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Change is erupting across the in-house landscape. Leaps in automation, intense commercial competition, and mounting exposure to cyber-attacks have created significant volatility – but there is opportunity in the chaos. General Counsel are assuming greater strategic responsibility and commanding new influence across the corporate and government hierarchy.
Celebrating its 6th year, the General Counsel Summit is the most significant event for in-house counsel in the region. Hosting the most esteemed legal minds from all sectors of the national economy alongside international thought-leaders, it is the optimal platform from which to formulate strategies and unlock the competitive edge to lead and succeed in 2019.
This event features an ambitious, case-study driven agenda with over 35 leading perspectives from the highest levels of in-house legal management on the world-stage. Across 2 days in a closed, invitation-only format, delegates will benefit by interacting and learning directly from some of the world’s foremost companies and government agencies.
// 12 Keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 35+ Industry speakers
// 250+ Executives
// 5 Star networking environment
Senior Vice-President & Chief Ethics Officer
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
GSK Consumer Healthcare (UK)
Sean left Simmons & Simmons after six years (trainee and associate) and joined GSK in 1998 as Senior Counsel for Middle East, taking on Africa in 2000. In 2001, he worked on the merger of Glaxo Wellcome and SmithKline Beecham resulting in the formation of GlaxoSmithKline (“GSK”). He moved to Philadelphia in late 2001 to do scientific transactions and US regulatory work, then returned to the UK in 2005 to be Lead Counsel for Global Drug Safety. In 2007, he was appointed to lead international Research and Development Legal Operations and led the work to establish GSK’s R&D presence in China. In 2008, Sean was appointed as the head of legal operations for Emerging Markets, Asia Pacific and Japan, and was promoted to the global legal management team for GSK. In 2010, he took on additional responsibility for Legal Operations Corporate (UK and US) and Stiefel (Dermatology). In 2013 Sean became General Counsel and Head of Compliance, GSK Consumer Healthcare, a global joint venture between GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis with an annual turnover of approximately $10 bn.
Vice President, Chief International Counsel
Lisa Mather is Vice President, Chief International Counsel at PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL), a leading global digital payments company which offers services in over 200 countries. Based in Singapore, she works with a market-leading in-house global legal team which is spread across the world and well known for its ‘unmatched navigation of complex international regulatory frameworks’. Lisa is passionate about working in-house in global organizations to deliver scalable value and effective legal outcomes for businesses across multiple jurisdictions. Before joining PayPal, she served as Vice President, Division General Counsel, APAC at another Fortune 200 global company. Lisa has also held various general counsel and specialist counsel positions, in Australia, Europe, the United States and Asia during her in-house career. She began her legal career as a corporate lawyer specializing in mergers and acquisitions, practicing with major global law firms in both Sydney and Hong Kong. Lisa is admitted to practice in Australia, Hong Kong and England & Wales, and holds a MBA (Executive) from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Science and Law (Honors) from Macquarie University. Lisa has served on several boards in Asia, Australia and Europe, including a listed company Board. Well known for her engaging legal leadership and a collaborative working style in delivering business objectives, Lisa is also widely recognized for her ability to proactively identify, manage and reduce legal and reputational risks in businesses across multiple jurisdictions. She is a respected legal, corporate affairs and compliance adviser to senior business leaders, including CEOs, and boards, and is adept at building trust and natural rapport with stakeholders at all levels within an organization. Lisa has won various awards and is frequently invited as a speaker at industry and professional forums internationally. Most recently, Lisa and her International Legal Team at PayPal were recognized in The Legal 500 GC Powerlist: Southeast Asia Teams 2018, which identifies the most innovative and influential in-house counsel working in the region.
Maya vanden Driesen|
Group General Counsel
General Counsel and Company Secretary
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.
Daniel Crennan QC|
Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Daniel Crennan QC commenced as an ASIC Deputy Chair on 16 July 2018. Daniel is a Queen’s Counsel who practised privately in corporate law, commercial law, administrative law, private international law and arbitration. Before joining ASIC, Daniel was a member the Victorian Bar for sixteen years, served on the Bar Council for six years and was the Honorary Treasurer of the Bar. Daniel previously served as a director of Barristers’ Chambers Ltd and the Law Council of Australia. Daniel has completed the Accelerated Route to Fellowship with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has been appointed to the boards of several public and private companies and is currently the chair of a children’s charity.
