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Innovation, Legal

FT/RSG Innovative Lawyers Summit 2019

Claridge's, London |
Speakers include:
Craig Glidden

Craig Glidden

General Motors

Jami Wintz McKeon

Jami Wintz McKeon

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Chad Jerdee

Chad Jerdee

Accenture

Overview

“Do you worry about how good you are, or how fast you are learning?’ Ray Dalio, CEO of Bridgewater, a hedge fund. To address these concerns, we have created a day drenched in the experiences of successful legal leaders, the expertise of academics and talent consultants and the power of peer-to-peer idea sharing. Hosted at the prestigious Claridge's in Mayfair, London, The FT/RSG 2019 Summit will focus on Leadership: People, Purpose and Performance.

The Summit Welcome Reception will take place on the evening of 17 June at Heddon Street Kitchen, Mayfair. The Summit followed by dinner will take place on 18 June at Claridge's London.

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Speakers (49)

Craig Glidden

Craig Glidden

Executive Vice President and General Counsel
General Motors

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.

Jami Wintz McKeon

Jami Wintz 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 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.

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.

Rosemary Martin

Rosemary Martin

Group General Counsel and Company Secretary
Vodafone Group

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).

John Amaechi

John Amaechi

Organisational Psychologist and CEO
APS

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

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.

Jason Boehmig

Jason Boehmig

CEO
Ironclad

Jason Boehmig is the CEO at Ironclad, a contract technology company backed by the most selective investors in Silicon Valley including Sequoia Capital, Accel Partners, and Y Combinator. He is also a California barred attorney and an adjunct professor of law at Notre Dame Law School, where he teaches a course on Legal Technology and Informatics. Jason founded Ironclad in 2014 along with his co-founder Cai GoGwilt, who studied computer science at MIT and previously worked at Palantir. Jason has worked at the center of legal technology since 2012, when he practiced law at Fenwick & West LLP and helped pioneer the development of open source legal precedent like the Series Seed documents, which received wide adoption in the venture capital industry by firms like Andreeson Horowitz. In his work with Ironclad Jason has partnered with modern legal teams around the world, ranging from technology companies like Dropbox and Reddit, major philanthropical organizations, Major League Baseball teams, Fortune 500 retailers, and global beauty companies.

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”.

Emma  Birchall

Emma Birchall

Director
Hot Spots Movement

Emma Birchall is a writer, speaker and experienced researcher on the future of work. She leads the Future of Work Research Consortium and the Banker of the Future Programme, exploring what work will look like in the years ahead, and what individuals and organisations must do now to prepare. Emma draws inspiration from the creative arts, in particular improvisational theatre, which she studies and performs in London and Chicago. Emma writes for the US Business Section of the Huffington Post.

Emma works with clients to anticipate the trends shaping the future of work and how they will need to adapt working practices to future-proof their success. Prior to joining the Hot Spots Movement, Emma was a management consultant with Accenture Sustainability Services, and a manager within the Strategy Team at Transport for London. Emma’s academic achievements include a postgraduate degree in International Development from the University of Cambridge, and a combined undergraduate degree in Business Management from the Rotman School of Management - University of Toronto and King’s College London.

Geoff Bird

Geoff Bird

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
Oxford University

Professor Geoff Bird is a cognitive neuroscientist, i.e. he is both a psychologist and neuroscientist. He is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Oxford and a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. Author of approximately 150 scientific papers, Geoff has focused throughout his career on understanding the neuroscience of performance, both of individuals and of groups. A key focus of his research is well-being, and how clinical conditions, plus stress and sleep deprivation, impact health and performance. As a result of this interest, Geoff has completed a WABC-accredited Business Coaching course focusing on the neuroscience of leadership.

Professor Bird served as a Science Policy Advisor to the UK Government throughout 2008. He is frequently consulted by blue chip companies and the media to explain the relevance of neuroscience to society and business. As a result, he has recently been voted one of the UK’s ‘Most Influential HR Thinkers’ by HR magazine.

