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FT/RSG Innovative Lawyers Summit 2018

London |
Speakers include:
Brian Kuhn

Brian Kuhn

IBM Watson Legal

Amy Weaver

Amy Weaver

Salesforce

Stuart Levey

Stuart Levey

HSBC

Overview

Following the outstanding success of the first two FT/RSG Innovative Lawyers Summits, we are delighted to announce the 2018 Summit. Once more, this independent meeting will bring together our global community of corporate counsel and private practice lawyers together with chief executives, academics and non-legal innovators to discuss how the profession can best meet the challenges it faces, both in terms of innovation and in its evolving role in business, government and society.

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"The calibre of attendees and speakers is the best of any comparable event that I have been to. Highly recommended."  James Watson, Principal Legal Counsel, Blackhawk Network

"Excellent event, thought provoking subjects and right balance between sessions and networking" Chris Fowler, GC TSO & UK Commercial, BT Group plc

"Having attended numerous industry events. I consider the FT Innovative Lawyers Summit the premiere event to learn about the future of the legal industry" Aine Lyons, VP & Deputy General Counsel, WW Legal Operations, Vmware

"This is the Summit of lawyers for lawyers to learn, share, and innovate through collaboration for a greater good."  Yves Hayaux du Tilly, Partner, Nader, Hayaux & Goebel

"Unmissable" Alice Lacourt, Legal Counsellor, FCO

"This is one of the highest calibre events that I have ever attended" John Mathias, Partner, Jenner + Block LLP (London)

"It's a cutting edge event for leading law firms and providers of global innovation" Horst Ebhardt, Partner, Wolf Theiss

"First rate. The best event of its kind that I have been to." James Watson, Legal Director EMEA, Deluxe Entertainment Services

"Excellent work. Experts attended. Global view. A must attend" Elliot Moss, Director of Business Development,Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Full Overview

This year the Summit will explore the growing automation of legal services, the extent to which platforms will alter the way in which legal services are produced and purchased and the ways in which the ‘crowd’ may restructure law firms, corporate legal departments and legal career paths.

Sessions will be opened by an expert on each of the topics who will talk about how these trends are changing the business world. This will be followed by a ‘translation’ from either an in-house or private practice lawyer who has already embraced these trends to change the way they practice law.  Each session will close with a small panel of general counsel, managing partners and academics who will discuss how these trends have already impacted the way in which they do business. 

The final plenary will explore how the trends mentioned above can improve the rule of law and access to justice agenda, and the roles that big law firms and corporate law departments can play in pushing the agenda forward.

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Speakers (42)

Brian Kuhn

Brian Kuhn

Partner, Co-Founder and Global Co-Leader
IBM Watson Legal

Brian Kuhn is the Founder and Global Co-Leader of the Cognitive Legal business at IBM and inventor of the IBM Outside Counsel Insights solution. As a former practicing financial services attorney, Mr Kuhn is responsible for defining and growing the Cognitive Legal brand worldwide. He is also responsible for defining the intersection of legal artificial intelligence and blockchain for law for IBM. In 2017, Mr Kuhn became a pioneering member of the Global Legal Blockchain Consortium and the MIT Legal Forum for AI & Blockchain.

Mr Kuhn speaks frequently at legal industry events in North America, Europe and Asia. He has lead over 137 workshops with legal clients to help define where cognitive capabilities intersect with clients’ practice and business needs. Mr Kuhn has advised law companies, firms, and governments.

Amy Weaver

Amy Weaver

President, Legal & General Counsel
Salesforce

Amy Weaver leads the global legal, compliance, internal audit, corporate security and government affairs teams at Salesforce.com . She is a member of the company’s executive committee.

Prior to joining Salesforce, Ms Weaver was executive vice president and general counsel of Univar Inc., where she was responsible globally for all legal and corporate affairs. Previously Ms Weaver was senior vice president and deputy general counsel at Expedia, Inc. Ms Weaver practiced law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and at Perkins Coie LLP. Prior to entering private practice, she served as a legislative aide to a member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council as a Luce Scholar and as a judicial clerk on the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ms Weaver is actively involved in the World Economic Forum and is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms Weaver is the Executive Sponsor for the Salesforce Women’s Network. She also sits on the Advisory Boards of the Pro Bono Institute and YearUp Bay Area -- a non-profit organisation that provides urban young adults with skills, training and internships.

Ms Weaver has a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA from Wellesley College.

Stuart Levey

Stuart Levey

Chief Legal Officer
HSBC

Stuart Levey was appointed Chief Legal Officer of HSBC Holdings plc with effect from 13 January 2012 and a Group Managing Director with effect from 18 January 2012.

Mr Levey was the first Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence in the US Department of the Treasury, serving from July 2004 to February 2011 under Presidents Bush and Obama.

After leaving the Treasury Department, Mr Levey was a Senior Fellow for National Security and Financial Integrity at the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to his Treasury appointment, Mr Levey served as the Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General at the US Department of Justice, having previously served as an Associate Deputy Attorney General and as the Chief of Staff of the Deputy Attorney General.

He joined the Justice Department in 2001 after 11 years in private practice at the Washington law firm Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin LLP (which merged into Baker Botts LLP), where he had a litigation practice.

Mr Levey graduated from Harvard College summa cum laude in 1986 and from Harvard Law School magna cum laude in 1989. Mr Levey is married with two daughters.

Jenny Afia

Jenny Afia

Partner
Schillings

Jenny Afia helps the world’s most successful people have more privacy and protect their reputations. Her clients are mainly talented individuals, particularly from the worlds of entertainment, technology and finance, although she acts for some companies too. In addition to being ranked as a leader in her field in Chambers & Partners, the Spear’s 500 and the Spear's Reputation Management index, Ms Afia was Spear's Reputation and Defamation Lawyer of the Year in 2015. Ms Afia sits on the Leadership Council of 5Rights, a civil society initiative campaigning for all children to be able to access digital technologies creatively, fearlessly and knowledgeably. She is also a member of the Children’s Commissioner’s Task Force on Growing Up in the Digital Age. Ms Afia regularly writes about privacy and reputation for The Huffington Post.

Stuart Barr

Stuart Barr

Chief Product & Strategy Officer
HighQ

Stuart Barr leads product strategy and design at HighQ. He is a technologist who is passionate about transforming the way people work through the application of collaboration and process tools inside the enterprise to enhance productivity, knowledge sharing and communication. He has been designing and building web applications since the late 90s and has a unique background in technology, design, strategy and consulting in the legal, professional services and social computing sectors. Before joining HighQ in 2009, Stuart previously worked at Headshift, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hays plc and The Met. Office.

John Bautista

John Bautista

Partner
Orrick

John Bautista, a member of Orrick's Board of Directors and Technology Companies Group, leads Orrick's international Technology Companies practice connecting Silicon Valley with Europe and Asia. Mr Bautista focuses his practice on advising emerging companies and investors, and represents both public and private high-tech companies in many areas, including corporate and securities law, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, public company representation and technology licensing.  Financial Times recognised Mr Bautista as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Individuals of the Year in 2017, calling him “one of the most influential lawyers in the technology ecosystem of Silicon Valley.”

Mr Bautista is an advisor to Clerky.com, a company automating legal work for early-stage companies, and Long-Term Stock Exchange, which is creating a new stock exchange for public companies supporting long-term investors. He is also recognised for his work with Y Combinator companies. Prior to joining Orrick, Mr Bautista was a founding attorney of Venture Law Group and served on the Executive Committee. Mr Bautista previously practiced at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati.

Liam Brown

Liam Brown

Founder and Executive Chairman
Elevate

Liam Brown helps general counsel and law firm leaders improve effectiveness and efficiency. In 2011 he launched Elevate as the law company to provide consulting, technology, and services to law departments and law firms. Elevate has won numerous awards and honors, recently receiving top ranking by Chambers & Partners in their global legal services providers category, being acknowledged by the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) as the most-used law company in their 2017 State of the Industry Survey, and making the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list for the past two years in a row, including #53 in 2016. Liam was previously the Founder, President and CEO of Integreon, Inc., a global LPO, which he led from startup in 2001 to annual sales of $150 million by 2011, before he sold his stake to private equity investors. Prior to Integreon, he was the President, COO and Founder of a pioneering Web 1.0 virtual data room legal tech company, which he sold in 2001 (now Merrill DataSite). Liam is an active investor in emerging legal technologies and an executive coach for founders of startups. 

Karl Chapman

Karl Chapman

Chief Executive Officer
Riverview Law

Karl is CEO of Riverview Law and has a long pedigree in starting, growing and managing successful companies.
 
After reading law at Birmingham University, Karl joined Guinness Mahon Investment Management in 1985 and in 1987 was Money Observer’s top-performing UK unit trust fund manager.
 
In 1989 he set up CRT Group plc, a consultancy, recruitment and training business. Under Karl’s leadership CRT grew to a market capitalisation of over £600 million, sales in excess of £400 million with 2,500 employees in over 200 locations. In 1996 CRT sold 50.1% of its equity for £109 million.
 
Karl set up AdviserPlus Business Solutions, a leading advisory outsourcing organisation providing HR, and H&S solutions to organisations of all sizes, in 2001. Karl remained as owner and a non-executive until the sale of AdviserPlus in 2016.

Riverview Law acquired Kim Technologies (formerly CliXLEX) in September 2015. Kim is a Knowledge Automation and Workflow Platform applicable to all sectors and functions. Through its no-code configuration model Kim enables knowledge workers to take control of their critical business processes to improve decision making, speed and effectiveness. Kim does this utilizing its patent pending artificial intelligence, assimilation and data management capabilities. Karl is Chairman of the Board of Kim Technologies. The Kim Technology powers the Riverview Law Virtual Assistants and is applicable across all sectors and functions, in any country.

Ricardo Cortés-Monroy IV

Ricardo Cortés-Monroy IV

Chief Legal Officer & Group General Counsel
Nestlé

Ricardo Cortés-Monroy IV is a Senior Vice President and the Chief Legal Officer at ‎Nestlé since 2011. Mr. Cortés-Monroy is also the Chairman of the Board at the European General Counsel Association (composed by group CLOs of the largest global multinationals headquartered in Europe), and an Advisory Board Member at Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession. He became a professor at the Master in Law program at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2011 and is a regular visiting lecturer at US and European universities. He started at ‎Nestlé as Legal Counsel of ‎Nestlé Chile in 1995 after 9 years of practice in a law firm and another multinational.

