2014 Chief Legal Officer Leadership Forum
2014 Chief Legal Officer Leadership Forum
March 4, 2014 - New York, NY
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As the economy emerges from recession, the general counsel’s office continues to grapple with how to reduce and control both risk and cost. Issues around corporate governance, government investigations, and alternative fee structures are taking center stage. How are leading general counsels addressing these issues and the growing prominence of legal executives in the C-suite? These topics amongst others will all be featured at Argyle Executive Forum’s 2014 Chief Legal Officer Leadership Forum (New York).
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AOL View Bio »
As Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel (Corporate) and Chief Compliance Officer of AOL Inc., Damien Atkins has over 15 years of experience and currently manages teams in the following areas: Securities Regulation, Corporate Governance, Employment, Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Global Compliance. Mr. Atkins has also been selected as a Corporate Governance Professional of the Year.
Mr. Atkins joined AOL in 2005 and most recently served as Vice President and Chief Counsel where he oversaw Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Regulation, Corporate Governance and Facilities matters. Mr. Atkins joined AOL from Chadbourne & Parke LLP, where his practice focused on a wide variety of mergers & acquisitions, capital markets and securities law matters.
Mr. Atkins graduated from New York University School of Law and holds a bachelor's degree from Stanford University.
Bernstein Liebhard View Bio »
Stanley D. Bernstein has successfully represented plaintiffs in complex commercial litigation, securities fraud litigation, shareholder and derivative litigation, and antitrust litigation for over thirty years. He has been selected by Lawdragon as one of the “500 Leading Lawyers in America,” “500 Leading Litigators in America,” “500 Leading Plaintiffs’ Lawyers,” and “100 Lawyers You Need to Know in Securities Litigation.” The National Association of Corporate Directors and Directorship magazine named Mr. Bernstein to the “Directorship 100,” the list of “The Most Influential People in Corporate Governance,” for four consecutive years (2009-2012). Super Lawyers magazine has repeatedly named Mr. Bernstein a Super Lawyer (2007-2009; 2012) and recently named him in the 2013 Super Lawyers Business Edition. The Legal 500 recommended Mr. Bernstein in 2011 and 2012; Benchmark Plaintiff: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Plaintiff Firms & Attorneys recognized him as a “local litigation star” in 2012 and 2013; and Chambers USA ranked him in the area of securities litigation in the Chambers USA Guide 2012.
Mr. Bernstein litigates against the most prominent defense firms in the country and has earned a reputation for being a tenacious negotiator who will try any case that does not settle on favorable terms. His experience and reputation for trying cases has enabled him to negotiate some of the largest securities fraud settlements in history, after many years of hard-fought litigation and trial preparation. For example, Mr. Bernstein is the Chair of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in In re Initial Public Offering Securities Litigation, No. 21 MC 92 (S.D.N.Y.), a coordinated litigation of over 300 securities class actions, in which a $586 million settlement was obtained after seven full-day mediation sessions. Mr. Bernstein was also instrumental in negotiating a $400 million settlement in In re Marsh & McLennan Cos., Inc. Securities Litigation, No. 04-CV-8144 (CM) (S.D.N.Y.) ($400 million recovery). In In re Royal Dutch/Shell Transport Securities Litigation, No. 04-374 (JAP) (D.N.J.), the settlement of the U.S. action he negotiated has a minimum cash value of $138.3 million and a contingent value of more than $180 million, in addition to a related European settlement of $350 million the Firm was substantially responsible for obtaining.
Recently, Mr. Bernstein recovered over $3 million for the Trustee of the Actrade Liquidation Trust (overseeing the liquidation of assets previously held by Actrade Technologies, Ltd., a public company that formerly traded on NASDAQ) in connection two lawsuits; Meer v. Aharoni, No. 5141-CC (Del. Ch.), an action against Actrade’s former chairman for misappropriation of funds and fraud; and Meer v. Deloitte & Touche, LLP, No. 11-cv-06994 (HB) (S.D.N.Y.), a malpractice action against Actrade’s accountant for failing to conduct proper audits. Mr. Bernstein is also representing the Republic of Iraq in Republic of Iraq v. ABB AG, No. 08-CV-5951 (S.D.N.Y.), a suit brought on behalf of the Republic of Iraq and the Iraqi people over the corruption of the United Nations’ Oil-for-Food Programme, which allowed the Hussein Regime to sell Iraqi oil to buy food, medicine and other humanitarian aid for the Iraqi people. The corruption of the Oil-for-Food Programme has been described as the largest financial and political fraud in history.
Mr. Bernstein frequently addresses lawyers and business professionals concerning various aspects of plaintiffs’ litigation and has given presentations at Practising Law Institute, the New York City Bar Association, and numerous forums for corporate directors. For example, Mr. Bernstein was a featured speaker at the National Summit on the Future of Fiduciary Responsibility and at the National Association of Corporate Directors’ and Directorship’s Forum. He was also a featured speaker at the Chartis Executive Liability 2010 D&O Market Trends Seminar Series and at the 2013American Conference Institute’s 17th Forum on D&O Liability.