Liam Brown

Liam Brown

Founder and Executive Chairman
Elevate

Liam Brown has spent over twenty years helping 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. Previously he was the Founder, President and CEO of Integreon, Inc., a global LPO, which he led from startup in 2001 to annual sales of $150 million by 2011, before he sold his stake to private equity investors. Prior to Integreon, he was the President, COO and Founder of a pioneering venture-backed Web 1.0 virtual data room legal tech company, which he sold in 2001 (now Merrill DataSite). 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.

Melissa Butler

Melissa Butler

Partner
White & Case

Melissa Butler has experience representing public and private issuers and underwriters in offerings in the United States pursuant to Rule 144A, and outside the United States pursuant to Regulation S, and SEC-registered equity offerings. Melissa has also developed a strong track record advising on sovereign mandates, with a particular focus on Africa. Her significant experience, handling major debt offerings in often volatile and challenging markets, has made her a valued resource for sovereign clients across the continent. Adept at navigating the legal intricacies of complex, cross-border transactions, she has advised on some of the most ground-breaking transactions in frontier markets inrecent years, particularly in Africa. This experience is no better demonstrated then by her work advising Nexii, a global impact investment advisory firm, regarding the drafting of a suite of template documents for social entrepreneurs to use when applying to list debt and equity offerings on the iX, the world's first publically regulated social stock exchange board. Melissa and her team's work for Nexii led to the Firm winning the Innovation Award at the 2012 Thomson Reuters Foundation Trust Law Awards.

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.

Wendy Butler Curtis

Wendy Butler Curtis

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

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 and Compliance
AB InBev

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 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.

Miral Hamani-Samaan

Miral Hamani-Samaan

Director & Associate General Counsel , Corporate and M&A
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Miral Hamani- Samaan is responsible for advising her HPE internal clients in corporate law and governance matters. In that capacity, she is responsible for advising on feasibility and execution of mergers & acquisitions in EMEA as well as integration and corporate restructuring projects from a WW perspective. She is also responsible for ensuring that the international subsidiaries of HPE comply with corporate governance and internal legal policies. Miral has over a decade of experience as a lawyer, she started her career in Paris as a corporate and M&A lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and then joined Hewlett Packard as in-house counsel. Miral holds a Bachelor of French and English Laws from Kings College London and her Maitrise de droits francais et anglais from Université Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne. She also holds a master degree from HEC Paris/La Sorbonne Paris. She qualified as an Avocat à la Cour at the Paris Bar.

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.

Virginia  Herlihy

Virginia Herlihy

CEO and Founder
How Do You Do It

Having developed a successful career in training, coaching, and facilitation within large corporates, Virginia founded International coaching consultancy, How Do You Do It in 2006, developing award-winning programmes that work with individuals, managers and the organisation to positively impact the retention and progression of diverse talent.

Focusing particularly on working parents, (both mums and dads) and how they navigate their career and family responsibilities in a way that works for them, How Do You Do It works to enable individuals to thrive and organisations to benefit from retaining the broadest talent pool by embracing some of the drivers of change such as agile working practices.

Originally launching in Australia, Virginia has expanded How Do You Do It to the UK and Nordics, running coaching programmes for clients such as HSF, Allen & Overy, Fieldfisher and KWM, plus executive leadership coaching within many global legal practices.

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

David Kerr

David Kerr

CEO
Bird & Bird

Since becoming CEO in 1996, David Kerr has led international law firm Bird & Bird through an intense period of consistent growth and international expansion. He has built the firm around a clear strategic vision, always aiming to put clients at the heart of everything it does. Before taking up the role of Chief Executive, David built up a substantial transactional practice in the communications sector, acting for some of the largest telecoms and mobile operators across Europe. David is a firm believer in working with clients to drive innovation in legal services. In his time as CEO, Bird & Bird pioneered a wide range of client service developments, from enhanced case and project management tools to improved cross-border reporting. In 2018 David received the Exceptional Achievement by an Individual award from the Managing Partners' Forum.

