IFLR Women in Business Law 2016

June 16, 2016 - The Waldorf Hilton, London

This year's confirmed speakers included:

Nicky Moffat CBE

speaker, leadership consultant and executive coach
What Good Leadership Looks Like

Nicky helps companies develop their leadership capability and talent pipelines. Her clients include UK, multinational and global corporations and businesses in sectors such as financial services, media, technology and law.

Nicky’s insight is drawn from 27 years in strategy, command, training and delivery roles in the British Army and Ministry of Defence. As Private Secretary, she supported the Secretary of State for Defence throughout a period of politically-charged decision making in respect of operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Sierra Leone. As Head of Pay and Manning, she providing decision and advisory briefing to Ministers and the Defence and Service Personnel Boards. In the rank of Brigadier (and most senior woman in the Army),
she was responsible for the leadership, output and standards of 4500 officers and soldiers, and for delivering major business change. Nicky was appointed Commander of the British Empire in 2012.

Gill Aitken

general counsel and solicitor
HM Revenue & Customs

Gill Aitken was appointed General Counsel and Solicitor for HMRC in 2014, where she is the member of Executive Team, reporting to the Chief Executive and leading HMRC’s legal services; advising HMRC and Treasury and legislating for all aspects of tax law and a large litigation practice safeguarding £billions of tax revenues.

From 2010 – 2014 Gill worked for DWP as Director General - Professional Services and Solicitor to DWP and Department of Health. Gill held various DG roles at DEFRA between 2007 – 2010. Her career began in a City law firm; she moved to the Civil Service in order to be part of the buzz of Government.
Gill is a Governor of two schools: one a primary school in a disadvantaged area and the other her son’s senior school.

Leigh Murrin

chief legal operations counsel
GE Capital International

Bronagh Kennedy

group company secretary and general counsel
Severn Trent Water

Bronagh studied law at Oxford University and after qualifying as a solicitor became an insolvency expert in the Allen & Overy banking department.  She worked on high profile matters such as the Canary Wharf administration and the Heron Group reconstruction.  This involved advising on a wide range of subject matters and working closing with multi- disciplinary business teams, which led her to consider an in-house career.

She joined what was then the Bass Group in 1995 as a divisional lawyer, becoming Company Secretary, General Counsel and the HR Director on the demerger of Mitchells & Butlers in 2003 (also assuming responsibility for risk management, internal audit, health & safety, security compliance and communications).

She joined Severn Trent Plc in 2011 and is Group Company Secretary and General Counsel (also responsible for Corporate Social Responsibility).

Katy Walton Jones

general counsel & management committee
Source UK Services

Katy joined Source as General Counsel in April 2015 and heads up their legal and compliance team. She is also a member of the Source executive management committee. Before joining Source Katy was General Counsel and a director of Citco Financial Products (London) Limited. She played a key role in setting up Citco’s rated lending platform and was responsible for advising on all legal, regulatory and compliance issues relating to Citco’s hedge fund financing, structured products and derivative transactions.

Katy has a broad range of experience in both corporate, finance and commercial contracts having previously been a corporate associate specialising in private equity and public and private M&A transactions at Weil Gotshall & Manges and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Katy has a history degree from Cambridge University and is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales.

Janet Johnstone

chief administrative officer, EMEA
BNY Mellon

Janet Johnstone is Chief Administrative Officer Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), BNY Mellon, and is responsible for overseeing a robust administrative and governance environment across the EMEA region. Previous roles at the company include two years in Dubai as CAO of Middle East & Africa, and Country Manager for South Africa where she had overall responsibility for BNY Mellon’s business development in this market as well as other countries in the sub-Saharan African region. Before joining the company in 2003, Janet held senior positions at Citibank and Absa Bank in Johannesburg. She started her career at Standard Bank of South Africa where she held various positions in Corporate and International Banking over a period of twelve years. Janet is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa, the Investment Analyst Society, as well as the Institute of Bankers.

Rachel Small

group company secretary & general counsel

RacheI started  her career in investment banking in the City over 25 years ago and is now Group Company Secretary and General Counsel for LV= Britain's Best Loved Insurer and the third largest motor insurer in the UK.  After many years as a litigation partner in private practice, Rachel built from scratch a nationally recognised, award winning Legal & Company Secretariat department at LV=. Rachel has also been instrumental in establishing and driving the gender diversity programme within LV= with the creation and development of a highly influential women's network called 'PACE' ("Potential, Ambition, Connections & Empowerment") across its 6000+ population.

Marwa Elborai

Shearman & Sterling

Marwa Elborai is a New York qualified partner in the Capital Markets Group of Shearman & Sterling’s London Office, with a focus on U.S. federal securities law, leveraged finance, high yield debt offerings, and general debt and equity capital markets transactions. She has represented both issuers and underwriters on complex corporate financings.

Her specific experience covers several areas of international corporate and capital markets transactions, including high yield and leveraged finance transactions, SEC-registered and other types of initial public offerings, restructurings, debt offerings, debt tender offers/consent solicitations and general corporate matters.

Remi Adadevoh

vice president, legal and business affairs
Warner Music International

Reni joined Warner Music Group in April 2011 as Director, Business & Legal Affairs for Warner-Elektra-Atlantic Corp, a WMG subsidiary supporting the operational needs of Atlantic Records, Warner Bros. Records, and other WMG labels in New York. There, she served as a resource to the direct-to-consumer, marketing, merchandising, research and analysis teams, drafting and negotiating agreements ranging from artist services agreements to technology services agreements.