CME Group View Bio »
Speaker bio coming soon...
Deloitte View Bio »
Mr. Campanelli is a Partner in the New York Forensics practice of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP and has 16 years of experience in providing extensive consulting services to companies and law firms in a wide range of matters, including securities litigation, forensic accounting and fraud investigations, anti-corruption investigations, and the audit of global SEC registrants. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the States of New York and New Jersey and has earned the credentials of Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Mr. Campanelli specializes in the travel, hospitality, leisure and real estate sectors and has been quoted in several media outlets including The New York Times, Thomson Reuters, and Hotel Interactive on various fraud, environmental, and compliance issues impacting the hospitality industry.
- Managed and led numerous securities litigation projects including: advising attorneys in accounting, economic and financial matters; preparing and responding to interrogatories; analyzing and reviewing expert reports; assisting in deposition and trial preparation; and formulating defense strategies for trial.
- Led all aspects of forensic accounting and fraud investigations in various industries, particularly in the hospitality sector, regarding potential accounting irregularities, misappropriation of assets, and corruption/FCPA matters. Responsible for document collections and analyses, forensic interviews, and various forensic investigatory procedures, including analysis of complex financial and accounting transactions and fraud schemes.
- Led several FCPA and anti-corrpution risk assessments, gap analyses, and testing procedures; collaborated with internal audit departments to design anti-corruption compliance programs and monitoring procedures.
- Performed anti-corruption due diligence procedures for various buy/sell transactions.
- Provided assistance to the neutral arbitrator in making a binding determination on various commercial and operational matters between large multi-national companies.
- Provided assistance into allegations of public bribery and corruption at a European communications and technology conglomerate which focused on a number of high risk country operations across a range of segments of the business.
- Provided assistance in applying U.S. GAAP for various matters, including various revenue recognition issues.
- Managed the execution of various audit engagements in the travel, hospitality and leisure sector
Interpublic Group View Bio »
Speaker bio coming soon...
Continental Resources View Bio »
Eric S. Eissenstat is Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of Continental Resources, Inc. Continental (NYSE:CLR), based in Oklahoma City, is focused on the exploration and production of onshore oil-prone plays and is a Top 10 independent oil producer. Continental was recently selected as the Energy Company of the Year at the Platts 2013 Global Energy Awards.
Eric serves on Continental’s Executive Team and in his capacity as General Counsel is responsible for all the legal affairs of the Company and advises management and the Board of Directors on all corporate governance and compliance matters.
Prior to joining Continental Resources, Eric served for 27 years as a Director with Fellers, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey & Tippens in Oklahoma City. Mr. Eissenstat is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, and in private practice was listed in Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, Oklahoma Super Lawyers (Top Ten Lawyer) and is a recipient of many awards including the OCBA Leadership in the Law Award, and the Oklahoma Lawyers for Children Service to Children Award. He has served on the Oklahoma Bar Association Board of Governors and in a prior life was selected as the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer.
Mr. Eissenstat serves on the Board of Directors of Oklahoma Lawyers for Children, United Way of Central Oklahoma, YMCA and is President of the Luther Bohanon American Inns of Court. He is a graduate of both Leadership Oklahoma and Leadership Oklahoma City and was nominated as the 2014 Man of the Year by the Oklahoma City Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Eric received a BS (with honors) in Political Science from Oklahoma State University and a JD (with honors) from the University of Oklahoma, serving on the Oklahoma Law Review and Order of the Coif.
Huron Legal View Bio »
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Air Liquide-USA LLC View Bio »
Kevin Feeney is Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of Air Liquide USA LLC. Prior to joining Air Liquide, he was a trial lawyer at the law firm of Beirne, Maynard & Parsons LLP. Air Liquide USA LLC is part of the Air Liquide Group, which is present in more than 80 countries. Air Liquide is a world leader in industrial and medical gases and related services.
Mr. Feeney holds a Bachelor of Administration degree in Accounting and a JD from the University of Texas.
