Speaker Biographies

Monday 23 May
101: Opening Plenary / High potential - the GC perspective

Marie-Anne Birken - General Counsel, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Marie-Anne Birken was appointed General Counsel at the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in June 2014. She is responsible for the Office of the General Counsel which includes the Legal department, the Operations and Administration Department and the Procurement Department. Ms Birken is a member of the Executive Committee and various other committees of the Bank such as the Operations Committee, Risk Committee and Strategy Planning Committee. Ms Birken joined EBRD from the Asian Development Bank where she was The Secretary and previously served as Deputy General Counsel and as Assistant General Counsel responsible for private sector operations. Ms Birken has extensive emerging markets experience and lived and worked in Asia from 1995 until 2014. She was previously a partner in two international law firms and held the position of regional general counsel at Barclays Bank where she supported corporate banking activities in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Ms Birken is a Dutch national; she has a Master’s degree in law from the University of Utrecht and also qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales.

Sabine Chalmers - Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs Officer, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Sabine Chalmers is the Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs Officer and Secretary to the Board of Directors of Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI), the leading global brewer and one of the world’s top five consumer products companies. The company employs more than 150,000 employees based in 25 countries worldwide and its portfolio of over 200 beers includes global brands Budweiser®, Corona® and Stella Artois®. ABI is a publicly traded company (Euronext: ABI) based in Leuven, Belgium, with American Depositary Receipts on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BUD). In 2014, the company realized US$ 47.1 billion in revenue.
In her role Sabine leads the team that is responsible for the ABI’s legal affairs, compliance program, media relations, government affairs and corporate social responsibility initiatives. She is a US citizen of German and Indian origin and holds an LL.B. from the London School of Economics. She is qualified as a solicitor in England and is a member of the New York State Bar.
Sabine joined ABI in 2005 after over 12 years with Diageo plc where she held a number of senior legal positions in various geographies across Europe, the Americas and Asia including as General Counsel of the Latin American and North American businesses. Prior to Diageo, she was an associate at the law firm of Lovells in London, specializing in mergers and acquisitions.
Sabine is a member of the Board of Directors of Grupo Modelo. She also serves on several professional councils and not-for-profit boards, including the Association of Corporate Counsel and Legal Momentum, the United States’ oldest legal defense and education fund dedicated to advancing the rights of women and girls.

Antonino Cusimano - General Counsel and Executive Vice President Legal Affairs, Telecom Italia S.p.A.

Antonino Cusimano was born in Palermo on September 29, 1964. He is married and has three children. On April 18, 2014 he was confirmed as Secretary of Telecom Italia Board of Directors, a position he has held since September 25, 2008. Since September 15, 2008 he has been Head of Legal Affairs at Telecom Italia. After working as an attorney in Milan and London for five years, in 1994 Mr. Cusimano was hired by Paris-based company PPG Industries International Inc., where he rose through the ranks. In 2000, he was appointed General Counsel for Europe, with responsibility for international legal issues. From 2003 to 2005 he served as General Manager, Environmental, Health and Security Protection (Europe), and between May and December 2005, he held the position of Corporate Counsel. The following year he returned to Italy, where he went to work for General Oil & Gas in Florence as Senior Counsel Global Services and Transactions. He retained this job until September 2008. During the same period, he was a Director and Vice President at Nuovo Pignone Holding S.p.A and Nuovo Pignone S.p.A.

Leigh Dance - President, ELD International LLC

Based in New York and Brussels, Leigh Dance is President of the 22-yr-old consultancy ELD International, whose clients include many prominent multinational law departments and legal service providers. Founder and Executive Director of the Global Counsel Leaders Circle, Dance works closely with in-house legal and compliance teams internationally. She assists global corporate legal teams with structure, strategy, performance and productivity, business partnering, corporate governance, crisis management, global compliance, law firm management and communications. A recognized thought leader in global legal services, Dance authors the Global In-House column in American Lawyer’s Corporate Counsel publication. She has published widely on regulatory, governance and compliance issues facing corporate leaders, including in The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. In her book Bright Ideas: Insights from Legal Luminaries Worldwide (Amazon), she edited 26 original essays by legal industry leaders. She compiled and edited the Association of Corporate Counsel’s 110-page guide, Value Challenge in Europe, in 2013. With a background in international public policy and development in Washington DC and New York as well as financial services, Dance was a VP of Chase Manhattan Bank for 7 years. She then entered the legal services arena. Dance holds an MBA magna cum laude in International Management and a BA in International Relations cum laude. She was appointed a Fellow in the College of Law Practice Management in 2012.

Marco Reggiani - General Counsel Legal, Corporate and Compliance Affairs, Snam

Mr. Reggiani has covered leading roles in primary companies operating in the energy market, oil and gas industry and in the infrastructure networks. His current position encompasses those of General Counsel Legal, Company Secretary and Compliance Officer of all the companies of the Snam Group. Since January 2010, he is responsible for and supervise the activities of the Legal, Corporate and Compliance Affairs department whose tasks consist, inter alia, in (i) assisting and providing legal advice to all business and corporate functions, both in judicial and extrajudicial context, (ii) managing civil, administrative and criminal litigation and representing in legal proceedings as well as investigations of independent administrative authorities; (iii) defining and implementing adequate governance systems and rules; (iv) organizing and assisting the functioning of the corporate bodies, board and committees, (v) conferring/ revocating the powers, compliance; (vi) ethics and corporate responsibility. Moreover, it is included in his tasks the legal, corporate and compliance risks analysis and the definition of guidelines, methodologies, instruments and operating modes. In addition, he determines the criteria and the instruments for calling upon the expertise of external legal advice, evaluating the furnished contributions and guaranteeing the professional appointment.

Fabienne-Anne Rehulka - General Counsel EMEA, Managing Director, Legal & Compliance, Swiss Re Management Ltd

Fabienne is a French national and UK qualified solicitor. She started her career at Allen & Overy LLP in London where she advised Swiss Re on structured reinsurance projects before joining Swiss Re in 2008. At Swiss Re, Fabienne first advised on mergers & acquisitions and new structured reinsurance arrangements, she then focussed on Swiss Re’s capability to write longevity products globally. In her current capacity, Fabienne is responsible for the legal affairs pertaining to Swiss Re's operating platform and reinsurance business in EMEA. She manages a team of 30 professionals in the region whose focus is on carrier services (corporate governance, compliance, corporate secretariat), operating platform services (HR, IT, IP, real estate, disputes, local requirements) and reinsurance business (new products, structures, services). Fabienne has worked in London, Sydney, Paris and Zurich. She studied Mathematics and Politics and has a degree in law from the University of Rennes in France.

102: Striving for excellence: Being the best in-house lawyer you can be

Charles Grimes - Director, Charles Grimes Ltd

Charles Grimes is a Business Psychologist who coaches individuals and groups to improve their leadership and performance. He is the Founder/Director of the consultancy Charles Grimes Limited, a UK-based collective of psychologists and training professionals who specialise in learning and development solutions. He initially qualified and practised as a Chartered Surveyor, unfortunately for too long. His absolute passion is classical music and for several years he was able to work in Broadcasting (for Radio Television Hong Kong and the BBC). He then re-trained and since 1998 he’s been consulting with well known brands such as British Airways, BP, GlaxoSmithKline, Google, Lloyds Bank, McDonalds, Pfizer, Tesco and Virgin Atlantic on the broad subject of Leadership. He holds an MSc from Ashridge Business School, has taught on the Advanced Management Programme at Henley Business School, is an Associate Course Director for The Leadership Trust, and since 2006 has been a Faculty member of the LBCambridge Spring and Summer Schools for In-house Lawyers held at Queens’ College, Cambridge.

103: EU data protection regulation

Cecilia Alvarez - European Data Protection Officer Lead, Pfizer

Cecilia Álvarez is the European Privacy Officer Lead of the pharma multinational Pfizer. She formerly worked in the Spanish law firm Uría Menéndez, leading the data protection, IT and ecommerce areas of practice as well as the LATAM Data Protection Working Group. Cecilia is Vice-president of APEP (Spanish Privacy Professional Association) and of European branch of IPPC (International Pharmaceutical Privacy Consortium), Spanish member of CEDPO (Confederation of European Data Protection Organisations) and member of the Steering Committee of The Sedona Conference. She also participated in the Group of Experts selected by the Spanish DPA to prepare the Madrid Resolution on International Privacy Standards in 2009. She formed part of the Volunteer Group of Privacy Experts of the OECD Working Party on Information Security and Privacy (WPISP) in charge of the recent review of the OECD guidelines governing the protection of privacy and transborder data flows of personal data. Cecilia has written numerous publications on data protection and regularly lectures on data protection, IT and e-commerce at different Master’s programmes and seminars (Universidad de Navarra, IE, ICADE, Universidad Carlos III, Forum on International Privacy Law, IAPP, European Privacy Officers Network (EPON), The Sedona Conference, Magister Lvcentinvs, ...) and has been highly ranked in the legal directories Best Lawyers, Chambers and International Who's Who Lawyers for Spain.

Patrick Ambrose - Chief Legal Officer, DLL Ireland

Patrick Ambrose is currently employed as Chief Legal Officer at DLL (a subsidiary of Rabobank) supporting both local treasury and global corporate functions. He is qualified to practice in Ireland and in England and Wales, and his extensive experience in financial services law includes banking, investment funds, capital markets, financial regulation, derivatives, corporate law and trade finance. He is a frequent contributor to legal and business publications and is author of two books: ‘The Inside Job: Working as an In-house Lawyer’ and ‘The Law of Advertising Ireland’. His awards include ‘Legal 500 Rising Stars 2014’ and ‘Ireland In-house lawyer of the year 2015’. He is ACC Europe’s Country Representative for Ireland.

Giovanni Buttarelli - European Data Protection Supervisor

Mr. Giovanni Buttarelli (1957) has been appointment European Data Protection Supervisor since 4 December 2014 by a joint decision of the European Parliament and the Council for a term of five years.Before joining the EDPS, he worked as Secretary General to the Italian Data Protection Authority, a position he occupied between 1997 and 2009. A member of the Italian judiciary with the rank of Cassation judge, he has attended to many initiatives and committees on data protection and related issues at international level.The experience on data protection includes the participation in many bodies at European Union level (including Art. 31 Committee of Directive n. 95/46/EC and Taiex programs), and at the Council of Europe (in particular, also as a consultant, T‐PD; CJ‐PD, DH‐S‐Ac, Venice Commission), as well as the contribution to many hearings, meetings and workshops held also by Parliaments and to specialized book journals and papers. He currently teaches on privacy at the Lumsa University, Rome. 

Alexander Duisberg - Partner and Head Software & Services, Int'l Tech & Coms Group, Bird & Bird LLP

Alexander is a highly reputed lawyer within the IT, digital transformation and privacy sphere, with a clear international vision to develop his clients' businesses. Alexander Duisberg is a partner of Bird & Bird in Munich, handling commercial, digital transformation and data protection issues. He is a member of our International Tech & Comms Sector Steering Group and leads our Software & Services industry initiative. Alexander is considered a leading expert on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters of technology law, including agile development, Big Data, cloud migration, data protection and security, digital transformation projects, Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, open source, outsourcing, software and services, and complex technology projects. His client base comprises suppliers and customers in a range of industries, in particular within the automotive, mechanical engineering, energy and insurance sectors. Alexander is an appointed panelist to the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre, and has deep experience in domestic and international arbitration on technology disputes. He is a recognized leader and government advisor to the German government think tank projects "Trusted Cloud", "Smart Data" and "Plattform Industrie 4.0". He is a frequent speaker on national and international events, and contributes regularly to publications on Tech-related topics. Alexander speaks German, English, Italian, Spanish and French.

