Photos LBDC 50th TALK with Bjarne Tellmann

 LBDC  |  Lawyers’ Business Development Club |
London │ Dublin │ Dubai │ Boston │ New York | San Francisco
Celebrating our 50th Talk on 19 April 2016
Est’d London 2011


from our


Fireside Chat


Bjarne P. Tellmann

General Counsel of Pearson plc

 sponsored by

Keltie LLP

Tuesday, 19 April, 6.30 PM to 7.30 PM

“What a fantastic evening listening to Bjarne and Colin ‘firestyle’. Bjarne is completely inspirational – clearly incredibly intelligent, thoughtful, passionate and driven, yet with a humble approach to his success which was very compelling and thought provoking.”

Good afternoon,

As many of you know we celebrated our 50th TALK last night at the LBDC | Lawyers’ Business Development Club |.

We had a truly inspirational guest speaker to celebrate this significant milestone:  Bjarne P. Tellmann, General Counsel of Pearson plc.  (Bjarne was our highly acclaimed guest speaker at the LBDC in New York on 27 October 2015.  Our event was sponsored and hosted by Morgan Lewis in New York).

We had an extremely enjoyable evening which was very generously sponsored and hosted by the lovely people at Keltie LLP.  Thanks to all of you for joining us and for making the night so memorable.

You may be interested to see a few photos from our evening (more to follow!) and to read some of the praise and accolades for Bjarne’s TALK.


Email: colin [at ] 


Accolades | Bjarne P. Tellmann Fireside Chat

“What a fantastic evening listening to Bjarne and Colin ‘firestyle’. Bjarne is completely inspirational – clearly incredibly intelligent, thoughtful, passionate and driven, yet with a humble approach to his success which was very compelling and thought provoking.

“Hi Colin, what a great success and amazing venue but most importantly what an inspirational speaker Bjarne is.  Excellent turnout too for your milestone 50th event!!  I did check with [  ] last week but unfortunately she couldn’t make it.  Til the next one!”

“Bjarne was the perfect speaker for LBDC’s milestone’s 50th talk who reminded us what brought us all together in the first place.  It renewed my passion for success and I felt turbo-charged with so many new ideas and invaluable advice. Thanks to you and LBDC for making it happen and giving us such a very inspirational and enjoyable evening! Last but not least, I’m going to be in New York between [  ] in case you are planning an event anytime soon.  Also please let me know if it would be helpful to introduce you to a couple of lawyers there.  One of my best friends is a partner at [ ] and they have a NY office there too.  She’s based in London but if you want, I can also ask her to put you in touch with her NY colleagues.” 

“Hi Colin, I just wanted to say thank you for the outstanding event last night.  Bjarne was not only an excellent and insightful speaker (as expected from his reputations) but also very genuine and unassuming.  An excellent event, I was hoping to thank you afterwards but couldn’t find you at the drinks. All the best.”

“Hi Colin, what a fab evening.  You have created something very special – bravo!.  I hope I am invited to other events and that this is the first of many such fantastic learning opportunities.  Happy 50th! Very best to you.”

“Hi Colin, I thoroughly enjoyed the talk last night. Thank you for a great evening.”

“Colin – I just wanted to say huge congrats on reaching 50 LBDC talks, and to say that I really enjoyed last night’s (even though I wasn’t able to hang around for a drink afterwards).  A huge amount of what Bjarne said echoes with stuff I’ve thought for a long time but was getting worried that I was being a maverick over, given the number of GCs I met who didn’t seem to get it.  It was nice to know that a much bigger GC than me thinks like that – plus he was a really interesting and nice guy too. Well done again – catch up with you soon.”

“Hi Colin, thanks again for organising a great event last night! Bjarne really was fantastic.”  

“Hi Colin.  I didn’t get a chance to introduce myself to you last night so I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say that I very much enjoyed my first LBDC event.  Bjarne was very interesting and I left with much to think about!  I look forward to attending the next event and hopefully we can meet in person then.” 

