Why You Should Attend!

Argyle Executive Forum is bringing together leading senior legal executives for our annual Chief Legal Officer Forum in Chicago. Throughout a full day of thought leadership content and networking, we will focus on the most pressing issues that legal executives are facing in 2017. With a program geared specifically towards leaders in legal, compliance, ethics, and M&A, key themes we will explore include:

  • How economic, geopolitical, and regulatory changes are impacting the global business landscape in 2017, particularly with regards to regulation and compliance
  • Effectively identifying and communicating top areas of risk to the management team
  • Understanding how the GC’s role will continue to evolve with regards to global data privacy management and the modern security environment
  • Driving effectiveness and efficiency as a modern in-house lawyer
  • Predictions on the M&A landscape and how leading GCs are driving strategic alliances and divestitures
  • How to build and maintain an effective ethics program

Our keynote presentationsfireside chatspanel sessions, and networking breaks will provide you with actionable takeaways to bring back to the office, as well as the opportunity to both strengthen and expand your network of peers. We look forward to hosting you alongside our community of Fortune 500 legal leaders hailing from the Midwest and beyond!

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This event will feature insights from top executives, including:

If you'd like to recommend a speaker, please email Hayley Adelson at hadelson@argyleforum.com.

Bruce Daise Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer
H&R Block
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Nathanael Isaacson Divisional Vice President, Assistant General Counsel
Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores
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Mark Jaeger Senior Vice President, Human Resources, General Counsel & Secretary
Jockey International
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Laura Lazarczyk Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel
Zurich Insurance
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Elliot Molk Vice President, Associate General Counsel
World Kitchen
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Mark Ohringer Executive Vice President, Global General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Jones Lang LaSalle
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Patrick Sheller Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Mead Johnson Nutrition
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Mark Standefer Associate General Counsel
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Courtney V. Welton Global General Counsel, Lenovo Mobile Business Group
Lenovo Mobile Business Group
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  • 8:30am - 9:30am Breakfast
  • 9:30am - 9:35am Argyle Opening Remarks
  • 9:35am - 10:10am Keynote Session featuring Jones Lang LaSalle: "The Best Lesson You Can Teach in Ethics Training - Secrets Hate Being Kept"
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    Mark Ohringer
    Executive Vice President, Global General Counsel and Corporate Secretary 
    Jones Lang LaSalle

  • 10:10am - 10:35am Networking Break
  • 10:35am - 11:20am Panel Discussion: "Driving Effectiveness as a Modern In-House Lawyer"
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    Session topics include, but aren't limited to:
    • Best practices around assembling and leading a high performing legal team
    • Identifying top areas of risk to the management team
    • Developing a collaborative relationship across the C-Suite
    • Building and maintaining an effective ethics program
    • Adding value to the organization in regulation and compliance 

  • 11:20am - 11:40am Networking Break
  • 11:40am - 12:30pm Panel Discussion: “The Biggest Challenges and Opportunities in Data Privacy and Security”
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    Session topics include, but aren't limited to:
    • The evolvement of the GC role to include cybersecurity and data privacy
    • How cybersecurity fits in the organization’s risk management structure
      • Proactive risk assessments to identify and prioritize critical assets and data for your business
    • Handling BYOD and developing comparable policies for employees
    • New regulatory challenges associated with BYOD
    • Collaborating with the CEO and the board to advise properly and help them understand their role on cybersecurity issues
    • Partnering with other executive functions around cybersecurity (CIO/CTO etc, Compliance, Privacy)
    • Working with outside counsel on these issues and associated risks
    • Key questions that General Counsel should be asking around cybersecurity

  • 12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch
  • 1:30pm - 2:20pm Panel Discussion: "Managing Complex M&A Transactions"
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    Session topics include, but aren't limited to:
    • Challenges in managing a global in-house legal team
    • The GC’s role in driving strategic alliances and divestitures
    • Key issues regarding due diligence across national borders in the acquisition process
    • Managing multiple and ongoing cross-cultural negotiations
    • Ensuring that the target company is successfully integrated into the acquiring company
    • Merging the in-house legal team 

  • 2:20pm - 2:40pm Networking Break
  • 2:40pm - 3:15pm Keynote Session featuring H&R Block: "Becoming a Business Enabler"
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    Bruce Daise
    Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer
    H&R Block

  • 3:20pm - 3:55pm Keynote Session featuring Lenovo Mobile Business Group: "The Evolving Role of the Legal Function - From Cost Center to Value Center"
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    Courtney V. Welton
    Global General Counsel
    Lenovo Mobile Business Group

  • 3:55pm - 4:00pm Argyle Closing Remarks
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm 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

Still have questions? We have answers.

I want to attend, but what if I'm unsure of my schedule and need to cancel my participation?

Just let us know. We understand that schedules change! However, we always have a waiting list for this event, and if you don't cancel, we will assume you are still attending and your spot will go unused. If you must, cancel at least 48 hours prior to the event to make room for others!

What if I can't be OOO for a whole day, or need to come late?

We have wifi and private rooms available for attendees to take calls and spend some quiet time on emails, as well as access to printing. Have a morning meeting you can't miss? No problem. This event was designed for busy executives - we get it.

I'd like to bring some colleagues. Do I need to register them online?

Events are more fun with friends, and we'd be happy to host your team. You can have them register online, or send us their names, titles and email addresses and we will take care of it for you! request a pass.

I don't see the event venue listed. Where will the meeting be held?

To maintain exclusivity, we don't release the venue address until the registration process has been completed. All logistical details will be shared once you have requested a pass and been approved.

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Traveling for the event? Stay at one of our recommended hotels nearby:

Please note the below is the preferred hotel of Argyle Executive Forum. Please specify that you are part of the Argyle group when booking sleeping rooms in order to receive a discounted rate of $189 per night, taxes not included. 

For details on where the event will take place, please contact your Argyle relationship manager.


Hotel Blake Chicago

500 South Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60605
Telephone: (312) 986-1234