Accolades for Peter D Sutherland SC’s Talk to the LBDC

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Peter D Sutherland SC (Chairman of Goldman Sachs International)

“Words fail me other than to say he is an Irishman to be very very proud of- you can quote that!”  

Just one of the many accolades for PETER D SUTHERLAND SC’s Talk to the  LBDC | Lawyers’ Business Development Club | in London.

We were privileged that PETER D SUTHERLAND SC (Chairman of Goldman Sachs International and Chairman of the London School of Economics) agreed tell usabout his personal career journey. It was a fascinating Talk.

Date: on Thursday, 25 September 2014.

Venue: The stunning “Great Hall” at  Innholders’ Hall in the City of London.

Our sponsor : Alston Bird LLP  (US AmLaw 50 law firm).

We had a full-house with standing room only at this exclusive event.  For those of you who could not join us, you may be interested to read some of the accolades for Peter D Sutherland SC’s Talk below.

Accolades for Peter D Sutherland SC’s Talk:  LBDC (London)

Peter D Sutherland SC (Chairman of Goldman Sachs International)
Peter D Sutherland SC (Chairman of Goldman Sachs International)
  1. “Fabulous and superlative Colin!  Great to hear Irish history of the early 80’s brought to life with such personal insight.  A truly exemplary Irish European!” Speak soon.”
  2. “Good evening Colin, OMG I thought Peter Sutherland was excellent!!!!  I just loved listening to him.  Wow what a life he has had, such a great embassador for Ireland!  Really well done Colin, you continue to pull the rabbit out of the hat every time and don’t know how you did it!!”
  3. “Dear Colin, fascinating talk this morning, really enjoyed Peter’s honesty and inspirational messages, am also a committed pro-European so that part was particularly interesting and I wasn’t aware that he had initiated the amazing Erasmus programme which I also benefited from greatly.  Well done for persevering and getting him to your event.  Thanks also for involving non-Irish aliens like me!  Please keep up the fantastic work and best wishes.”
  4. “Thank you so much for offering me a place at this morning’s talk.  Words fail me other than to say he is an Irishman to be very very proud of- you can quote that!  See you soon hopefully.”
  5. “Colin, Thank you for arranging this morning’s event, it was a great start to the day.  The first time I heard Peter Sutherland speak was in the mid 80s when I was a first year law student at UCC …Sorry I didn’t get a chance to thank you in person; there was a great mixture of people there today + well done you on making that happen.”
  6. “Colin, thanks again for the invite to the talk, which was excellent.  Peter has had such an impressive career, with a clear highlight being his role as the father of the Erasmus Programme.  I also found it interesting that, like me, he has a Spanish wife and strong links with a Spanish business school… I look forward to the next talk and to meeting again soon.”
  7. ‘’Hi Colin, thank you for much for letting me attend your event with Peter Sutherland. For someone to hold my attention for so long and at that hour of the morning is a feat in itself!  Such an interesting man with a lot of tales to tell yet! I’m afraid I won’t be able to make the next meet, so I expect it will be 2015 before I see you next! Thank you once again for making space for my colleague [  ] also, much appreciated.”
  8. “Colin, I just wanted to say thank you for organising such a fantastic event last Thursday.  The venue was excellent and Peter Sutherland was his usual inspiring self.  Sorry that I did not get to speak with you – every time I saw you you were surrounded!”
  9. “Congratulations Colin, P. Sutherland was another excellent and captivating speaker this morning for LBDC.”
  10. “Hi Colin, I was so glad to be able to come to the Peter Sutherland talk – what an amazing man! I’d love to come to the Des Crowley talk on the 8th October.”
  11. “Colin, apologies for the delay in dropping you a line to thank you so much for organising last week’s event.  I thought Peter was an absolutely fantastic speaker, and he has such a rich, distinguished and unique set of experiences, it was a real delight to listen to him.  I’d love to come along for the Des Crowley talk also – are there still any spots available?”
  12. “Colin, thank you for this morning’s event it was a real privilege to listen to Peter Sutherland. Best wishes.”
  13. “Wonderful occasion, Colin  Thanks for organising”.
  14. “Hi Colin, just a very brief note to say thank you very much for today’s Talk by Peter Sutherland. I enjoyed listening to him immensely and could have happily listened for another two hours.  Will keep in touch.”
  15. “Hi Colin – Peter Sutherland gave a fantastic talk this morning.  Thank you for harassing him! Maybe you can slot him in for the remaining 4/5ths!  I had to run so didn’t get to say hello – but thank you again.”
