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Marc S. Firestone|
President, External Affairs and General Counsel
Philip Morris International (USA)
Mr. Firestone became President, External Affairs and General Counsel in January 2018. Mr. Firestone held positions from 1988 to 2003 in the law departments of Philip Morris Companies Inc. and Philip Morris International Inc. Mr. Firestone is cofounder and chairman of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession; adjunct professor of law at New York Law School; a frequent speaker on international antitrust law, diversity, and in-house legal practice; and a recipient of the Director’s Roundtable Distinguished General Counsel award. From 2012 until his current appointment, Mr. Firestone served as PMI’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Mr. Firestone was previously Executive Vice President, Corporate and Legal Affairs and General Counsel of Kraft Foods Inc., where he served since 2003. Mr. Firestone began his legal career as an attorney at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. He received a BA, magna cum laude, in romance languages and philosophy from Washington & Lee University and a JD, magna cum laude, from Tulane University School of Law.
Director of Legal, APAC
Jenni leads Google’s legal team for the Asia Pacific region and is based at Google’s regional hub in Singapore. She is an Australian lawyer with degrees in Law and Commerce (Finance) from the University of NSW, and has been practising for 25 years in a number of countries including Australia, Japan, UK and Singapore.
Jenni began her legal career in private practice at Mallesons Stephens Jaques as a solicitor in the Intellectual Property and Technology practice area in Sydney. She was then drawn to in-house work in unique and cutting edge fields. She first joined the organising committee for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games where she provided counsel on all facets of the 4 year project from the planning, multi-million dollar procurement and sponsorship arrangements, through to the windup of the organisation after a successful Games.
Subsequently, she moved to London to lead the commercial and consumer legal teams for Hutchison Whampoa in the launch of its 3G network and mobile services in UK and Ireland. Jenni has now been at Google for the past 10 years where she advises Google’s senior management on regional legal issues and strategies for its products and business, and oversees the legal management for Google’s product operations, partnerships, contentious and regulatory matters throughout Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
The Hon. Mark Speakman SC, MP|
Attorney General NSW
Mark Speakman was born in Sydney and grew up in the Cronulla area in Sydney’s south, where he still lives today.
He attended Caringbah High School before graduating in law and economics from the University of Sydney. Mark then gained his Master of Law from the University of Cambridge.
Mark was a solicitor and subsequently a partner at law firm Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst) between 1983 and 1991.
He was admitted to the NSW Bar in 1991 and appointed Senior Counsel in 2004.
Mark was elected as the Member for Cronulla at the March 2011 state election.
In 2013 he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Tertiary Education and Skills, before becoming Parliamentary Secretary for Treasury in 2014.
After his re-election at the 2015 state election, Mark was appointed Minister for the Environment and Minister for Heritage.
In January 2017, Mark was appointed NSW Attorney General.
The Hon. Margaret Stone|
Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security
Margaret Stone was appointed as the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS) in August 2015. She is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and holds degrees from the University of Sydney, the Australian National University and Yale University in the United States. Her career has included 15 years as an academic at the University of New South Wales where she is now a visiting Professorial Fellow. She served from 1991 to 2000 as a consultant and partner in the commercial law firm, Freehill Hollingdale & Page (now Herbert Smith Freehills), and from 2000 to 2012 as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia. Between December 2012 and August 2015 she was Australia’s first Independent Reviewer of ASIO’s Adverse Security Assessments. Under the Inspector-General of Security and Intelligence Act 1986 her primary responsibility is to review the activities of Australia’s six intelligence agencies with respect to their legality, propriety and appropriate regard for human rights.
The Hon. Mark Dreyfus QC, MP|
Mark was elected to parliament in 2007 as the Member for Isaacs. He studied Arts and Law at the University of Melbourne.
A former Director of the Law Council of Australia, Mark served on the Victorian Bar Ethics Committee and Victorian Bar Council. In 1999 he was appointed as a Queen’s Counsel.
Mark is a strong advocate for social justice and believes in creating a sustainable environment for our future generations.
During his time in the law, Mark worked with Australia’s Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory and was involved in the landmark Stolen Generations case before the High Court.
In February 2013 Mark was sworn in as Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management and in March 2013 took on the additional responsibilities of Minister for the Public Service and Integrity and Special Minister of State.