Keith  Krasny

Keith Krasny

Faculty Member
Meyler Campbell

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.

Chee Kin Lam

Chee Kin Lam

Managing Director and Head, Group Legal, Compliance & Secretariat
DBS Bank

Chee Kin is accountable for the team which manages the legal and regulatory risk of DBS across legal entities, segments and geographies. 

Chee Kin currently serves on the Advisory Board to the Singapore Management University School of Law, the Advisory Panel to the NUS Centre for Banking and Finance Law, and the Data Protection
Advisory Committee of Singapore.

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.

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.

Janet McCarthy

Janet McCarthy

Group Legal Director
Bupa

Janet McCarthy is the Group Legal Director of Bupa.  Bupa is headquartered in London and is an international healthcare group serving 32 million customers in 190 countries.  Janet is widely regarded as an experienced global counsel having worked in private and public companies in the commodities, industrials and services sectors in London, New York, Tokyo, Zurich and Sydney. She has held executive general counsel roles in private-equity owned and publicly listed multinational companies.  Janet is admitted to practice as a solicitor in England & Wales, New South Wales (Australia) and as an attorney in New York.

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.

Elizabeth Noe

Elizabeth Noe

Partner and Global Chair- Corporate Department
Paul Hastings

Elizabeth Noe is a partner and global chair of the Corporate Department of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm's Atlanta office. She has an active transactional practice concentrated in securities and corporate finance matters, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. Regularly recognised as a leading lawyer by a number of legal rankings and organizations, Ms. Noe represents issuers in debt and equity financings and buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions and frequently advises boards of directors of public and private companies in regards to corporate governance issues. She received her BA in English and Political Science from Agnes Scott College, where she currently serves as a Member of the Board of Trustees; she received her JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

David  Oskandy

David Oskandy

General Counsel and Secretary
Avanade

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 Bruckhaus Deringer

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

Kim Rucker

Kim Rucker

Independent Director,
Lennox International, Celanese and Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Kim Rucker is currently on the Board of Directors of three Fortune 500 Companies—Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Celanese Corporation, and Lennox International Inc. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Johns Hopkins Medicine, an $8 billion nonprofit which includes Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins International. Kim is also on the Board of Directors for Haven for Hope, a charitable organisation transforming the lives of the homeless in San Antonio.  

Kim was previously the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Andeavor (fka Tesoro Corporation), which prior to its acquisition by Marathon Corporation was a Fortune 100 company. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, she was instrumental in both acquisitions, and the sale to Marathon. In addition, her team handled all legal functions, including corporate governance, securities, litigation, commercial activity and managing risk, along with the corporate affairs and federal government affairs areas. For over one year, Kim also acted as the Interim Head of Human Resources. Prior to joining Andeavor in 2016, Kim was the Executive Vice President, Corporate and Legal Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Kraft Foods Group, Inc. (now The Kraft-Heinz Company). Prior to joining Kraft in 2008, Kim held the position of Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of Avon Products Inc., reporting to the CEO at the company’s world headquarters in New York. From 2004-2008, Kim was Senior Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Chief Governance Officer for Energy Future Holdings Corp., Dallas, Texas (f/k/a TXU Corp.). Before TXU, Kim was Corporate Counsel for Kimberly-Clark Corporation at its world headquarters in Dallas, Texas with responsibilities in corporate governance, corporate transactions, securities law and other legal matters. Previously, Kim was also a partner in the Corporate and Securities Group at Sidley Austin LLP in its Chicago, Illinois office. Kim was awarded her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa.

