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FT/RSG Intelligent Business Forum

The convergence of legal and professional services with data and technology

San Francisco |
Speakers include:
Reena SenGupta

Reena SenGupta

RSG Consulting

Leyla Boulton

Leyla Boulton

Financial Times

Barney Thompson

Barney Thompson

Financial Times


Professional services are changing. Just as the lines between industry sectors are blurring, so are professional disciplines. Advisers, technology companies and new entrants are seeking to win the market for the enterprise-wide operational challenges that business are facing. While some law firms are also looking at these critical issues, few have the technology, processes and expertise to answer them at scale.

The FT/RSG Intelligent Business Forum and Awards will bring together C-suite representatives from companies who are leading in their digital transformations and the new legal businesses, including technology companies and professional services firms who are helping them get there faster. The one-day forum will highlight what major companies want and how their needs for integrated business solutions are rapidly evolving and the solution-providers who are making the most impact.

The programme will consist of a special FT report, rankings and awards and a one day forum.

View the full report here:

fallback Add to my Calendar 11/14/2018 08:15:0011/14/2018 22:00:00trueFT/RSG Intelligent Business ForumProfessional services are changing. Just as the lines between industry sectors are blurring, so are professional disciplines. Advisers, technology companies and new entrants are seeking to win the market for the enterprise-wide operational challenges that business are facing. While some law firms are also looking at these critical issues, few have the technology, processes and expertise to answer them at scale.The FT/RSG Intelligent Business Forum and Awards will bring together C-suite representatives from companies who are leading in their digital transformations and the new legal businesses, including technology companies and professional services firms who are helping them get there faster. The one-day forum will highlight what major companies want and how their needs for integrated business solutions are rapidly evolving and the solution-providers who are making the most impact.The programme will consist of a special FT report, rankings and awards and a one day forum.View the full report here:

Forum Hosts (4)

Reena SenGupta

Reena SenGupta

Managing Director
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.

Leyla Boulton

Leyla Boulton

Executive Editor and Editor Special Reports
Financial Times

Leyla Boulton is an Executive Editor and Editor of Special Reports on everything from countries and innovative lawyers to technology and healthcare. Since joining the newspaper as a correspondent in Moscow in 1990, Leyla has been FT correspondent in Turkey, environment Correspondent, as well as a news editor and web pioneer.  She was highly commended in the Asian Women of Achievement awards UK 2019. 

Barney Thompson

Barney Thompson

Legal Correspondent
Financial Times

Barney Thompson has been the FT’s Legal Correspondent since 2017, covering white collar crime, fraud and political scandal. He was previously Deputy Editor of UK News, and prior to that was News Editor on the World Desk. He joined the FT in 2012 from The Times, where he was Foreign News Editor. He holds a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Cambridge.

Reggie Davis

Reggie Davis

General Counsel

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.


Speakers (33)

Peggy Chang  Barber

Peggy Chang Barber

Regional CEO Americas and Global General Counsel

Peggy Chang Barber is the Regional CEO for the Americas and Global General Counsel for the International Association of Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM), a non-profit focused on enabling organizations and professionals across functions to achieve world-class standards in their trading relationships. Prior to joining IACCM, Peggy enjoyed a successful career at Hewlett Packard where she began as a Senior Contract Negotiator and achieved the level of Vice President and Associate General Counsel. During her time at Hewlett Packard, Peggy developed deep expertise in strategic contracting, commercial and competition law, corporate transactions, business operations, and organizational performance optimization.

A passionate advocate for the importance of the contract management function, Peggy has been actively engaged with IACCM for many years, including serving on the Board of Directors. She believes excellence in contracting and commercial practices is critically important to business success, and she enjoys helping people and organizations succeed through innovative solutions that drive contracting and commercial excellence.

A licensed attorney in Texas and Washington DC, Peggy graduated from The University of Texas in Austin with a law degree and an MBA, in addition to undergraduate degrees in Finance and Mathematics. 

Noory  Bechor

Noory Bechor

Co-Founder & CEO

Noory Bechor was a lawyer at a top law firm when he experienced firsthand the pain of creating and reviewing everyday contracts manually. Convinced the process could be automated, he founded AI contract review platform,LawGeex, in 2014. LawGeex has raised $21.5 million in funding and helps legal teams automate the review and approval of contracts. Clients include leading U.S names in retail, finance and insurance.

Jason  Boehmig

Jason Boehmig


Jason Boehmig is CEO at Ironclad, the intelligent contract management software company for legal teams. Before founding Ironclad, Jason was a corporate attorney at Silicon Valley firm Fenwick & West LLP, where he worked on venture financings and complex corporate transactions for technology companies. In addition to providing legal counsel, Jason helped the firm roll out new technology initiatives and managed the deployment of the Series Seed set of open-source financing documents to GitHub. While at Fenwick, Jason realized companies needed a way to better manage their contract processes and data and decided to found Ironclad. Ironclad is an end-to-end contract management and workflow automation platform that brings fragmented processes together into a true system of record. By automating contracting processes and extracting intelligence from contracts, Ironclad lets legal teams at companies like Dropbox, HotelTonight, Procore, and Glassdoor focus on legal work, rather than paperwork. Ironclad’s investors include Accel Partners, Formation 8, Greylock Partners, and Y Combinator.

Liam Brown

Liam Brown

Founder and Executive Chairman

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. Liam was previously the Founder, President and CEO of Integreon, a global LPO, which he led from startup in 2001 to annual sales of $150 million by 2011, before he sold to private equity investors. Prior to Integreon, he was the Founder, President and COO of a pioneering VC-backed Web 1.0 virtual data room legal tech company, which he sold to a public company in 2001. Liam is a frequent speaker at legal conferences and regularly publishes articles about trends in the legal sector. He is also an active investor in emerging legal technologies and an executive coach for founders of startups.


