Enterprise GC 2022 Mon 25 Apr 2022 | , England
Venue: Hilton Syon Park, Park Rd, Isleworth, Brentford TW8 8JF
At a glance
Enterprise GC is the marquee, two-day general counsel event from Legalease (the business behind Legal Business and The Legal 500). This will be the fifth year of EGC, held at the Hilton London Syon Park.
The summit gathers more than 100 senior speakers and guests and provides sponsoring partners with a chance to work on a best-in-class event from one of the top legal publishers in the world.
The programme includes plenary sessions, workshops, keynote speeches and roundtables, drawing on the elite of Europe’s in-house profession as well as selected speakers from the wider business and academic community. Another highlight is the Monday-night gala dinner at the historic Syon House.
Millennial who? Attracting and retaining the lawyers of tomorrow
As Millennials become the new boomers of the corporate world, we explore what it will take to attract, hire and motivate the lawyers of tomorrow. Will address the hugely-divergent experiences of companies in different sectors, including how to leverage – or work around – your brand when hiring.
Coded messages – tackling the new Corporate Governance Code
Coming effectively into force for premium listed companies in 2020, the code imposed new reporting and governance duties on major plcs. What do GCs need to know?
Talking a good game – in-house D&I under the microscope
2019 saw several high-profile examples of GCs calling out law firms for lack of progress on diversity on both sides of the Atlantic but are in-house teams living up to their own rhetoric? A frank debate assessing the victories and failures of the in-house community.
Bring me the horizon – events that your business needs to know about
Amid a hectic period for regulatory change our panel explores 2021 and beyond to look at the rules, judgments, trends and business developments that should be on the agenda of plcs and their legal teams. What are the five things coming that will matter to your board?
The Mindful Business Charter – can it deliver?
The Mindful Business Charter is the most high-profile attempt by in-house teams and law firms to tackle work-place stress but it has struggled to bring on board in-house teams. We explore the initiative and assess the profession’s wider record on tackling increasingly pressing quality-of-life issues.
A seat at the table – smarter tactics to influence the board
There has never been more pressure for GCs to have effective boardroom skills but support and training are hard to find. We hear from veterans and consider as well the challenge of taking on the company secretary role.
Lifelong learners – executive education for general counsel
There has never been more demand for general counsel to bolster their CVs with leadership training and business but do business schools have much to offer chief legal officers? We look at the options.
#Metoo – The GC challenge
After two years that have generated terrible headlines for the legal profession, we assess the challenges for legal teams in managing poor behaviour in their own companies, the thorny issue of NDAs and ask if problems of harassment demonstrated in private practice extend to in-house teams.
Crossing the floor – GCs taking on commercial roles
Despite much talk of in-house counsel building commercial skills for their day job, few GCs take full-fledged commercial roles. A discussion looking at the practical options for individuals to take revenue generating roles, both to build their long-term legal careers and to permanently cross the floor. Will also address the role of GCs in encouraging secondments and transfers of their team into commercial roles.
James Kerr is a leadership and strategy consultant. Most notably he has studied the success of the New Zealand rugby team to uncover their strategies for success. The lessons range from leadership to embracing innovation.
For his best-selling book
Legacy. What the All Blacks can teach us about the, James spent time with the All Blacks witnessing first hand how the team operates. He analyses how the team comes together and what enabled them to move from an impressive 75% win rate to 86% in five years, becoming a dominant force in world rugby, despite hailing from one of the smallest populations.
business of life – 15 lessons in Leadership
James’s conclusions have important lessons for anyone involved in leading,
building or working in a team. From having senior players tidy up the dressing
room to focusing everyone’s minds on the ‘core story’ of the team, its culture and its heritage. Other key points include the value placed on recruitment based on character not just talent, how working for a bigger goal delivers bigger performances, and why you should change your game when you’re on top of your game. In addition to writing, James has worked as a consultant for businesses including HSBC, Boeing and Shell, specialising in how to lead change and deliver top teams.
Trevor Faure, CEO, Smarter Law Solutions
Trevor Faure advises law firms and legal departments on performance and efficiency improvement. Author of
Smarter Law: transforming busy lawyers into business leaders, he is ‘one of the most creative and systematic thinkers about contemporary business law’ (Ben W. Heineman, former General Electric GC).