Mr. Cortés-Monroy is also a Member of the Board of Directors at Nestlé Skin Health SA, Nestlé Health Science SA, Nespresso S.A., Galderma Pharma S.A.,  Fonds de Pensions Nestlé, and ten other companies. Additionally, he is a member of the Chilean Institute of History. He earned postgraduate diplomas in both Business and Management at the University of Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile, in 1997, and Corporate Tax Law at the Catholic University of Chile in 1999. J.D. University of Chile and admitted to practice in Chile (1986, as a barrister) and Switzerland (2000, as a jurist). In the context of Nestlé’s YOUth initiative, Mr Cortés-Monroy is an active mentor of 4 young Swiss female attorneys-at-law, both in-house and external counsellors.

Akber Datoo

Akber Datoo

Managing Partner
D2 Legal Technology

Akber Datoo is the founder and managing partner of the global legal data consultancy, D2 Legal Technology (D2LT), advising firms on the use of technology to unlock business value through legal change. A technologist at heart from his computer science degree and early career as an IT developer at UBS, Mr Datoo is a qualified lawyer, having spent a number of years practising law at magic circle law firm, Allen & Overy in their Capital Markets Group.

Under Mr Datoo’s leadership, D2LT has grown to a firm of just under a hundred consultants, across the Europe, US and APAC in just over six years, working at the intersection of Fintech and Legaltech. D2LT helps firms harness machine learning/AI tools to manage legal contract data.  

Mr Datoo was appointed to the Law Society's Technology & Law Reference Group Committee in 2016 and is the author of an upcoming Wiley book publication, Legal Data – Banking and Finance.

Mr Datoo and D2LT have been recognised as 2018 Global Law Experts - GDPR; as winner of the ‘Data, Knowledge and Intelligence’ category and ranked ‘Standout’ in the ‘Collaboration’ category by the Financial Times in 2017; as one of the top ten ‘Innovative Lawyers in Europe’ and ranked ‘Standout’ for Innovation in New [Legal Business] Models by the Financial Times in 2016; and for Best Risk Management Initiative by The Lawyer in 2015.

Reggie Davis

Reggie Davis

General Counsel
DocuSign

Reggie leads DocuSign’s award-winning legal team in driving acceptance and adoption of digital signatures and transactions across business, industry, and the public sector. Prior to joining DocuSign, Reggie served as general counsel and EVP at Zynga where he helped manage hyper-growth from 114 to 3,600 employees, successfully brokered 48 acquisitions that led to the expansion of 32 offices worldwide, and oversaw the third largest technology IPO in Silicon Valley history. In 2010, Reggie was an award winner of The Recorder’s “2010 Attorneys of the Year.” In 2012, Reggie’s team was named “Most Innovative Legal Team” by Inside Counsel Magazine. In 2013, the Silicon Valley Business Journal honored Reggie as “General Counsel of the Year.” In May 2016, Reggie was named “In-House Impact” General Counsel by The Recorder legal publication. In December 2016, Reggie was named “Innovative General Counsel” by the Financial Times North America Innovative Lawyers report. Before Zynga, Reggie spent 9 years at Yahoo! where he served as vice president, network quality and operations, and associate general counsel managing Litigation and Security for the company. Prior to Yahoo!, Reggie was a partner at Hancock Rothert & Bunshoft (presently known as Duane Morris) where he litigated cases in contract, patent, and insurance matters. Reggie received his JD from Tulane School of Law and his AB with Honors in European History and Sociology from Harvard University. Reggie joined DocuSign after taking a year off from work, during which he backpacked around the world with his wife Rebecca and their four sons. The highlights of this adventure were wrestling tigers and riding elephants in Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.

Bill Deckelman

Bill Deckelman

Executive Vice President and General Counsel
DXC Technology

Bill Deckelman is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of DXC Technology Company, a global provider of IT services with revenues of $25bn.  DXC was formed through the merger of CSC and the Enterprise Services business of HPE in 2017 and is headquartered in Tysons, Virginia. Mr Deckelman has responsibility for DXC’s legal, compliance, contracts, and government relations organisations.

 

Mr Deckelman joined CSC as Vice President and General Counsel in 2008.  Prior to joining CSC he served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. in Dallas, Texas, from 2000 through 2007.  Mr Deckelman began his legal career with Winstead, Sechrest & Minick, Dallas, Texas, in 1982 and subsequently was associated as in-house counsel with EDS and ACS.  He opened the Austin, Texas office of Munsch Hardt in 1996 and was a partner with the firm until returning to ACS in 2000. Mr Deckelman received his JD, with Honours, in 1981 from the University of Arkansas School of Law where he was a member of the Arkansas Law Review.  In 2014 he received an LLM, with Distinction, in International Business and Economic Law from Georgetown University Law Center. He is currently enrolled in the executive LLM program in International Business Law at the London School of Economics.

David Fisher

David Fisher

Founder & CEO
Integra Ledger

David Fisher is the founder and CEO of Integra Ledger, which is the blockchain for the global legal industry, and one of the founders of the Global Legal Blockchain Consortium, which is a standards-setting organization composed of major law firms, corporate legal departments, software companies, and universities. He also recently co-founded the Global Legal Hackathon, which was the largest legal hackathon in history, taking place in 40 cities and 22 countries around the world. Earlier in his career, he was the founder and CEO of Millennium Venture Group, and he is a former chairman of the board of Youthbiz, a Denver-based non-profit focused on business education for inner city youth. He is a graduate of Rice University and Harvard Business School and resides in Colorado with his wife and two children.

Richard Foley

Richard Foley

Senior Partner
Pinsent Masons

Richard is the Senior Partner of Pinsent Masons and Chairs the Board. Richard has ultimate responsibility for the leadership of the firm.  He is responsible for ensuring delivery of PinsentMasons strategy - to be seen as international market leaders in key global sectors - and for sustaining the firm's culture and values. Richard has held several senior leadership roles at the firm including leading the firm's Global Construction Advisory & Disputes practice, the Projects & Construction practice and prior to that, he was the Head of the Asia practice.  In addition, in 2008, he led the launch of the firm's Energy Sector.  Richard's experience includes big ticket international arbitration and litigation work and of advising owners and constructors of major infrastructure projects on risk management and dispute avoidance/resolution during project construction.  In his career at Pinsent Masons, Richard has advised on some of the largest rail, road, power, airport and port projects in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.   Historic experience also includes the Channel Tunnel.

Christopher Georgiou

Christopher Georgiou

CEO - Condor Alternative Legal Solutions
Fieldfisher

Chris Georgiou is CEO of Condor Alternative Legal Solutions, Fieldfisher’s innovative alternative delivery model for legal services. Mr Georgiou has been building and running the platform since October 2016, developing a unique collaborative model based upon partnerships with leading independent managed legal services providers and business process specialists.  Fieldfisher won the FT Innovative Lawyers Europe Award 2017 for “Innovation in the business of law: new service delivery models” for the Condor platform.

With nearly 30 years’ experience in the financial markets legal sector both in private practice and in-house, Mr Georgiou has developed a deep understanding both of law firms’ delivery models for legal services and of in-house clients’ changing needs, and is highly experienced in customising new solutions for financial services and corporate clients.

Prior to joining Fieldfisher, Mr Georgiou was a partner for 14 years at a leading international law firm where he founded and built one of the leading derivatives’ practices, and went on to become global head of the Securities and Derivatives group and Co-Head of the firm-wide Bank Industry group.

Rein Graat

Rein Graat

General Counsel, Asia-Pacific
ING

Rein Graat practiced law at Simmons & Simmons in Amsterdam and London, before taking on different legal roles at ABN AMRO (e.g. General Counsel Netherlands), and moving to ING in 2008. At ING Mr Graat has been in global legal, commercial and strategy roles that took him from Amsterdam to London to Singapore.

The years of managing strategic planning, change management, innovation and sales have given Mr Graat the ability to look at topics from a pro-active holistic perspective. It helped Mr Graat to raise the profile of the Asia-Pacific legal function and make it a driving force for business, innovation and risk management growth regionally into globally.

Mr Graat reconnected with his legal passion when becoming General Counsel Asia-Pacific in 2015. Legal APAC covers all regulatory, supervisory, litigation, transactional, data (protection), corporate and other issues of legal nature across the 14 countries ING is present in Asia-Pacific.

As General Counsel, Mr Graat supports Legal to meet the ever-changing needs of internal, retail and wholesale customers as they adapt to the fast-changing regulatory, business and market environment in which they operate, enabling them to stay a step ahead.

Mr Graat is motivated by digital transformation, leadership practices, sustainability and innovation to catalyse growth of businesses and diverse empowered multi-cultural teams; looking at the bigger picture and complex situations as an opportunity to create alpha.

Jonathan Graham

Jonathan Graham

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Amgen

Jon Graham is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Amgen, Inc., a large, highly innovative, biotech company based in California.  He has responsibility for all legal, governance, IP, commercial and M&A/transaction support matters and works closely with the Board and senior management on key governance, legal, and strategic business matters.  From 2006 to 2015 he was the Senior Vice-President and General Counsel of Danaher Corporation, a Fortune 150 global diversified science and technology company.  There he was in charge of all legal, governance, regulatory affairs, compliance, IP, M&A, EH&S, risk, corporate responsibility, and government affairs matters and served as Chief Compliance Officer.  Previously he was General Electric Company’s Vice-President, Litigation & Legal Policy, where he had global responsibility for legal disputes, litigation, investigations, compliance programs, and related legal policies and where he acted as GE’s Chief Compliance Officer.  Before going in-house, Mr Graham was a partner at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington D.C. where he spent sixteen years in a wide-ranging litigation and trial practice split between complex business litigation, international disputes/arbitration, white-collar criminal cases, and SEC enforcement matters.  Mr Graham clerked for The Honorable Joseph T. Sneed of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  He earned his JD from the University of Texas School of Law where he was the Editor of the Texas Law Review.  He earned his BA from Pitzer College in Claremont CA. 

Nick Hedley

Nick Hedley

Partner
Hedley May

Nick Hedley co-founded Hedley May in 2009, a specialist executive search firm unique for its focus on senior functional leadership roles for major corporates, financial institutions and professional services firms.  The firm operates globally from its offices in London and New York. Hedley May is committed to diversity and inclusion and in 2017, 57% of all placements were diverse.

Mr Hedley is an expert in the in-house Legal, Risk, Company Secretarial, Compliance and Internal Audit executive search markets and has developed a deep interest in the relationship between governance and sustainability in organisations and also the role that corporate functions play in creating value through both risk management and facilitation of the business.    