David Campos  Pavon

David Campos Pavon

IS/IT General Counsel and Group Data Privacy Officer

David Campos is Nestle IS/IT General Counsel and Nestle Group Data Privacy Officer. He has broad experience as an attorney working in diverse international markets and expertise in a wide range of subjects, ethics and compliance program management, conflicts of interest and privacy and data protection.

Prior to Nestle, David was Alcatel-Lucent Chief Compliance and Data Privacy Officer. He was previously Latin America Legal Director for Sun Microsystems and before Legal Director for Sun Microsystems Spain, Portugal and Italy.

Earlier in his career, David was Senior Associate lawyer at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He also held positions in the financial sector at Bilbao Vizcaya Bank and Banco de Fomento.

Dan  Carmel

Dan Carmel


Dan Carmel is the Chief Marketing Officer of iManage LLC, where he is responsible for product management product marketing and go to market strategies and programs

Prior to iManage , Dan was VP, Information Governance Strategy and Solutions at HP Big Data, where he was responsible for 15 products spanning Information Governance ediscovery, compliant archiving and Enterprise Content Management. Dan’s previous positions include CEO of SpringCM, where he led the creation of what is widely regarded as a leading SaaS Platform for Enterprise Content Management, and CEO of Itemfield, which was acquired by Informatica in December 2005. Dan previously was VP and General Manager of the Legal / Professional Services business unit for Interwoven and traces his history back to iManage which he joined in 2001 as Vice President Marketing and Business Development.

Dan holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Alex  Chan

Alex Chan


Alex Chan, a former patent examiner at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and biglaw patent litigator, is the co-founder of DataNovo, a patent analytics Software-as-a-Service company that leverages artificial intelligence, machine learning, and natural language processing to provide patent-specific intelligence across all technology sectors. Covering every aspect of patent licensing, patent prosecution, and patent litigation, DataNovo analyzes millions of patents and literature (and counting) to identify potential infringers, infringing products, and most relevant prior art over the cloud.

Since launch, DataNovo has helped numerous companies obtain cross IP licenses and harmonize legal conflicts between business competitors to avoid unnecessary patent litigation around the globe. DataNovo’s patented technology has received special recognition from a wide ranging of media outlets, including The American Lawyer Media, LegalTech News, The National Law Journal, South by SouthWest, and The Indus Entrepreneurship.

For his unique contribution and unwavering dedication to legal technology, Mr. Chan has been recognized as a “IP Trailblazer in Intellectual Property” by the National Law Journal, “Upstart 50” by the San Francisco Business Times, “On the Rise—Top 40 Young Lawyer” by the American Bar Association, “40 under 40” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, and “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers.

Edward  Chick

Edward Chick

VP and General Manager, Contract Lifecycle Management

Edward Chick is Vice President and General Manager at Apttus, responsible for the Enterprise Contract Lifecycle Management suite of products. Apttus is the market leader in CLM, as recognized by Gartner, Forrester and others.

Edward has 25+ years experience in Enterprise Software including CLM, Enterprise Content Management, Workflow, ERP and CRM solutions. He joined Apttus in 2018 and was previously World-wide Lead at IBM for the Emptoris suite of products, which also featured CLM solutions. Prior to that he was VP at SAP for the Financial Services sector in North America.

In 2000 Edward ran global Sales and Operations at Janna Systems which was sold to Siebel Systems for just under $1B – he remained at Siebel for the following five years.

His interests have always included leveraging emerging innovative technologies to drive new competitive business value, and over the past years has developed a strong interest in Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain.

Firoz  Dattu

Firoz Dattu

Founder and Chair

Firoz Dattu is an industry thought leader, advising chief legal officers on key strategy issues. He launched AdvanceLaw in 2010, which works with 200 general counsel of major companies to vet law firms, share performance data, and retain firms that excel on client service, innovation, and diversity. AdvanceLaw is also leading the GC Thought Leaders Experiment, an industry-wide study using data to determine which client and law firm practices work best. 

Firoz was a teaching fellow in the Economics Department of Harvard University, where he received the Derek Bok award for teaching excellence. He practiced law at Paul Weiss, working on a diverse array of litigation matters. After leaving private practice, he helped launch, and later oversaw, the General Counsel Roundtable (now part of Gartner, Inc.), a consultancy that served over 600 chief legal officers.

Firoz was the lead faculty member of the Legal Leadership Academy, an organization that taught business skills to senior in-house counsel. Firoz has co-authored several studies for general counsel on the topic of outside counsel management, and presented his findings to hundreds of in-house legal teams. He received his B.A. from the University of Toronto, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Justin  Ergler

Justin Ergler

Director of Alternative Fee Intelligence and Analytics

Justin Ergler is the Director of Alternative Fee Intelligence and Analytics for GlaxoSmithKline.

Justin works with in-house counsel and law firms to develop non-hourly, value-based Alternative Fee Arrangements for GSK Legal engagements worldwide. In addition to achieving the goal of “killing of the billable hour”, the value-based compensation models are designed to strengthen partnerships with key firms via risk/reward-sharing incentives.

Justin is also leading an initiative to develop ROI-style metrics that quantify and capture the value delivered to GSK by successful engagements with outside counsel. These metrics will give the corporate legal function a finance-based performance metric which showcases actual value as opposed to the traditional financial metrics of cost savings and/or reduction in overall legal spend financial metrics used today.

The success of these two initiatives will allow GSK to achieve their goal of true value-based arrangements by credibly linking fees with actual value delivered to the company through excellent representations by outside counsel.
Justin holds a Business degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a veteran of the United States Army's 3rd Infantry Division.

