22 May to 24 May 2019

Gala Evening on the eve of 23 May


Steigenberger Wiltcher’s
Avenue Louise 71
1050 Brussels


Gala Evening at Train World
Place Princesse Elisabeth 5
1030 Brussels

Top themes
EU reform to antitrust legislation to keep up with digitalization
Harmonization of labor law across Europe to increase locational advantage
Digital strategy and Artificial Intelligence in legal departments
Scoping with increasing global compliance challenges
Diversity and the future of the legal department
The state of the European Company Lawyer in a new decade

22 – 24 May 2019
Brussels, Belgium

The In.House Legal Conference is the yearly two-day convergence of company lawyers, stakeholders and institutions, taking place at Steigenberger Wiltcher’s in Brussels, Belgium. Hear from experts in their respective fields dissecting topical issues that company lawyers are faced with, from antitrust to company law to compliance questions, but also practical challenges, such as the evolving role of corporate legal departments. Converse with your peers during our prestigious evening reception, taking place at Train World – the official museum of the National Railway Company of Belgium. Participants from companies of all sizes will gain invaluable insight into contemporary matters, easing their challenges at work and standing out from their colleagues.


Come join and discuss the future of Europe, share best practices and meet colleagues across the continent!

Event Agenda

Pre-evening, 22 May 2019

19:00 – 23:00 ECLA Reception – Welcome Speech, Get-together with Flying Dinner and Drinks


Event Day 1, 23 May 2019:

09:00 – 09:15 Welcome

Jonathan Marsh, President of ECLA, Vice President and International General Counsel, Total Marketing Services


9:15 – 10:15 Keynote speech


10:15 – 10:45 Philippe Lamberts, Member of the European Parliament, Co-Chair, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance


10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break


11:15 – 13:00 Panel Discussion – The impact of the Digital Single Market strategy and the effect of digitalisation on corporate legal departments

Nora Teuwsen, General Counsel, Swiss Federal Railways
Volker Weisshaar, General Counsel, Sonos, Inc.
Marijn van Houtum, Director and General Counsel EMEA, ASICS EMEA


13:00 – 14:00 Lunch


14:00 – 15:15 Parallel breakout sessions – Contemporary legal challenges


14:00 – 14:35 Assessing the new Belgian Company Code and its implications on EU jurisdiction shopping – Aminata Kake, Member of the Management Board, General Counsel & Secretary General, Befimmo

14:35 – 15:15 Ensuring the effectiveness of wind energy contracts – Pieter Marinus, General Counsel & Investment Relations Director, Parkwind


14:00 – 14:35 Compliance hurdles in unique jurisdictions and less developed countries – Gabriella Dore, Executive Vice President, General Counsel Europe and Africa, Fox Networks Group

14:35 – 15:15 The impact of GDPR on dispute resolution and internal Investigations for in-house counsel – Dr. Friedrich Popp, Senior Associate, Debevoise & Plimpton


14:00 – 14:35 The challenges and future outlook of the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation – Antonio Papalino, Legal Manager – Senior Legal Counsel, L’Oréal Italia S.p.A.

14:35 – 15:15 Practical lessons from M&A, what are the drivers for disputes? – Xavier Schops, International General Counsel, Mondelēz International

15:15 – 15:45 Coffee break


15:45 – 17:30 Parallel breakout sessions – Organisation & disruption

Organisation & Disruption

15:45 – 16:20 Wolters Kluwer – Matter Management solutions


16:20 – 16:55 Turning legal departments into a profit generating unit – John Engholm, General Counsel, Serendipity / Founder, Insiderlog


16:55 – 17:30 Bridging the gap between business and legal to increase the efficacy of corporate decisions – Alexis De Vliegher, Assistant General Counsel, Solar Turbines


16:20 – 16:55 Using Knowliah to digitise corporate legal departments – Andreas Mestel, General Counsel EMEA, ALLNEX


16:55 – 17:30 How will the day of a corporate lawyer look in a decade?

