Matt Fawcett Top Silicon Valley GC to Speak in London to Lawyers BD CLUB


Matt Fawcett, Top Silicon Valley GC, to speak to the international Lawyers BD CLUB in London

1 March 2018 

 Good evening,

I am absolutely thrilled that Matt Fawcett, a top Silicon Valley General Counsel, will join us in London for a #FiresideChat.  Matt will chat about his personal career journey, the lessons he has learned along the way and leading a global legal team.  Matt was our wonderful guest speaker at the San Francisco chapter of the Lawyers BD CLUB in January 2016 and many of our guests described Matt as “truly inspirational“.  Some photos from this Talk are on this link (link to San Fran photos).  I am delighted that lawyers in London will get to hear Matt’s story and be inspired.  Matt is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of NetApp (a Fortune 500 company).  Matt’s bio is below.

Lawyers BD CLUB


Thursday, 1 March 2018


6.00 PM to 6.30 PM –  Drinks & Networking
6.30 PM to 7.30 PM – Fireside Chat with Matt Fawcett


White & Case, City of London
Colin Carroll – Email –

Matthew Fawcett, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary


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, Berkley. 


Lawyers BD CLUB Fireside Chat in London

22 November, 2017

Siobhan Moriarty Global General Counsel of Diageo Plc in conversation with Colin Carroll


General Counsel, Diageo plc

Siobhán is a graduate of University College Dublin and is admitted as a solicitor in Ireland and in the UK.  She held various positions in law firm private practice in Dublin and London, principally 7 years as a corporate lawyer with Clifford Chance, before joining Diageo’s in-house legal team in 1997.  Siobhán has done a variety of roles in Diageo, including Corporate M&A Counsel, Regional Counsel Ireland and General Counsel Europe, before taking on responsibility for leadership of the global legal team as General Counsel in 2013.  She has been a member of the Executive Committee of Diageo plc since 2013.  Siobhán is also the joint Executive Committee sponsor of Diageo’s diversity and inclusion agenda, which has set itself the goal of achieving 35% female leadership in Diageo by 2020 and 40% by 2025.  Siobhán has previously served for two years as a Diageo nominated non-executive director on East African Breweries Limited, one of the largest listed companies on the Nairobi Stock exchange.  As part of the FT Innovative Lawyers series, Siobhán was recognised for breaking boundaries in the law in the Financial Times list of top 20 global general counsel as part of the 2017 FT Global GC 20 list.  In addition, Siobhán was named as one of the top 50 female champions in the inaugural 2017 FT and HERoes Champions of Women in Business list, recognised for helping to address the gender imbalance in business, “celebrating not just those who have achieved significant success in their own careers, but also those elevating others during their rise through the ranks.  Real change makers, who can be looked up to as pioneers of equality and inclusion”.

Diageo is a FTSE10 company, listed on both the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEO).  It is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands, including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, J&B, Buchanan’s and Windsor whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.  Diageo’s products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world.  For more information about Diageo, its people, brands, and performance, visit Please also visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource,, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice.

Some of our previous guest speakers


The Lawyers’ BD CLUB


Colin Carroll




Arianna Huffington

Co-founder, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, one of the world’s most influential news and information brands.


Please click here for our interview with Arianna Huffington

 Linda Rottenberg

CEO of Endeavor


Linda was named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News and one of TIME’s 100 “Innovators for the 21st century”.

Please click here for our interview with Linda Rottenberg, CEO


Managing Partner of US Visa Solutions  |  London

What I’ve learned is that fear is not something that should hold you back from what you want to do.

Janice A. Flynn, Managing Partner, US Visa Solutions 

Please click here for our interview with Janice A. Flynn

Peter King

Corporate Partner at Weil  |  London

Don’t lose touch with people you enjoy working with and aim to build long term working relationships.  They are likely to become important to you later in your career.  [Peter King, Partner at Weil]

Please click here for our interview with Peter King

Previous Laywers BD Club Event

Fireside Chat in PARIS

with Bjarne Tellmann

Venue:  Hogan Lovells, Paris

More details are on this link

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