Monday 8 May
101: What does it mean to lead?

Susie Flook - Group General Counsel, The Body Shop International PLC

Susie Flook is currently Group General Counsel for The Body Shop International Plc with responsibility for all legal matters on a global basis. The Body Shop produces skin and hair care products and accessories, which are sold worldwide mainly through a franchise system. The company trades in 70 countries and has over 3,000 outlets. Susie was previously the company’s Group Intellectual Property Counsel. The Body Shop International is a wholly owned subsidiary of L’Oreal SA of Paris. Susie is also a Founding Director and Past President of the American Corporate Counsel Association's (ACCA’s) European Chapter – the Association of Corporate Counsel Europe, and served as a member of the main board of the association in the USA for six years until 2013. This professional organisation exists to promote and support the role of the in-house counsel. Susie won the prestigious ACCA Member of the Year Award in 1999 and in 2003 received the Law Society of England and Wales Gazette Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding service to the in-house counsel profession. Susie gained her Arts and Law degrees from Sydney University. She currently resides in the UK.

Paul Gilbert - Chief Executive, LBC Wise Counsel

Chief Executive Officer, LBC Wise Counsel, dedicated to the needs of in-house legal teams and individual in-house lawyers. Paul’s focus is on impactful one-to-one mentoring, designing team off-site meetings and on delivering residential skills development and leadership programmes for in-house lawyers. LBC Wise Counsel, founded by Paul in 2000, advises in-house legal teams in the United Kingdom, across Europe, in North America and South Africa. Paul qualified in 1987 and was an in-house lawyer for 12 years including as General Counsel to two UK financial services companies. Paul is a past chair of the England and Wales Commerce & Industry Group and for six years he was a Council Member of the England & Wales Law Society including a period as a member of the Society’s Management Board. Paul was a Trustee of LawWorks (the UK’s national pro bon charity) for 10 years and its Vice Chair until 2015. Paul was also the official Labour Party candidate for Cheltenham at the 2015 General Election. He has written six books for lawyers, 120 published articles and two books of humorous one-liners entitled “Unwritten Rules”.

Iohann Le Frapper - General Counsel & Chief Legal Officer, Chetwode

Iohann Le Frapper is the chair of the global board of directors of the Association of Corporate Counsel and the vice-chair of the ICC international commission on Corporate Responsibility & Anti-Corruption. Iohann has a wealth of experience with corporate and commercial transactions across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and North America. He offers counsel on corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, joint-ventures, ethics, risk management & compliance and dispute resolution, among other issues. Prior to his current position of general counsel of ChetWode, a fintech start-up based in France, Iohann was the chief legal officer and company secretary of Gulf Bridge International, based in Qatar. He had previously several executive positions at Alcatel-Lucent: global general counsel & compliance leader for the networks business group and regional general counsel for South Europe, Middle East, Africa and India. He also spent several years in Shanghai as general counsel with regional responsibilities for the North Asia Pacific region. He also worked at the holding company of Total, an oil & gas company, supporting corporate and finance projects mainly in Africa and Middle East. Iohann first worked in private practice as a junior attorney at Hogan Lovells in Paris.

Brian Martin - General Counsel & Senior Vice President, Juniper Networks

Brian M. Martin is senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Juniper Networks. He brings nearly 20 years of corporate legal experience in the technology industry, most recently serving as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at KLA-Tencor Corporation. He also spent 10 years in senior legal positions at Sun Microsystems, Inc. Mr. Martin currently serves on the Board of Directors of Family Supportive Housing, a non-profit organization that provides shelter and supportive services to homeless families. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Rochester and a J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School. Mr. Martin was named Bay Area's General Counsel of the Year by the San Jose Business Journal/SF Business Times and as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics by Ethisphere Institute.

102: "Cultural I" - Emotional and ethical intelligence in international negotiations

Keith Warburton - CEO, Think Global Growth & CEO, Global Business Culture

Keith Warburton is an internationally recognised expert on the impact of cultural differences on cross-border working.
Keith focuses on the complexities of working across the barriers of culture, language, time-zones and international borders – an increasingly vital issue as trade becomes ever more international and organisations seek to exploit market opportunities around the world. Keith addresses issues around why cross-cultural fluency is a ‘need to have’; not a ‘nice to have’ and the connection between cultural and the commerciality of any business which trades internationally. Over the past fifteen years, Keith has worked with most of the world’s great law firms and a large number of in-house counsel teams from major global corporations - which gives him a great insight into the specific challenges faced by lawyers in today’s complex commercial environment.

103: After Schrems - Data protection and the new EU data privacy shield

Jonathan Armstrong - Partner, Cordery

Jonathan is an experienced lawyer with a concentration on compliance & technology. His practice includes advising multinational companies on risk, compliance and technology across Europe. Cordery gives legal and compliance advice to household name corporations on: • Prevention (eg putting in place policies and procedures); • Training (including state of the art video learning); and • Cure (such as internal investigations and dealing with regulatory authorities). Jonathan has handled legal matters in more than 60 countries involving emerging technology, corporate governance, ethics code implementation, reputation, internal investigations, marketing, branding and global privacy policies. Jonathan has counselled a range of clients on breach prevention, mitigation and response. He has also been particularly active in advising multi-national corporations on their response to EU General Data Protection Regulation and the changing data transfer environment. Jonathan is a co-author of LexisNexis’ definitive work on technology law, "Managing Risk: Technology & Communications". He is a frequent broadcaster for the BBC and appeared on BBC News 24 as the studio guest on the Walport Review. Jonathan is listed as a Super Lawyer and has been listed in Legal Experts from 2002 to date. Jonathan was recently ranked as the 14th most influential figure in data security worldwide by Onalytica.

Ilias Chantzos - Senior Director Government Affairs EMEA & APJ, Global CIP & Privacy Advisor, Symantec

Ilias Chantzos is Senior Director of Symantec’s Government Affairs programmes for Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific Japan (APJ). He is also the Global Advisor for Critical Infrastructure and Data Protection. Chantzos represents Symantec before government bodies, national authorities and international organisations advising on public policy issues with particular regard to IT security and privacy. Before joining Symantec in 2004, Chantzos worked as legal and policy officer in the Directorate General Information Society of the European Commission focusing on information security policy. He covered the Council of Europe Cybercrime Convention and the Framework Decision on Attacks against Information Systems. In addition, he worked on a number of EU legislative initiatives relevant to information society and security, including directives on Privacy on Electronic Communications, the Data Retention Directive and the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). He also represented the European Commission in various international debates and conferences. Chantzos holds a law degree from the Aristotle University, an Erasmus degree from the University of Limburg, a Master degree in Computers and Communication Law from Queen Mary College, University of London and a Master in Business Administration from Solvay Business School. He has also completed executive education at the JFK School of Government in Harvard.

Christopher Docksey - Director, European Data Protection Supervisor

Christopher Docksey is the Director of the Office of the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS). A member of the Bar of England and Wales and a law graduate of the Universities of Cambridge and Virginia, he has taught law in the U.K and the U.S He joined the European public service in 1983 and from 2001 advised the European Commission on data protection. In this capacity he advised on draft legislation and international negotiations and represented the Commission in the data protection cases before the Court of Justice. He joined the EDPS in 2010, where he is responsible for the Secretariat, for advising on law and policy, and for the coordination and implementation of the strategies and policies of the institution.

Morten Wind Lindegaard - Attorney at Law, Group Vice President, ISS World Services A/S

Morten Lindegaard is an attorney and the global DPO of ISS. He joined ISS in August 2015 after having worked for one of the big Nordic law firms and a longer period as in-house attorney in IBM. As part of the global DPO role in I Morten is responsible for the groups compliance with the existing data protection regulations globally as well as the readiness for the coming regulation. ISS has in 2016 applied for Binding Corporate Rules and are in the process of implementing data protection policies in all 77 countries where ISS has presence. Besides his DPO role Morten is responsible for negotiating large customer contracts with cross country obligations often driving both data transfer ad data processing discussions.  