  16. “I just wanted to say thank you for letting me come to Peter’s talk yesterday morning – it was fabulous and thoroughly inspiring!”
  17. “Colin, thank you very much indeed for having me along.  I thought it was fantastic from my perspective, and could have listened a lot longer!  Well done with all of this; you’ve certainly motored along since we met on Holborn for that coffee two years ago.  Best wishes.  And thanks.” 
  18. “Hi Colin, just to say – a big thanks for this.  Outstandingly warm and engaging talk today – really very interesting!”
  19. “Colin, I’m afraid I had to slip away before the end this morning so couldn’t say this personally but thank you for inviting me to this event.  I thought it a great success. Peter Sutherland was an amusing and fascinating speaker and I can understand why you (legally !) stalked him for so long to do this.  On top of that running into [  ], who I worked with at Freshfields years ago but haven’t seen for ages, made it a very good start to the day.”
  20. “Colin, I thought Peter was so inspiring.  Tell Peter he needs to write that all down in a book!  I’d buy it!!  We will get that golf soon!”
  21. “Dear Colin, congratulations on a superb presentation today.  We could have stayed on for another hour or two – PS is such an engaging speaker. I’ll be in touch to a get a lunch in the diary soon.”
  22. “An inspiring way to start the day.”
  23. “Fantastic event this morning.  Thank you. Thoroughly enjoyed it.”
  24. “Hi Colin, just a quick note to say the talk this morning was a great success and certainly another triumph for the LBDC.  Well done for pulling it all together! I am sure everyone found it very interesting and inspirational so thank you!”
  25. “Thank you very much for organising the talk yesterday. Very enjoyable!
  26. “Hi Colin, I thoroughly enjoyed Peter Sutherland’s Talk!  Apologies I did not get a chance to stay on after for a chat, hope to catch up again soon.”
  27. Colin, absolutely great talk.  Thanks again for the invite.  He was an inspirational speaker! Hopefully see you soon.”
  28. “Colin, congratulations on a great event this morning – thoroughly enjoyed hearing from Peter. [  ] and I were chatting about how we are hoping to get you out to play golf, however it looks like it will probably be late spring at this stage.”
  29. “Colin thanks for that today and sorry I didn’t catch you after had to run. Peter was very good friends with my uncle so got to say a quick hello after which was great.  Will get [   ] along to the next one. “
  30. “Colin, just wanted to pass on my congrats on a great event this morning.  Fantastic speaker and a real credit to your persistence and determination!”
  31. “Thanks again Colin yesterday was awesome!  See you on 8 October at your next LBDC event. Looking forward to it.”
  32. “Hello Colin, it was a pleasure meeting you today and thank you so much for adding me to today’s guest list.  Peter definitely grabbed the attention and I wouldn’t have had any problem if he had continued for another hour!”
  33. “Well done Colin on an excellent event this morning.  I enjoyed meeting new people and found Peter’s talk to be very interesting.” 
  34. “Hi Colin, it was just great, really enjoyed it and could have listened to Peter Sutherland all day!”
  35. “Colin, many thanks to you and LBDC for the wonderful opportunity to hear Peter Sutherland talk of career, life and luck yesterday”.
  36. ““Sincere apologies I wasn’t able to make it to Peter Sutherland’s talk at the Innholders’ Hall.  …One of our lawyers here, was at the talk yesterday so he was filling me on what I missed. Sounds like it was an extremely interesting and inspirational talk!  So disappointed to have missed it. I had been looking forward to attending it for months.  Hope to make the next talk!”  
  37. “Colin, well done on this morning’s event – you must be very pleased with how it went.  Peter is an incredibly interesting character. He is certainly going to be my ideal dinner party guest list!”
  38. “Great talk this morning Colin, thanks for arranging.”
  39. Hi Colin, I was so glad to be able to come to the Peter Sutherland talk – what an amazing man! I’d love to come to the Des Crowley talk on the 8th October.”
  40. “Colin, many thanks for this morning’s inspiring talk. It was a pleasure to meet you.”
  41. “Hi Colin, Peter’s talk last week was quite brilliant-no other word for it. I am planning to join you on October 8th.”
  42. “Colin, Peter Sutherland was amazing this morning and many thanks for organising , what was an inspiring start to a chilly London morning. I definitely feel like an underachiever!”

LBDC:  Photos from our event with Peter D Sutherland SC

You may also be interested to see some photos from yesterday’s exclusive  “LBDC”  event.

Peter D Sutherland SC: Biography


Mr Peter Sutherland is Chairman of Goldman Sachs International (1995 – current). He is Chairman of the London School of Economics and is currently UN Special Representative for Migration and Development.