On his appointment as Attorney-General, Mark said:
“I believe our laws should provide a framework that allows us to protect and care for all Australians, including our elderly, our sick, our injured, our workers, our new arrivals, our indigenous people, our young and our outspoken writers, artists and journalists, reflecting our national values of fairness and equality of opportunity.”
Mark is proud of his achievements in government and opposition which include seeing off the Abbott and Turnbull governments’ proposed weakening of the race hate protections in section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, strengthening whistleblower protections, and amending the Sex Discrimination Act to ensure intersex people are officially recognised.
In July 2013 Mark led Australia’s winning case against Japan’s whaling regime at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
Mark and his wife Deborah have three children.
Mark is the son of a composer and a teacher. His father came to Australia as a refugee from Germany at the age of eleven having fled from the Nazi regime.
Mark is a passionate but long-suffering member of the St Kilda Football club and enjoys cycling, swimming and spending time with his family.
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Michael is the General Counsel & Company Secretary for Nestlé Australia, leading a 12 strong legal team to deliver high quality legal services across Nestlé Oceania. Michael is also the head of the Nestlé Oceania Compliance Committee, and the WHO Code Ombudsperson for the region.
Michael was previously M&A Counsel for Nestlé at its Global Headquarters in Switzerland in the Mergers and Acquisitions Competence Centre, leading teams for Nestlé in M&A transactions globally. Prior to this role Michael was Senior Corporate Counsel for Nestlé Australia and before moving in-house Michael was Senior Associate with law firm K&L Gates in its corporate and commercial team.
Michael has extensive experience in FMCG (across the entire supply chain – retail, distribution and manufacturing), having worked with both internal and external clients across all operational aspects. Michael is recognised as an effective communicator and business advisor, working with a strategic and commercial approach to provide clear and pragmatic legal advice and leadership.
Vice President Legal Regulatory and Disputes
Santiago joined BHP in April 2011 as Senior Manager of the then “Base Metals” Business Unit in Chile. In 2014, he was appointed Vice President Legal Copper (today Minerals America) where he had accountability for all legal matters impacting BHP’s Global Copper Business. After the Samarco dam failure in November 2015, Santiago moved to Brazil to lead BHP’s legal response. This role involved a wide range of legal and social licence issues, including civil and criminal litigation, and negotiations with local communities, the Brazilian government and public prosecutors. Earlier this year, Santiago and his family relocated to Melbourne where he assumed the role of Vice President Regulatory and Disputes.
Prior to joining BHP, Santiago was the director of the Centre of Regulation and Competition at Universidad de Chile Law School, where he provided consultancy and legal research services and advice to a number of public and private bodies on issues concerning energy law, competition law and policy, economic regulation, and administrative law. He commenced his career at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York, and at Montt y Cia in Chile, focussing on litigation, international and domestic arbitration, and regulatory matters. Santiago holds an LLB from Universidad de Chile, a LLM and JSD from Yale University, and a MPP from Princeton University. He is the author of “State Liability in Investment Treaty Arbitration” (Hart, Oxford, 2009), and “The Public Domain” (LexisNexis, Santiago, 2002).
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Nine Entertainment Co.
Rachel is general counsel and company secretary at Nine Entertainment Co. Holdings Limited, leading a team which manages the diverse array of legal issues which arise across a media business. Prior to joining Nine Entertainment Co. in 2015, Rachel was a partner at Gilbert + Tobin for many years where she specialised in mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and commercial transactions.
Rachel is a non-executive director of Gateway Lifestyle Group, an ASX200 listed entity which provides affordable housing solutions for a 50+ aged market. She is also a director and company secretary of Giant Steps, a charity which runs schools for children and young adults with autism in Sydney and Melbourne.
Chief Legal & Risk Officer
Dayna joined the Virgin Australia Group (formerly Virgin Blue) in 2007 and in her current role as Chief Legal and Risk Officer, Dayna is responsible for enhancing and protecting organisation value by providing legal and advisory services to the domestic and international operations of Virgin Australia, Tigerair, Virgin Australia Cargo and loyalty program Velocity. Dayna leads the Group’s Legal, Workplace Relations, Internal Audit Risk and Compliance, Corporate Governance and Sustainability teams.
