IFLR European In-House Counsel Summit 2018

January 24, 2018, Waldorf Hilton, London





Speakers at the IFLR European In-House Counsel Summit 2018 included:

Ailsa Harding 

IH_Ailsa Harding - Centrica
senior legal counsel

Ailsa joined Centrica in March 2011, providing legal support for Business Development in the Exploration and Production business. She specialises in mergers and acquisitions, and has also supported the finance and treasury departments. Ailsa currently provides legal support to Centrica's gas desk within the Energy Marketing and Trading business.

Ailsa worked on Centrica's joint venture with Qatar Petroleum International in relation to the acquisition of Suncor's assets in Canada, led the legal side of Centrica's debut US bond offer, advised on the strategic acquisition of Neas Energy, one of Europe's leading energy management and optimisation providers, and most recently, worked on Centrica's E&P Joint Venture with Bayerngas Norge.

Prior to joining Centrica, Ailsa worked at the London office of Jones Day, covering a wide range of corporate deals including cross-border M&A, private equity and capital markets work. She completed several secondments to listed companies, including Pearl Insurance and Connaught plc.

Alexey Karpovich

IH_Alexey Karpovich - Cisco Systems
senior corporate counsel

Alexey Karpovich is the Senior Corporate Counsel and Solicitor at Cisco Systems, where he has worked since 2007. In his present role, he provides legal support on acquisitions as a part of the company's M&A team, specifically focusing on acquisition integration. He advised on deals ranging from $5m up to $2bln, including public companies. Karpovich also has a considerable financing experience. His previous roles included general counsel and litigation lawyer roles internationally.

Andreas Bohrer

IH_Andreas Bohrer - Lonza
group general counsel

Andreas Bohrer serves as Group General Counsel & Company Secretary of Lonza, a Switzerland-headquartered company with dual listing and operations globally. In this role Andreas is in charge of Legal, Compliance and Intellectual Property world-wide and reports to the Group CEO as well as to the Chairman of the Board of Directors. He is also the line manager of the Lonza Business Heads of South America and of India and was most recently involved in the USD 5.5bn acquisition and integration of Capsugel by Lonza.

From March 2010 until March 2015, Andreas was with Novartis as General Counsel of the Novartis Animal Health division and Head Transactions Legal at Novartis Group during the acquisition and integration of Alcon. Previously he worked for UBS as General Counsel Switzerland, and as General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer EMEA for the Global Asset Management Division.  Andreas started his legal career with Howard, Smith & Levin LLP (now Covington & Burling) in New York, USA, and Lenz & Staehelin in Zurich/Geneva.

Andreas holds a PhD from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and an LLM from New York University, New York, USA, where he was a Fulbright scholar. He also lectures corporate governance and capital markets law as Titularprofessor at the University of Zurich.  He has been active in a number of professional events and activities, including the American-Swiss Young Leaders Conference and the Harvard and Stanford Law Schools' International Junior Faculty Forum.

Andrew Wright

IH_Andrew Wright - Competition and Markets Authority
senior director
Competition and Markets Authority

Andrew Wright is the acting Senior Director of Mergers at the Competition and Markets Authority, where he leads the mergers team responsible for UK merger control. He was previously at the Competition Commission where, as Project Director, he led many in-depth merger investigations in all sectors of the economy, two market investigations and various regulatory appeals. Prior to these regulatory roles, Andrew worked in corporate finance, advising technology and telecoms companies on mergers and acquisitions.

Charlotte Bellamy

IH_Charlotte Bellamy - ICMA

Charlotte is a director in the Market Practice and Regulatory Policy team of the International Capital Market Association (ICMA), supporting the ICMA lead manager constituency. As part of that role, Charlotte is Secretary to the ICMA Legal & Documentation Committee and looks at regulatory and market developments of interest to the Committee including benchmark reform, Prospectus Regulation, the PRIIPs Regulation and MiFID2. Charlotte joined ICMA in 2013 from Allen & Overy LLP, where she was an associate in the International Capital Markets department, working on a range of debt capital markets products and programmes.

Dragana Radojevic

head of M&A
BNP Paribas

Dragana Radojevic is the head of M&A legal team for BNP Paribas Personal Finance, an affiliate of the BNP Paribas group specializing in consumer finance. She leads a team of 7 senior in-house counsels intervening for BNPP PF in all cross-border transactions such as acquisitions, investments, strategic alliances and partnerships, creation of joint-ventures, or other corporate restructurings and divestitures. Prior to joining BNPP PF, she worked as an attorney at law in an international law firm (Orrick) and in international companies (DuPont de Nemours, Cisco Systems). Besides transactional work in the banking and financial services sectors, she has strong experience in start-up and fintech investments.