Deutsche Bank View Bio »
Charlie J. Gambino is a Managing Director and Associate General Counsel in the Regulatory, Litigation and Internal Investigation group for Deutsche Bank in the Americas. Mr. Gambino served as a staff attorney in the United Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement from 1997 to 1999. He also was associated with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom from 1999 to 2003. He is a frequent speaker at securities law conferences. Mr. Gambino is a member of the American Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
CMS View Bio »
U.S. and French national, Eric lives in Madrid and is currently based in Frankfurt after having lived in the U.S., France, the U.K. and the Philippines. He started his career, in Paris, as International Counsel at SERVIER Laboratories, the leading French privately-held pharmaceutical group (20,000 employees, €4 billion sales, 140 countries). Eric then joined THE COCA-COLA COMPANY (700,000 system employees, $48 billion net operating revenues, 200+ countries) as General Counsel France (1989-1997) focusing the acquisition and merger of the French business (purchased from the Pernod Ricard Group), revamping the legal structure of local business practices and dealings with small and large retailers and wholesalers, handling cartel and abuse of dominance claims from competitors, and steering the sale of the France business to Coca-Cola Enterprise. Eric then moved to the Headquarters in Atlanta (1997-1998) focusing on Bottling Agreements in Central and Eastern Europe, and actively participated in the pre-notification of the take-over of Orangina by The Coca-Cola Company. He became General Counsel of Coca-Cola Spain and Portugal, in 1998-2001, handling new competition issues, commercial practices and the take-over of Schweppes. Eric then decided to stay in Europe and became Avocat at the Paris Bar and joined the law firm CMS where he is now Client Relations Officer.
Eric is a graduate of The American University in Washington D.C., cum laude, and the University of Paris-Assas and Sorbonne. He’s married, father of six children and greatly enjoys volunteer work at the NGO Fundeso, running, skiing and yoga.
Royal Bank of Scotland View Bio »
Sheldon Goldfarb is the Americas General Counsel for RBS and Chief Legal Officer of Citizens Financial Group. He provides strategic leadership to the management of legal risk and manages an integrated legal function of 70+ lawyers for RBS in the Americas.
Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Goldfarb was Managing Director and General Counsel of RBS Greenwich Capital, a position he had held since 1994. There he built its Legal, Compliance, Government Relations and Corporate Communications functions. Before joining RBS Greenwich Capital, Mr. Goldfarb was Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Goldman Sachs & Co. (1989-1994,) and a partner in the law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski (formerly Reavis & McGrath) (1981-1989.) He began his career in the Division of Enforcement of the Securities and Exchange Commission (1977-1981).
Mr. Goldfarb is active in a variety of industry groups and is a frequent speaker at industry-wide conferences. He sits on the Managing Board of The Clearing House Association; is past Chairman of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s (SIFMA) General Counsels Committee; and served on the Executive Committee and as Treasurer of SIFMA's Compliance and Legal Division. He is a past President of the SEC Alumni Association and member of the Board of Trustees of the SEC Historical Society.
He earned his B.A. from Binghamton University (1973) and a J.D. cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law (1977).
QuisLex View Bio »
Speaker bio coming soon...
AECOM View Bio »
Elise Greenspan is Senior Vice President, Chief Litigation Counsel Americas at AECOM, a global architecture, engineering, and program and construction management firm. In her 25 years with AECOM she served many roles including as General Counsel of DMJM+HARRIS, Inc., one of AECOM’s legacy operating companies. Elise has more than 20 years of experience working with design professionals with a particular emphasis on professional liability and risk management for architects and engineers.
Baker Botts View Bio »
Rich Harper is a trial partner in the New York office of Baker Botts. He has significant experience representing corporations, hedge funds, directors and officers, accounting firms and special litigation committees in complex litigation matters. He has a focus on disputes for energy-related companies, ranging from regulatory investigations to commercial litigation. Mr. Harper has trial experience in jury and nonjury trials, as well as regulatory matters.
Mr. Harper is co-editor of the ABA Securities Litigation Journal, the quarterly journal of the ABA Securities Litigation Committee.
Mr. Harper served as a law clerk to Judge Karen Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Judge Stanley Marcus of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Huntington Ingalls Industries View Bio »
Named to this position in 2011, Bruce Hawthorne is HII’s chief legal officer and has overall leadership responsibility for the company’s law department and outside counsel, which provide a broad range of legal advice and support for the company’s business activities.
Prior to joining HII, Bruce served as partner and practice development chairman for Arnall Golden Gregory (AGG) LLP, enabling it to develop best practices around collaboration and value delivery, client relationships and talent development.
From 2008 until joining AGG, he served as cofounder and managing director of Consigliere Group LLC, a consulting and technology services firm established to help law firms and in‐house law departments deliver greater value and more cost effective legal services.
Hawthorne’s corporate career includes serving as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary for Electronic Data Systems during a time when the company was pursuing a major transformation. While there, he led a global legal team that provided counsel and support to a population of 110,000 employees.
Prior to this, he served as executive vice president and chief staff officer for Sprint Corp., a major telecommunications company for which he had been the lead outside counsel for more than a decade. As chief staff officer, he had executive responsibility for multiple functions, including strategy, corporate development, human resources, communications, brand management and security.
Until 2003, he was a senior partner of the law firm of King & Spalding LLP, where he established recognized expertise in the corporate and securities laws, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic joint ventures.
