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Innovation, Legal

FT/RSG Innovative Lawyers Summit 2019

London |
Speakers include:
Sue Kench

Sue Kench

King & Wood Mallesons

Siobhán Moriarty

Siobhán Moriarty

Diageo plc

Ritva Sotamaa

Ritva Sotamaa

Unilever

Overview

We are delighted to announce the FT/RSG Innovative Lawyers Summit for 2019. This year the focus is on people and the cultural, organisational and physical factors which can be harnessed to motivate, empower and include talent. We will use a variety of approaches to structure the day, including workshops, fishbowls, storytelling and ‘fast’ presenting to keep the day dynamic and interactive. The format will allow senior leaders from across the profession to collaborate to help shape the discussion around the future of lawyers’ work.

 This independent meeting will bring together our global community of leading corporate counsel and private practice lawyers together with chief executives, academics and non-legal innovators.

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Speakers (35)

Sue Kench

Sue Kench

Global Chief Executive
King & Wood Mallesons

Sue Kench is the Global Chief Executive of King & Wood Mallesons, taking on this role in 2017 after leading the firm in Australia for four years as Chief Executive Partner, Australia. Sue was the first woman in Australia to lead a top tier law firm in that role.

Sue works closely with Wang Junfeng, the Global Chairman, and the firm’s International Management Committee. She became a Partner of Mallesons Stephen Jaques in 1996 and has held a number of board, management and leadership positions in the firm over the past two decades

Siobhán Moriarty

Siobhán Moriarty

General Counsel & Company Secretary
Diageo plc

Siobhán Moriarty is General Counsel & Company Secretary of Diageo plc.  She joined Diageo in 1997, where she has done a variety of legal roles before becoming General Counsel in 2013 and taking on the combined role of General Counsel & Company Secretary in 2018.  Siobhán has been a member of the Diageo Executive Committee since 2013. She is the joint executive sponsor of the company’s inclusion and diversity agenda, which includes a goal of 35% Diageo female leadership by 2020 and 40% by 2025.  As part of the FT Innovative Lawyers series, Siobhán was named in the 2017 and 2018 FT and HERoes Champions of Women in Business lists and was also included in the Corporate Counsel 2017 list of transformative women leaders in the law. She received a Legal 500 lifetime achievement award for services to the in-house profession in 2018.  Siobhán is also a non-executive director of the Friends Board of the Royal Academy of Arts, London, since 2018.

Diageo is a FTSE10 company, listed on both the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEO).  It is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands, including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, J&B, Buchanan’s and Windsor whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.  Diageo’s products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. For more information about Diageo, its people, brands, and performance, visit www.diageo.com. Please also visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource, www.DRINKiQ.com, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice.

Ritva Sotamaa

Ritva Sotamaa

Chief Legal Officer
Unilever

Ritva Sotamaa was appointed Chief Legal Officer of Unilever in February 2013 and assumed the role of Group Secretary in January 2018. As a member of Unilever’s Leadership Executive Ritva is responsible for the company’s Legal, Intellectual Property and Business Integrity functions. Ritva was born in Kankaanpää, Finland in 1963 and earned a Master of Laws from the University of Turku, Finland. She has trained on the bench (judge qualification).

Prior to joining Unilever, Ritva spent most of her career within the healthcare industry. She has worked extended periods of time in global corporations in Finland, USA, Germany and United Kingdom covering a broad range of legal matters, managing multinational teams and operating as part of business executive teams. She was global General Counsel for Siemens Healthcare from 2009 to 2013, based in Erlangen, Germany. Between 2003 and 2009, she held several General Counsel roles at GE Healthcare, mostly based out of Wisconsin, USA. Ritva started her legal career in Finland in 1989 at Instrumentarium Corporation, a Finnish publicly listed healthcare company, as Legal Counsel for the company’s international business. Between 1996 and 1998, she was Legal Counsel for Partek Corporation and returned to Instrumentarium in 1998 as General Counsel, in which position she served until the company was acquired by GE in 2003.

Ritva is also a non-executive director of the Finnish branded consumer goods company Fiskars Corporation.

John Amaechi

John Amaechi

Organisational Psychologist and CEO
Amaechi Performance System

John Amaechi OBE works with individuals and organisations to improve communication, leadership and culture as a way to grow, improve and achieve goals. His psychological insight helps people understand the barriers to high performance and overcome them. He understands motivation and personal development and the roots of success that enables these traits to flourish. He also considers the nature of competition, the importance of cognitive diversity in organisational achievement, and aligning personal and business values and ethics. John’s experience is unique and his skills appeal to people from all walks of life. In addition to running his own international strategic performance consultancy, John is also a Chartered Scientist, an elected Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and a Research Fellow at the University of East London and currently holds various board and trustee positions.

In a former life, John was the first Brit to have enjoyed a successful career in the NBA and to be inducted into the US Basketball Hall of Fame. He won widespread respect for his ability to overcome adversity, including life-threatening injury. Despite never having picked up a basketball until the age of 17, John went on to a ‘starting five’ position with the Cleveland Cavaliers in just six years. He was described by one commentator as ‘a player with little innate physical talent, who rose to remarkable heights on the back of terrific will and a tremendous strategy.’ He puts this down to focus, effort, and execution as much as physical skills; characteristics he now seeks to instill in others.Whilst playing basketball, John pursued his PhD in psychology, co-authoring a paper on self-esteem and goal setting as well as becoming a leadership and performance expert.

Louise Ashley

Louise Ashley

Academic
Royal Holloway University of London

Dr Louise Ashley is an academic from Royal Holloway, University of London specialising in research on diversity and inclusion within the elite professions and other highly competitive occupations. She has particular expertise on the effect of social class in relation to access and subsequent career progression. She has published her research in leading academic journals, led research studies for the government’s Social Mobility Commission and is a Research Fellow at the Bridge Group, the leading charity providing research and thought leadership in this area. She sits on the advisory committees for the Social Mobility Index and the social mobility charity UpReach. She regularly conducts evaluations of social mobility programmes and her research has received wide coverage in mainstream and specialist media.