Tassilo  Festetics

Tassilo Festetics

Global Vice President for Solutions

Tassilo Festetics is Global Vice President for Solutions at Anheuser-Busch Inbev (ABI). Prior to joining ABI he worked at a mid-size brewery in Austria in various positions and at Accenture as a consultant – mainly focused on Zero Based Budgeting (ZBB) implementations.

Tassilo joined ABI in 2007 in Leuven working on the ZBB implementation in Eastern Europe and Asia Pacific. He joined ABI in China a year later in finance, focusing on Cost Control, Cash Flow Management and the integration of Anheuser-Busch in China. From 2010, he worked on commercial spending optimizations and set up ABI’s shared service center for Asia. Subsequently he took over the technology agenda for the region and in 2015, became CFO for Asia Pacific. After this he moved to ABI’s Global Headquarters in New York, where he oversees the company-wide agenda for technology, analytics and the overall Shared Services Footprint.

Tassilo holds a Master’s degree in genetic engineering from the University of Vienna.

Matt  Galvin

Matt Galvin

Global Vice President for Ethics and Compliance

Matt Galvin is the Global Vice President for Ethics and Compliance for AB-InBev.  Matt’s team covers anti-corruption, competition, litigation, sanctions, anti-money laundering, data privacy, human rights and internal investigations.  He is recognized as a leader in the application of data analytics to solve compliance problems and streamline compliance systems and processes.  Matt is a NY and Hong Kong qualified lawyer who spent ten years in private practice before joining ABI in 2015.  

Cori  Goudchaux

Cori Goudchaux

Vice President
Integra Ledger

Cori Goudchaux is the Vice President of Market Development for Integra Ledger, which is the blockchain for the global legal industry. Integra is also one of the founders of the Global Legal Blockchain Consortium, which is the largest legal industry blockchain consortium in the world, composed of major law firms, corporate legal departments, software companies, and universities. Prior to Integra, Cori founded companies in industries as diverse as real estate, logistics, and professional sports. She is also a co-founder of the global non-profit, For The Love Of People , which has built housing in over 20 countries for victims of sex trafficking. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and currently resides in Southern California.

Raj  Goyle

Raj Goyle

Co-CEO & Founder

Raj Goyle is co-CEO of Bodhala, a leading legal technology company based in New York City and Ann Arbor focused on data analytics and legal procurement. Co-founded with a fellow Harvard Law graduate, Bodhala helps large and small in-house legal departments, saving companies significant time and money through the creation of a competitive, transparent legal marketplace. Raj, who received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, served two terms in the Kansas House of Representatives after working as a policy analyst and civil rights attorney. He serves on the boards of Hunger Free America, the American India Foundation,, Issue One and chairs the State Innovation Exchange. 

Sirisha  Gummaregula

Sirisha Gummaregula

Chief Operating Officer

Sirisha Gummaregula has been advising boards of directors, corporate legal departments, and law firms on a variety of strategic matters for more than 20 years. As QuisLex's Chief Operating Officer, she heads up teams of data analysts, Six Sigma black belts, process experts, statisticians, legal technologists and attorneys to design and implement tech-enabled and process based solutions to solve her client's most pressing issues in litigation, corporate, compliance and legal spend. Sirisha specializes in using a data-driven, silo-busting approach in devising bespoke solutions for clients and has helped them achieve significant savings across various industries. Before joining QuisLex, she was the Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Quest Diagnostics where she was responsible for all corporate legal matters and Six Sigma, and spent nine years at Shearman & Sterling, where she advised clients on M&A and corporate finance transactions. Sirisha is a lawyer by training, graduating from the University of Madras and Northwestern University School of Law.

Laurie  Hane

Laurie Hane

VP and Deputy General Counsel, Products Technology Law Group

Laurie Hane is VMware’s Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of the Products Technology Law Group. Laurie leads a team of attorneys and paralegals that support VMware’s products and services business units and office of the CTO handling in-bound licensing, program and project structuring, partnering and alliance relationships, new business structuring, open source compliance and contribution and other IP compliance matters. Her team also include the global privacy legal team and VMware’s Chief Privacy Officer.

Laurie has been at VMware for over 7 years. Prior to joining VMware, she was in private practice at Morrison & Foerster LLP, where she was a partner in the firm’s technology transaction group. Laurie has over 30 years of experience in product technology law and IP litigation. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Knox College and J.D. from Northwestern University.

Shawnna  Hoffman-Childress

Shawnna Hoffman-Childress

Gobal Cognitive Legal Co-Leader, Watson AI & Quantum Computing

Shawnna Hoffman-Childress serves as the Global Co-Leader of the IBM Cognitive Legal Practice and is a member of the IBM Global Center of Competency. She was certified as an IBM Thought Leader in 2015 and has two patents pending for Detecting Clusters and Relationships in Large Data Sets (END920160377US1) and Method and System for Pattern Based Home Network Configuration (END820160894). She also co-authored the book "eDiscovery Plain & Simple" (ISBN-13:97814394079), is the Co-Founder of Women in eDiscovery (Founded in 2007) and the Co-Founder of Diversity in Blockchain (Founded in 2017). In 2017, Ms. Hoffman-Childress became an Advisory Board Member for Integra Ledger and became a pioneering member of the Global Legal Blockchain Consortium and the MIT Legal Forum for AI & Blockchain. In September 2018, she was appointed to the U.S. Commodity Future Trading Commission's Distributed Ledger Technology and Market Infrastructure Subcommittee for the 2018 - 2019 term.

As her give back to her local community, Ms. Hoffman-Childress co-founded and serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Hope Center of Osceola County which has helped over 27,000 homeless families since its inception. The Community Hope Center has received multiple awards and most recently was presented with the Bob Allen Award from the Walt Disney Company and the Good Neighbor Award from Bank of America for the fight against homelessness. The Community Hope Center was an inspiration and was featured in the Oscar Winning Movie, The Florida Project.