104: Lead Lab: Moving along the legal operations maturity curve

Alex Morrall - International Membership Consultant, Association of Corporate Counsel

Alex provides ACC with strategic and operational advice in relation to its growth in Europe. He works closely with members to produce targeted events and to help make sure they get the most out of their membership. He runs strategy workshops for legal departments reviewing their approach and hosts roundtables focused on legal operations management.
Alex has worked in the legal services market for 20 years with a particular focus on the application of technology to know-how. He holds an LLB in Law and French Law from UCL and Paris II Panthéon-Assas.


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

Ana is Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Southern Europe. In this role she leads a team responsible for providing a full range of legal services and commercial contracts support to all business units and functions across Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. Ana is also the Country Counsel for HP Spain. Ana joined HP for the first time in 1999 as Senior Contract Negotiator, after several years in private practice and as in-house Counsel for Vodafone. She left HP in 2000 to become Country Counsel for Nokia Spain with further responsibilities over Latin-America deals managed from Spain. In December 2003 Ana joined HP (now Hewlett-Packard Enterprise) for the second time. During her tenure at HPE she has led many international projects and teams, including her role during FY13 and FY14 as leader of the Legal Department Global Regions Diversity Committee which leads the efforts in terms of diversity across the Department –excluding the US- and, more recently, after the announcement in May 25, 2016 of the Spin-off and merge of the HPE’s Enterprise Services business with CSC, and the announcement of September 7, 2016 of the Spin-off and merge of the HPE’s SW business with Microfocus, her appointment as Legal Lead at the Divestiture Management Office for the ES Spin-Merge and the SW Spin-Merge across EMEA and Latin America and Canada, role that she combines with her current role as VP and AGC for South Europe.

105: Lead Lab: LinkedIn session I

Michelle Carvill - Founder, Carvill Creative

Michelle Carvill is Founder of Carvill Creative – a digital social media marketing agency founded in 2002. Passionate about 'the digital future' and ‘digital leaders’– she works with clients on social media strategy and tactics – and leads a team delivering practical social media planning and daily management. Michelle is the author of best selling book, ‘The Business of Being Social’ – A Practical Guide to Harnessing Social Networks for Business released in 2013. Second edition released in October 2015 - published by Crimson Publishing. Blending her interest in leadership and social, she is currently in the process of writing ‘Get Social – Practical Strategies and Tactics for Leaders’ – to be published next Spring by Kogan Page. Now a regular speaker on the topic of social media for business – Michelle started her career in advertising with Saatchi & Saatchi, working with Gillette, Toyota, Mars and other large brands. She then moved to working for a global consultancy focusing on Professional Services marketing. Whilst experience counts for much of her knowledge – she is a fully ‘qualified’ marketer, has a Masters in Business & Marketing, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and is a Chartered Marketer.

106: Lead Lab: LinkedIn session II

Michelle Carvill - Founder, Carvill Creative

Michelle Carvill is Founder of Carvill Creative – a digital social media marketing agency founded in 2002. Passionate about 'the digital future' and ‘digital leaders’– she works with clients on social media strategy and tactics – and leads a team delivering practical social media planning and daily management. Michelle is the author of best selling book, ‘The Business of Being Social’ – A Practical Guide to Harnessing Social Networks for Business released in 2013. Second edition released in October 2015 - published by Crimson Publishing. Blending her interest in leadership and social, she is currently in the process of writing ‘Get Social – Practical Strategies and Tactics for Leaders’ – to be published next Spring by Kogan Page. Now a regular speaker on the topic of social media for business – Michelle started her career in advertising with Saatchi & Saatchi, working with Gillette, Toyota, Mars and other large brands. She then moved to working for a global consultancy focusing on Professional Services marketing. Whilst experience counts for much of her knowledge – she is a fully ‘qualified’ marketer, has a Masters in Business & Marketing, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and is a Chartered Marketer.

107: Inspired careers: Multiple career options and the skills and knowledge required to advance your career

Hans Albers - Chief of Staff & Head of Legal Operations, Juniper Networks International BV

Hans Albers is currently Chief of Staff to Juniper’s General Counsel and heads up the Global Legal Operations function. As such he is responsible for the Legal Departments strategic plan and budget, overall systems and tools, outside counsel spend management, knowledge management and all other operations with the Legal function. Hans is based in Juniper’s EMEA HQ in Amsterdam and frequently travels to Juniper’s corporate HQ in Sunnyvale, California.
Previously Hans was Senior Director and General Counsel for the EMEA Region where he was responsible for managing Juniper’s Legal team in EMEA and providing legal support to Juniper EMEA Executive Leadership team and the overall Sales organization. Hans joined Juniper in August 2011 from Cisco Systems, Inc. where his last role was Operations Director for Emerging Markets and prior to that he served as Legal Director for EMEA from 2000 until 2006 and Legal Director for the US and Canada from 2006 until 2008. From mid 2008 until august 2011 Hans was in a non-legal role, running the Customer Operations organization for Emerging Markets. Prior to Cisco he served as in-house counsel for ICL-Fujitsu and Nokia. Hans holds a Law Degree from Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands and is a member of the Dutch in-house lawyers Association. He also serves as a Board Member for the European Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (“ACC”) and is also a member of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (“CLOC”).

Peter Connor - Founder & CEO, Alternatively Legal

Peter Connor is the Founder & CEO of AlternativelyLegal which he formed to share his unique experience and knowledge with in-house counsel around the world to help them innovate and change the way they work to add more value for clients and have more fulfilling careers. He does that through his Change4Legal™ workshops for in-house teams and Everything But The Law™ training and consulting offerings which focus on ‘non-traditional’ skills. He has also uses those skills to develop new approaches to compliance programs including the revolutionary Trouble Traps® videos. Prior to starting AlternativelyLegal he worked in a business role, as VP Tech Products, managing software development for compliance firm Red Flag. He has lived and worked in Switzerland, England, Hong Kong, Sydney and Silicon Valley; as European General Counsel and Head of Global Compliance for Citrix Systems and as APAC General Counsel, Head of Legal Shared Services, European General Counsel and Head of European Government Affairs for Sun Microsystems. He also worked for Baker McKenzie in Sydney and Hong Kong. Peter is the recipient of the Sun Microsystems CEO Leadership Award for his innovative contributions to the business. He is a regular speaker at ACC events and author for Docket.

108: Drafting clearer contracts

Kenneth A. Adams - President, Adams Contracts Consulting LLC

Ken Adams occupies a unique position in the field of contracts, in that he’s the only commentator to focus on the building blocks of contract language. According to the Canadian periodical The Lawyers Weekly, “In the world of contract drafting, Ken Adams is the guru.” In 2014, the Legal Writing Institute gave its Golden Pen Award to Ken, “to recognize his exemplary work in contract drafting.” In books and a series of articles, Ken has analyzed the full range of issues that a drafter confronts when deciding how to express a transaction. A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting has been a best-seller for the American Bar Association since it was published 2004; the third edition was published in 2013. He’s also author of The Structure of M&A Contracts, published in 2011 by West LegalEdcenter. He maintains a blog at www.adamsdrafting.com; in 2015 the ABA Journal named Ken’s blog to the Blawg 100 Hall of Fame. Ken conducts public and in-house seminars throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East. He acts as consultant to companies looking to improve their templates. And he’s a pioneer in online contract automation.

Caroline Ming - Executive Director & 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.

109: Leading dispersed and virtual teams

Cecile Boyer - Group General Counsel, SCOR

Cécile Boyer is a graduate of the Ecole Supérieure de Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC), Paris II-Assas University, the Paris Bar School and Columbia University School of Law (LL.M. and J.D.), and is also a member of the New York Bar. She started her career in law firms in Paris and New York, where she specialized in mergers & acquisitions, capital markets, financings and corporate law. In 2004 she joined the AXA Group Central Legal Department, where she became responsible for US / International matters, and then responsible for AXA Global Life and AXA Global P&C. In 2012, she became General Counsel for the Life segment of the Zurich Insurance Group. In 2013, she joined the ACE Group as Head of Legal & Compliance for Continental Europe. In 2015, she joined SCOR SE as Group General Counsel.