Mr Hedley is a qualified solicitor who moved into Executive Search in 1995. He has an LLB from Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London.

Timothy Henry

Timothy Henry

Chief Executive Officer
Bridge Partnership

Timothy Henry is Chief Executive Officer at BRIDGE. His experience and focus is on developing practical approaches to executing company strategies, while coaching leaders to lead change and build great cultures to ensure longer-term success. The focus of his work is the transformation of leaders and their organisations – by enhancing trust, shifting mindsets, fostering courageous conversations and improving decision making. He works with leading edge management tools derived from close collaboration with leading thinkers in this area.

Mr Henry has almost 30 years of experience working as a trusted business advisor to his clients; from Fortune 20 to entrepreneurial, owner managed businesses, across the globe. He is a former Principal at Booz, Allen and Hamilton. He has helped develop and grow two start-up consulting firms, and is one of the co-founders of Conscious Capitalism. He is also Chair of the Board for a training company, focused on HR compliance and ethics issues, Syntrio Inc. He has served on several non-profit boards including: a Trustee of Conscious Capitalism Inc. Mr Henry has worked with David Norton and Bob Kaplan, authors of the seminal work on the Balanced Scorecard. He has also worked with Bill George, author of Authentic Leadership and True North, with whom he has facilitated programs at Harvard Business School in the executive education program.  He the co-author of the Conscious Capitalism Field Guide, forthcoming from Harvard Business Press.

Mr Henry is originally from Montreal, Canada, and is a Canadian and Irish citizen and a permanent resident of the US. He is a graduate of Magdalen College, Oxford University, England in PPE and the University of Southern California where he received an honors degree in interdisciplinary studies- Psychology, Biology and Philosophy; writing his senior thesis on mind-body issues. Mr Henry and his partner commute between Boston and London. He is the father and step father to five young adults. He enjoys Theatre in London, hiking, and staying fit and well in the fullest sense of the word.

Jurian Hermeler

Jurian Hermeler

Director Innovation & ICT
NautaDutilh

Jurian Hermeler is Director Innovation & ICT at NautaDutilh. He is responsible for designing and implementing the ICT strategy to meet today's goals while anticipating on future needs and developments.

In addition to being in charge of the overall IT architecture and security, Mr Hermeler sets the tone for innovation. His approach of IT goes far beyond its operational dimension. Mr Hermeler successfully creates opportunities to use IT as a driver for innovation by combining business, legal and IT.  On behalf of NautaDutilh, Mr Hermeler is founding member of SILEX, a consortium of 20+ legal firms that work together in implementing the digital collaboration with the courts, known as 'project KEI'. Silex was ‘commended’ in the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Report 2016.

Mr Hermeler graduated from the Technical University Eindhoven in 1999. He started as a project manager for EDS in the field of application services, sourcing and dealmaking. After that he was a Principal Sourcing Consultant at the independent ICT Management advisory firm Quint Wellington Redwood. He joined NautaDutilh in 2014.

Carl Im

Carl Im

Founder and CEO, eYulchon and CTO
Yulchon LLC

Carl Im makes augmented intelligence applications.  As the founder and the CEO of Solomon Strategic Consulting, he has developed and patented an algorithmic approach to corporate risk management.  As a senior advisor at Yulchon LLC, he has been driving Yulchon’s digital strategy, including the firm’s new website based on the principles of “content-driven marketing” and “your business your way”. 

Dr Im combines over 20 years of sales and trading experience in fixed income, has a PhD in physics from Stanford University, and he was a member of the Caltech Putnam team.  His unique background as an academic, a banker and an entrepreneur has contributed to unique perspectives and approaches that have won numerous awards.  His work has won the Asian Technology and Innovation Initiative of the Year and has made the ALB Innovation List, the Asia-Pacific Innovator of the Year and the Visionary Firm of the Year. 

Dr Im’s work at Yulchon LLC is published under the eYulchon label.  The eYulchon team has recently delivered the first Universal Compliance Engine, which empowers in-house compliance and legal officers to produce, completely on their own, mobile compliance apps for firm-wide use.  Under the Universal Compliance Engine paradigm, a compliance officer can modify a policy, drag-and-drop it, download the new compliance app, see it in action and modify again, closing the gap between the policy and the practice of compliance.

Brent Irvin

Brent Irvin

Vice President and General Counsel
Tencent

Brent Irvin joined Tencent, a leading global Internet company, in 2010. He is currently Vice President and General Counsel, overseeing all legal matters, including intellectual property, litigation, privacy, compliance and public policy. Prior to joining Tencent, he worked at a leading Silicon Valley law firm, specializing in M&A and technology transactions, with a special emphasis on Internet companies. He received his JD from Stanford Law School, an MA in Asian Studies from Yale University and a BA in History from Carleton College.

Nancy Jessen

Nancy Jessen

Senior Vice President, Legal Business Solutions
UnitedLex

For over 25 years, Nancy Jessen has provided strategic and operational consulting services to the legal industry.  Ms Jessen works closely with the General Counsel to develop the vision and structure of the law department to reflect and enable accomplishment of the company’s goals.  Her focus also includes operationalising the vision through a resource plan that balances the use of internal and external resources and the effective deployment of simplified processes and enabling technology.  Ms Jessen is known for her depth of knowledge and passion for driving sustainable improvement with her clients.

During the course of her career, Ms Jessen has supported and partnered with the key industry organizations, including the Association of Corporate Counsel and the International Association for Contract & Commercial Management to define and promote industry best practices that raises the understanding and effectiveness of organisations beyond her direct client base.

As a recognized industry expert, Ms Jessen draws upon her prior roles as the practice leader for Huron Consulting’s Law Department Management group and her time with Altman Weil.  Her consulting experience is supplemented with knowledge gained from hands-on experience as the Manager of Information Systems at a mid-west law firm and working for a software company that designed and implemented financial systems for law firms.

Ms Jessen is a frequent speaker at industry-wide and sponsored events on topics that inspire and educate the audience on how to set priorities, achieve cost savings, successfully implement new systems, drive user adoption of change and articulate the value contribution of the law department.  Ms Jessen received her degree in Management Information Systems from Iowa State University.

Daniel Martin Katz

Daniel Martin Katz

Professor of Law, Illinois Tech
Chicago Kent College of Law

Professor Katz is a scientist, technologist and professor who applies an innovative polytechnic approach to teaching law - to help create lawyers for today's biggest societal challenges. Both his scholarship and teaching integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Professor Katz's forward-thinking ideas helped to earn him acknowledgement among the Fastcase 50, an award which "recognizes 50 of the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law." He was also named to the American Bar Association Journal's "Legal Rebels," a prestigious group of change leaders in the legal profession. Professor Katz teaches Practice & Professionalism, E-Discovery, Legal Analytics, Legal Project Management + Legal Process Improvement and Civil Procedure at Chicago-Kent and spearheads new initiatives to teach law students how to leverage technology and entrepreneurship in their future legal careers. He joined Chicago-Kent in 2015 from Michigan State University College of Law, where he co-founded the ReInvent Law Laboratory, an innovative multi-disciplinary center that focused on the intersection of entrepreneurship, informatics, programming and design thinking to better understand, analyze and design the law. Professor Katz has published or forthcoming work in a wide variety of academic outlets, including Science, Plos One, Journal of Statistical Physics, Artificial Intelligence & Law and Physica A. In addition, his work has been published in legal journals including Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy, Emory Law Journal, Virginia Tax Review, Iowa Law Review, Illinois Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, Journal of Law & Politics, and Journal of Legal Education.

Professor Katz is currently working on two book projects including an edited volume entitled Legal Informatics (Cambridge University Press - 2019 Forthcoming) and a book on technology + innovation in law. His work has been highlighted in a number of media outlets, including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, BBC Radio, Wired, Vox, National Public Radio, Slate Magazine, Huffington Post, 538, Bloomberg Businessweek, ABA Journal, Law Technology News and The American Lawyer. Professor Katz is an external affiliated faculty at CodeX—The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics. In addition to teaching and researching, Professor Katz serves as an editor of the International Journal of Law and Information Technology (Oxford University Press) and as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence & Law (Springer Scientific). He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for Law Technology News and is a member of the ABA Task Force on Big Data and the Law. Professor Katz is actively involved in the rapidly growing legal technology industry. He is the Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer of LexPredict (a legal technology and analytics company). He also serves as a formal and informal advisor to a number of legal tech startups. In addition, he is a member of the advisory board of NextLaw Labs - a global collaborative innovation ecosystem organized with Dentons (the world’s largest law firm).

Professor Katz received his Ph.D. in political science and public policy with a focus on complex adaptive systems from the University of Michigan. He graduated with a Juris Doctor cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School and simultaneously obtained a Master of Public Policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. During his graduate studies, he was a fellow in Empirical Legal Studies at the University of Michigan Law School and a National Science Foundation IGERT fellow at the University of Michigan Center for the Study of Complex Systems.

Michael Lacovara

Michael Lacovara

Partner
Latham & Watkins

Michael Lacovara, a highly accomplished trial lawyer, is a partner in the Litigation & Trial Department of the New York office and a member of the Antitrust and Complex Commercial Litigation practices.

Mr. Lacovara focuses his practice on antitrust, securities and complex commercial disputes, and has represented clients across a broad range of industries, including global enterprises in the financial services, technology and resource sectors. He has also held senior management positions, in financial services firms and in law firms, and has a deep expertise in legal services transformation initiatives.

Prior to joining Latham in 2016, Mr. Lacovara served as the global Executive Partner (resident in New York and London) for a London headquartered Magic Circle firm.  In that role, he managed the firm’s Innovation Centre, which piloted and implemented a range of new technologies, tools and management processes to enhance service delivery.  He also oversaw a range of outsourcing, near-shoring, and off-shoring initiatives, including the development of transformative Business and Legal Services Centres, which implemented entirely new models for service delivery, process management, continuous improvement and revenue generation and fee recovery.  

As a lawyer, Mr. Lacovara has particular and extensive experience in both internal and government investigations and in the strategic planning and prosecution or defense of multi-jurisdictional and multi-forum litigation. Having served as national and global coordinating counsel for numerous strategic litigations and drawing on almost 30 years of legal, banking and management experience, he helps clients solve their most pressing global challenges and assists them in realizing strategic opportunities worldwide.