Cristina Sirera - Group Privacy Advisor, Colt Technology Services Group Limited

Cristina Sirera. Group Data Protection Advisor in Colt Technology Services Group Limited. Highly qualified IP/IT lawyer and legal manager specialized in Data Protection and Compliance (Best Lawyer 2014 and 2015 on Privacy and Data Protection). Cristina has being EMEA Counsel and Legal Manager in Companies as HRAccess, Oracle, Siebel and Mondelez, being the unique lawyer in Spain who has implemented in EMEA the Binding Corporate Rules as Iberia Legal Manager and EMEA Data Protection Manager of HRAS. LLM in Corporate and Business Law and LLM in Tax Law by IE Law School. Certified Information Privacy Professional / Europe by the International Association of Privacy Professional. Director & Professor of the Advanced Data Protection & Security Program in IE Law School and other Programs related to Intellectual Property, Compliance, Advertising and Data Protection in IE Law School, IAB Spain and IDSM. Frequent speaker at conferences and seminars.

104: Succeeding in emerging markets

Rebecca (Riv) Goldman - VP, Law, Rockwell Automation

Riv Goldman is Vice President, Law at Rockwell Automation. Rockwell Automation is the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Rockwell Automation employs about 22,500 people serving customers in more than 80 countries. Riv leads a team of global commercial lawyers, providing legal support to our Rockwell sales and marketing operation and business segments. She acts as the Anti-Corruption expert for the corporation and her team provides legal support for our acquisition activities around the globe. Rockwell’s commercial lawyers are based in US, Belgium, Poland, India, China, and Australia. Riv joined Rockwell Automation in 2006 to head the newly-formed global commercial legal function. Prior to joining Rockwell, Riv served as General Counsel, of GE Water & Process Technologies where she also led a global team of lawyers. Riv has a BA in Economics from Stanford University, an MBA with concentrations in Finance and Accounting from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, and a JD from the University of Dayton.

Derek Jones - Partner, Baker Botts L.L.P. – a Lex Mundi member firm

Derek Jones has extensive UK and cross-border corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions experience, including acquisitions, joint ventures, reorganisations, takeovers, mergers and demergers and equity issues. His particular focuses are on investments by and in Russian companies and the technology, media and telecommunication sector.

Duygu Limnili Kirca - Chief Legal Counsel, Mondelez International

Duygu Limnili Kırca has recently joined Mondelez International, one of the world's largest snacks companies, as Chief Legal Counsel, Turkey. Before joining Mondelez, she was the Legal Affairs Director for Kordsa Global where she lead a number of merger & acquisitions, restructuring and reduction in force projects in various jurisdictions including those in Brazil, Argentina, Indonesia, China, Thailand, Egypt, Germany and the US. While leading the legal team at Kordsa, her responsibities included to function as a key business partner and identify opportunities to drive business forward and support growth opportunities; structure, negotiate and close complex transactions and intellectual property management. During earlier years of her career, she has worked in the areas of energy and project finance, representing the Turkish government in its first ICSID Case initiated by PSEG.
Ms. Kirca has been a Director of P.T. Indo Kordsa Tbk, an Indonesian publicly traded company, since 2012. Ms. Duygu Kirca holds Bachelor of Laws from Dokuz Eylul University and is based in Istanbul, Turkey.

Graham Shepherd - Senior Counsel, BearingPoint

Graham Shepherd recently returned to the UK and joined BearingPoint (a multinational European based business and technology consulting firm) where, as part of a global team, he is the lead lawyer responsible for all commercial and compliance matters across the UK, Ireland, the Middle East and the USA.  Prior to BearingPoint he worked with various US and European multinationals, including Lucent Technologies, SITA, Sun Microsystems and Johnson Controls, part of which involved 16 years in different international locations across Europe, the USA, Australia and 10 years in the Middle East where he gained extensive in-house commercial, corporate and compliance experience across EMEA, South Central Asia and North America.  The focus was predominantly in the technology and telecommunication sectors, but also in heavy engineering and construction, with considerable exposure to large complex infrastructure projects, joint ventures and company formation, particularly in the Middle East.  He was often responsible for establishing and developing regional legal departments and was also engaged in the roll out of a compliance programme across the Middle East overseen by the US Department of Justice.

105: Law Lab 1: Protecting and enforcing your IP rights in China - understanding the changing environment

Giovanni Galimberti - Co-managing partner, Italy, Bird & Bird LLP

Client-friendly and highly pragmatic, Giovanni is recommended for his excellent litigation attitude and considered a star in the Italian IP sector
Giovanni Galimberti is one of the founding partners and co-managing partner of our Italian offices, he is also co-head of our Italian Intellectual Property department, based in Milan.
He is widely recognised across Europe for his expertise in all IP matters, including patents, trademarks, design, domain names, copyright and unfair competition, assisting clients across sectors, including pharmaceutical, mechanical, electronics, automotive and food. Giovanni has handled and coordinated numerous pan-European matters for national and international clients and is known as one of the best IP litigators in Italy.
He is the author of various publications in the field of patent and trademark law for Italian and European legal magazines. Moreover he is one of the experts appointed by the Arbitration Chamber of Milan to decide proceedings concerning the reassignment of domain names.
Giovanni is member of AIPPI (International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property), AIPLA (American Intellectual Property Law Association), EPLAW (European Patent Lawyers), LES (Licensing Executives Society), INTA (International Trademark Association), SISPI (Italian Society for the Study of Intellectual Property) and IPyard (Italian Intellectual Property Working Group).

Grégory Leboutte - EMEA GBUs Legal Director, Hewlett-Packard Belgium

Together with his team, Grégory supports the EMEA GBUs, i.e. the Enterprise Group (i.e. HPE Servers, Storage, Networking, Technology Support Services and Consulting Services), HPE Software and Cloud and provides strategic legal advice to the regional BU management team of the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Group in EMEA. He is in charge of a broad variety of tasks including the advice at strategic level on go-to-market initiatives for the Business Group and the provision of legal support on a wide range of issues, including commercial contracting, cybersecurity, ethics and compliance, competition law. He is contributing to the roll-out of standard corporate programs in the EMEA Region, such as the Channel roll-out, standard terms and conditions and overseeing the deal governance process from a legal perspective for EG service led deals. Previous to his current role, Grégory was the EMEA Technology Services Counsel and Country Counsel for Belgium and Luxembourg and member of the BeLux Country Management Team. Before taking the Country Leader Legal position, Grégory (hired by HP in 1995) worked in different positions within the Legal Department, including a two-years-assignment as EMEA Contract Consultant for the Enterprise Account Organization in Böblingen (Germany). Grégory holds a Law degree from University of Liège (Belgium) and is registered as a company lawyer in the Belgian National Institute of Company lawyers. He can operate in three languages, French, Dutch and English and has a good passive knowledge of German.

MariaGiovanna Marletti - In House Counsel, Ferrero S.p.A.

In house counsel at Ferrero S.p.A. Italy (turnover of 8.4 billion Euros). MariaGiovanna joined Ferrero Group in 2009 working for Soremartec Italia S.r.l. as Intellectual Property Counsel, coming from the Legal department of Grimaldi & Associati in Brussels and previously working at Bird & Bird Law firm in Milan. In her previous role in Soremartec MariaGiovanna was responsible for IP matters for Ferrero Group in South and West Europe with a focus towards copyright and trademark law and she was involved in strategies and leading negotiations for both offensive and defensive trademark issues. In her current position MariaGiovanna is responsible for legal matters related with the Business Unit (digital, marketing and advertising law, e-commerce law, consumer protection law, privacy and data protection, unfair commercial practices, commercial agreements, strategies on pre/contentious and contentious issues). MariaGiovanna is a qualified Italian Lawyer with a 12 years of experience specialised in trademark litigation across multiple jurisdictions and contracts.

Marc Messely - Group Industrial Property Manager at NV Bekaert SA, Bruges Area, Belgium Legal Services

Marc Messely graduated from the university of Ghent (Belgium) in 1981 as electro-mechanical engineer. In 1985 he joined the Industrial Property Department of the Bekaert Group, a world leader in steel cord, steel rope and steel wire. This department deals not only with patents but also with designs, trademarks, domain names, trade secrets, IP clauses in agreements and with unfair competition for the whole Bekaert Group. In 1990 Marc succeeded in the European Qualifying Examination and in the Belgian Qualifying Examination to become a European patent attorney and a Belgian patent attorney. Since 1999, Marc has taken the lead of the Industrial Property Department of the Bekaert Group. In this context, he started with a branch of the department in China in 2006. Marc has experience in both prosecution and enforcement of patents and trademarks in various jurisdictions, amongst others, in China. His main interest and focus lies in creating added value for the business with IP.

106: Law Lab 2: "To RFP or not RFP?" Lessons learned in selecting outside counsel

Vinciane De Coen - Procurement Manager, Infrabel

Vinciane De Coen is a highly skilled procurement professional with more than 15 years’ experience in negotiations and procurement strategies related to sourcing and managing suppliers of intellectual services. In this career, she enjoys the opportunity to enhance collaborative methodologies to create business solutions and trigger improvements in a framework where ethic makes a difference. Vinciane graduated from Louvain School of Management,Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, with a major in international management, through in partnership with MBA program of Indiana University, Bloomington, U.S.A. She began her career in different large organisations in the ICT world and joined the multinational Hewlett Packard in 2000 where she grew from a local Indirect procurement consulting role to a European category management role, specializing in services procurement management. In 2011, in order to approach the procurement role from a different angle and diversify her skills, she took a program management role for Labor services which evolved among the years to a global role. In 2014, she took a management position in procurement for a Belgian 10k+ employees public organisation in the railway sector where learning about public sourcing rules and buying more diverse intellectual services is adding new perspectives to the procurement mission in a large organisation.

Matthew Glover - Head of Legal Operations, Colt Technology Services

Matthew Glover heads the Legal Operations function within the Colt legal team. Matthew joined Colt in 2007, originally as legal project manager but has since worked closely with the General Counsel to develop the legal operations function. The function is responsible for all systems and process supporting the legal function as well as acting as the main point of contact with the business on project matters and new product development. Matthew is responsible for the development and management of key law firm relationships and the management of the legal budget and played a leading role in the design and development of the pan European relationship with Baker & McKenzie. Prior to joining Colt, he worked for Viatel from 1999 initially as a commercial manager within the division constructing Viatel’s pan European network, as an information management specialist responsible for document management and network inventory management systems and as Carrier Relations Manager during the roll-out of Viatel’s voice over IP service in the UK.