Julia Salasky

Julia Salasky

CEO
Crowd Justice

Julia Salasky is a lawyer and entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of Crowd Justice (crowdjustice.com), the online platform for legal funding. CrowdJustice partners with more than 200 law firms, giving them the platform to take
on more clients, increase revenue, and to give clients better services. CrowdJustice has been featured in the BBC, Guardian and others as a game-changer in enabling more access to justice. Julia has been recognised as the Financial Times’ Legal Innovator of the Year, one of Debrett's most influential people in law, Legal Week's Outstanding legal innovator of the year, CityAM's digital innovators power list, and by Marie Claire as a Future Shaper. Julia was previously was a lawyer at Linklaters and at the United Nations, where she led on the UN’s work on online dispute resolution and published on the topic of digital solutions to consumer legal issues.

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.

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.

Dana  Denis-Smith

Dana Denis-Smith

CEO and Founder
Obelisk Support

Dana Denis-Smith is the CEO and founder of Obelisk Support, a legal services provider offering flexible legal solutions to FTSE100 and law firms with highly-skilled lawyers. Dana specializes in legal tech disruption with a human focus and Obelisk Support was listed as one of the fastest- growing businesses in Europe in 2018 by the Financial Times and Inc. 5000.

A TedX speaker, she regularly speaks at industry events and in global media on the topics of gender equality, scaling-up businesses and legal technology. In 2019, she was recognised by the Legal 500 for Outstanding Achievement in Legal Services and in 2018, she was voted Legal Personality of the Year at the LexisNexis Awards. She also received an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Worcester in England, recognising her achievements as an entrepreneur and philanthropist championing the rights of women in law.

In 2014, she founded the First 100 years project, a charity celebrating the first 100 years of women in the legal profession in the United Kingdom.

Noah  Waisberg

Noah Waisberg

CEO and Co-Founder
Kira Systems

Prior to founding Kira Systems, Noah Waisberg practiced at the law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York, where he focused on private equity, M&A, and securities. Noah is an expert on contract analysis, legal technology, and artificial intelligence; has spoken at conferences including SXSW Interactive, ILTACON, and ReInvent Law; and was named 2016 ILTA Innovative Thought Leader of the Year. He is also the author of Robbie the Robot Learns to Read, the world’s first ever children’s book on machine learning. Noah holds a JD from the NYU School of Law, an AM from Brown University, and a BA with honours from McGill University.

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.

Patryk  Zamorski

Patryk Zamorski

Director of Talent- Europe
Dentons

Patryk Zamorski is Europe Director of Talent for Dentons - the world’s largest law firm. He leads the talent and HR function that serves almost 3,000 lawyers and business support professional teams in 18 countries. His role is to attract, develop and retain the best talent from across Europe and Central Asia, and he strives to give people the tools, self-awareness and confidence to make his support unnecessary. In 2018, he won the People’s Choice Award for outstanding contributions to Dentons Europe. His passion for neuroscience and behavioural sciences is at the core of several award-winning, innovative leadership programs he co-created. In March 2019, Dentons team launched NextTalent - a programme which combines insights from neuroscience and behavioural sciences with new technologies, and is designed to help people succeed in our rapidly changing, digital era. Patryk is regional co-coordinator for the European Association of Communication Directors; member of the Neuromarketing Science & Business Association; member of the Neuromarketing World Forum Organisational Committee; member of the Society for Neuroeconomics and the Society for Consumer Psychology. He is also a Chartered Marketer, a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing in London, a CIM/marketing tutor and lecturer, a licensed trainer of neuro-linguistic programming and a personal development coach. Patryk’s mission is to build a culture where each and every employee knows that they are respected and valued.

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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.

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. 

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

Management Editor and Associate 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 (12)

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

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.

Meg Sullivan

Meg Sullivan

Chief Business Development, Marketing and CSR Officer
Paul Hastings

Meg Sullivan Chief Business Development, Marketing, and CSR Officer, Paul Hastings Meg Sullivan is responsible for supporting the firm’s strategy for growth and innovation in providing legal services. She oversees business and client development programs, public relations, brand management, communications, diversity & inclusion and corporate responsibility efforts that promote Paul Hastings’ international reach and commitment to client service. Before joining Paul Hastings, Meg was the Director of Marketing for the EMEIA region at Andersen.