In February 2017, Mr. Lacovara was named by The American Lawyer among its "Lateral All-Stars" of 2016, which highlighted the most notable and intriguing moves by attorneys to new law firms during the past year.

Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Lacovara was founding CEO and President of a securities trading and investment banking firm that was a portfolio company of private equity firm Warburg Pincus. Mr. Lacovara also served as CEO of a Nasdaq-listed financial services company, leading both its public capital raising and completing multiple acquisitions; and as a partner, general counsel and Co-COO of a full-service investment bank focused on financial services companies. As a banker, Mr. Lacovara advised on a wide range of M&A and corporate finance transactions and regularly counselled special committees of boards of directors on various strategic transactions.

Gary LeClair

Gary LeClair

Co-founder
LeClairRyan

Mr LeClair is a co-founder and served for more than 20 years as Chairman (until 2015) and CEO (until 2011) of LeClairRyan. LeClairRyan was founded in 1988 when Mr LeClair and Dennis Ryan established a securities and venture capital legal boutique to address the special needs of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Mr. LeClair now has returned to the full time practice of law. His practice continues to include the representation of middle market and emerging growth companies, as well as private equity and venture capital firms, as securities and general counsel. He has been the lead attorney in hundreds of private and public financings, joint ventures, strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, and other major domestic and international transactions.
Mr LeClair has served on the board of directors and advisors of various business entities, including a bank, an independent trust company, a private equity fund, a venture fund, a residential developer, an ecommerce business and a retailer.

A believer in community involvement, Mr LeClair has served on the board of directors and advisors of various civic and not-for-profit organisations, including the Richmond Venture Forum, the Greater Richmond Technology Council, the Virginia Council of CEOs, the Greater Richmond Chamber Foundation, The College of William and Mary, The Steward School, Richmond 2007 and Tuckahoe Sports. He has served as General Counsel for the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Richmond Partnership. A former college football player, he has coached youth baseball, soccer and basketball. He also is a former Head Coach of a Western Wildcats youth football team.

Jacquelyn MacLennan

Jacquelyn MacLennan

Partner
White & Case

Jacquelyn MacLennan is a partner in White & Case’s EU practice, a member of the firm’s Partnership Committee and is the firm’s Global Pro Bono Practice Leader. She is recognized by Chambers and Legal 500 as a leading lawyer in EU antitrust law and EU trade/regulatory law, and is a visiting fellow at Edinburgh University’s Europa Institute. She has extensive litigation experience and represents corporations, as well as civil society organisations and individuals on a pro bono basis, in cases before the EU Courts in Luxembourg and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. She advises, and is regularly invited to speak, on EU antitrust and regulatory law and issues of business and human rights.

Sophie Mathur

Sophie Mathur

Partner, Singapore
Linklaters

Sophie Mathur’s work as a Linklaters M&A partner straddles cross-border corporate transactions on some of the largest transactions in Asia Pacific as well as work with start-ups. Ms Mathur is also one of the firm’s Global Co-Heads of Innovation  - a role she plays with a deep sense of purpose - to shake up the culture of the legal profession and the way lawyers work. As a mother of twin 4-year-olds, the use of technology to enhance effectiveness and achieve balance is particularly resonant to her.

Named Legal Innovator of the Year in the FT Innovative Lawyers Asia Pacific Report 2017, Ms Mathur is on the steering committee for the Future Law Innovation Programme initiated by the Singapore Academy of Law and is on the Advisory Board of the Law School of the Singapore Management University. She is also one of the co-founders of the Innovative Lawyers Forum in Singapore - a forum session for senior lawyers, across multiple industries, who meet regularly to discuss and find practical innovative solutions to day-to-day challenges.

Ms Mathur regularly speaks at events, and most recently has been speaking on cryptocurrency and ICOs at various investor conferences.

Hugh Milward

Hugh Milward

Director, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs
Microsoft Ltd

Hugh Milward holds the General Counsel role at Microsoft UK, leading Corporate, External and Legal work and with a seat on the UK Board.  His focus includes work to help organisations overcome legal and regulatory hurdles to their technology adoption and transformation, managing some of the complex geo-political issues relating to technology and society, and working to ensure no one is left behind from the onward march of technology. Mr Milward’s background is in politics, corporate affairs and reputation management, working for some of the world’s most high-profile brands including Starbucks and McDonald’s. He is passionate about the interrelationship of society and technology.

Harriet Pearson

Harriet Pearson

Innovation & New Ventures Partner
Hogan Lovells

Clients seek out Harriet Pearson’s extensive experience in every aspect of cybersecurity and privacy law, policy, and compliance – topics that today occupy senior managers in all sectors.  They also value her ability to design and implement solutions to legal and business issues that leverage over two decades of multi-disciplinary experience. Among her clients are some of the world’s largest technology, media, professional services, communications, financial services, and energy companies. In 2016 Harriet was named leader of Hogan Lovells Innovation and New Ventures, the firm’s global program to catalyze and incubate new businesses and approaches. She is Chambers-ranked and was recently named North America’s “Legal Innovator of the Year” by the Financial Times (2016); Cybersecurity and Privacy Trailblazer by the National Law Journal (2015); and one of the 500 “Leading Lawyers in America” by LawDragon (2015-17).  An honors graduate of UCLA School of Law and Princeton University, before law school Harriet briefly worked as an engineer. She joined Hogan Lovells as a partner in 2012 after a 19-year career at IBM where she served as that company’s first and longstanding chief privacy officer and security counsel. Harriet co-founded and currently co-chairs the Georgetown Cybersecurity Law Institute and serves on the American Bar Association President’s Cybersecurity Task Force and the Advisory Boards of the Future of Privacy Forum and the Electronic Privacy Information Center.  She is a founding member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, on whose board she served for a decade.  

Sharis Pozen

Sharis Pozen

Vice President, Competition Law and Policy
General Electric

Sharis Pozen is Vice President, Competition Law and Policy, leading GE’s global competition team.  Ms Pozen also serves as GE’s “Select Ambassador,” the executive point of contact and coordinator of GE’s Select Preferred Provider Program.  She joined GE from Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, where she was a leader of their antitrust competition practice, focusing on global merger clearance, conduct investigations and criminal antitrust matters.  Prior to joining Skadden in 2012 she served as the acting Assistant Attorney General of the Antitrust Division in the US Department of Justice and, before that, as Chief of Staff to the head of the Division.

Prior to her DOJ experience, Ms Pozen was a partner at a major Washington, D.C.-based firm, where she served as director of the firm’s Antitrust Group.  Her practice focused on antitrust issues and trade regulation across a broad spectrum of industries. She began her professional career at the Federal Trade Commission where she held several positions, including attorney adviser to two Commissioners, assistant to the director of the Bureau of Competition and staff attorney.

Ms Pozen was named a “Distinguished Alumni” of Washington University School of Law in 2017, and has been profiled as a leading antitrust attorney in the past three issues (2009, 2013 and 2016) of Global Competition Review’s “Women in Antitrust” report.  She was also selected for inclusion in Chambers USA, the Best Lawyers in America 2014 and 2015, and The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists 2014.

Richard Punt

Richard Punt

CEO - Peerpoint
Allen & Overy

Richard Punt is the CEO of Peerpoint, Allen & Overy’s global platform for self-directed consultant lawyers. He plays a leading role in the development of the firm’s advanced delivery set of capabilities including legal technology.  Before joining the firm, Mr Punt was Managing Partner for Clients & Markets with Deloitte, responsible for the firm’s strategy and its approach to client relationships. He is a strategy consultant with extensive experience in the development and execution of strategy and organisation design.

Daniel Reed

Daniel Reed

Chief Executive Officer
UnitedLex

As a practicing attorney and technologist, Dan recognised that legal service delivery was ripe for innovation. Melding his passion for the legal space with his diverse background, Dan has overseen UnitedLex’s growth from a handful of employees to a highly-skilled global workforce of 2,000.

Dan began his career 20 years ago with Ernst & Young LLP providing audit and tax advice services to New York City area companies. He then went on to Greenberg Traurig LLP where he represented venture-backed and Fortune 500 companies in the technology, financial, healthcare, and manufacturing sectors.

Prior to founding UnitedLex, Dan served as Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel to Adjoined Consulting, and then as a Managing Director of Kanbay International. At Adjoined, Dan helped establish the company's unique brand of financial and legal execution while managing various offshore service provider relationships. Adjoined was acquired by Kanbay International for $240 million in early 2006. Prior to Adjoined, Dan guided SmartDisk Corporation through early stage structuring and execution of its initial public offering. During Dan's tenure, SmartDisk grew to greater than $1 billion in market cap.

In 2013, Dan was named "Entrepreneur of the Year" in the Technology and Business Services category for the US Midwest Region by Ernst & Young. This honour recognises his demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in innovation, performance and personal commitment to the professionals, clients and communities of UnitedLex.

Benjamin Roth

Benjamin Roth

Partner, Corporate
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Benjamin M. Roth is a partner in the Corporate Department at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. His practice focuses on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and other private equity transactions, capital markets transactions, and general corporate and securities matters, including proxy fights, takeover defense and corporate governance. He has advised a broad range of public and private companies and financial sponsors in the United States and abroad in a variety of industries including health care, pharmaceuticals, technology, financial services, retail, energy, and industrials. Mr Roth was selected as one of the winners of the 40 Under 40 Awards for legal advisors by The M&A Advisor. He also has been featured three times as Dealmaker of the Week by AmLaw Daily and was listed as a Super Lawyer in the area of mergers and acquisitions by Super Lawyers magazine in 2014, 2015 and 2017 and as a "Rising Star" in 2011 and 2012. He was selected as an expert in Mergers and Acquisitions in the 2016 edition of ExpertGuides.

Mr Roth received a BS in Foreign Service magna cum laude from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his JD with honors from Stanford Law School. He served as co-editor-in-chief of the Stanford Journal of Law, Business and Finance.

Kim Rucker

Kim Rucker

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Andeavor

Kim Rucker is an accomplished executive, holding senior leadership team positions since 2004. Currently EVP, General Counsel & Secretary of Andeavor, a Fortune 100 company.  She has held similar top legal leadership roles at Kraft (Kraft-Heinz) and Avon.

Ms Rucker serves on the Board of Directors of Lennox International, a $3.8 billion global company, and the Board of Trustees of Johns Hopkins Medicine, an $8 billion nonprofit.

She has been described as “an extraordinary strategic leader,” with a passion for developing people to perform their best.  Kim is focused and has a sense of purpose and enthusiasm that she infuses in those around her.   

