2018 Corporate Counsel Forum Europe
 
Corporate Counsel Forum Europe 2018 Agenda

Building, Sustaining & Developing Trust in a Volatile World
Day One: Thursday 13 September 2018
08:30 - 09:30Registration, coffee and networking
09:30 - 09:45Chairman opening remarks
Speaker: Philip Bramwell, group general counsel , BAE Systems plc
09:45 - 10:30Opening keynote
Speaker: Laura Kuenssberg, political editor , BBC
10:30 - 11:15Transforming the data privacy agenda into a trust-based agenda
Moderator: Bill Deckelman, executive vice president, general counsel & company secretary, DXC Technology
Speaker: Lisa Burton Davies, director of advisory services, Lighthouse Global
Speaker: Cameron Craig, deputy general counsel, group head of data privacy & digital, HSBC
Speaker: William Malcolm, legal director, privacy, Google

In today’s current climate, where large organisations are susceptible to suffering erosion of trust, the opening panel will outline how they view data as a key opportunity rather than a burden:
  • How can you convert the power of data into a confidence builder rather than a perceived regulatory change? 
  • How can you ensure you are utilising data to build trust with both the Board and customers? 
  • What data privacy frameworks and habits should you have in place to ensure the momentum remains now that GDPR has come into force?
11:15 - 11:35Coffee & networking break
11:35 - 12:20The art of influence: Excel at internal publicity to ensure you demonstrate your value
Moderator: Georgina Stanley, editor-in-chief, Legal Week
Speaker: James Berkeley, general counsel, beauty and personal care division, IP, marketing, media and e-commerce, Unilever
Speaker: Rupert Bondy, senior vice president, general counsel and company secretary, Reckitt Benckiser

All large organisations are committed to having the most effective internal overhead structures and securing the best value for money. This session will outline the steps others have taken to navigate the expectations of multiple stakeholders and communicate the value that they provide their organisation.
  • How can you ensure key stakeholders understand and appreciate your value-add?
  • What data should you be distributing to secure recognition for the breadth of items you are working on?
12:20Interactive discussion groups begin
Our expertly facilitated workshop groups, run under the Chatham House Rule, allow you to choose topics that are of the most importance and relevance to you. Come prepared for in-depth discussions and detailed peer-to-peer knowledge-sharing.
12:20 - 13:20Track ATrack BTrack C
Protecting Profit: Litigation Strategies for Navigating Cross-Border Enforcement
Speaker: Jason A. Masimore, lawyer, Kobre & Kim

Critical issues involving cross-border unfair practices plague companies and are often overlooked by law enforcement. Insufficiently zealous law enforcement, inadequate penalties and outsized profits drive industrial-scale illicit production, smuggling and corruption. When law enforcement does act, they are focused on isolated product seizures and securing short sentences for low-level players, rather than a systematic attack across jurisdictional lines. Any effective deterrent must increase the cost of participation and reduce the financial rewards. This session will ensure you are valued by your organisation as an advisor who can develop and navigate cross-border strategies to attack the assets and proceeds of illicit trades in various jurisdictions: 
  • Is illicit trade too safe and a threat to your company?
  • How can you expose their dealings?
  • How can you identify and seize illicit profits?
  • What are the benefits of offensive investigations?
  • How do you plan a successful enforcement strategy?
  • You have a favorable judgement, now what?
Creating the legal nerve centre: Transforming how in-house teams collaborate and engage
Speaker: Rob MacAdam, head of legal design, HighQ
Speaker: Mo Zain Ajaz, chief counsel & group operational excellence, National Grid Property

What is the current state of in-house collaboration and engagement, and how can you create a ‘single source of truth’ to drive transparency and cross team alignment? This interactive workshop will outline the key strategies and frameworks that you need to prioritise to ensure you have the key elements of a legal nerve centre:
  • Business engagement and self-service - delivering alternative legal support models.
  • Re-defining external engagement- the rise of the law firm portal.
  • The importance of strategic collaboration between external law firms.
Staying ahead of the game: The rise of group litigation in the UK
Speaker: Lambros Kilaniotis, partner, RPC
Speaker: Martim Della Valle, global head of compliance, antitrust & litigation , AB-Inbev
Speaker: Robert Lence, general counsel , Klöckner Pentaplast

Group litigation is on the rise in the UK following cases brought against RBS, Lloyds Banking Group and Mastercard. Our expert speakers will outline the risks and opportunities that you need to be aware of:
  • What are the current trends and how does the UK differ from the US?
  • What are the challenges facing in-house counsel regarding the management and conduct of group litigation (both from a claimant and defendant perspective)? 
  • What is the future of group litigation? 
13:20 - 14:10Networking lunch
14:10 - 14:55A culture of integrity: Building and repairing trust with the regulators
Moderator: Jeremy Barton, general counsel , KPMG
Speaker: Matthew Wilson, associate general counsel EMEA, Uber
Speaker: Siobhan Moriarty, general counsel , Diageo
Speaker: William Mitchell, EMEA regional counsel , Nuix

The world of regulation is becoming increasingly intrusive and hostile. Join our panel as they share the approach they have adopted to ensure they stay ahead of the game by building and sustaining trust with the regulatory authorities:
  • Where should you be looking to go above and beyond the law to stay ahead of the curve and prevent being legislated against?
  • Should you voluntary self-disclose minor breaches and how can you repair the trust after a regulatory investigation?
  • How do you navigate unregulated times?
14:55 - 15:40Disaster strikes: The crisis strategy you need to adopt
Moderator: Jeremy Drew, head of commercial, IP, technology & media group, RPC
Speaker: Mark Gregory, general counsel , Rolls-Royce
Speaker: Andrew Garard, group legal director, ITV