Craig W. Budner - Global Integration & Strategic Growth Partner, K&L Gates

Craig Budner serves on the K&L Gates Global Management Committee.  He currently serves as the Global Business Development, Hiring and Integration Partner.  Craig is a frequent speaker at law schools and conferences on law firm economics, project management and business development skills.  As a practicing attorney, Craig maintains a commercial litigation practice that includes representing parties in insolvency litigation arising out of failed business transactions.  Craig also has experience in litigation common to financial institutions.  Craig received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, cum laude, in 1987 and finished second in the 1987 College National Debate Tournament.  In 1990, Craig graduated from the University of Texas School of Law, where he served as Articles Editor of the Texas Law Review.  Among his civic and charitable activities, Craig is a Past President of the Vogel Alcove Board, a day care facility for homeless families in Dallas.  Craig and his wife founded and is the current Chair of the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance, a program designed to offer debate as an option to inner city students in the Dallas Independent School District.  Craig was awarded the 2013 Ann Loeb Sikora Humanitarian Award and the 2010 Prince Henry Navigator of the Year Award for Public Service.

Leif Frykman - General Counsel (Interim), Fingerprint Cards AB

Leif Frykman has worked for US IT companies for more than 20 years, whereof 15 years in various senior management positions in England and the US. During his tenure in California he managed Sun Microsystems global legal commercial team, Sun’s global sales operations team and later VMware’s global legal commercial team. Leif currently serves as the General Counsel for Fingerprint Cards AB, one of the worlds’ leading biometric sensor companies. He has extensive experience in business development and currently serves on several boards.

Hannes Meckel - General Counsel Global Operations & Legal Shared Services Leader, GE

Hannes Meckel started his legal career in 1995 as a Corporate M&A associate with Baker & McKenzie in Frankfurt am Main. He went inhouse to join General Electric‘s Plastics business as a commercial counsel in February 2000 and later moved to GE Advanced Materials - GE Silicones in the US as its General Counsel. In 2004, he re-joined GE Plastics at their European Headquarters in the Netherlands. Together with his team there, he transferred to Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), which had acquired the GE Plastics Business in 2007.
In 2011, he returned to GE and became the General Counsel for GE in Germany. After serving as the General Counsel GE Europe, he was named General Counsel for GE’s Global Growth Organization in 2014 responsible for developing a corporate legal infrastructure primarily in the emerging markets.
He assumed his current role as the General Counsel for GE Global Operations in August of 2016.
Legal Education: Law Studies at Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg; Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC (LL.M.), PhD at University of Hamburg, Legal Traineeship (Referendariat) and 2. State Examination in Hamburg.

110: Lead Lab: LinkedIn session III

Michelle Carvill - Founder, Carvill Creative

Michelle Carvill is Founder of Carvill Creative – a digital social media marketing agency founded in 2002. Passionate about 'the digital future' and ‘digital leaders’– she works with clients on social media strategy and tactics – and leads a team delivering practical social media planning and daily management. Michelle is the author of best selling book, ‘The Business of Being Social’ – A Practical Guide to Harnessing Social Networks for Business released in 2013. Second edition released in October 2015 - published by Crimson Publishing. Blending her interest in leadership and social, she is currently in the process of writing ‘Get Social – Practical Strategies and Tactics for Leaders’ – to be published next Spring by Kogan Page. Now a regular speaker on the topic of social media for business – Michelle started her career in advertising with Saatchi & Saatchi, working with Gillette, Toyota, Mars and other large brands. She then moved to working for a global consultancy focusing on Professional Services marketing. Whilst experience counts for much of her knowledge – she is a fully ‘qualified’ marketer, has a Masters in Business & Marketing, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and is a Chartered Marketer.

111: Lead Lab: LinkedIn session IV

Michelle Carvill - Founder, Carvill Creative

Michelle Carvill is Founder of Carvill Creative – a digital social media marketing agency founded in 2002. Passionate about 'the digital future' and ‘digital leaders’– she works with clients on social media strategy and tactics – and leads a team delivering practical social media planning and daily management. Michelle is the author of best selling book, ‘The Business of Being Social’ – A Practical Guide to Harnessing Social Networks for Business released in 2013. Second edition released in October 2015 - published by Crimson Publishing. Blending her interest in leadership and social, she is currently in the process of writing ‘Get Social – Practical Strategies and Tactics for Leaders’ – to be published next Spring by Kogan Page. Now a regular speaker on the topic of social media for business – Michelle started her career in advertising with Saatchi & Saatchi, working with Gillette, Toyota, Mars and other large brands. She then moved to working for a global consultancy focusing on Professional Services marketing. Whilst experience counts for much of her knowledge – she is a fully ‘qualified’ marketer, has a Masters in Business & Marketing, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and is a Chartered Marketer.

112: Agile leadership

Adrian Mitchell - People Development Specialist, Juniper Networks

Adrian is an experienced Leadership Development specialist. After many years of working in commercial and private consulting he can provide experience in many aspects of leading others with agility. This is involving emotional intelligence, good decision making, , learning new approaches, development, managing effectively and closely partnering with people across the full spectrum of personal and work based relationships. He holds a deep understanding of the personal and emotional challenges facing people in modern business climates. From early days working as a Ski instructor and mountain guide, he entered education, research and Psychology. Actively, currently involved in personal guidance for senior leadership teams, professionally he is a frequent sounding board for interpersonal skills advice for people from specialist leadership roles. As a trained Psychologist, Adrian has an ability to relate to behaviour in leadership in global organisations-in both Private and Public enterprises. While being conversant with many leadership types and practice in diverse business climates, he is most used to fast moving, modern blue chip companies. Much of his rich work and travel experience has been formed after living and growing up in the Far East (Singapore, Hong Kong) France and Germany.

113: Competition law

Margarita Fernández Álvarez-Labrador - Senior Counsel, Sky Italia

Margarita has eleven years post-qualified experience having worked as in-house counsel, in private practice and at the regulator. Her practice covers mainly antitrust and  litigation across the European Union focusing on the media, technology and internet sectors. Currently, she works for the audiovisual group Sky based in Milan, dealing with audiovisual content and antitrust compliance. Margarita teaches at different international post-graduate and LLM programs. She speaks fluently English, French and Italian.

Fred Houwen - Project Director, Competition and Markets Authority

Fred Houwen joined the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) as a Project Director in January 2017.   In that capacity, he leads multidisciplinary teams of lawyers, economists and other specialists working on large projects.   Fred started his career at Clifford Chance, where he qualified into the Competition department and gained experience in both London and Brussels.  He subsequently joined the UK Government Legal Service.  Immediately before joining the CMA, Fred was at Reckitt Benckiser, where he held a number of senior roles, most recently Group Compliance Officer and Deputy General Counsel for Group Legal Affairs and Compliance. 

Lambros Kilaniotis - Partner, RPC

Lambros heads RPC's Competition team, including the 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.

Paolo Palmigiano - General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, EMEA, Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd

Paolo Palmigiano is the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer (EMEA) for Sumitomo Electric Industries, a large Japanese industrial group with operations in more than 50 countries, 250 subsidiaries and more than 300,000 employees. Previously he was the Head of Competition Law at Lloyds Banking Group in London, the General Counsel of the Commission for Communications Regulation (‘ComReg), the regulatory and competition authority in Ireland for telecoms and post. From 2000 to 2009 Paolo headed the Competition and Regulatory team of BT Group plc in London. Paolo is the chairman of the European in-house competition lawyers’ association with 350 members in 23 countries, vice-chair of BIAC (the voice of business at the OECD in Paris) and a non-governmental advisor to the CMA in the UK. He is also a member of the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s users’ group. He was nominated one of the top 40 rising stars of in-house competition lawyers by Global Competition Review.