Virgin Australia’s Legal and Workplace Relations teams provide a full range of in-house legal services advising on matters such as acquisitions and disposals, restructures, joint ventures, regulatory compliance, competition and consumer law, employment law, commercial contracts, property and leasing, discrimination law, IP and trademarks, finance and litigation as well as delivering a comprehensive legal training program to the Group. The function operates as trusted advisors to senior management and are key stakeholders in delivering strategic outcomes.
Dayna was previously a corporate lawyer at international law firm Allens Linklaters.
Vice President & General Counsel, Australia & New Zealand
Ryan is the Vice-President & General Counsel of American Express Australia and New Zealand. Ryan trained in private practice in Brisbane before moving to London where he worked at Clifford Chance before taking his first In-house role at ABN AMRO Bank (now Royal Bank of Scotland). Ryan returned to Australia in 2008 and had roles at Babcock & Brown and then AIMS Financial Group where he was the Head of Legal & Compliance before starting with American Express’s Sydney office in November 2010. Ryan has been in his current role since April 2016 and leads a team of 14 lawyers.
Vice President of Legal & Corporate Affairs, APAC South Zone
Carlton & United Breweries (AB InBev)
Craig Katerberg leads the Legal and Corporate Affairs team for the Asia-Pacific South Zone of AB InBev. He has served in that role since November 2016 and previously led the AB InBev Compliance team for Asia. He was originally recruited in 2012 to join AB InBev as the Global Legal Director, M&A and has since been based in New York, Shanghai and Melbourne.
Craig previously worked at law firms in New York, Sao Paulo and Lima, Peru. He worked for the City of New York during the Bloomberg administration and has been actively involved with several non-profit boards. He holds a JD from Northwestern University School of Law and a BA from the University of Chicago.
Director Corporate Services & Chief General Counsel
Fortescue Metals Group
Mr Peter Huston joined Fortescue in 2005 and has over 20 years’ experience in legal and advisory roles. Prior to joining Fortescue, Mr Huston spent 12 years as a Partner of the laws firm now known as Norton Rose Fulbright. He then spent over a decade in “Activism Private Equity” as the Executive Director at Troika Securities Limited. Mr Huston is a well regarded corporate lawyer in Perth.
Mr Huston is admitted as a Solicitor and Barrister of the Supreme Court of Western Australia, the Federal and High Court of Australia and has a Bachelor of Jurisprudence, Bachelor of Laws (with Honours), Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Laws.
Group General Counsel
Betty joined CCA as Group General Counsel in April 2016, as a member of the executive, leading the legal and company secretariat teams across CCA’s markets and operations.
Prior to joining CCA, Betty was the Group General Counsel and Company Secretary for GrainCorp Limited from 2008, and built the first legal and compliance team for the company, leading them through a period of vast growth and diversity, spanning many geographies.
Betty previously held internal corporate counsel positions with companies including CSR Limited, Walter Constructions and Sinclair Knight Merz.
Betty is an active member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and Australian Corporate Counsel (ACC).
Defence General Counsel
Department of Defence
Adrian D’Amico is the Defence General Counsel (DGC). Adrian has responsibility for the provision of high quality, strategic, legal advice on a broad range of issues within Defence including the provision of legal advice on complex and sensitive matters referred by Head Defence Legal, senior management within Defence and the Minister. Adrian is also responsible for the development, co-ordination and maintenance of the Defence legislation program.
Adrian’s family moved to Canberra in the late 1960s. He completed a BEC/LLB (Hons) in 1988 at the Australian National University before joining private practice. Adrian spent 23 years in private practice, where he was a partner in two of Australia’s major private firms, Phillips Fox and Norton Rose. Adrian joined the Department of Defence in August 2012.
In his time in private practice, Adrian acted for a number of private and government clients. Adrian’s private practice experience was broad based, acting in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Adrian is a strong proponent of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Through the use of ADR he has resolved a number of complex high profile disputes. In 2009 Adrian was awarded a CDF Commendation in successfully remediating a disputed Defence logistics contract.
Adrian has two children, Dorothea and Dorian. Outside of work, he enjoys travelling, fishing, cinema, the outdoors and coaching his children’s soccer teams.