The next major crisis could be just around the corner. If not handled properly publicly played-out crises can heavily affect your share price and damage your brand in the blink of an eye. The modern-day GC can demonstrate significant value to the board calmly and carefully navigating through challenging waters. Prepare to immerse yourself in this case study as our leading experts outline the crucial framework that you need in place should the unthinkable ever happen to you.
  • What is the role of general counsel both before, during and after a crisis?
  • What are your obligations to the Board to have a crisis process and exercise in place and what should this look like?
  • How should you advise various shareholders during a crisis?
15:40End of day one: prepare for leisure networking
16:00Leisure networking
17:40End of leisure networking
19:00 - 20:00Drinks reception
20:00Gala dinner

Day Two: Friday 14 September 2018
09:20 - 09:30Chairman opening remarks
Speaker: Sabine Chalmers, group general counsel , BT Group plc
09:30 - 10:20Legal operations surgery: Creating value for the business
Moderator: Mo Zain Ajaz, chief counsel & group operational excellence, National Grid Property
Speaker: Sophie Schwass, head of legal operations, Lloyds Banking Group
Speaker: Hans Albers, chief of staff & head of worldwide legal operations , Juniper

Our legal operations experts will offer observations to increase the efficiency and proficiency of your in-house team which in turn, will help ensure you cement your role as the trusted business adviser by building the foundations of your value-add:
  • How can a legal operations role bring added value to both the legal department and the business? 
  • What legal operations strategy and framework have others implemented in their organisation?
  • Tools and techniques to get started. 
10:20 - 10:40Coffee & networking break
10:40 - 11:25Thrive in today’s world: How the GC can implement technology transformations & drive value
Moderator: Rose Walker, deputy news editor, Legal Week
Speaker: Sam Ross, general counsel , WorldRemit
Speaker: David Griffin, head of legal & governance systems and change , BT Group
Speaker: Ralph Spencer, head of global contracting , Vodafone Group Enterprise

The most technologically advanced in-house teams will highlight how they have implemented radical change and ensured their legal department provides continuous value to the business:
  • What strategy and framework should you use to implement change and future-proof your in-house function?
  • What technology is worth the investment and how can you get buy-in from the Board?
  • What will the legal team of the future look like and how innovative should you expect your law firm to be?
11:25Interactive discussion groups
Our expertly facilitated workshop groups, run under the Chatham House Rule, allow you to choose topics that are of the most importance and relevance to you. Come prepared for in-depth discussions and detailed peer-to-peer knowledge-sharing.
11:25 - 12:25Track ATrack BTrack C
A beginners guide for the future: The impact of blockchain & cryptocurrency
Speaker: Nicole Sandler, vice president fintech & regtech - EMEA legal lead, Barclays
Speaker: Jonathan Huth, lawyer, Kobre & Kim


Everyone is talking about blockchain and cryptocurrency but do you really understand how it could impact the future of your businesses? Is blockchain and cryptocurrency a fad or the future?

Protection in the digital age
Speaker: Steve Hill, managing director, global head of technology operational risk, Credit Suisse
Speaker: Samantha Haeusler, global legal data management & ip sourcing, general counsel division, Credit Suisse


A cyber attack can cause devastating damage to any organisation so it is essential that you, as General Counsel, are prepared and can survive the inevitable attack. With the focus on data in the cloud our expert speakers will share their experiences to help you discover what steps you should take to ensure your data is safe.

Global regulatory change: Preparing for the inevitable
Speaker: Anthony Kenny, assistant general counsel corporate and CBS, GSK
Speaker: Nancy Scott, senior director and associate general counsel, EMEA WWSLT, VMware
Speaker: Mark Maurice-Jones, general counsel & compliance officer, Nestlé UK & Ireland
Speaker: Alexander Ross, legal product expert, Luminance
As we move towards a UK separate from the EU, General Counsel must constantly adapt their strategy and tactics to combat the uncertainty of international trade negotiations. This interactive session will ensure you are valued by your organisation as the trusted advisor who can navigate multiple and complex regulatory systems:
  • What impact will the geopolitical change and uncertainty have on the regulatory environment and how can you identify and mitigate these risks?
  • What route have others taken, that you can implement today, to prepare for the uncertainty of Brexit?
12:25 - 13:25Networking lunch
13:25 - 14:10Diversity & inclusion: How can the General Counsel be a catalyst for change?
Moderator: Janet McCarthy, group general counsel & company secretary, Santa Fe Group
Speaker: David Eveleigh, group general counsel & company secretary, Serco Group plc

Diversity and inclusion are at the top of the corporate social agenda but how can you be a real driving force and catalyst for change? Our speakers will outline how they have addressed both their corporate culture and that of their supply chain to improve diversity and inclusion.
14:10 - 14:55Corporate reputation recovery
Moderator: Ben Wheway, deputy editor, Legal Week
Speaker: Angus McBride, general counsel , News UK
Speaker: Adrian Morris, group general counsel , Tesco

Over the past two days, you have discussed the role that you should play to help protect your organisations reputation and gain competitor differentiation by building trust both internally and externally, but what if it all goes wrong? How can the General Counsel help to rebuild the corporate reputation?
14:55 - 15:45Closing keynote: Legal leadership in our age of discovery
Speaker: Ian Goldin, professor of globalisation and development, The University of Oxford
15:45Co-chairs closing remarks
Speaker: Philip Bramwell, group general counsel , BAE Systems plc
Speaker: Sabine Chalmers, group general counsel , BT Group plc