Julie Varcoe-Cocks

IH_Julie Varcoe-Cocks - Serco
associate general counsel

Julie joined Serco General Counsel's Office (UK and Europe) in June 2013.

Julie has been the primary legal support in developing the ethics functions including policies and procedures, code of conduct, training and governance. She has led on complex corporate investigations, legal advice and producing reports.

She in her role provides legal support on regulatory and compliance matters including health and safety, GDPR, data protection, corporate governance, anti-bribery and corruption, ethics and regulatory litigation.

Julie has formulated regulatory and compliance strategy, advising on and managing complex and/or high legal and compliance projects She has developed and driven key initiatives to implement change, developing policies, processes and procedures in Serco with training  and awareness. Focus on pragmatic solutions to problems and has a key interest in data protection and corporate governance.

Julie is a practising solicitor qualified in England and Wales and a practiced in Australia both in private and in-house roles.

In her spare time, Julie enjoys tennis, golf, sailing and travelling.

Luke Flaherty

IH_Luke Flaherty - Bank of America Merrill Lynch
director & assistant general counsel
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Luke Flaherty is a Director and Assistant General Counsel at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London, primarily covering the corporate finance, corporate broking and capital markets teams in relation to equity, equity-linked and certain debt transactions within Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Before moving to Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2010, Luke was a senior associate in the London office of Clifford Chance, and prior to that worked in the Sydney office of Freehills, having first been admitted as a solicitor in Australia in 2003.

Ruth Stone

IH_Ruth Stone - SCB Group
general counsel
SCB Group

Ruth Stone is General Counsel at SCB Group, the world's largest biofuel brokerage. SCB promotes the adoption of a low carbon future and is a market leader in many carbon reduction credit markets such as RINS and LCFS in the United States. Prior to joining SCB, Ruth worked at the Financial Conduct Authority where she acquired first-hand regulatory understanding and worked in both the enforcement and markets divisions with a particular focus on market abuse and manipulation issues.  Ruth started her career at Slaughter and May where she worked in the dispute resolution practice.

Susan Henderson

Susan Henderson - General Electric
international labour & employment leader
General Electric

Susan leads GE’s team of labor and employment lawyers for all regions outside North America.

The international labor and employment team is responsible for providing support to all of GE’s businesses across the full range of people related legal issues.

Prior to joining GE, Susan worked was Head of HR Strategy as well as leading the Litigation and Employment legal team for Legal & General, a large financial services company headquartered in London.  Susan started her career in private legal practice, working first for McGrigors then Lovells.

Susan holds an LLB and Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Glasgow.  She is professionally qualified as a solicitor in both Scotland and England, and is a solicitor-advocate in England.  She is also a member of the New York State Bar.

She regularly speaks and writes on both domestic and international employment law issues and is a former chair of the In-House Employment Lawyers Network in the UK.

Issam Hajili

Issam Hajili
senior legal council

Senior Legal Counsel in HSBC Global Banking and Markets is responsible of the Structured products Debt and Equity transactions with before being in HSBC in 2005 he was in the Debt Capital Markets team in Natixis and previously in the Structured Finance Legal Department at Societe Generale.

Timo Spitzer

Timo Spitzer
head of legal

With a career rich in experience at some of the world’s most prominent legal and financial institutions, Timo Matthias Spitzer is the current head of legal global corporate banking in Germany, Austria and Switzerland for Banco Santander from his base in the German financial hub of Frankfurt.

Spitzer’s role has a broad scope, and on a day-to-today basis involves management of the legal aspects of a number of important cross-border transactions, all of these relating to the Spanish bank’s corporate and investment banking portfolio in the aforementioned countries.

A bright and adaptable lawyer, Spitzer came to Banco Santander after previous secondee roles at Citibank and UniCredit in London and Munich respectively. He acquired the foundation of his legal knowledge at a variety of international law firms and is a graduate of the BPP Law School in London to compliment his other outstanding credentials.

Ana Jankov

PP_Ana Jankov - BDK Advokati
BDK Advokati

Ana is a Belgrade-based partner in charge of Employment and Data Protection practices of BDK Advokati. Much of her data protection work is related to advising clients on data protection in the context of employment, such as candidate background checks, whistleblowing schemes, and internal investigations. Ana has also been actively involved in other data protection projects, including a privacy audit, and registration of filing systems with cross-border data flow. Ana's clients in data protection area include Aspen, Lidl, Amazon, Microsoft, and GlaxoSmithKlein.