Ms Rucker has numerous recognitions and awards for her achievements. She is a sought-after speaker on a variety of topics including corporate governance, corporate reputation, leadership, ethics and compliance and managing for value, and she has authored many articles and a book chapter.

Ms Rucker holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.  She was raised in the Chicago area, and lives in San Antonio with her husband and two children.

Jos Sclater

Jos Sclater

Former Group CFO
GKN plc

Jos Sclater is formerly Group CFO and Group General Counsel at GKN plc. While at GKN, Mr Sclater created significant value for shareholders by developing and communicating a new Group strategy and financial framework with the aim of delivering improved free cash flow and margin, allocating capital more efficiently, divesting non core assets and by showing the latent value in GKN's businesses.

Mr Sclater’s experience includes strategy, M&A and pensions in leading multinational corporations, with four years experience in Asia Pacific and nearly 20 years experience in industrial companies.

Meg Sullivan

Meg Sullivan

Chief Business Development, Marketing and CSR Officer
Paul Hastings

Meg Sullivan is responsible for supporting the firm’s strategy for growth and innovation in legal services. She oversees the creation and implementation of business and client development programs, brand management, marketing, and communications that promote Paul Hastings’ global reach and commitment to client service excellence. Meg also leads the firm’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, helping to align innovation in the firm’s business to its pro bono, sustainability, charitable giving, and diversity and inclusion programs.

Meg has spent the majority of her career helping organizations deliver client relationship-building programs and broaden their global visibility. Before joining Paul Hastings, Meg was based in Europe for ten years. She was the Director of Marketing for the Europe, Middle East, India and Africa region at Andersen. In addition, Meg has served as the director of development and export for a major French clothing manufacturer, the director of development for the largest French shoe manufacturer and the assistant vice president in an American venture capital business.

In 2011 Meg founded Quorum Initiative, an international organization focused on accelerating the advancement of executive women in business. Membership chapters exist in New York, Washington, D.C. and London connecting executive women across borders to share ideas and create systemic change. Meg is passionate about diversity and inclusion being a driver of business innovation and women’s role in helping to shape our future global enterprises.

James Thornton

James Thornton

Chief Executive Officer
ClientEarth

James Thornton is the founding CEO of ClientEarth, a public interest environmental law group which this year is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The organisation, which has offices in London, Brussels, Warsaw, Beijing and New York, was voted the most effective environmental charity in the UK last year.

The Financial Times awarded Mr Thornton its Special Achievement accolade at the FT 2016 Innovative Lawyers Awards. He also delivered the keynote speech. Since then ClientEarth has been rising up the rankings in the FT 50.

In 2017, Mr Thornton co-authored a book with his husband Martin Goodman, telling the compelling story of ClientEarth. The charity uses advocacy, litigation and research to address the greatest challenges of our time – including biodiversity loss, climate change, and toxic chemicals. It is leading the fight against illegal air pollution in Europe.

Mr Thornton is a member of the bars of New York, California and the Supreme Court of the United States, and a solicitor of England and Wales. He moved from Wall Street law practice to found the Citizens’ Enforcement Project at NRDC in New York, where he brought and won some 80 federal lawsuits against corporations to enforce the Clean Water Act after the Reagan Administration had stopped enforcing the law.

Ram Vasudevan

Ram Vasudevan

Chief Executive Officer
QuisLex

Ram Vasudevan has presided over QuisLex’s rapid growth since its inception and has over 15 years of experience providing high-quality services to his clients in a variety of settings. Prior to joining QuisLex, Mr Vasudevan spent eight years advising clients on corporate and M&A transactions with Skadden Arps and Sidley Austin in New York. Prior to joining Sidley, Mr Vasudevan worked as a Project Manager for a multi-national consulting company, managing projects for large financial services clients. He received his Master of Law from Columbia University School of Law, his MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University and his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Madras.

Clare Wardle

Clare Wardle

General Counsel & Company Secretary
Coca-Cola European Partners

Clare Wardle has been General Counsel & Company Secretary at Coca-Cola European Partners and member of the Executive leadership team since May 2016.  She is a sponsor of CCEP’s Diversity Council. She is also chairman of Basketball England.  She has considerable international experience in risk, governance, M&A, competition and compliance. Between 2010 and May 2016, Ms Wardle played a leading role in many development and expansion projects as Group General Counsel at Kingfisher – Europe’s largest home improvement retail group. During her time at the FTSE100 Company, she launched the hugely successful Kingfisher Women’s Network, which has seen an increase of senior women within the business.  Before joining Kingfisher, Ms Wardle was Company Secretary and General Counsel and then Commercial Director of Tube Lines Limited, and was instrumental in its successful sale to TfL.  Prior to this she was Head of Post Office Ltd Legal Services where among other things she was helped set up and manage telecoms and financial services offerings, became a recognised expert in digital signatures and encryption and played a major role in the restructure of the post office network.  She was called to the bar in 1984, joined Lovells in 1986 and moved to Royal Mail in 1996.

Professor David B Wilkins

Professor David B Wilkins

Lester Kissel Professor of Law
Harvard Law School

Professor David B. Wilkins is the Lester Kissel Professor of Law, Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession, and Faculty Director of the Center on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School. He is also a Senior Research Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the Faculty Committee of the Harvard University Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics.

Prof. Wilkins has given over 50 endowed lectures at universities around the world and is a frequent speaker at professional conferences and law firm and corporate retreats. He is the author of over 80 articles on the legal profession in leading scholarly journals as well as a co-author of several books, including The Chinese Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization (Forthcoming), The Brazilian Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization (2018), The Indian Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization (2017), and Diversity in Practice (2016), all published by Cambridge University Press, as well as Problems in Professional Responsibility for a Changing Profession (5th edition 2009, South Carolina Press).

Prof. Wilkins teaches several courses on lawyers including The Legal Profession, Legal Education for the Twenty-First Century, and Challenges of a General Counsel. In 2007, he co-founded Harvard Law School’s Executive Education program, where he teaches in several courses including Leadership in Law Firms and Leadership in Corporate Counsel.

He was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2012 and the Spanish Royal Academy of Doctors in 2014 and most recently was the recipient of the Harvard Law School Association Award in 2016. His major research interests include the legal profession, legal ethics, diversity and globalization.

Dan Wright

Dan Wright

Partner, UK
Osborne Clarke LLP

Dan Wright was a practising corporate lawyer and partner for 15 years. More recently he has changed tact and is now focused full-time on innovation and leads Osborne Clare Solutions - a new team of ex-lawyers and technologists who, enabled by technology, sector knowledge and strong relationship management skills, work directly with clients to build practical solutions to real problems.

Mr Wright and his team work in collaboration with a number of Osborne Clarke's leading clients including multinational businesses across social media, telecoms, software, banking, retail, and financial services to reinvent how commercial, regulatory, property, corporate, litigation and other services are delivered. 

Using design thinking, bespoke coding, fast-building techniques, and applying various productivity technologies through a single platform, the team is creating tangible results for clients, including intelligent workflows, automation, data analysis and visualisation, and current experiments with AI.  Clients can now capture, interrogate and learn from their data to further improve processes and outputs. 

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Sophie Mathur

Sophie Mathur

Partner, Singapore
Linklaters

Sophie Mathur’s work as a Linklaters M&A partner straddles cross-border corporate transactions on some of the largest transactions in Asia Pacific as well as work with start-ups. Ms Mathur is also one of the firm’s Global Co-Heads of Innovation  - a role she plays with a deep sense of purpose - to shake up the culture of the legal profession and the way lawyers work. As a mother of twin 4-year-olds, the use of technology to enhance effectiveness and achieve balance is particularly resonant to her.

Named Legal Innovator of the Year in the FT Innovative Lawyers Asia Pacific Report 2017, Ms Mathur is on the steering committee for the Future Law Innovation Programme initiated by the Singapore Academy of Law and is on the Advisory Board of the Law School of the Singapore Management University. She is also one of the co-founders of the Innovative Lawyers Forum in Singapore - a forum session for senior lawyers, across multiple industries, who meet regularly to discuss and find practical innovative solutions to day-to-day challenges.

Ms Mathur regularly speaks at events, and most recently has been speaking on cryptocurrency and ICOs at various investor conferences.

Liam Brown

Liam Brown

Founder and Executive Chairman
Elevate

Liam Brown helps general counsel and law firm leaders improve effectiveness and efficiency. In 2011 he launched Elevate as the law company to provide consulting, technology, and services to law departments and law firms. Elevate has won numerous awards and honors, recently receiving top ranking by Chambers & Partners in their global legal services providers category, being acknowledged by the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) as the most-used law company in their 2017 State of the Industry Survey, and making the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list for the past two years in a row, including #53 in 2016. Liam was previously the Founder, President and CEO of Integreon, Inc., a global LPO, which he led from startup in 2001 to annual sales of $150 million by 2011, before he sold his stake to private equity investors. Prior to Integreon, he was the President, COO and Founder of a pioneering Web 1.0 virtual data room legal tech company, which he sold in 2001 (now Merrill DataSite). Liam is an active investor in emerging legal technologies and an executive coach for founders of startups. 

Harriet Pearson

Harriet Pearson

Innovation & New Ventures Partner
Hogan Lovells

Clients seek out Harriet Pearson’s extensive experience in every aspect of cybersecurity and privacy law, policy, and compliance – topics that today occupy senior managers in all sectors.  They also value her ability to design and implement solutions to legal and business issues that leverage over two decades of multi-disciplinary experience. Among her clients are some of the world’s largest technology, media, professional services, communications, financial services, and energy companies. In 2016 Harriet was named leader of Hogan Lovells Innovation and New Ventures, the firm’s global program to catalyze and incubate new businesses and approaches. She is Chambers-ranked and was recently named North America’s “Legal Innovator of the Year” by the Financial Times (2016); Cybersecurity and Privacy Trailblazer by the National Law Journal (2015); and one of the 500 “Leading Lawyers in America” by LawDragon (2015-17).  An honors graduate of UCLA School of Law and Princeton University, before law school Harriet briefly worked as an engineer. She joined Hogan Lovells as a partner in 2012 after a 19-year career at IBM where she served as that company’s first and longstanding chief privacy officer and security counsel. Harriet co-founded and currently co-chairs the Georgetown Cybersecurity Law Institute and serves on the American Bar Association President’s Cybersecurity Task Force and the Advisory Boards of the Future of Privacy Forum and the Electronic Privacy Information Center.  She is a founding member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, on whose board she served for a decade.  

