Fellow at Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School from 2013 to 2015 and then became a Faculty Affiliate to the Mossavar Center.

In 2013, Mr. Kaden retired as Vice Chairman of Citigroup, which he had joined in 2005. Mr. Kaden was the Lead Independent Director of ArcelorMittal and in May 2017 retired from the board and became Senior Advisor to the Chairman and CEO. He is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Markle Foundation and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Asia Society. He is a Trustee of the Center for a New American Security, Human Rights First, the Century Foundation, the Business Council for International Understanding and a member of the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Before joining Citigroup, Mr. Kaden was a partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell. Previously, he was a Professor of Law at Columbia University from 1976 to 1984 and Director of Columbia’s Center for Law and Economic Studies from 1980 to 1984. He served as a moderator for the Public Broadcasting System’s Media and Society Seminars, including the “Ethics in America” series, which won a Peabody award.

Additionally, Mr. Kaden served as Chairman of the United States Government Overseas Presence Advisory Panel (1999-2000), the Industrial Cooperation Council of the State of New York, and Governor Mario Cuomo’s Commission on Competitiveness (1987-1992).

Mr. Kaden graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review. During 1963-64, he was the deJersey John Harvard Scholar at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University.

Speakers (7)

Louise Pentland

Louise Pentland

Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer
Paypal

Louise Pentland brings a global understanding of business, leadership, innovation and culture to her role as PayPal’s Chief Business Affairs & Legal Officer. Having spent more than 20 years serving in leadership roles, and the past decade as a C-Suite level executive, at innovative global technology companies, Louise has established herself as a key stakeholder in driving digital transformation and ecommerce. Leveraging this experience and her innate strengths as both a key problem solver and strong contributor, Louise brings deep expertise and passion for transforming companies through change leadership, driving results, creating a culture of collaboration and innovation, and building high performing functions to the PayPal leadership team.

In her role as Chief Business Affairs & Legal Officer, Louise is responsible for PayPal’s global People, Legal, Communications, Intellectual Property, Government Relations and Social Innovation functions. In this position, she drives focus on PayPal’s financial, regulatory and legal requirements across all global markets and engages stakeholders to promote PayPal’s reputation globally through corporate affairs initiatives. She is also responsible for PayPal’s People function, which leads and drives leadership excellence, culture, training, workforce planning, employee relations, compensation, benefits, as well as diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Under her leadership, PayPal has expanded affinity group offerings and employee engagement opportunities aligned with the company’s mission, vision and values, including the legal team’s international pro-bono initiative, which serves the needs of global communities.

John Finley

John Finley

Senior Managing Director and Chief Legal Officer
Blackstone

John G. Finley, a Senior Managing Director, is the firm's Chief Legal Officer and is a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Finley was a partner at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, where he headed the global mergers and acquisitions group.
 Mr. Finley has a BS in Economics, summa cum laude, from The Wharton School, a BA summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD cum laude from the Harvard Law School.​

Alex  Dimitrief

Alex Dimitrief

Senior Vice President and General Counsel
GE

Alex Dimitrief was named Senior Vice President and General Counsel of GE in 2015. Mr. Dimitrief joined GE in 2007 as Vice President for Litigation and Legal Policy. He was promoted to Vice President and General Counsel of GE Energy in 2011 and was named Senior Vice President and General Counsel of GE Capital in 2012. Mr. Dimitrief came to GE from Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He graduated from Yale College in 1981 with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science and earned his J.D. in 1985 at Harvard Law School, where he was the Managing Editor of the Harvard Law Review. He was also a White House Fellow in the Reagan Administration's Office of Political and Intergovernmental Affairs and an Honors Intern at the Department of Justice. In 2017 Mr. Dimitrief was named “Top 20 Global General Counsel” by Financial Times and elected as a fellow to the American College of Governance Counsel.

Adele Gulfo

Adele Gulfo

Director, Bemis
Executive Vice President and Head of Global Commercial Development, Mylan

A member of Mylan’s Executive Team, Adele Gulfo oversees commercial development of R&D assets, focusing on Respiratory, Infectious Disease, and the Biosimilar portfolio across Immunology and Oncology

Previously, Miss Gulfo served as President/General Manager of Pfizer’s $12B U.S. Primary Care Business. She led a team of over 5,000 employees, and served as Country Chair across all US business units. Ms Gulfo was responsible for the launch and commercial success of LIPITOR®, the world's best-selling medicine.