Sam Parr - VP & Associate General Counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise for UK & Ireland and Enterprise Services for EMEA

Sam Parr is Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, responsible for legal support to the UK and Ireland HPE business, and also for the Enterprise Services outsourcing business unit across EMEA. Sam joined HPE in 2010. Prior to HPE, he spent 11 years in private practice in the IT/Com Department at the London office of Baker & McKenzie, where his practice focused on outsourcing, transactional IT and telecoms regulatory advice. After joining HPE Sam spent a couple of years negotiating high-value outsourcing transactions, before taking on the role of Legal Director for Enterprise Services across UK & Ireland in 2012. In 2014 Sam moved to his current role, which involves managing a team of 30+ attorneys and legal professionals providing support to HPE’s UK&I and EMEA Enterprise Services businesses. Sam is based in London, where he lives with his wife and son.

Tahl Tyson - Shareholder, Littler Global

Tahl Tyson is an international employment lawyer with 25 years of experience. She is admitted to practice in the United States and as a solicitor in England and Wales. Tahl grew up in London, and obtained an undergraduate degree in Chinese studies from Yale University. She was among the earliest Westerners to study in the People’s Republic of China. Now a shareholder at Littler Mendelson, Tahl advises employers on a wide range of employment law issues, from cross-border non-competes to global restructuring. Tahl also has in-house experience from a previous role responsible for employment law at a global publicly traded company, where workplace issues spanned over 40 countries. While resident in that company’s Paris office, she provided site leadership for the French subsidiary and had responsibility for all aspects of human resources and employment issues, including works council consultation and negotiations.

107: The connected world (social media)

Michelle Carvill - Carvill Creative

Michelle Carvill is Founder of Carvill Creative – a social media marketing agency founded in 2002. Passionate about 'the digital future' – she advises clients on creative Online Marketing Communication Strategies and Social Media Strategies – and leads a team delivering practical social media planning and daily management. Michelle is the co-author of best selling book, ‘The Business of Being Social’ – A Practical Guide to Harnessing Social Networks for Business. She also works with a range of training organisations developing and delivering training courses around social media, digital marketing, content creation, blogging and online business – and over the past few year months has trained and consulted over 1800 people in social media and online marketing both in the UK and overseas. A regular speaker on the topic of social media for business – engagements include: Keynote: The Oxford Farming Conference – ‘How Social Media is Changing the Way Farmers do Business’, Internet World – ‘Creating a Content Strategy for a Social Business’, Accountex – ‘How to Improve your Online Visibility’, ICAEW Annual Conference – ‘The Changing Face of Digital Marketing’, Keynote: Linkedin’s RecruitIn – ‘Measuring the Value of Social Media’, Chelsea Design Club – Effective Social Media in the Interiors & Design Space. PR Weeks PR360 Global Event – What can PR learn from Social Influencers. Michelle started her career in advertising with Saatchi & Saatchi. She then moved into Professional Services marketing, first in legal marketing and then with a global professional services consultancy.

108: "Nudge": the use of behavioural economics by EU legislators and regulators

Patrick Ambrose - Chief Legal Officer, DLL Ireland

Patrick Ambrose is currently employed as Chief Legal Officer at DLL (a subsidiary of Rabobank) supporting both local treasury and global corporate functions. He is qualified to practice in Ireland and in England and Wales, and his extensive experience in financial services law includes banking, investment funds, capital markets, financial regulation, derivatives, corporate law and trade finance. He is a frequent contributor to legal and business publications and is author of two books: ‘The Inside Job: Working as an In-house Lawyer’ and ‘The Law of Advertising Ireland’. His awards include ‘Legal 500 Rising Stars 2014’ and ‘Ireland In-house lawyer of the year 2015’. He is ACC Europe’s Country Representative for Ireland.

Marilù Capparelli - Regional Director, Google EMEA

Marilù Capparelli is a Legal Director at Google EMEA. Marilù is an Italian qualified lawyer with experience within major international law firms and inhouse. Before joining Google, she was Head of Legal and Government Affairs at eBay Inc. She mainly works on Litigation, IP, Privacy, Regulatory matters and strategic commercial deals. She graduated and has a PHD at the University of Bologna and she studied EU law at the Université catholique de Louvain and at the College D’Europe. She is the author of several legal articles and she frequently gives speeches at legal and public policy conferences. She is fluent in Italian, French and English. In 2012 Marilu won the 2015 LegalCommunity Awards of General Counsel of the year, the 2015 TopLegal Corporate Counsel Awards for Litigation best Litigation Department, the 2012 ILO European Counsel Awards as Individual of the Year – Regulatory non-financial and she and her team were top-ranked at the 2013 FT Innovative Lawyers amongst the most innovative European in-house legal teams for winning important content battles and regulatory challenges, contributing to the creation and development of Internet Law.

Emanuele Ciriolo - Joint Research Centre, European Commission

Emanuele Ciriolo joined the European Commission as a behavioural economist in 2007. Since then he has investigated the possibility of applying behavioural insights in policy making, as a complement to other traditional approaches. His influence has resulted in several Commission services (Directorate Generals for Health, Justice and Consumers, Financial Services, Communication Networks Environment, Competition, Energy, Climate Change) to use behavioural insights and evidence in concrete policy initiatives. He moved to the Joint Research Centre in February 2015, and is currently engaged in furthering the use of behavioural insights in policymaking, engaging directly with the main actors, both at European and national level. He is one of the authors of the recently released Behavioural Insights Applied to Policy (February 2016).
Emanuele holds a BA in Economics, an MSc in Regional and Urban Planning (LSE), and an MSc in Economics and Statistics (ECARES, Brussels). He is also about to complete a PhD in Economics. While he enjoy studying other people's behavioural biases, he struggles every day with his own ones.

Cristiano Codagnone - Professor, University of Milan

Cristiano Codagnone holds a double academic affiliation, as aggregate professor at at Milan State University (Department of Social and Political Sciences) and at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC, Department of Communication Studies); in Barcelona I also direct the UOC spin-off research company Open Evidence and the Research Group Applied Social Science and Behavioural Economics (ASSBE). Since July 2014 I am also Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Media and Communication Department of London School of Economics. In the course of my academic career I have also taken several leaves of absence to serve as civil servant at the United Nations (2003-2004) and at the European Union (209-2011 and 2015-2016). Since 2012 has designed and irected several experimental behavioural studies to test policy options on behalf of the European Commission in various domains (tobacco packaging, online gambling, car labelling, online markting to children, etc.). Cristaino mixed throughout his career an interest for high-level social and economic theory, empirical research, and for their practical and concrete applications. He is an academic with a clear entrepreneurial bend and track record; he has founded and spearheaded three research companies, and in the last decades he directed dozens of consulting work and policy applied research engagements

109: Know your financials - financial education for in-house lawyers

David C. Butow - Vice President and General Counsel, EMEIA and Deputy General Counsel, M&A, Finance and Restructuring, Ingersoll Rand, Brussels, Belgium

David is in-house counsel at Ingersoll Rand, a diversified, global company that provides products, services and solutions to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings, transport and protect food and perishables, and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Its brands include Ingersoll-Rand®, Trane®, Thermo King®, American Standard®, ARO®, and Club Car®.
At Ingersoll Rand, David has responsibility for legal affairs in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa, as well as mergers and acquisitions, finance and other strategic transactions globally. Prior to joining Ingersoll Rand, David worked at the law firms of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Arnold & Porter LLP, and in the corporate law department of Citigroup.
David received his B.A. from Northwestern University and his J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law, where he was a Notes Editor of, and published an article for, the Washington and Lee Law Review. He is admitted to the bar in the U.S. State of New York.

Marco Giorgino - Professor, Polytechnic Milan

Marco Giorgino, 46 years old, is Full Professor of Finance and Risk Management at Politecnico di Milano, since 2004. He was graduated in Business Management and Economics at Bocconi University in 1992. His academic career started in 1992 as Assistant Professor, then Researcher in 1995 and Associate Professor in 2001. He currently teaches Investment Banking and Financial Risk Management at Politecnico di Milano. Author of more than 100 various publications on banking and finance, both at a national and international level. At MIP Graduate School of Business (Equis Accredited, MBA FT Business School Rankings) he is Scientific Supervisor and Senior Professor of the Banking and Finance Division. He has been and he is Director of several Master’s programs: MBA Program (2002 – 2004), Master in Private Equity (2000 – 2003), Master in Corporate and Investment Banking (2004 – 2010), Executive MBA Finance (2005 – 2006), Master in Banking Management (2012 – today), Master in Financial Risk Management (2015 – today). He is trainer and consultant for banking groups, financial intermediaries and institutional investors top and middle managers. He served and serves as Independent Directors and / or Chairman in several Boards, both in the banking and financial industries (regulated) and industrial companies.

Yves Heijmans - Manager Legal and Public Affairs EMEA Region, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

Yves Heijmans is in charge of the legal function for the region Europe, Middle East and Africa for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, based in Brussels.  Chevron Phillips Chemical Company is a joint venture of Chevron and Phillips 66 and holds all the chemical activities of both companies.  In addition to the legal function, he also oversee the public relation and communication department.   Prior to Chevron Phillips, he worked at Alcatel, working mainly on export and project financing dossiers.  

Marco Lechner - Associate General Counsel Contracting, Accenture GmbH

Marco Lechner graduated from Technical University in Darmstadt as Industrial Engineer in 1993 (master class Commercial and Contract Law). He joined Accenture (Andersen Consulting back then) that same year as one of the first inhouse lawyers in Germany. In 1997 he was appointed Geographic Lead Counsel for the Emerging Markets. In 2002 he was promoted to Senior Manager and two years later he moved to Chicago to manage the Accenture Legal Group deployed to the Financial Services industry service line in North America. He returned to Germany in 2006, taking the role as a Senior Contracting Counsel with EALA responsibility for the Communications, Media and Technology industry group, than the Products industry group and the Business Process Outsourcing service group in Accenture. He was promoted to Managing Director in 2011. His current role as Associate General Counsel includes responsibility for Contracting of all Accenture industry groups in the German speaking countries, Italy and Eastern Europe as well as the Middle East. He is also a member of the ASG Geographic Management Board of Accenture.

Tim Williams - Area Counsel, Wärtsilä Energy Solutions Middle East & Asia

Tim is Area Counsel for Wärtsilä Energy Solutions (Middle East & Asia), and is a member of the Area Management Team. Tim leads a small team of three and is responsible for legal support in project development, equipment sales, project execution, after sales support and claims and disputes in the Area.
Prior to this Tim was Senior Legal Counsel for Wärtsilä Development & Finance, in which role he was responsible for legal support for independent power project development, project finance, and Corporate Treasury. Tim came to Wärtsilä from Nokia, where he was Senior Legal Counsel in the Finance Legal team, specialising in vendor-arranged finance. Tim also has extensive experience in the Nordic private equity and venture capital sector.
Tim is an admitted English solicitor (1993), he holds an MBA in International Finance from the Helsinki School of Economics (1998) and an LLB from the University of Southampton (1990).