Australian Federal Police
Samantha is the acting Chief Counsel of the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Samantha joined the AFP in February 2016, previously working as General Counsel at the Commonwealth Department of Human Services and before that as a Senior Associate at Clayton Utz lawyers.
The AFP’s role is to enforce Commonwealth criminal law, to combat complex, transnational, serious and organised crime impacting Australia’s national security and to protect Commonwealth interests from criminal activity in Australia and overseas.
The AFP also has responsibility for providing policing services to the Australian Capital Territory and Australia’s territories, including Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Norfolk Island and Jervis Bay.
The AFP works closely with a range of other law enforcement and government agencies at state, territory, Commonwealth and international levels, enhancing safety and providing a secure regional and global environment.
Samantha leads the AFP’s Chief Counsel Portfolio, which comprises two legal branches. AFP Legal provides legal advice to the senior executive and AFP appointees in relation to operational activities and counter terrorism and also advises on commercial, administrative and employment law matters. The Criminal Assets Litigation Branch undertakes proceeds of crime litigation in accordance with the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cth).
Group General Counsel and Company Secretary
Chris joined IAG in May 2011 as Group General Counsel & Company Secretary where he has overall responsibility for the legal function and secretariat across IAG. Chris has more than 25 years’ experience in commercial law. He sits on IAG’s Group Leadership Team and works closely with the IAG Board, Group Leadership Team, Business Divisions and external stakeholders on strategy development and execution, including all material transactions, opportunities and regulatory matters. During his time at IAG Chris has contributed to broader strategy development and implementation, including policy formation on conduct and ethics, advice on governance and conduct issues, chairing IAG’s Reconciliation Committee, establishing and participating in IAG’s Ethics Committee and the preparation and adoption by IAG of its first Reconciliation Plan. Chris has been involved in numerous significant transactions, including:
the acquisition by IAG of the Wesfarmers Insurance Division;
various joint venture arrangements in Australia and Asia;
the sale by IAG of its UK insurance business; and
numerous equity and capital management actions, including capital raisings, share buy-backs and
Prior to joining IAG, Chris was Group General Counsel & Company Secretary at CSR Limited, a position he held since 2007. Chris joined CSR as a corporate lawyer in 1993 and was appointed Group General Counsel and Manager, Legal Department, in 2003.
During his time at CSR, Chris advised the board and took management oversight of numerous successful corporate transactions and capital management initiatives, including the demerger of Rinker Materials and the sale of CSR’s sugar business to Wilmar. He also led the negotiation strategy for significant commercial contracts and litigation matters. In his last two years with CSR he was responsible for the management and implementation of CSR’s corporate strategy. Previously, Chris was a partner in the law firm Gadens Lawyers in Sydney. Chris holds a Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Laws, Masters of Laws and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Chaman Sidhu is General Counsel and Company Secretary at Envato Pty Ltd. Based in Melbourne but “born global”, Envato runs an ecosystem of international websites that support the creative professional community – such as digital marketplaces offering images, templates, project files and creative assets, a network of online learning sites, and a services marketplace offering access to creative digital services like logo and web design. The Envato legal team was a winner of a LexisNexis® Legal Innovation Index award in 2015 for its innovative use of “agile” workflow management, MVP approach to legal services and “natural language” online user terms and conditions.
Chaman manages a range of global and cross-border matters including general commercial transactions, intellectual property issues, licensing, user-focussed online terms, and complex regulatory areas. She is an executive leader with a passion for people, culture, and natural language legal communication, and has extensive experience in Australia and the US in e-commerce, internet, digital media, strategic alliances, commercial negotiation, cross-border transactions, special project implementation, intellectual property and publishing.
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Patrick is General Counsel & Company Secretary at Rugby Australia. Patrick’s responsibilities cover a broad range of areas including corporate governance, broadcasting, commercial, integrity, international events and digital media. Prior to joining Rugby Australia in 2015, Patrick was a litigator in New York, practicing both in-house and at a major international firm.