19:30 Gala evening – Train World, the official museum of the National Railway Company of Belgium

Event Day 2, 24 May 2019:

09:00 – 09:05 Welcome


09:05 – 09:30 Keynote speech


09:30 – 10:45 Brexit panel discussion – Short- and mid-term economic and legal implications

Michel Vaugiac, Associate General Counsel – Head of Regulatory Affairs Americas & Europe, MoneyGram International


10:45 – 11:15 Coffee Break


11:15 – 13:00 Organisation of the future in legal departments

1. Crisis management in multinational companies

Pablo Iglesias, Legal Director EMEA, Kellogg Company

2. Internal guidelines for prevention and management of foreign investment disputes

Alejandro Carballo Leyda, General Counsel and Head of the Conflict Resolution Centre, Energy Charter Secretariat

3. Establishing fintech companies from a legal perspective

Aiga Senftleben, General Counsel, Billie

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch


14:00 – 15:15 Parallel breakout sessions


14:00 – 14:35 The usage and influence of social media in legal departments – Marta Struzzi, Group General Counsel, System S.p.A)

14:35 – 15:15 Working as a general counsel from home – Barbara Speranza, General Counsel, Soundreef

Data Privacy

14:00 – 14:35 Beyond GDPR: Effects and impacts across borders and business units – George Janssen, General Counsel, Blancco Technology Group

14:35 – 15:15 How GDPR is embedded in a complicated organisation in the spirit of Privacy by Design – Egle Amodeo, Global Privacy Transactional Lead Counsel, IBM


14:00 – 14:35 Is European labour law equipped with responding to large-scale economic crises?

14:35 – 15:15 Gender-based discrimination at the workplace – Diane Bacquet-Herbaux, Chief Labour & Employment Counsel EMEA, Honeywell

15:15 – 15:30 Coffee break


15:30 – 17:00 The European Company Lawyer – Legal professional privilege

– The necessity of legal privilege for corporate lawyers for efficient output and competitiveness on the global market 

– Do the ends justify the means? – A 2019 look into the AkzoNobel decision 

 Jurisdiction shopping as a result of different rules for legal privilege across Europe

17:00 – 17:15 Coffee break


17:15 – 18:00 Closing keynote – Viviane Adélaïde Reding, three-term European Commissioner, Education and Culture (1999-2004), Information Society and Media (2004-2010), Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship (2010-2014)



Viviane Adélaïde Reding
Former European Commissioner for Education and Culture, Information Society and Media, and Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship

Philippe LAMBERTS - 8th Parliamentary term

Philippe Lamberts
Member of the European Parliament, Co-Chair –Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance


Gabriella Dore
Executive Vice President, General Counsel Europe and Africa – Fox Networks Group


Nora Teuwsen
Group General Counsel – Swiss Federal Railways

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Aminata Kaké
Member of the Management Board, General Counsel & Secretary General – Befimmo

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Xavier Schops
Vice President & Chief Counsel – Mondelēz Europe


Andreas Mestel
General Counsel EMEA, ALLNEX

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John Engholm
General Counsel – Serendipity

Founder – InsiderLog

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Marta Struzzi
Group General Counsel, Head of Legal, Compliance & Corporate Affairs Department – System S.p.A/Gruppo System

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Aiga Senftleben
General Counsel – Billie

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Pablo Iglesias
Legal Director EMEA – Kellogg Company


Volker Weisshaar
General Counsel & Member Management Board – EMEA – Sonos, Inc.


Diane Bacquet-Herbaux
Chief Labour and Employment Counsel EMEA – Honeywell


Alexis De Vliegher
Assistant General Counsel – Solar Turbines Europe S.A.

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Barbara Speranza
General Counsel – Soundreef

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Michel Vaugiac
Associate General Counsel – Head of Regulatory Affairs Americas & Europe – MoneyGram International

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Alejandro Carballo Leyda
General Counsel and Head of the Conflict Resolution Centre – Energy Charter Secretariat

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Zoi Sazaklidou 
Senior Legal Counsel & Compliance Officer – Volvo Construction Equipment

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Marijn van Houtum
Director and General Counsel EMEA – ASICS EMEA

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Pieter Marinus
General Counsel & Investment Relations Director – Parkwind

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Antonio Papalino
Legal Manager – Senior Legal Counsel – L’Oréal Italia S.p.A.

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Egle Amodeo
Global Privacy Lead Counsel – IBM


George Janssen
General Counsel – Blancco Technology Group

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Arrival & Accommodation

Event Location:
Steigenberger Wiltcher’s,
Avenue Louise 71, 1050 Brussels, Belgium

Gala Evening:
Train World in Brussels
Place Princesse Elisabeth 5

Reservation – limited room block from 22 to 24 May 2019
Room block for conference attendees has been optioned (upon availability)
Room rate single occupancy: EUR 199,00 per night incl. breakfast
Please use this booking link for your reservation.