David  Holme

David Holme

CEO & Founder

Driven by an urge to reshape the legal industry, Exigent’s CEO and co-founder David Holme has been injecting innovative thinking into the way legal services are provided for the last 15 years. David founded Exigent in 2003, focusing on workflow efficiencies first and then continuing to move the needle of alternative service providers from the low-cost camp to smart, data-enabled business partners.

With data the cornerstone of his business vision, David advocates for an Augmented Intelligence approach that combines the best of tech with the smartest legal and financial brains for a true revolution in the legal industry. His background as a KPMG qualified Chartered Accountant and his experience in private equity means he masters the numbers side and always looks at commercial benefit in a no-nonsense way. Even when dealing with the intricate complexity (and sometimes resistance) of the legal business.

As a CEO & founder, David provides the strategic direction and plays a key role in developing partnerships globally for Exigent, an inherently cross-cultural, progressive and borderless business.

Aaron  Karczmer

Aaron Karczmer

EVP, Risk, Compliance, Security, and Entity Management

Aaron Karczmer serves as PayPal’s Chief Risk, Compliance, and Security Officer. He is the principal architect of PayPal’s unified data-driven approach to oversight for all risk disciplines, including compliance, across the company to help ensure PayPal meets its regulatory and business objectives. This organization is also responsible for fulfilling PayPal’s commitment to combat money laundering, terrorism financing and related financial crimes around the world, as well as ensuring a safe and secure work environment to protect PayPal’s people, property and assets.

Aaron oversees Global Entity Management which plays a central role in our business, forging strong linkages between our legal entities and business units. This group designs, operates, and optimizes a governance infrastructure to meet business priorities and regulatory expectations in all of the jurisdictions in which PayPal does business.

Aaron brings 20 years of consumer compliance, financial crime risk management, law enforcement and legal experience to PayPal. Prior to joining PayPal in 2016, Aaron spent nearly a decade at American Express serving in a variety of compliance leadership roles, most recently as Senior Vice President, Deputy Chief Compliance Officer and Head of Global Financial Crime Compliance. Earlier in his tenure at American Express, Aaron founded and led the Financial Intelligence Unit, which had global responsibility for the suspicious activity reporting process; he also managed a number of complex regulatory orders and led the design and implementation of policy and methodology frameworks, new technology and organizational structures.

Earlier in his career, Aaron held a number of roles at the New York County District Attorney’s office, including Unit Chief and co-founder of the Identity Theft Unit, which was responsible for investigating and prosecuting cases, including counterfeit credit card rings, data breaches, and cyber-crime; he was also a member of the Firearms Trafficking Unit, where he was responsible for leading long term informant- and undercover-based investigations.

Aaron earned a J.D. from Stanford Law School and served as a law clerk for the Hon. Samuel Conti, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. He is a B.A. graduate in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.

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.

Adam Khan

Adam Khan

Global Legal Lead Aviation and Marine Products
Shell International Limited

Adam Khan is the Global Legal Lead for Shell’s global Aviation and Marine Lubricants businesses. Adam’s previous roles in Shell include supporting  Shell’s European Trading Business for Gas, Power and Emissions trading, Floating LNG, LNG and refinery technologies. Prior to Shell, Adam was an IP Lawyer at a London City Law Firm. Adam has a particular interest in Visual Contracts and other innovations which simplify and open up contracts for end users.

Yasmin Lambert

Yasmin Lambert

Senior Consultant & Partner
RSG Consulting

Yasmin Lambert is the Senior Consultant and a co-owner of RSG Consulting. She joined the company in 2008 where she has been immersed in the FT Innovative Lawyers programme, RSG-India and many of the other thought-leadership projects RSG undertakes. She designed the qualitative and quantitative analytical frameworks used to measure value in legal services, to evaluate company board composition, and to assess emerging market law firms. She is a regular contributor to the FT Innovative Lawyer reports and frequently speaks on the subject of innovation in the legal profession. Prior to joining RSG, Yasmin worked on a project to develop self-regulation for the further education sector in the UK and spent five years working in the IT industry in Australia with Siemens, Fujitsu, and the Health Technology division of the NSW Department of Health. Yasmin studied Philosophy and Economics at the University of Sydney, is a trained business coach and has taught on the IE Business School Lawyers Management Programme.

Michael    Mills

Michael Mills

Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer
Neota Logic Inc.

Michael Mills is the co-founder and chief strategy officer of Neota Logic Inc., developers of the Neota Logic System— practical artificial intelligence for law and business, a no-code platform for automation of expertise, processes, and documents..

He attended the University of Chicago Law School, clerked for a federal district court judge, was a partner in the law firm Mayer Brown, and led practice innovation at Davis Polk & Wardwell. He is a director of Pro Bono Net and a trustee of the College of Law Practice Management.

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.

Steve  Obenski

Steve Obenski

Chief Product Officer
Kira Systems

Steve Obenski is the Chief Product Officer at Kira Systems, the leading machine learning contract analysis software provider. Kira is used on thousands of projects every month by the world’s largest corporations and professional service firms, including a majority of the top 30 global law firms.

Prior to joining the company in 2014, Steve was the General Manager for Business Law Solutions at Thomson Reuters, where he was responsible for strategy and commercialization of workflow solutions for transactional lawyers, including tools for securities research, deal points tracking, and contract drafting.

Steve was a lawyer at Morrison & Foerster, where he advised technology companies on international intellectual property transactions, and at WilmerHale, where he focused on telecommunications regulatory matters.

Steve holds a B.A. from Brown University, an M.A. in international relations and economics from Johns Hopkins SAIS, and his J.D. from UCLA. 