110: "Don't panic. OK, panic!" (Crisis management)

Massimiliano Carpino - Adjunct Professor of Law & New Technologies, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy

Massimiliano Carpino is currently Adjunct Professor , faculty of Criminal Sciences & Security Technologies, Catholic University, Milan. Until July 2015 he was Global General Counsel at GUCCI, responsible for a team of 115 in-house legal and security professionals across Asia, Europe, Middle East, North and South America. Prior to becoming Global General Counsel in 2013, Mr Carpino was the Worldwide Corporate Security & Crisis Director for GUCCI, with his main focus on the management of security and asset protection across 440 stores in 50 countries, as well as offices and warehouses. With GUCCI for more than 9 years, Mr Carpino was previously in-house counsel at a high-tech manufacturer, and served 7 years in the Special Operations Branch of the Arma dei Carabinieri, Italian Ministry of Defense. Mr Carpino went to the University of Parma and completed post-graduated legal, criminal justice and terrorism studies at University of London (QMUL and UCL) and the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He is an attorney at law admitted to the Italian Bar since 2001.

Nick Holland - Partner, Fieldfisher

Nick Holland has over 23 years’ experience in advising clients on international technology projects and most of his work is international. Nick was a senior in house counsel at a US company for a number of years. Nick’s main areas of practice are consumer and commercial transactions, global privacy compliance programs, global data security advice and IT outsourcing transactions for a range of clients across the world, and as he was in house for many years his main clients are senior in house counsel. With extensive experience of working with, and co-ordinating and managing foreign counsel, Nick has advised on all types of multi-jurisdictional technology and commercial projects around the world. Nick is a regular speaker at ACC conferences in the US and Europe and undertakes numerous webinars for ACC aswell as presenting at various lawyer conferences. Nick also runs an in house technology forum for senior in house counsel and is well known to most technology in house counsel throughout EMEA. He is regarded by both Chambers and The Legal 500 as a leading individual in technology.

Bruce Macmillan - Director GC Academy, RPC

Bruce Macmillan is founding Director of the RPC (law firm) Centre for Legal Leadership. The Centre is an initiative commenced in 2016 to provide coaching, mentoring, networking, education and training to in house legal teams on all aspects of their role (other than the legal content of the advice that they give to their businesses). Between 2014 and 2016 Bruce worked jointly as the General Counsel of Legal Practice Technologies Limited and as a management consultant and coach specialising in the legal services sector. Bruce was Executive Director, Senior Commercial Legal Counsel at VISA Europe until April 2014. Prior to joining VISA Europe, Bruce was the first General Counsel of the Legal Services Board (LSB), the oversight regulator for the English and Welsh legal profession. Bruce moved to the LSB from Dell Computers where he was European Senior Counsel for the Consumer, Retail and Wholesale distribution divisions. Prior to Dell, he was UK Head of Legal for the Swedish listed telecoms group Tele2, and for the private equity owned Alpha Telecom group. At the start of his in house career he worked at ONdigital/ITV Digital and at Cable & Wireless. A Cambridge University Law graduate; Mr. Macmillan trained as an auditor with Arthur Andersen before started his legal career at Gouldens (now Jones Day) and also worked for SJ Berwin (now King & Wood Mallesons) in Brussels before moving in house. He has been an active member of legal trade associations including the English Commerce & Industry Group (where he was chair of the Corporate Governance Committee) and the IT Lawyers’ Forum.

Stathis Mihos - Legal Director for Greece, Cyprus & Malta, Pfizer Hellas S.A.

Stathis Mihos was born in Athens, Greece, in 1964. He studied Law at the University of Athens and later got his postgraduate degree (LL.M.) on Information Technology and Telecommunications Law from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He also holds a M.A. degree in Tourism Business Administration. He worked as a Lawyer in Law Firms and in recent years he manages in-house legal departments for the Greek affiliates of international companies (Lafarge from 2001 until 2006, BP from 2006 to late 2009 and for the affiliate’s new owner, the Hellenic Petroleum Group, from late 2009 to 2011, Carrefour in 2012 and Pfizer since 2013). He is the Immediate Past President and Board Member of the Association of Corporate Counsel (Europe), and is or has been active in many roles in various Corporations, Non governmental Organizations and Professional Associations. He is a regular contributor (column «In house») to the legal magazine ‘Synigoros’ (‘Counsel’). He is the author of the books «Monitoring of Internet Communications in the Workplace» (Sakkoulas Publications, Athens, 2007) and «In-house Counsel» (Nomiki Vivliothiki Publications, Athens, 2013]

111: Talk like Ted

Dan Fitz - Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, BT Group plc

Dan is Group General Counsel and Company Secretary. Dan joined BT Group plc in April 2010. Dan is also Diversity and Inclusion Champion at BT. Prior to joining BT, Dan was Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Company Secretary of Misys plc and Group General Counsel at Cable & Wireless plc Dan studied economics and law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BA 1981, JD 1985) and international relations at the London School of Economics (Dipl. 1982). In 2009 Dan was Chair of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). He is an attorney (New York) and a solicitor (England & Wales).

Steve Leroy - Vice President Legal & Corporate Affairs, Anheuser-Busch InBev SA

Steve Leroy is Vice President Legal & Corporate Affairs for Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer.  Steve is currently focused on the regulatory approvals across Europe for AB InBev’s proposed acquisition of SABMiller.  From October 2010 until December 2015, Steve was Vice President Legal & Corporate Affairs Europe, leading the legal, public affairs, communications and sustainability teams in Europe.  Before AB InBev, Steve held senior public affairs & communications as well as business project management roles across Europe, Eurasia & the Middle East, first at Coca-Cola Enterprises and then at The Coca-Cola Company.  He started his career as a lawyer in Brussels, and assisted the Belgian Commissioner General for the Refugees, before becoming project manager with the Antwerp Economic Development Agency.  Subsequently, he was Chief of Staff to the Governor of the Province of Antwerp in Belgium.  Steve Leroy is a Board member of ACC Europe.  He holds a Master’s degree in Law from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (1989); a Master’s degree in Commercial & Consular Sciences from Hautes Etudes Commerciales St. Louis (Groupe ICHEC), in Brussels, Belgium (1992); a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD, in Fontainebleau, France (1998); and the specialised Master’s degree in EU Competition Law & Economics from the Brussels School of Competition, Belgium (2014).

112: The evolution of the European project: legal implications of a 'Brexit' or 'Grexit'

Sara Biro - Former Senior European Counsel, Fitch Ratings

Sara A. Biro is a multilingual, international business lawyer who has extensive in-house experience in more than 25 countries and expertise in areas ranging from complex and general commercial matters and corporate transactions to finance and engineering and construction. Sara was Senior European Counsel at Fitch Ratings and was based in their London office. In this role, Sara advised on legal and commercial matters relating to the credit rating and information distribution businesses of the Fitch group of companies in Europe, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and the Far East. Before joining Fitch, Sara was Senior Counsel in Bechtel Corporation's civil global business unit. In this role, Sara led all aspects of the company's legal work on major rail, road, infrastructure, aviation, and telecommunications bids and projects worldwide. Prior to joining Bechtel, Sara was a senior associate with Freshfields in its project finance practice in London and a senior associate with Mayer, Brown & Platt in its corporate, finance, and international practices in Chicago and London. Sara received a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctor from The University of Chicago Law School. Sara is Chair of the ACC’s International Legal Affairs Committee.

Stephen Denyer - Director of Strategic Relationships, The Law Society of

Stephen Denyer is Director of Strategic Relationships at The Law Society of England & Wales. He is responsible for all the Society’s strategic relationships with stakeholders practice and in government in the UK and internationally and for promoting London as a global legal hub. Prior to joining the Law Society in 2014 , Stephen spent more than 36 years with Allen & Overy. During his career with that firm he was responsible for establishing, expanding or managing 11 of the firm's international offices and had management responsibility for teams comprising several hundred fee earners and support staff from many different countries. His experience with the firm encompassed downsizing and spin offs as well as growth and integration. He oversaw mergers and associations with other law firms some of which involved multiple offices comprising large legal teams. Throughout his career Stephen has been at the forefront of the globalisation of legal services. With an extensive track record of creating bonds with lawyers and law firms from different jurisdictions and cultures, he played an instrumental role in the internationalisation of both Allen & Overy and of legal practice. He is also an author, commentator and strategic advisor as well as a respected manager and leader. Stephen is a member of the Management Board of the International Bar Association.

Lambros Kilaniotis - Partner, RPC

Lambros is a partner in the competition team at RPC and heads RPC's cross-practice competition litigation stream. He is a solicitor advocate with higher rights of audience and advises clients on a wide range of EU and UK contentious competition matters as well as CAT and High Court litigation (including follow-on damages actions). Lambros also advises on a broad range of non-contentious competition matters. Prior to joining RPC in 2013, Lambros worked at PwC Legal and Herbert Smith Freehills. He was also seconded to the competition law team of The Coca-Cola Company. Lambros featured in the International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists 2013 RPC won Competition Team of the Year at the British Legal Awards 2015 and the Legal Business Awards in 2014.

Dr Eleonora Poli - Researcher, Instituto Affari Internazionali, Rome

Eleonora Poli is a research fellow at the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), where she is working on research projects dealing with the political and institutional implications of the Eurozone crisis, European economic governance and the EU-Asia relations. Eleonora holds a PhD in International Political Economy from the Department of International Politics at City University London. She is also a policy advisor at Associazione Italia-Asean, a research fellow at the City Political Economy Research Centre (CityPerc) and she has worked as consultant for IDS Thomson Reuters and OSIFE. Dr. Poli has written several opinion pieces on the current European political and institutional crisis on OpenDemocrary, Aspenia, London School of Economics Europp blog and DGAP, German Council on Foreign Relations. She has recently published a book, Antitrust Institutions and Policies in the Globalising Economy (Palgrave MacMillan, IPE series, October 2015).

113: Post-merger integration - or "what could possibly go wrong now that we've signed?"

Gerard Chan - Vice President, Head of Legal, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Japan, Symantec Corporation

Gerard Chan is the Vice President, Legal, for Europe Middle East, Africa (EMEA) , Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ) based in the United Kingdom, where he oversees an international team of legal staff, comprising lawyers and support staff, across the 2 regions, who are responsible for enterprise and consumer sales support, litigation, intellectual property, compliance and all legal matters related to Symantec's operations in EMEA and APJ . Before he moved to the United Kingdom, he was the head of legal for APJ based in Singapore.
Prior to joining Symantec, he spent 16 years in private practice in Malaysia specializing in foreign direct investment, commercial law and litigation. After leaving private practice, he joined Intel Corporation’s in-house legal team, leading a team of business lawyers across Asia supporting Intel’s extensive manufacturing operations and product business in the Asia Pacific region.

Gavin Johnson - Partner, Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services, EY (UK)

Gavin is a Partner based in London.
Gavin leads the EY team in advising on Sale and Purchase Agreements (SPAs) and has 15 years dedicated experience in this area. He has advised on circa 300 SPAs covering cash free debt free deals, net assets deals and every type of pricing mechanism including “Locked Box”, Completion Accounts and Earn Outs.
Gavin has specialised in providing SPA advice to both private equity and corporate clients on the buy side and the sell side. He has additional extensive experience in leading multidisciplinary and cross border teams on both due diligence assignments and M&A disputes.
Gavin is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Prior to qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1999, Mr Johnson gained a 1st Class Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Durham.