114: Speed to contract

Kirsten Bubert - Head of GSE Legal, Atos International Germany GmbH

Kirsten Bubert is Head of the Global Strategic Engagements (GSE) Legal team of Atos International Germany GmbH. In that role she is responsible for supporting large and/or strategic multi-country customer contract negotiations of the Atos Group from a legal perspective. She is currently working with a small team of highly experienced attorneys within Europe. Kirsten joined Atos in 2012 after working for Hewlett-Packard Germany following the 2008 merger with Electronic Data Systems and has about 12 years of experience in negotiating large customer contracts in the IT outsourcing area. Prior to advising IT corporations she worked as an attorney with White & Case in Hamburg and Loeff, Claeys, Verbeke in Brussels advising on German and cross-border M&A matters. Kirsten is a German qualified attorney and earned a postgraduate degree (LL.M.) in International Legal studies from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

Richard Given - General Counsel, 10x Future Technologies Limited

Richard is General Counsel of the new FinTech company 10x Future Technologies Limited. It was founded by the former CEO of Barclays, Antony Jenkins, and is where Richard is helping create a new banking experience — one that is more diverse, open and fair. 10x are building a universal platform built on open banking principles, infinitely configurable and constantly evolving to deliver better, more personal, experiences for everyone.
Previously Richard was Deputy General Counsel at the global bank, HSBC where he built, from scratch, a legal function of over 50 employee to support the operations of HSBC worldwide. His focus was on the critical tangible and intangible infrastructure requirements of all the different global businesses and the contractual fundamentals supporting them. Before HSBC, Richard was Director of Legal at the IT company Cisco. His role was to manage the legal team across LATAM, Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, Central & Eastern Europe, Russia/CIS and Pakistan.
Richard drives effective and timely decision-making for complex business as a key business partner to other stakeholders. Richard thrives on regularly re-working the way legal services are provided, challenging all pre-conceptions and constantly striving to find better ways to use technology and process efficiencies for the delivery of legal services.
Richard is an alumni of the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Derringer and of Cambridge University.

David Gribble - Senior Commercial Lawyer, BT plc 

David Gribble is a Senior Commercial Lawyer in the Major Transactions Team (MTT) at British Telecom on London.  Working with other BT specialist lawyers, the MTT negotiates BT’s larger outsourcing and other deals over £100m, without using external law firms.  David’s been with BT for 12 years and worked in its Wholesale, Global Services and Group businesses. In the MTT he’s led and worked on deals in the UK, and in Europe and Australia.  He chairs BT’s International Transactions Group, a group of transactional lawyers across the world, looking to share and build best practice.  He’s also a member of BT’s Pro Bono Committee and “Speed to Contract” group.  He is one of the UK Country Representatives for ACC Europe.  As well as a law degree, David has a PhD in Ancient Greek Literature. He lives in Oxford, but tries to get back to his native Sydney whenever he can.

Michael Kuhlmann - Senior Counsel Commercial, Europe & AFMEI, LyondellBasell

Michael has more than 15 years of broad in-house experience with LyondellBasell and its predecessor companies. During his career Michael has supported a wide range of different functions, businesses and operations being first located in Germany and since 10 years in the Netherlands. Currently he is supporting LyondellBasell’s specialty polymer business, the catalyst business and joint venture management. Michael also facilitates the Legal department’s global mentoring program and is member of the company’s Brexit task force. Michael is a fully qualified German lawyer registered at the bar in Cologne and Rotterdam. He studied law in Bonn and Edinburgh and speaks English, German, Dutch and Spanish. LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the world's largest plastics, chemical and refining companies and a member of the S&P 500.

Martin Mohr - VP Sales, GM EMEA bei, Icertis

Martin Mohr serves as our General Manager and VP of Sales for EMEA. Based in our Stuttgart office, Martin’s reputation in the European market is in perfect alignment with Icertis’ plans to expand our footprint internationally.
Martin comes to us from IBM, where he was promoted from Services Manager, to the Head of IBM’s Procurement Solutions in Europe. He began his career as a strategic purchaser at Bayer AG. He’s spent the last twenty years building a wealth of valuable experience in procurement, software consulting and sales management.
Martin graduated with a degree in General Management from the University of Mainz in Germany.

115: Lead Lab: Small legal department, maximum efficiency

Bruce Macmillan - Director, RPC Centre for Legal Leadership

Bruce Macmillan is responsible for building a new range of support, advisory, educational and personal development services for RPC's in house lawyer clients.
Bruce worked as a management consultant and coach specialising in the legal services sector and, part time, as the GC of a high tech legal services "start-up" from 2014 until he joined RPC at the start of 2016.
Before working as a management consultant Bruce was Executive Director, Senior Commercial Legal Counsel at VISA Europe. 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. 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 in Brussels before moving in house.
He has been an active member of legal trade associations including the Commerce & Industry Group (where he was chair of the Corporate Governance Committee) and the IT Lawyers’ Forum.

Margo Rachat-Nielsen - Financial Regulation Officer, Dong Energy

Margo Rachat-Nielsen is the Financial Regulation Officer for Dong Energy and former General Counsel for Cheminova A/S. Margo presided over a 3 person legal department covering 32 subsidiaries and a multi-million dollar budget with 19 outside counsels in various jurisdictions. She spearheaded streamlined contracting, reporting and review procedures. Her lean team successfully handled merger negotiations, contract drafting, IP, litigation, competition and regulatory issues. Margo earned her Bachelor of Arts from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia in 2000 and her law degree from Emory University in Atlanta in 2006. She is a member of the bar in Georgia, but now resides in Copenhagen, Denmark. Margo is also the Danish country representative for the Association of Corporate Counsel Europe.

Joss Saunders - General Counsel, Oxfam

Joss Saunders is General Counsel for Oxfam, the global humanitarian organisation, which he joined in 1998 after a year teaching in Uganda, 6 years in the City of London, 3 years as a law lecturer at Warsaw University, Poland, and a period as a partner in Blake Morgan. He manages a small global team across 4 countries, but providing support to 95 countries. He is constantly looking for innovative ways to deliver legal services and to work effectively across cultures. He is also an active trainer, both within and outside Oxfam and a workplace coach. He is currently developing online training courses for Oxfam's 10,000 staff.
He also works externally in law reform projects and rule of law and access to justice projects in many countries, including a current project on social enterprise. He helped found pro bono organisations Advocates for International Development and the Legal Response Initiative, which provides real time advice to delegations from Least Developed Countries at the UNFCCC. More recently he has established a network, Lawyers Against Poverty, in which lawyers across the UK participate in projects together with lawyers in other countries on social justice issues. This includes a twinning programme, and Just Lawyers, which aims to help in-house lawyers fulfil their vocation as professionals and practitoners in the field of justice.

Tuesday 9 May
116: Making lasting impressions

Sonia Bate - Managing Director, EDIT Development

Sonia Bate is the Managing Director of EDIT Development, a global leadership development business. Sonia has previously been a senior leader in both retail and financial services and is known for being challenging, pragmatic and impactful. Her expertise spans inclusive assessment, talent management, the future of leadership and working with organisations to deliver a high performing environment. Sonia designs and delivers award winning, ground breaking programmes to build diverse talent pipelines in global businesses and her team works with a range of FTSE 250 companies on inspiring, enabling and supporting individuals and teams to be the best version of themselves.