Of Irish nationality he was born on 25 April 1946 and was educated at Gonzaga College, University College Dublin and the King’s Inns. Mr. Sutherland graduated in Civil Law. He was also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States of America. From 1969 to 1981 he practised at the Bar. He is a Bencher of the Middle Temple, London and is an Honorary Bencher of the King’s Inns. He was admitted to the Inner Bar in Ireland.

In addition to his Chairmanships listed above he also serves on the Board of Directors of Allianz, Koc Holding A.S. and BW Group Limited and is a member of the Advisory Board of Eli Lilly. He has served on the Boards of thirteen major companies in Europe and the US. He is also associated with the following organisations:

  • The Federal Trust, President
  • The Royal Irish Academy, Member
  • Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation
  • Consultor for the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See
  • Trilateral Commission Honorary Chairman (2010- )
  • Governor, National Institute of Economic and Social Research

Mr Sutherland has previously served as:

  • Attorney General of Ireland (1981-1984)
  • EC Commissioner responsible for Competition Policy (1985-1989)
  • Chairman of Allied Irish Banks (1989-1993)
  • Director General of The World Trade Organisation, formerly GATT (1993-1995)
  • Chairman of BP p.l.c. (1997 – 2009)
  • Vice-Chairman of the European Round Table of Industrialists (1997-2009)
  • Trilateral Commission (Europe) Chairman (2001-2010)
  • World Economic Forum Foundation Board Member (1995-2013)

His awards include an honorary Knighthood (UK 2004), the Gold Medal of the European Parliament (1988), the First European Law Prize (Paris 1988), the David Rockefeller International Leadership Award (1998), the Grand Cross of Civil Merit (Spain 1989), the Grand Cross of King Leopold II (Belgium 1989), the New Zealand Commemorative Medal (1990), Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur (France 1993) Commandeur du Wissam (Morocco 1994) the Order of Rio Branco (Brazil 1996) and the Grand Cross of the Order of Infante Dom Henrique (Portugal 1998). He was also presented with the Robert Schuman Medal for his work for European Integration. Furthermore, he received the European Person of the Year Award (1988), the Irish People of the Year Award (1989), the Consumer for World Trade Annual Award (1994) for distinguished service, the Dean’s Medal (1996) from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and the Foundation Day Medal from University College Dublin (2004).

He has received fifteen honorary doctorates from universities in Europe and America. He was awarded an honorary fellowship of the London Business School, the Oxford University Institute of Economics and more recently St Benet’s Hall University of Oxford. He was Heffernan Visiting Fellow at Harvard University 1989 and has received Honorary Life Membership of The Royal Dublin Society (2013).

His publications include the book ‘Premier Janvier 1993 ce qui va changer en Europe’ (1989) and numerous articles in law journals. He Chaired the Committee that reported to the EEC Commission on the functioning of the Internal Market after 1992 (The Sutherland Report). He recently co-chaired a group of high-level trade experts to provide an analysis and recommendations in support of trade liberalisation and revitalisation (World Trade and the Doha Round, May 2011).

Mr Sutherland is married and has three children. His leisure interests include reading and sport.

Sponsor:   Alston & Bird LLP

alston-bird-logo-main-siteI was delighted that Alston & Bird LLP, a leading US AmLaw 50 law firm, sponsored the LBDC’s  exclusive Guest Speaker event with Peter D Sutherland SC.

About Alston & Bird LLP

“With more than 800 attorneys, Alston & Bird is a leading national AmLaw 50 firm.

The firm’s core practice areas are intellectual property, complex litigation, corporate and tax, with industry focuses in energy/sustainability, health care, financial services and public policy.

The firm has offices in Atlanta, Brussels, Charlotte, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Research Triangle, Silicon Valley, Ventura County and Washington, D.C.

Aoife Elizabeth Butler: Alston & Bird LLP

AoifeButlerI would also like to thank Aoife E Butler of Alston & Bird for sponsoring our special LBDC event.

Aoife Elizabeth Butler is a senior associate in Alston & Bird’s New York Intellectual Property Litigation Group.

Aoife has worked on patent litigation matters covering a broad range of technologies, including financial software, pharmaceuticals, electronics and mechanical devices; and, as a research scientist, investigated delivery methods for cancer treatments and developed quantitative analytical methods.

Next “LBDC” London Event:  Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Our next  “LBDC”  event in London takes place on Wednesday, 8 October 2014.

Des Crowley, CEO

Des Crowley (CEO of Bank of Ireland UK) will be our wonderful guest speaker.

Des has also kindly agreed to tell us about his personal career journey.  More details can be found on this link:

Our event will be sponsored by CityJet and will be held again at the stunning, Great Hall at Innholders’ Hall.

It would be great to see you.

Have a great weekend.


Colin Carroll

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