Jonathan  Brayne

Jonathan Brayne

Partner, Allen & Overy
Chairman, Fuse

Jonathan Brayne is a partner in the London office of the international law firm, Allen & Overy. He is Chairman of Fuse, Allen & Overy’s tech innovation space, where clients, technology providers and A&O collaborate in the development of tech-enabled solutions to legal market challenges. He is also Chairman of aosphere, an A&O affiliate which provides alternative solutions for legal risk management.

Mr Brayne joined Allen & Overy in 1978. He was one of the founding partners of the firm's New York office between 1985 and 1988 and of its Hong Kong office from 1988 to 1997.

He practices in the field of energy and infrastructure projects, often advising on the financing of those projects. He has advised sponsors, financial institutions and governments in that field. He has also advised on tax structured and general banking transactions and on a wide range of capital markets instruments, both debt and equity.

Mr Brayne was previously an elected, non-executive member of the Allen & Overy global board; on the board of its documents-to-data affiliate, docGenix; and Chairman of its Innovation Panel, its global banking practice and, subsequently, of its India Group. He led the team which developed and, in late 2013, launched Allen & Overy's flexible resourcing business, Peerpoint.

Danny Gilbert AM

Danny Gilbert AM

Managing Partner
Gilbert + Tobin

Danny Gilbert AM is co-founder and Managing Partner of Gilbert + Tobin. He currently holds and has held a number of directorships including Non-Executive Director of National Australia Bank Limited 2004-2016, Co-Chair of Cape York Partnership Group Ltd, Chairman of University of Western Sydney Foundation and former Chairman of National Museum of Australia. He is also a trustee of several private charitable trusts. Gilbert + Tobin is a major national corporate law firm with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

Brent Irvin

Brent Irvin

Vice President and General Counsel
Tencent

Brent Irvin joined Tencent, a leading global Internet company, in 2010. He is currently Vice President and General Counsel, overseeing all legal matters, including intellectual property, litigation, privacy, compliance and public policy. Prior to joining Tencent, he worked at a leading Silicon Valley law firm, specializing in M&A and technology transactions, with a special emphasis on Internet companies. He received his JD from Stanford Law School, an MA in Asian Studies from Yale University and a BA in History from Carleton College.

Daniel Martin Katz

Daniel Martin Katz

Professor of Law, Illinois Tech
Chicago Kent College of Law

Professor Katz is a scientist, technologist and professor who applies an innovative polytechnic approach to teaching law - to help create lawyers for today's biggest societal challenges. Both his scholarship and teaching integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Professor Katz's forward-thinking ideas helped to earn him acknowledgement among the Fastcase 50, an award which "recognizes 50 of the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law." He was also named to the American Bar Association Journal's "Legal Rebels," a prestigious group of change leaders in the legal profession. Professor Katz teaches Practice & Professionalism, E-Discovery, Legal Analytics, Legal Project Management + Legal Process Improvement and Civil Procedure at Chicago-Kent and spearheads new initiatives to teach law students how to leverage technology and entrepreneurship in their future legal careers. He joined Chicago-Kent in 2015 from Michigan State University College of Law, where he co-founded the ReInvent Law Laboratory, an innovative multi-disciplinary center that focused on the intersection of entrepreneurship, informatics, programming and design thinking to better understand, analyze and design the law. Professor Katz has published or forthcoming work in a wide variety of academic outlets, including Science, Plos One, Journal of Statistical Physics, Artificial Intelligence & Law and Physica A. In addition, his work has been published in legal journals including Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy, Emory Law Journal, Virginia Tax Review, Iowa Law Review, Illinois Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, Journal of Law & Politics, and Journal of Legal Education.

Professor Katz is currently working on two book projects including an edited volume entitled Legal Informatics (Cambridge University Press - 2019 Forthcoming) and a book on technology + innovation in law. His work has been highlighted in a number of media outlets, including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, BBC Radio, Wired, Vox, National Public Radio, Slate Magazine, Huffington Post, 538, Bloomberg Businessweek, ABA Journal, Law Technology News and The American Lawyer. Professor Katz is an external affiliated faculty at CodeX—The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics. In addition to teaching and researching, Professor Katz serves as an editor of the International Journal of Law and Information Technology (Oxford University Press) and as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence & Law (Springer Scientific). He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for Law Technology News and is a member of the ABA Task Force on Big Data and the Law. Professor Katz is actively involved in the rapidly growing legal technology industry. He is the Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer of LexPredict (a legal technology and analytics company). He also serves as a formal and informal advisor to a number of legal tech startups. In addition, he is a member of the advisory board of NextLaw Labs - a global collaborative innovation ecosystem organized with Dentons (the world’s largest law firm).

Professor Katz received his Ph.D. in political science and public policy with a focus on complex adaptive systems from the University of Michigan. He graduated with a Juris Doctor cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School and simultaneously obtained a Master of Public Policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. During his graduate studies, he was a fellow in Empirical Legal Studies at the University of Michigan Law School and a National Science Foundation IGERT fellow at the University of Michigan Center for the Study of Complex Systems.

Stephen W Manning

Stephen W Manning

Partner, Immigration Law Group PC & Director
Innovation Law Lab

Stephen W Manning is an attorney in Portland, Oregon. He is a founding partner of Immigrant Law Group PC and the founder and director of the Innovation Law Lab, a non-profit that combines technology and litigation to create next generation activism against the mass incarceration of refugees and immigrants. He is an adjunct professor of law at Lewis & Clark Law School.

Considered the most innovative lawyer in North America for 2017 by The Financial Times, he is the recipient of the 2015 AILA Founders Award for the person who had the most impact on immigration policy, 2010 Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for Excellence in Immigration Litigation, the 2009 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for Excellence in Advancing the Practice of Immigration Law, the 2008 Gerald R Robinson Award for Excellence in Immigration Litigation, a Bill & Ann Shepard Law Scholar and other awards and recognition. He is a former Commissioner for the City of Portland’s Human Rights Commission.

He is the author of several amicus briefs, practice advisories, the author of Ending Artesia: The Artesia Report (Jan 2015) and was a presenter at the TEDxMtHood Conference on new ways to deploy legal strategies to protect refugees.  He is a past chair of the AILA Amicus Committee and a past chair of the Oregon AILA chapter. He is a member of the AILA Board of Governors. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Health Bridges International, a nonprofit engaged in international capacity building in medical work; a former board member of Immigration Counseling Service, a nonprofit in Oregon; and the Northwest Speak Out Project, a nonprofit engaged in community based education on sexual minorities. He was a volunteer with the AILA-AIC Artesia Pro Bono Project, is a volunteer with the CARA Pro Bono Project.

Mr Manning is the author of a mystery novel, Broken Spanish Bones. He is an accomplished distance runner, climber, open water swimmer, and ski mountaineer. He lives with his husband, James Wilson, in Portland, Oregon in a home they designed and built.

Rosemary Martin

Rosemary Martin

Group General Counsel
Vodafone Group plc

Rosemary Martin was appointed group general counsel and company secretary in March 2010. She previously served as CEO of the Practical Law Group, having spent 11 years with Reuters Group Plc with the last five years as group general counsel and company secretary. Before joining Reuters, Rosemary was a partner with Rowe & Maw (now Mayer Brown). She is an independent non-executive director of EY and a member of the Financial Conduct Authority’s Listing Group Advisory Panel and. She is also an advisory board member of the Oxford Internet Institute. She was a non-executive director of HSBC Bank Plc (the European arm of HSBC Group) until April 2016.

Alastair Morrison

Alastair Morrison

Head of Client Strategy and Board Member
Pinsent Masons

Alastair Morrison has been a Pinsent Masons Board member since 2004 and has responsibility for Client Strategy. Alastair is charged with advising the Board on the objectives, strategies and investments required to sustain the firm's relevance to clients.

He is responsible for working with the firm's key relationships to deliver integrated value propositions and solutions relevant to clients. Through working closely with some of the firm's most significant clients he has a wealth of experience and a breadth of knowledge of the demands and issues facing General Counsel and their teams thus enabling him and the team to create a range of innovative legal delivery models.

He has spoken at a number of international conferences on the challenges faced by clients and how these challenges are shaping his firm and the legal profession more widely.

Daniel Reed

Daniel Reed

Chief Executive Officer
UnitedLex

As a practicing attorney and technologist, Dan recognised that legal service delivery was ripe for innovation. Melding his passion for the legal space with his diverse background, Dan has overseen UnitedLex’s growth from a handful of employees to a highly-skilled global workforce of 2,000.

Dan began his career 20 years ago with Ernst & Young LLP providing audit and tax advice services to New York City area companies. He then went on to Greenberg Traurig LLP where he represented venture-backed and Fortune 500 companies in the technology, financial, healthcare, and manufacturing sectors.

Prior to founding UnitedLex, Dan served as Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel to Adjoined Consulting, and then as a Managing Director of Kanbay International. At Adjoined, Dan helped establish the company's unique brand of financial and legal execution while managing various offshore service provider relationships. Adjoined was acquired by Kanbay International for $240 million in early 2006. Prior to Adjoined, Dan guided SmartDisk Corporation through early stage structuring and execution of its initial public offering. During Dan's tenure, SmartDisk grew to greater than $1 billion in market cap.

In 2013, Dan was named "Entrepreneur of the Year" in the Technology and Business Services category for the US Midwest Region by Ernst & Young. This honour recognises his demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in innovation, performance and personal commitment to the professionals, clients and communities of UnitedLex.

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Summit Hosts (2)

Reena SenGupta

Reena SenGupta

Chief Executive Officer
RSG Consulting

Reena SenGupta founded RSG Consulting in 2001 to provide research and consultancy to law firms and in-house counsel. With nearly 30 years’ experience of business and the City, she is known as one of the leading analysts of the legal profession. As editor and publishing director of Chambers & Partners Publishing in the mid-nineties, she devised the research methodology behind the Chambers’ guides to the legal profession and launched the first Chambers Student and Chambers Global guides. In 2005, Ms SenGupta came up with the idea of ranking lawyers on innovation, which has become the FT Innovative Lawyers reports and awards. She is a long-time contributor to the Financial Times and helped to establish the paper’s Law & Business page in 2001.