117: The new digital normal: Legal issues in the borderless world

Roberto Camilli - Partner, Bird & Bird LLP

Roberto is Partner of the Information Technolgy and Intellectual Property department, based in Milan. Roberto is a motivated IT, IP and Commercial lawyer with a deep industry experience and he is able to assist clients adding value in an efficient and business oriented way. Roberto worked for many clients operating in the areas of Big Data and Cloud Computing, IOT and Artificial Intelligence projects, IT Products and Services, Outsourcing, E-commerce, Digital Content Distribution, Fashion, Retail, Industrial Automation, Medical Device Distribution and Publishing. Roberto also developed a strong experience in M&A transactions, corporate restructuring and in other areas of commercial law, like joint ventures, commercial contracts for the distribution of goods and services, logistic operations, franchising, promotion and sponsorship agreements. Roberto regularly assists large Multinationals active in the technology sector, as well as companies in need of using and adopting new technologies, changing their business model and offering to adapt to the new fast paced technology rich world. The legal services world has changed in the past years and it is essential for a counsel to be able to provide effective and useful legal advice to companies knowing and taking into account their real industry and commercial needs. Roberto regularly talks about the impact of new technologies and knows how they can benefit any industry, provided the right legal implications are assessed in time and correctly managed.

Orijit Das - Group General Counsel & Corporate Senior Vice President, WNS Global Services

Orijit is an experienced General Counsel and has worked for large organisations like WNS, Genpact, Convergys and in his capacity as a global and regional General Counsel. He is a highly experienced (20+ years PQE) General Counsel who has consistently been rated as a “Top 100 Lawyer” in the UK, by The Lawyer & Euromoney Guide – “Leading Technology, Media & Telecom Lawyers”. Orijit has been associated with the ACC for the last decade and has served on the Board of the ACC in Europe for numerous years.

Jyoti Pakrasi - Associate General Counsel, BearingPoint

Jyoti Pakrasi is an Associate General Counsel with BearingPoint, a European-based consulting company with a global footprint and a diverse portfolio of leading edge software products. He covers legal issues in Central Europe, the US, the UK and Ireland as well as the Middle East and Asia. Jyoti successfully addresses legal and privacy challenges arising from disruptive digitization across a wide range of industries, including automotive, healthcare, finance and telecom. His broad M&A expertise includes establishing and the subsequent divestiture of a BearingPoint blockchain startup in 2016. Prior to joining BearingPoint in 2011 Jyoti held various senior in-house roles with Cisco, IBM and Motorola. He structured and negotiated complex sales, outsourcing, cloud computing and licensing deals. Currently based in Switzerland Jyoti has lived and worked in the US, Belgium and Germany. He is a member of the German Bar.

Dan Puterbaugh - Director & Associate General Counsel, Adobe Systems

Dan Puterbaugh is an Attorney and Advocate for Adobe Document Cloud. An attorney for over 20 years, Puterbaugh has written and spoken extensively on issues related to electronic signatures and records. He is the Chairman of the Electronic Signature and Records Association. He has spoken at the annual Association of Corporate Counsel, and the American Bar Association Technology Conference. He has also published articles on a variety of topics related to electronic transactions including simplifying legal workflows, the new EU electronic signature law, eIDAS and the challenges of electronic signature implementations. He joined Adobe Systems in 2008 as legal lead for Adobe’s enterprise document solution, LiveCycle. Prior to joining Adobe, Puterbaugh spent seven years as assistant general counsel at Intuit Inc., a leading provider of business and financial management solutions for consumers, small and mid-sized businesses, and accounting professionals. While there, he was the lead attorney supporting all product development company-wide including the establishment and ongoing support of the company’s product development operations in Bangalore. Puterbaugh is a member of the California Bar Association. He received his Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University. He currently resides in Los Gatos, CA.

118: Lead Lab: LPO market

Maniti Barot - Director, Legal Solutions, Thomson Reuters

Maniti is based in London and helps customize legal solutions at Thomson Reuters Legal Managed Services.  In this role, Maniti works with corporate law departments and law firms on a wide range of engagements, leveraging her hands-on, unparalleled expertise in offshore project management. Her experience as a practicing attorney allows her to provide consultative project guidance to clients across industries, helping to take advantage of time and cost-saving legal services and solutions.

Jeremy Barton - Partner & General Counsel, KPMG

Jeremy Barton is General Counsel of KPMG UK, one of the largest member firms of KPMG’s global network providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. He is responsible for legal and corporate governance matters, and advises the Chairman and Board on practice protection, strategic M&A and legal and regulatory risks. He is a member of the Executive Committee.
Before joining KPMG Jeremy was:
General Counsel of The Boston Consulting Group, leading a global team of lawyers in the USA, Europe and Asia-Pacific, focusing on governance and risk management;
General Counsel of Ernst & Young Global, driving transformation of internal governance and legal structures;  
Deputy General Counsel, Andersen Worldwide and General Counsel - EMEIA, where he led a 50-strong team of lawyers in the dismantling of the Andersen organisation in 2002-3;
Corporate lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright in London and Paris.
Graduating in law from Cambridge, Jeremy obtained his Law Society Finals in London after a break to compete for Great Britain as an international athlete.  He now lives outside London with his wife and daughters, taking time to run and bike in the Surrey Hills.

My-Hué Tan - Legal Director, Industrial Sector EMEA, Eaton

My-Hué provides comprehensive legal services to the Aerospace, Vehicle, Hydraulic, Filtration and Golf Pride businesses in the EMEA region at Eaton. She is based in Morges, Switzerland. She manages the legal operations focusing on vendors and outside counsels and spend, budget forecast, the measurement of departmental KPIs, process improvement and automation. Advocating for alternative legal support models at Eaton, My-Hué led departmental projects to adopt the LPO services through vendors and thereafter created a Eaton team in Pune, India to deliver off-shoring legal services to the EMEA region. She managed the Pune Support Office team who reviews NDAs, contracts and handles corporate secretarial tasks. Prior to Eaton, My-Hué worked in Paris at Cisco as Corporate Counsel. She subsequently served as Senior Attorney EMEA at Scientific-Atlanta, a company of the Video Technology Group of Cisco, in Belgium handling the integration of this acquired business. Prior to Cisco, My-Hué practiced in the multinational law firms of Clifford Chance in Paris and London, and Willkie Farr & Gallagher, in their Telecoms, Internet, Media, Entertainment and Sport Federations practice groups. My-Hué currently serves as a Country Representative for Switzerland for the European Chapter of the ACC. 

119: Lead Lab: "What could possibly go wrong? We have a compliance system in place."

Pedro Cunha - Partner, Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services, EY (Portugal)

Pedro Cunha – Partner in charge for EY’s FIDS department both in Portugal and Angola. Extensive experience in projects of Disputes expert witness, local and cross-border Fraud Investigations, IP investigations, Fraud Risk Management, Anti-Bribery & Corruption, AML projects, as well as in Corporate Intelligence and Regulatory Compliance projects. Worked with global and local law firms providing forensic services that have been used in legal cases. Managed investigations violations for a US multinational Client, operating in the Oil & Gas sector in Angola over suspected breaches of FCPA, assets misappropriation and embezzlement fraud perpetrated by employees. Managed and conducted multiple contract compliance reviews for companies operating both in Portugal and Angola. The projects aimed to assess and validate the respect of the contracted clauses and scope agreed, as well as the internal control policies in place and guarantee the accuracy of the data reported.

Tom Fairley - Managing Counsel, ARM

Tom heads up M&A, Integration and CoSec within the ARM legal team and supports ARM’s corporate functions. He works closely with commercial and integration personnel, and other members of the global legal function.

April Oliver - Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Global Ethics & Integrity, Salesforce

April currently is a VP and Associate General Counsel at Salesforce. She is a member of the legal leadership team. She provides the strategic vision for the ethics and integrity program and oversees legal compliance training and related investigations. She provides leadership and vision for the global ethics program world-wide, working directly with senior members of the business leadership team, including C Suite. Originally entered the company as the Global Compliance Attorney as an individual contributor (2013-14). Now leads and manages a global team of subject matter specialists in global trade, anti-corruption, antitrust, conflict-of-interest, political law, public sector ethics, and Code of Conduct matters. This includes policies, training, due diligence, and investigations. Responsibilities include routine Board level reporting, hotline monitorship, partnership diligence program oversight, M&A diligence, and thought leadership to galvanize ethical best practices at all levels. She previously held a similar role at Amazon Inc.

