Programme

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Track 1: Lead Yourself
Track 2: Lead the Law
Track 3: Lead the Business

The programme consists of regular sessions and 'Lead Labs'. A Lead Lab is a small and interactive session, facilitated by experts allowing you to focus on an area of personal development, operations or the law in a small group of your peers. Places for each Lead Lab will be limited. Early sign up is recommended to secure your place.

Sunday 7 May
15:00-19:00 Registration Lobby level
17:30-19:00 Exhibition Galeria level
17:30-19:00 Welcome reception Exhibition hall, Galeria level

Sponsored by BrookStreet des Roches LLP

Monday 8 May
07:30-08:45 Delegate breakfast Exhibition hall, Galeria level
07:30-18:00 Exhibition Galeria level
07:30-18:00 Registration Lobby level
08:00-08:30 General assembly - Open only to ACC Europe members Sala III, Galeria level
09:00-10:15 Opening plenary Sala I, Galeria level


101

What does it mean to lead?
Sala I, Galeria level

This panel seeks to challenge the pre-conception that the only way to lead is to be the General Counsel. Leadership is often misconstrued as simply aiming for that top position. We will explore the concept of what it means to lead. Leadership has many facets and each is equally important. Can you lead through your thought, by being the expert in a particular area? Can you lead a team as a manager through your people management skills? Or can you lead the business through your understanding and savvy of operations and what makes the business run smoothly?

Speakers:
Susie Flook, Group General Counsel, The Body Shop International PLC
Iohann Le Frapper, General Counsel & Chief Legal Officer, Chetwode
Brian Martin, General Counsel & Senior Vice President, Juniper Networks

Facilitators:
Paul Gilbert, Chief Executive, LBC Wise Counsel

10:15-17:00 Head shots Exhibition hall, Galeria level
10:15-10:45 Networking break Exhibition hall, Galeria level
10:45-12:15 Concurrent sessions

Track: Lead Yourself


102

"Cultural I" - Emotional and ethical intelligence in international negotiations
Sala I, Galeria level

Cultural intelligence is key to the success of today's cross culture, cross border, cross organisation worker. Cultural intelligence – or the ability to create an impact across different cultures - is much more complex than just working across boundaries. This session will explore the various ways in which international cultural differences can impact when working in a cross border environment.

Speakers:
Keith Warburton, CEO, Think Global Growth & CEO, Global Business Culture

Track: Lead the Law


103

After Schrems - Data protection and the new EU data privacy shield
Sala III, Galeria level

This session will look at the impact of the EU Data Privacy Shield that was agreed during the year, and in particular the comments of the EU Data Protection Commissioner on the feasibility of other data transfer mechanisms (e.g. biding contractual rules).

Sponsor: Cordery

Speakers:
Jonathan Armstrong, Partner, Cordery
Ilias Chantzos, Senior Director Government Affairs EMEA & APJ, Global CIP & Privacy Advisor, Symantec
Christopher Docksey, Director, European Data Protection Supervisor
Morten Wind Lindegaard, Attorney at Law, Group Vice President, ISS World Services A/S

Track: Lead the Business


104

Lead Lab: Moving along the legal operations maturity curve
Sala VII, Galeria level

Note: This Lead Lab is limited to 15 delegates from the in-house community.

With pressure on to deliver legal services ever faster, better and cheaper, many legal departments are establishing a legal operations function. If you are charged with spearheading initiatives to run the legal department like a business, join peers to discuss approaches to improving resource allocation, spend management, use of technology, and the role of metrics and dashboards in informing decision making and demonstrating the value delivered by the legal department.

Speakers:
Ana Valdivieso, Vice President & Associate General Counsel South Europe, HPE

Facilitators:
Alex Morrall, International Membership Consultant, Association of Corporate Counsel

Track: Lead Yourself


105

1045-1115 Lead Lab: LinkedIn session I
Sala VI, Galeria level

Repeated at 1145, 1345 and 1430

Note: This Lead Lab is limited to 15 delegates from the in-house community.