Louise Pentland

Louise Pentland

Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer, PayPal
Director: Hitachi

Louise Pentland is responsible for PayPal’s global People, Legal, Communications, Intellectual Property, Government Relations and Social Innovation functions. In this position, she drives focus on PayPal’s financial, regulatory and legal requirements across all global markets and engages stakeholders to promote PayPal’s reputation globally through corporate affairs initiatives. She is also responsible for PayPal’s People function, which leads and drives leadership excellence, culture, training, workforce planning, employee relations, compensation, benefits, as well as diversity and inclusion initiatives. Before joining PayPal, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Nokia Corporation where she managed a team of 400+ lawyers, IP experts, government relations professionals and support staff working in more than 30 countries. During this time, she led M&A integration and ran an IP P&L in excess of one billion euros annually. Consistently cited for its excellence in IP management, the Nokia legal team she managed was named Europe’s most innovative in-house legal team by the Financial Times in 2011. She has served as a member of Hitachi’s Board of Directors since 2015 and was named to the Board of Directors of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley in May 2016. She also served on the Board of the Nokia Siemens Networks, a joint venture between Nokia and Siemens, from 2012 to 2014, and played a leading role in the sale of Nokia’s handset business to Microsoft. Ms Pentland is licensed to practice law in England, Wales, a licensed attorney admitted to the New York bar, and Registered In-House Counsel of the California bar.

Molly Tynan  Perry

Molly Tynan Perry

COO, Office of Legal and Administrative Affairs

Molly Tynan Perry is the Chief Operating Officer for the Office of Legal and Administrative Affairs at Hewlett Packard Enterprise based in Palo Alto, California. Prior to her role as COO, Molly was Director of Operations for HP’s Intellectual Property team and held positions in HP’s Corporate Strategy group, as well as strategy and planning roles in HP’s Enterprise business.

Prior to joining HP Molly held financial management positions with Convex Computer Corporation, including worldwide controllership functions, public reporting, and worldwide tax strategy and compliance.

Before the move to Convex she was a director with Arthur Young (now Ernst & Young) in Dallas, Texas where she practiced as a Certified Public Accountant, focused on airlines and technology industries, and multinational tax planning.

Perry is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin

Christopher  Price

Christopher Price

Global Tax Alliances Leader, EY and CEO
EY Riverview Law

Christopher Price is the CEO of the newly acquired law practice EY Riverview Law, which has over 100 employees and will be providing our clients with a legal managed services proposition. Chris is also the Global Tax Alliances Leader at EY.

He has more than 20 years of consulting experience in the management and delivery of advisory & tax services for financial services organisations.
From 2008 to 2015 Chris led EY’s EMEIA Financial Services Organization (FSO) Tax business. He became the UK FSO Managing Partner in 2011 until July 2015 and was a UK board member during that period. Chris has specialised predominantly in banking and has been responsible for managing the firm’s relationship with some of its largest international banking clients.

In 2015, Chris was the Global Leader for People Advisory Services (PAS). He created and lead a global team of just over 10,000 professionals who focused on the aspects of EY’s clients strategies including change management, talent management and development, mobility and immigration, reward and organisational design. For 2015 this represents a $1.5 billion business

Doron  Rotman

Doron Rotman

Managing Director

Doron Rotman is a Managing Director in KPMG’s Advisory Services practice with over 30 years of experience. He is currently focused on providing Privacy, Security, Information Governance and IT Audit Services. He is the national privacy service co-leader, and a member of KPMG International Privacy Leadership team. He has extensive high tech, healthcare and Life Sciences, financial services, manufacturing, utilities and government industry knowledge, both in the information technology and the accounting and finance aspects.

Doron has extensive knowledge of Information Technology’s impact on financial processes within organizations. He is personally involved in a large number of external and internal audit engagements, large scale Sarbanes-Oxley compliance projects, risk assessments, and IT attestation.

Doron has also led many of the firm’s largest privacy engagements, serving complex, global organizations. 

Payam  Vaghefi

Payam Vaghefi

Privacy Consultant

Payam Vaghefi is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E , CIPM) and a Privacy Consultant at OneTrust – a global leader in privacy management software. In his role, Mr Vaghefi advises global law firms and consultancies on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) solution implementations, with extensive experience building and scaling enterprise-level privacy programs. He also provides resources through OneTrust Partner Program to data privacy practices across law firms helping them leverage the OneTrust platform to deliver robust regulatory compliance solutions to their clients. Prior to OneTrust, Mr Vaghefi was an End-User Computing Strategist at VMware advising executives at Fortune 500 corporations on worldwide digital transformation initiatives. He holds a B.S. in Physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Kirsten  Wolberg

Kirsten Wolberg

Chief Technology and Operations Officer

Kirsten Wolberg is a seasoned leader at the cross section of technology, cyber security, digital transformation and talent management. She has a distinguished track record leading technology and talent at global companies including; DocuSign, PayPal, and Charles Schwab. Kirsten is a current Board Director of SLM Corporation and Sallie Mae Bank where she serves on the Risk Committee and the Nominating, Governing and Compensation Committee. Formerly, prior to the company sale to HP Enterprise, Kirsten was a Board Director at Silicon Graphics International (SGI), where she served on the Audit Committee. In November, 2017 she joined DocuSign as Chief Technology and Operations Officer.

Kirsten was recognized in 2016 as Computerworld Premier 100 Technology Leaders “Master of Disruption” and as an “IT Rising Star”. She was named one of the Most Influential Women in Business in the Bay Area, 2011 by the San Francisco Business Times. She is committed to organizations that help at risk or underserved groups find sustainable long-term employment. She is a founding Board Member of Year-Up Bay Area, and Vice President of the Executive Committee of the Board at JVS, (Jewish Vocational Services.

Kirsten holds a BS degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and an MBA degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern.