Andrew Ballheimer

Andrew Ballheimer

Global Managing Partner
Allen & Overy LLP

Andrew Ballheimer is the Global Managing Partner of Allen & Overy LLP.  Prior to his appointment, he was the Global Co-Head of the Corporate practice from 2010 to 2016.  Andrew is based in the London office and has previously worked in New York for nine years and Tokyo for two years.  Andrew specialises in public and private M&A and ECM transactions and has broad experience in complex, multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions throughout Western and Eastern Europe, the U.S., Latin America and Asia.

Stuart Barr

Stuart Barr

Chief Product and Strategy Officer
HighQ

Stuart Barr leads product strategy and innovation at HighQ. He has extensive experience in business strategy, product management, consulting and digital transformation in the professional services industry. His particular focus has been on collaboration, project management, process automation and client engagement solutions for the legal sector. Stuart is an international speaker, author and thought leader with a passion for transforming the way people work.

Rob Booth

Rob Booth

General Counsel and Company Secretary
The Crown Estate

Rob Booth is the General Counsel and Company Secretary of The Crown Estate – a UK real estate business which manages a £13bn portfolio; including commercial property in London’s West End, retail across the country, and most of the UK seabed. A former City lawyer, Rob is the strategic lead for legal, knowledge, information security, privacy and governance at The Crown Estate.

Rob is a vocal advocate for innovation, progress and change, and has been heavily involved in reshaping his organisation and function.  Outside The Crown Estate, Rob supports a number of initiatives that seek to promote equality and diversity of thought, in both the property and legal sectors.  In pushing boundaries, Rob has been recognised by the FT as one of the top young legal innovators in Europe and is the Legal 500’s current “Real Estate Individual of the Year”.

John Croft

John Croft

President and Advisory Board Chair
Elevate

John Croft is one of the leading innovators in the legal services industry, having spent the last thirty years helping law departments and law firms improve their efficiency, quality and outcomes. He is co-founder of Elevate, a law company that provides 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 has been ranked as a top global legal services provider by Chambers & Partners for the past three years in a row. It has also been ranked on the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies list for the past two years in a row, including No. 53 in 2016.

Sabine  Chalmers

Sabine Chalmers

Group General Counsel
BT Group

Sabine Chalmers is the General Counsel of BT Group Plc, one of the world’s largest communications companies listed on the FTSE with headquarters in London.            

Prior to BT, Sabine was the Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs Officer and Secretary to the Board of Directors of Anheuser-Busch InBev, one of the world’s top five consumer products companies and the leading global brewer, from 2005 - 2017. In addition to her more than a decade at Anheuser-Busch InBev, she served in a number of leadership positions, including General Counsel of the Latin American and U.S. Businesses at  Diageo plc, the world’s largest producer of spirits from 1993 - 2004. She also worked in private practice at the law firm of Lovell White Durrant and was a lecturer at University College, London. Sabine holds a law degree from the London School of Economics and is qualified to practice in England and NY State.

She serves on numerous boards, including those of Coty, Inc., one of the world's largest consumer beauty companies; the Royal National Theatre London; and is a former chairman of the Board of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the largest not-for-profit professional association serving the business interests of in-house attorneys around the world with more than 34,000 members in 85 countries.

Wendy Butler Curtis

Wendy Butler Curtis

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

For three consecutive years, Orrick has been named, by the Financial Times, as the Most Innovative Law Firm in North America. Wendy also received their 2018 “Most Innovative Lawyer of the Year” award as she is celebrated by her clients for her “fresh thinking, legal nuance and practical understanding of the courts.” They note that Wendy “understand[s] the diversity of roles that make a team great” and has “introduce[ed] many new technologies and delivery models that have transformed the way the firm operates and works with clients.” Orrick was also honored by The American Lawyer as the recipient of their 2018 first-ever “Legal Services Innovation” award, and Wendy was the recipient of the 2018 “Outstanding Contributor” award by Lawyers for Civil Justice.

Kathryn DeBord

Kathryn DeBord

Global Chief Innovation Officer
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Kathryn DeBord is Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s Global Chief Innovation Officer and co-leader of Cantilever, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s legal operations consulting group. In her role, Ms. DeBord leads the firm’s Innovation Team, which is an international cross-disciplinary team dedicated to legal service delivery innovation.  As part of the firm’s commitment to adopting and driving technology-enabled practices where appropriate, Ms. DeBord also oversees lawyers, technologists, and related professionals who participate in technology trials and prototypes relevant to their practice areas. Ms. DeBord also serves as an advisor to the firm’s various initiatives to train its associates in legal innovation, including in the firm’s internationally recognised Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Business Academy.  As part of her efforts to drive innovation in new lawyer education and training, Ms. DeBord sits on the Silicon Flatirons Tech Law Accelerator Program Advisory Board, the Institute for the Future of Law Practice Advisory Board, and the Evolve the Law Advisory Council, and she sits on the editorial board of The Journal of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Law.

As co-leader of Cantilever, Ms. DeBord works with law departments to help them work better with their internal business clients as well as outside counsel and vendors.  Cantilever works with law departments to leverage tools, proprietary technology, and best practices focused on the needs of law departments, which were developed over the last two decades inside Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.  Common areas of consulting and technology implementation include contract management, matter management, legal spend analysis and convergence, and portfolio litigation management.

Prior to her current role, Ms. DeBord was a partner in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group and a trial attorney specialising in complex contract, patent, and IP licensing matters, as well as consumer class action defense. She also served on the firm’s Commercial Litigation Innovation Committee.

Michele  DeStefano

Michele DeStefano

Professor
University of Miami School of Law

Recognised by the ABA as a Legal Rebel and by the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers (North America) as one of top 20 most innovative lawyers, Michele DeStefano is a Professor at the University of Miami School of Law, guest faculty at Harvard Law School Executive Education, and the founder of LawWithoutWalls, a multi-disciplinary, international think-tank of more than 2,000 lawyers, business professionals, entrepreneurs, and law and business students.

