7 x 20
Next Thursday, 1 November | London
4.00 PM to 7.30 PM
The Auditorium @ Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
GENERAL COUNSEL SUMMIT
FREE ADMISSION for UK-based Lawyers
Join us for our 7 x 20 next Thursday at the impressive auditorium in Freshfields’s Bruckhaus Deringer.
We will have 7 amazing guest speakers speak to us for 20 minutes each about their personal career journeys, leadership and lessons they have learned along the way.
Places are limited so please let me know if you would like to reserve a place as soon as possible. A waiting list will be in operation once all places have been allocated. I hope to see you on 1st November.
Have a great weekend.
Northern Ireland provides leading responsive, innovative solutions in an ever-changing legal services landscape. The region’s compelling combination of highly qualified legal talent with a competitive cost base delivers quality-assured, cost-effective legal services for exacting international clients.
In-house legal departments of major companies including Citi and Coca-Cola operate internationally from hubs in the region, alongside recognised legal innovators such as Herbert Smith Freehills, Allen & Overy, Axiom and Baker McKenzie. These firms have established, scaled and expanded substantial globally-integrated legal and business services teams in Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland’s world-class ICT talent base, top universities, acclaimed research capabilities and attractive operating costs have made the region the number one international destination for fintech and cybersecurity investment and an emerging hub for legal technology.
Invest Northern Ireland, the region’s economic development agency, works in an ongoing partnership with investors offering business advice and financial assistance in order to develop and expand the business and to improve capability and international competitiveness. Visit InvestNI.com to find out more.
We are a niche divorce and family law practice based in Bloomsbury, Central London. Our aim is to deliver realistic, practical advice whilst always keeping our clients’ wishes at the forefront of our mind.
Helena specialises in all aspects of private family law, particularly cases with an international element. She has dealt with cases involving competing jurisdictions across the world, including Monaco, Thailand, Cyprus, Spain, France, UAE, USA, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
She obtained her law degree from the London School of Economics and passed the Legal Practice Course with Distinction. She trained with a “City” firm and worked for a wide range of practices before setting up her own boutique family law firm in March 2010.
She is admitted as a solicitor in Ireland in addition to practicing in England and Wales. She is particularly adept at advising in cases with complex company and trust structures, often located in various offshore jurisdictions, and prides herself on giving sound commercial advice in a family setting, with a compassionate approach.
She is an active member of Resolution, a nationwide professional network of specialist family lawyers. She is a member of the International Bar Association. She is a trained collaborative lawyer and a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
In her spare time Helena tries her best to grow fruit and vegetables in her London garden and likes to escape to her native Ireland as often as work permits.
General Counsel Summit
-Joining us from Amsterdam-
Associate General Counsel and Regional Director of Corporate, Legal & External Affairs Microsoft Europe
Jeff Bullwinkel serves as Microsoft’s Associate General Counsel and Regional Director of Corporate, External & Legal Affairs for Europe. He is based in Amsterdam and oversees the company’s legal and corporate affairs teams across the region, providing support for commercial transactions and regulatory counsel on public policy issues such as IPR, cybersecurity, competition, and international trade. Mr. Bullwinkel joined Microsoft in 2000 and previously held a number of senior roles with the company across the Asia Pacific region, based in Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Mr. Bullwinkel was with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, an international law firm based in New York. Mr. Bullwinkel also served as a federal prosecutor with the Office of International Affairs, Criminal Division, US Department of Justice, where he was responsible for a wide range of matters relating to international law.
Mr. Bullwinkel is originally from the New York area. He graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received his law degree from New York University. He is a member of the New York State Bar.
Mr. Bullwinkel recently celebrated 25 year of marriage to his wife Kimberly and they have two fabulous kids (a boy who’s 20 and a girl who’s 18).
Deputy Group General Counsel of Centrica plc
Justine Campbell is Deputy Group General Counsel and Head of Secretariat for Centrica plc, with responsibility for the management of the Group’s legal function and the provision of legal and regulatory support to Centrica plc and to multiple business units across the Group and to the corporate centre. She is also responsible for leading the Group Company Secretariat function, supporting board and committee administration and advising on issues of corporate governance and compliance.
Justine also led Centrica’s response to the two year investigation by the Competition & Markets Authority into the UK energy sector, the most detailed review of the market since privatisation. She has extensive experience of regulated markets, including energy, insurance and telecommunications.
Prior to joining Centrica, Justine was Corporate & External Affairs Director of Vodafone UK for 5 years. She has been involved in the telecommunications industry for some years, having spent 7 years at O2/Telefonica, the final two as European General Counsel.
Justine qualified as a solicitor with Freshfields, in London and Brussels and holds a law degree from Trinity College, Dublin and an advanced management qualification from the Said Business School, Oxford. She is a member of the advisory council of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London.
Justine lives in Winchester and is married with 3 children.
Group General Counsel of BT Group plc
Sabine Chalmers is the General Counsel of BT Group Plc, one of the world’s largest communications companies listed on the FTSE with headquarters in London.