Stacey van Hooven - Vice President & General Counsel, Legal Services, SCA GmbH

Stacey van Hooven is Vice President and General Counsel at SCA Hygiene Products, a leading global hygiene and forest products company with sales amounting to EUR 11 billion. SCA is the world's third-largest supplier of tissue. Stacey has overall responsibility for providing legal support as well as managing the compliance law program for the Consumer Goods Business. She has supported SCA in its acquisition of Proctor & Gamble’s European Tissue Business and the acquisition of Georgia Pacific’s European Tissue Business which included approximately 4,500 employees in 27 locations across Europe and 19 manufacturing sites in seven countries. As a member of the executive leadership team of the Consumer sector of the business, Stacey is also involved in corporate strategy and business development. Stacey also teaches a course in U.S. Business Law at the law school in the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. Stacey began her career as a trial attorney, representing corporate clients in civil commercial matters before both the state and federal courts in New York. Later, she served in New York City government supervising complex criminal and administrative investigations into suspected corruption by City officials and corporations doing business with the City. After moving to Munich, Stacey spent more than a decade in private practice, most recently at Jacob Associates, gaining significant cross-border legal expertise in U.S.-German corporate and commercial matters, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and international licensing arrangements.

John Ward - Former Associate General Counsel - Mergers & Acquisitions, DuPont

John Ward recently completed a 36 year career at the DuPont Company serving as lead M&A Counsel on all major transactions for the past 20 years with expertise in US corporate and securities laws, cross border issues and obtaining global regulatory approvals. In addition, he was Associate General Counsel-M&A managing and monitoring a docket of 15 to 20 M&A projects globally staffed by other DuPont lawyers and local outside counsel – working with each project team on allocating resources, identifying and resolving key issues and completing internal governance processes. His practice also included numerous joint venture projects in the US and globally both in formation and dissolution, and working with corporate ventures teams in making minority equity investments in a select group of startup and venture capital funds. Major projects include: - IPO/Splitoff of Conoco Inc in 1997/1998 - Sale of DuPont Pharma to Bristol Myers for $7.8 billion in 2001 - Acquisition of Danisco Inc. (Danish public company) for $5.8 billion in 2012 - Sale of DuPont Performance Coatings for $4.9 billion in 2013 Just completed in July 2015 leading a global legal team of over 50 lawyers for over two years on the formation and 100% spinoff of DuPont Performance Chemicals businesses (Chemours Company) including approx.. $ billion of capital markets transactions by Chemours immediately prior to the spinoff.

114: Driving Change: Legal Leadership in today's complex macro environment

Martín Castro - Legal & Public Affairs Manager Bridgestone Argentina – President of ACC Argentina

Martin is currently the Legal & Public Affairs Manager at Bridgestone Argentina SAIC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the major tire producer. Martin has a regional responsibility for Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, Perú and Paraguay. His role also covers Ethics & Compliance matters in these countries as well as managing the relationship with the Argentine government. He is also responsible for Corporate Communications, Press and CSR. He has extensive experience in Legal and Compliance roles. He was in-house counsel at Movicom BellSouth and Telefónica Móviles in Argentina, Legal Manager for Southern Cone at Praxair Argentina and also spent time working in private practice at a boutique law firm in Buenos Aires. Martin is admitted to the bar in Buenos Aires, Argentina and has also completed an LLM in Law and Economics. He is currently President of the ACC Argentina Chapter.

Adrian Morris - Group General Counsel, Tesco PLC

Adrian joined Tesco in September 2012 as Group General Counsel and is a member of the Tesco Group Executive Committee. Directly responsible for the leadership of the legal agenda across the Group, Adrian leads a global team of over 200 people in 11 markets across Europe and Asia. Prior to Tesco Adrian worked at BP PLC as Associate General Counsel for Refining and Marketing, supporting BP’s downstream and shipping business in some 100 countries. He was a member of the Refining & Marketing Segment Executive Team and the Group Global Legal Executive Team. From 2002 to 2009, Adrian was with Centrica PLC, initially as European General Counsel and then as General Counsel for British Gas. Prior to this, Adrian worked as General Counsel - Europe and Asia for BBA Group PLC, a multi-national engineering group, after starting his career as a corporate lawyer for Addleshaw Goddard.

Saswata Mukherjee - Global Legal Operations Director, Unilever UK

Saswata has worked for Unilever Legal group since 2002 working in several portfolios worldwide. Currently based in London at head-quarters, Saswata is part of Unilever’s Legal Management Team as Global Legal Operations Director. He is responsible for external legal provider strategy and implementation of law firm panels and legal service provider (LPO) strategy. Saswata is also overseeing Unilever’s Legal transformation agenda and ensuring the talent pool has the right learning tools by creating & maintaining a Learning Academy for Legal function. The role also is responsible to drive simplification and IT synergy and opportunities for the entire legal group including contract management and matter management tools. Previous to this role, Saswata was Legal Director SEAA (South East Asia Australasia), overseeing the cluster and involved in all issues/key projects most notably M&A’s. Saswata also led the Competition Law work for Unilever in Asia (South Asia, North Asia and SEAA) and was the Customer Development legal business partner. Saswata also acted as Legal Director (Board member) for Unilever Asia Pte Ltd (Unilever’s office in Singapore) leading a team of lawyers managing all legal & compliance issues. Saswata moved to Singapore in 2007 to undertake a specialised Supply Chain Legal Business Partner role and thereafter moved to corporate commercial roles in 2011.

Mathias Schulze Steinen - Partner, K&L Gates

Mathias Schulze Steinen is a Frankfurt-based partner. He brings a pragmatic and commercial approach to his wide-ranging corporate practice that includes corporate/M&A, private equity and commercial work. He advises domestic and international companies and investors of all sizes, financial institutions, and private equity houses in sectors ranging from energy and utilities to TMT and pharmaceutical. His experience for more than a decade in the transactional practice has equipped Mathias Schulze Steinen with excellent negotiating and people skills. His clients appreciate his collaborative style and inventive thinking that deliver creative solutions to complex problems and successfully complete deals. He naturally empathizes with his clients and will not only outline their options, but also recommend an action. He enjoys doing deals with his overseas clients, particularly from the United States. One of Mr. Schulze Steinen’s areas of focus is Scandinavia, where he has developed an understanding of this market due to his client work.

Liz Walker - General Counsel, BT Global Services

Liz leads Global Services legal, regulatory, governance and compliance activities across UK, Europe, USA, Latin America and Asia based around the globe in key jurisdictions. The team delivers practical, commercially focused and cost-effective solutions while supporting and protecting the interests and assets of BT globally, using a mix of in-house and external resources. Liz shapes, implements and drives the global legal vision and strategy and represents Global Services on the Legal, Governance and Compliance Leadership Team. Liz joined BT in 1991 beginning her career as a Commercial manager supporting the UK and global businesses, including spending time in Atlanta. She was appointed VP/Chief Counsel for EMEA & Latin America, running a multi-national, multi-jurisdictional team of lawyers, regulatory specialists and contract managers covering all aspects of legal, regulatory and compliance for BT in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Before being appointed to her current role, Liz was VP Organisational Health working across the globe to drive the transformation of Global Services into a healthier organisation. Liz is a qualified solicitor and member of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Her interests include Scouting and working with young people, particularly on an international level. She is the County Commissioner for Hertfordshire Scouts.

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115: Disruptive change - Strategic agility in 2016 and beyond

Helena Bescos Menendez de la Granda - Senior Director, Associate General Counsel, Citrix Systems France

International in-house lawyer trilingual (Spanish, French and English) with more than 20 years of experience in law firms and software multinational companies. Currently working since April 2011 for the US group Citrix Systems as Senior Director, Associate General Counsel supporting EMEA (mainly business and labour law). Citrix (NASDAQ:CTXS) is a leader in providing secure apps and data to enable new ways for businesses and people to work. With annual net revenue in 2015 of $3.27 billion, Citrix solutions are in use at more than 330,000 organizations and by over 100 million users globally. Before joining Citrix she has worked for ten years for the group Omniticket Network as General Counsel in charge of legal and labour matters, member of the Board. The group, with its holding company in Delaware and present in several countries, was dedicated to create, commercialize and maintain ticketing systems and access control. She further had former experiences in three leading law firms: Madrid (Diaz de Bustamante), Paris (Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot, today Latham & Watkins) and NYC (Rubin Baum, today Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal) where she practiced corporate law, merger and acquisitions and international arbitration.

Ciaran Fenton - Leadership and Behavioural Change Consultant

For more than a decade, Ciarán Fenton has helped CEOs and professionals improve their leadership performance, working relationships and to accelerate business and behavioural change. During his early career he held senior business leadership roles at Hachette, ITN, Pearson, and The Guardian Media Group. He has worked with scores of individuals and organisations including BT, HSBC, Capita, Radiant Law, and Unilever, using his tried and tested model - The Fenton Model™ - an innovative approach to self-management that provides senior leaders with the thinking and tools to achieve a step change in their own behaviour and that of each member of their senior leadership team. Ciarán is a mentor at London Business School, a Senior Adviser with the Blueprint for Better Business charity and a regular speaker, writer and pamphleteer on leadership issues. Pamphlets include The GC-CEO Relationship post Global Financial Crash: Flourish or Flounder and The 7 Deadly Sins of Nascent NEDs. He is writing a business book about behavioural change expected to be published in 2017 entitled Small Change. He holds a business degree, B.Com (Hons.) from The National University of Ireland, Cork and he lives in Brighton. He is married to writer Marian Garvey and they have two children.

José Ramón González - Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, QBE North America

José Ramón González is Chief Legal Officer of QBE North America, a division of QBE Insurance Group Limited, one of the world’s largest insurance and reinsurance companies. In this role, José has overall responsibility over legal, compliance, corporate governance and regulatory affairs for QBE’s North American operations. Until April 2014, José was General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Torus, a Bermuda-based commercial insurance organization providing property, casualty and specialty insurance and reinsurance products to a client base located primarily in the UK and continental Europe. José began practicing law in 1995 as a corporate associate at the law firm of Weil, Gotshal and Manges, working in the firm’s London and New York offices. In 1999, he joined the Mergers and Acquisitions Group of the Law Department of American International Group representing AIG on a worldwide basis in acquisitions, joint ventures and investments relating to its insurance and asset management businesses. In 2005, José was promoted to a position within the legal department of AIG’s insurance businesses eventually becoming Deputy General Counsel. José holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law.

Stefano Vicariotto - VP Regional Counsel Europe, BT Global Services

Since April 2012 Stefano is Vice President and Regional Counsel Europe, BT plc. Before then he was Chief Counsel Legal and Regulatory Affairs, BT Italia and member of Board of Directors. Previously Stefano was Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs for Global Value, an Italian joint venture between Fiat and IBM, General Counsel of Cap Gemini Italy. He also worked for a German private practice in Munich and Milan. Since 1995 he is admitted to Italian bar and holds a Ph. D. [Dottorato di ricerca] in Jurisprudence and Analytical Philosophy of Law at University of Milan. After graduating he has been a teaching and researching assistant at the University of Pavia. His last scientific paper is “L’onere e la situazione normativa di default”, Teoria del diritto e Filosofia Analitica - Studi in ricordo di Giacomo Gavazzi. Giappichelli, Turin, 2012. He speaks Italian, English and German.

