2017 Transatlantic General Counsel Summit London

Thursday 8th June 2017

Risk & resilience: thriving in the age of uncertainty

08:15 – 9:00
Registration and networking breakfast

09:00 – 09:15
The year in review- fact, fiction & everything in between
Jeremy Barton,
general counsel, KPMG, UK
Clare Wardle,
general counsel & company secretary, Coca-Cola European Partners, UK

09:15 – 09:55
Opening keynote
The reputation game: crisis management and trust in the digital economy 
Reputations are extremely valuable corporate assets. They confer pricing advantage, supply chain benefits, regulatory dividends and talent pool competitive edge. Protecting these in a crisis is one of the most challenging tasks facing senior management teams today, and the costs of failing to protect them can be significant. Rupert Younger, from the University of Oxford, will discuss the challenge of reputation engagement in a super fast world of fake news and social media drawing on research undertaken by his Centre for Corporate Reputation at the University of Oxfords' Said Business School. The keynote will provide insights into different engagement strategies and their efficacy in modern corporations. 
Rupert Younger, director, Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation, UK

09:55 – 10:40
A brave new world: the impact of transatlantic elections on your business 
With the populist election of Donald Trump and Britain’s rejection of the EU, the debate over open versus closed borders has reemerged and much of the regulatory landscape is in a state of flux.  While elections around the world continue to threaten the status quo, the global economies are coming to terms with “the new normal” of both President Trump and Brexit.  While the European Commission has provided some clarity with the recently published key points for Brexit, Trump’s administration has no clear path forward on trade, enforcement and compliance issues but has promised improvements. This panel will explore the impact of global elections on business – trade, sanctions, regulation, enforcement, and who is wielding the power – to help in-house lawyers steer a positive course and look for opportunities the shifting legal landscape can provide.
Miriam González Durántez, co-chair of the EU international & government regulation practice, Dechert, UK
David N. Kelley, co-leader of the white collar & securities litigation practice, Dechert, USA
Adam Smith, former group general counsel, Safran Group, France

10:40 – 11:10
Refreshment and networking break

11:10 – 11:55
Navigating the world of cross-border criminal, regulatory and civil investigations- the current state of affairs 
Through the sharing of war stories our expert panellists will provide their experiences with the current enforcement framework in multiple jurisdictions, comparing approaches on both sides of the Atlantic, and will look at the ways in which general counsel can prepare for and execute strategies in response to government investigations and related litigation. This panel will discuss the extent of coordination across territorial boundaries and explore how the changing world involving legal privilege should inform how general counsel should prepare and respond to government investigations. 

Moderator: Steven G. Kobre, co-founder, Kobre & Kim, USA
Roger Burlingame, partner, Kobre & Kim, UK & former U.S. prosecutor 
Bob Hoyt, group general counsel, Barclays, UK
Joanna Talbot, chief counsel, compliance & regulation, BAE Systems plc, UK 

11:55 - 12:40
Geopolitics and the implications on M&A
Transatlantic deal flow continues apace. In the current transatlantic climate, we shall examine the mergers and acquisitions landscape looking candidly at potential pitfalls that may hinder the integral M&A process. In light of global political and economic uncertainty, the session shall examine the impact on complex cross-border transactions and regulations, providing practical insight and guidance.
Moderator: Georgina Stanley, editor, Legal Week, UK 
Andrew Bull, group general counsel, GE Capital, UK
Anthony Kenny, assistant general counsel corporate & CBS, GSK, UK 

12:40 - 13:40
Lunch & networking 

13:40 – 14:40
Breakout sessions 
Our expertly facilitated workshop groups, run under Chatham House rules, allow you to choose topics that are of the most importance and relevance to you. Come prepared for in-depth discussions and detailed peer-to-peer knowledge-sharing.

