Chief Legal Officer

1 Day Meeting

2016 Chief Legal Officer Leadership Forum

San Francisco, CA - Apr 14, 2016

Overview

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 2016 Chief Legal Officer Leadership Forum in San Francisco. 

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Amii Barnard-Bahn

Former Chief Administrative Officer

California Dental Association

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Katie Biber

General Counsel

Thumbtack

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Elizabeth Bohannon

Associate General Counsel, Labor and Employment

Airbnb

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Joy Cartun

Vice President, Legal

LAM Research Corp.

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Paul Delva

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Fairchild Semiconductor International

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Raman Dinesh

Chief International Counsel, Assistant General Counsel

Wells Fargo

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John Dye

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

The Western Union Company

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Katie Fellows

Vice President and General Counsel

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

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Adele Freedman

Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Law and Corporate Secretary

Avaya

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Martin Kolbinger

Partner

CMS Germany

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David Lancelot

Head of Legal

eBay Classifieds Group

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Susan Marsch

Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel

Flex

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Guissu Raafat Baier

Senior Employment Counsel

Instacart

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Michael Rowles

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Live Nation

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Eve Saltman

Deputy General Counsel

GoPro Inc

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Simon Seidler

Associate General Counsel

GoPro Inc

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Bijal Shah

Vice President and Assistant General Counsel

Avery Dennison Corporation

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Darren Weingard

Deputy General Counsel

Airbnb

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Debra Zumwalt

Vice President and General Counsel

Stanford University

Agenda

This event will feature insights from top executives, including

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8:00am - 9:00am
Breakfast
9:00am - 9:05am
Opening Remarks
9:05am - 9:45am
Keynote Presentation: "Next Generation Lawyering - Being an Effective Modern In-House Lawyer"

The fast moving modern enterprise demands that its lawyers go beyond their traditional role of managing risk – and become fully engaged in driving the business. What makes an in-house lawyer effective in this evolving environment?

Lawyers may not be in the room when business decisions are made. Why? Business leaders are concerned that risk averse lawyers will focus on the risk, block progress and slow things down. There is a perception in business that traditional lawyers are so focused on the legal aspects of a project that they miss the business drivers.

Modern in-house lawyers must be in the room and make a valuable contribution to the decision making process. Embracing a new way of thinking about risk and the role that legal plays opens doors and allows lawyers to make a real difference.  

eBay’s Legal Team has been on this journey of embracing a new way of thinking about risk and owning our seat at the decision making table for over a decade – as the business has broken legal ground – and grown from a Silicon Valley startup to a global ecommerce power-house.   David will share his insights into partnering with the eBay business.   

David Lancelot
Head of Legal
eBay Classifieds Group

9:50am - 10:40am
Panel Discussion: "Managing Complex Cross-Border M&A Transactions"

Session topics include, but are not limited to:

  • What are the greatest challenges in assembling and managing a cross-border transaction team? What are some of the best practices and lessons learned? What is the role of in-house and outside counsel in the process?
  • How would you typically approach a due diligence exercise in a cross-border transaction?  How would you address compliance issues in cross-border transactions in particular give the different levels of sensitivity in European jurisdictions in the past?
  • To what extent do cultural differences play a part in cross-border deal outcomes? What are the major cultural differences between the US and Europe and how should one go about addressing them?
  • To what extent have regulatory matters, in particular over-regulation, affected transaction in which you participated?
  • Have you experienced that differences in legal systems had a major impact on the success of a transaction?
  • What are the best practices for ensuring proper communication in a transaction?
  • Share purchase agreement and contract negotiations: What are the key differences between the US and Europe in the approach to the SPA in general and to risk allocation between buyer and seller specifically?
  • Deals can fail due to poor post-acquisition integration. What should one typically do or not do to ensure a smooth integration?

 

Moderator:
Raman Dinesh
Chief International Counsel, Assistant General Counsel 
Wells Fargo

Panelists:
Adele Freedman
Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Law and Corporate Secretary
Avaya 

Martin Kolbinger
Partner 
CMS Germany

Susan Marsch
Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
Flex

Bijal Shah
Vice President and Assistant General Counsel
Avery Dennison Corporation

10:40am - 11:15am
Coffee Break
11:15am - 11:55am
Fireside Chat- Riding the Unicorn: Challenges for In-House Lawyers at High-Value, Hyper-Growth Companies

Session topics include:

  • What makes practicing law at high-value, high-growth start-ups unique?
  • How is the digital/sharing/gig economy changing the legal framework?
  • What legal issues keep these lawyers up at night?

Katie Biber
General Counsel 
Thumbtack

Guissu Raafat Baier
Senior Employment Counsel 
Instacart

Darren Weingard
Deputy General Counsel 
Airbnb

Interviewed by:

Elizabeth Bohannon
Associate General Counsel, Labor and Employment
Airbnb

12:00pm - 12:45pm
Panel Discussion: "The General Counsel as a Strategic Role"

Session topics include, but are not limited to:

  • How have you seen your role evolve over the last few years towards a larger role in the strategic growth and direction of the company?
  • Best practices around assembling and leading a high performing legal team
    • What skills and capabilities are most critical for your legal team to achieve its goals?
    • How is your legal team structured?
    • How is the role shifting in today’s increasingly regulatory environment?
    • A look at the relationship between the General Counsel and other C-level executives
      • Lessons learned and leading practices on developing a collaborative relationship and enhancing communications with the Board while managing  risk exposure to the organization
      • Maximizing and aligning the value of the legal department and function with the overall goals of the company

Moderator:
Katie Fellows
Vice President and General Counsel 
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Panelists:
Joy Cartun
Vice President, Legal 
LAM Research Corp.

Paul Delva
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary 
Fairchild Semiconductor International

Michael Rowles
Executive Vice President and General Counsel        
LiveNation 

12:45pm - 1:45pm
Lunch
1:45pm - 2:20pm
Fireside Chat Featuring Stanford University

Debra Zumwalt
Vice President and General Counsel
Stanford University 

Interviewed by:

Susan Marsch
Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
Flex

2:20pm - 2:35pm
Coffee Break
2:35pm - 3:10pm
Fireside Chat Featuring California Dental Association

Amii Barnard-Bahn
Former Chief Administrative Officer
California Dental Association

Interviewed by:

Paul Delva
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Fairchild Semiconductor International

3:15pm - 3:50pm
Fireside Chat: "Building and Maintaining a High Performing Legal Team"

Eve Saltman
Deputy General Counsel
GoPro Inc.

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Simon Seidler
Associate General Counsel
GoPro Inc.

3:50pm -3:55pm
Argyle Closing Remarks
3:55pm - 4:55pm
Closing Reception

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