A GC since 1990, Faure led existential change at:
EY Global: GC through $60Bn Lehman collapse and Madoff fraud
Tyco International: turnaround team after the Kozlowski scandal almost led to an Enron-style collapse.
Dell EMEA: ‘Dellionaire’ rocket-ride from No.7 to No.1 worldwide.
Apple EMEA: from loss-making spiral to Steve Jobs
Steering committee and speakers
The senior in-house counsel already joining our core advisory group to refine our programme and speak at the event include:
Rosemary Martin – Vodafone
Richard Price – Anglo American
Maaike de Bie – easyJet
Matt Wilson – Uber
Simon Croxford – UBS
Mel Rowlands – Smiths Group
Mark Maurice-Jones – Nestlé
Jeremy Barton – KPMG UK
Elizabeth Messud – Kingfisher
Sonya Rogerson – Bank of China (UK)
Dan Toner – Spire
Rushad Abadan – Standard Life Aberdeen
Hannah Hullah – John Lewis
Mark Gregory – Rolls-Royce
Catherine Johnson – London Stock Exchange
Ruwan De Soyza – Halma
Rob Booth – The Crown Estate
Justine Campbell – Centrica
Laila Coffey – SSQ
Trevor Faure – Smarter Law Solutions
The best of Enterprise GC
GC Summit Nigeria 2021 Tue 2 Nov 2021 | , Nigeria
Venue: The Wheatbaker Lagos, 4 Onitolo Road (Old Lawrence Rd), Ikoyi, Lagos
The Legal 500 GC Summit China: Beijing 2021 Thu 14 Oct 2021 | , China
The role of general counsel and senior in-house legal advisors is constantly evolving to meet the rapidly changing demands of organisations in today’s business world. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day legal challenges affecting the business and managing legal staff, counsel are expected to diversify their service offering in order to overcome a growing list of commercial challenges. Whether it is managing internal investigations, defending their company in cross-border disputes or adapting to the shifting trends in Technology or M&A, following the global pandemic, the required skillset of the profession is developing at an exponential rate.
GC Summit China: Beijing 2021 invites the most esteemed in-house counsel from the country’s most prolific companies to discuss their changing roles as in-house leaders and the challenges, issues and opportunities they are facing in 2021 and beyond. Between comprehensive panel discussions and the opportunity to meet and engage with fellow in-house counsel, GC Summit China promises to be a practical, forward-looking event bringing together the region’s top legal minds.
GC Summit China: Beijing 2021
9.30am Breakfast and Registration
10.00am Welcome address from Bei Zhou, China Editor, The Legal 500; Dajin Li, Partner, East & Concord Partners; and GC Keynote speaker.
10.15am Panel Discussion One
11.15am Coffee Break
11.30am Ignite Session – Legal 500 Lightning Talks
12.30pm Lunch and Networking
1.30pm Panel Discussion Two
2.30pm Panel Discussion Three
3.30pm Coffee Break
3.40pm Fireside Chat – Interview With
4.00pm Ask Me Anything Panel Discussion, followed by closing notes from Bei Zhou, China Editor, The Legal 500
5.00pm Cocktail Reception
Bei Zhou, China Editor, The Legal 500
Bei Zhou heads up The Legal 500’s editorial team for China and works closely with general counsel, law firms and market experts to develop thought-leadership publications, events and online content. Bei has researched China’s legal market for over 7seven years, compiling the research for The Legal 500’s annual Asia Pacific guide. Prior to joining The Legal 500 in 2013, Bei Zhou graduated with a Masters in Radio Production from Bournemouth University and prior to that a BA in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths, University of London.
Dajin Li, Partner, East & Concord Partners
Since his legal practice from 1982, Li has been a legal counsel for hundreds of enterprises, public institutions and government agencies. He has taken thousands of legal cases, accumulating extensive experience and enjoying high reputation in industry as a senior lawyer. Li specialises in the litigation and arbitration of intellectual property, right of reputation, international trade, civil and commercial disputes, and investment projects. He provides regular legal advice and special legal services for big state-owned enterprises, government agencies and multinational companies.