In 2011, Meg founded Quorum Initiative, an international organisation focused on accelerating the advancement of executive women in business with chapters in New York, Washington, D.C., London and Chicago. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion being a driver of business innovation and women’s role in helping to shape our future global enterprises. Meg is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s First-Mover Fellowship program, serves on the steering committee for The Aspen Institute Socrates Program and is an advisory council member for Child HELP Partnership.

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

    Drinks Reception for all delegates, with a focus on changing mindsets, diversity and inclusion.

    1) Introduction:

    Leyla Boulton, Executive Editor and Editor of Special Reports, Financial Times

    Julia Salasky, CEO, CrowdJustice

    Reena SenGupta, CEO, RSG Consulting

    The FT Innovative Lawyers programme is using its platform to encourage diversity and greater entrepreneurship in the law. We will be launching the RSG programme for legal intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs and the new FT Innovative Lawyers Awards for diversity and for entrepreneurship.

    Venue: Heddon Street Kitchen, London.

Agenda - 18th Jun

  • 8:00am
    Registration
  • 8:20am
    Breakfast Sessions

    1) The Minority Report: As organisations get better at creating data lakes, which they can use to analyse and predict behaviours, there is an increasing debate around the ethical use of that data. With contributions from practitioners who are at the forefront of using data to manage risk, predict partner performance and streamline legal work, this session explores the new ways organisations are using data. The conversation considers how businesses can formulate a data strategy that generates useful business insights and offers predictions as to how data will change our lives over the next five years.

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

    Susana Almeida de Lopes, Organisational Development Director, Vieira de Almeida (VdA)

    Noah Waisberg, CEO and Co-Founder, Kira Systems

    Moderator: Reena SenGupta, Chief Executive Officer, RSG Consulting

    2) The Lawyer in the Machine: Law and technology have not always been comfortable bedfellows. But as the rate of technoloy adoption in the industry accelerates, the need for lawyers to embrace technology has become acute. In this session, we will hear from some of the people leading the charge in ‘digitising’ lawyers and their legal practice and the lessons they have learned along the way.

    Caryn Sandler, Partner, Chief Knowledge and Innovation Officer, Gilbert+Tobin

    Horacio Gutierrez, General Counsel, Spotify

    Jason Boehmig, CEO, Ironclad

    Miral Hamani-Samaan, Director and Associate General Counsel, Corporate and M&A, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Moderator: Yasmin Lambert, Senior Consultant and Co-owner, RSG Consulting

  • 9:05am
    Welcome Remarks

    Reena SenGupta, CEO, RSG Consulting

  • 9:10am
    Purpose

    Framer: Andrew Hill, Associate Editor and Management Editor, Financial Times

    Many law firms, law companies and corporate law departments are currently looking at defining and articulating their mission statements. What is their purpose? Why are they in business? Here we look at the most effective ways to embark on a mission and values exercise and how, when done well, it can be transformational for people and performance.

    Richard Foley, Senior Partner and Chair of the Board, Pinsent Masons

    Liam Brown, Founder and Executive Chairman, Elevate

    Rosemary Martin, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary, Vodafone

    Interviewer: Andrew Hill, Associate Editor and Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:00am
    Responsible Innovation

    By the year 2022, according to a ‘Future of Jobs’ report published last year by the World Economic Forum, 62% of organisations’ data processing, information search and transmission tasks will be performed by machines, compared to 46% in 2018. The legal profession is automating many of its standard tasks. How can legal leaders allay the concerns of their people and strategise for the future? How are businesses maintaining their values in the face of technological transformation?

