Top Silicon Valley GC Matt Fawcett is coming over to London

Lawyers’ BD CLUB in association with ByrneWallace

 Fireside Chat with Matt Fawcett

General Counsel at NetApp

London, 1st March | 6.30 PM to 7.30 PM

Good afternoon,

Just three weeks to go now until our first big event of 2018 which we are running in association with ByrneWallace, one of Ireland’s leading full service law firms.

I’m excited that Matt Fawcett; a top Silicon Valley General Counsel will join us in London for a fireside chat about his personal career journey. Matt is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of NetApp.  It promises to be a fascinating discussion and a very enjoyable evening.  Hope to see you then.


Lawyers’ BD CLUB in association with ByrneWallace 

 Date & Time
Thursday, 1 March 2018  |  6.00 PM to 8.30 PM
White & Case, 5 Old Broad Street, London
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Matthew Fawcett

Senior Vice President & General Counsel for NetApp

As senior vice president, general counsel, chief compliance counsel, and secretary for NetApp, Matthew Fawcett is responsible for all legal affairs worldwide, including corporate governance and securities law compliance, intellectual property matters, contracts, and mergers and acquisitions. He has overseen the transformation of NetApp’s global legal department into a high-performance organization with a unique commitment to innovation.

As one of the leading voices on the intersection of law, technology, and business, Matthew was named “One of America’s Top 50 General Counsels” by the National Law Journal and is widely recognized for redefining the role of legal counsel in the modern corporation. He is a frequent speaker at international and national legal and technology trade conferences and writes regularly on the topics of innovation in the legal industry, managing data governance in the cloud era, and defending against patent trolls.

Before joining NetApp, Matthew was the senior vice president and general counsel of JDS Uniphase Corporation, where he built a worldwide legal organization, managed dozens of acquisitions and strategic transactions, and oversaw a patent program with thousands of issued and pending patents.

Matthew is on the General Counsel Steering Committee for the National Association of Corporate Board Directors and the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley as well as the Board of the Association of Corporate Counsel.

He received his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and a B.A from the University of California, Berkeley. 


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A full service commercial law firm, it offers a diversity of expertise that covers all significant areas of Irish law. It has particular expertise advising international businesses and investors, and offers the full range of legal services required when setting up, investing in or doing business through Ireland. Clients include leading Irish and international public and private sector enterprises, banks, financial institutions, regulatory bodies and private investors, and the firm advises across all key industry sectors with niche sector expertise in financial services, life sciences, healthcare, technology and property.

The firm prides itself on its personal service and partner-led approach where senior lawyers are accessible and work collaboratively across practice specialisms, pooling diverse skills and expertise to deliver expert legal advice and an integrated service to clients. In recognition of its commitment to excellence, ByrneWallace won the Ireland Client Service Award and was shortlisted Law Firm of the Year 2017 by Chambers Europe, and was also awarded the Irish Law Awards’ Excellence in Client Service Award 2017 and Law Firm of the Year 2016.  The firm is also the only top ten law firm in Ireland with Lexcel accreditation – the international quality mark of excellence in practice management and client service – and was the first large Irish law firm certified with ISO 27001 – the recognised international standard for information security management.

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Managing Partner of ByrneWallace

Catherine Guy has been Managing Partner of ByrneWallace since 2012. She previously led the firm’s Property and Construction teams and has a strong track record in large scale commercial development projects.

Catherine works with a wide range of clients and has extensive experience advising on acquisition, investment, and development transactions. These include land acquisition and sales, mixed-use development schemes, significant commercial development schemes and tax investments. Her role as adviser has also included project management and coordination of multi-disciplinary project teams.

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