In its 2017 issue, Chambers Europe recognises Ana as a data protection and privacy expert. The 2017 edition of Legal 500 mentions Ana as a lawyer experienced in advising employers on data protection and privacy matters.

Bogdan Ivanisevic

PP_Bogdan Ivanisevic - BDK Advokati
BDK Advokati

Bogdan is Belgrade-based partner in the Data Protection and Intellectual Property practices of BDK Advokati. In his data protection work, he has advised numerous clients on the issues of cross-border data transfers, privacy notices, permissibility of disclosure of data to third-party users, background checks, application of GDPR, and similar. He also organized privacy audits and coordinated the work of EU-based law firms on compliance matters concerning local affiliates of a Serbian parent company. Bogdan's clients in data protection area include Avon, Google, GlaxoSmithKlein, Amazon, Monsanto, Microsoft, and Air Serbia.

Chambers Europe, Legal 500 (Serbia), and World Trademark Review have recognized Ivanisevic as a leading IP and data protection practitioner. He is founder, editor and contributor to BDK Advokati's data protection blog and has contributed to data protection editions of Getting the Deal Through and Thomson Reuters' Practical Law.

Tijana Kojovic

PP_Tijana Kojovic - BDK Advokati
senior partner 
BDK Advokati

Tijana is the founding and managing partner of BDK. She has 15 years of experience. Her legal background is diverse and she is active in the firm's corporate and commercial, finance, dispute resolution, M&A and competition practices. 

Tijana holds an LLM and PhD in International Business Law from the Central European University in Budapest. She has published articles in international legal journals and publications on topics concerning arbitration, competition and commercial law. She is editor of BDK's competition law blog.

Tijana is a member of the Belgrade Bar Association and International Bar Association. She is a member of the Board of the newly established Belgrade Arbitration Centre, and listed as an arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration attached to the Serbian Chamber of Commerce. Tijana is one of the founders of the Serbian chapter of the Turnaround Management Association, a professional organisation gathering insolvency practitioners.

Graeme Sloan

PP_Graeme Sloan - Morrison Foerster
senior partner
Morrison & Foerster

Graeme Sloan is global co-chair of Morrison & Foerster's M&A practice and head of the firm's London corporate practice. Graeme has practiced corporate law for over twenty five years, focusing on cross-border mergers and acquisitions for both strategic and private equity buyers, as well as on corporate finance matters. His experience spans a broad range of industries, including technology, financial services, energy, life sciences and health care, real estate, consumer products, logistics and retail. He has been rated as a leading UK M&A lawyer in Chambers and The Legal 500 for many years.  He is also listed as a leading corporate lawyer in publications such as Super Lawyers and Who's Who Legal

Hannah Mahon

PP_Hannah Mahon - GQ Littler
senior counsel
GQ | Littler

Hannah practises all aspects of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious, with significant experience in the strategic and day-to-day aspects of employment litigation. She also has an abundance of experience in advising employers on the full range of employee relations issues including employee exits and severance packages, and disciplinary and grievance matters.

With a growing High Court practice, Hannah has also been involved in a number of high-value confidential information and restrictive covenant matters.

Hannah is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and is a member of ELA's Training Committee. Hannah also manages our knowhow and training capabilities.

Prior to joining GQ in March 2011, Hannah worked in-house at Barclays Bank plc, at niche employment law firm mpm legal LLP and at City firm SJ Berwin (now King Wood Mallesons).

Paul Quain

Paul Quain
GQ | Littler

Paul is one of London's best known employment lawyers, and is regularly recommended as a leading practitioner by Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and Who's Who Legal all of which have listed him in 2017 as they have done for many previous years.

Paul has particular expertise in complex, high value employment disputes which require a strategic solution. He regularly advises on team moves and theft of confidential information matters which require High Court injunctions, often with a global, multi-jurisdiction element,  bonus disputes, discrimination cases and TUPE. He is particularly commended for his tactical approach in litigation matters which helps deliver the desired outcome.

Paul is also a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and has held various management roles within ELA over many years. He is also a CEDR accredited mediator in the employment field.

Prior to establishing GQ Employment Law, Paul previously held a senior position in 'Magic Circle' firm Linklaters and has also worked for leading City of London firm Charles Russell.

Philip Berkowitz

PP_Philip Berkowitz - GQ Littler
Littler Mendelson

Philip Berkowitz is co-chair of Littler's Financial Services Practice Group and co-chair of its International Employment Law Practice.
Mr. Berkowitz advises multinational and domestic companies in industries including financial services, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and chemicals, manufacturing, publishing, and other sectors on employment-related matters.  He has significant experience advising U.S., Asian, and European multinationals. He also represents prominent international law firms in their U.S.employment law matters.