Ms Gulfo also served as Pfizer’s President of Latin America. She led a team of over 4,000 colleagues across two dozen countries, and grew revenue to over $3B while delivering double-digit bottom-line growth.

Prior to joining Pfizer, Ms Gulfo ran AstraZeneca’s cardiovascular business. Among her achievements she launched Crestor® with a significantly differentiated clinical development program, putting it on a blockbuster path.

Trained as a scientist with experience in both operational and strategic roles, Ms Gulfo has six U.S. patents.

She holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Seton Hall University and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She studied post-graduate Molecular Biology and began her career at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Seth  Zachary

Seth Zachary

Chairman
Paul Hastings

Seth Zachary is the Chairman of Paul Hastings, a leading global law firm with a strong presence throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the U.S. He leads the firm’s strategic growth and development and its focus on client service excellence.
Mr. Zachary is a recognized advocate for change in the legal industry and has guided Paul Hastings through nearly two decades of transformation. During his tenure, the firm’s story has been one of remarkable growth across borders and disciplines. Today, Paul Hastings is one of the only law firms established since 1950 to reach the ranks of the global legal elite.
In addition, Mr. Zachary has been a partner in the firm’s Tax practice for 30 years. He has represented numerous corporations and investment banks on a range of complex national and international tax challenges.
As the firm’s Chairman, Mr. Zachary speaks widely on diversity and inclusion and its power to drive innovation and growth. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a board member of MedShare, a humanitarian aid organization, and former chair of the Lawyers Alliance for New York.

Robert Silvers

Robert Silvers

Partner, Litigation Department, Paul Hastings and
Former Assistant Secretary for Cyber Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Robert Silvers is a partner in the White Collar Investigations and Privacy and Cybersecurity practices of Paul Hastings. His practice focuses on global internal investigations and enforcement proceedings, cybersecurity and data privacy, government security review of foreign investments, and civil litigation at the intersection of law and technology.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Silvers served as the Obama administration’s Assistant Secretary for Cyber Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where he was responsible for the federal government’s engagement on cyber defense with the private sector, its response during significant cyber incidents, and its pursuit of law enforcement cyber investigations.

Mr. Silvers previously served as DHS’s Deputy Chief of Staff. In this role, Mr. Silvers had direct oversight of the Department’s law enforcement and counterterrorism programs, its security review of foreign investment under the CFIUS process, and an array of immigration, border, economic crime, travel facilitation, aviation security, and cybersecurity priorities.

Mr. Silvers represents companies for their most critical data security and privacy challenges. He regularly navigates companies through data breach response and accompanying regulatory and litigation defense. An expert in Internet of Things security and international regulatory requirements, he also guides companies proactively to ensure compliance with privacy and security regulations and best practices.

Mr. Silvers is a senior adjunct fellow at the NYU Center on Law and Security. He is designing portions of the curriculum and will teach next year in the new M.S. in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy program co-offered by NYU Law School and the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

Rachel Stern

Rachel Stern

Senior Vice President, Strategic Resources, General Counsel and Secretary
FactSet

Rachel Stern serves as the Senior Vice President, Strategic Resources, General Counsel and Secretary of FactSet, a leading global fintech company. Her operational experience includes Real Estate Strategy, Facilities Management, Human Resources, Investor Relations, M&A, Data Procurement and Governance, and Offshore Site Management in India and the Philippines. She sits on FactSet’s Executive and Operating Committees, and Enterprise Risk and Disclosure Committees.  

Prior to joining FactSet, Ms Stern was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP. She clerked for Chancellor William Allen of the Delaware Court of Chancery.

She is a Trustee of The Baldwin School (Bryn Mawr), and a Director of the Westchester Fairfield Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Ms Stern graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was an Executive Editor of the Law Review. She received her B.A. with a double major in Economics and Art History (Summa cum Laude) from Yale University. She earned an M.A. from the University of London and studied at the University of Vienna as a Fulbright Scholar.

