Programme 2012

Review 2012

Inaugural European In-house Counsel Day in Berlin: A Capital Achievement!

Medium: Datum: 02/2011 //

As key media partner, was present for the first European In-house Counsel Day at Berlin’s InterContinental Hotel, recently organized by Euroforum. More than 60 lawyers and legal sector professionals took part and the event proved a great success, writes our special correspondent Marta Kolasinska. With no respite from the German capital’s notorious winter chills, the conference provided a welcome refuge for a day of oral presentations and panel discussions focusing on pressing legal issues such as litigation, compliance and eDiscovery. read more

Be there, take part, inspire and get inspired!

Gain Insights from

Alcatel-Lucent Deutschland AG – Bravura Solutions (UK) Ltd. – Deutsche Bank AG – Eni S.p.a. – Fujitsu UK and Ireland – Institut Straumann AG – Kompania Piwowarska S.A. (SAB Miller) – Kuehne + Nagel Group – Pfizer Deutschland GmbH – Samsung – Red Bull Media House GmbH – Siemens AG – TNT Express N.V.

How Corporate Counsels thrive in a changing legal landscape

  • Meet In-house Counsels from all over the world!
  • Benefit from high quality networking opportunities
  • Exchange ideas with fellow in-house lawyers
  • Gain insights on a global perspective
  • In-depth look at key issues: Litigation, Compliance & eDiscovery
  • Dine at Hugo´s with scenic view on Berlin

Meet attendees from the following countries (as of January 2012):

• Netherlands • Switzerland • Austria • Belgium • Luxembourg • Romania • Czech Republic • Poland • Macedonia • Slovakia • Hungary • USA • UK • Italy • France • Greece • Germany

>> Impressions of the 1st European In-house Counsel Day

Media Cooperations

Conference 2012

Monday 13th February 2012

9:00 – 9:30

Registration, coffee & tea

9:30 – 9:40

SwitzerlandChair’s opening remarks

Dr. Christian WindDr. Christian Wind, LL.M.,
Bratschi, Wiederkehr & Buob, Switzerland

9:40 – 10:00 Keynote:

Walk the line – The challenge of walking the line between the role of corporate counsel and independent legal advisor
„In times of economic crisis and budget pressure, in-house counsel remain the most cost effective way to manage the legal affairs of a company.”

Michael KleinMichael Klein, LL.M.,
VP Legal & Corporate Governance,
Pfizer Deutschland GmbH, Legal Lead EU OBU, Germany

10:00 – 10:40 Panel Session:

UKPolandGermanyGermanyAre you ready for business? Legal services in the 21st century
The legal services industry is currently undergoing a huge change.
Panelists will provide insight on how their legal departments are preparing for the future challenge and present best practices.

Dr. Jörg HäringMichael H. GhaffarWaldemar KoperNigel Liddell

Moderator: Dr. Jörg Häring, Division General Counsel Legal & Compliance, Siemens AG, Germany

“Due to the need to secure compliance by all means, in-house lawyers need to play an increasing role in developing the overall strategic direction of a company, as opposed to traditionally providing mono-dimensional legal advice upon request.”

(Michael H. Ghaffar, LL.M., Samsung Europe Headquarters)

Michael H. Ghaffar, LL.M., Vice President, Head of Legal Division, Samsung Europe Headquarters, Germany
Waldemar Koper, Group Legal Director, Kompania Piwowarska S.A. (SABMiller), Poland
Nigel Liddell, General Counsel, Bravura Solutions (UK) Limited, UK

10:40 – 10:50

Questions & answers

10:50 – 11:20

Networking break with coffee & tea

11:20 – 11:40

AustraliaIdentifying and managing the difference between civil and common law
Observations of 10-year cross-boarder practice bridging the common and civil law divide for European based corporations and companies active in Australia

  • The different thinking patters of civil and common law practitioners
  • Avoidance of litigation
  • Management of mega-litigation
  • Common and civil law preferences in arbitration proceedings

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang BabeckProf. Dr. Wolfgang Babeck,
Partner, Buse Heberer Fromm Sydney,
Adjunct Professor Bond University, Australia

11:40 – 11:50

Questions & answers

11:50 – 12:10

SwitzerlandSamba flavors – M&A in Brazil from a European perspective
How culture, language and bureaucracy impact crossborder M&A activities in Brazil
“Even though doing M&A in Brazil is much similar to M&A in Europe one must be aware of the difficulty to assess the risks related to litigation which seems to be second most popular sport in Brazil.”