Hawthorne holds a BBA from the University of Michigan, an MBA (Beta Gamma Sigma) from the University of Detroit and a JD (Order of the Coif) from Vanderbilt University, where he was the managing editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review.
He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Virginia Bar Association (Corporate Counsel Certificate), American Bar Association, and the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s Federal Regulation of Securities Committee.
Towers Watson View Bio »
Kirkland L. Hicks, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, is responsible for all legal matters at Towers Watson. He was appointed to his current position in November 2012.
Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Hicks served as managing counsel for commercial legal activities for Towers Watson’s Americas region. In that role, he had responsibility for mergers and acquisitions, commercial operations and corporate transactions across North and Latin America.
Previously, he served as senior counsel and head of commercial law at Watson Wyatt Worldwide, Inc., with responsibility for mergers and acquisitions, commercial operations and corporate transactions worldwide. Prior to working at Watson Wyatt, Mr. Hicks was an attorney with major law firms. He has a J.D. from Duke University School of Law, where he serves on the board of visitors, and a B.S. in Computer Science from North Carolina A&T State University. Mr. Hicks has also completed an executive leadership program at Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Conference Board Council of Chief Legal Officers and The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia (corporate counsel) bars, and the American Corporate Counsel Association.
NiSource View Bio »
Carrie is Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of NiSource Inc., a Fortune 500 energy delivery company. Her responsibilities include all legal functions, as well as compliance, unregulated real estate investments, environmental, safety, sustainability and aviation. She serves as a member of the company's senior management team.
Prior to joining NiSource, Hightman served as President of AT&T Illinois (formerly SBC). In that position, she was responsible for all regulatory, legislative, governmental and external affairs activities, as well as community and industry relations.
Prior to joining AT&T, Hightman practiced telecommunications and energy law for more than 17 years. She was a partner at the Chicago law firm of Schiff Hardin, where she led its Energy, Telecommunications and Public Utilities practice group.
Hightman began her career in the public sector in 1983, serving as Staff Counsel at the Florida Public Service Commission. In 1986, she served as associate counsel at the Florida Office of Public Counsel, handling a variety of public utility cases on behalf of consumers.
Hightman serves on the Board of Directors of Fifth Third Bank Chicago. Active in the community, she also serves on the boards of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Foundation.
Hightman was appointed Chairwoman of the Ad Hoc Committee created by Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and the Gary Airport Authority Board to consider creation of a public/private partnership at the Gary Airport.
Hightman earned her B.A. from the University of Illinois and her J.D. from Florida State University.
Hightman is based at NiSource's headquarters in Merrillville, Indiana.
Harsco Corporation View Bio »
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ACE Group View Bio »
Christopher Kearns is EVP, Deputy General Counsel for the ACE Group (NYSE: ACE), one of the world’s largest insurance companies with operations in 54 countries and customers in over 170 countries. As chief corporate lawyer he is responsible for global corporate/securities, capital markets, M&A, asset management and intellectual property matters. He works closely with ACE Limited’s Board of Directors and advises ACE’s Corporate Development, Treasury, HR and Communications functions and other members of senior management on various matters. While at ACE he has managed more than a dozen completed M&A transactions worth more than $7 billion in aggregate and involving businesses on six continents.
Prior to joining ACE in 2007, Chris was General Counsel at Hot Topic, Inc. (Nasdaq: HOTT), a nationwide retailer with multiple e-commerce sites, where in addition to his legal role he had various compliance, operations and corporate development responsibilities. He spent more than a decade in private practice, most recently as Partner at Cooley LLP, where he represented technology and other high-growth companies and specialized in corporate, securities, M&A and intellectual property.
He is a graduate of UCLA and University of California, Hastings College of Law (with honors), and is a member of the bar in New York, California and District of Columbia. He lives in New York City and grew up in California.
Avis Budget Group View Bio »
Bryon Koepke manages a wide variety of securities, governance, corporate, compliance and litigation matters as the Senior Vice President, Chief Securities Counsel for the Avis Budget Group. His experience includes various types of corporate transactions, public and private securities (debt and equity) offerings, compliance counseling, investment company compliance initiatives, corporate governance matters, public company reporting and disclosure obligations, governmental agency investigations and litigation management. Prior to joining the Avis Budget Group in 2011, Mr. Koepke was Corporate Counsel for Caterpillar Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives, where he managed securities, treasury, external disclosures, financial reporting and corporate governance matters for Caterpillar and its financial subsidiary, Caterpillar Financial Services Corp. Prior to joining Caterpillar Inc. in 2003, he worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission where he served as a Senior Attorney Advisor within the SEC’s Office of Administrative Law Judges. Mr. Koepke received his B.S. in psychology from Vanderbilt University, his J.D. from Washburn University Law School and his LL.M. in securities and financial institutions from the Georgetown University Law Center. He is a full member of the state bars in Kansas and Tennessee and holds a limited license to practice law in New Jersey.