Prior to BT, Sabine was the Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs Officer and Secretary to the Board of Directors of Anheuser-Busch InBev, one of the world’s top five consumer products companies and the leading global brewer, from 2005 – 2017.
In addition to her more than a decade at Anheuser-Busch InBev, she served in a number of leadership positions, including General Counsel of the Latin American and U.S. Businesses at Diageo plc, the world’s largest producer of spirits from 1993 – 2004. She also worked in private practice at the law firm of Lovell White Durrant and was a lecturer at University College, London. Sabine holds a law degree from the London School of Economics and is qualified to practice in England and NY State.
She serves on numerous boards, including those of Coty, Inc., one of the worlds largest consumer beauty companies; the Royal National Theatre London; and is a former chairman of the Board of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the largest not-for-profit professional association serving the business interests of in-house attorneys around the world with more than 34,000 members in 85 countries.
An American citizen of Indian and German origin, she has lived and worked in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Sabine has been married for 25 years to Richard (a British/American citizen) and they have one daughter, Natasha, who is 18 years old.
-Joining us from San Francisco –
General Counsel of DocuSign
Reggie leads DocuSign’s award-winning Legal and Risk Compliance team(s) in driving acceptance and adoption of DocuSign’s System of Agreement and digital signatures across all business verticals and the public sector. As Chief Privacy and Compliance Officer as well as General Counsel, Reggie spends much of his time focused on privacy, data and corporate authorizations and certifications. DocuSign recently went public as one of the largest historical IPOs in the SaaS vertical. Reggie regularly hosts colloquiums at DocuSign on becoming “The Digital General Counsel” which focus on the digital transformation of the in-house practice of law and the impacts of A.I., Blockchain, Legal Operations, eDiscovery, eBilling, etc.
In 2010, Reggie was an award winner of The Recorder’s “2010 Attorneys of the Year.” In 2012, Reggie’s team was named “Most Innovative Legal Team” by Inside Counsel Magazine. In 2013, the Silicon Valley Business Journal honored Reggie as “General Counsel of the Year.” In May 2016, Reggie was named “In-House Impact” General Counsel by The Recorder legal publication. In December 2016, Reggie was named “Innovative General Counsel” by the Financial Times North America Innovative Lawyers report.
Prior to joining DocuSign, Reggie served as general counsel and EVP at Zynga. Prior to Zynga, Reggie spent 9 years at Yahoo! where he served as vice president, search operations, and before that as Associate General Counsel managing Litigation, Security and Risk Management. Prior to Yahoo!, Reggie was a litigation partner at Hancock Rothert & Bunshoft (presently known as Duane Morris).
Reggie received his JD from Tulane School of Law and his AB with Honors in European History and Sociology from Harvard University.
Reggie joined DocuSign after taking a year off from work, during which he backpacked around the world with his wife Rebecca and their four sons. The highlights of this family adventure were visiting tiger and elephant sanctuaries in Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.
Monica Risam is the General Counsel of Lombard International where she has responsibility for legal, company secretarial, risk and compliance and regulatory affairs.
Monica joined Lombard International from Aviva plc, where she held the positions of General Counsel & Company Secretary of Aviva UK Life, General Counsel, Aviva Group and General Counsel, Aviva Europe.
Prior to joining Aviva, Monica spent seven years at GE Capital where she held a variety of senior roles. She began her legal career as an associate with Weil, Gotshal & Manges in London and New York, and is dual-qualified to practise law in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Monica is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and The George Washington University in Washington DC. She is also a non-executive member of the Elton John Aids Foundation’s Finance & Investment Committee.
General Counsel at Manchester United
Patrick Stewart is General Counsel at Manchester United.
He originally worked in private practice in Scotland before taking up an in-house role in Switzerland with TEAM Marketing, a leading sports marketing agency. In that role he was responsible for negotiating commercial partnerships for the UEFA Champions League.
Patrick joined Manchester United in 2006 to set-up an in-house legal function. The team is now 11 strong and responsible for managing all of the club’s legal issues. Patrick is also a member of the Premier League’s Legal Advisory Group and Medical Working Group.
A CONVERSATION ABOUT
Fireside Chat with Lory Kehoe
Managing Director at ConsenSys
He has over 11 years cross-industry consulting experience. Prior to ConsenSys he was a director with Deloitte and founded and ran Deloitte’s EMEA blockchain lab based out of Dublin. He also spent 5 years with Accenture.
Lory is a Qualified Financial Adviser, registered stockbroker and is currently (and has been for the past 10+ years) an adjunct assistant professor in Strategic Management and Information Systems with the Department of Computer Science in Trinity College Dublin.
ConsenSys is a blockchain venture production studio. Our global team is building an ecosystem of consumer-centric products and enterprise solutions using blockchain technologies, primarily Ethereum.
ConsenSys employs more than 700 people globally. It is has offices in cities around the world including New York, San Francisco, London, Dublin, Paris and Dubai.
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