Are you sure that your LinkedIn profile puts you on a higher competitive level versus other in house lawyers? What are the critical points that make you stand out in the crowd of corporate counsel? What are recruiters and employers looking for? Bring your LinkedIn profile printouts or have this to hand on your mobile phone or tablet and you will get useful information on how it can be improved.

Speakers:
Michelle Carvill, Founder, Carvill Creative

Track: Lead Yourself


106

1145-1215 Lead Lab: LinkedIn session II
Sala VI, Galeria level

Repeated session, for session summary see session 105

Note: This Lead Lab is limited to 15 delegates from the in-house community.

Speakers:
Michelle Carvill, Founder, Carvill Creative

12:15-13:45 Lunch break Exhibition hall, Galeria level
13:45-15:15 Concurrent sessions

Track: Lead Yourself


107

Inspired careers: Multiple career options and the skills and knowledge required to advance your career
Sala I, Galeria level

Some years ago the role of an in-house counsel was typically narrow in scope and often clients didn't fully appreciate the value provided to them. Increasingly in-house counsel now have extremely diverse and interesting career options. What are these options? Hear inspiring career stories and learn how to put yourself in a position to get, and succeed at, different roles. What new skills, knowledge and experience will be important for in-house lawyers to advance their careers now and in the future?

Speakers:
Hans Albers, Chief of Staff & Head of Legal Operations, Juniper Networks International BV
Peter Connor, Founder & CEO, Alternatively Legal

Track: Lead the Law


108

Drafting clearer contracts
Sala III, Galeria level

Would you like to minimise the risks inherent in often "dysfunctional" standard contract language as well as learn how technology can streamline the contract process? This is your session.

Sponsor: SCAI Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution

Speakers:
Kenneth A. Adams, President, Adams Contracts Consulting LLC
Caroline Ming, Executive Director & General Counsel, SCAI Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution

Track: Lead the Business


109

Leading dispersed and virtual teams
Sala II, Galeria level

We all increasingly have to manage relationships with colleagues across the globe and across functions, for instance in project teams. What tools and best practices are really effective when managing or working with a virtual/diverse team?

Sponsor: K&L Gates

Speakers:
Cecile Boyer, Group General Counsel, SCOR
Craig W. Budner, Global Integration & Strategic Growth Partner, K&L Gates
Leif Frykman, General Counsel (Interim), Fingerprint Cards AB
Hannes Meckel, General Counsel Global Operations & Legal Shared Services Leader, GE

Track: Lead Yourself


110

1345-1415 Lead Lab: LinkedIn session III
Sala VI, Galeria level

Repeated session, for session summary see session 105

Note: This Lead Lab is limited to 15 delegates from the in-house community.

Speakers:
Michelle Carvill, Founder, Carvill Creative

Track: Lead Yourself


111

1430-1500 Lead Lab: LinkedIn session IV
Sala VI, Galeria level

Repeated session, for session summary see session 105

Note: This Lead Lab is limited to 15 delegates from the in-house community.

Speakers:
Michelle Carvill, Founder, Carvill Creative

15:15-15:45 Networking break Exhibition hall, Galeria level
15:45-17:00 Concurrent sessions

Track: Lead Yourself


112

Agile leadership
Sala I, Galeria level

Agility is vital in today's workforce and ensuring organisations remain competitive and sustainable in an ever-changing world. This session will explore the power of personal agility with a focus on the various elements of agility to enable us as individuals, teams and as organisations to maintain optimal performance. The session will also look at the diversity of leadership styles, including tips and techniques on creating a culture of resilience.

Speakers:
Adrian Mitchell, People Development Specialist, Juniper Networks

Track: Lead the Law


113

Competition law
Sala III, Galeria level

This session will present an overview of significant legal and policy developments in EU competition law over the last year, the latest trends in competition litigation and what it means for you in practice.