In August 2014, she transitioned to WMG’s Digital Legal Affairs team where she worked with the corporate business development team on global digital content deals with various partners including Microsoft, Tidal, and Spotify. She transferred to London in September 2015, expanding her portfolio to work on content licensing in EMEA.

Reni began her career as a derivatives lawyer in the New York office of Shearman & Sterling LLP after earning her J.D. at Harvard Law School and B.A. at Yale University.

Reni serves on the Board of Directors of Broadway for All, a non-profit that offers tuition-free, conservatory training to middle and high school students in the United States.  She also volunteers as a manuscript reader for the literary agency Janklow & Nesbit Associates.

Melissa Butler

White & Case

Lila Pease

associate director
White & Case

Nicole Sandler

VP, resolution & recovery planning & FinTech, EMEA legal lead

Nicole Sandler is a lawyer in the Global Legal Regulatory Policy team at Barclays. She currently focuses on the impact of FinTech on Barclays in the UK and globally.  Nicole also works on Recovery and Resolution issues, including Barclays' response to UK, US, APAC, and South African regulatory requirements, and resolution planning including advising on Barclays’ living wills proposals. Nicole supports Barclays' engagement with regulators and policy makers on FinTech and RRP matters and represents Barclays in various regulatory forums and industry groups. For example, Nicole has been participating in the FMLC Finance and Technology Scoping Forum and also the BBA’s Digital Strategy taskforce. 
Prior to joining the Barclays, Nicole worked at Jones Day, advising on real estate financings, private equity financings and football financings for corporates and financial institutions in domestic, international and emerging markets.

Sharon Blackman

director & deputy general counsel

An English law qualified Barrister and NY Attorney, Sharon has worked for Citi for over 11 years.  She is a Director in the Markets and Securities Services division of Citi’s General Counsel’s Office and heads the legal team responsible for FX, FX Prime brokerage and Ecommerce and has previously had responsibility for covering FICC & Equity Derivatives, Strategic Investments and Index Algorithmic products.   

She has represented Citi at a variety of industry level committees, most recently as the Citi legal representative on the Bank of England Joint Foreign Exchange legal subcommittee.  Sharon sits on Citi’s EMEA Legal Diversity Committee and represents EMEA on Citi’s Global Legal Diversity Council and as chair of the Citi EMEA Pro Bono Committee (of which she has been an active member for the past 7 years) she was delighted to accept the award for In-House Pro Bono Legal Team of the year, TrustLaw Awards 2015.  Sharon has three children aged 8, 6 and 1 and in her spare time plays violin in the Croydon Symphony Orchestra.

Hatice Ismail

Simmons & Simmons

Hatice advises on all aspects of corporate tax, including M&A, corporate, restructuring, structured finance, cross-border and real estate transactions and the UK taxation of non-resident companies. She also advises on the taxation of traditional and alternative investment funds, stamp taxes and VAT. She predominantly advises clients in the asset management and investment funds, banking and private equity sectors.

Hatice joined Simmons & Simmons as a trainee in 2003, qualified into the corporate tax department in 2005 and was promoted to partner in 2016.

Eucharia Bragg

managing associate
Simmons & Simmons

Eucharia is a Managing Associate at Simmons & Simmons in the London capital markets group. She principally acts for major investment banks in relation to a broad range of structured products and debt capital markets transactions, with a particular emphasis on repackagings and credit derivatives. Eucharia has worked in Hong Kong and Lisbon and on the repackaging and EM structuring desks of a leading investment bank in London. Eucharia graduated in 2003 with a BA (Hons) in Jurisprudence from Oxford University. She joined Simmons & Simmons in 2004 and qualified as a solicitor in 2006.

Harry Gaskell

chief innovation officer & partner

Harry is EY’s UK and Ireland Chief Innovation Officer. He ensures that EY uses digital technologies to support it’s clients transformations and to launch new innovative services.

He is member of EY’s UK&I Leadership Team
Prior to taking on this role Harry was the managing partner of the 1500-strong UK&I  Advisory business which he grew from scratch since rejoining Ernst & Young in 2005

He has over 25 years consulting experience focused on helping organisations make major changes to their business, culture or organisation. Since 2011 Harry has been the Leader of Diversity and Inclusion for EY in the UK and Ireland. Prior to joining EY, Harry was a VP at Capgemini and previously worked at Andersen Consulting.

Chris Clark

global marketing director

Andrew Darwin

chief operating officer
DLA Piper

Andrew Darwin has held a number of senior leadership roles within the firm. He is currently Chief Operating Officer for the International LLP (since 1 May 2012).

Andrew is a member of the firm's Global Board. His previous leadership roles were Head of the Corporate Practice, Managing Director of the EMEA region, UK Managing Partner and also Australia Managing Partner.

Elizabeth Bothwell

Arthur Cox

Elizabeth is head of the Insurance Group at Arthur Cox. She advises both domestic and international clients in the insurance sector on a wide range of non-contentious insurance and reinsurance transactions and regulatory matters.  She also has extensive experience in providing prudential and regulatory advice.  Elizabeth is ranked as a Leading Individual for Insurance in the Legal 500: EMEA 2015 and is recommended as an expert in Insurance and Reinsurance in Who’s Who Legal 2015.  Elizabeth is also a member of the firm’s CSR Committee.                            






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