General Counsel and Company Secretary
National Rugby League
General Counsel and Company Secretary
In his current role as General Counsel and Company Secretary of Network Ten, Stuart Thomas is responsible for the legal and company secretarial functions of the TEN network of television stations, including the provision of commercial and dispute resolution services. In this role, he manages a team of specialist in-house lawyers as well as the procurement of external legal services. Stuart is a corporate and commercial lawyer, with deep experience in the Australian media sector. Previously, as principal of the eponymous Thomas Law, he provided legal counsel and transaction services in the media, marketing, digital and creative industry verticals. In previous corporate roles, Stuart has acted in the roles of Director Legal and Regulatory Affairs and Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary at Macquarie Radio Network (owner of Sydney radio stations 2GB and 2CH) and also as General Counsel of Nine Network. Before transition to corporate life, Stuart was Partner of Gilbert & Tobin in the corporate and commercial team.
Craig is the Executive Legal Business Partner for Consumer & Small Business at Telstra and has held that role for the past 3 years. Over a 12 year career at Telstra he’s served as the General Counsel for Telstra’s small business division, it’s product and marketing team and it’s international team, during which time he lived and worked in Hong Kong. In his current role, Craig manages around 35 lawyers who support the team that serves Telstra’s 11m residential and small business customers, and handle a variety of transactional, competition and trade practices issues. In addition, Craig handles the legal work in relation to Telstra’s part ownership of Foxtel, and it’s major media agreements including with Australia’s major sporting codes and production houses. He is a member of the Media Law Committee of the Law Council of Australia and of Telstra’s Executive Leadership team.
Managing Director, General Counsel and Head of Compliance Australasia
Alison Telfer, Managing Director, is General Counsel and Head of Compliance for BlackRock Australia & NZ and a member of the BlackRock Australian board and executive committee. Ms Telfer joined Blackrock in September 2013. Prior to this, Ms Telfer held various senior positions over more than 9 years with Challenger Financial Services, initially in the position of senior legal counsel and later as Director, Specialised Product. Prior to joining Challenger Financial Services, Ms Telfer held the position of Senior Associate with Blake Dawson Waldron, focussing on asset management and, prior to that, Mallesons Stephen Jaques specialising across a number of areas including tax, intellectual property and asset management. Ms Telfer holds a BA (communications)/LLB from Macquarie University and is admitted to practice as a solicitor in NSW.
General Counsel, Optus Business
Group General Counsel
General Counsel Governance
National Australia Bank
Jennifer has extensive senior executive experience in governance, law and regulatory risk across a range of sectors and in a variety of roles and organisations, including international experience on two separate occasions. Jennifer is currently National Australia Bank’s General Counsel Governance with responsibility for implementation of the Banking Executive Accountability Regime across NAB. At NAB, Jennifer’s roles have included General Counsel, Corporate (including 8 months as Acting Group General Counsel, leading NAB’s legal and governance functions comprising a team of over 250 people) and General Manager Group Regulatory Strategy & Affairs and a member of the Risk Leadership Team. From mid-2012 to late 2014, Jennifer led the Legal and Governance teams for NAB’s UK banking operations and was a member of Clydesdale Bank’s Executive Committee, based in the UK. Jennifer has previously worked in private legal practice (including King & Wood Mallesons in Melbourne and Linklaters in London) and in major Australian corporations (including Coles Myer). As well as wide-ranging experience in interacting with Boards, executive management and regulators, Jennifer’s non-executive director portfolio includes until recently chairing the Board of public art gallery, Heide Museum of Modern Art, and currently being a non-executive director of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority.
General Counsel, Wealth, Australian Banking & Technology
Nigel Bond is the General Counsel, Wealth, Australian Banking and Technology at Westpac covering a number of areas including BT, Technology, Enterprise & Digital Legal and Retail & Business Banking. Before Joining Westpac in 2014, Nigel spent 8½ years with The Royal Bank of Scotland in both London and Sydney. While with RBS he occupied a number of roles including Asia Pacific General Counsel and Head of Legal Australia, before that he worked for both Clifford Chance and Freehills. Nigel has a Bachelor’s of Science (Neurobiology/Psychology) and Law (Hrs) from the Australian National University.