Group General Counsel
Sean is the Group General Counsel of Tabcorp Holdings Limited, having joined in July 2017. As Group General Counsel he leads Tabcorp’s Legal, Regulatory and Company Secretariat functions. Tabcorp is a world-class diversified gambling entertainment group and an ASX50 company with more than 5,000 employees. In December 2017 Tabcorp combined with Tatts Group. Tabcorp now operates the iconic brands Tatts, TAB, NSW Lotteries, Golden Casket, SA Lotteries, Keno, Sky Racing and Sky Sports Radio. Tabcorp also delivers leading gaming services and products through Tabcorp Gaming Solutions, MAX and eBET.
Prior to joining Tabcorp, Sean was Chief Risk and Legal Officer at UniSuper. He has also held executive leadership roles with the Financial Markets Authority in New Zealand (as Chief Executive Officer), the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, National Australia Bank Limited and Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited.
Sean holds a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Law (First) (from the University of Cambridge). He is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is a Non-Executive Advisory Council Member, for Ethical Alliance (a Singapore-based ethics leadership forum).
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Christine is a senior executive at Cricket Australia leading the legal, risk, and integrity teams, and is responsible for advising on corporate governance and advising the Cricket Australia board in her role as General Counsel & Company Secretary. Christine has extensive experience across a range of industries including financial services, energy and manufacturing in both the public and private sectors.
Christine has a long history of involvement in major sporting events, including as General Manager of Legal and Procurement for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 hosted across Australia and New Zealand, and as General Counsel for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.
Christine is passionate about driving increased participation of women and girls in cricket, and Christine’s new big new challenge is helping to bring the ICC Cricket World Cup T20 to Australia in 2020.
Pita Williams has more than 25 years’ experience in the insurance industry in Australia with extensive knowledge in financial services and insurance law.
Pita joined QBE in 2003 following an 11-year tenure at IAG as senior lawyer and then Managing Lawyer. Prior to IAG, she specialised in Intellectual Property and IT in private practice.
As General Counsel, Pita has helped to guide QBE through significant business growth and transformation. Having held responsibility for compliance, financial crime, dispute resolution, technical training and professional indemnity claims, in addition to leading the legal team, Pita has a broad view of issues affecting the insurance industry
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Ms Grace has over 15 years’ legal experience specialising in the property sector. Before joining Stockland in August 2014, Ms Grace was General Counsel and Company Secretary for Westfield Retail Trust. She has extensive experience in corporate, property, debt and capital markets transactions. Prior to this role, Ms Grace was General Counsel and Company Secretary at Valad Property Group. She has previously held positions in legal private practice (where she acted for a variety of corporations and financial institutions in relation to landmark developments across Australia and overseas) and at Multiplex Limited and Pacific Capital Partners.
Group General Counsel and External Relations Director
Libby Davidson was appointed as Lion’s Group General Counsel & External Relations Director in 2015, following her appointment as Group General Counsel in 2014. In this role, Libby leads the Legal External Relations and Nutrition team and is Lion’s Company Secretary and Sustainability Director.
Libby first joined Lion Nathan Limited in 2005, as Deputy General Counsel. Since then, following Kirin’s acquisition of Lion Nathan and the subsequent merger with National Foods, Libby has performed various roles within the Legal External Relations and Nutrition team, including responsibility for Group-wide competition law, mergers & acquisitions, Board governance, trademarks & intellectual property, food regulation & policy and Sustainability. She is a Director on the Board of Bevchain, Lion’s warehousing and distribution JV with Linfox and also sits on the Board of Trustees of Lion’s NZ Employee Benefit Plan. Prior to joining Lion, Libby spent 10 years with PepsiCo and Tricon Restaurants International, in various in-house roles supporting the Pepsico/Tricon businesses in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, UK and Europe.
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Trent Czinner has been General Counsel of VHA since December 2013 and Company Secretary since November 2015.
Trent is responsible for VHA’s legal, company secretarial and corporate security functions and leads a team of expert lawyers and analysts who provide advice on a wide range of legal matters across the business.
Trent has worked as a telecoms and technology lawyer since 1998 when he was employed as Legal Manager for Hutchison Telecoms Australia. He spent the following 13 years working as a senior lawyer for Hutchison Whampoa’s telecoms businesses in Australia and Europe.
From 2011 to 2013, Trent ran the legal function for salesforce.com in Australia and NZ. Trent started his legal career as a litigator.