Epiq Systems View Bio »
James Manari is a Director for Epiq Systems, the world’s largest eDiscovery provider. Mr. Manari is responsible for developing and implementing intelligent software and attorney review strategies to increase the accuracy and efficiency of the eDiscovery process. He offers his clients a suite of overall solutions which include; managed attorney review, consulting on data collection, preservation, best practices associated with data filtering, processing and analytics, TAR, and productions.
James has been employed in his current role at Epiq Systems since 2008 and is based out of Philadelphia. Prior to joining Epiq, James spent five years at the Corporate Executive Board, working for the General Counsel Roundtable. He helped grow that organization in a few years to more than 800 participating companies, each with more than $750 million in annual revenue. He was also instrumental in the launch of the Compliance and Ethics Leadership Council which had more than 500 organizations involved at the time of his departure
Mr. Manari received his bachelor of science degree in business from Wake Forest University.
CMS Hasche Sigle, Stuttgart Germany View Bio »
Thomas Meyding is a corporate partner of CMS Hasche Sigle, based in Stuttgart, Germany, and Head of the Corporate Practice Group of CMS. He studied law at the University of Tuebingen, Freiburg and Florida. Thomas Meyding worked for McFarlane, Ferguson, Allison & Kelly, Florida, and CMS Cameron McKenna, London. He advises industrial, commercial and financial companies on all aspects of corporate law and corporate governance issues. He focuses particularly on international transactions, mergers & acquisitions, public take-overs and squeeze-outs. His track-record also includes acting for Honeywell and Johnson & Johnson on various acquisitions and disposals. Thomas Meyding is also co-editor of the yearly published CMS European M&A Study. The study reflects an analysis of transactions CMS conducted over the year.
Lighthouse eDiscovery View Bio »
As Director of Product Strategy, Debora oversees the Product Marketing Department and is responsible for architecting innovative products and services for Lighthouse and its portfolio of Fortune 500 and Am Law 100 clients. Her team is responsible for providing pragmatic information and creating products designed to assist clients in making their eDiscovery processes more efficient. They are also focused on listening to clients, prospects, and industry professionals to ensure Lighthouse's products and messages are addressing the market needs. Her background in litigation—practicing law in both Washington D.C. and Washington State—supports her expertise and deep understanding of complex eDiscovery matters and allows her to architect the innovative products and services that keep Lighthouse at the forefront of the eDiscovery market.
As Counsel, Debora oversees the Legal Department. She focuses on working with other departments to ensure smooth operation of the business as well as advising business leaders on the most effective way to achieve their business goals. She is also responsible for maintaining Lighthouse's intellectual property portfolio.
Prior to joining Lighthouse, Debora was a Complex Commercial Litigation Associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in Washington, D.C. where she worked on matters such as the WorldCom and Enron bankruptcies. Her practice also included multi-million-dollar commercial and securities litigation, and internal investigations. While at Weil, Debora was recognized three times for her dedication to pro bono service. Debora also practiced as a litigation Associate at McNaul Ebel Nawrot & Helgren PLLC. Her practice included commercial, employment, and securities litigation, as well as legal malpractice defense.
Debora received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Washington where she graduated magna cum laude. She received her law degree from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. She is admitted to practice law in New York State, the District of Columbia (inactive membership), and Washington State. Debora is Level II Pragmatic Marketing Certified. Debora is actively involved in the legal community as a member and the former Director of the Seattle chapter of Women in eDiscovery, a mentor with Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle, an Advisory Board Member for the Organization of Legal Professionals, the former Chair of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC)'s New to In-House Committee, and a former board member of the Washington Women Lawyers (WWL). Debora was recently recognized for her contribution to the ACC and was named 2012 WWL Board Member of the Year. Debora is a frequent speaker on eDiscovery strategy, an instructor for the Organization of Legal Professionals, and a regular Lighthouse blog contributor.
Mindcrest View Bio »
Ganesh, co-founder of the world’s first legal outsourcing company, has ensured Mindcrest’s position as industry leader since its inception in 2001. Under his leadership, Mindcrest has become synonymous with quality and value to lawyers in the U.S. and Europe.
Throughout his career, Ganesh has acted as an advisor to several Fortune 500 companies in areas, such as market-entry strategies, capital raising activities, joint venture arrangements, strategic alliances and various commercial arrangements, including mergers and acquisitions. His vast cross-border experience and deep insight into international investment issues enabled him to guide U.S. and U.K. clients on investment propositions in India. His keen global legal acumen was instrumental in guiding numerous multi-nationals in making their entry into India.
Prior to Mindcrest, Ganesh was a partner and spearheaded the India practice at McGuire Woods LLP, an international law firm of 900 attorneys. It was there that Ganesh met George Hefferan, and together with Rohan Dalal and Teju Deshpande, they founded Mindcrest.