Gavin  Youll

Gavin Youll


Gavin Youll is CFO of Nivaura, a leading financial technology company based in London, UK. Nivaura is focused on vertical integration of capital markets, utilising technology such as automation and blockchain in order to abstract complexity and drive efficiencies for issuers of financial instruments and investors. In 2017, Nivaura's technology was utilised to issue the world's first cryptocurrency denominated bond and in 2018 was used to issue the world's first structured products cleared and settled on a public blockchain.

Nivaura are also focused on streamlining legal formation and document structuring via application of their General Purpose Legal Markup Language and dynamically generated issuance workflows.

Prior to Nivaura, Gavin is a graduate of Warwick Business School and is also a Big 4 trained chartered accountant with over 12 years of experience, 6 of those spent leading the Finance function of a boutique investment bank. In more recent times Gavin has served as a CFO and investor in early stage technology ventures. One notable project involved supporting a data science company through to exit as they were acquired by McKinsey & Co.

Mitchell Zuklie

Mitchell Zuklie

Chairman and CEO

Mitch Zuklie serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orrick. Under Mitch’s leadership, the firm has pursued a strategy to be a leading advisor to the global Technology & Innovation, Energy & Infrastructure and Finance sectors. Financial Times has named Orrick the Most Innovative Law Firm in North America in both 2016 and 2017. And Fortune has selected the firm among the 100 Best Companies to Work For three years in a row.

Named by Chambers USA as an “eminent practitioner,” Mitch is an experienced business and legal advisor who has completed hundreds of venture capital financings and numerous public offerings, mergers, acquisitions and licensing transactions. He counsels technology companies at all stages of their life cycles, as well as their founders, advisors and investors.

Mitch has led the firm’s portfolio approach to innovation, including the transformation of its West Virginia operation into a center for analytics and innovation, the launch of Orrick Labs to develop customized technologies and partnerships with leading innovation initiatives in the industry.

He serves on the Board of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy and the Advisory Boards of the Stanford Law School Center on the Legal Profession and the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession. He is also a member of the Board of the Wild Salmon Center.

Mitch posts regularly on Orrick, venture capital, innovation and other interests. Follow him on Twitter: @MitchZuklie and Instagram: @mzuklie.


Agenda - 14th Nov

  • 8:15am
    Registration and networking
  • 9:00am
    Opening Statements

    Reena SenGupta, CEO, RSG Consulting

  • 9:10am

    Leyla Boulton, Special Reports Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:25am

    Reggie Davis, General Counsel, DocuSign

  • 9:30am
    Session 1: Intelligent Contracting

    A ubiquitous challenge facing all companies is how to conclude commercial contracts more efficiently, manage them through their lifecycle and leverage value from them. The IACCM (International Association of Commercial Contract Managers) estimates that 10% is lost from the bottom line for most major companies through inefficient management of contracts. However, when companies do get contracting right, the economic value they release is significant. Some organisations are trying to differentiate themselves with customers through being better at the contracting process. This panel will look at the range of contracting solutions from simple NDAs to smart contracts to how blockchain is already transforming the contracting market. We will seek to answer the questions: what does state-of-the-art frictionless contracting look like today? And what are the best ways to get there fast? 

    Jason Boehmig, CEO, Ironclad 

    Edward Chick, VP and General Manager, Contract Lifecycle Management, Apttus

    Adam Khan, Global Legal Lead Aviation and Marine Products, Shell International Limited

    Molly Tynan Perry, COO, Office of Legal and Administrative Affairs, HPE

    Moderated by: Leyla Boulton, Special Reports Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:30am
    Session 2: Differentiation through Digital Ethics

    The convergence of legal, tech, data and other professional service disciplines is changing the way business approaches the challenges of cyber, privacy and supply chains. The impacts are significant and can obviate risk, protect and enhance reputation and ultimately contribute to the bottom line. Both company executives and solution providers discuss the challenges of convergence in these areas and whether the benefits are being over-stated. We look at how, what were once considered, difficult back office challenges, are the new breeding grounds for intelligent business. 

    David Campos Pavon, IS/IT General Counsel and Nestle Group Data Privacy Officer, Nestle

    Laurie Hane, VP and Deputy General Counsel, Products Technology Law Group, VMware 

    Aaron Karczmer, EVP, Risk, Compliance, Security, and Entity Management, PayPal

    Payam Vaghefi, Privacy Consultant, OneTrust

    Moderated by: Doron Rotman, Managing Director, KPMG

  • 11:20am
    Coffee Break
  • 11:50am
    Session 3: Tapping the power of Legal Data

    How is legal data being defined and captured in such a way that it releases value for the business? This panel will look at how companies and solution providers are harnessing their legal data and harmonizing it with other data sets to gain basic operational efficiencies and drive business transformations. 

    Peggy Chang Barber, Regional CEO Americas and Global General Counsel, IACCM

    Matt Galvin, Global Vice President for Ethics and Compliance, AB-InBev

    David Holme, CEO & Founder, Exigent

    Kirsten Wolberg, Chief Technology and Operations Officer, DocuSign

    Moderated by: Daniel Martin Katz, Professor of Law, Illinois Tech, Chicago Kent Law

  • 12:50pm
    Networking lunch with The People's Choice Award

    Over a networking lunch, we invite five legal tech start-ups to make short presentations to all delegates who will be able to vote for a winner. The award winner will be announced in the evening ceremony.