    Chad Jerdee, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Accenture

    David Kerr, CEO, Bird & Bird

    Interviewer: Leyla Boulton, Executive Editor and Editor of Special Reports, Financial Times

  • 10:20am
    Coffee Break
  • 10:40am
    High Performance

    Beginning with a look at high performance from the perspective of a neuroscientist through to exploring abolishing the annual appraisal, this session will examine the best ways to improve the performance of people working in the legal industry.

     The science behind high performance:

    Geoff Bird, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Oxford 

    Moving beyond annual appraisals:

    Andrew Ballheimer, Global Managing Partner, Allen and Overy

    Creating a high-performing in-house team:

    José González, Chief Legal Officer, QBE North America 

    How does giving lawyers time to innovate impact their performance?

    Wendy Butler Curtis, Chief Innovation Officer, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe 

    Presenter: Stuart Barr, Chief Product Officer, HighQ

  • 11:40am
    Ted-Style Talks: Downsides of a high-performance environment

    A successful corporate partner of over 30 years, Chris Parsons will talk about his struggle with mental health issues

    Chris Parsons, Chairman, Herbert Smith Freehills’ India Practice

  • 12:20pm
    Networking Lunch
  • 1:20pm
    Carousel Conversations & Coffee- Sustaining Performance and Unlocking Potential
    1. Mental Health, a once hidden issue is beginning to receive serious attention from the profession. How should legal leaders be managing this for themselves and their people?
    2. Resilience at Work: Lawyers exhibit the least resilience among the professional classes. How can we get develop more resilience in ourselves and throughout the legal workplace?
    3. Planning for the 100-year life: Our life spans are getting longer, delivering new financial, physical and career challenges. How can legal professionals plan for longer working lives?
    4. Social mobility: How can the industry change the pipeline for talent?
    5. Gender Parity: How to significantly move the stats on female partners in law firm?
    6. Millennials: Do they really have different expectations from their careers in the law from previous generations? What are the best ways to manage them?
  • 2:15pm
    PECHA KUCHA & Discussion- Managing Change

    Most law firms, corporate law departments and law companies are going through unprecedented cycles of change. Here we will explore managing change from a behavioural, cultural and boardroom perspective and the power of ‘authentic’ leadership. The session will be led psychologist and change management specialist John Amaechi OBE.

    Authentic leadership:

    Chris Price, CEO, EY Riverview Law

    Changing behaviours:

    Melissa Butler, Partner, White & Case London

    Change Management from a boardroom perspective: 

    Kim Rucker, Independent Director, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Celanese Corporation, Lennox International Inc

    Changing company cultures:

    Kellye Walker, Executive Vice President, and Chief Legal Officer, Huntington Ingalls Industries

    Presenter: John Amaechi OBE, CEO, APS

  • 3:15pm
    Academic presentation and conversation- Recruiting the right people

    Lateral hiring for law firms, and recruitment for most businesses in general, can be hit and miss. We explore the academic thinking behind lateral hiring, and the experiences of a firm that has been largely built on lateral hires and of a corporate law department that has been through a major transformation. The session will also cover how to identify and nurture talent for your succession.

    Presenter and interviewer: Heidi Gardner, Distinguished Fellow, Harvard Law School’s Centre on the Legal Profession

    Elizabeth Noe, Partner and Chair of the Corporate Department, Paul Hastings

    Chee Kin Lam, Managing Director and Head of Group Legal, Compliance and Secretariat, DBS Bank

  • 3:45pm
    Coffee Break
  • 4:05pm
    PECHA KUCHA & Discussion: Creating agile talent

    Identifying new roles in the industry; bridging the skills gap between lawyers and new emerging roles; developing intrinsic motivation and managing energy not time; turning lawyers into problem solvers.