Dr. Marc M. StrolzDr. Marc M. Strolz,
Deputy General Counsel,
Kuehne + Nagel Group, Switzerland

12:10 – 12:20

Questions & answers

12:20 – 13:40

Lunch break, L.A. Café

13:40 – 14.00

The NetherlandsBest Practice: Litigation management at TNT Express

  • Whether and when is it company’s best interest to pursue a litigation claim?
  • What is the role of in-house counsel in terms to litigation?
  • Factors to consider when deciding upon litigation
  • Successful litigation management – Best Practice Tips

Boudewijn WentinkBoudewijn Wentink,
Head of Legal Affairs,
TNT Express, The Netherlands

14.00 – 14:40 Panel Session:

The NetherlandsGermanySwitzerlandGermanyLitigation – The challenges faced and keys to success

Dr. Jan KraayvangerDr. Andreas L. MeierMelanie PoeppingBoudewijn Wentink

Moderator: Dr. Jan Kraayvanger, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP , Germany
Dr. Andreas L. Meier, LL.M., General Counsel, Institut Straumann AG, Switzerland
Melanie Poepping, Director & Senior Counsel, Deutsche Bank AG, Germany
Boudewijn Wentink, Head of Legal Affairs, TNT Express, The Netherlands

14:40 – 14:50

Questions & answers

14:50 – 15:05

ItalyA fifteen minute focus – Update on bribery and corruption
“Corruption is also an obstacle to business. Commerce and industry must therefore respond by providing enhanced cooperation and cross-fertilisation between the private and public sectors. Companies must tackle this issue as a priority in an improved regulatory framework.”

  • UK Bribery Act and its impact on businesses
  • Anti-Corruption: Key developments and new initiatives – results of the “B20 Summit” in Cannes
  • Cooperation between the public and private sectors
  • Finding the proper balance between ‘punitive compliance’ and ‘incentive compliance’
  • Operating in a multijurisdictional business

Massimo MantovaniMassimo Mantovani,
General Counsel Legal Affairs Department,
Senior Executive Vice President, Eni S.p.a., Italy

15:05 – 15:15 Introductory speech:

SwitzerlandGlobal compliance – The key challenge
Dr. Christian Wind

15:15 – 15:55 Panel Session:

SwitzerlandUKItalySwitzerlandGlobal Compliance – What are the major compliance issues for general counsel?
“Managing global compliance is the single most important issue for an organisation and its lawyers; it’s the one challenge where failure can mean prison.”
(Jonathan Smith, Fujitsu UK and Ireland, UK)

Dr. Christian WindMassimo MantovaniJonathan SmithDr. Marc M. Strolz

Moderator: Dr. Christian Wind
Massimo Mantovani, General Counsel Legal Affairs Department, Senior Executive Vice President, Eni S.p.a., Italy
Jonathan Smith, General Counsel, Fujitsu UK and Ireland, UK
Dr. Marc M. Strolz, Deputy General Counsel, Kuehne + Nagel Group, Switzerland

15:55 – 16:05

Questions & answers

16:05 – 16:25

Networking Break with coffee & tea

16:25 – 16:40

USAA fifteen minute focus: Navigating the challenges that in-house counsel often face in addressing global data protection, records management and eDiscovery
“Leaving your organization’s data exposed makes about as much business sense as inviting your competitors to take your best customers.”

  • Receive insights from a former in-house counsel who successfully launched these issues for a Fortune 100 organization
  • Tips for reducing delays to launching global projects based upon data protection compliance requirements —
    as well as the associated backlash of the business teams
  • Techniques for adopting a Privacy by Design approach
  • Recommendations for optimizing limited budgets

Joan AntokolJoan Antokol,
Managing Partner,
Park Legal LLC, USA

16:40 – 16:50

Questions & answers

16:50 – 17:05

USAPractical considerations for European companies facing eDiscovery

  • Expectations of Regulators and Courts
  • Data Mapping and Data Preservation
  • Technical and Review Challenges
  • Data Privacy and Protection Considerations
  • Disclosure Formats

Adam PollittAdam Pollitt,
Vice President,
First Advantage Litigation Consulting, USA

17:05 – 17:15

Questions & answers

17:15 – 17:35

GermanyThe social media challenge: Managing the risks that go along with user-generated content, data privacy and confidentiality

Dr. Axel Freiherr von dem Bussche LL.M. (L.S.E.) Dr. Axel Freiherr von dem Bussche LL.M. (L.S.E.),
Partner, Specialist Solicitorfor Information Technology Law
TaylorWessing, Hamburg, Germany

17:35 – 18:00 Open Discussion

Questions & answers


Close of conference


Welcome reception with “Berliner Weiße”


Networking dinner at Hugo’s Restaurant – Enjoy the scenic view from the 14th floor over Berlin at night!


