Rising Star: Peter O’Keefe of Airwair International to speak @ 2nd Annual General Counsel Summit

Peter O’Keefe to speak on our Rising Stars Panel


2nd Annual General Counsel Summit

London  |  Wednesday, 23 May 2018  | 2.00 PM to 6.30 PM  | CMS, Cannon St, London

Sponsors: Matheson & CMS

Contact: colin@lawyersbdc.com

I am delighted that Peter O’Keefe will be a guest speaker on our Rising Stars panel @ our *2nd Annual General Counsel Summit* in London on 23 May hosted at the offices of CMS.  Peter together with our other panelists will discuss their career journeys, lessons learned and leadership.

About: Peter O’Keefe

Peter is Senior Legal Counsel in Airwair International which operates the iconic ‘Dr. Martens’ brand.  He started his career as barrister in Ireland, practicing for 10 years, before moving in-house in 2014.

In 2015 Peter joined Dr. Martens following its acquisition by a private equity fund. Since the acquisition Dr. Martens has diversified its product range, expanded its store portfolio and grown its international operation – delivering double digit growth across all areas of its business. As Senior Legal Counsel in a global legal function, in addition to managing commercial matters, negotiations and litigation, Peter advises and supports on issues relating to business processes and key strategic projects.

Peter is also General Counsel of the Harvard Business School Aerospace Alumni Association.

Join us on 23 May

@ our 

2nd Annual GC Summit


London  |  Wednesday, 23 May 2018  | 2.00 PM to 6.30 PM  | CMS, Cannon St, London

Sponsors: Matheson & CMS

Contact: colin@lawyersbdc.com

Admission: FREE (for UK based lawyers)

I am very excited about our 2nd Annual GC Summit in London.  Some of the most influential and inspirational General Counsel in the UK have very kindly agreed to give us a 20 minute TED-style TALK about their personal career journey and share with us some lessons they learned along the way.  I hope it will be a very enjoyable, fun and inspirational afternoon.


My thanks to our sponsors:


Contact:  Colin Carroll

Please feel free to get in touch if you would like more information or would be interested in joining us.


Funke Abimbola MBE, General Counsel and Head of Financial Compliance, Roche UK


Patricia Christias, General Counsel at Microsoft (UK)

Maaike de Bie, General Counsel at Royal Mail

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Orla Muldoon, Chief Counsel EIMEA for Archer Daniels Midlands


Clare Wardle, General Counsel & Company Secretary at Coca-Cola European Partners


Richard Given, General Counsel at 10x Banking


Tim Grayson, Managing Director at Goldman Sachs


Sajid Hussein, General Counsel (EMEA) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch


Nigel Kemp, General Counsel of Citibank Europe plc


Andrew Magowan, General Counsel & Company Secretary of ASOS



Éanna Mellett, Corporate Partner at Matheson


Éanna is a partner in the Corporate Department at Matheson and is resident counsel in the firm’s London office.  He advises on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and corporate reorganisations. Éanna has advised the Irish State and many leading Irish and international companies, institutions and private equity houses.

About Matheson


Headquartered in Dublin with offices in London, New York, Palo Alto and San Francisco, more than 650 people work across Matheson’s five offices, including 85 partners and tax principals and over 350 legal and tax professionals. Matheson concentrates on serving the Irish legal needs of internationally focused companies and financial institutions doing business in and from Ireland. Matheson’s clients include the majority of the Fortune 100 companies and over half of the world’s 50 largest banks. Matheson has worked closely with some of the world’s largest tech multinationals and high-profile start-ups advising 7 of the top 10 global technology brands.

Awards and Endorsements

  • Matheson was named Ireland’s Legal Adviser of the Year in the Mergermarket European M&A Awards 2017.
  • Matheson was ranked Ireland’s Most Innovative Law Firm in the 2017 Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards.  In addition, the firm was ranked in the FT’s Top 20 Most Innovative Law Firms in Europe.
  • Matheson won seven Finance Dublin Deals of the Year 2017 relating to M&A, Equity Capital Markets, Loans and Financing and International Financial Services.
  • Matheson was named International Firm in the Americas by International Tax Review 2017 and also won European Financial Services Tax Deal of the Year.
  • Matheson was named UCITS Law Firm of the Year by the Hedge Fund Journal 2017
  • Matheson won ILO Client Choice Awards in the categories of Corporate, Banking and IT and Internet Law in Ireland.

Rita Lowe

Head of the Banking & Finance Team, CMS

Rita Lowe is the Head of the Banking & Finance Team.

Rita has a wide and varied practice which includes advising stakeholders (such as banks, private equity, funds and pension trustees) on general issues with respect to stressed/distressed entities, advising directors, administrators/liquidators and also purchasers of distressed businesses as well as investors in distressed businesses.

Rita has acted on a number of market leading assignments, including the administration of King & Wood Mallesons LLP, Dewey & Le Boeuf LLP and Halliwells LLP: the largest European, U.S, and UK firms (respectively) to go into an administration process.


Ranked as the world’s 6th largest law firm by lawyer headcount and 6th largest in the UK by revenue, CMS can work for you in 42 countries from 74 offices worldwide. Globally 4,500 lawyers offer business-focused advice tailored to our clients’ needs, whether in your local market or across multiple jurisdictions.

With the coming together of CMS, Nabarro and Olswang on 1 May 2017, we have created a new future-facing firm, one that is well equipped to help our clients face the future with confidence.

This means putting our clients’ interests and priorities at the very heart of everything we do. And, in a world of ever-accelerating change, that demands unwavering sector focus combined with quality practice specialism.

It would be great to hear from you :  Contact details

I’d love to see you on 23 May if you were free and interested in joining us.

I hope to see you soon.


Email:  colin@lawyersbdc.com

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