The IFLR European In-House Counsel Summit returned for its third year in London, at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel. In-house counsel from top European corporates (public and private), UK and European-based banks met to discuss matters relating to financial law, including M&A, capital markets, liability management and competition.
The Forum took place at a time when European markets are improving and companies are more confident in following their policies of organic growth or big ticket acquisitions. Indeed, for the latter, cash is still the preferable method. For those requiring corporate finance, delegates benefitted from guidance on the raft of options available, from cov-lite to high yield and cov-loose to securitisation.
Discussions on shrinking budgets for the management of legal departments was also a feature of the event. Whistleblowing is on the up, compliance costs are rocketing and data protection is a growing cost centre. The pressure is on for in-house departments to show their value, especially when companies are entering financial markets.
The IFLR European In-house Counsel Summit tackled these issues in a panel format and incorporated breakout sessions as workshops for the first time. The programme was developed in conjunction with general counsel from top corporates and banks and delivered an update on a range of legal and commercial issues that in-house face on a daily basis.
For an overview of the main issues discussed at the event, view the key takeaways
Who was in attendance?
- In-house counsel
- Bankers' counsel
- Legal directors / heads of legal
- Corporate executives
- Private practice
- Advisers / consultants