Mr. Berkowitz has repeatedly been named in America's Leading Lawyers for Business - Chambers USA; the Best Lawyers in America; and the International Who's Who of Management Labour and Employment Lawyers - Who's Who Legal.  He is a regular lecturer, nationally and internationally, on labor and employment and HR issues, is a columnist for the New York Law Journal, and is author of numerous legal publications.

Mr. Berkowitz is Co-Chair of the International Bar Association (IBA) Diversity & Equality Committee.  He is former Chair of the American Bar Association Committee on International Law, and is former Chair of the New York State Bar Association International Law and Practice Section.

Raj Panasar

Cleary Gottlieb

Raj S. Panasar's practice focuses on international financing transactions.

He represents corporate issuers and financial institutions in public and private international equity, high-yield and other debt offerings, and also advises on syndicated bank lending transactions and leveraged finance.
A recognized leader on complex listings under the evolving EU prospectus regime and a member of the London Stock Exchange's Primary Markets Group, he has represented many issuers, including major emerging market companies, in their IPOs and London Stock Exchange listings, as well as representing leading investment banks as underwriters of high-profile capital markets transactions. 

Raj is the co-editor of and a key contributor to European Securities Law, a comprehensive guide to the law and regulations that govern Europe's capital markets (Oxford University Press), third edition pending.

Steven Molo

PP_Steven Molo - MoloLamken

Steven Molo is a founding partner of the national litigation boutique MoloLamken LLP.  He represents corporations, boards, funds, investors, inventors, and individuals in complex business litigation, white collar criminal and regulatory matters, and IP litigation.  His client base is international.
Chambers and Partners calls him a "fabulous courtroom litigator who lights up the room with his presence"; and "one of the most talented lawyers in the city".  Benchmark Litigation - which named him one of the top 100 Trial Lawyers in America - calls him "an outstanding advocate and fearless in court".  Legal 500 includes Mr. Molo on its elite list of Leading Trial Lawyers. 
Mr. Molo began his career as a prosecutor in Chicago, and then practiced with Winston & Strawn, where he was a senior litigator and member of the firm's Executive Committee.  He spent five and a half years as a litigation partner with the Wall Street firm Shearman & Sterling before founding MoloLamken in October 2009.  He is also a solicitor on the Roll of Attorneys of the Law Society of England and Wales.

Jonathan Maude

Jonathan Maude - Vedder Price
Vedder Price

Jonathan Maude is a Partner at Vedder Price and a member of the Labor and Employment group. He leads the group’s employment team in the firm’s London office. Mr. Maude is an experienced and well-respected practitioner working in labor and employment law.

He regularly advises across the full spectrum of employment law–related issues in the contentious and noncontentious spheres with a particular emphasis on advising corporate clients on complex strategic human resource–related matters.

In addition, he is experienced in dealing with the employment law aspects associated with regulatory investigations, including breaches of anti-bribery, anti-corruption and privacy laws. Mr. Maude advises clients on daily employment concerns and offers particular insight in situations involving whistleblower claims.

Mr. Maude also advises on and provides training for clients and their employees on the full range of employment law matters, including disciplinary and capability issues, together with equal opportunities and diversity in the workplace. His practice can be broadly broken down into the two areas of the domestic UK market and the international market. In its latest issue, Legal 500 United Kingdom has recommended both Mr. Maude and Vedder Price’s Employment practice in the Human Resources - Employment - Employers category. Mr. Maude was also ranked as a practitioner in 2018 by Chambers UK  in the Employment — London (Firms) category.

Esther Langdon

Esther Langdon - Vedder Price
Vedder Price

Esther Langdon is an Associate in the Labor and Employment group in the firm’s London office. Ms. Langdon advises clients on all aspects of employment law, with a particular emphasis on contentious matters before the Employment Tribunal and the High Court.

She also advises on the full range of personnel matters, including day-to-day human resources support, disciplinary and grievance issues, responding to whistleblowing claims, reorganizations, restructurings and redundancies.

Ms. Langdon carries out comprehensive reviews of employment documentation and advises on the drafting of application forms, letters of appointment, contracts of employment, directors’ service agreements, employee handbooks and policies. She is also experienced in advising on employment issues arising from corporate transactions, including TUPE situations.

Ms. Langdon also advises and provides training for clients and their employees on equal opportunities and diversity in the workplace. First ranked in 2014, Ms. Langdon was selected again by Chambers UK  from 2016 to 2018 as an Associate to Watch.


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