Zhang Liguo, Chief Partner, Grandway Law Offices
Attorney Zhang Liguo is the chief partner of Beijing Guofeng Law Firm and a well-known legal expert in the field of Chinese securities and capital markets. He has served as a member of the 7th Listing Committee of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, a member of the 1st Listing Advisory Committee of the Shanghai Stock Exchange, and Shanghai Securities Member of the Review Committee of the Fourth Board of the Exchange, currently a member of the Stock Listing Committee of the First Science and Technology Innovation Board of the Shanghai Stock Exchange, an expert consultant of the Asset Securitization Professional Committee of the China Securities Investment Fund Association, and a member of the National Science and Technology Achievement Transformation Guidance Fund Council , Supervisor of the 11th Beijing Lawyers Association Board of Supervisors, Chairman of the Supervisory Committee of Beijing Dongcheng District Lawyers Association, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of the Beijing Dongcheng District Lawyers Committee of the Communist Party of China, and Director of the Beijing Legal Aid Foundation.
Jiang Ruiming, Managing Partner, Grandway Law Offices
Mr Ruiming Jiang is proficient in securities issuance, company restructuring and establishment, acquisition and merger, asset reorganisation, investment and financing, etc. During his career, Mr Jiang has provided legal services for dozens of corporations on matters related to this and he is trusted deeply by customers and other cooperative agencies.
Mr Ruiming Jiang is the executive partner of Grandway Law Offices. He is also the core member of China Galaxy Securities Co, Ltd and Donghai Securities Co, Ltd, part-time professor of the Business School in University of International Business and Economics, and independent director of Beijing Capital International Airport Co Ltd and other companies. Mr Jiang used to be the member of the 10th and 11th Issuance Examination Commission of the China Securities Regulatory Commission and has rich practical experience on it.
Cui Qiang, Partner, Commerce & Finance Law Offices
Mr Cui practices disputes with special focus on contentious matters regarding equity investment, commercial real estate, construction, international trade and transport, IP and competition, and asset management, etc. Mr Cui has represented numerous financial institutions, MNCs, Chinese SOEs in over 400 proceedings before Chinese courts of various levels and arbitral tribunals at CIETAC, BAC/BIAC, SHIAC, HKIAC and other arbitration institutions.
GC Summit Spain 2021 Tue 5 Oct 2021 | , Spain
Venue: The Westin Palace, Plaza de las Cortes, 7, 28014 Madrid, Spain
The Legal 500 invites the best in-house counsel and GCs from some of Spain’s most prominent companies to the GC Summit Spain.
Through comprehensive panel discussions, Q&A sessions and the opportunity to meet and engage with fellow in-house and private practice legal luminaries, attendees will be able to hone their understanding of some of the major issues affecting them and the profession as a whole, and discuss these with their contemporaries. Put simply, the GC Summit Spain promises not only to be interesting and insightful, but also an event that will provide practical, tangible benefits to attendees.
The day’s panel discussions will see topics addressed and dissected by legal experts across four panels. Firstly, trademark and anti-counterfeiting efforts will be analysed, before the already-present but ever-growing challenge of cyber security will be unpacked. After this, collective actions and related recovery efforts will receive the attentions of an extremely well-qualified panel. The final panel is still to be confirmed, but also promises to be an engaging and insightful discussion.
These panels are specifically designed to give the audience the right knowledge to handle the challenges and opportunities presented by the corporate legal sector with the best legal strategies designed by experts of the most successful companies in the country.
GC Summit Spain
Registration and light lunch
Best practice benchmarks for trademarks andSafeguarding the intellectual property of their businesses is the foremost concern for many in-house counsel, particularly those at consumer goods companies with strong – and often-pirated – brands. The only way to ensure a successful response to these threats is through enacting a proactive strategy underpinned by robust internal processes. This panel will examine how to go about organizing in-house legal functions to protect their companies’ trademarked goods and intellectual property in the most effective way.
There is scarcely a business functioning that does not consider cyber security threats to be a major concern. For large corporate entities, who often hold vast amounts of customer data on record, the risks are correspondingly larger and will undoubtedly assume greater importance for in-house legal operators as time goes on. How to best approach cyber security issues will be a matter for each individual company as best practices are honed over time, but this expert panel use their vast experience to analyse some of the major considerations for in-house counsel looking to safeguard their companies.