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Chair (3)

Gillian Tett

Gillian Tett

US Managing Editor
Financial Times

Gillian Tett serves as US Managing Editor, leading the Financial Times’ editorial operations in the region across all platforms. She writes weekly columns for the FT, covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues throughout the globe. Ms Tett previously served as Assistant Editor, US Managing Editor from 2010 to 2012, and prior to this Assistant Editor responsible for the FT’s markets coverage. Other roles at the FT have included Capital Markets Editor, Deputy Editor of the Lex column, Tokyo Bureau Chief, Tokyo Correspondent, London-based economics reporter and a reporter in Russia and Brussels.

In 2014, she was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards and also received the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award. Ms Tett's latest book is The Silo Effect: Why Putting Everything In Its Place Isn't Such A Bright Idea (Simon & Schuster, 2015). She is the author of New York Times bestseller Fool’s Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe (Little Brown, UK and Simon and Schuster, US, 2009) and Saving the Sun: A Wall Street Gamble to Rescue Japan from Its Trillion Dollar Meltdown (Harper Collins, 2003). Before joining the FT in 1993, Ms Tett was awarded a PhD in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University, where she also earned her Bachelor’s degree.

Jennifer  Yount

Jennifer Yount

Partner, Corporate Department
Paul Hastings

Jennifer St. John Yount is the chair of the Paul Hastings Finance and Restructuring practice and is based in the firm’s New York office. Her practice primarily consists of representing direct lenders, finance companies, alternative and specialty lenders, and banks in acquisition financings, working capital facilities, distressed credits, and restructurings. Ms. Yount has negotiated interlender arrangements in numerous uni-tranche, multi-tranche, and multi-lien financings. She has industry experience in a variety of business sectors and has extensive experience with cross-border transactions.

Stephen Foley

Stephen Foley

Deputy US News Editor
Financial Times

Stephen Foley is Deputy US News Editor at the Financial Times, based in New York. He is also author of the FT's Ambitious Wealth column. Mr Foley was previously US Investment Correspondent, covering the asset management industry, hedge funds and institutional and retail investment issues, and before that, he was a markets correspondent for the FT, covering bond and credit derivatives, market developments, regulatory reform and their impact on the wider economy. Prior to joining the FT, Mr Foley was the Associate Business Editor of The Independent, where he covered the credit crisis and US business issues in New York. Prior to this, he covered the UK stock market and the pharmaceuticals industry for The Independent in London. In March 2009, he was named Business and Finance Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards. Mr Foley holds a degree from Cambridge University, as well as a diploma in Newspaper Journalism from City University in London.

Why Attend?

The critical role the law plays in business innovation, growth, and financing will be the focus of the fifth in a series of strategic forums being organized around the world by the Financial Times and Paul Hastings, exploring Tomorrow’s Global Business. This high-level, invitation-only forum will gather senior business executives and legal counsel from corporates, banks, and investment firms to discuss the following topics and more:

  • What impact are these legal, regulatory, management and political challenges having on corporate boards and GCs, and how are they navigating through them? 
  • Ignorance of the law is no excuse in most countries, so how do boards not only deal with conflicting laws and regulations across different markets, but also increasing extraterritorial reach?
  • How are legal structures that have traditionally provided architecture protecting the value created by, and held within, organizations/countries evolving?
  • As digital disruption and a fragmented globalized world become the norm, how should companies evolve so that laws and regulations enable greater value creation? 
  • How do companies innovate and create value in more heavily regulated industries? How do regulators keep up with rapid pace of change in certain industries? 
  • What does all of this mean for the roles of the GC and the other members of the board? Many CEOs have traditionally come from the CFO position; given the increasing importance of the role of law, should that change?
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Who Attends?

This event will gather senior business executives and legal counsel from corporates, banks, and investment firms. Attendance to this event is by invitation only. Applicants will be considered subject to availability of seats and meeting the above criteria. 

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Venue

The New York Public Library
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos Forum
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street (entrance on 42nd Street)
New York City 10018

United States of America

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