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. SCA is the world's third-largest supplier of tissue and has approximately 44,000 employees. Stacey has overall responsibility for providing legal support as well as managing the compliance law program for the Consumer Goods Business. 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. In addition to her role at SCA, Stacey teaches a course in U.S. Business Law at the law school in the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany. 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. She has been with SCA since 2007.

120: What does a CEO/COO/CFO expect from the legal team?

Cristina Campos - Country President, Novartis Portugal

Cristina Campos, CPO Head and Country President of Novartis Portugal since July 2012. Joined Novartis in 2004, as General Medicines Marketing Head. Held several positions mainly as Business Franchise Head of different areas (Specialty, Mixed Specialty and Primary Care) and also led Marketing & Sales Operations. Cristina has been elected Apifarma (Local Trade Pharma Association) Vice-President in 2015. She has a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a Master in Business Administration (MBA). She is a member and a mentor in the Professional Women’s Network. Cristina started her carreer as Sales Rep at Merck Sharp & Dohme. She held several positions as Product Manager and Marketing & Sales Manager at MSD and also worked as Brand Manager in Procter & Gamble. Cristina is married and has 3 children.

Mike Dillon - General Counsel, Adobe Systems, Inc.

Mike is anything but your typical general counsel. His distaste for acronym use and “legalese” drove him to rewrite Adobe’s contracts to plain English and develop a whole new writing style guide for the legal community. He oversees legal affairs, public policy and compliance interests by day, but outside the office he’s an avid blogger, writer, and adventurist. Given his love for writing, it may come as no surprise that Mike received bachelor’s degrees in Communications and Sociology from UC San Diego before getting his juris doctor degree from Santa Clara University.
His previous positions include general counsel and corporate secretary for Silver Spring Networks, Sun Microsystems and ONI Systems. He was formerly a board member of the Association of Corporate Counsel. Currently, he is a member of The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) and a board member of Adventure Cycling Association.

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

Maria is Senior Vice-President, Group General Counsel - Operations of the Atos Group, a leader in digital services with annual revenue of circa € 12 billion and around 100,000 employees. In this capacity, she leads the regional Legal, Compliance and Contract Management departments with a total of almost 200 professionals. She is also the Atos Group Diversity Program Manager.
After starting her professional career as external legal advisor at Price Waterhouse, Maria Pernas joined “Sema Group” (now the ATOS Group). In 1999 she was appointed “General Counsel Iberia and South America” and worldwide General Counsel for the business unit Major Events and Entertainment. In 2004 she took over the position of “Vice-President General Counsel South Europe, Middle East, Africa and South America” at the Rome office while keeping her previous responsibilities as “General Counsel Major Events and Entertainment”. In 2008 Maria moved to Paris and she was appointed “Group Deputy General Counsel Major Contracts”, “Group Deputy General Counsel Compliance and Corporate Affairs” and in 2013 “Senior Vice-President, Deputy Group General Counsel”.
She is a member of the Board of Directors of the “Association of Corporate Counsel” and member of the Board of Directors of the "European Network for Women in Leadership"​.
In 2006 she received the award “Manager of the Year” granted by the Spanish Federation of Business and Professional Women. In 2014 she was shortlisted by the International Law Office for the European Counsel Award "General Commercial Individual of the Year".

Alexis Werl - Partner, McDermott Will & Emery

Alexis Werl regularly represents local and international corporations, high-net-worth and politically visible individuals in complex, multi-jurisdiction matters, with a particular emphasis on white-collar and commercial litigation.

Prior to joining McDermott, Alexis spent eight years in the litigation departments of other US leading international law firms, including one year in New York, and four years as a partner at a boutique litigation firm, which he co-founded with the former Head of the Paris Bar.

In 2007, Alexis was elected a member of the Conférence du Stage, an elite group of 12 young French lawyers chosen each year in a competition for their oral advocacy skills.

Alexis lectured at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris on important justice issues for several years. He is a regular speaker at the Master of International Business Law program at the Université de Paris Sud.

121: Run your law department like a business owner

Tonio Bahner - Vice President Legal, Aleris

Tonio has practiced law for over 20 years. He began his career working for the German Governmental Privatization Agency before joining an international law firm in Berlin, where he focused increasingly on corporate and business law and litigation. After several years, Tonio moved in-house to provide legal guidance to large multinational corporations in the aerospace, defense, power and metal industries in various senior and executive roles both in Europe and in the US. His work covers all aspects of international corporations, including corporate and commercial law, M&A, securities law and communications, negotiations, financing, real estate, employment law, governance and compliance, competition matters, risk management, claims, litigation and disputes. Tonio attended universities in Germany and France, obtained both his legal degrees in Konstanz and Düsseldorf, Germany and completed post graduate studies at the German University of Administrative Sciences. He is a member of the German Bar Association and is also admitted to the Swiss Bar as EU-Attorney. Tonio serves as Managing Director for Aleris’ Swiss holding company and holds a seat in the supervisory board of a global manufacturing company in Germany. Additionally, he does pro-bono work for several cultural institutions.

María J. González-Espejo - Expert on Management of professional service firms & international marketing & communications ,

María Jesús in 10 bullet points:
1. Strategist.
2. Creator and executor of ideas to build powerful brands.
3. Lawyer by heart, with the law always in the hand.
4. Always studying, never-ending learner.
5. 24/7 trends’ identifier.
6. Passionate about innovation.
7. Change and improvement promotor in organizations.
8. Spanish by chance, but citizen of the world by choice.
9. Convinced that effort and perseverance are the best recipe for success.
10. Working every day to have fewer prejudices and be a better person.

Bertil Majer - EMEA General Counsel & Vice President Global Field Operations, SAP EMEA

Bertil Majer studied law at Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg, Germany, as well as the US. As a lawyer, he further enhanced his legal expertise by obtaining a specialist degree in IT law at Deutsche Anwaltakademie. He also holds an executive MBA from ESSEC Paris/Mannheim Business School. Since 1998, Bertil held various legal and commercial positions at SAP, one of the world’s leading software producers. Currently, he is heading a team of more than 46 lawyers as General Counsel responsible for SAP’s EMEA region, and is a member of the EMEA leadership team.

122: Lead Lab: Litigation strategies for in-house lawyers

Carlo Ciccarelli - Head of Group Litigations and Dispute Resolution, Atos

Mr. Ciccarelli holds a Global role inside Atos Group, being in charge of managing all the Litigations and Dispute Resolution processes for the Company. He leads a team of senior professional around the globe.
He is also the Group Responsible for the relationship with the Global Panel of Law firms, being the person who, for the Atos Global Legal Dept., is in charge of the relationship with the selected law firms being partners of Atos, in the context of the panel. He is also a Member of the Legal Executive Leadership worldwide in Atos.
Mr. Ciccarelli is covering as well ad interim the role of General Counsel for Iberia and Major Events ( a Business Unit dedicated to provide services as IT Partner to the Olympic Games plus any Major Sport Event)
In the recent past he has worked as Coordinator for the Atos Legal & Compliance Dept. for Europe, Middle East and Latin America, in addition to the previous role of General Counsel for Iberia, Latam, Atos WorldGrid and Major Events, that jointly represent several entities with several thousand of employees.
Carlo was previously Head of the Legal Department in Atos Origin Italia and worked in the past in companies such as Telecom Italia and FIAT.
He was graduated with honors in Law at the II University of Rome and he is qualified as “Avvocato”; he got the Certification for the Lawyer Official Degree in Spain and he is currently registered at the Madrid Bar Association.