Group General Counsel and Company Secretary
Catriona was appointed Group General Counsel of Domain in late 2017 when Domain separated from Fairfax Media and independently listed on the ASX. Catriona is responsible for the legal and regulatory compliance of the Domain Group. Catriona has extensive corporate M&A, corporate advisory and commercial experience both in Australia and overseas. Immediately prior to joining Domain, Catriona was in-house counsel at Fairfax Media and prior to that she held in-house counsel roles at Asda (Walmart Group), Standard Life and Royal Bank of Scotland. Catriona is originally from Scotland and commenced her legal career in the UK before moving to Herbert Smith Freehills in Sydney in 2012. Catriona has a law degree with honours from the University of Glasgow and has also studied at the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands and the University of Sydney. She is dual qualified in NSW and Scotland.
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Gemma Piper is the General Counsel and Company Secretary of NRMA. She joined NRMA in 2010 and has held several legal roles in the organisation. She was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2000 and in New South Wales in 2008. Before joining NRMA, Gemma practised as a corporate lawyer at Allens Linklaters and Hogan Lovells, advising on high-value, cross-border mergers and acquisitions transactions. Gemma is a member of the Law Society of New South Wales and the Association of Corporate Counsel and is a certificated member of the Governance Institute of Australia.
Head of Legal
Kirk is the Head of Legal at fast-growing Australian technology unicorn Canva where he oversees the global legal & risk function. Kirk works closely with the CFO and COO on key strategic initiatives and draws upon his previous experience gained in-house (Cricket Australia and eBay) and in private practice (DLA Piper) to deliver pragmatic solutions.
General Counsel - Australia & New Zealand
Anna Lozynski has been the Executive General Counsel of L’Oréal Australia and New Zealand since September 2012 building the first legal team for its Australia & New Zealand businesses with their 28 brands in Australia and 19 in NZ as well as corporate functions. L’Oréal Australia and New Zealand are wholly owned subsidiaries of L’Oréal, the world’s leading and largest beauty company. Anna is also a part of the Business Integrity Council of Australia and the CLOC Australia Committee, having previously served as a Director of Accord Australasia, the industry association for the hygiene, cosmetic and specialty products industry. Since 2015, Anna has been leading the team on a legal innovation journey to transform the way the function supports the A/NZ businesses by embracing automation, digitisation and data analytics. She has also recently published an E-Book on innovation called Legally Innovative. Prior to joining L’Oréal, Anna worked in-house at General Motors (in Australia (Holden) and Shanghai) and Westpac Banking Corporation, after working in M&A and as a commercial litigator with a major Australian firm.
Senior Director & Head of Legal
eBay, Australia and New Zealand
Stacey brings over 20 years of unrivalled and uniquely diverse experience across law, banking, insolvency, payment platforms, commercial consulting and online marketplaces. Having worked as a service provider to top organisations in private practice, taken on front line commercial roles, as well as considerable experience as an in-house lawyer and General Counsel in leading global organisations, Stacey is perfectly placed with a 360 degree understanding and perspective of the challenges faced by both in-house legal teams and organisations generally and is always thinking outside the box when it comes to solving these challenges. Stacey’s forte and passion is developing high performance teams that apply the law with a lens of extraordinary commercial nous and acumen and that provide efficient, commercial and easy to digest advice to the business they service.
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Robert is employed by Colliers International as General Counsel & Company Secretary | ANZ. He has been with Colliers more than 10 years, in various roles.
Robert oversees all legal, company secretarial, risk management, insurance and internal audit functions. With his team, Robert is responsible for the company secretarial functions for 42 entities across the group; contract management and tendering; mergers, acquisitions, divestments and joint ventures; workplace relations advice; franchising law; litigation and claims management; trade practices compliance; risk management advice, insurance cover and placement; and internal audit and compliance.
Prior to joining Colliers, Robert held a number of senior legal roles, both in-house and in private practice.
Chief Executive Officer
The Law Society of NSW
Vice President and General Counsel Asia Pacific
Paul du Preez|
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Volkswagen Group Australia
Head of LegaL
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.
Chief Legal Officer
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
King & Wood Mallesons
NSW Police Force
Commercial and technological forces are colliding to provoke change in the in-house environment. While automation relieves pressure on routine tasks, burgeoning competition among commercial firms is presenting new opportunities for in-house counsel to strategically allocate their finite resources. How are in-house teams identifying and pursuing new opportunities born from market pressures? And how are in-house counsel reading and accounting for changes in the regulatory landscape? What global and domestic forces are threatening the structure of in-house teams, and where are the opportunities for creation?