Ms SenGupta has experience of both big and small businesses and spent the early nineties working in investment banking in London and rescuing a family-owned graphic design business out of recession. A journalist, entrepreneur and now senior consultant, Ms SenGupta is responsible for coming up with the ideas for a number of ground-breaking projects for both clients and RSG Consulting. Among these are the RSG India Report and the Innovative GC Club. She is a regular public speaker on innovation and the legal profession, is a graduate of the Meyler Campbell Elements coaching programme and an Asian Woman of Achievement.

Michael Skapinker

Michael Skapinker

Contributing Editor and Columnist
Financial Times

Michael Skapinker is an FT contributing editor and columnist on business and society. He is also executive editor of the FT-IE Corporate Learning Alliance, the FT’s executive education arm. Born in South Africa, he began his journalistic career in Greece. He joined the FT in London in 1986 and has held many positions, including FT Weekend editor, FT Special Reports editor and management editor.

He received the Work Foundation Members’ Award for his contribution to the understanding of working life in 2003 and was named WorkWorld Media Awards Columnist of the Year in 2008. At the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards he was named Business Commentator of the Year (2012) and Business Ethics Commentator of the Year (2015).

FT Contributors (2)

John Gapper

John Gapper

Chief Business Commentator and Associate Editor
Financial Times

John Gapper is the Financial Times’ Chief Business Commentator and an Associate Editor. He writes a weekly column on business and finance, focusing on the media and technology industries and innovation. He has written extensively on Wall Street and the financial crisis; the troubles of the US auto industry; the future of digital news and entertainment; innovation and venture capital; corporate PR crises such as the BP oil spill; and software and open source. As well as traveling widely to cover business topics in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, his experience of both Wall Street and the City of London give him a wide and global perspective on many industries.

John is one of the most senior and experienced FT writers, having covered the financial and media industries, as well as employment issues, before taking up his current role in 2003. Before that he was in charge of the FT’s award-winning op-ed page. His awards include Journalist of the Year at the 2016 Wincott Journalism Awards. He was named business commentator of the year at the 2014 UK Comment Awards and won the Gerald Loeb award for commentary in the US in 2013. He was also named best columnist in the 2011 and 2012 Society of American Business Editors and Writers awards. He was named one of the 100 most influential men in Britain by GQ magazine in 2009.

John won an open scholarship to Exeter College, Oxford University, where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He was awarded a Harkness Fellowship to study at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the FT, he trained as a journalist with Mirror Group Newspapers before working titles, including the Daily Mirror, Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph. He is co-author with Nick Denton of All That Glitters, the definitive account of the collapse of Barings Bank, and has written a financial novel, A Fatal Debt. He has also authored How to be a rogue trader, an eSpecial from Penguin books. He makes regular appearances on television and radio, including on the BBC, CNBC and CNN.

Maija Palmer

Maija Palmer

Acting Deputy Editor, Special Reports
Financial Times

Maija Palmer is Acting Deputy Editor for Special Reports at the Financial Times. She has worked at the FT since 1999 in a number of roles, including Social Media Editor and Commissioning Editor on the Business Life section. She spent seven years as technology correspondent, during which time she was twice named Techmark technology journalist of the year, in 2005 and 2011.

Before joining the FT this she worked at Law Business Research, as an assistant editor of the Global Competition Review, a magazine about competition and antitrust law. She has a degree in Communications from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and an MA in International Relations and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Agenda - 25th Jun

  • 6:30pm
    Welcome Reception

Agenda - 26th Jun

  • 7:00am
    Registration
  • 8:00am
    Breakfast Sessions

    Time to Change?

    Culturally, lawyers have been loath to be first movers. They tend to want to wait to be second and see how trends or ideas pan out before making any commitments. But, in what many are calling the Fourth Industrial Revolution, can law firms and corporate law departments afford to wait and see? A panel of general counsel and private practice partners kick off the day’s discussions with their thoughts on the critical trends impacting the delivery of legal services that lawyers need to be aware of and how to keep on top of them.

    Panellists:

    Michael Lacovara, Partner, Latham & Watkins

    Gary LeClair, Co-founder, LeClairRyan

    Stuart Levey, Chief Legal Officer, HSBC

    Clare Wardle, General Counsel & Company Secretary, Coca-Cola European Partners

    Moderator: Nancy Jessen, Senior Vice President, Legal Business Solutions, UnitedLex

    Walking the GC Tightrope: A New Breed of Lawyer Emerges

    Geopolitical uncertainty and increasing complexity in corporate life is not just changing the role of the general counsel, it is changing who they are. Ten years ago, the idea of whether a general counsel needed to be a lawyer was raised but dismissed. Today, it has become a reality. What does this mean for the profession?  A panel of ‘new breed’ general counsel discuss what it means to be a GC today, the implications for young lawyers and professional development, and what private practice needs to do to respond.

    Panellists:

    Jon Graham, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Amgen

    Hugh Milward, Director, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs, Microsoft Ltd

    Benjamin Roth, Partner, Corporate, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

    Jos Sclater, Former Group CFO, GKN plc

    Moderator: Nick Hedley, Partner, Hedley May

  • 9:00am
    Welcome Address and Opening Keynote

    Welcome Address: Reena SenGupta, CEO, RSG Consulting

    Keynote Address: John Gapper, Associate Editor and Chief Business Commentator, Financial Times

  • 9:30am
    Session 1: Humans and Machines

    The rate at which legal tasks are being automated is accelerating. Many law firms and corporate law departments are using machine learning to simplify and speed-up repetitive legal tasks. They are becoming technologically-enabled but are still some way off being a true digital law firm or law department. But perhaps such a goal is misguided. This session will cover the latest technological transformations in the law and discuss how best to achieve a balance between humans and machines in the legal profession.

    Lead Speaker:

    Brian Kuhn, Partner, Co-Founder and Global Co-Leader, IBM Watson Legal

    The Bridge:

    Sophie Mathur, Partner, Singapore, Linklaters

    Panellists:

    John Bautista, Partner, Orrick

    Liam Brown, Founder and Executive Chairman, Elevate

    Rein Graat, General Counsel, Asia-Pacific, ING

    Moderator: Maija Palmer, Acting Deputy Editor, Special Reports, Financial Times

  • 10:50am
    Networking Coffee Break
  • 11:20am
    Session 2: The 'Uber' Moment for Lawyers

    Some of the world’s fastest growing companies do not own the products and services they sell. The growth of ‘platforms’ in nearly every area of the economy is having a disruptive effect on many established industry sectors from transport to retail to leisure. To what degree are platforms already being utilised in the legal profession, who will be the likely players and what will be the impact on the way that legal services are created and delivered? How can law firms and corporate legal departments take advantage of the platform economy?

    Lead Speaker:

    Daniel Martin Katz, Associate Professor of Law, Illinois Tech, Chicago Kent Law

    The Bridge:

    Sharis Pozen, Vice President, Competition Law and Policy, General Electric

    Panellists:

    David Fisher, Founder & CEO, Integra Ledger

    Brent Irvin, Vice President and General Counsel, Tencent

    Richard Punt, CEO - Peerpoint, Allen & Overy

    Moderator: Michael Skapinker, Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:45pm
    Lunch
  • 1:15pm
    Lunchtime Sessions

    Lunch A: The New Legal Engineers in Conversation with New Law Providers

    Alternative legal service providers have rapidly become the third pillar of the profession along with law firms and corporate law departments. However, the rise of legal engineers employed by law firms could be a challenge to the unique selling points of ALS businesses. Here we hear from two of the leading ALS companies and two foremost legal engineers employed by mainstream law firms as to how they see the future of the legal service delivery model.  We will also explore what the legal sector needs to do to encourage, empower and nurture this new legal career path.

    Panellists:

    Karl Chapman, CEO, Riverview Law

    Akber Datoo, Managing Partner, D2 Legal Technology

    Carl Im, Founder and CEO, eYulchon and CTO, Yulchon LLC

    Dan Wright, Partner, Osborne Clarke

    Moderator: Stuart Barr, Chief Product and Strategy Officer, HighQ

    Lunch B: Are We Ready to Change the Way We Behave?

    Despite living in an age of technological transformation, productivity does not seem to be increasing in what can be called the ‘productivity paradox’. It could be that we are not ready to change the way we behave either professionally or personally. Are we ready as a society for the changes that blockchain among others could bring? We hear from people at the forefront of creating new businesses and implementing new technologies what obstacles they faced and how they were overcome; and from those tasked with making sure those innovations are implemented wisely what they consider when they advise clients and regulators on policy.

    Panellists:

    Jenny Afia, Partner, Schillings

    Reggie Davis, General Counsel, DocuSign

    Jurian Hermeler, Director Innovation & ICT, NautaDutilh

    Ram Vasudevan, CEO, Quislex

    Moderator: Meg Sullivan, Chief Business Development, Marketing and CSR Officer, Paul Hastings

  • 2:15pm
    Session 3: Crowd Collaborations: How to Operationalise Innovation?

    Many law firms and in-house legal departments have realised that “operationalising innovation” often means harnessing expertise not found within their organisations. Many are incorporating new technologies, processes, and other forms of innovation into their organisations, including through the formation of unique partnerships with new service providers and by redesigning internal practices. Framed by a presentation by Harvard Law School Professor David B. Wilkins based on first-of-its-kind research on the roles of legal operations heads of companies and chief innovation officers of law firms, this panel focuses on how legal organisations are harnessing the diverse expertise within and outside their organisations to transform their operations.

    Lead Speaker:

    Professor David B. Wilkins, Lester Kissel Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

    The Bridge:

    Chris Georgiou, CEO, Condor - Alternative Legal Solutions, Fieldfisher

    Panellists:

    Bill Deckelman, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, DXC Technology

    Harriet Pearson, Innovation and New Ventures Partner, Hogan Lovells

    Dan Reed, CEO, UnitedLex

    Moderator: Reena SenGupta, CEO, RSG Consulting

  • 3:45pm
    Networking Coffee Break
  • 4:15pm
    Session 4: Sustainability: Defining Purpose for Lawyers

    Despite the vocational nature of a legal career, lawyers working in private practice and corporate law departments often lose their sense of purpose. Reported levels of stress and mental health concerns are causing many legal leaders to re-examine how they can foster intrinsic motivation in their people. One way has been to embrace the social responsibility and sustainability agendas and to increase lawyers’ involvement in rule of law and access to justice projects. Other ways have been to redefine the ‘why’ of an organisation and better articulate values. In this session, we hear from leading legal activists, senior partners and general counsel on how to create purpose in their legal teams and make their organisations more sustainable.