Collective actions: maximising recovery opportunities
Collective actions can cause major losses to a company if the issue is not foreseen or mitigated against, or if recovery efforts are unsuccessful. Despite this, many in-house counsel are unfamiliar with these procedures and run the risk of failing to protect their companies when such a threat develops. This panel will provide practical insight into this less-understood aspect of corporate safeguarding.
This panel will outline effective dispute resolution mechanisms, providing insight on a number of perennial questions for in-house counsel faced with a dispute process: Court or Arbitration? When and how to get management and commercial teams on board, and when to seek the advice of external counsel? All these questions and more will be the focus of this expert panel discussion.
Drinks and canapes
David R Scott, Managing partner, Scott & Scott
Vicente Marot, Partner, Andersen Tax & Legal
María González Gordon, IP & Digital Business Partner, CMS
GC Summit Colombia 2021 Tue 21 Sep 2021 | , Colombia
Venue: JW Marriott Hotel Bogota, Calle 73 Nr 8-60, Bogota
The Colombian business sector demands greater participation of the industry in the international arena.
Local companies seek to prepare themselves to strengthen their internal legal departments and respond quickly to the business opportunities offered by many countries around the world.
Issues such as, effective compliance programs, international compliance strategies, such as following the recommendations of international entities such as the OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) of the United States among others are part of the issues that will be addressed by legal experts in four discussion panels. Thee panels are specifically designed to allow the audience to learn how to face the challenges and opportunities presented by the corporate business sector with the best legal strategies designed by experts of the most successful companies in the country.
The Legal 500’s GC Summit Colombia invites the best in-house counsels and the GCs from Colombia’s most prominent companies to discuss their changing roles as in-house leaders and the challenges, issues and opportunities they are facing. Between comprehensive panel discussions and the opportunity to meet and engage with fellow in-house counsel, GC Summit Colombia promises to be a practical and forward-looking event, bringing together the country’s top legal minds.
GC Summit Colombia 2021
Registration and breakfast
New challenges in dispute resolution in Colombia
This panel will consider the impact of the internationalization of arbitration and litigation upon Colombian companies. The business sector urgently requires the implementation of best practices that will allow companies to ensure they are protected when litigation (and/or arbitration) arises. What then, are the most important preventive strategies for dispute resolution matters today?
In an international context, what measures should companies adopt for the custody of their documents, so as to ensure that privilege is preserved against orders of discovery or production?
What measures should companies adopt in order to preserve information and witnesses for future disputes?
To what extent should different divisions of a company interact with each other and with their in-house counsel in matters that could potentially lead to a dispute (e.g. accounting, human resources, marketing, and advertising)?
To what extent do companies benefit from “forum shopping” or arbitration as a means to resolve the problem of multiple fora in international contracts?
Recent trends in tax litigation.
Strategies to ensure a more solid/defensible tax case
Juan Carlos Valencia, Partner, Holland & Knight (moderator)Catalina Robledo, General Counsel, Distribuidora Nissan – Grupo Vardí
David Quiroz, Director of Law Department, Johnson & Johnson
Alberto Zuleta, Partner, Holland & Knight
Paula Andrea Loaiza Salazar, Senior Legal Advisor, Colombian Society of Anaesthesiology and Resuscitation
International Compliance Programs: What factors should be considered by your legal department to have an effective compliance strategy and avoid penalties?
The United States remains one of Colombia’s most important business partners. As Colombian companies continue to seek investment, export their products, acquire or merge their companies and form alliances with their counterparts in North America, this panel will examine the growing role of the US Treasury’s the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”). What are the most important factors that legal advisors and internal attorneys should consider in order for their compliance programs to be aligned with OFAC requirements and how does this legislation differ from domestic regulatory/compliance requirements?
What are OFAC’s recommendations regarding best practice for conducting business in the US (or with people from the US / using goods or services originated in the US, etc.)
What recommendations should be taken into account for the design, implementation and periodic updating of OFAC Sanctions Compliance Programs?
What are the circumstances that frequently lead to the failure of these compliance programs in companies and how internal lawyers can prevent their companies from being victims of international sanctions?
What is the impact –at both the operational and reputational levels– of enduring a sanctioning process by OFAC; what procedure must be followed by internal lawyers to overcome problems?