a)Legal operations: evolution not revolution
The need for efficiency is crucial as in-house legal teams are increasingly finding that they are expected to do more in a department where budgets remain low. How should you manage operations, increase efficiency and create a less ad hoc system? Technology is a big game changer for legal departments but how do you, as a leader, motivate and deliver in a more ‘digital way’? What are the challenges? And how will technology change customer relationships and risk? The session will consider and aim to address the key questions surrounding the uncertainty of technology and will look at perspectives and uptake of technology in both the US-UK.
Mohammed Zain Ajaz, group head of legal operational excellence, National Grid, UK
Claire Debney, chief of staff & director of legal strategy, Shire, UK 

b)Competence needed: managing collaborative, high-performing virtual teams
International GCs must build strong teams remotely, teams that work well cross-border and at diverse organizational levels. Well-led virtual teams perform better and deliver support faster. They consistently adhere to legal/corporate objectives, systems and procedures. When virtual teams don’t collaborate well, individuals’ advice may be inconsistent and time is lost on repetitive work. How do today’s transatlantic GCs master this art? We’ll discuss competencies such as emotional intelligence, skill at communicating across-cultures at many levels, and we’ll share practical approaches both for you and your team leaders.
Leigh Dance, president, ELD International, USA & Belgium 
Orla Muldoon, chief counsel EMEIA, ADM International Sàrl, Switzerland
Patrick Rowe, deputy general counsel, Accenture, UK 

14:40 – 15:00
Networking and refreshment break

15:00 – 15:45
Cybersecurity and data protection issues in M&A transactions
Cybersecurity and data protection issues are of increasing concern to investors in Europe and the U.S. engaging in transatlantic M&A. Recent and upcoming regulatory changes in the U.S. (EU-U.S. Privacy Shield) and Europe (EU GDPR) create significant issues in the areas of due diligence, negotiation of transfer agreements and data governance to name a few. What does this mean for buyers and sellers on both sides of the Atlantic and general counsels involved in these transactions? The panel will address key issues arising for buyers and sellers in M&A transactions across different industries and how to avoid and mitigate legal and regulatory risks.
Moderator: Paul Strecker, partner & global co-head of private capital industry group, Shearman & Sterling, UK
Vivienne Artz, managing director, global head of privacy legal & head of international for the intellectual property & technology law group, Citi, UK
Rachael Dugan
, associate general counsel, chief strategy & M&A counsel, Marsh & McLennan Companies, USA
Steve Hill, former deputy director, National Security Secretariat of the Cabinet Office, UK
Jeewon Serrato, counsel & head of global privacy & data protection group, Shearman & Sterling, USA

15:45 – 16:30
Risk & international compliance- creating a commercially focussed risk culture
Do you need a compliance crisis to change your compliance culture or are you able to learn from others? Risk remains a perennial challenge where effective global regulatory compliance requires a balanced approach. In order to be viewed as risk aware and business minded how should you prepare for the unknown? How do you find the equilibrium of risk tolerance for your business? The panel will offer practical insights into risk management strategies when managing compliance internationally, ensuring your organisation appreciates more widely how a sophisticated approach to risk can be a strategic advantage to the business.
Moderator: Jeremy Barton, general counsel, KPMG, UK
Richard Given, general counsel, 10x Future Technologies Limited, UK
Michael Goldberg, associate general counsel, The Boston Consulting Group, UK
Bruno Jackson, director, compliance operations, BT, UK

Lesley Wan, former commercial real estate counsel, Lloyds Banking Group, UK 

16:30 – 16:55
Closing Keynote: what is the board really looking for? 
The closing keynote will explore the role of the general counsel through the eyes of the CEO. Leendert den Hollander, vice president & general manager of Coca-Cola European Partners GB and former CEO of Young’s Seafood Ltd, will talk candidly about what he expects of the GC operating as a member of the Executive. What can you do to ensure you are viewed as the ideal GC who is a key figure in the leadership team? This CEO perspective will offer an insider view on how to succeed.
Moderator: Clare Wardle, general counsel & company secretary, Coca-Cola European Partners, UK
Leendert den Hollander, vice president & general manager, Coca-Cola European Partners, UK

16:55 – 17:00
Closing comments
Jeremy Barton, general counsel, KPMG, UK

Close of conference

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