With his vast and varied experience, Ganesh has become a leading authority in the international legal industry, and has addressed many industry forums, bar associations and law schools internationally.
Ganesh has an MBA from Brigham Young University in Utah and a JD from Washington University in St. Louis. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Bombay and a graduate degree in management from the Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune.
Ganesh brings 20 years of business and legal experience to Mindcrest.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer View Bio »
David has been recognized as one of New York’s leading litigators by Chambers USA and Benchmark Litigation. While David was the Director of Litigation at Bank of America, he was named Global Director of Litigation of the Year by the Association of Corporate Counsel in 2008.
David handles domestic and cross-border cases involving anti-money laundering laws, derivatives, securities offerings, and M&A transactions. In addition, David has negotiated some of the largest settlements in matters in the financial services sector over the last decade. He also handles inquiries by banking and securities regulators, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, State Attorneys General, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
In 2013, David was lead trial counsel in securing a complete defense verdict on behalf of a global investment bank involving alleged fraud in the sale and valuation of complex structured products. David also recently won dismissal of a class action arising out of the redemption of hundreds of millions of dollars in auction rate securities. Protas v. Merrill Lynch & Co., et al, no 646555-VCG (Del. Ch. Ct. 2012). In his career, David has won numerous securities class actions, including one recognized by the American Bar Association as one of the year’s most significant securities law developments.
David earned his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University in 1983, and his JD, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 1986. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut, Georgia, New York and North Carolina, the federal district courts in those states, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Eleventh Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court.
Celgene Corporation View Bio »
Speaker bio coming soon...
University of California View Bio »
Charles F. Robinson began his tenure as General Counsel and Vice President for the University of California in January 2007. As General Counsel, he is the Chief Legal Officer of the University, providing advice to The Regents, the President and other senior University officials; overseeing a legal staff of 85 attorneys at ten campuses, five medical centers and one national laboratory; and retaining and managing outside counsel.
Prior to joining the University, Robinson served as Vice President, General and Corporate Secretary for the California Independent System Operator Corporation, California’s wholesale electric transmission operator, based in Folsom, VA. Prior to that, he served as Assistant General Counsel for Packard Bell in Sacramento, Division Counsel for the Raychem Corporation in Melo Park, and as a Litigation Partner at Heller Ehrman White and McAuliffe in San Francisco. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Yale University.
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. View Bio »
Mark Roellig is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (“MassMutual”), the parent company of a global, growth-oriented, diversified financial services organization, listed as number 121 in the Fortune’s ranking of America’s largest corporations with more than $500 billion in total assets under management at the end of the year 2012. MassMutual is headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts. In his capacity as MassMutual’s General Counsel, Mark is responsible for all the legal affairs of the Company and advises management and the board of directors to ensure that MassMutual complies with corporate-governance requirements and safeguards the interests of MassMutual’s policyholders. He is also responsible for the corporate secretary, corporate compliance, internal audit, government relations and the Corporate Administration and Real Estate and Facilities Departments of MassMutual. Prior to joining MassMutual in 2005, he served as general counsel and secretary to three public companies before their sale/merger: Fisher Scientific International Inc., Storage Technology Corporation (“StorageTek”) and U S WEST Inc. Mr. Roellig received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan, a law degree from George Washington University and his MBA from the University of Washington.
Walgreens View Bio »
Thomas J. Sabatino, Jr., is executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Walgreen Co., based in Deerfield, IL. He joined Walgreens in September 2011 after having held general counsel roles with United Airlines, Inc., Schering-Plough Corporation, Baxter International Inc., and American Medical International, Inc. Sabatino earned a bachelor of arts degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., in 1980 and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1983. He is a member of the bar in Massachusetts, Illinoi and California. He serves on the board of diectors of Alliance Boots, GmbH; the board of directors of the Association of Corporate Counsel; the advisory board of Corporate Pro Bono; and the board of directors of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution.
Kodak Eastman Company View Bio »
Patrick M. Sheller is General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Administrative Officer, Eastman Kodak Company. As General Counsel, he is responsible for the Company’s world-wide legal function and is the principal advisor to the Board of Directors and senior management on legal matters, including the federal securities laws and regulations, corporate governance, compliance, commercial transactions, litigation and labor and employment. As Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Mr. Sheller oversees the following corporate functions: Public Affairs, Compliance, and Health, Safety & Environmental.
Mr. Sheller has previously served as Chief Compliance Officer of the Company reporting to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors, Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Secretary to the Board. He has also held Chief Antitrust Counsel, Division Counsel, International Counsel and business operations positions for Kodak.