Marcela Blanco Partner, Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance (moderator)Leandro Alarcon, Compliance Director, Grupo Sura
Paola Ximena Molina, In-house Legal Director/Corporate Compliance, Almacenes Flamingo S.A.
Hector A. Garcia Corredor, Head of Legal & Compliance Country Group Andean, Bayer S.A.
Antitrust and unfair competition: risks and opportunities for companies operating in Colombia
Since 2010, Colombian laws protecting the domestic markets against unfair competition have been applied across the board to all private and foreign companies operating in the country. These companies seek to prepare to face the risks that arise in terms of competitiveness.
These experts in international markets will discuss the new legal frameworks that apply to unfair competition and the influence that these legal structures have on the digital era. Panellists will give their professional opinion on the response mechanisms created to safeguard the free market and explore how legal counsel, In-house lawyers and general counsel can adopt these new controls successfully and how they can blend disruptive technologies into their work more effectively to protect their company’s interests.
Navigating the intersection between competition protection rules, consumer protection and public procurement.
Discover the best strategies for risk mitigation and how to implement them in your operations to guarantee access to fair and equal conditions in national and international markets.
Find out how legal counsel adopts competitive market strategies and standards in their companies to benefit their employees, the products and services in the local and international market
Enrique Alvarez Posada, Partner Lloreda Camacho (moderator)Juan Pablo Restrepo Echavarría, Chief Counsel, Andean, Pacific and Central American markets, Mondelez International
Andrés Barreto González, Superintendent of Industry and Commerce, Republic of Colombia
Maria Ibañez Castillo, Secretary & Vice President – Legal, Grupo Bolivar SA
Daniel Sarmiento, La Alqueria
Beyond IT experts: What is the role of the in-house counsel in the preparation and response to a cybersecurity incident?
Cyber-risk is now regarded as a “top-3” threat to business organizations and government institutions alike. As the uptake of technology grows exponentially, so does exposure to cyber risks, and recent years have seen the incidence of cyber-attacks. While enterprises are arguably becoming better prepared to face a cybersecurity incident from an IT perspective, can the same be said of the legal side? This panel will discuss the potential consequences (legal, reputational, etc.) that can arise from a cybersecurity incident and the role that in-house counsel should play in both preventative policy design and implementation as well as post-incident response, among others.
What are the legal obligations related to cybersecurity incident and what consequences may ensue?
What are the parameters required to factor cyber risk into corporate decision making and other processes.
What is the appropriate role for the internal lawyer as regards preventative policy implementation, governance, and responding to a cybersecurity breach?
Prioritization in conducting cyber risk assessment
Sergio Michelsen Jaramillo, Partner, Brigard Urrutia (moderator)Sebastián Ocampo Valencia, Innovation, Legal Transformation and Compliance Manager, Bancolombia
Elizabeth Hincapié, LL.M. Senior Legal Counsel, LEICA
Germán Bacca Medina, General Counsel – Middle Americas, Unilever
Networking lunch with drinks, canapes and live entertainment
Enrique Alvarez Posada, Partner, Lioreda Camacho & Co
Enrique has been a partner at Lloreda Camacho and Co since 2001. He is the Director of the Competition Law, Consumer Protection, and Labor and Migration Affairs Law Departments. Enrique co-directs the Corporate Law Department. He has more than 20 years of experience in corporate law, competition, foreign investment, labour law, mergers and acquisitions, privatizations, joint ventures, y regulatory affairs. He has represented local and international companies in abuse of dominant position and complex dispute resolutions involving unfair and monopolistic competition before the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce. Enrique has a law degree from the Universidad de Los Andes and a graduate degree in Labor Law from the Universidad Bolivariana. He was awarded a scholarship in active labour policies from the International Labour Organization (ILO – United Nations) in Geneva, Switzerland.
Juan Carlos Valencia, Partner, Holland & Knight
Juan Carlos Valencia Marquez is a partner in the Bogotá office of Holland & Knight. Juan Carlos has practised for more than 20 years with an emphasis in tax law, tax controversies, litigation, corporate structuring issues, compliance and global contracts. He has successfully defended clients against several assessments by DIAN and various Colombian municipalities in the $10-100 million range. Juan Carlos has successfully challenged cases before the Consejo de Estado for some decrees relative to tax matters as well as some official tax opinions. He is an active participant in the legislative and rule-making process in Colombia concerning tax issues. Juan Carlos served as general counsel for Arcos Dorados (McDonald’s master franchisee for Latin America), corporate tax director for Coca-Cola Femsa S.A. de C.V. and Panamerican Beverages, Inc. (Coca-Cola Company anchor bottler for Latin America). Among his other responsibilities in these positions was a focus on structuring investments in Colombia and other Latin American jurisdictions, including issues related to transfer pricing.