Michele is an author, speaker, and consultant on innovation, culture creation, and teaming. Through her company MOVEL∆W, Michele creates bespoke, experiential-learning workshops grounded in human-centered design to transform how lawyers collaborate and create culture change. Michele writes about the growing intersections between law, business, and legal innovation. Her book, Legal Upheaval: A Guide to Creativity, Collaboration, and Innovation in Law leverages more than 100 interviews with General Counsels at international corporations and Heads of Innovation at law firms. Michele earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Dartmouth and J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

Richard Foley

Richard Foley

Senior Partner
Pinsent Masons

Richard Foley 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.

Matt Galvin

Matt Galvin

Global Vice President for Ethics an Compliance
AB-InBev

Matt Galvin is the Global Vice President for Ethics an 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 recognised as a leader in the application of data analytics to solve compliance problems and streamline compliance systems and processes. Matt is a New York and Hong Kong qualified lawyer who spent ten years in private practice before joining ABI in 2015.  

Heidi  Gardner

Heidi Gardner

Distinguished Fellow, Harvard Law School's Centre on the Legal Profession and Faculty Chair, Harvard Accelerated Leadership Programme

Heidi K. Gardner is a Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Centre on the Legal Profession and Faculty Chair of the school’s Accelerated Leadership Programme. Previously she was a professor at Harvard Business School. Dr. Gardner’s book Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos was published in 2017 by Harvard Business Press and became a Washington Post bestseller. Dr. Gardner has authored more than sixty books, book chapters, case studies, and articles. Her research received the Academy of Management’s prize for Paper with Outstanding Practical Implications for Management. She. The 2nd edition of her book, Leadership for Lawyers: Essential Strategies for Law Firm Success, will be published in 2019. She was named by Thinkers 50 as a Next Generation Business Guru. Dr. Gardner has lived and worked on four continents, including as a Fulbright Fellow, and for McKinsey&Co and Procter&Gamble. She earned her BA in Japanese from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA from the London School of Economics, and MA and PhD from London Business School.

José  González

José González

Chief Legal Officer
QBE North America

José Ramón González is Chief Legal Officer of QBE North America, a division of QBE Insurance Group, one of the 20 largest global insurance and reinsurance companies, with almost $13 billion in revenues and 12,000 employees worldwide. José leads a team of almost 60 professionals with responsibility over legal, compliance, corporate governance and regulatory affairs for QBE’s US operations. José is a member of QBE North America’s Executive Committee and QBE’s Global Legal
Leadership Team.

José began practicing law in 1995 as a corporate associate at Weil, Gotshal and Manges, working in the firm’s New York and London offices. In 1999, he joined the law department of American International Group representing AIG on a worldwide basis on acquisitions, joint ventures and investments relating to its insurance, asset management and other financial services businesses. During this time, José focused on AIG’s most significant transactions in Europe, East Asia and Latin
America. In 2005, José was promoted to a senior legal position within AIG’s insurance businesses eventually becoming Deputy General Counsel before his departure in early 2011. During his tenure, José played a lead role in the resolution of numerous significant regulatory matters that faced AIG at that time. After his departure up through April 2014, José was General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Torus, a Bermuda-based start-up, commercial insurance organization providing insurance and reinsurance products to a client base located primarily in the UK and continental Europe. During his time at Torus, José had global responsibility over the legal and compliance function, as well as oversight over claims and internal audit functions, and played an active role in Torus’ European expansion and the ultimate sale of the company. 

With a longstanding commitment to the community, José has served on numerous not-for-profit boards of directors. He currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, and on the boards of the Bass Museum of Art and the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce. José holds a BSc in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law.

Sirisha Gummaregula

Sirisha Gummaregula

Chief Operating Officer
QuisLex

Sirisha Gummaregula has been at the intersection of law and quality for over a decade. She is responsible for managing our team of permanent attorneys, as well as our teams of Six Sigma black belts, quality analysts, process experts, statisticians and linguists, and oversees all aspects of QuisLex’s operations. She has over 15 years of experience advising boards of directors, corporate and other clients on a variety of matters. Prior to joining QuisLex, Sirisha was the Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Quest Diagnostics where, in addition to her legal portfolio, she was responsible for Six Sigma. Sirisha also spent nine years at Shearman & Sterling where she advised clients on corporate matters, including M&A and corporate finance transactions. She received her Master of Law degree from Northwestern University School of Law and her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Madras.

Horacio  Gutierrez

Horacio Gutierrez

Group General Counsel and Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs
Spotify

Horacio Gutierrez is the Spotify Group’s General Counsel and Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs, based in Spotify USA’s headquarters in New York City.

As Spotify’s top lawyer, Horacio is responsible for overseeing Spotify’s global legal, public policy and government affairs, and serves as corporate secretary to its board of directors. In addition, Horacio heads Spotify’s global content licensing function, a business function responsible for licensing activities with record labels, music publishers and other right holders around the world.

Horacio came to Spotify having spent over 17 years at Microsoft Corporation, most recently as General Counsel and Corporate Vice President for Legal Affairs. Horacio brings a rich multi-cultural perspective as well as extensive international professional experience, having lived and worked in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. While at Microsoft, Horacio worked in a variety of international roles, including four years leading the legal and corporate affairs team in Europe. He then spent eight years as the deputy general counsel responsible for innovation and intellectual property before becoming deputy general counsel for all of Microsoft’s products and services, including product research, engineering, strategy, and marketing groups.

Throughout his career, Horacio has been involved in some of the most complex and cutting-edge legal issues in the tech industry.  He has been deeply involved in a number of high-profile legal and regulatory matters, and as head of the intellectual property group concluded numerous intellectual property deals, including licensing agreements with companies around the world.  He has played a leading role around the globe on innovation policy issues, including intellectual property policy and internet regulation.

Horacio has trained and practiced law in both civil law and common law jurisdictions.  He holds a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar; a Juris Doctor degree summa cum laude from the University of Miami; a Bachelor of Laws degree from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela; and a post-graduate diploma in corporate and commercial law from the same institution.