Peter Knight - Partner UK, Bird & Bird LLP

Peter is a partner in our International Dispute Resolution Group, based in London. Peter's practice covers a very wide range of complex disputes for global corporate companies through to high net worth private clients. The broad spectrum of his work embraces disputes relating to insurance coverage and large scale infrastructure and engineering projects. These have included numerous upstream energy, power and mining projects, rail, water and marine claims in many different parts of the world. He has acted in high profile, complex international investigations, involving regulatory and prosecutorial bodies including HMRC, SFO, FSA/FCA and has extensive experience of tax investigations, bribery and corruption investigations and prosecutions. In addition to fraud, he has also dealt with contentious trust disputes, Companies Act offences, duties of directors and partnership disputes. Peter has worked extensively in Latin America and has responsibility for leading the firm's initiatives both in that region and in Turkey, where he has over 20 years of experience. As well as dealing with commercial litigation, Peter is a key member of the International Arbitration Group and has dealt with international arbitrations, investment treaty arbitrations, and energy charter treaty arbitrations.

Javier Ramirez - Vice President & Associate General Counsel, HP Inc.

Javier Ramirez is Vice-President and Associate General Counsel at HP Inc., where he manages since 2011 the Litigation function for all geographies worldwide other than the United States. He is also responsible for copyright public policy and competition law related matters in Europe, and has a vast experience on prejudicial proceedings in front of the Court of Justice of the EU, where he has managed multiple landmark cases in the field of copyright.
Javier is based in Madrid (Spain) and has about 25 years of experience as a corporate counsel. He is admitted to the Lawyers Bar of Madrid since 1992.
He is an active participant to ACC Europe, appointed as member of the Board of Directors since October 2016, and Chair of the Advocacy and International Relations Working Group in Europe and Country Representative for Spain since 2015.
He is appointed as Non-Governmental Advisor at the International Competition Network (ICN) since 2015. He is a member of the European Advisory Board of CPR (International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution), the Board of Arbitrators and Mediators for Technological Commercial Disputes at WIPO and the ICT Arbitration Committee at the Asociación Europea de Arbitraje.
Javier graduated in Law at the University Complutense (Madrid, 1992), jointly with a specialization degree in Business from Colegio Universitario San Pablo (Madrid, 1993) and a postgraduate degree in EU Competition Law at King’s College of London (2009). Since 2000 he is a visiting professor on IT law, copyright, competition law, contracting and consumer protection at Instituto de Empresa Law School (Madrid), where he coordinates their executive legal program on Information Technologies & Contracting.

Neil Stewart - Director & Associate General Counsel, Litigation Global Regions, HPE

Neil Stewart is Director & Associate General Counsel, Litigation Global Regions at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Neil has managed the Litigation Global Regions team since November 2015. The mission of the Litigation Global Regions team is to protect HPE's interests across the whole spectrum of litigation matters outside the US. The team manages, monitors and accurately reports on the HPE litigation portfolio and we are also responsible for litigation budget management. Prior to this role, at HP, Neil was Litigation Counsel (Litigation Global Regions) and was responsible for managing the litigation portfolio for UK&I (as well as some other jurisdictions). Neil was also the lead lawyer for the Affirmative Recoveries Program in the Regions. Neil served in this role from March 2013 until October 2015. Before joining HP in 2013, Neil trained and qualified as a Solicitor with national UK Law Firm Shoosmiths LLP in their Commercial Litigation team, where he worked for almost 10 years. Neil is a graduate of Cardiff University, Wales. Neil is admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales.

123: Technology roundup 2017: get your buzzwords here!

James Bellerjeau - General Counsel & Secretary, Mettler-Toledo International Inc

James Bellerjeau is General Counsel and Secretary of Mettler-Toledo International Inc., an S&P 500 company with its worldwide headquarters in Greifensee, Switzerland. METTLER TOLEDO is the world's largest provider of weighing instruments for use in laboratory, industrial, and food retailing applications. Prior to joining METTLER TOLEDO as its General Counsel in 1998, James worked at the law firms of • Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in Frankfurt, Germany, and • Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in New York, NY. His practice included securities, structured finance, mergers & acquisitions, public company, and corporate law. James serves on the Legal Committee of the Swiss American Chamber of Commerce. He previously served as President of the European chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, as well as a country representative for Switzerland. James received a Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) from Clark University, a Juris Doctor (magna cum laude) from Albany Law School, and a Master of Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Elmar Büth - General Counsel Supply Chain EMEA, 3M

Elmar Büth joined 3M as General Counsel of the 3M Supply Chain operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa and is also the General Counsel to 3M’s business operations in the Baltics and South East Europe. He is based at 3M’s EMEA Supply Chain operations headquarters in Switzerland. Prior to joining 3M in 2014, he was from 2007 to 2014 Corporate Counsel Europe at Mettler-Toledo International, Inc.’s headquarters advising the European subsidiaries. Before moving to Switzerland he worked as lawyer for a group company of the Deutsche Telekom and for law firms and institutions in Dusseldorf, Tokyo, Brussels and New York. Elmar is admitted to practice law in Germany, received an LL.M. from the University of London, holds a law degree from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University of Bonn and is faculty member at the in-house counsel Certificate of Advanced Studies course by the University of Zurich.

Anthony Kenny - Assistant General Counsel Corporate & CBS, GSK

Currently – Assistant General Counsel – corporate at GSK
European Counsel – The Boston Consulting Group
European Counsel – Deloitte
Litigation Counsel – BT
Associate – Hogan Lovells

Also previously UK Rep for the ACC

124: Lead Lab: 8 Minute mentoring

Katerina Galanopoulou - Legal & Compliance Counsel, SAP Greece Cyprus & Malta

Katerina Galanopoulou is the Legal and Compliance Counsel of SAP, covering for Greece, Cyprus and Malta. At the beginning of her career, she worked as junior associate at Potamitis – Iliadou law firm (E&Y) and since 2005, she works in multinational software companies. Prior to her current position, she had been the legal counsel of Oracle and the Intellectual Property Manager of Microsoft. She co-represents the Association of Corporate Counsel in Greece and is a member of the Intellectual Property Committee of the American Hellenic Chamber of Commerce. She holds a Degree in Law from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a LLM from University of Kent.

125: Introduction to international tax issues - What in-house lawyers need to know

Sara Biro - Senior Legal Counsel (interim), Seadrill Limited

Sara A. Biro is a multilingual, international business lawyer who has extensive in-house experience in more than 30 countries and expertise in areas ranging from complex commercial matters and corporate transactions to finance, oil and gas and engineering and construction. Sara was Senior European Counsel at Fitch Ratings and was based in its London office. In this role, Sara advised on legal and commercial matters relating to the credit rating and information distribution businesses of Fitch 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 Program Chair of the ACC’s International Legal Affairs Committee.

John Lowe - Arbitrator, Legal and Compliance Advisor, Lowe Arbitration

After working for over twenty years in a variety of in-house positions John Lowe now acts as an international arbitrator and mediator.  Listed on the panels of major arbitration institutions he acts as arbitrator in both institutional and ad hoc proceedings applying either civil or common law.  While practicing in-house he was active with ACC Europe, serving as board member, President and Treasurer. Mr. Lowe was the General Counsel and Director of Communications at Qioptiq, a privately-owned Luxembourg company involved in the development and manufacture of precision photonic products for the defence, medical and industrial markets. Before that, Mr Lowe was Of Counsel at the Paris office of Orrick, Herrington  and Sutcliffe in the corporate department. He was also Assistant General Counsel at Alcatel (now Nokia) an international supplier of telecommunications equipment after having served in several other positions in the legal department in Italy, Belgium and France.  Mr. Lowe began his career as a diplomat with the US Department of State serving in Mexico, Washington, D.C. and Italy. He has also worked in private practice in Italy and in the US. Mr. Lowe received his law degree from George Washington University in Washington D.C.  

