2019 International Corporate Counsel College Schedule and Materials

International Corporate Counsel College Schedule and Materials

Below is the conference schedule and meeting materials for your reference. If you want to have these materials onsite at the meeting with you, please print prior and bring them with you. Hard copies of the materials will not be available onsite. If you have any questions, please email Amy O'Maley McGuire.

To view a list of registered attendees as of October 21, click here.

*Please note all meeting events will take place at Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

5.30 - 6.30 p.m.
Welcome Reception

Foyer, Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue

Thursday, 24 October 2019

11.00 a.m.
Meeting registration opens in the Lobby Reception, Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue

11.30 a.m. - 12.45 p.m.
Welcome Luncheon and Opening Remarks
Jodok Wicki, International Corporate Counsel College Director, CMS von Erlach Poncet Ltd., Zurich, Switzerland
Amy Sherry Fischer, IADC President, Foliart, Huff, Ottaway & Bottom, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA

12.45 - 1.00 p.m.

1.00 - 2.10 p.m.
Winning Risk Management Strategies: How to Be a Leader and Demonstrate Value to Your Company
Risk management is a top priority of any corporate legal department, regardless of its size. Leadership in risk management is key for general counsel, whether as advisor to the Board of Directors, member of the senior management team, or leader of the legal department. Our experienced panelists will show you how you can help your company realize the value of risk management and make it a priority. They will identify the top risk trends for 2020, and give you practical advice on the proactive steps you can take to identify, assess, and address legal and regulatory issues before they arrive on your doorstep. They will also outline avoidance and mitigation strategies to ensure success and show your CEO that the legal department adds real value to your organization. For any in-house counsel developing and implementing risk management strategies, this is a program not to be missed.

Steven Rosenhek, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Toronto, Ontario Canada

Alexander Grob, Chief Risk Officer Latin America, Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd., Zurich, Switzerland
Albert C. Hilber, Former Director/SVP Senior Claims Counsel - Americas, Swiss Re America Corporation, Armonk, New York USA
Bonne van Hattum, Director Risk Consulting, PricewaterhouseCoopers and University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands


2.10 - 2.15 p.m.

2.15 - 3.25 p.m.
One Program to Rule Them All: Global Compliance Programs - Current Issues and Challenges

The panel will address the challenges and current issues facing multinational organizations when setting global compliance programs. Topics will include: (1) Attorney client privilege during compliance investigations; (2) Special considerations for compliance in Eastern Africa; (3) Compliance communication and training in the digital age; and (4) New legislation in Europe impacting compliance programs.

Tripp Haston, Bradley LLP, Birmingham, Alabama USA

Aisha Ahmed Abdallah, Anjarwalla & Khanna Advocates, Nairobi, Kenya
Timothy J. LaTulippe, Director, Investigations and Compliance, Consilio, London, England
Matthew Lepore, SVP and Global Head of Legal, BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany
Martin Petrasch, Senior Legal Counsel, Legal + Compliance, Siemens AG, Nürnberg, Germany


3.25 - 3.40 p.m.

3.40 - 4.50 p.m.
GDPR and Innovation - Friends or Foes?

Think you’ve already heard everything there is to know about the GDPR? – Reconsider! This panel will provide you with specific hands-on solutions to data protection issues for current topics and concerns, such as blockchain, US-European data transfers post Safe Harbor and Privacy Shield, the insurability of GDPR risks, as well as the growing concern of data privacy clauses in general terms and conditions and standardized contracts.

Alexandra Simotta, Head of Legal Austria and Slovenia, SIX Payment Services (Europe) S.A., Vienna, Austria

Nicole Boehler, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP, Böblingen, Germany
Ines Freitag, Compliance Officer, SIX Payment Services (Europe) S.A., Vienna, Austria
Marina Markežič, Unlawcked, Gračišče, Slovenia
Birgit Julia Wirth, UNIQA Insurance Group AG, Vienna, Austria


4.50 - 5.00 p.m.