Before joining Kodak, Mr. Sheller was in private law practice with the Washington, D.C. firm McKenna & Cuneo (now McKenna, Long & Aldridge) where he specialized in antitrust and health care law. From 1986 to 1989, he worked for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., where he served as an Attorney Advisor to the Chairman and as a Staff Attorney in the Commission’s Bureau of Competition.
Mr. Sheller is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and Albany Law School of Union University.
ING U.S. View Bio »
Speaker bio coming soon...
Commvault View Bio »
Mr. Taylor leads CommVault’s Information Management business including Information Risk, e-Discovery, Compliance and Information Search. Over the last 20 years he has worked for many large multi-nationals while building deep expertise in a range of topics including business intelligence, data warehousing, application and information management. Over the last several years, he has gained specific experience in data retention, archiving and governance, working for or with some of the leading companies in this field to gain specialist knowledge in information risk and compliance.
WGL Holdings, & Washington Gas Light Company View Bio »
Ms. Thornton, age 54, has been Vice President and General Counsel of WGL Holdings, Inc. since January 1, 2012, having joined that company as Counsel to the Chairman in November 2011. WGL Holdings, Inc., a retail gas and electric marketing firm and a design-build energy company, operates a regulated natural gas utility serving more than one million customers throughout metropolitan Washington, D.C. She is responsible for developing and coordinating the provision of legal counsel to Washington Gas and all of its subsidiaries on matters that include litigation, regulatory, employment, labor and employee benefits issues, compliance as well as for providing advice and direction on several corporate projects and initiatives. At the Chairman’s request, Ms. Thornton also serves on the Company’s Strategic Business Development Committee and the Risk Management Committee.
Ms. Thornton served as a partner with the law firm of Dickstein Shapiro LLP in Washington D.C. from 2004 until she joined WGL Holdings, Inc, and as a partner with the law firm of Patton Boggs, LLP from 2000 to 2004. Beginning with the Presidential Transition of 1992 and until 2000, Ms. Thornton worked with U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley, first as Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor, and then as Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Education (“ED”). During her nearly eight years at ED, Ms. Thornton advised the Secretary on all ED matters, served as the liaison between the Secretary and the White House on policy, political, ethics, personnel and other issues; supervised the higher education administrative appeals process for the Secretary; and helped implement President Clinton’s education initiatives. Ms. Thornton was selected by the White House in 1995 to serve on the President’s White House Budget Working Group and in 1996 served in a senior role on President Clinton’s presidential debate team. In addition to her work at ED, Ms. Thornton founded the Educational Equity Institute and Capitol Education Fund, organizations dedicated to improving educational access and opportunity. She also serves as Lead Independent Director, Chairwoman of the Compliance Committee, and Member of the Nominating & Governance Committee, of Career Education Corporation, a billion dollar publicly traded company. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
Pfizer View Bio »
Esther Wick joined Pfizer in 2003 as Corporate Counsel for Latin America. In 2005, Esther transferred to Brussels where she provided legal support to Pfizer’s EU Public Affairs office. Back in New York, she became the legal counsel to the Northern European Region and the Business Development Europe Group. In 2009, took on the position of Regional Legal Lead for the Emerging Markets Europe, Russia, India, Turkey region and is now part of Pfizer’s international legal platform. Before joining Pfizer, Esther worked for seven years in private practice, first at Salans, Hertzfeld & Heilbronn in Paris (now Dentons), then at Epstein Becker & Green in New York. She holds law degrees from French law schools as well as an LLM from Columbia School of Law and is admitted to both the Paris and New York Bars.
Blackberry View Bio »
7:40am – 8:40am Breakfast
8:45am Argyle Executive Forum Opening Remarks
8:45am – 8:50am Introducing Thomas Sabatino:
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James ManariDirector, Discovery SolutionsEpiq Systems
8:50am – 9:20am "Where are We and Where are We Going: Perspectives from a Seasoned General Counsel"
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The role of the General Counsel has changed dramatically in the past 10 years. No longer simply lawyers, GCs are now being asked to take on new strategic responsibilities that are critical for driving organizational and overall business success. Tom Sabatino, seasoned General Counsel, has lived through this evolution and will share practical examples, war stories, and his insights regarding his outlook on the future of the General Counsel.Thomas SabatinoEVP & General CounselWalgreens
9:25am – 9:45am Thought Leadership Spotlight Presented by Huron Legal
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"Managing information integration as distinct element of M&A activity - how law departments can help drive value."Ronke EkwensiManaging DirectorHuron Legal
9:45am – 10:15am Coffee Break
10:15am – 11:05am Breakout Panels
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Panel 1“Successfully Communicating with your Board”Session topics include, but are not limited to:With an ever-changing and increasingly complicated array of legal, regulatory, and stakeholder demands, communication between the Board and the CLO has come front and center. The panel will share practical perspectives, lessons learned and leading practices on developing a collaborative relationship and enhancing communications with the Board while managing risk exposure to the organization. Join us to hear more about communication best practices, as well as topics you should be talking to your Board about, including:
- Risk assessments, compliance program design and implementation
- Periodic monitoring activities
- Due diligence in evaluating and negotiating bad purchases.
