IFLR European In-House Counsel Summit 2020

February 4 - Hilton Tower Bridge, London 

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Speakers at the IFLR European In-House Counsel Summit 2020 include:

Vanya Bromfield


general counsel 
Smiths Group

Vanya Bromfield is the General Counsel, Business Information Services (BIS) at Smiths Group plc (a FTSE 100).  She has a "multi-hat" role; in addition to leading the legal function for BIS, she also sits on the Senior Leadership Team for the function.  Vanya is responsible for Ethics & Compliance for the function, as well as managing all other legal matters for BIS.  Vanya was also Co-Chair of the Global Data Protection Office for Smiths Group, responsible for the design and execution of its GDPR Compliance Programme and more, recently, has joined the Group Legal Technology Centre of Excellence. 

Vanya is committed to Diversity, Inclusion & Social Mobility.  She has served as a trustee for a London based charity supporting inner city children to progress to tertiary education.  She is also a mentor to several students and professionals.

Ruari Ewing

senior director, primary markets 


Alessandro Galtieri

VP and deputy general counsel 
Colt Group

Alessandro is Deputy General Counsel and Group Data Protection Officer at Colt, a Fidelity-owned network and data centre services company active in more than 30 countries globally. He is an English and Irish Solicitor, an Italian Avvocato, an Associate at The Governance Institute, and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E). 
Alessandro has extensive experience in the high-tech space, having held roles at Hexagon (the world leader in design, measurement and visualisation technologies), the European Space Agency, and Interoute Communications, now GTT. He started his career in private practice at Studio Legale Tonucci, then the Italian alliance partner of Mayer Brown. He attended Rome University "La Sapienza" and the University of Law. He is also an alumnus of the Academy of International Law in The Hague, and of the British Council's European Young Lawyers Scheme.
Since 2012, he serves on the Technology and Law Committee of the Law Society, which provides guidance on the impact of new technologies on the legal profession. Since 2014, he has been UK Country Representative for the Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the world's largest association of in-house lawyers. In 2015 he was awarded Country Representative of the Year. Alessandro sits on ACC Europe Legal Operations Advisory Board and is a UK Council Member for CLOC, the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium. In 2019 Alessandro was recognised by Legal500 as Data Protection Individual of the Year.

Rob Goldsmith 

deputy general counsel 


Graham Kirk 

associate general counsel, group M&A 


Claire Larbey 

general counsel 
Trowers & Hamlins

Claire is Trowers & Hamlins' first General Counsel and is a member of its Executive. She manages the firm's In House Counsel and Risk team and has responsibility across all of Trowers & Hamlins' offices for legal and regulatory compliance, business intake, conflict management, risk, the in house counsel function and the firm's PI insurance and claims handling.
Prior to joining Trowers & Hamlins, Claire was the International Risk Director, COLP and MLRO at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. Claire sat on its European and International Boards and was a co-advisor to the Global Board, with her US counterpart

Natasha Mavrommati 

group data privacy counsel 
Deutsche Bank

Anastasia (Natasha) Mavrommati works in Deutsche Bank AG, as a Group Data Privacy Counsel, supporting the Corporate and Investment Banking business lines on a global level. Based in London, she is involved in cross border projects and negotiations, she provides advice on new processes, applications and other ad hoc privacy matters that concern her line of support. She prepares training sessions, she is involved in drafting legal documents and  she works closely with the regional data privacy teams.
Previously, Natasha worked as an in-house lawyer for a number of fintech companies, one of the Big-4 professional services networks and a technology giant. She is trilingual and licensed to practice law in 2 jurisdictions (Athens, Greece and England and Wales).

Gaelle Moss

associate general counsel 


Linda NiChualladh

EMEA head of privacy (legal) 


Solomon Osagie 

general counsel 

Solomon Osagie is a leading financial services lawyer and General Counsel at Cashplus, the leading challenger to Banks in the UK. Before this, he was General Counsel at TSYS International the leading payments processing company.  He was appointed to the Law Society’s Company Law Committee and sits on several advisory boards including ACRITAS, the GC Financial Services Summit as well as the Legal Technology Summit. He was appointed to the Lafferty BREXIT Council as well as the Payments and Cards Council. He was invited to participate at the Westminster Policy Forum contributing to the debate on the review of legal training in the UK and then received an invitation to join the mentoring panel of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. Solomon is the author of the book “The Integrating Financial Services Regulation; Exploring Some of the Challenges Posed by the EU Data Protection Regime”
Dr Osagie has received many industry nominations including Lawyer of the Year at the Lawyer Awards, General Counsel of the Year as well as an entry in the FT rankings. He has been featured in the HOT lawyer List.

Hemal Parekh

head of legal 

Hemal Parekh is the global Head of Legal for Mastercard’s Acceptance and Payment Gateway Services division, leading a team of lawyers based in Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas. He is also the European legal lead for Mastercard’s Core Products and Processing businesses and holds a number of non-legal leadership roles, including chair of the Payment Gateway Services risk committee. 
Prior to his current role, Hemal led the legal function for the prepaid management services division of Mastercard, where he also managed a number of critical commercial relationships.  Previous to Mastercard, Hemal held various senior leadership roles at Travelex, the foreign exchange group, including Head of Legal for its Cards & Mobile Payments and Outsourcing divisions.