5.00 - 5.45 p.m.
Legal Privilege for In-House Counsel in Europe, or the Lack Thereof - Dangers and Best Practices

Thomas Rouhette, Signature Litigation AARPI, Paris, France

Marco Borsari, Executive Director, Litigation Switzerland, UBS Group AG, Zurich, Switzerland
Florian Harms, Director of Data Protection Europe, Emerson Electric Holdings GmbH, Baar, Switzerland


6.00 - 7.00 p.m.
Cocktail Reception

7.15 p.m.


Friday, 25 October 2019

8.00 - 9.10 a.m. 
The BEEs – Maximizing Business Efficiency and Effectiveness with the Right In-House Legal Set-Up

Corporate legal departments are increasingly managing complex legal matters in-house and are being relied upon as trusted business advisors by members of the C-Suite. In order to cope with ever-changing business demands and limitations on capital and human resources, chief legal officers have adopted various organizational structures. Our panelists from a diverse set of industries and unique perspectives will discuss the pros and cons of various in-house legal department organizational structures. They will reveal the challenges they face (internally and externally) to “get the job done right” and share the insights they have gleaned from years of toil in the trenches.

Marko Denadic, Director International Legal, CML Construction Services GmbH, STRABAG Group, Vienna, Austria

Rebekah Rollo, Vice President Legal, Europe, Autoliv B.V. & Co. KG, Dachau, Germany
Paul Salazar, Senior Counsel, Siemens AG, Munich, Germany


9.10 - 9.15 a.m.

9.15 - 10.25 a.m.
Smart Contracts: Everything You Wanted to Know, but Never Dared to Ask...

All of a sudden they are everywhere: conferences and seminars on blockchain and smart contracts. While most seasoned lawyers may not feel ‘smart enough’ to have to deal with them, your internal or external clients are expecting you to add value. This panel will explore various applications of blockchain and will explore how it is relevant for your day-to-day work. The technical basics of the blockchain technology will no longer be a mystery to you and the panel will demonstrate via a case study how to actually set up a smart contract application, both the business case and the legal side of it...just in case you get warmed up and want to start immediately with designing your own application when you get back home.

Ianika N. Tzankova, Tzankova Legal Consulting BV/Tilburg University, Tilburg, Netherlands

Falco Kreis, CMS Hasche Sigle, Munich, Germany
Gabriela Lippe-Holst, Co-Founder and Director, Acqupart Holding AG, Zug, Switzerland
Jimmy Nguyen, Strategic Advisory Board – nChain, Founding President, Bitcoin Association, Seattle, Washington USA


10.25 - 10.40 a.m.

10.40 - 11.55 a.m.
Handling International Disputes: Three Current and Eternal Challenges

The panel will discuss these perpetual issues:

  1. Losing a case on procedure: Facing requests for producing evidence is a specific challenge when it is alien to your own legal culture. How should you prepare for international disputes in this regard? How should you react when it comes up and how can you potentially overcome these cultural gaps?
  2. David vs. Goliath: What should you consider when companies have to fight against state (entities)? Companies investing in (foremost) emerging markets do have to deal with governmental interference as an additional hurdle. Today’s regime on Foreign Investment protection offers additional remedies in such cases. This section creates an awareness for these remedies and demonstrates how often foreign companies as investors might rely on these mechanisms.
  3. Handling disputes in Asia: Is it the same, but also (very) different? What are special features, challenges, and chances when facing a dispute in Asia?

Come hear solutions to these international dispute concerns and take them back to your practice.

Rouven F. Bodenheimer, Bodenheimer Herzberg, Cologne, Germany

Virginie A. Colaiuta, LMS Legal LLP, London, England
Nadia Darwazeh, Clyde & Co., Paris, France
Nish Shetty, Clifford Chance, Singapore


11.55 a.m. - 12.10 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Jodok Wicki, 2019 International Corporate Counsel College Director, CMS von Erlach Poncet Ltd., Zurich, Switzerland
Alexandra Simotta, 2020 International Corporate Counsel College Director, SIX Payment Services (Europe) S.A., Vienna, Austria