    MC: Barney Thompson, Legal Correspondent, Financial Times

    Noory Bechor, Co-Founder & CEO, LawGeex

    Alex Chan, Co-Founder, DataNovo

    Shawnna Hoffman-Childress, Global Cognitive Legal Co-Leader, Watson AI & Quantum Computing, IBM 

    Raj Goyle, Co-CEO & Founder, Bodhala

    Gavin Youll, CFO, Nivaura

  • 2:30pm
    Session 4: The Truth about Legal Tech

    There has been an explosion in the number of legal technology companies in the past two years and an acceleration in the way that company legal functions are using technology. This panel seeks to cut through the vaporware to reveal some of the solutions and the ways to implement them that can create genuine and lasting business efficiencies. We will also discuss how best to accelerate adoption and effectively roll-out new systems and ways of behaving.

    Dan Carmel, CMO, iManage

    Cori Goudchaux, Vice President, Integra Ledger

    Michael Mills, Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Neota Logic Inc.

    Steve Obenski, Chief Product Officer, Kira Systems

    Moderated by: Yasmin Lambert, Senior Consultant and Partner, RSG Consulting

  • 3:30pm
    Session 5: Costs, Value and Happy Balance Sheets

    How can companies monitor, forecast and track legal costs? Are there ways of removing or reducing costs – both continuous business/legal operations costs and ad hoc costs – without impacting the quality of legal services? This panel will examine how leveraging data and technology can bring down the costs of internal and outside legal spending. It will include how business partners can self-serve, re-think litigation and keep a CFO content.

    Connie Brenton, Chief of Staff and Senior Director of Legal Operations, NetApp and Chief Executive Officer, CLOC

    Firoz Dattu, Founder and Chair, Advance Law

    Justin Ergler, Director of Alternative Fee Intelligence and Analytics, GSK

    Sirisha Gummaregula, Chief Operating Officer, Quislex

    Moderated by: Alastair Morrison, Head of Client Strategy and Board Member, Pinsent Masons

  • 4:30pm
    Coffee Break
  • 4:50pm
    Session 6: Business Transformation: navigating the future?

    The FT Intelligent Business report is about how legal and professional services are converging with data and technology.  In our research for the report, we take a granular view into how universal operational challenges are being solved. This is revealing the extent to how companies are changing, both in terms of the professionals they employ, their governance structure and their fundamental business models. Here we discuss what professional and industry boundaries will remain and how people on the front lines are managing the change. Who do they most look to support them?  What have been their most effective strategies in effecting change? 

    Liam Brown, Founder and Executive Chairman, Elevate

    Tassilo Festetics, Global Vice President for Solutions, AB-InBev

    Louise Pentland, EVP, Chief Business Affairs & Legal Officer, PayPal

    Christopher Price, Global Tax Alliances Leader, EY and CEO, EY Riverview Law

    Moderated by: Mitch Zuklie, Chairman and CEO, Orrick

  • 5:50pm
    Closing remarks

    Reena SenGupta, CEO, RSG Consulting

  • 6:00pm
    Networking reception and canapes
  • 7:00pm

    We will present the inaugural FT Intelligent Business Awards and reveal the shortlisted entries in the nine categories of the FT’s new special report. The ceremony will be hosted by Docusign, FT and RSG Consulting.  In most categories, awards will be given to the company and its solution providers as appropriate. After the ceremony is over, advance copies of the FT Intelligent Business Report will be released.


    Reggie Davis, General Counsel, DocuSign

    Reena SenGupta, Chief Executive Officer, RSG Consulting

    Barney Thompson, Legal Correspondent, Financial Times

    The awards will be

    1. FTIL Intelligent Business Award for Contracting
    2. FTIL Intelligent Business Award for Use of Legal Data
    3. FTIL Intelligent Business Award for Supply Chain Management
    4. FTIL Intelligent Business Award for Cybersecurity & Privacy
    5. FTIL Intelligent Business Award for Legal Technology: One to Watch
    6. FTIL Intelligent Business Award for Legal Technology Company
    7. FTIL Intelligent Business Award for Use of Legal Technology
    8. FTIL Intelligent Business Award for Managing Legal Costs
    9. FTIL Intelligent Business Award Market Shaper
    10. FTIL Intelligent Business Award for Integrated Services
    11. The FT Intelligent Business Award

  • 8:00pm
    Forum Concludes

Award Winners

  • FTIL Intelligent Business Award for: Contracting
    VMware, QuisLex, Apttus and Mitratech
  • FTIL Intelligent Business Award for: Managing Legal Costs
  • FTIL Intelligent Business Award for: Supply Chain Management
    Flex and Elementum
  • FTIL Intelligent Business Award for: Cybersecurity & Privacy
  • FTIL Intelligent Business Award for: Use of Legal Data
    Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • FTIL Intelligent Business Award for: Use of Legal Technology
    NetApp and Mitratech
  • FTIL Intelligent Business Award: Legal Technology - "One to Watch"
  • FTIL Intelligent Business Award: Legal Technology Company
  • FTIL Intelligent Business Award: Market Shaper
    Noah Waisberg, Kira Systems
  • FTIL Intelligent Business Award: Integrated Services
  • The FT Intelligent Business Award
    Anheuser-Busch InBev




  • AXA
  • Capgemini
  • Dropbox and Ironclad
  • eBay and LawGeex
  • HPE and Apttus
  • London Stock Exchange Group, Radiant Law and Lawyers on Demand
  • Shell International Limited
  • The AA, Thomson Reuters Legal Managed Services, Syke, Contract Express and eBrevia
  • The University of North Carolina and Axiom
  • VMware, QuisLex, Apttus and Mitratech

Use of Legal Data

  • Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • Ansarada and Quantium
  • BHP
  • BT and iManage
  • Cisco and DataNovo
  • D2 Legal Technology
  • Huawei and Lex Machina
  • HUB International and Exigent
  • Savills and LEVERTON
  • Westpac Group, Lawcadia and Red Marker

Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • AIG, KPMG and Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Ankura
  • CyberBox
  • Kroll
  • PayPal and Enigma
  • PrivacyRules
  • PwC
  • Schillings
  • Siemens
  • VMware and OneTrust