Group General Counsel & Company Secretary
The Star Entertainment Group
Paula is the Group General Counsel and Company Secretary for The Star Entertainment Group. The Star Entertainment Group is an ASX100 company, with hotel, casino and entertainment complexes in Sydney, Brisbane and Gold Coast. Together with its joint venture partners, The Star is also delivering the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Precinct and a masterplan for The Star Gold Coast.
Paula has extensive experience in the gaming and hospitality industry, commencing 13 years ago with the Casinos Division of Tabcorp and continuing with The Star Entertainment Group. Paula leads the Group’s Legal, Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Investigations teams as well as Company Secretariat functions across the Group.
Paula has a broad commercial law and regulatory background, having practised with King & Wood Mallesons in the corporate, telecommunications regulation, information technology and competition law areas.
Paula holds a Diploma in Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia.
Chief Executive Officer
The Law Society NSW
Michael Tidball was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Law Society of New South Wales in 2006. In recent years, he has also concurrently served as Secretary General and Chief Executive of Lawasia.
Michael Tidball has worked in both the Government and business sectors in Australia, working in strategic, management and senior policy advisory roles. He previously served as a senior Ministerial Advisor to the New South Wales Government. He has also served as Special Advisor to the Public Accounts Committee of the New South Wales Parliament. His subsequently worked in financial services prior to being appointed to a senior role in that ACT Government heading up engagement with the business sector and driving initiatives in driving private sector diversification.
Mr Tidball has a strong background in professional services and legal sector administration. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Law Society of New South Wales in 2004, and has lead many of its initiatives to position it as one of the of the largest, resilient and most successful direct and voluntary membership co-regulatory Law Societies internationally. Among the key reforms during his tenure have been the lead role played by the Society in the move to a national legal services market in Australia, the development of segmented approaches to respond to the different needs of private in-house and government lawyers, as well as a range of legal policy reforms. These have embraced representational responses to diverse public reforms including personal injury, business law and litigation and dispute resolution. A current key focus is equipping the Society to respond in its service offering to the forces of innovation, disruption, technology change and artificial intelligence.
In his work as Secretary General of Lawasia, Mr Tidball coordinates representational and policy work in pursuit of the Rule of Law as it expressed through the human rights and business law activities of this international association which enjoys United Nations Observer Status and membership of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law.
Michael Tidball serves as a Director of Lawcover Insurance Pty Ltd and LawCover Pty Ltd as well as of Lawasia Holdings. He also serves on the Board of Management of Quality in the Law, and is a Director of the Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History.
Mr Tidball has a strong and active interest in classical music, and in his spare time serves as Chair of the Board of The Song Company, Australia’s leading and internationally highly acclaimed classical vocal ensemble. He is currently completing post graduate studies at Said Business School at the The University of Oxford, with a focus on global business strategy.
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Helen is one of the lead partners of the Corrs Cyber team and is a specialist technology, communications and commercial lawyer with particular expertise in privacy and data security in the technology procurement and outsourcing space. She has deep experience acting for high profile public and private sector clients in their strategic and business critical technology projects in a diverse range of industries including government, education, financial services, health, energy and resources and telecommunications. Helen regularly advises clients on their privacy and data security obligations under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), particularly the restrictions on overseas data disclosures and the use of cloud services, and protection of personal information and data breach response obligations. She also assists clients with privacy complaints and investigations, and in their dealings with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.
Karen Den-Toll is a Partner in Deloitte’s Governance, Regulatory and Conduct team. Karen is a lawyer with over 20 years’ experience, more than 10 years of which have been spent as General Counsel in major financial services organisations, including Group General Counsel of Insurance Australia Group Limited from 2002-2006, and General Counsel of ING Australia (now ANZ Wealth) from 2007-2010. Karen has also been in private practice, including at Clayton Utz, and consulted to international organisations, such as the World Bank, on consumer protection and regulatory issues.
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Joshua is recognised as one of Australia’s leading construction and infrastructure lawyers. He represents many of the major infrastructure and project participants in Australia, and the Asia Pacific, having also practiced in the UK and Europe. He advises on major infrastructure disputes in all formats including litigation, arbitration, adjudication, appraisal and expert determination. In addition, he advises on major infrastructure delivery, including via EPC, EPCM, PPP and alliance delivery models. Presently, Joshua is the lead partner advising clients on significant international arbitrations regarding projects in Asia, and in relation to disputes concerning mining, oil and gas, and infrastructure projects in Australia. Joshua is an exceptionally client-focussed partner, who works closely with the in-house counsel, executive and boards of clients. He also lectures in International Commercial Arbitration to university law students.
