IFLR European In-House Counsel Summit 2018

January 24, 2018, Waldorf Hilton, London





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8.10 Registration and breakfast

8.50 Opening remarks from chairperson

9.00 Keynote address

Adding value – the general counsel as a proactive business partner
Timo Spitzer
, head of legal global corporate banking Germany, Austria & Switzerland, Santander

9.10 Debt and equity capital markets

  • Assessing the progression of the capital markets union
  • European capital framework – Where are we and what now?
  • Brexit analysis – how can London grow its capital markets business post Brexit?

Raj Panasar, partner, Cleary Gottlieb (moderator)
Luke Flaherty, director & assistant general counsel, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Issam Hajili, senior legal counsel, HSBC
Charlotte Bellamy, director market practice & regulatory policy, International Capital Market Association

10.00 Navigating M&A transactions

  • Assessing the geo-political landscape and its impact on transactions
  • Methods for negotiating semi-hostile deals
  • Shareholder activism: best tactics for briefing your board
  • W&I insurance: current market trends

Graeme Sloan, partner, Morrison Foerster (moderator)
Dragana Radojevic, legal counsel, BNP Paribas
Alexey Karpovich, senior corporate counsel, Cisco
Ailsa Harding, senior legal counsel, Centrica
Graham Kirk, associate general counsel, HSBC
Andreas Bohrer, group general counsel and company secretary, Lonza

10.50 Coffee and networking

11.20 Anti-corruption and bribery regimes

  • The UK bribery and corruption regime: discussing key regulatory developments
  • Methods to effectively manage fraud investigations
  • Examining challenges associated with failure to prevent tax evasion

Steven Molo, partner, Molo Lamken (moderator)
Julie Varcoe-Cocks, associate general counsel, Serco
Ruth Stone, general counsel, SCB Group
Susanna Berger, general counsel for Europe, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co
Douglas Denham, group commercial legal director, De La Rue
Pip Mckenzie, legal director, business integrity for Europe, Unilever

12.10 Competition outlook 2018

  • Enforcement priorities
  • Compliance risk factors
  • Interaction between competition and regulatory authorities
  • Brexit implications
  • Foreign investment controls in merger reviews

Matthew Readings, partner, Shearman & Sterling (moderator)
Michael Lukes, legal counsel- competition, regulatory & compliance, Virgin Atlantic
Emily Smith-Reid, deputy general counsel, HSBC
Andrew Wright, acting senior director of mergers, Competition and Markets Authority
Arabella Hinton
, head of competition law, Telefonica
Robin Finer, head of wholesale & investments competition, Financial Conduct Authority

1.00 Lunch and networking

1.50 Employment law reform

  • Gender Pay – what challenges and responses are companies facing and taking on this?
  • Managing Workplace Behaviour in the light of recent scandals – to what extent can global companies manage this in the context of employment relationships?
  • Diversity and Inclusion – how big a corporate issue is this and what challenges do global companies face?
  • General update on Brexit and Trump - how have and how will these changing political landscapes change the employment law landscape?

Paul Quain, partner, GQ | Littler (moderator)
Jonathan Ollivent, employment counsel, Uber
Susan Henderson, international labour & employment leader, GE
Hannah Mahon, senior counsel, GQ | Littler
Philip Berkowitz, shareholder, Littler Mendelson


A) Whistleblowing

  • Examining effective frameworks
  • Reporting process: alerting relevant administrative or judicial authority
  • Managing transfers to third parties

Jonathan Maude, partner, VedderPrice
Esther Langdon, solicitor, VedderPrice

B) Data protection

  • GDPR 2018: implementation update
  • The challenges of data protection breach notification
  • Managing transfers to third parties

Bogdan Ivanisevic, partner, BDK Advokati
Ana Jankov, partner, BDK Advokati

C) Protecting the legal sector against human error

  • 95% of all security incidents involve human error, how can we prevent this?
  • Exploring and reducing risk in the legal sector

Abhirukt Sapru, head of business development, CheckRecipient

4.10 Coffee and networking

4.30 The role of in-house counsel in dispute resolution

  • Negotiating and drafting effective dispute resolution clauses
  • The importance of choice of law, forum and procedural rules for ADR
  • The benefits of ADR mechanisms
  • Combating the effects of multi-jurisdictional litigation

Greg Lascelles, partner, Covington & Burling (moderator)
Tony Thiaray, legal director, London City Airport
Mark Simmons
, executive director, Morgan Stanley
Louise Freeman
, partner, Covington & Burling

5.20 Chair’s closing comments



BDK Advokati

Cleary Gottlieb


GQ Littler

MoloLamken Morrison Foerster

 Shearman Sterling

Vedder Price

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