New York, June 9 2016

2016 Programme

08:00 - 09:00 Registration and breakfast
09:00 - 10:00

Crisis management – general counsel as quarterback?

This session will explore the role of the general counsel when a crisis hits the company. How central a role should they play?
Who else needs to be involved? How can counsel manage the timeline and respond to a constantly evolving series of events?

Wharton Forum


Relani Belous, Senior vice president, general counsel, Penthouse Global Media Inc
Robert E Bostrom, Senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, Abercrombie & Fitch Co
E Leigh Dance, President, ELD International LLC
Ildiko Mehes, Vice president and general counsel, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA

10:00 - 10:15 Coffee
10:15 - 11:30

Intellectual property – managing the global portfolio

An interactive discussion among peers examining best practice for protecting IP rights internationally. With an emphasis on strategy, this session will explore how those working for multinational companies can maximise value and mitigate potential threats to the IP portfolio.

Murray Hill


Judy McCool, Senior vice president, legal affairs, Home Box Office Inc
John Murnane, Partner, Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto
Ainslee A Schreiber, Vice president and associate general counsel, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc

Global employment agreements – to standardise or not

An interactive discussion among peers exploring global employment contract provisions, with particular focus on restrictive covenants, confidentiality clauses and ensuring cooperation with company investigations.



Rosamund Browne, Principal international employment and labour counsel, Rockwell Collins Inc
John Trani, General counsel, HookLogic Inc

Anti-corruption – running investigations and handling the regulators

Bribery enforcement continues to dominate the headlines. Our experienced panel will discuss the importance of weaving compliance into the corporate culture and run through the timeline and best practices for an incident response.

Wharton Forum


Richard Bistrong, Chief executive officer, Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC
James McGovern, Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP
Timothy Schultz, Vice president, ethics and business conduct, Raytheon Co
Bart Schwartz, Chairman, Guidepost Solutions LLC
Peter S Spivack, Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP

11:30 - 12:00 Coffee
12:00 - 13:00

The future of legal services

The legal market may be poised for a dramatic reordering based on the same type of disruptive forces that have reordered many other businesses and industries. This session will explore innovative structures for project and process management, as well as broader issues around alternative business structures and new ways for in-house counsel to find value.

Wharton Forum


Alma Asay, Founder & chief executive officer, Allegory Law Inc
Joe Borstein, Global director, Thomson Reuters
Travis Lenkner, Managing director, Gerchen Keller Capital LLC
J Stephen Poor, Chair of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Mark Smolik, Chief legal & compliance officer, DHL Global Business Services

13:00 - 14:15 Networking lunch (sponsored by Lex Mundi)
14:15 - 14:30

Managing the in-house career – required skill sets

Wharton Forum


George Georgiades, General counsel, FundAmerica Inc

14:30 - 15:30

Managing risk and exercising leadership – today’s general counsel

There continues to be much discussion about the role of the general counsel. The role is surely to mastermind the non-financial risk management strategy and, with backing from the board, to implement it by helping the operational functions to adopt legally sound management systems.

The members of our panel give their perspectives.

Wharton Forum


Paulo Frank Coelho Da Rocha, Partner, Demarest Advogados
Charles Duross, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP
José Ramón González , Chief legal officer and corporate secretary, QBE North America
Kelly Holland, Chief executive officer and owner, Penthouse Global Media Inc
Mark Van De Voorde, Chief legal and administrative officer, Victaulic

15:30 - 16:00 Coffee
16:00 - 17:00

Cybercrime – strategies for prevention (and handling a breach)

General counsel are expected to have complete control over every last piece of information produced by their companies, and with cybercrime grabbing headlines worldwide, data privacy has never caused more headaches for the in-house legal function. Our experienced panel will discuss the importance of weaving information governance into the corporate culture and run through the timeline and best practices for breach response.

Wharton Forum


Robert E Anderson Jr, Managing director, Navigant Consulting Inc
John Banghart, Senior director for technology risk management, Venable LLP
Peter J Beshar, Executive vice president and general counsel, Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc
Patricia Prince-Taggart, Senior vice president, chief counsel, CA Inc
Ariel Wolf, Associate, Venable LLP