General Counsel are commanding new influence across the corporate hierarchy. As the isolated demands on in-house counsel evolve into integrated business objectives, executives at the helm are honing their technical knowledge to absorb high-level commercial complexity. How are General Counsel aligning with the entire executive team to fully assume business leadership positions? With artificial intelligence and automation destined to transform the legal function, should General Counsel embrace the opportunities – and risks – of technology ownership? How are in-house teams enhancing commercial reputation, and how is the General Counsel’s leadership role evolving in this domain?
General Counsel are responsible for producing industry-leading results with finite resources. When time is a scarce commodity and ROI is scrutinised relentlessly, it is vital that the tools at the disposable of in-house teams continue to evolve and unlock new efficiencies across the entire function. What are the hallmarks of an advanced workflow management system? How are metrics and analytics advancing to quantify the internal performance and external progress of in-house teams? What can in-house teams do to align with the entire business in the pursuit of core objectives? And how are in-house teams achieving greater control of their legal spend?
The sheer gravity of breaches is pulling General Counsel to the core of cyber-security. As bastions of corporate reputation and the architects of containing consumer and legal fallout, General Counsel are increasingly looked towards to introduce control and prevent lawless freefalls. How are General Counsel orchestrating the communications around a breach to present a united front? And how are General Counsel collaborating with CIOs to remain abreast of the latest threat intelligence and share critical information on regulatory developments? How are General Counsel enforcing security diligence with external partners? And which systems are empowering in-house teams to operate with mobility, confidence and security?
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Creeping isolationism, political volatility and rampant technological discovery are agitating the world stage. Those seeking to convert this chaos into opportunity are relying on their General Counsel to mitigate risk and navigate global expansion. How are in-house counsel synthesising and communicating international regulatory developments to internal and external stakeholders? How are in-house counsel curating a global strategy to meet the demands of international clients? And how can General Counsel localise legal outposts while retaining cohesion and compliance across the entire enterprise?
Tectonic shifts in the technical landscape are sending tremors to the core of commercial partnerships. While trust and experience still hold sway, specialist firms with technical, industry-specific knowledge command an increasingly competitive position in the eyes of fiscally-constrained in-house counsel. How best can firms align with their client’s core business objectives? How can specialist firms win business away from rivals in existing long-term partnerships? And how are firms innovating to create new opportunities and sources of value close to their clients?
General Counsel cannot afford to turn a blind eye to technological advancements. In a scattered environment of deceptive promises and exaggerated advantage, General Counsel must discern returns from rhetoric and embrace technological renewal. From blockchain remodelling and smart contracts to contract review automation, what technologies have the greatest potential to unlock new efficiencies for in-house counsel? And how are General Counsel filtering out hype-cycle technologies to secure hard commercial outcomes? How are in-house counsel forecasting the profitability of technological investments?
Our influence and our shadow outweigh our size. With strategic innovation and deep client relationships, Corrs Chambers Westgarth is taking the lead in today’s legal market while shaping the business landscape for our clients’ tomorrow. We do more than advise; we adapt.
Deloitte provides audit, tax, consulting, risk and financial advisory services to public and private clients spanning multiple industries. With a globally connected network of member firms in more than 150 countries, Deloitte brings world-class capabilities and high-quality service to clients, delivering the insights they need to address their most complex business challenges.
Recognised as one of the world’s most innovative international law firms, King & Wood Mallesons offers a different perspective to commercial thinking and the client experience.
lexvoco’s mission is to help in-house legal teams succeed and improve their wellbeing. lexvoco provides immediate help in the form of secondments and law firm work, and improves efficiencies through legal operations and legal technology.
Thomson Reuters Legal Australia is the leading source of intelligent information for the legal industry. We deliver software solutions to help you control your legal spend, streamline your processes and achieve operational efficiency.
Dazychain is all-in-one cloud software designed specifically for in-house counsel. Manage matters, store documents, file emails directly from Outlook and produce strategic reporting on one user-friendly platform.
Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick (POF) is a leading intellectual property firm providing end-to-end IP services throughout Australasia and the world. We are focussed on collaborating with clients and providing a superior level of client service that puts you at the centre of everything that we do.
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