IFLR European In-House Counsel Summit 2020

February 4 - Hilton Tower Bridge, London 

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An overview of the current political and macroeconomic landscape and insight into key trends we can expect to see over the course of 2020.

9:15 Examining developments in the debt and equity
capital markets

  • Guidance on key areas of the Prospectus Regulation, including the treatment of risk factors and the advertisement regime
  • How are businesses managing UK IPO reform?
  • MIFID II compliance - are there any unresolved gaps?
  • Have these reforms helped or hindered processes?
  • Brexit fallout: initial impact and expectations for what is to come in 2020

Matthew Tobin, partner, Slaughter and May
Ruari Ewing
, senior director, primary markets, International Capital Markets Association 
Alice Pillar
, director and head of legal EMEA, Virtu Financial
Cuthbert Kendall
, director, head of equity capital markets legal, Barclays
10:00-10:15 Post-panel roundtable discussions

10:15 Strengthening data protection and privacy

  • GDPR two years on: what has the impact been, and have we seen any benefits?
  • Identifying and closing the gaps in your policy
  • Protecting corporate reputation - what should your risk appetite be?
  • How to overcome the challenge of complying with different national data privacy laws

Vanya Bromfield , general counsel, Smiths Group
Neil Paterson , group data protection coordinator, TUI Group
Linda NiChualladh , EMEA head of privacy (legal), Citi 
Natasha Mavrommati
, group data privacy counsel, Deutsche Bank
11:00-11:15 Post-panel roundtable discussions


11:45 Focus sessions
These sessions are designed to provide in-depth insight into key issues impacting in-house counsel. Delegates will choose one to attend, and each session will comprise of 45 minutes panel discussion, followed by 15 minutes post-panel table discussions. 

A. Keeping up with the growing move towards agile working
- What are the benefits?
- Are employee expectations changing?
- How do you keep your team engaged?

Angela Yotov , group general counsel, CloseBrothers 
Ruth Pearson , general counsel, LendInvest

B. Legal tech: maximising efficiency
- Where should you be investing your time and money?
- What can be outsourced, and what can be done in-house?
- Impact on the role of the in-house counsel - prioritising and building the right skills
Francesca Porter , director of legal, Onfido
John Wiseman , general counsel, Ocado 
Priti Shetty
, general counsel, ICICI Bank

C. Interacting with regulators
- Dealing with the global trend of increasing regulatory interventions
- Best practice for responding to investigations
- Essential tips for identifying and mitigating risks 

James Webber , partner, Shearman & Sterling (moderator)
Claire Larbey , general counsel, Trowers & Hamlins 
Julie Varcoe-Cocks , associate general counsel, Serco 
Peter Tyson
, Brexit programme director, Standard Life Assurance

D. FinTech: current landscape and future outlook
- Impact of recent regulatory measures such as PSD2 and Open Banking
- Protecting innovation: key legal considerations for start-ups
- How to foster successful partnerships with incumbents 

Solomon Osagie , general counsel, Cashplus 
Dipali Sahni , general counsel, Demica 
Rohan Paramesh , general counsel, Habito
Sam Gerson , director – legal, OakNorth


13:45 Focus sessions 
These sessions are a repeat of the 11:45 focus sessions, with the exception of D. FinTech. Delegates will choose one to attend, and each session will comprise of 45 minutes panel discussion, followed by 15 minutes post-panel table discussions.

A. Keeping up with the move towards agile working

B. Legal tech: maximising efficiency

C. Interacting with regulators

D. FinTech: the rise of cryptocurrency 
- What are crypto assets?
- Assessing the current regulatory landscape 
- Key legal issues

Marcus Hughes , general counsel, Coinbase 
Ehsan Haque
, general counsel, AlphaSwap


15:15 Assessing key trends in M&A

  • Examining the current regulatory environment 
  • How to manage geopolitical uncertainty
  • Practical implications of new FDI rules in Europe
  • Evaluating the impact of Brexit 

Gavin Weir , partner, Akin Gump (moderator)
Sam Lester
, director, Credit Suisse 
Graham Kirk
, associate general counsel - group M&A, HSBC
Robert Goldsmith
, deputy general counsel, Ferguson

16:00 Employment law: adapting to the change in workplace culture

  • What should you be doing to comply with Modern Slavery laws?
  • What can you do to improve diversity and inclusion in your organisation?
  • Mental health - is the legal protection here?
  • Closing and reporting gender pay gaps - understanding the differences in national laws
  • Using non-disclosure agreements and clauses in employment negotiations and settlements

Hemal Parekh , head of legal, Mastercard 
Gaelle Moss , associate general counsel, Avepoint
Alessandro Galtieri , deputy general counsel, Colt Group 
Eleanor Taylor
, head of legal – labour and employment, easyJet 








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