Neil Paterson 

data protection controller 
TUI Group

Neil is a Senior Manager and Group Data Protection Co-ordinator for TUI Group, the world’s number one tourism business. Neil also worked in Group Legal at Tesco Plc and he held various roles with the UK communications regulator Ofcom. Neil has significant in-house experience advising on complex global and cross border data privacy issues. Responding well to data privacy helps drive higher levels of trust and engagement, so Neil creates a culture and atmosphere where colleagues have a responsible attitude to compliance. He also looks for opportunities to make compliance simpler and easier to understand. Outside work, Neil spends quality time with his family; which often involves watching his son from the football touchline.

Ruth Pearson

general counsel

Ruth started at LendInvest (the leading marketplace for secured property finance in the UK) in 2016 as sole counsel and has since built out the legal and compliance functions.  As part of the executive team, Ruth provides strategic advice across the business and plays a key role in delivering growth projects. Since joining the business, LendInvest has grown 50-100% year on year, whilst remaining profitable, and has now lent over £2bn. Prior to joining LendInvest, Ruth spent 8 years at Simmons & Simmons, including secondments to RBS, SEB and BlackRock. Ruth also leads the CSR strategy at LendInvest and is an active mentor.

Francesca Porter 

legal director 


Dipali Sahni

general counsel 

Dipali Sahni is Demica’s General Counsel and part of its senior management team. Prior to joining Demica, Dipali was General Counsel at MW Eaglewood Europe, worked on the Securitised Products trading desk at Morgan Stanley in New York and trained and qualified at the law firm Sidley Austin, where she worked in the Securitisation and Structured Finance groups in both its London and New York offices. She is dual-qualified with over 18 years of experience.

Demica is one of the largest independent working capital finance platforms in the world with over $15bn of funded programmes, growing at 40% year-on-year. It delivers a broad range of receivables and payables finance products for medium and large corporates across industries and geographies and works closely with its clients to provide financing solutions that fit their business objectives.

Priti Shetty

general counsel 

Priti Shetty is the General Counsel for ICICI Bank UK plc. During the course of her 15 year career at ICICI Bank, Priti has overseen the legal function for the international  segments of the bank, including its overseas banking branches and subsidiaries. Priti advises various Board constituted committees, including the Office of the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ICICI Bank. Priti is an alumni of the Harvard Business School.

Peter Tyson  

associate general counsel 
Standard Life


James Webber 

Shearman & Sterling

James Webber is a partner in the Antitrust practice of Shearman & Sterling’s Brussels and London offices where he focuses on EU and UK antitrust law.
James’s competition practice and experience are very broad covering merger control, behavioural competition, State aid and litigation.  His work has included acting as lead advisor on EUMR and CMA merger approvals, State aid notifications and litigation, defending cartel damages actions, advising in respect of UK market investigations and studies as well as counseling clients on on-going antitrust and competition matters. 

Gavin Weir

Akin Gump

Gavin Weir has over 20 years’ experience advising on domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions and corporate financings. He has particular experience managing public and private M&A transactions, takeovers, auctions and joint ventures, as well as public offerings, corporate governance matters and reorganisations.  He regularly advises financial sponsors and corporates on transactions in the UK and across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas.
Clients from a range of industry sectors, including financial institutions, technology and life sciences, value his proven ability to efficiently manage deals from conception to closing.  He is noted for his skill in navigating the legal and cultural dynamics of complex transactions with an international dimension.
Prior to joining Akin Gump in 2019, Gavin served as co-head of the Financial Institutions M&A team at another global law firm. He is recommended by Chambers UK and UK Legal 500 for M&A. 

Jonathan Wiseman 

general counsel 

Jonathan is Deputy General Counsel at Ocado Group plc where his primary responsibility is for strategic transactions.  This has included the negotiation of the group's commercial relationships with a string of international retailers as the group pivots from a UK focused retailer to an international tech services provider. 
Alongside the strategic work, Jonathan also manages a team of commercial, employment, property and construction lawyers.
Jonathan joined Ocado from Slaughter and May in 2014 where he had been a senior associate in one of the corporate groups.  Highlights of his work there included advising the UK government on the first of its disposals of its stake in Lloyds Banking Group and the Portuguese Ministry of Finance on the recapitalisation of its retail banking sector.

Angela Yotov


group general counsel 
Close Brothers 

Angela was appointed as Group General Counsel of Close Brothers, a FTSE 250 merchant bank, in August 2019. Prior to joining Close, she was General Counsel at the fintech and peer-to-peer lending platform, RateSetter. She was previously at Barclays Bank PLC from 2006-2015 in the investment bank and wealth management divisions and prior to that she was at Latham & Watkins, having started her career at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Angela is also a non-executive director and trustee of Fareshare, the UK’s largest food redistribution charity and a co-founder of Mentorix, a not-for-profit General Counsel mentoring scheme.




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