He speaks multiple languages and is licensed to practice law in the States of New York, Florida and Washington, as well as in Venezuela.

Jonathan Harmon

Jonathan Harmon

Chairman
McGuireWoods

Jonathan P. Harmon is Chairman of McGuireWoods, a leading international law firm with 1,100 lawyers in 22 offices. He is a nationally known trial lawyer who represents Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes litigation in some of the most difficult venues in the United States. His clients include large financial institutions as well as telecommunications giants and leading automotive, food and product manufacturers. A U.S. Military Academy graduate, Jon commanded a tank unit in the Army’s 1st Cavalry Division during Operation Desert Storm before earning his JD from the University of Texas School of Law.

Paul Jenkins

Paul Jenkins

Global Managing Partner
Ashurst

Paul Jenkins is Ashurst's Global Managing Partner and is based in Sydney and London.  Paul is a member of the Ashurst board and has been a partner since 2006. Paul led the firm's global Finance Division prior to his appointment as Global Managing Partner in 2016.  

In his leadership positions, Paul has consistently promoted the benefits of collaboration, innovation and diversity. Paul was the first law firm leader to join Male Champions of Change (MCC).  MCC works with prominent male leaders from the Australian business community to redefine men's role in taking action on gender inequality. Paul leads the firm's global Committed to Change programme (C2C) in which partners raise awareness and acceptance of diversity and inclusion in the firm.

Paul was recently recognised in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 as a Leading Individual in Debt Capital Markets. Paul's successful legal practice has encompassed banking, corporate finance, debt capital markets and securitisation, with a client base which includes leading Australian banks.

Paul joined the firm as a graduate and is a qualified solicitor in NSW and England and Wales, and has practiced in London, Tokyo and Sydney.

Chad Jerdee

Chad Jerdee

General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
Accenture

As General Counsel, Chad Jerdee has ultimate responsibility for all legal support to Accenture, serving as principal counsel to senior leadership and the board of directors and leading the company's Legal department. As Head of the Legal department, he oversees all legal services, the contract management function and government relations functions. As Chief Compliance Officer, Mr. Jerdee is responsible for managing legal and regulatory compliance programs that enable Accenture to operate around the globe while adhering to the highest ethical standards. He is also a member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee.

Prior to assuming his current role in June 2015, Mr. Jerdee held a variety of leadership positions in Accenture’s legal organisation, working on many of our largest and most complex transactions, and helping Accenture expand into new areas of growth.

From 2010 to 2015, Mr. Jerdee served as Deputy General Counsel – Sales & Delivery. In this role, he was responsible for leading global legal support for Accenture’s client-facing business including sales, solution development and client delivery teams—approximately 1,750 Legal professionals in 48 countries. He was also a member of Accenture’s Capital Committee.

From 2005 to 2010, Mr. Jerdee was the Legal lead for the Outsourcing Sales Legal team as well as for Accenture’s growth platforms. Prior to 2005, he held a number of roles focused on negotiating client transactions and helping to develop Accenture’s contract and negotiation standards.

Before joining Accenture, Mr. Jerdee practiced law in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he specialised in corporate, financing and real estate matters. Mr. Jerdee joined Accenture in 1997 and became partner in 2003. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the St. Olaf College and a juris doctor degree from the University of Minnesota.

Keith  Krasny

Keith Krasny

Director
Mindflint- Coaching for Leaders

Keith Kransy is an executive coach working with senior in-house and private practice lawyers, as well as CEOs and other C-suite executives in industries ranging from retail to insurance, banking, shipping, wine-making, art, music, media and

technology. Prior to becoming an executive coach, Keith was an associate in the London offices of Weil, Gotshal and Manges and Morrison & Foerster. After leaving private practice to move in-house, Keith served as European General Counsel for

Expedia and as Acting UK General Counsel for AOL and the Huffington Post UK. In addition to his work coaching leaders and their teams, Keith is also a faculty member at Meyler Campbell where he trains executives and business leaders to

become business coaches.

Sergio Letelier

Sergio Letelier

General Counsel for Corporate Securities and M&A
Hewlett Packard

Sergio Letelier is Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Deputy General Counsel for Corporate Securities and M&A.

In this capacity, Sergio and his team are responsible for (i) Corporate matters including SEC reporting, Governance, and support of HPE’s Board of Directors; (ii) advice on M&A and Ventures; and (iii) support to HPE’s Tax Department in respect of corporate restructurings. Sergio has held this position since December 2017. Before this, he led the Corporate, M&A and Ventures team of HPE’s Corporate Securities and M&A legal group, ensuring oversight and management of M&A transactions, Venture Investments and Corporate restructurings.

Throughout his tenure, Sergio has occupied various roles within HP’s Legal department. Sergio joined HP France’s legal department in 2002 as corporate lawyer. He subsequently joined HP’s Corporate, Securities and M&A EMEA group in 2004 and worked on a variety of M&A transactions, integrations, restructurings and governance matters before assuming the role of CSM&A International Operations Director in 2008. In 2013, Sergio assumed the role of Vice President of the Corporate, M&A and Ventures group.

Sergio started his career as a tax attorney in Paris (France) and founded an advisory firm which specialised in tax advice to SMBs. He earned a Master and a Postgraduate degree in Law from the University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne, an LLM from the University of Cologne (Germany), and a Postgraduate degree in taxes and international financial strategy from HEC Paris.

Sergio is fluent in English, French, German and Spanish.

Susana  Almeida Lopes

Susana Almeida Lopes

Organisational Development Director
Vieira de Almeida

With a PhD in Organisational Psychology, Susana Almeida Lopes started her career at SHL, where she advanced from Trainee to Managing Consultant. She joined VdA as HR Manager in 2008, having progressed to her current role as Organisational Director, which she carries out alongside her duties as member of the firm’s Executive Committee and Director of the VdA Academy.