Raphaël Sergi - Associate General Counsel, Head of Corporate Transactions, Integrations & International Governance, HP

Raphaël is Associate General Counsel and head of the Corporate Transactions, Integrations & International Governance group within HP’s Legal Department. He will be leaving HP at the end of April 2017 and will join PwC Legal on June 1 2017 as a Geneva based local partner focused on International Business Reorganisations (covering compliance, cash planning, tax reorgs, internal debt and equity restructurings and post-deal integrations).
At HP, he managed a team responsible for integrations, corporate compliance and governance matters across the subsidiary structure and corporate legal support with respect to corporate restructuring, covering 70+ jurisdictions. He also served as WW co-lead of a cross-functional transactional team in charge of corporate restructuring and reorganization. He accumulated a track record of 6’000+ corporate transactions over 75+ jurisdictions and played a key role in the separation of HPQ into two separate groups in 2015. He previously occupied various roles within the corporate legal and tax teams. Prior to joining HP, he practiced Tax and Corporate law at Jones Day in Paris and Frankfurt.
Raphaël is a French qualified Attorney and earned a Postgraduate Degree in Corporate Taxation from the University of Paris IX Dauphine, a Masters in French and German business Law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne, and a LL.M. Degree from the University of Cologne.

Francisco de Sousa da Câmara - Partner, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados – Lex Mundi member firm for Portugal

Francisco joined Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados – a Lex Mundi member firm for Portugal - in 1986. He became a partner in 1991 and heads the tax teams of Lisbon and Madeira offices. Francisco is particularly dedicated to litigation cases before the tax authorities, judicial and arbitration courts, tax restructuring operations of companies, as well as matters related to the application of Double Tax Treaties and EU tax law. He also advises on family wealth and inheritance tax planning (HNWI). A visiting Professor of International Tax Law at Nova University from 2000 -2013 and currently lecturing a tax post-graduation course at the Catholic University. Francisco was also a member of several Committees of experts in charge of drafting tax legislation, including the Judicial Procedural Tax Code and the General Tax Law.
Publications: Correspondent for IBFD (European Taxation) and Tax Analysts (Tax Notes International).
Personal: Law Degree (1986), Postgraduate Studies in EU law (1987), Master's degree in Tax and Financial Law (1992) from Catholic University. Recognized as tax specialist lawyer by the Portuguese Bar Association.

126: Talk like Ted 2

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

Since June 2016, Steve Leroy is Senior Vice President Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs for Discovery Networks International (DNI), which is Discovery Communications’ business outside of the US. Discovery’s brands include Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, and Eurosport. Prior to DNI, Steve was Vice President Legal & Corporate Affairs Europe at Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), the world’s largest brewer, based in Leuven, Belgium. In that role, he led the legal, public affairs, communications and sustainability teams in Europe for six years. Before AB InBev, Steve held public affairs & communications as well as business project management roles across Europe, Eurasia & the Middle East, first at the bottler Coca-Cola Enterprises (now Coca-Cola European Partners) and then at The Coca-Cola Company for twelve years. Steve 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 US-born Belgian citizen (1966), and 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 (MBA) 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).

127: The European Union project: The in-house lawyer's perspective

Nick Holland - Partner, Fieldfisher

Nick Holland has over 24 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 as well 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.

Dearbhail McDonald - Group Business Editor, Independent News and Media (INM plc)

A global Eisenhower Fellow, the journalist, author and broadcaster was recently named Irish Tatler Media Woman of the Year.
A former news correspondent with The Sunday Times, she has won a series of awards for her legal affairs coverage and is a former Young Irish Medical Journalist of the Year.
Dearbhail serves on the board of Fighting Words, Ireland’s national creative writing centre, and is a director of the St Stephen's Green Trust.
A member of the External Advisory Board of Maynooth University Department of Law, she also serves on the board of the Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett and Lughnasa International Friel Festivals.
Dearbhail holds an LL.B (Law) from Trinity College Dublin as well as a First Class Honours Masters Degree in Journalism from Dublin City University.

Michael Schweiger - Head, I&TS Legal, Continental Europe & Channel Islands, Royal Bank of Canada

Michael Schweiger currently serves as Head, I&TS Legal, Continental Europe and Channel Islands at Royal Bank of Canada. In his role he supports RBC’s custodial and asset servicing platform. Michael leads a European legal team of 18 with staff located in Luxembourg, Switzerland, and France who support operations in over 10 jurisdictions in Continental Europe and the Channel Islands. The team is accountable for all legal issues and is primarily focused on banking, regulatory, securities, credit, and capital markets. Michael is a member of the Executive Committee of RBC’s subsidiary bank in Luxembourg which is regulated by the European Central Bank and the Luxembourg CSSF and is one of the country’s largest employers.
Previously, Michael also served as Senior Subsidiary Governance Officer, EMEA (ex UK) with responsibility for all subsidiary governance matters within RBC across its business platforms in Europe. He served as Company Secretary to multiple group companies and is specialized in corporate governance within financial institutions. Recent speaking engagements include the European Commission’s 17th European Corporate Governance Conference as well as expert engagements throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa covering board liability, the role of the chair, and corporate governance regulation.
Based in Luxembourg since 2008, Michael speaks English, French, and German. Prior to joining RBC, Michael practised corporate, commercial and insolvency law at Cox & Palmer in Halifax, Canada.


Liz Walker - General Counsel, BT Global Service

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.

128: Artificial intelligence

Carmelo Fontana - Senior Regional Counsel, Google

Carmelo Fontana is a technology attorney with over 12 years of experience in the fields of intellectual property, data protection and technology transactions.  In January 2011, he joined Google where, as Senior Regional Counsel, he currently handles the Italian regulatory and commercial practice. Carmelo also is a lecturer at Bocconi University and SDA School of Management where he teaches on the topics of privacy, intellectual property, consumer protection, technology transactions, negotiation and innovation policy.  Before joining Google, Carmelo was a startup entrepreneur in Silicon Valley (2009-2011), a research associate at Stanford Law School (2008-2010), a lawyer at the European Commission Legal Services (2007) and an attorney for Cleary Gottlieb (2004-2007).  Carmelo is qualified to practice law in California and in Italy and is a US Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US). Carmelo holds a LL.M. degree from Stanford Law School, a J.D. summa cum laude from Luiss Guido Carli and is a Fulbright and Rotary scholar.

Mafalda Mascarenhas Garcia - Senior Lawyer IBM Portugal, Litigation Lead Lawyer SPGI, Head Legal, IBM Deutschland Kreditbank GmbH, Branch in Portugal

Mafalda has 19 years PQE and has been working in IBM for over 4 years. She is a Portuguese qualified lawyer, a Portuguese native speaker and proficient in English and Spanish. Following her master degree in Corporate and Commercial Law, from University College London, in London, UK, she worked in the Banking Department of one of the “magic 5” law firms, in London, UK. She participated in debt financing and refinancing transactions. In 2001 joined one of the top Iberian Law firms, in Lisbon, Portugal, advising in finance transactions, refinancing and debt issues. In 2004 joined the law firm’s Corporate Department and became an expert in corporate and commercial law, private equity and M&A. From 2007 onwards, she worked closely with the Mozambique Market and, in 2010, was also invited to serve as key senior management team member to launch the law firm’s Angolan Desk and to set up the firm’s representation office in Luanda, Angola. In IBM, Mafalda accumulates several roles: Co-Head of IBM Portugal Legal Department; Litigation Lead Lawyer for IBM Spain, Portugal, Greece and Israel (SPGI); Head of Legal of IBM Deutschland Kreditbank GmbH – Branch in Portugal, and “The Weather Company” European legal leadership team.

Natalie A. Pierce - Co-Chair, Robotics, AI and Automation Industry Group, Shareholder, Littler Global

Natalie Pierce is a San Francisco-based Shareholder with Littler, the largest law firm devoted exclusively to representing employers in labor and employment matters, with over 1,200 attorneys worldwide. She is a trial attorney who represents start-ups to global corporations on all aspects of the employer-employee relationship. Pierce is a member of Littler’s Board of Directors and also the Board of the Bar Association of San Francisco. Pierce co-chairs Littler’s Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Automation Practice Group, which provides representation and compliance assistance to employers in the robotics industry and employers integrating automation, AI, telepresence and robotics into their workplaces. This practice group is partnered with a major insurance provider to create the first integrated policy covering users of robotics and robots with ingrained artificial intelligence. Pierce received her undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley and earned her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and received the Emil Schlesinger Labor Law Prize.