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Gabriella Dore
Executive Vice President & General Counsel Europe and Africa - FOX Networks Group

Gabriella Dore is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel Europe and Africa for FOX Networks Group. As such, she oversees the company’s legal affairs in the Europe and Africa regions, handles the regulatory and compliance side of the business and manages a team of 32 lawyers and paralegals.

Gabriella has over 23 years of professional experience in the areas of media, intellectual property and telecommunications law with emphasis on compliance, corporate and regulatory affairs.  She has spent over 14 years building FNG’s Europe and Africa’s legal team from the ground up and has herself developed from General Counsel for Europe to a Global General Counsel of Legal, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs, reporting directly to the President, CEO and Board of Directors of the company.

Among her responsibilities falls also the legal and compliance supervision of FNG Turkey’s FTA business (which in 2014 was combined with the pay-TV) and currently consists of over 450 employees executing hefty operations and EMM (Dutch JV between FNG and the Dutch Soccer Premiere League). Prior to joining FNG in 2004, Gabriella spent 4 years as the Head of Legal at Netesi Spa and the Head of Legal at Avaya Lucent Italia Spa respectively. In both telecommunication entities she handled complicated litigation and corporate affair matters, oversaw the entire regulatory affairs side of the business and handled negotiations with high-end operators and clients. She has gained the foundation of her litigation and corporate affair experience as an attorney at a traditional Italian law firm with a practice focused on corporate law and civil law.

Gabriella earned her law degree from the University of Rome (La Sapienza) with a post-degree specialization in civil and contractual law, and subsequently gained a Master’s degree in copyright and intellectual property in Milan.

Gabriella has gained extensive academic experience in the last 10 years by teaching trademark and IP law courses and seminars both in Rome and Milan.

In 2018 Gabriella and her team won the General Commercial team award at the European Counsel Awards division of the Global Counsel Awards in London.

Nora Teuwsen
General Counsel – Swiss Federal Railways

Nora Teuwsen, originally from Germany, was appointed Group General Counsel of Swiss Federal Railways in 2013. With her team of approx. 80 employees she is responsible for the group’s legal and compliance management.

Nora joined Swiss Railways in 2004 as legal counsel serving the real estate department, one of the foremost players in the country’s property sector. In 2006 she was appointed Deputy Head Legal and Procurement for the real estate division and took over the whole responsibility for the mentioned legal and procurement department in 2007 and became member of the divisions executive management team. In 2012 she was in addition to her ongoing responsibilities appointed Deputy Group General Counsel. In 2017 she took up an executive assignment at NOKIA. Prior to joining Swiss Railways, Nora trained at the Zurich's bar, worked for the district attorney and was associate in a law firm. She graduated from the University of Zurich and is admitted to all Swiss courts. She holds a degree as Executive Master of European and International Business Law from the University of St. Gallen (Executive M.B.L.-HSG), completed the Negotiation Dynamics Programme from INSEAD and the Leadership for Senior Executives Programme from Harvard Business School.

2015, Nora was elected to the Management Committee of the Institute of Law and Legal Practice from the University of St. Gallen (HSG). Since 2017 she is member of the board of directors of a company in the energy industry.

She is member of various associations including the Swiss Management Association, the Swiss Bar Association, the Swiss Association of Corporate Counsel, the Association of Corporate Counsel and the Mont-Blanc-Circle, a European General Counsel’s network.

Aminata Kaké
Member of the Management Board, General Counsel & Secretary General – Befimmo

Ms. Aminata Kaké is the General Counsel and a Member of the Management Committee of Befimmo SA, a Real Estate Investment Trust based in Belgium and listed on Euronext. Among other activities, Ms. Kaké is also Non-Executive Director of the Belgian Association of Listed Companies, Member of the Belgian Institute of Company Lawyers, Member of the Advisory Council of EuropeanIssuers, Member of the European Real Estate Public Association, Member of the European Risk Management Association, Member of the Belgian Institute of Directors and Non-Executive Director of the nonprofit organization Hu-Man. Previously, Ms. Kaké was Deputy General Counsel for the financial holding company Dexia SA, with global responsibilities including Belgium, France, Luxembourg, UK, US and Turkey. Among other qualifications, Ms Kaké holds a Master of Laws from the Free University of Brussels (ULB), a Master in Real Estate from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management and a post-graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Oxford University and Harvard Faculty).