Susana also directs research applied to HR projects in the Legal Analytics Bureau and is a member of Lisbon University’s Center for Research in Psychological Science. Her applied research projects on talent management in law firms have received various awards and led to Susana being ranked by Financial Times as one of the most innovative individuals in 2014. Susana is a regular public speaker to both practitioner and academic audiences. She has authored several research papers and is a reviewer for several scientific journals. Susana is also a member of the board of the Order of Psychologist in Portugal, since 2016.

Rosemary Martin

Rosemary Martin

Group General Counsel and Company Secretary
Vodafone Group Plc

Rosemary Martin was appointed Group General Counsel and Company Secretary of Vodafone Group Plc 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 in the City law firm, Rowe and Maw (now Mayer Brown). Rosemary is a trustee of Vodafone Foundation and Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a member of the Council of the University of Sussex and a member of The Takeover Panel and has previously held non-executive roles at EY and at HSBC Bank Plc (the European arm of HSBC Group).

Jami Wintz McKeon

Jami Wintz McKeon

Chair
Morgan Lewis

Jami Wintz McKeon is the Chair of Morgan Lewis, providing strategic direction to the largest law firm in the world led by a woman. Under her leadership, Morgan Lewis has grown into one of the principal global providers of legal services with steadfast commitment to client service throughout the United States, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. She is an accomplished trial lawyer and counsels clients in high-stakes crisis litigation and regulatory investigations, focusing on the financial services and technology industries.

Penny  Moyle

Penny Moyle

Business Psychologist and Executive Coach

Dr Penny Moyle is a business psychologist and executive coach. Previously CEO of OPP Ltd. (now The Myers-Briggs Company), for over 25 years she has been applying psychometric insights to bring value to organisations and the people who work in them, both as a consultant as a business leader.

Penny’s early career as a researcher in the Department of Experimental Psychology in Oxford University has shaped her practice. Her research foundation informs a strongly evidence-based approach, and her findings relating to workplace stress, personality, organisational culture and change have underpinned much of her later work.

Penny enjoys working with clients on a range of initiatives relating to leadership and team development, resilience and change management. Her work with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) has been particularly impactful.  In 2018 the Journal of Personality Assessment published her robust and academically-grounded defence against the many vocal, but often misguided critics. She also has deep expertise in a range of other psychometrics, favourites including the FIRO-B, NEO-PI, TKI and 16pf.

David  Oskandy

David Oskandy

General Counsel and Secretary
Avanade Inc

David Oskandy serves as Avanade’s Chief Lawyer and Corporate Secretary to its board of directors. He also chairs Avanade’s Corporate Citizenship Council.  David has led international legal and cross-functional teams in the services, manufacturing and consumer sectors, from Fortune 50 public company to private venture capital and partnership settings.

As a partner at Andersen, David built its expansions (M&A) team and led its global team of business consulting lawyers. In addition, he served as counsel to the firm’s Structure and Governance Task Force, working with the firm’s executive leadership, board and subject matter experts, as well as external strategy consultants and lawyers to develop a strategic plan for restructuring the firm. While serving as Vice President and General Counsel for Latin America and Canada at Honeywell International Inc., David directed all legal and compliance matters in Latin America, Canada and the Caribbean for this $35B multinational conglomerate at the corporate level as well as across all its businesses: Aerospace, Automation and Control Solutions, Specialty Materials and Automotive. He also served as an Assistant Corporate Secretary as well as Secretary for Honeywell’s subsidiaries in Latin America and Canada.

Most recently, prior to joining Avanade, David headed up a global team of lawyers with responsibility for the legal aspects of the William Wrigley Jr. Company’s commercial and operational matters. He served on the Executive Leadership Team’s “Shadow Team,” composed of successor leadership working closely with the Executive Leadership Team to develop the company’s five-year strategic plan. David received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and his law degree from Harvard Law School. At Harvard, David served as a Director of the Harvard Mediation Program.

Isabel  Parker

Isabel Parker

Chief Legal Innovation Officer
Freshfields

Isabel Parker is an experienced and dynamic leader of innovation and transformation in legal services. She trained as a finance lawyer at Freshfields, then moved from fee earning to set up Freshfields’ Legal Solutions Hub in Manchester.  She is currently Freshfields’ Chief Legal Innovation Officer, leading the development of client facing digital products, and has recently also assumed responsibility for the firm’s Knowledge function.  Isabel was listed as one of the top 10 innovative lawyers in the FT Innovative Lawyers Report for 2018, and has a strong track record of successfully implementing large scale global change programmes within the sector.

Chris Parsons

Chris Parsons

Chairman
Herbert Smith Freehills’ India Practice

Chris Parsons is Chairman of Herbert Smith Freehills’ India Practice and spends most of his time in India, a country which has become his second home. Having spent more than 35 years at the firm, he has over 15 years’ experience of adding value to both Indian groups and to global businesses looking to invest in India. He has a deep understanding of the country and can bring this to bear for the benefit of clients.

Chris chairs the board of the UK India Business Council in India, the primary body that promotes business relations between the UK and India. He is ranked as a ‘Senior Statesman’; for India by Chambers: ‘…he stands out as someone who is dedicated and committed to building business in India’.

Chris helps guide the firm’s social initiatives in India which includes HSF Bridge, a project that links law students with social causes. He was honoured in the Financial News Extra Mile awards for marking his 30 years at the firm by walking 30 marathons over 30 days across India to raise money for Indian widows. He was also included in the Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyer awards for his work in India including his lectures at a number of Indian Law Schools which involves an annual programme with Oxford University.

Chris has a personal interest in mental health issues not least through having suffered from depression periodically over a number of years and he is also on the Board of Trustees of MQ Mental Health (a mental health research charity). The firm sponsored him through an intensive five week programme in Psychotherapy at Regent’s University in 2018.

Chris  Price

Chris Price

CEO
EY Riverview Law

hris 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 Alliances Leader - Tax 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

Caryn  Sandler

Caryn Sandler

Partner and the Chief Knowledge and Innovation Officer
Gilbert + Tobin

Caryn Sandler is a Partner and the Chief Knowledge and Innovation Officer at Gilbert & Tobin.