    Anchor and presenter: Sirisha Gummaregula, Co-Founder and COO, QuisLex

    Empowering associates to lead innovation for clients: Isabel Parker, Chief Legal Innovation Officer, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

    How to turn lawyers into problem-solvers? Rob Booth, General Counsel and Company Secretary, The Crown Estate 

    Developing intrinsic motivation and managing energy, not time: Patryk Zamorski, Director of Talent (Europe), Dentons

    This session will feature ‘Ask and Share’ with delegates- a dedicated interactive opportunity for the audience to share their perspective on the topic

  • 4:45pm
    In Conversation With: Working Lives of the Future

    A conversation between a law firm leader and the general counsel of a multinational focused on taking down hierarchies and improving engagement.

    Taking down hierarchies: 

    Ritva Sotamaa, Chief Legal Officer and Group Secretary, Unilever

    Engagement Strategies:

    Jami McKeon, Partner and Global Chair, Morgan Lewis & Bockius

  • 5:05pm
    Closing Interview: Know Thyself

    How do leaders keep to their organisation’s purpose and their own when in situations of high stress? The final session will explore how our leadership styles and personalities change when we are ‘in the grip’ and what we can do to keep to our 'true north’ and sustain our performance as successful leaders. How do leaders keep to their organisation’s purpose and their own when in situations of high stress? The final session will explore how our leadership styles and personalities change when we are ‘in the grip’ and what we can do to keep to our true North and sustain our performance as successful leaders.

    Sue Kench, Global Chief Executive, King & Wood Mallesons

    Siobhan Moriarty, General Counsel & Company Secretary, Diageo 

    Jonathan Harmon, Chairman, McGuireWoods

    Interviewer: Penny Moyle, Faculty and Advisor on Psychometrics, Meyler Campbell

  • 5:45pm
    The Close
  • 6:00pm
    Networking Drinks Reception
  • 7:30pm
    Summit Dinner
  • 9:15pm
    The individuals in the 2019 FT GC 25 are revealed
  • 9:25pm
    General Counsel Keynote Address

    Craig Glidden, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, General Motors

  • 9:45pm
    Closing Remarks

    FT General Counsel Report is released

Venues

Heddon Street Kitchen
Regent Street Food Quarter
3-9 Heddon St, Mayfair
London W1B 4BE

United Kingdom


Claridge’s
49 Brook Street
Mayfair
London W1K 4HR

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7629 8860

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Why Sponsor?

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

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

E) diana.whittington@ft.com

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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 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.

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 (5)

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.

Kira Systems’ technology is the most used and trusted software for contract review and analysis, helping the world’s largest corporations and professional service firms uncover relevant information from unstructured contracts and related documents. Kira is powerful, patented, award-winning software that excels at searching and analysing contract text and can be deployed for due diligence, knowledge management, lease abstraction, regulatory compliance and other projects where visibility into contract provisions is critical. Using Kira Quick Study, anyone can train additional models that can accurately identify virtually any desired clause. To find out more, please visit: www.kirasystems.com

Silver Sponsor (3)

Ironclad is a digital contracting platform that companies like Dropbox, AppDynamics, and Glassdoor rely on to speed contracting, ensure compliance, and unlock the power of contracts data. It’s the only platform that handles every type of contract, no matter the use case or complexity. It is also the first platform that powers the entire end-to-end contracting lifecycle, from request to approvals to storage in a single repository of truth for contracts and data. Founded by a Fenwick & West lawyer and a Palantir engineer, Ironclad is backed by Sequoia, Accel, Greylock, SV Angel, and Formation 8. 

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.

Summit Reception Sponsor (1)

McGuireWoods is a full-service firm providing legal and public affairs solutions to corporate, individual and nonprofit clients worldwide. Our firm, over its 185-year history, has earned the loyalty of our many longstanding clients with deep understanding of their businesses, and broad skills in corporate transactions, high-stakes disputes, and complex regulatory and compliance matters. Our wholly-owned affiliate, McGuireWoods Consulting, provides state and federal government relations prowess, buttressed by world-class infrastructure, economic development, and advocacy expertise. Working together from 26 offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia, we share a dedication to diverse perspectives, impeccable service, and innovative delivery of practical, business-minded solutions.

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