Sponsor: RPC

Speakers:
Margarita Fernández Álvarez-Labrador, Senior Counsel, Sky Italia
Fred Houwen, Project Director, Competition and Markets Authority
Lambros Kilaniotis, Partner, RPC
Paolo Palmigiano, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, EMEA, Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd

Track: Lead the Business


114

Speed to contract
Sala II, Galeria level

What would your CFO say if you said that the legal department could help reach the company targets for this year? Getting contracts signed faster means greater speed to market, and freeing up valuable resource sooner. This session will explore the ways in which speeding up your contracting workflow can help you add real value to the bottom line.

Sponsor: Icertis

Speakers:
Kirsten Bubert, Head of GSE Legal, Atos International Germany GmbH
Richard Given, General Counsel, 10x Future Technologies Limited
Michael Kuhlmann, Senior Counsel Commercial, Europe & AFMEI, LyondellBasell
Martin Mohr, VP Sales, GM EMEA bei, Icertis

Facilitators:
David Gribble, Senior Commercial Lawyer, BT plc 

Track: Lead the Business


115

Lead Lab: Small legal department, maximum efficiency
Sala VI, Galeria level

Note: This Lead Lab is limited to 30 delegates.

You've seen the slick demonstration of the software, and it does look good. It could solve your contract management/efficiency issue. But the price tag is prohibitive - for you, at least. Your department is less than ten people, and the company would not invest that sort of money. Is there anything you can do with less? Our speakers share their experience in trying to modernise their operations without big budgets.

Sponsor: RPC

Speakers:
Bruce Macmillan, Director, RPC Centre for Legal Leadership
Margo Rachat-Nielsen, Financial Regulation Officer, Dong Energy
Joss Saunders, General Counsel, Oxfam

17:15-18:00 Make the most of your ACC membership - session open to all delegates Sala XV, Lobby level
19:00-22:30 Conference Dinner Palacio Estoril Hotel

Conference Dinner at the Palacio Estoril Hotel. Coaches will depart from and return to the following hotels:

  • Cascais Miragem Hotel: 1815 (with a last coach at 1850 for those delegates who attend the session 'Make the most of your ACC membership')
  • Intercontinental Estoril Hotel: 1830

This is a pre-registered event and places are limited.  If you have not already reserved your place, please check for availability at the Registration Desk by 1030 on Monday 8 May.

Dress code: Business suit

Sponsored by Lex Mundi

Tuesday 9 May
07:45-08:45 Delegate breakfast Exhibition hall, Galeria level
07:45-14:00 Exhibition Galeria level
07:45-15:30 Registration Lobby level
09:00-10:30 Concurrent sessions

Track: Lead Yourself


116

Making lasting impressions
Sala I, Galeria level

This session will focus on finding your individual strength and being your authentic self to make lasting impressions in a fast changing environment. What is personal branding? How do you define your personal brand? Develop a strategy for managing your authentic self; explore best practices on "Brand Me".

Speakers:
Sonia Bate, Managing Director, EDIT Development

Track: Lead the Law


117

The new digital normal: Legal issues in the borderless world
Sala II, Galeria level

This session will look at a range of topics such as the new cyber security directive, the impact of technologies such as the Internet of things and virtual currencies, and the new electronic signatures.

Sponsor: Bird & Bird LLP

Speakers:
Roberto Camilli, Partner, Bird & Bird LLP
Orijit Das, Group General Counsel & Corporate Senior Vice President, WNS Global Services
Jyoti Pakrasi, Associate General Counsel, BearingPoint
Dan Puterbaugh, Director & Associate General Counsel, Adobe Systems

Track: Lead the Business


118

0900-1015 Lead Lab: LPO market
Sala VII, Galeria level

Note: This Lead Lab is limited to 30 delegates.

What can LPOs really do for you, and how can you use them most effectively? This session will focus on some concrete examples of where LPOs can help you get things done, focusing on specific tasks.