Xavier Schops
Vice President & Chief Counsel - Mondelēz Europe

Well-rounded General Counsel with strategic, financial and negotiating skills, Xavier Schops is the VP Chief Counsel of Mondelēz Europe, home of delicious brands like Oreo, Cadbury, Milka, Toblerone and Philadelphia. He was previously General Counsel for chemical, mining, advertising and automotive global listed companies in Switzerland, France and Asia-Pacific. Xavier has a passion for M&A, business strategies and commercial partnerships as well as for the development of high-performing diverse teams. His functional expertise includes litigation, corporate governance, privacy and compliance in heavily regulated industries. A French trained lawyer with a master in Finance, Xavier is currently based in Zurich

Alexis De Vliegher
Assistant General Counsel, Solar Turbines Europe S.A.

Alexis De Vliegher has 18 years of general commercial legal experience across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India. Since 2010 he has built, developed and managed a team of 6, that includes attorneys, paralegals and an administrative assistant in India and a team of 6 in the Benelux region. Since 2018, he has been working as the Assistant General Counsel at Solar Turbines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc. Alexis has extensive experience in project management, European Public Procurement Projects, contract negotiations and compliance, amongst others. He has obtained a Master in European in International Law and a Master in Law from VUB Brussels.

Alejandro Carballo Leyda
General Counsel and Head of the Conflict Resolution Centre - Energy Charter Secretariat

Alejandro Carballo is the current General Counsel and head of the Conflict Resolution Centre at the Energy Charter Secretariat (which provides good offices and mediation support to investors and governments). He is also in charge of the discussion on modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty and provides support to governments for implementing their instrument for managing investment disputes. Previously, Alejandro advised states and private clients on a wide range of public and private international law issues. He participated in the working groups of UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts and the Hague Conference Principles on Choice of Law in international contracts.

Pieter Marinus
General Counsel and Investment Relations Director - Parkwind

Working for Parkwind’s founders, he has been closely involved in the creation and growth of Parkwind a company developing, constructing and operating offshore wind farms. Prior to integrating Parkwind’s management in 2017, he was responsible for a significant number of renewable energy and other private equity investments around Europe as Investment Director at Korys (the Colruyt family investment holding). From 2003 till 2014, Pieter worked as group manager legal affairs and member of the management committee of the Flemish investment company PMV. He holds/held multiple board positions in portfolio companies

Antonio Papalino
Senior Legal Counsel - L'Oréal Italia

Antonio Papalino has been working as a Legal Manager of L'Oréal Italia since 2015, advising in areas of Italian and European antitrust law, corporate law, intellectual property law and real estate law. Antonio is also involved in the L’Oréal national and international extraordinary deals.

Previously, Antonio was working as an in-house counsel in the Commercial and Corporate bureau of the Carrefour Group Legal Department. He regularly provided the legal service to the internal operations, from e.g. sales and purchasing to product quality and safety to supply chain and logistics. In addition, Antonio worked as the Legal Manager of Carrefour Banca, providing legal support in banking and insurance law.

Egle Amodeo
Global Data Privacy Lead Counsel - IBM

Broad legal background with more than 14 years experiences. Reporting to Global Chief Privacy Officer of IBM Corp, I work in the Global Data Privacy Legal team to implement GDPR new requirements globally in all instances where IBM processes personal data, by leading a team of 14 resources engaged to support internal and external clients to reach Data Privacy compliance. Before the global role in Data Privacy, I was the General Counsel of IBM Switzerland; I worked as Legal Manager in IBM Italy dealing with data privacy, international service transactions, M&A projects, litigation and employment related matters. This contributed to acquire a strong negotiating attitude, with good oral and written communication skills. All the above rendered me a multitasking and full versatile lawyer. Autonomous and synthetic decision maker.

George Janssen
Chief Legal Officer - Blancco Technology Group

George is working as the Global Head of the Blancco Legal Department. His array of responsibilities at Blancco include data privacy and GDPR, M&A, compliance, corporate housekeeping, sales & procurement risk review and data analysis. Previously, George worked as the Legal Manager for Accenture, acting as the country manager for the Transaction Contracting Team of the Netherlands. He was also responsible for the EU and Netherlands data privacy & data security and issues concerning privacy regulations and cyber security.

George has studied at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Yamasa Institute in Okazaki and the Technical University Delft. Fluent in Dutch and English and proficient in 4 additional languages, including Japanese and Chinese Mandarin, George is also interested in political developments across the World and physical activities.