    Lead Speaker:

    Timothy Henry, Co-CEO and Managing Partner, Bridge Partnership

    The Bridge:

    James Thornton, CEO, ClientEarth

    Panellists:

    Ricardo Cortés-Monroy, Chief Legal Officer & Group General Counsel, Nestlé

    Richard Foley, Senior Partner, Pinsent Masons

    Amy Weaver, President, Legal & General Counsel, Salesforce

    Moderator: Jacquelyn MacLennan, Partner, White & Case

  • 5:30pm
    Close of Summit
  • 6:30pm
    Summit Reception and Dinner

    Keynote Speaker: Kim Rucker, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Andeavor

The Guiding Principles Behind the Summit

“Conversations are the elixir that hold organisations together. Or as Steve Johnson said, chance favours the connected mind. All are necessary for innovation: networks, serendipity, accidental encounters and discovery. The FT Innovative Lawyers Summit has ambition: to connect the legal innovators we have vetted and researched for the past 11 years in the three regional FT reports. We will attempt to recreate the 21st century version of the London coffee shops that formed a fertile breeding ground for some of the ideas that powered the industrial revolution. Two hundred corporate counsel and private practice lawyers thrown together with some chief executives, leading thinkers and academics and external innovators chosen by the FT, what alchemy will happen?”

Reena SenGupta, Chief Executive Officer, RSG Consulting

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Who Attends?

Guests will comprise managing or senior partners, chief legal officers and c-suite directors at law firms, corporations, financial institutions and disruptive businesses. The 200 guests will be split between law firm partners and group general counsel but will include other professionals, academics from Harvard University and people working at alternative legal suppliers.

2017 attendees included;

AEQUO; Allen & Overy; Anheuser-Busch InBev; Arqiva; Ashurst; Association of Corporate Counsel; Axiom Law; Baker & McKenzie; Berwin Leighton Paisner; Bird & Bird; Britvic; BT Group; Canon; Chubb; Clyde & Co; CME Group; CMS UK; Co-op Bank; Corrs Chambers Westgarth; Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Crowdcube; Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; Dell; Deluxe Entertainment Services; Deutsche Bank; DFDL Mekong; Diageo; DLA Piper; DocuSign; DONG Energy; Elevate; FTI Consulting; Galp; GE Capital; Genomics England; Gilbert and Tobin; GKN; Gowling WLG International; Harvard Law School; Hedley May; Herbert Smith Freehills; HighQ; Hinduja Group; Hogan Lovells; HSBC; IBM; Jenner & Block; KPMG; Latham & Watkins; Linklaters; Lloyds Banking Group; Macfarlanes; Magnusson; Matheson; McAfee; Mishcon de Reya; Monsanto Company; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Morrison & Foerster; Nader, Hayaux & Goebel; NCTM Studio Legale; Nestlé; Nishith Desai Associates; Nokia; Osborne Clarke; Paul Hastings; PayPal; Pinsent Masons; Reed Smith; Riverview Law; Robert Bosch; Royal Mail Group; Santander; Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co; Shell; Simmons & Simmons; State Street Corporation; Swiss Re; Tencent; The Clorox Company; The Law Society; Travers Smith; Unilever; Van Olmen & Wynant; Victaulic; VMware; Vodafone; White & Case; Wolf Theiss; Wong Partnership; Yulchon.

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Fees

This event is exclusively for Managing Partners or Senior Partners of Law Firms and General Counsel. If you do not meet this criteria, please email caolan.howe@ft.com to enquire if any additional places are available.

Delegate Fees:

Ticket Type

Fee

LAW FIRM - MANAGING PARTNER/SENIOR PARTNER

£2295 +VAT

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2018 Photos

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Why sponsor?

Gain access to 200 of the most important and influential lawyers who will be attending the event;
Brand alignment with the FT and its unrivalled credibility;
Demonstrate thought leadership around the current critical issues affecting the legal industry;
Benefit from sustained international visibility through our advertising and marketing campaigns

Diana Whittington
T) +44 (0) 20 7873 4128

E) diana.whittington@ft.com

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Organiser (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT marks 130 years in 2018 with a record paying readership of more than 940,000, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc, which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

Research Partner (1)

RSG Consulting is a research and strategy consultancy, founded in 2001. It specialises in working for professional service firms, with a special focus on ranking and assessing lawyers that dates back to the early 90s. RSG carries out commissioned and independent research on topics that include innovation, the development and future of the profession and emerging legal markets. It helps law firms and legal departments differentiate themselves, through innovation, brand or strategy projects. It came up with the idea behind the FT Innovative Lawyers programme and is the FT’s research partner on the reports and awards globally. All research is conducted by senior consultants, who are also regular public speakers at partners’ conferences, to in-house legal departments, and are business coaches. RSG created and curates the Innovative GC Club, offers innovation benchmarks to both private practice and in-house legal departments, and has created a unique development programme to help lawyers tap into their creativity. RSG’s CEO Reena SenGupta was responsible for creating the ranking methodologies that underpin the Chambers & Partners guides and turning the Chambers rankings into world-class assessments of law firms in the mid-nineties.

Academic Partner (1)

The Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession (CLP) seeks to make a substantial contribution to the modern practice of law by increasing understanding of the structures, norms and dynamics of the global legal profession. In pursuit of accomplishing our mission, we:

  •   Conduct, sponsor and publish world-class empirical RESEARCH on the profession;
  •   Innovate and implement new methods and content for TEACHING law students, practicing lawyers and related professionals about the profession; and
  •   Foster broader and deeper connections BRIDGING between the global universe of legal practitioners and the academy.

View our website at CLP.law.harvard.edu

Subscribe to CLP's digital magazine, The Practice at thepractice.law.harvard.edu

Platinum Sponsor (1)

UnitedLex is an enterprise legal services provider that drives digital transformation throughout the corporate legal ecosystem. UnitedLex was founded in 2006 with a singular mission to improve the performance of leading corporations, law firms, and academic institutions. Since then, more than 2,700 attorneys, engineers, and consultants across four continents have deployed innovative solutions that deliver unparalleled business impact resulting in risk mitigation, efficiency improvements, and cost optimization for clients around the world.

Gold sponsor (1)

White & Case is a truly global law firm, uniquely positioned to help our clients achieve their ambitions in today's G20 world.

As a pioneering international law firm, our cross-border experience and diverse team of local, US and English-qualified lawyers consistently deliver results for our clients.

In both established and emerging markets, our lawyers are integral, long-standing members of the community, giving our clients insights into the local business environment alongside our experience in multiple jurisdictions.

We work with some of the world's most respected and well-established banks and businesses, as well as start-up visionaries, governments and state-owned entities.

Portfolio Gold Sponsors (5)

Elevate is a global law company, providing consulting, technology and services to law departments and law firms. The company’s team of lawyers, engineers, consultants and business experts extend and enable the resources and capabilities of customers worldwide. Elevate is the most-used law company according to the 2017 State of the Industry Survey published by the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) and was ranked as a top global legal services provider by Chambers & Partners for the past four years in a row. Elevate was also ranked on the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list for two years in a row, including No. 53 in 2016.

DocuSign helps organizations connect and automate how they prepare, sign, act-on, and manage agreements. As part of our cloud-based System of Agreement Platform, DocuSign offers eSignature – the world’s #1 way to sign electronically on practically any device, from almost anywhere, at any time. Today, more than 425,000 customers and hundreds of millions of users in over 180 countries use DocuSign to accelerate the process of doing business and to simplify people’s lives.

HighQ works with leading law firms and in-house teams to transform the delivery of legal services. Our secure collaboration, project management and process automation platform empowers legal teams to drive transactional efficiencies, digitise legal services and deliver an engaging, end-to-end client experience. More than 50 percent of the top 100 global law firms and some of the largest in-house legal teams use HighQ’s platform for legal service innovation and digital transformation.

EY Riverview Law supports in-house legal departments as they tactically and strategically evolve the way they provide legal and commercial support to their internal and external customers. We help companies to build an enhanced legal operating model that allows them to allocate legal work to the right teams, in the right place, at the right time - whether the work is undertaken in-house or by external providers.

EY Riverview Law services can support your business’s goals, including centralization, compliance improvement, offloading of high-volume repetitive and standardized legal work tasks, or a better understanding and control of legal spend.

QuisLex is an award-winning legal services provider that specializes in managed document review, contract management, compliance services, legal spend management, and legal operations consulting. Our full-time highly trained attorneys, process experts, legal technologists, statisticians and linguists work closely with our clients to reduce cost, mitigate risk and maximize efficiency. QuisLex is regularly acknowledged as a leader in the legal services industry, and is proud to be recognized by the ACC as an ACC Value Champion, Chambers and Partners as a Band 1 Legal Process Outsourcing Provider, New York Law Journal as a Top Managed Document Review Services Provider, and the IACCM as its Outstanding Service Provider for contract management solutions. To learn more, visit: www.quislex.com

Silver sponsors (2)

Pinsent Masons is a market-leading international law firm built around the needs of our clients across five global sectors: energy, infrastructure, financial services, real estate and advanced manufacturing and technology. We were named the most innovative law firm in Europe by the Financial Times in 2015 and since then have consistently featured in the top ten law firms whilst achieving recognition in the Innovative Lawyers Asia-Pacific Awards in 2017 and 2018.

In today’s world of transformative change, our purpose is clear — to help our clients and people navigate new paths to growth. With a strong presence throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the U.S., Paul Hastings is recognized as one of the world’s most innovative global law firms.

Strategic Partner (1)

The International Bar Association (IBA), established in 1947, is the world’s leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations, law firms and law societies.

The IBA influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world. It has a membership of more than 80,000 individual lawyers and more than 190 bar associations and law societies spanning over 170 countries.

Inspired by the vision of the United Nations, the IBA was founded in the same spirit, just before the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proclaimed in 1948. 

The IBA covers all practice areas and professional interests, providing members with access to leading experts and up-to date information, enabling them to better represent their clients’ interests.

Through its various committees, fora and task forces, the IBA facilitates the exchange of information and views among its members as to laws, practices and professional responsibilities relating to the practice of law around the globe.

Venue

Claridge’s
49 Brook Street
Mayfair
London W1K 4HR

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7629 8860

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Accommodation

Please note that Claridge's has limited availability on the Summit dates.  For accommodation options close by to Claridge's, please click on the link below. HotelMap provides live availability for nearby accommodation and the ability to book rooms at the lowest available rates.

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