Chief Executive Officer
Ian Goddard is the founder of technology company, Yarris, a pioneer in creating cloud-based technologies. Yarris software platforms manage over $1.1 billion of services for major corporate and government organisations.
Yarris products have helped tens of thousands of users in telco, insurance and legal services to transform how they manage their operations. ConSol Mobile saves telco construction sub-contractors 2 hours per day completing their paperwork. Arnie was instrumental in halving the average cost of car repairs.
Dazychain helps in-house lawyers save up to 5 hours per week. Ian is the CEO of Yarris, a lawyer and formerly a partner of Corrs Chambers Westgarth. He has served on many boards both public and private.
Gilbert + Tobin
Michael is a litigator and Intellectual Property specialist.
He has been with Gilbert + Tobin for over 22 years and heads up the firm’s IP Group.
Michael is well known for his strategic skills, subject matter knowledge and robust approach to complex disputes and IP advice. He acts for a wide range of Australian and international clients in fields such as electronics, software, content, entertainment, FMCG, mining and financial services.
Michael has a keen interest in technology and IP and has built a strong digital practice. Michael’s practice covers, amongst other things:
copyright and data protection;
trade secrets, insider threat and cybersecurity advice and investigations;
technology disputes and patent litigation; and
false advertising, brand disputes and anti-counterfeiting.
He has substantial experience litigating cases at trial in State Courts and in the Federal Court. He has run numerous appeals in state and Federal appellate Courts, including the High Court.
Has also has an excellent record in settling disputes and extracting clients from conflict situations.
Michael has written extensively on IP law. He is a regular commentator on developments in IP law and the future of legal practice in Australia.
In addition to his practice responsibilities, Michael is a member of the Board of the firm.
He holds degrees in Economics and Law (First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney. His professional memberships include INTA, the ABA, Copyright Society of Australia and IPSANZ.
Managing Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking & Finance and Financial Institutions
King & Wood Mallesons
Evie Bruce is the Australian Managing Partner for King & Wood Mallesons’ Mergers & Acquisitions and Banking & Finance practice teams. She also leads the firm’s Financial Institutions sector team.
Prior to joining the executive team, she led a successful practice specialising in M&A (public and private M&A, schemes of arrangement, reconstructions and joint ventures) and capital markets (IPOs, secondary capital raisings and hybrid and retail debt securities offerings). Evie has extensive experience advising large companies and emerging enterprises across a range of sectors, including financial services, private equity and infrastructure.
Evie was ranked by Chambers, in its list of 40 Outstanding Young Partners in the Asia Pacific for 2014 and is also ranked in various other legal industry publications including Best Lawyers in Australia, Who’s Who Legal and The International Who’s Who of Capital Markets Lawyers.
Vice-President/ Director of Sales, Australia & New Zealand
As Vice-President/ Director of Sales for Australia & New Zealand at Thomson Reuters Legal, Rob Gitell brings his leadership experience to empower legal departments to automate and streamline their operations. Prior to joining the ANZ business, Rob led a global team responsible for launching Thomson Reuters Legal Tracker in the US as well as in Canada, UK/Europe, India, Asia-Pacific and Australia.
Rob is well regarded as a thought leader on legal department operations, particularly in relation to leveraging internal resources and collaborating with external counsel. Having held various leadership positions, including those with a focus on the corporate market, Rob is passionate about bringing legal technology solutions to in-house teams as tools to provide expert advice and strategic direction for their businesses.
Rob holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Connecticut and an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Head of Operations, Legal & Governance
Anna qualified as a lawyer in 1995 and spent the next 18 years working as a Solicitor for leading law firms KWM and Clifford Chance, both here in Australia and abroad. Anna has spent the last five years at AMP where she previously held the title of Senior Legal Counsel, before recently taking on the role as Head of Operations for AMP’s Legal & Governance team. Anna’s short-term mandate as Head of Operations is to deliver an end to end assessment of how AMP’s legal and governance team operates, and then make recommendations to key stakeholders around where and how efficiencies can realised.