Juan Pablo Restrepo Echavarría, Chief Counsel, Andean, Pacific and Central American Markets, Modelez International
Marcela Blanco, Partner, Diaz Reus
Marcela Blanco is an international attorney, licensed to practice in both the U.S. and Colombia, Marcela Cristina Blanco is knowledgeable and experienced in international business transactions and cross-border disputes. Ms Blanco counsels corporate clients in governance, entity formation, and relevant local and international jurisdictional regulations and heads the Diaz Reus Bogotá office. She is also a skilled adviser and negotiator in international contract disputes and represents Diaz Reus clients in foreign and domestic litigation and arbitration in Colombia and the U.S.
For the past three years, she has co-authored the chapter on Business Crime in Colombia for The International Comparative Legal Guide to Business Crime; published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London.
Sergio Michelsen Jaramillo, Partner, Brigard Urrutia
Member of Brigard Urrutia since 1992 and partner since 1994. With more than 30 years of experience. Sergio Michelsen advises leading local and foreign companies and private equity funds in complex corporate transactions as well as telecommunications, media and technology matters. He also advises prominent families in connection with their private wealth. He has been recognized internationally as one of Colombia’s leading M&A and TMT practitioners. Among his most prominent transactions is the advice for SABMiller in the acquisition through a merger of Bavaria SA, the second largest brewer in South America for US$7.8 billion, advising Millicom International in its merger with UNE-EPM (valued at US$4,348 billion) and acting for the French retailer Casino in the sale of a controlling stake in GPA in Brazil and Libertad in Argentina (US$ 1.8 billion).
Mr. Michelsen received his JD from the Andes University and holds a Master’s degree in Commercial Law from University of Paris II, France. He also did an intensive course in Project Finance at the Euromoney Institute in New York and several negotiation and management courses at Harvard University. He has also been a professor and frequent lecturer in the national and international realm.
Alberto Zuleta, Partner, Holland & Knight
Alberto Zuleta is a partner is the Bogotá office of Holland & Knight and leader of the local dispute resolution practice. He focuses on domestic and international arbitration and litigation, as well as competition and antitrust matters. Mr. Zuleta has more than two decades of dispute resolution experience, including proceedings before Colombian courts at all levels. His extensive record of accomplishment in arbitration includes domestic and cross-border proceedings under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) and the different arbitration centres in Colombia. In addition, Mr. Zuleta handles antitrust investigations and litigation proceedings before the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (SIC), matters regarding unfair trade practices and premerger reviews. Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Zuleta served as the head of a major Colombian firm’s litigation and arbitration department. Mr. Zuleta received his law degree from Universidad de los Andes and has a Master in Laws from Harvard Law School.
Catalina Robledo, General Counsel, Distribuidora Nissan – Grupo Vardí
Catalina Robledo is a corporate Lawyer (LLM – Master of Laws) with knowledge of the private and public sector. Extensive experience as General Counsel of economic groups, handling Corporate Governance, Compliance and Habeas Data; negotiation, preparation and revision of national and international agreements, and M&A operations. Catalina has in-depth knowledge of consumer regulation, anti-trust, intellectual property and corporations and high skills in planning, negotiation and execution of interdisciplinary projects. Speaker in the Chamber of Commerce and CESA University on Corporate Governance issues and she is a member of the Women Corporate Directors association. Catalina has been recognized by The Legal 500, as one of the most influential and innovative General Counsels and in-house legal teams in the country. Also, she has acted as a General Secretary in several boards for over ten years.