“Hi Colin, thank you very much for a wonderful evening.  It was certainly a talk with a difference. certainly set the tone from the beginning with the karate question! I thought the format was really refreshing and informal and could have listened to Bjarne for hours. Best of luck for the next 50 and I hope you were really happy too with how it all went.  I spoke with someone after who had been at a lot of your events and said it was definitely top 3!”

Biography | Bjarne P. Tellmann

Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Pearson PLC

Bjarne P. Tellmann is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Pearson PLC, the world’s leading education business. A FTSE 40 company with 40,000 employees in over 70 countries, Pearson provides a range of education products and services to institutions, governments and individual learners.  The company also has various media and publishing interests, including The Financial Times, The Economist and Penguin Random House. At Pearson, Mr. Tellmann leads a global legal team of more than 200 people across six continents.

Mr. Tellmann previously served in various capacities at The Coca-Cola Company, including Associate General Counsel, General Counsel Asia-Pacific and General Counsel Japan. Prior to that, he was Deputy General Counsel of Coca-Cola HBC AG, one of the world’s largest independent Coke bottling groups, with 550 million consumers in 28 countries spanning Russia, Eurasia, Europe and Africa. Mr. Tellmann has also held legal positions at Kimberly-Clark and at the law firms of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and White & Case LLP in various locations in Europe and the United States.

The Lawyer magazine recently named Mr. Tellmann as one of its “Hot 100” lawyers for 2015 and he was profiled in a cover article in the May 2015 edition of the same magazine.

He is a regular speaker, panelist and lecturer at conferences and universities in the United States and Europe.

Originally from Oslo, Norway, Mr. Tellmann is a member of the New York and Georgia Bars and is a qualified Solicitor in England and Wales. He holds a Juris Doctor with Honors from The University of Chicago, a M.Sc. (Econ.) from The London School of Economics and a PG Dip. (Merit), European Competition Law from King’s College, University of London. He received his B.A., Summa cum Laude from Boston University.

Sponsor  |  Keltie LLP

Keltie is one of the most respected patent and trade mark attorney firms in Europe. It works closely with law firms to assist them and their clients with patent, trade mark and design matters, including securing IP protection and advising on contentious issues and transactional matters.

The firm acts globally across the full range of IP law, in all fields of commerce and technology. Much more than just a filing agency, it also offers IP consulting services to owners and managers of IP, including in-house IP teams and law firms who handle IP portfolios.

Keltie’s virtual firm, K2, is an innovative network of freelance IP professionals supported by Keltie’s top-rank resources. The network gives access to proven achievers in the IP world with decades of high-level experience. They work flexibly on a dispersed but cohesive basis, liaising with each other and with their colleagues in Keltie. This gives K2 a virtual structure but a real backbone.

Keltie is celebrated for its award-winning, visionary approach to looking after its people. Its growth has also been fuelled by a reputation for commercial advice, excellent service and progressive thinking. In a profession that exists to protect creativity, Keltie stands out as one of the world’s most innovative practices.

Dubai  |  Exclusive LBDC Networking Event

Tuesday 26 April 2016, 6.00 PM to 8.00 PM

Armani Hotel, Dubai

I am looking forward to the LBDC | Lawyers’ Business Development Club | returning to Dubai.  We will have an exclusive networking event for the Club on Tuesday 26 April.

It would be great to see you if you will be in Dubai then.  If you have any lawyer friends/colleagues in Dubai that you think may be interested in joining us, please feel free to pass them the details below.



Exclusive LBDC Networking Event in Dubai

When: Tuesday 26 April 2016  
Time: 6.00 PM to 8.00 PM
Venue: Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Burj Khalifa Area, Downtown Dubai
Cost: Free

LBDC  |  Lawyers’ Business Development Club |
London │Paris | Dublin | New York | Boston | San Francisco | Dubai
50 Guest Speaker Talks  |  Est’d London 2011
Previous Guest Speakers include:
The Chairman of Goldman Sachs International | The Deputy Worldwide Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi | The CEO of Facebook (Ireland) | The CEO of PayPal (MENA) | The CEO of Hogan Lovells | The CEO of O2 / Telefonica

Official Partner in London – Keltie LLP  |  Official Partner in Dublin – Boston College’s Global Leadership Institute   

Est’d London 2011

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