Caryn leads the Legal Service Innovation Team and G+T Innovate.  These teams provide specialised services to support Gilbert + Tobin’s legal service delivery, and innovate to deliver new tools and services benefiting the firm’s practice and clients.

Caryn’s role encompasses responsibility for lawyers and business support staff working across Innovation and Legal Transformation, Knowledge Management, Legal Technology and Legal Project Management. A former practising corporate M&A lawyer, Caryn brings 16 years of experience in legal, knowledge management, legal technology, change management, transformation and solution design to her role. Caryn regularly works with a variety of in-house legal clients through G+T Innovate to explore opportunities for legal transformation, better workflow management and automated service delivery.

Caryn is a regular speaker at global legal technology and innovation conferences and was recognised as one of Australia’s top legal innovators in the Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards 2018. Caryn is also a member of the Steering Group for the Chief Innovation Officers Forum, Australia, a member of the CEBIT 2019 Future of Industry Steering Committee and is a GROWL (Global Rise of Women in LegalTech) mentor.

Kellye Walker

Kellye Walker

Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer
Huntington Ingalls Industries

Kellye Walker is Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for Huntington Ingalls Industries where she is a member of the Senior Management Team with overall responsibility for HII’s law department.  As Chief Legal Officer, Kellye provides oversight, guidance and strategic counsel to the business on legal, regulatory matters, board and corporate governance matters. She leads a team of attorneys responsible for all aspects of the company’s legal affairs, including mergers and acquisitions, compliance, internal investigations and litigation.

Kellye came to HII from American Water Works Co., the country’s largest investor-owned water and wastewater utility company, where she held the roles of Chief Administrative Officer, and Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. In these roles, she oversaw and provided strategic direction for the company’s Law Department, Human Resources and HR Information Services departments, as well as the communications, government affairs and information technology departments.

Prior to joining American Water, Kellye served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Diageo North America, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of BJ’s Wholesale Club and as a corporate partner in major law firms in Boston, Massachusetts and in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Kellye’s professional affiliations include the American Bar Association, American Bar Foundation Fellow, the Association of Corporate Counsel (former Board Member), and the Executive Leadership Council, among others. She also serves and has served on the Boards of Directors of a variety of civic and non-profit organisations. In 2014, Kellye received a “Legend in the Law” award from the Burton Foundation. Having also been named a Philadelphia Woman of Distinction and a member of the YWCA Boston Academy of Women Achievers, Kellye’s professional, civic and non-profit contributions have been widely recognised.

Kellye received her BSc from Louisiana Tech University and her JD from Emory University School of Law, USA.

Martha  Wyrsch

Martha Wyrsch

Former Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Sempra Energy

Martha B. Wyrsch is the former Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Sempra Energy, a San Diego-based Fortune 500 energy-services. During her 6 years at Sempra, Martha oversaw all of the company’s legal affairs, the office of the Corporate Secretary and Compliance.

In 2018, the Financial Times named Martha in its prestigious “Global GC 25” list of the top 25 general counsels.  From 2009 to 2012, she served as president of Vestas American Wind Systems and had direct responsibility for all North American sales, construction, service and maintenance.  As chair of the Vestas North American Regional Council, she also had coordinating oversight of North American-based manufacturing, supply chain and other support functions.

Previously, Martha served nearly 10 years at Duke Energy and its spin-off, Spectra Energy Corp. She was president and CEO of Duke Energy Gas Transmission beginning in 2005.  Subsequently, she became president and CEO of Spectra Energy Transmission, overseeing its natural gas transmission and storage business in the U.S. and Canada, as well as its gathering, processing and distribution businesses in Canada. She joined Duke Energy in 1999 as Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs and Deputy General Counsel and was promoted to Group Vice President and General Counsel in 2004. Prior to joining Duke Energy, Martha worked at KN Energy, Inc., from 1991 to 1999 where she served as Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary as well as a variety of other senior legal roles.

Previously, she was an attorney with Davis, Graham & Stubbs in Denver, specialising in corporate law, with a focus on oil and gas, real estate transactions, as well as securities and finance filings.

From 1980 to 1983, Martha was a legislative assistant to former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.), responsible for matters in the areas of energy, environment, health and safety, transportation and banking. She currently serves on the board of directors of First American Financial Corporation, Spectris PLC and Cristo Rey Network. Martha holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Wyoming and a law degree from George Washington University. She also completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

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Summit Hosts (2)

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 women in business. 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.

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.

FT Contributors (1)

Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill

Associate Editor and Management Editor
Financial Times

Andrew Hill is an award-winning columnist and senior journalist at the Financial Times. As Associate Editor and Management Editor, he writes a weekly column on business, strategy and management, as well as contributing longer features and taking part in video discussions and podcasts. He is a regular public speaker and chair of panels on leadership and management.

Since joining the FT in 1988, Andrew has worked in various roles, including editor of the daily Lombard column on British business and finance, Financial Editor, Comment & Analysis Editor, New York Bureau Chief, Foreign News Editor, and correspondent in Brussels and Milan. He is a member of the FT’s Editorial Board.

Andrew was named Business Commentator of the Year 2016 in the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards and Best Commentator at the 2009 Business Journalist of the Year Awards, where he also received the Decade of Excellence award for sustained achievement in business and financial journalism.

His latest book is Ruskinland (Pallas Athene, 2019), a personal exploration of John Ruskin’s life, work and enduring influence on our world, published to coincide with the bicentenary of the great thinker’s birth. He is also the author of Leadership in the Headlines (FT Publishing, 2016), a selection of his FT columns and insights about how leaders lead.

 

Advisory Board 2019 (11)

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. 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.

 

Sabine  Chalmers

Sabine Chalmers

Group General Counsel
BT Group

Sabine Chalmers is the General Counsel of BT Group Plc, one of the world’s largest communications companies listed on the FTSE with headquarters in London.            