Elizabeth Hincapié, LL.M. Senior Legal Counsel, LEICA
Elizabeth Hincapié is a lawyer admitted to the bar in three jurisdictions, namely: Germany, Spain and Colombia. Currently, she is the senior legal counsel for the Leica Camera Group. The group is an internationally operating, premium-segment manufacturer of high-end cameras and lenses as well as of sport optics products. Elizabeth looks after all distribution, competition and anti-trust matters within the Leica Group. She represents the group for the settlement of disputes, in particular, related to the selective distribution system and associated with Leica TM. Elizabeth has vast experience in brand and intellectual property protection, in particular about their enforcement in front of European courts. Elizabeth tasks also include the legal assessment of commercial risks associated with export control regulations and the impact of sanctions on existing business relations. Elizabeth is also a thriving legal tech within legal departments by implementing document management systems, service desks, etc. while ensuring compliance with data protection regulations, in particular during arbitration proceedings. Her truly international background and work experiences, as well as her language skills, allows her to give comprehensive legal support and led to her inclusion in the GC Powerlist Germany in 2019.
Germán Bacca Medina, General Counsel – Middle Americas, Unilever
Germán is a law graduate from Externado de Colombia University; he has a postgraduate degree in Financial and Capital Markets law from the same University. He holds an LLM in Communications and Competition Law from Queen Mary & Westfield College, London and a postgraduate degree in Economic Analysis on Antitrust from King´s College, London. He worked as a senior associate for Antitrust and Consumer Protection at Phillipi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría in Bogotá. In the public sector he served as an advisor to the Superintendent of Industry and Commerce; Deputy Superintendent for Competition; Deputy Superintendent for Data Privacy and Commissioner of the Communications Regulation Commission. Currently, he works as General Counsel of Middle Americas at Unilever.
As academic he is a lecturer of Competition Law, Communications Law and Data Privacy at Externado, Javeriana, Andes and Sabana Universities.
Hector A. Garcia Corredor, Head of Legal & Compliance Country Group Andean, Bayer S.A.
Hector Garcia Corredor is a lawyer graduated from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in Caracas, Venezuela with a Master in International Business from Universidad Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. Hector worked in the Venezuelan law firm Lega (formerly Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque) for almost seven years and had the opportunity to work in the Florida-based law firm Greenberg Traurig as a foreign associate in 2008. In 2009 he joined the Venezuelan pharma company Laboratorios Vargas to set up its legal department as Legal Manager. In 2011, Hector joined Bayer in Venezuela to also set up its legal and compliance department as Head of Legal & Compliance. In 2015, Hector moved to Bogota, Colombia to be the Head of Legal and Compliance for the Andean Region (Colombia, Venezuela, Peru and Ecuador), a position held by Hector until January 2020. Currently, he is the “Project Lead of the Legal Express LATAM”, from which most of the Compliance issues will get handled, and all the compliance investigations will be performing for LATAM.
Leandro Alarcon, Compliance Director, Grupo Sura
Leandro Alarcon is a graduate lawyer at the University of Antioquia. He is a specialist in Financial and Stock Market Law of the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Law at the same University. In his ten years of professional career, Leandro has worked in the Legal, Risk and Compliance areas of Bancolombia and Proteccion S.A. and currently hold the position of Director of Compliance at Grupo Sura.
Paola Ximena Molina, In-house Legal Director/Corporate Compliance, Almacenes Flamingo S.A.
Paola Ximena is a lawyer from EAFIT University (Medellín, Colombia 2008), with Master`s Degree in International Law from Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía – ISDE (Madrid, Spain 2009), and Master`s Degree in Corporate Compliance from EIS-Economist & Jurist Innovative School (Madrid, Spain 2019). With over ten years of experience acting as Legal Counsel in companies from the real sector, Paola has extensive knowledge in commercial, corporate, and consumer law. She has advised such industries in the implementation of financing schemes, as well as risk management systems related to money laundry, protection personal data, code of ethics, among others.
Sebastián Ocampo Valencia, Head of Legal and Compliance Innovation and Digital Transformation, Grupo Bancolombia
Sebastián Ocampo Valencia is a lawyer and political scientist with experience in public bidding processes, private negotiation and the financing of infrastructure projects in the road, urban transportation, port, airport and energy sectors. He has interdisciplinary understanding of the relevant economic and financial contexts of corporate transactions. Recent experience includes: investment banking, debt and equity capital markets, derivatives, financial regulation, fintech and legal innovation. He leads Grupo Bancolombia’s legal and
c ompliance department, transformation and counsels the bank’s innovation initiatives.