- Examining the legal implications of cross-border transactions
- To what extent do cultural differences play a part in cross border deal outcomes?
- Cost-benefit analysis of acquisitions.
- Protecting corporate reputation during growth periods.
- Planning ahead and seeing the implications of the acquisition to the structure and stance of the company.
- Creativity in M&A transactions: Learning how to continue growth with less liquidity.
- Where is the legal department budget being spent and how can it be improved?
- Current constraints faced by in-house counsel: budgeting, efficiency, and agility
- Different solutions to the same problems: seeking new vendors for expertise
- Building relationships with outside counsel and vendors that understand your goals
- How alternative fees work and the benefits of using them properly
11:05am – 11:35am Coffee Break
11:35am – 11:55am Thought Leadership Spotlight Presented by Bernstein Liebhard
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“Best Strategies For The Corporate Plaintiff” Stan BernsteinAttorneyBernstein Liebhard
11:55am – 12:00pm Introducing Bruce Hawthorne:
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Simon TaylorSenior Director, Information Access & ManagementCommvault
12:00pm – 12:30pm "Leadership Opportunities for the General Counsel"
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Bruce HawthorneCorporate Vice President, General Counsel & SecretaryHuntington Ingalls Industries
12:35pm – 12:55pm Thought Leadership Spotlight Presented By Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
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“Crisis Management: Three Key Steps”David OnoratoPartnerFreshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
12:55pm – 2:10pm Lunch
2:10pm – 3:00pm Breakout Panels
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Panel 1“Understanding the Regulatory, Compliance and Legal Landscape”Session topics include, but are not limited to:
- What are the key regulatory trends you are facing?
- How do you successfully keep up with the constant changes?
- Red flags to consider in designing effective compliance programs
- Maintaining compliance with FCPA and other international anti-corruption statutes
- Best practices and lessons learned on how to effectively run a legal department in multiple countries
- Managing regulation that is constantly changing and diversifying as issues and problems seem to converge
- The differences between predictive coding and other types of discovery
- Best practices for managing the cloud and protecting company’s data
- How to keep litigation spend reasonable and predictable
- Creating ways to manage litigation in a timely cost effective manner with sound process.
- Realizing parts of your eDiscovery process that could be at risk or attacked during trial
- Handling BYOD, and developing comparable policies for employees
- Looking at the risks of these new technologies and the speed that information travels today for a company
- Analyzing the benefits in terms of cost and process
- Managing the process, understanding the human element involved
- What are the boundaries of attorney-client privilege?
- How do you successfully wear both hats as legal and business advisor?
- What are some best practices and lessons learned for in-house counsel to differentiate between business advice and legal advice?
- How can discoverable facts and privileged documents be distinguished?
3:00pm – 3:30pm Coffee Break
3:30pm – 4:15pm "Company in Crisis: Challenges for the General Counsel"
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Steve ZippersteinChief Legal Officer & Corporate SecretaryBlackberry
4:15pm – 4:20pm Argyle Executive Forum Closing Remarks
4:20pm -5:20pm Closing Reception
What will be discussed? Explore legal hot topics and challenge areas such as:
The GC’s growing strategic role
Explore the evolving role of the GC and specifically how legal professionals are critical in planning the strategic growth and direction of the company. Learn about:
- Preparing for the new era of regulatory change
- Utilizing technological advancements
- Managing risk exposure to the org
- Maximizing the value of the legal team
The modern legal landscape
Examine the key regulatory trends GCs are facing, and how they are forced to adapt to a constantly changing landscape as a result. Get tips on:
- Identifying compliance red flags
- Maintaining compliance with FCPA
- Effectively managing a legal department across borders
- Making predictions for the future
The GC and M&A
Discuss best practices and lessons learned with regards to due diligence in evaluating and negotiating good and bad M&A opportunities. Learn how top CLOs are:
- Protecting corporate reputation during growth
- Planning ahead for an acquisition
- Innovating within M&A
- Enabling growth despite reduced liquidity
Driving efficiency during litigation
Review the biggest initial challenges that GCs face at the start of a litigation case, and how these challenges have evolved over the last 5 years. Gain insight on:
- Leveraging e-discovery to manage budget
- Collaborating to mitigate ethical concerns
- Responding effectively to ethical issues
- Managing costs during litigation
Technology and the GC
Hear how successful CLOs are navigating the new digital landscape and dealing with the subsequent data and security issues that have emerged because of this shift. Hear how GCs are partnering with IT teams to:
- Managing data to meet objectives
- Addressing the proliferation of data
- Evaluating weak areas of e-discovery
- Protecting from cyber security issues
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