116: Equality, diversity and discrimination in the EU workplace - what and how to eliminate/minimise bias

Eva Bishop - Associate General Counsel, Downstream and Shipping, BP plc

Eva Bishop has been the AGC Downstream at BP plc since 2012. Prior to that, she has held a number of international legal roles in Coca-Cola Enterprises, Royal Mail and William Grant & Sons. Dual qualified to practice law in her native Germany and in England & Wales, Eva started her career working for the British Judge at the European Court of Justice followed by a time in an international law firm. Eva studied law at Heidelberg University in Germany and holds an LL.M. from the University of Edinburgh and is also a trained executive coach. Together with her husband and their three children she lives in the South of England. In her spare time, Eva likes to hone her sailing skills, do Pilates, and coach female executives who want more from their careers.

Dara Gill - VP & Associate General Counsel, CEE&I, Russia and MEMA, HPE

Dara is Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. He manages a team of attorneys providing commercial and strategic legal advice to the business and functions across Central and Eastern Europe, Israel, Russia and the Middle East Mediterranean & Africa. He joined HPE in the UK and is currently based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Prior to joining HPE, Dara was a lawyer in the in-house legal team of Nortel for seven years. In private practice he was an Associate in the M&A team of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London. Dara is a Solicitor admitted to practice in England & Wales.

Nia Joynson-Romanzina - iCubed, Founder & Director

Nia Joynson-Romanzina, is Founder and Director of iCubed, delivering speaking, consulting and coaching in cultural change, diversity & inclusion and leadership. An expert in her field Nia is a frequent international keynote speaker, guest lecturer, panelist and Huffington Post blogger. Former Managing Director and Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at UBS and Swiss Re, she has first hand experience of launching and driving global, group-wide strategies and action plans to foster inclusion and diversity throughout organisations. Born and raised bilingually, Welsh/English, in Wales, she started her career with the European Commission in Brussels and iNGOs working in socio-economic development. She then joined the United Nations FAO in Rome in 1995, in the field of internet technology and communications, joining Swiss Re in 2008 to overhaul their corporate internet presence. She holds a Bachelors in Political Science from the University of Cardiff, an MSc in Development Management and an MA in Mass Communications from Leicester University. She is also a Certified Executive Coach (ACC, CPCC). A guest lecturer at IMD and the University of St. Gallen, Nia sits on the Harvard’s Women Leadership Board, the EDGE Global Advisory Council, the WIN International Board of Advisors, the IMD Strategies for Leadership Advisory Board and for years on the Catalyst Europe Advisory Board. She was also a founding member of ADVANCE Women in Swiss Business.

John Sander - Principal, Jackson Lewis P.C., Member of the Board of L&E Global

A Principal in the New York office of Jackson Lewis LLP and Practice Leader of the firm¹s International Employment Issues Practice Group, John L Sander's practice focuses on cross-border labor and employment matters for multinational clients. Before joining the firm, Mr. Sander served in senior in-house roles for more than 16 years at Merck & Co., Inc. and its predecessor, Schering-Plough Corporation. At Merck, he was Vice President and Associate General Counsel, leading the team responsible for labor and employment law matters outside the U.S. Before the merger of Merck and Schering-Plough, he was Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Schering-Plough managing the employment law group, responsible for labor, employment, and immigration counseling and litigation within the U.S. and globally. He also at various times served as head of commercial litigation (responsible for product liability, Lanham Act, a wide variety of general commercial litigation and international arbitrations) and as general counsel to the consumer healthcare and generic divisions of the Company, as well as managed the compliance and corporate security functions within the law department. Before joining Schering-Plough, he was a litigator at Cahill, Gordon & Reindel and Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker. Mr. Sander also has served as Vice Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce Commission on Arbitration, and was a member of the Drafting Sub-Committee responsible for the 2011 revision of the ICC Rules of Arbitration. He is President of the Pro Bono Partnership, a nationally-recognized non-profit which provides business legal services and educational resources to community-based and public interest organizations by leveraging pro bono services of volunteer attorneys from corporations and law firms.

117: The ACC Value Champions: Combining value tactics to cut costs, improve predictability and achieve better outcomes

Renato Conti - Partner, PW Advisory & Capital Services Italia Srl, Name Partner, “Renato Conti Law Offices”

Renato Conti secured his JD at LUISS in Rome which was later homologated by Universidad Francisco de Vitoria in Madrid. Specialist in International Finance, he started his working experience as legal counsel within Euroinvest S.p.A. In summer 1990 he entered the International finance department of Banco di Roma. In late 1993 Mr Conti was hired by STET S.p.A., dealing with international M&A. Since 2000 he was appointed General Counsel at Telespazio, the satellite business unit of the Telecom Italia Group, and then become the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of ACEA, the Rome City Council company for water, power and waste management services. He carried out the transformation of the legal department from a litigation-based structure into a business advisory firm, gaining first of all in overall reputation among the management team, and then in efficiency, with a 31% legal spending saving at service parity and a full budget predictability. Mr Conti is also author of speeches and papers addressing some of the main issues of a state-owned, business oriented pblic utility services company. Now in the private practice, Mr Conti adivises on corporate law and public utility services.

Aine Lyons - Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, WW Legal Operations, VMware

Aine is the VP of worldwide WW Legal Operations, reporting to the General Counsel, at VMware. When Aine took up the role, her goal was to drive operational excellence through the delivery of innovative people, process and technology solutions that enable nimble and strategic legal services that actively contribute to the success of VMware. Aine is responsible for strategic business planning and budgets, technology and automation, efficient resource allocation, vendor cost management, data and business intelligence, communications, knowledge management and professional development programs. Aine also manages the daily operations of the Legal Department. Since embarking on this transformational journey, VMware Legal has been recognized as a 2015 ACC Value Champion and a 2014 IACCM Innovation Award Finalist. Prior to taking up the legal operations role, Aine performed several senior roles at VMware over the last 9 years, including leading the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) legal team. Having set up and managed legal and cross-functional teams in global corporations for over 17 years, Aine has a wide range of experience in negotiating complex transactions in international environments and managing litigation, employment, compliance, operations, finance and general corporate legal affairs in EMEA. Before joining VMware, Aine worked in Paris, London and Ireland in various senior in house roles, including Director of Siebel Systems, Ireland and head of the EMEA legal team at APC-MGE, Schneider Group.

Catherine J Moynihan, - Senior Director, Legal Management Services, Association of Corporate Counsel

Catherine is the ACC subject matter expert on managing the legal function and legal spending. She leads the ACC Value Challenge, ACC’s initiative to reconnect the cost of legal services to the value received; providing resources and training in key management techniques to improve efficiency and effectiveness in law departments and law firms. Catherine is also the director of the section of ACC for legal operations professionals, and the ACC Law Department Executive Leadership programs for the heads of operations of very large legal departments. Catherine has an MBA from Columbia University and a BA in International Relations and English from the University of Virginia.

Francesco Portolano - Partner, Portolano Cavallo

Francesco’s twenty-five year experience includes advising on a broad range of M&A matters as well as joint ventures, mostly for US clients. In 2012 the “Financial Times Law 50” ranked Francesco among the “top 10 legal innovators in Europe”. According to the ranking Francesco “leads ‘a team of lawyers who refuse to be limited to inside-the-box thinking’ [and] tackled each challenge with deep insight and a tireless fascination for innovative approaches”. He is recommended by Chambers Global, International Financial Law Review, and Who’s Who Legal for his experience as an M&A lawyer. Thanks to his transactional experience in the media sector he is also ranked among the top 30 international media lawyers in the world by Best of the Best and by Chambers Europe, Who’s Who Legal, Legal500. Francesco was first ranked by Legal500 in 2005, at age 35. He was Co-Chair of the International Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee of the ABA Business Law Section, and is an active member of several other committees of the same section. Francesco has obtained an LLM in 1997 from the University of Chicago Law School. In 1991, at age 21, he graduated summa cum laude from the LUISS Guido Carli School of Law in Rome.

118: Designing the perfect law firm and perfect in-house team

Tom Bender - Co-President and Co-Managing Director, Littler Global

Tom Bender is responsible for the overall strategic direction of Littler’s U.S. and global offices. Additionally, he handles the day-to-day administration and management of the firm. Since his election in 2012, Littler has grown to more than 1,000 attorneys and expanded its global operations throughout Central and Latin America, Canada and Germany. Tom also serves on Littler’s board of directors and on the Littler Global board, and has been an instrumental part of firm management for more than 13 years. A Chambers-ranked attorney, Tom has more than three decades of experience representing clients in labor relations matters. Prior to his election as co-president and co-managing director, Tom’s practice focused on collective bargaining negotiations, arbitrations, organizing drives and unfair labor practice proceedings. He has also represented clients in ERISA and other benefit plan litigation arising from collectively bargained pension and health and welfare plans. 

Sandrine Chambord - Chief Counsel Competition & International Sales, Mondelēz International

Sandrine Chambord is Chief Counsel Competition & International Sales at Mondelēz International, which she joined in 2011. She is based in Zurich. At Mondelēz International Sandrine combines two main roles. As competition lawyer for Mondelez Europe where she has overall responsibility for coordinating competition work, including merger notifications, internal investigations, litigation, training, global antitrust risk management and advice on commercial operations. She also supports a team of international sales directors dealing with large international retailers. Prior to joining Mondelēz International, Sandrine worked for five years as Competition Counsel in the European team of The Coca-Cola Company in London and prior to that was in private practice for seven years in Paris, focusing on French and European competition law and distribution law.

Dr. Thomas Griebe - Managing Shareholder, vangard Member, Littler Global

Dr. Thomas Griebe advises national and international clients on all areas of employment law. He focuses on advising U.S. clients and staffing services, and has a large client base of small- and medium-sized companies. Trained in mediation, he advises companies on conflicts with their employees, works councils and unions, as either a mediator or a consultant. Thomas formed his own employment law boutique in Hamburg in September 2012. Previously, he was an Equity Partner and International Head of Employment & Pensions at an international business law firm where he became Partner in 1998. He was admitted to the bar in 1995 and is a specialized lawyer (Fachanwalt) for employment law in Germany as well as a business mediator. Thomas lectures on employment law at the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg.

Peter A. Susser - Global Practice Leader, Littler Global

Peter A. Susser, a partner in Littler Mendelson, works with global employers to design and implement human resources policies and to resolve a broad range of workplace issues. Based in Washington, D.C., he serves as Global Practice Leader at Littler, the world’s largest law practice exclusively representing employers in labour and employment matters. He represents multinational corporations in lawsuits and arbitration cases involving all facets of workplace law, including discrimination and harassment issues, employee benefits, executive compensation, employment agreements, restrictive covenants and trade secret questions, and a host of other matters. The author of leading treatises and multiple articles on labour and employment law matters, he is a graduate of Cornell University, the College of William & Mary and the Georgetown University Law Center. He is admitted to practice before many U.S. federal and state courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

Tahl Tyson - Shareholder, Littler Global

Tahl Tyson is an international employment lawyer with 25 years of experience. She is admitted to practice in the United States and as a solicitor in England and Wales. Tahl grew up in London, and obtained an undergraduate degree in Chinese studies from Yale University. She was among the earliest Westerners to study in the People’s Republic of China. Now a shareholder at Littler Mendelson, Tahl advises employers on a wide range of employment law issues, from cross-border non-competes to global restructuring. Tahl also has in-house experience from a previous role responsible for employment law at a global publicly traded company, where workplace issues spanned over 40 countries. While resident in that company’s Paris office, she provided site leadership for the French subsidiary and had responsibility for all aspects of human resources and employment issues, including works council consultation and negotiations.