Get-together with German in-house counsel at the Marlene Bar

Workshop 2012

Tuesday 14th February 2012

Counsel in a Diverse Legal Environment

In-house counsel are tightly integrated into the business processes and the projects they support. Especially in multinational corporations, they advise a wide variety of clients from many different legal and cultural backgrounds. This workshop provides insight into how in-house counsels structure their work and what duties, besides advising their clients, they have in a multinational environment.

Your experts:

Dirk DöppelhanMarkus Stamm

Dirk Döppelhan, Deputy General Counsel, Alcatel-Lucent Deutschland AG, Germany

Markus Stamm, Senior Counsel, Alcatel-Lucent Deutschland AG, Germany


The In-House Counsel and the Legal Organisation

  • Professional Duties and the Position of an In-House
    Counsel in Germany
  • Detecting and Handling Conflicts of Interest
  • Project Support and the Integration with Project
    Teams and Client Groups – Walking the line between an Advisor and an embedded Attorney
  • Shaping the Company’s Compliance Rules
  • Managing Outside Counsel and their Work
  • Interns & Articled Clerks – Learning & Work Resources

Specific Challenges in the Support of Public Procurement Projects in Germany

  • Key Issues in the Support of Clients for the (Federal) Government
  • Projects in Strategic Industries, esp. in the Security Sector: new challenges – new questions
  • Public Project Care & Feeding – Support after the Conclusion of a Project


Legal Organisation Administration and Resource Management

  • Tools to make Your Life easier
  • Reporting and Status Updates
  • Resource Allocation and Distribution


Shaping the Legal Framework

  • Participation in Industry Associations
  • Shaping Laws and Regulations, making your Corporation heard
  • Testifying as an Expert in National and Supra-National Hearings

Time Schedule (Workshop)

9:00 – 9:30 Registration, coffee & tea

11:00-11:30 Networking break with coffee & tea

13:00 Lunch break

15:30 End of Work shop

Speakers 2012

Gain insights from:

Joan AntokolJoan Antokol,
Park Legal LLC,
» Vita

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang BabeckProf. Dr. Wolfgang Babeck,
Buse Heberer Fromm
Sydney, Australia
» Vita

Dr. Axel Freiherr von dem Bussche LL.M. (L.S.E.) Dr. Axel Freiherr von dem Bussche LL.M. (L.S.E.),
Hamburg, Germany
» Vita

Dirk DöppelhanDirk Döppelhan,
Alcatel-Lucent Deutschland AG,
» Vita

Michael H. GhaffarMichael H. Ghaffar,
LL.M., Samsung
Europe Headquarters, Germany
» Vita

Dr. Jörg HäringDr. Jörg Häring,
Siemens AG,
» Vita

Michael KleinMichael Klein, LL.M.,
Pfizer Deutschland GmbH,
» Vita

Waldemar KoperWaldemar Koper,
Kompania Piwowarska
S.A. (SABMiller), Poland
» Vita

Dr. Jan KraayvangerDr. Jan Kraayvanger,
Mayer Brown LLP, Germany
» Vita

Nigel LiddellNigel Liddell,
Bravura Solutions
(UK) Limited, UK
» Vita

Massimo MantovaniMassimo Mantovani,
Eni S.p.a.,
» Vita

Dr. Andreas L. MeierDr. Andreas L. Meier, LL.M.
Institut Straumann AG,
» Vita

Melanie PoeppingMelanie Poepping,
Deutsche Bank AG,
» Vita

Adam PollittAdam Pollitt,
First Advantage
Litigation Consulting, USA
» Vita

Jonathan SmithJonathan Smith,
Fujitsu UK and
Ireland, UK
» Vita

Markus StammMarkus Stamm,
Alcatel-Lucent Deutschland AG,
» Vita

Dr. Marc M. StrolzDr. Marc M. Strolz,
Kuehne + Nagel Group,
» Vita

Boudewijn WentinkBoudewijn Wentink,
TNT Express N.V.,
The Netherlands
» Vita

Dr. Christian WindDr. Christian Wind, LL.M.,
Bratschi, Wiederkehr & Buob, Switzerland
» Vita

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