Anna is a key member of the Australian chapter of CLOC (the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium) and is passionate about growing the concept of Legal Operations within the Australian in-house legal community.
Senior Legal Counsel Pacific
Ali joined LexisNexis in 2017 as Head of Legal for the Pacific Region. Ali and her team work with LexisNexis’ Australian and New Zealand businesses providing advice across issues from intellectual property and digital media through to privacy and competition laws.
Ali has held senior legal roles across a variety of industries internationally, including higher education, renewable energy and leisure. Ali’s focus is on working closely with the business to address both the opportunities and the challenges presented by rapid advances in technology, changing customer needs and the evolving nature of legal practice across the region and the world.
Ali holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Science degree, as well as a Masters of Geoscience. She is admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia.
In an interconnected world where innovation outpaces regulation, General Counsel not only manage the known, they also help lead the unknown. As overseers of transformation on the frontline of disruption, General Counsel are accountable for navigating a shifting regulatory landscape. How are General Counsel adjusting their strategies and business models to adapt to important shifts in regulation and political risk? What regulatory developments are likely to have the most impact on General Counsel, and why are these changes unfolding? What competitive forces are challenging the structure and reputation of in-house legal teams?
The amplified scope of the in-house function holds immense promise for leaders who are empowered to adapt. General Counsel with an intimate knowledge of their company’s culture and business processes are becoming indispensable strategic allies and impacting the boardroom. How are General Counsel engaging stakeholders and equipping the board to fully assume legal and business leadership positions? How are General Counsel promoting best practice and strengthening company reputation? Can General Counsel reconcile system transparency with strategy? Should General Counsel assume increasing responsibility for technological renewal to secure long-term advantages and leadership aspirations?
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Time is an invaluable commodity in the age of information urgency. By enhancing a process, General Counsel can renew the legal function and expediently deliver real business value. How are General Counsel innovating to deliver maximum value for minimum spend? Should General Counsel be adopting shared management platforms to actively build a reputation as enablers? How are General Counsel reconceiving crisis management to moderate daily reputational risks? What tools and metrics can help General Counsel to analyse the progress, performance and contribution of their legal teams?
Inspiring a cultural shift in cyber-security now falls within the expanding ambit of General Counsel. Mounting exposure to calculated cyber-crime – amplified by new attacker footholds in the Internet of Things and the accessibility of malware – is prompting General Counsel to build organisation-wide security posture. How are General Counsel managing the vulnerability of devices given the rampant demand for mobility? What digital mechanisms are General Counsel adopting to securely, expediently and legally destroy data? How are General Counsel promoting and enforcing vendor security diligence and liability? Can General Counsel cultivate security awareness to safeguard confidential information?
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The business-critical consequences of non-compliance are pronounced – reputation is everything and risk is everywhere. Unique international opportunities will present themselves to General Counsel who command a deliberate approach and drive their organisations into the connected future. How are General Counsel staying ahead of critical new developments in foreign jurisdictions? How are General Counsel anticipating and mitigating the risks of conducting business across borders? How are General Counsel articulating the laws, expectations and cultures of foreign business to executive management and employees? What does it take to build a world-class legal team with the skills and knowledge to succeed overseas?
We are witnessing unprecedented growth in the size and maturity of the in-house legal function. In a fiercely competitive market primed for disruption, law firms need to differentiate the experience they offer their clients. What are the hallmarks of an exceptional client offering? How can General Counsel improve the quality of their communication and collaboration with established firms? How are General Counsel approaching disruptive firms who have entered a contested market on a competitive costs basis? How can General Counsel deliberately build respect into professional partnerships to unlock the real value in trust?
Artificial intelligence and automation promise to redefine the legal function. But for time-starved General Counsel, negotiating the ever-changing world of technology redirects attention away from tangible duties as the company’s legal and strategic advisor. From machine learning and predictive coding in e-discovery to automated workflows, how can General Counsel begin adopting revolutionary tools that add value to the legal department? How are disruptive technologies redefining the legal function and helping General Counsel to measure performance, reduce external legal spend and achieve efficiencies in a cost constrained environment?
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