Sponsor: Thomson Reuters

Speakers:
Maniti Barot, Director, Legal Solutions, Thomson Reuters
Jeremy Barton, Partner & General Counsel, KPMG
My-Hué Tan, Legal Director, Industrial Sector EMEA, Eaton

Track: Lead the Law


119

Lead Lab: "What could possibly go wrong? We have a compliance system in place."
Sala VI, Galeria level

Note: This Lead Lab is limited to 30 delegates.

Participants will take part in a crisis management workshop whereby their company is faced with a compliance dilemma and will have to provide input/responses for the board. The dilemma will deal with issues such as competition, corruption (fraud/bribery) and other core governance requirements in a risk-based compliance programme. This best practice exercise will emphasise how to work effectively cross functionally and globally. Participants will learn how to enable a robust corporate compliance programme while reducing their company's risk.

Sponsor: EY

Speakers:
Pedro Cunha, Partner, Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services, EY (Portugal)
Tom Fairley, Managing Counsel, ARM
April Oliver, Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Global Ethics & Integrity, Salesforce
Stacey van Hooven, Vice President & General Counsel, Legal Services, SCA GmbH

Track: Lead the Business


120

What does a CEO/COO/CFO expect from the legal team?
Sala III, Galeria level

When was the last time the GC of your company had a clear and comprehensive discussion with the C-suite on what they expect from Legal? In this session, we share what expectations the “internal clients” have from Legal.

Sponsor: McDermott, Will & Emery

Speakers:
Cristina Campos, Country President, Novartis Portugal
Mike Dillon, General Counsel, Adobe Systems, Inc.
Alexis Werl, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery

Facilitators:
Maria Pernas, Senior Vice President, Group General Counsel – Operations, Atos 

10:30-11:00 Networking break Exhibition hall, Galeria level
11:00-12:30 Concurrent sessions

Track: Lead Yourself


121

Run your law department like a business owner
Sala I, Galeria level

You are great at the practice of law but have you ever considered the business of law? What is it required in order to run your legal department like a business unit? How do you market your services and demonstrate your value? Tips from the experts on how to develop your business and marketing plan.

Speakers:
Tonio Bahner, Vice President Legal, Aleris
María J. González-Espejo, Expert on Management of professional service firms & international marketing & communications ,
Bertil Majer, EMEA General Counsel & Vice President Global Field Operations, SAP EMEA

Track: Lead the Law


122

Lead Lab: Litigation strategies for in-house lawyers
Sala VII, Galeria level

Note: This Lead Lab is limited to 20 delegates.

This session will consider the evolving role of the Court of Justice of the European Union vis-à-vis national law and how in-house lawyers can tailor their litigation strategies for successful outcomes. The session will also examine alternative litigation strategies, such as forum shopping strategies and declaratory judgments.

Sponsor: Bird & Bird LLP

Speakers:
Carlo Ciccarelli, Head of Group Litigations and Dispute Resolution, Atos
Peter Knight, Partner UK, Bird & Bird LLP
Javier Ramirez, Vice President & Associate General Counsel, HP Inc.
Neil Stewart, Director & Associate General Counsel, Litigation Global Regions, HPE

Track: Lead the Business


123

Technology roundup 2017: get your buzzwords here!
Sala II, Galeria level

Data management software, online marketplace, social media, blockchain, big data: are you struggling to keep up? Are you on top of the latest buzzwords, and what technology is really helpful? This session will attempt to clarify concepts, offer guidance, and separate reality from vapourware.

Speakers:
James Bellerjeau, General Counsel & Secretary, Mettler-Toledo International Inc
Elmar Büth, General Counsel Supply Chain EMEA, 3M
Anthony Kenny, Assistant General Counsel Corporate & CBS, GSK

Track: Lead Yourself


124

1100-1200 Lead Lab: 8 Minute mentoring
Sala III, Galeria level

Note: This Lead Lab is limited to 12 mentors and 15 mentees.

Modelled after speed dating, 8-minute mentoring is a relatively new concept that focuses on quick-hit information, time-efficient networking and the methodical pursuit of a mentor. This session provides a structured method for accomplished in-house counsel and rising stars to seek out their own mentoring relationships during a fast-paced session.