Gabe Shawn Varges - Senior Partner, HCM, Zurich and Geneva

Gabe Shawn Varges is Senior Partner at HCM, an international consulting firm, with affiliates around the world, which supports boards of directors, senior management, and heads of compliance, risk, and legal functions on making their governance, compensation, and compliance more effective. A former President of ACC Europe and in-house counsel, Mr. Varges has extensive international experience as a senior advisor, executive, and regulator. Prior to joining HCM he served as Head of Governance of the Swiss combined banking and insurance regulator. There he supervised institutions on governance, compliance, and compensation and represented the authority on various international bodies, including the Financial Stability Board. Earlier he served as global Chief Compliance Officer of the Zurich Insurance Group and lawyer with the law firm of Shearman & Sterling. Mr. Varges has served on various boards, and is currently Chairman of the Global Governance and Executive Compensation Network and board member of Ethics & Compliance Switzerland. A graduate of Harvard and member of the New York Bar, he also serves as Lecturer adj. at the University of St. Gallen Executive School, where he heads the compliance studies program. His latest publications include “Governing Remuneration”, “Compensation and Conduct Risk”, “Subsidiary Governance”, and “the Case for Board Budgets and Resources”.

Simon White - General Counsel (UK, Middle East & Africa) and Global Privacy Director, Cognizant Technology Solutions

Simon is General Counsel UK, MEA and Global Privacy Director for Cognizant Technology Solutions, a leading provider of information technology, consulting, and business process outsourcing services. Cognizant services customers across the globe in a range of industries from banking, insurance, life science, healthcare, retail and government, and employs in excess of 250,000 employee. He joined Cognizant in 2009 and currently is responsible for privacy compliance globally and all legal and compliance issues in the UK, Nordics, Middle East & Africa businesses. Prior to joining Cognizant he worked for Clifford Chance in London and Amsterdam, followed by Morgan Lewis. He has degrees from the Universities of Oxford and London.

119: The road well-travelled

Christopher Adamson - Managing Partner, Adamson & Partners Ltd

Specialising in International In-house and Private Practice Legal appointments, Christopher was educated at Ampleforth College and graduated in 1996 from Salford University with a BA Honors degree in French, Spanish and Portuguese. He then spent one year in the insurance field before spending two successful years with Unilever, where he worked in sales and marketing. Christopher subsequently decided to move into recruitment, joining a leading international recruitment consultancy, where he worked for three years recruiting sales and marketing executives. He joined Adamson & Partners in December 2002 where he played an essential role in spearheading the company’s expansion into the Legal market from its London City Office. Christopher became Managing Partner in December 2014. As Head of the Legal division, Christopher conducts cross-border searches for in-house legal counsel on behalf of organisations across Europe, with particular expertise and experience in Intellectual Property. He conducts retained searches on behalf of law firms, searching for Intellectual Property Lawyers, particularly at Partner level, across key jurisdictions such as the UK, France, Germany and The Netherlands.

Gayle S. Gorvett - Managing Director, GGorvett Consulting

Gayle Gorvett is the Managing Director of GGorvett Consulting EURL in Paris where she works with legal departments of multinational companies and entrepreneurs. Ms. Gorvett has a J.D. degree from the Northwestern University School of Law, and a B.A. degree in International Business from DePauw University. She is a member of the New York Bar. Ms. Gorvett is an international corporate lawyer with over 16 years of experience advising clients in the US, EMEA and Asia Pacific as a member of Latham & Watkins’ Corporate Department in New York, and as in-house counsel for French and American companies prior to starting GGorvett Consulting. She has lived and worked in the United States, Japan and France. She advises clients on transactions (M&A, JV, Alliances), complex technology contracts (SAAS, Cloud, licenses, joint development agreements), and cross-border negotiations. Ms. Gorvett also acts as a counselor to senior management on international business development, corporate governance and compliance. She is Co-President of the Board of the Northwestern University Kellogg Alumni Association of France, a member of the Advisory Board of the International Legal Affairs Committee of the Association of Corporate Counsel, and the leader of the STEM Working Group of the Women’s Committee of AmCham France.

Leslie D. MacIntosh - Deputy General Counsel, IATA

Leslie is Deputy General Counsel of IATA and based in Geneva, Switzerland. She joined IATA in 2012 and provides advice on a wide range of legal issues from corporate services to aviation regulatory issues. As Deputy General Counsel, she works closely with the General Counsel on management and leadership of the IATA Legal team which is comprised of 21 staff based in Montreal, Geneva and Singapore. From 2000 to 2012, Leslie was the Chief Legal Counsel of the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority and a member of the Senior Leadership Team, managing a team of lawyers, enforcement officers and administrators, providing specialist legal advice on all aspects of the CAA’s business - regulatory, legislative and corporate. Leslie has a BA (1981 History) and LLB (1984) from the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario Canada. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1986 and admitted to practice in New Zealand in 1996. Leslie has spoken at various legal conferences including the IATA Legal Symposium, the Aviation Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (ALAANZ) Annual conference, the American Bar Association Air and Space Law Forum and the Lexis Nexis In House Counsel Forum in New Zealand.

Gregory J. Ritts - General Counsel, Altisource Portfolio Solutions

Gregory J. Ritts serves as the General Counsel of Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. Prior to joining Altisource in October 2014, Mr. Ritts served as Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel of Publicis Groupe. Mr. Ritts previously served as Global Vice President of Business Affairs and Corporate Development at Razorfish LLC, and held various senior legal positions with aQuantive, Inc. and Microsoft Corporation. Mr. Ritts began his career with the law firms of Nixon Peabody and Perkins Coie as an associate attorney. Mr. Ritts earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University. Mr. Ritts has been a frequent contributor to ACC Annual Meetings.

120: EU competition law update

Mélanie Bruneau - Avocat - Partner, McDermott Will & Emery

Mélanie Bruneau is a partner in the antitrust and regulatory department of McDermott Will & Emery in Brussels and in Paris. She advises large multinationals on all aspects of EU competition law. Mélanie regularly advises clients, including trade associations and consortia, on global compliance programs regarding antitrust and performs internal audits and compliance trainings. Mélanie recently assisted Pierre Fabre Medicament SAS in its approval by the European Commission as suitable partner of Array in relation to the Divestment Business in the context of the Novartis / GSK Oncology Business transaction. Mélanie was also in charge of data protection agreements related to the Olam/ADM Cocoa Business transaction approved by the European Commission. She has significant experience in cartel investigations and she was involved in the first cartel settlements before the European Commission in the Animal Feed Phosphates and DRAM cases. Over the past 13 years, Mélanie has also developed strong experience in a wide range of transportation matters notably in the aviation sector where she advises clients on EU and French regulatory issues and complex contractual arrangements. Mélanie regularly speaks at conferences on competition, distribution and e-commerce issues. She is also a visiting professor at the Catholic University of Lille.

Jacques Moscianese - Head Antitrust Affairs & Strategic Support, Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A.

Jacques Moscianese is head of the Antitrust Affairs & Strategic Support unit of Intesa Sanpaolo. He is known as one of the most important experts of competition matters at the European level. Jacques is responsible for assuring compliance of the Intesa Sanpaolo Group’s activities with the applicable antitrust legal framework. In particular he coordinates analysis related to cartels, concentrations, unfair commercial practices and abuse of dominance matters. Thanks to his very strong academic experience, he also takes care of the training activities of the Bank’s personnel and of the diffusion of an antitrust compliance culture within the Group at a global level. Moreover, Jacques is active in advocating the position of Intesa Sanpaolo before Antitrust Authorities, and is an influent member of many working groups within a number of think tanks. He is Vice President of the In-House Competition Lawyers’ Association and he has been appointed Non-Governmental Advisor for the Italian Antitrust Authority. Additionally, Jacques is “Expert-Associé” of the European Center for Law and Economics at Essec Business School Paris, and lecturer of European Union Law at the University of Milan. He has written extensively on competition law and often participates as panelist in conferences and seminars. Jacques earned a degree in law from the University Paris 1 Panthéon - La Sorbonne. He also earned a degree in International Public Law from the University of Siena and a Master Degree in International Private Law from the Catholic University of Milan.

Maria Gaia Pazzi - Casehandler, Italian Competition Authority (Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato)

Maria Gaia PAZZI, Lawyer, works since 1999 at the Italian Competition Authority (Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato), as case-handler in the Media and Telecoms Unit of the Directorate General for Competition. She developed a thorough experience within the EU Affairs Directorate in the ECN (European Competition Network) activities, in particular, relating to general development of EU and Italian Competition law, as well as of cartels, investigative cooperation among Member States, due process, fines, technology transfer, access to documents, damage actions and advocacy. More generally, she has a broad expertise in international technical assistance and was assigned to training projects on competition law in various Member States (e.g. Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia), candidate countries (e.g. Albania, Montenegro) or Mediterranean partners (e.g. Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco). Law practice in 1995-1998 as associate at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in Brussels (Belgium). Admitted to the Italian Bar (Corte di Appello di Roma) in 1998. She a guest lecturer at Italian universities and is author of several articles. She obtained in 1997 a LL.M. from the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium) and graduated summa cum laude in Law in 1995 at the Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali (LUISS), in Rome.

Guillaume Taillandier - General Counsel Europe / Data Privacy Officer, Bemis Europe

Guillaume Taillandier is a French qualified Avocat currently serving as General Counsel Europe at Bemis Company Inc, a leading supplier of flexible packaging solution for the food, medical device, pharmaceutical and other industries. Guillaume graduated from the Lille University of Law in 1998; he also holds an LLM (taught) in International and European Economic Law in University of Paris – Nanterre and a Post Graduate Diploma in EU Competition Law from King’s College – London. Immediately after his LLM, Guillaume served as a contractual agent in the EU legal department of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He then entered the School of Law in Versailles and qualified as an Avocat in Paris in January 2002. Guillaume then worked for 10 years in private practice, where he specialized in French and EU competition law as well as in various sectorial regulatory issues. Before taking on the role of General Counsel Europe at Bemis in April 2012, Guillaume was a partner in the Brussels office of a global law firm. At Bemis, Guillaume is responsible for overseeing all legal and compliance matters for the European operations of the company. Guillaume has also recently been appointed global Data Privacy Officer for Bemis.

121: Small law department - maximise your effectiveness & efficiency

Claudia Blaesi - LL.M. IP, Senior Legal Counsel, Constellium Switzerland AG

Claudia is Senior Legal Counsel at the Constellium Group and member of the Supervisory Board of one of the German group entities. Beside company secretary functions in the German sites, Claudia is providing support and advice to Group companies in relation to their operational business activities mainly in the scope of corporate and commercial law. She also has a broad experience in the field of IP and R&D, in particular in contractual, licensing and trademark matters. Claudia has a law degree from the University of Augsburg (Germany) and is a full trained German lawyer. She also holds a LL.M. degree in Intellectual Property from the MIPLC in Munich. The Constellium Group is a global sector leader in designing, developing and manufacturing aluminum semi-finished products for a broad scope of markets and applications with a focus on aerospace, packaging, automotive and rail. Constellium is listed at the New York stock exchange.