Prior to BT, Sabine was the Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs Officer and Secretary to the Board of Directors of Anheuser-Busch InBev, one of the world’s top five consumer products companies and the leading global brewer, from 2005 - 2017. In addition to her more than a decade at Anheuser-Busch InBev, she served in a number of leadership positions, including General Counsel of the Latin American and U.S. Businesses at  Diageo plc, the world’s largest producer of spirits from 1993 - 2004. She also worked in private practice at the law firm of Lovell White Durrant and was a lecturer at University College, London. Sabine holds a law degree from the London School of Economics and is qualified to practice in England and NY State.

She serves on numerous boards, including those of Coty, Inc., one of the world's largest consumer beauty companies; the Royal National Theatre London; and is a former chairman of the Board of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the largest not-for-profit professional association serving the business interests of in-house attorneys around the world with more than 34,000 members in 85 countries.

Scott Dresser

Scott Dresser

Group General Counsel
VEON

Scott Dresser, Group General Counsel, VEON

 

Scott Dresser is Group General Counsel at VEON – an emerging markets connectivity and digital services provider, listed on the NASDAQ in New York and Euronext in Amsterdam.

Since joining VEON in 2014 from BirdLife International, Scott has played a pivotal role in the ongoing transformation of the company as a member of the Group Executive Committee. Last year he was recognised as the most innovative general counsel at the FT European Innovative Lawyer Awards 2018.

Between 2006 and 2012, Scott held several positions with Virgin Media in the UK including as General Counsel where he led its legal department and acted as principal liaison with the company’s Board of Directors.

Scott is active in the global conservation community and currently serves on the BirdLife Global Advisory Group and as a member of the Caucasus Nature Fund advisory board. 


Scott, a US citizen, studied at the Vanderbilt University School of Law and the University of New Hampshire. He was admitted to the Bar in the states of New York and Connecticut in 1993.

Craig Glidden

Craig Glidden

Executive Vice President and General Counsel
General Motors Co

Craig B. Glidden is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of General Motors Co., a position he has held since he joined GM in March 2015. Prior to joining GM, Glidden had been Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for LyondellBasell, one of the world’s largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies. Prior to joining LyondellBasell in August 2009, Glidden served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. Prior to joining Chevron Phillips Chemical, he was in private law practice.

Glidden received a Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University, USA in 1980, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He obtained a Juris Doctor with high honors from Florida State University in 1983, where he served as Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor of the Florida State University Law Review. Glidden is a member and past chair of The General Counsel Forum and serves on the board of the Houston Bar Foundation. He is also on the boards of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.

Horacio  Gutierrez

Horacio Gutierrez

Group General Counsel and Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs
Spotify

Horacio Gutierrez is the Spotify Group’s General Counsel and Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs, based in Spotify USA’s headquarters in New York City.

As Spotify’s top lawyer, Horacio is responsible for overseeing Spotify’s global legal, public policy and government affairs, and serves as corporate secretary to its board of directors. In addition, Horacio heads Spotify’s global content licensing function, a business function responsible for licensing activities with record labels, music publishers and other right holders around the world.

Horacio came to Spotify having spent over 17 years at Microsoft Corporation, most recently as General Counsel and Corporate Vice President for Legal Affairs. Horacio brings a rich multi-cultural perspective as well as extensive international professional experience, having lived and worked in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. While at Microsoft, Horacio worked in a variety of international roles, including four years leading the legal and corporate affairs team in Europe. He then spent eight years as the deputy general counsel responsible for innovation and intellectual property before becoming deputy general counsel for all of Microsoft’s products and services, including product research, engineering, strategy, and marketing groups.

Throughout his career, Horacio has been involved in some of the most complex and cutting-edge legal issues in the tech industry.  He has been deeply involved in a number of high-profile legal and regulatory matters, and as head of the intellectual property group concluded numerous intellectual property deals, including licensing agreements with companies around the world.  He has played a leading role around the globe on innovation policy issues, including intellectual property policy and internet regulation.

Horacio has trained and practiced law in both civil law and common law jurisdictions.  He holds a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar; a Juris Doctor degree summa cum laude from the University of Miami; a Bachelor of Laws degree from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela; and a post-graduate diploma in corporate and commercial law from the same institution.

He speaks multiple languages and is licensed to practice law in the States of New York, Florida and Washington, as well as in Venezuela.

Paul Jenkins

Paul Jenkins

Global Managing Partner
Ashurst

Paul Jenkins is Ashurst's Global Managing Partner and is based in Sydney and London.  Paul is a member of the Ashurst board and has been a partner since 2006. Paul led the firm's global Finance Division prior to his appointment as Global Managing Partner in 2016.  

In his leadership positions, Paul has consistently promoted the benefits of collaboration, innovation and diversity. Paul was the first law firm leader to join Male Champions of Change (MCC).  MCC works with prominent male leaders from the Australian business community to redefine men's role in taking action on gender inequality. Paul leads the firm's global Committed to Change programme (C2C) in which partners raise awareness and acceptance of diversity and inclusion in the firm.

Paul was recently recognised in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 as a Leading Individual in Debt Capital Markets. Paul's successful legal practice has encompassed banking, corporate finance, debt capital markets and securitisation, with a client base which includes leading Australian banks.

Paul joined the firm as a graduate and is a qualified solicitor in NSW and England and Wales, and has practiced in London, Tokyo and Sydney.

Sue Kench

Sue Kench

Global Chief Executive
King & Wood Mallesons

Sue Kench is the Global Chief Executive of King & Wood Mallesons, taking on this role in 2017 after leading the firm in Australia for four years as Chief Executive Partner, Australia. Sue was the first woman in Australia to lead a top tier law firm in that role.