Facilitators:
Katerina Galanopoulou, Legal & Compliance Counsel, SAP Greece Cyprus & Malta

Track: Lead the Law


125

Introduction to international tax issues - What in-house lawyers need to know
Sala XV, Lobby level

Recent international tax recommendations by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and endorsed by the G20 have seen the introduction of new compliance obligations, new domestic laws, changes to tax treaties, and increased cooperation between tax authorities. In-house counsel need to have a working knowledge of these developments so that their advice can be framed in the context of any tax implications and the potential for reputational risk. This session will help you understand relevant international tax concepts such as BEPS and transfer pricing, and enable you to identify potential tax issues for advising on your company's international operations.

Sponsor: Lex Mundi

Speakers:
Sara Biro, Senior Legal Counsel (interim), Seadrill Limited
John Lowe, Arbitrator, Legal and Compliance Advisor, Lowe Arbitration
Raphaël Sergi, Associate General Counsel, Head of Corporate Transactions, Integrations & International Governance, HP
Francisco de Sousa da Câmara, Partner, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados – Lex Mundi member firm for Portugal

12:30-14:00 Lunch break - announcement of sponsor prize draw winners at 1330 Exhibition hall, Galeria level
14:00-15:30 Concurrent sessions

Track: Lead Yourself


126

Talk like Ted 2
Sala I, Galeria level

You have great ideas on how to be the strategic business partner. Yet, you are still working on that power point presentation. How do you inspire and convince your stakeholders (your colleagues within the legal department, the senior management team, the Board of Directors) that your case has merit? If you do not know the most effective way to do that, then this session is for you: it will teach you the best presentation techniques to help you craft impactful messages and genuinely engage your audience.

Speakers:
Steve Leroy, Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Discovery Communications

Track: Lead the Law


127

The European Union project: The in-house lawyer's perspective
Sala II, Galeria level

This session will look at the matters that in-house lawyers need to be aware of and continue to monitor, in light of the exit of Britain and challenges to unity under the law within Europe.

Sponsor: Fieldfisher

Speakers:
Nick Holland, Partner, Fieldfisher
Dearbhail McDonald, Group Business Editor, Independent News and Media (INM plc)
Michael Schweiger, Head, I&TS Legal, Continental Europe & Channel Islands, Royal Bank of Canada
Liz Walker, General Counsel, BT Global Service

Track: Lead the Business


128

Artificial intelligence
Sala III, Galeria level

"Hal, please increase the limit of liability." "I'm afraid I can't do that, Dave." Is that the future? What are we to make of the claims that a lot of us are going to be made obsolete by… algorithms? This session will look, without the journalistic hype, at the current status of advances in this field.

Sponsor: Littler Global

Speakers:
Carmelo Fontana, Senior Regional Counsel, Google
Mafalda Mascarenhas Garcia, Senior Lawyer IBM Portugal, Litigation Lead Lawyer SPGI, Head Legal, IBM Deutschland Kreditbank GmbH, Branch in Portugal
Natalie A. Pierce, Co-Chair, Robotics, AI and Automation Industry Group, Shareholder, Littler Global

Programme and speakers are subject to change without notice.

ACC Europe wishes to thank the 2017 Annual Conference Advisory Board for their thought leadership, creativity and hard work in developing this programme:

Chair:
Claire Debney
, Director of Legal Strategy, Shire plc

Track leaders:
Patrick Ambrose
, Chief Legal Officer, DLL Ireland
Alessandro Galtieri, VP, Corporate Law, Colt Group Ltd
Jasprit Sahnsi, Senior Legal Counsel, Gategroup

Deputy track leaders:
Matthew Benz, Senior Counsel, Altisource Portfolio Solutions
Katerina Galanopoulou, Legal and Compliance Counsel, SAP Greece Cyprus & Malta
David Gribble, Senior Commercial Lawyer, BT plc
Margo Rachat-Nielsen, Financial Regulation Officer, Dong Energy