Stephan Engelmann - Legal Director & Assistant General Counsel DACH and RESE, Juniper Networks GmbH

Stephan Engelmann has held the position of Legal Director & Assistant General Counsel for the regions DACH and RESE at Juniper Networks since August 2012. In this function he is responsible for all Legal matters in the region. He is also the Co-Chair of the global Data Privacy Compliance program. Prior to joining Juniper Networks he worked for Oracle and Netapp Inc. where he focused on commercial matters, including major direct agreements, public sector and in-/outbound service agreements. Mr. Engelmann is also a trained business mediator (CVM).

Jory Lacaze - Associate General Counsel – EMEA APAC, SunPower

After a post graduate degree in Public Law (Paris II), Jory attended a master’s degree at EMLyon business school. He started his career at Veolia Water Headquarters international legal department and then led the Asia Pacific legal department based out of Hong Kong during 8 years and then returned to headquarters as General Counsel – Major projects. Jory is currently serving as Associate General Counsel – EMEA APAC at SunPower corporation based in Lyon, France.

Jasprit Sahnsi - Senior Legal Counsel, Gategroup

Jasprit is a Senior Legal Counsel at Gategroup, the leading independent global provider of airline catering provisioning and logistics operating in 160 facilities across 33 countries where she has advised various management teams for over 8 years. Currently she is based in Zurich leading the Western European region. In the past, she has delivered on international assignments whilst posted in APAC, working closely with the leadership team to deliver in a key growth market. She has the unique commercial capability, language skills and ability to work across cultures East and West. Jasprit has gained extensive experience in Commercial / M&A, Compliance, Risk Management, Litigation and Disputes, Regulatory and Real Estate whilst working at Gategroup. Jasprit has high business acumen, and is an integrated part of the Regional Senior Executive Team and the Regional Compliance Committee. She started her career as a solicitor working in the Corporate department of a mid-sized law firm in England after graduating from Warwick University and completing her Legal Practice Course at the College of Law. Whilst in England she served on the Board of Directors for the London Young Lawyers Group (formerly known as the TSG). Jasprit is currently a Country Representative for the Swiss German chapter of the ACC. She is also a leader of the European Diversity program.

122: Arbitration v courts v mediation

Richard Baček - General Counsel Siemens, Czech Republic & Romania & Slovakia

Richard Bacek joined Siemens in 2009 as General Counsel for Siemens Czech Republic. Since 2015 he has performed also the role of General Counsel for Siemens Slovakia and since 2016 for Siemens Romania. Prior to 2009, Richard Bacek worked as attorney for international law firms in Prague. Richard Bacek is member of the Appeal Committee of the Czech National Bank and Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the Football Association of the Czech Republic Siemens is an international industrial group active in industry automation, energy, mobility, building technologies, healthcare and other business. In many of these sectors Siemens participates in public procurement processes. Siemens Czech Republic legal team was awarded by Union of the In-House Counsel of the Czech Republic in 2015 as Legal Office of the Year.

Paige Bickley Navarro - Former Senior Director, Commercial Law, Europe/Africa, Halliburton

Paige is an expert in international commercial law, focusing on global transactions and compliance. She served as executive leader for many years in the law department of Halliburton, a Fortune 500 company and one of the world’s largest providers of products and services to the energy industry. She most recently led a multicultural legal team of 20 across Europe and Africa, providing legal advice for operations in 50+ countries. Previous leadership roles included heading the North and South America legal groups as well as serving as chief legal advisor to the executive leadership for all primary business units. Her experience includes commercial, transactional, M&A, corporate governance, ethics/anti-corruption, environmental, trade compliance/sanctions, labor and litigation matters with international focus. Paige holds a Juris Doctor from the Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. She received her B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Oklahoma and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa honorary society. She also holds a post graduate degree from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México in business law. She has been a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel for a number of years and frequently speaks on both legal and industry panels.

Han Kooy - General Manager, ECLA

Han Kooy (Dutch) worked during 37 years for Royal Dutch Shell in the Netherlands and abroad, including a diving company in Milan, Italy and the refinery on Curacao (Netherlands Antilles). In the Netherlands he worked for Shell companies active in the energy business but also in metals, tanker business, research, real estate and chemicals. During his long career Kooy came in contact and familiarised with practically all possible areas of law, ranging from company law, competition law, labour law, real estate law, construction law to intellectual property law. His experience applies both to common and civil law. Kooy was involved in all sorts of legal proceedings, ranging from courts to (international) arbitration. Kooy was chairman of the Dutch Company Lawyers Association (NGB) and president of the European Company Lawyers Association (ECLA). He is now general manager of ECLA.

Caroline Ming - General Counsel, SCAI - Swiss Chambers' Arbitration Institution

Trilingual French, German and English, Caroline grew up and studied in Switzerland, in Vienna (Austria) and in Boston (USA). She worked in large Swiss law firms in Geneva (Python & Peter) and Zurich (Bär & Karrer), in a multinational company (SGS), and then took her career to a new level by acting as Executive Director and General Counsel of the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution (SCAI). Admitted to the New York and Geneva bars, she had among the best teachers in Pierre Tercier in contract law, William Park in arbitration, and Eric Green in mediation. She has then herself spoken at numerous conferences and academic programmes on the role of the in-house counsel in dispute resolution processes and on the efficient use of arbitration and mediation as complementary tools. In her capacity as in-house legal counsel, she has assisted SGS and its affiliates in their contract and claims negotiations and represented them in mediation, commercial and investment arbitration, as well as in litigation in various jurisdictions and under various dispute resolution institutions, notably SCAI, ICC, ICSID and LMAA. Given her strong business and risk management acumen, Caroline has also been managing business development projects and, in 2013, was promoted to join the SGS Strategic Transformation team to lead a global project. Caroline is a member of the board of a hotel management group, acts as co-President of the Association of International Business Lawyers in Geneva region and is the Country Representative for Switzerland of the European Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.

123: Closing Plenary / What success looks like for legal - the business perspective

Richard Christou - Corporate Adviser at Fujitsu Limited

Richard Christou retired from Fujitsu Limited in May 2012, but still acts as Corporate Adviser. Previous appointments with Fujitsu include President of the Global Business Group, managing all of Fujitsu’s IT operations outside of Japan. He is a Solicitor with a Law degree from Trinity College, Cambridge. He has written several standard legal reference works published by Sweet & Maxwell, London (Drafting Commercial Agreements, Boilerplate - Practical Clauses, Sale and Supply of Goods and Services and International Agency Distribution and Licensing.) He began as a solicitor in 1969, but then worked for five years with Coca-Cola in Cyprus. In 1975 he joined STC plc as in-house counsel. He was appointed Director, Commercial and Legal Affairs of ICL plc in 1990 (upon its acquisition by Fujitsu) and its CEO in 2000. He has held non-executive directorships with: 7Global Group Ltd, Orchestra of Academy of St Martins in the Fields, English Touring Opera Company, Association of MBA’s, Sabanci University Istanbul and Red Balloon Group Ltd (an educational charity).

Massimo Mantovani - Chief Legal & Regulatory Affairs, Eni SpA Italy

Massimo Mantovani holds a degree in law from the University of Milan and a master in law (LLM) from the University of London. He was admitted to practice law in Italy (avvocato) and England (solicitor) and for around five years worked as a legal practitioner in Milan and London. In 2013 he joined the Eni legal department. In October 2005 he was appointed head of Legal Affairs and Senior Executive Vice President for Legal Affairs at Eni S.p.A. and since that date he is a member of the supervisory committee of Eni S.p.A. set up pursuant to law 231/01. Since 1 July 2014 he is Eni’s Chief Legal and Regulatory Affairs. He is a member of the anticorruption commission of the international chamber of commerce of Paris and since 2011 of the anticorruption working group for the B20, coordinator for activities relating to the development of an international regulatory framework for the B20 held in Russia in 2013 and lead expert for the 2014 B20 in Australia. Since 2012, as an international legal expert, he has participated in various UNDOC projects concerning anticorruption and compliance. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Snam Rete Gas S.p.A. from 2005 to 2012 and of the University of Bologna from 2011 to 2012.

Janice More - Executive Director and General Counsel, The Law Society of England and Wales

Janice More joined the Law Society of England and Wales in February 2016 as Executive Director, General Counsel. She is responsible for legal regulatory and policy, governance and legal affairs at the Law Society. Janice has spent most of her career in-house, having originally qualified in private practice in Aberdeen, Scotland. Janice spent 3 years with ConocoPhillips in Aberdeen, and 7 years with DuPont initially in London leading the DuPont UK legal team and latterly as corporate Counsel with the corporate M & A team in Wilmington, DE, USA. After returning to the UK, Janice joined Heinz, the food group, as VP and European General Counsel with Heinz with responsibility for all legal and compliance matters for the group across Europe, CIS and Russia. She was awarded European General Counsel of the Year in 2013 by International Law office and was noted as one of The Lawyer's Hot 100 in 2011. Janice is qualified in Scotland, England and Wales and a member of the New York Bar. She is also a Board member and Secretary of the European Chapter of Association of Corporate Counsel.

Massimo Giorgio Visentin - Global Innovative Pharma Lead and Country Manager Italy, Pfizer

Massimo G. Visentin, currently GIPB Head & Italy Country Manager, joined Pfizer in 2003 as part of the Pharmacia acquisition. He started his carrier in Pfizer Italy in the Finance organisation where he had several roles. In 2009 he was promoted VP Finance for Specialty Care Europe & Finance Director Italy. In 2011 he moved to Greece where he was appointed Specialty Care BU Head combining his strong financial background with solid commercial experience. In 2012 he got promoted to Specialty Care BU Head & Italy Country Lead and in 2014 to GIPB BU Head & Country Manager Italy. Since January 2015 Massimo is also overseeing Turkey and he was made Chairman of IAPG (Italian American Pharma Group) formed by the main US pharmaceutical companies that are present in Italy. Before joining the pharmaceutical industry, Massimo started in the energy and gas industry as Financial Analyst with AEM Milan in 1993. From 1997 till 2002 he developed his financial carrier in two FMCG sectors like food with Kraft Jacobs Suchard and perfumes with Benckiser Group. During those years he spent 4 of them in the Netherlands and France till the role of European Controller. Massimo holds a degree in Economics and Business studies from Luigi Bocconi University in Milan and an International Executive Master in Business Administration from Bocconi Business School.

Kevin J. Wilcox - Chief Administration Officer, Altisource Portfolio Solutions

Mr. Wilcox has a proven track record of building and leading both successful businesses and legal teams, and currently serves as Chief Administration Officer of Altisource Portfolio Solutions, a provider of process management solutions to the mortgage and financial services industries. He previously served as its General Counsel. In both 2013 and 2014, Altisource was named one of Fortune magazine’s 100 fastest-growing companies. From May 2008 until joining Altisource in August 2009, Mr. Wilcox served as Executive Vice President, Chief Administration Officer and Corporate Secretary for Ocwen Financial Corporation. Prior to that, he was Ocwen’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Services. Mr. Wilcox joined Ocwen in March 1998 as Senior Manager, Litigation in the Law Department where he was responsible for the resolution of all corporate litigation. From August 1991 until joining Ocwen, Mr. Wilcox was in private practice, handling a broad range of civil litigation in state and federal courts. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida and a Juris Doctorate from the Florida State University College of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review and the Order of the Coif.