Sue works closely with Wang Junfeng, the Global Chairman, and the firm’s International Management Committee. She became a Partner of Mallesons Stephen Jaques in 1996 and has held a number of board, management and leadership positions in the firm over the past two decades

Jami  McKeon

Jami McKeon

Chair
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

Jami Wintz McKeon is the Chair of Morgan Lewis, providing strategic direction to the largest law firm in the world led by a woman. Under her leadership Morgan Lewis has grown into one of the principal global providers of legal services, assisting clients throughout the United States, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. While Chair, she has continued her own legal practice counseling Fortune 100 companies — particularly those in the financial services and technology industries—on complex litigation and investigations. Jami has made exceptional client service the centerpiece of her work and her administration of the firm, and she is long-time advocate of diversity within the legal industry.

Jami has addressed numerous premier leadership conferences and industry events, including such gatherings as the American Banker’s Mentor Factor Women’s Conference, the Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyers North America Awards ceremony, the Global Law Firm Leaders Conference, the Big Law Business Summit hosted by Bloomberg BNA, and the Center for Women in Law’s Power Summit on Law and Leadership. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession. Chambers USA recently announced that Jami has made the shortlist for its Women in the Law Awards as "Inspiring Role Model in Promoting Gender Diversity in the Legal Profession.” Her many other awards and recognitions include a Financial Times Special Achievement Award, The American Red Cross Lifetime Achievement Award, and the United Way Women’s Leadership Initiative Award. Jami has a longstanding commitment to the Philadelphia community and currently serves on the Board of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. She resides with her husband and family in the Philadelphia area.

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.

Kim Rucker

Kim Rucker

Former 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.

Mitch  Zuklie

Mitch Zuklie

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Orrick

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. The Financial Times has chosen Orrick as 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 customised technologies, and the creation of partnerships with leading innovation initiatives in the industry. He has also led the firm’s entry into new markets, including Houston, Austin, Santa Monica, Abidjan and Geneva. He serves on the Board of the Berkeley Center for Law and Business and the Advisory Boards of the Stanford Law School Center on the Legal Profession and the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession. 

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Agenda - 17th Jun

  • 6:30pm
    Welcome reception - Women in Law

    Open to all attendees
    Venue: Heddon Street Kitchen

Agenda - 18th Jun

  • 8:00am
    Registration
  • 8:30am
    Breakfast Sessions
  • 9:45am
    Session One: Organisational Culture

    How can the implicit and explicit characteristic of organisational culture be nurtured and harnessed within law firms, corporate law departments and business to drive success? How can you best to create and maintain a culture of innovation?

  • 10:30am
    Coffee Break
  • 10:50am
    Session Two: Empowerment

    How do you tap into the intrinsic motivation of your staff and build engagement through a sense of purpose? The session will also explore how organisations are working to empower women, millennials and minority groups to create a more diverse and inclusive profession. 

  • 11:30am
    Session Three: Change Management

    The most important and the most challenging aspect of driving and implementing innovations is behavioural change. How can behavioural science, crowd-sourcing and inclusion strategies be used to support change management?

  • 12:30pm
    Networking Lunch
  • 2:00pm
    Session Four: Physical Spaces

    What does the legal workspace of the future look like? How do physical spaces need to change to support flexible and agile working practices, and what ideas can be borrowed from other industries?

  • 3:00pm
    Session Five: Work-Life Integration

    With a renewed focus on wellbeing and mental health within the legal profession, what policies and approaches can be best used to support better mental health and reduce stress. And should we start thinking in the currency of time rather than money?  

  • 3:30pm
    Coffee Break
  • 4:00pm
    Session Six: Productivity and High Performance

    New ways of working and those adapted from other professions, such as agile and scrum methods, are being used to enhance productivity and performance. We will also explore how cognitively diverse teams and different appraisal processes can drive performance.

  • 5:05pm
    Closing Remarks
  • 5:20pm
    Networking Drinks Reception
  • 7:00pm
    Summit Dinner
  • 9:00pm
    General Counsel Keynote Address
  • 9:20pm
    FT GC Report Released

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

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Who Attends?

This independent meeting will bring together our global community of leading corporate counsel and law firm managing partners, senior partners and innovators, together with chief executives, academics and non-legal innovators.

2018 attendees included;

Anheuser-Busch InBev; Allen & Overy; Arqiva; Ashhurst; Aviva; Baker & McKenzie; Bird & Bird LLP; ClientEarth; Coca-Cola European Partners; Dentsu Aegis Network; Diageo plc; DLA Piper UK LLP; Ebay (UK) Ltd; Ferguson (Nordics); Frontier Power; Galp; Genomics England; Gowling WLG; Harvard Law School; Hogan Lovells; HSBC Holding plc; Hyundai Motoro Europe; IBM; ING Bank; International Finance Corporation; JPMorgan Chase & Co; KPMG LLP; Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Ltd; Microsoft UK; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; NautaDutilh; Novo Nordisk A/S; Ocado Group plc; Orrick; Pinsent Masons; Poste Vita; QuisLex; Rolls-Royce plc; Royal London; Salesforce; Santander Bank; Simmons & Simmons LLP; Standard Charted Bank; Taylor Vinters; The Law Society; UnitedLex; Veon Ltd; Virgin Management Limited; Vodafone Group Services Limited; William Fry; Yulchon LLC; ZPG plc.

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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 has a record paying readership of one million, 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.

Content 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.

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 Sponsor (4)

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 Financial Times as an FT Intelligent Business 35, 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 http://www.quislex.com.

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 has been ranked as a top global legal services provider by Chambers & Partners for five years in a row.

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.

HighQ empowers leading law firms and corporate legal teams to transform the way they work and deliver legal services. We unite internal and external teams with social collaboration, secure file sharing, digital transaction management and more, improving data security, efficiency and productivity.

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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 and 2018.

The firm employs over 3000 people worldwide, including around 1500 lawyers and 400 partners. The firm’s international footprint encompasses seven offices across Asia Pacific, two offices in the Middle East, five 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. A deep understanding of our clients, cultural and commercial issues, and an innovative approach, underpins all of our advice.

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.

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Heddon Street Kitchen
Regent Street Food Quarter, 3-9 Heddon St,
Mayfair

United Kingdom


Claridge’s
49 Brook Street
Mayfair
London W1K 4HR

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7629 8860

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