Supply Chain Management

  • Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • BHP
  • CargoX
  • De Beers Group
  • Flex and Elementum
  • Hyundai Motor Europe
  • Kenco Group and Smart Gladiator
  • Nestlé and Starling (Airbus, The Forest Trust (TFT) and SarVision)
  • Provenance
  • Unilever

Legal Technology: One to Watch

  • Bodhala
  • DataNovo
  • IBM Watson Legal
  • LawGeex
  • Nivaura

Legal Technology Company

  • Apttus
  • Everlaw
  • HighQ
  • iManage
  • Intapp
  • Kira Systems
  • Mitratech
  • Neota Logic
  • Relativity
  • Thomson Reuters Contract Express

Use of Legal Technology

  • AIG
  • Aviva Investors and Kim Technologies
  • Deloitte
  • Everlaw
  • NetApp and Mitratech

Managing Legal Costs

  • Anglo American and Exigent
  • Barclays
  • BT and Elevate
  • Deutsche Bank and QuisLex
  • DXC Technology and AdvanceLaw
  • GSK
  • Hearst and Priori Legal
  • The Serious Fraud Office and iManage
  • ShaveLogic and Burford Capital
  • Shell

Market Shaper

  • Rose Battaglia (Deutsche Bank)
  • Connie Brenton (NetApp)
  • Liam Brown (Elevate)
  • Tassilo Festetics (Anheuser-Busch InBev)
  • Aaron Karczmer (PayPal)
  • Tom Linton (Flex)
  • Piet Hein Meeter (Deloitte)
  • Christopher Price (EY)
  • Daniel Reed (UnitedLex)
  • Noah Waisberg (Kira Systems)

Integrated Services

  • Deloitte
  • Elevate
  • Exigent
  • EY
  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • Schillings
  • Thomson Reuters
  • UnitedLex
  • ZICO Holdings

The FT Intelligent Business Award

  • AIG
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • BHP
  • BT
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Flex
  • NetApp
  • PayPal
  • Shell
  • VMware


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RSG Consulting was set up in 2001 by Reena SenGupta, the ex-Publishing Director of Chambers and Partners and the creator of the Chambers rankings and research methodology in the mid-nineties.
Initially, the company focused on client relationship management projects, working for the magic circle law firms and top US firms. In the course of that work, RSG realised that the profession was on the brink of tumultuous change and founded a ranking of lawyers on innovation which became the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers programme.
Today, RSG is a leading innovation agency for lawyers and works with law firms, in-house legal teams and law companies to help them innovate and build a culture of innovation. It has a unique position in the legal market globally as a connector and its networks of lawyers, built up over 25 years, are unrivalled.  It works in emerging markets such as India to help drive up standards of professionalism and client care. All its work is underpinned by robust research and it has been the author of many thought-leadership studies over the past 18 years.

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Orrick provides legal solutions for visionary companies in the Technology & Innovation, Energy & Infrastructure and Finance sectors. Based in 25+ markets globally, we help our clients grow and disrupt, we protect them, and we help them win. We’re also transforming the delivery of legal services. That’s why Financial Times has named Orrick the Most Innovative Law Firm in North America three years in a row. Through Orrick Labs, we’re developing new legal technologies. Through our corporate venture investment fund, we’re partnering with exciting legal tech company founders. Through Orrick Analytics, we’re applying AI and other tools to solve clients’ problems. And through creative staffing at our Global Operations Center, we’re streamlining legal processes. We do all of this by engaging the very top talent, earning us a place on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list four years in a row.

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 respond to the pressures and opportunities facing businesses globally with legal excellence and innovation.

We were named the most innovative law firm in Europe by the Financial Times in 2015 and since then have consistently featured in the law firms rankings whilst achieving recognition in the Innovative Lawyers Asia-Pacific Awards in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

The firm employs over 3000 people worldwide, including over 1500 lawyers and over 400 partners. The firm's international footprint encompasses seven offices across Asia-Pacific, two offices in the Middle East, six offices in continental Europe and one in Africa. The firm also has comprehensive coverage across each of the UK's three legal jurisdictions.

We recognise that giving a first class service goes beyond just legal excellence. Pinsent Masons is a modern professional services business with law at its core. This means that we deploy a wider range of professional disciplines, enabled by process and technology, to collaborate with our clients and deliver new and innovative ways of addressing their challenges.

Ashurst is a leading global law firm, advising the world’s largest companies, financial institutions and governments on their most complex deals and disputes.

Operating from 27 offices in 16 countries, our depth of experience and expertise in industries experiencing significant change enables us to provide pragmatic and commercial solutions to our clients enabling them to achieve business success.

With a constant focus on quality and expertise, a collaborative and inclusive approach and a culture that encourages people to take a fresh perspective, we deliver a distinctive service to our clients that sets us apart from other law firms.

We have broad industry experience including Digital Economy, Energy & Resources, Funds & Banks, Infrastructure and Real Estate. With a leading NewLaw team (Ashurst Advance) driving innovation and new thinking, we have a reputation for bringing a fresh perspective to business challenges, successfully managing large and complex multi-jurisdictional transactions and delivering outstanding solutions for our clients.

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Over recent years, the firm has transformed its operations, making some radical organisational changes along the way, including taking the profound step of sweeping away departmental profit centres in favour of a longer-term focus on client relationships.

This bold approach earned the firm an award for Innovation in the business of law: New business and service delivery models at the FT Innovative Lawyers Europe 2018.

asb law’s journey is supported and enhanced by the collaborative relationships developed with clients and with other service providers who work together to consider innovative solutions – creating a legal ecosystem that works for everyone.

The goal is to harness all available knowledge, skills and resources to deliver solutions that help clients to access the right service at the right price – delivering outcomes they want to achieve.

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