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 – Steigenberger Wiltcher’s


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 Digital transformation – key take-aways for in-house counsel – Tom De Cordier, Partner, CMS – Download


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 – 12:45 Panel Discussion – The transformation of legal departments in the digital era

Nora Teuwsen, General Counsel, Swiss Federal Railways
Volker Weisshaar, General Counsel, Sonos, Inc.
Marijn van Houtum, Director and General Counsel EMEA, ASICS EMEA
Sigrid Windmolders, Legal and Corporate Affairs Attorney BeLux, Microsoft
Tom De Cordier, Partner, CMS


12:45 – 13:45 Lunch


13:45 – 15:15 Contemporary legal challenges for in-house counsel home and abroad

Current corporate and compliance challenges

Room: Ballroom B+C (main meeting room)

13:45 – 14:15 Compliance hurdles in unique jurisdictions and less developed countries – Gabriella Dore, Executive Vice President, General Counsel Europe and Africa, Fox Networks Group

14:15 – 14:50 The impact of GDPR on dispute resolution and internal Investigations for in-house counsel – Dr. Friedrich Popp, Senior Associate, Robert Maddox, Senior Associate, Debevoise & Plimpton – Download

14:50 – 15:15 Assessing the new Belgian Company Code and its implications on EU jurisdiction shopping – Aminata Kaké, Member of the Management Board, General Counsel & Secretary General, Befimmo – Download

Ensuring effective M&A and remote opportunities

Room: Ballroom A

13:45 – 14:15 The challenges and future outlook of the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation – Antonio Papalino, Legal Manager – Senior Legal Counsel, L’Oréal Italia S.p.A. – Download

14:15 – 14:45 Working as a general counsel from home – Barbara Speranza, General Counsel, Soundreef – Download

14:45 – 15:15 Open discussion

15:15 – 15:45 Coffee break


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

Organising & Disrupting Legal Departments

Room: Ballroom A+B (main meeting room)

15:45 – 16:20 Transform your legal department into a hub of innovation and excellence for the entire enterprise – Ralph Vonderstein, Managing Director and Head of Legal Software, Wolters Kluwer Deutschland GmbH, Mareike Petrowitsch (LL.M. San Diego), General Counsel, Lesson Nine GmbH (Babbel.com)


        Room: Ballroom B+C (main meeting room)

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


Room: Ballroom A

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


16:55 – 17:30 AI and in-house counsel – how to utilise modern breakthroughs – Elona Ganaj, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Play Communications S.A. – Download

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

Dress Code: business/cocktail


Shuttle Bus:

          Steigenberger Wiltcher’s to Train World, Departure in front of the main entrance:

         Bus 1: 19:00

         Bus 2: 19:15


        Train World to Steigenberger Wiltcher’s, Departure in front of the museum:

        Bus 1: 23:30

       Bus 2: 00:00

Event Day 2, 24 May 2019:

09:00 – 09:05 Welcome


09:05 – 09:30 Legal privilege and the Belgian company lawyer – successes hitherto and challenges for the future – Marc Beyens, President, IBJ-IJE (The Belgian Federal Institute for Company Lawyers) – Download


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
Carl Leeman, Chief Risk Officer, Katoen Natie
Fergus McReynolds, Director of EU Affairs, Make UK


10:45 – 11:15 Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:25 Parallel breakout sessions: The different hats of general counsel in legal departments

Steering the ship in the right direction

Room: Ballroom A

11:15 – 11:50 How the general counsel can ensure equal consideration of business and compliance questions – Nemio Passalacqua, General Counsel Europe, PETRONAS Lubricants International – Download

11:50 – 12:25 First steps of a Fintech Startup – The Legal Founder perspective – Aiga Senftleben, General Counsel/Co-Founder, Billie

Ready for the unknown – general counsel as the first line of defense

Room: Ballroom B+C (main meeting room)

11:15 – 11:50 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

11:50 – 12:25 Crisis management in multinational companies – Nicole Cambré, Vice President Legal, Radisson Hotel Group

12:25 – 13:30 Lunch


13:30 – 14:00 State aid under the Juncker Commission: an overview – Koen Van de Casteele, Head of Unit, State Aid Policy and Case Support, DG COM, European Commission – Download


14:00 – 15:15 Parallel breakout sessions

Adapting businesses to the GDPR regime 

Room: Ballroom B+C 

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

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 – Download

Ensuring a healthy and safe workplace environment

  Room: Ballroom A

14:00 – 14:35 Addressing serious misconduct in the workplace – Marianna Patané, Senior Counsel & CEDR accredited mediator – Download

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

15:15 – 15:45 Coffee break

15:45 – 16:30 Closing keynote – An insider’s look into the decision making on the European level and future challenges that Europe is faced with – Viviane Adélaïde Reding, former Vice President and three-term European Commissioner, former Member of the European Parliament



Viviane Adélaïde Reding
Former Vice President and three-term European Commissioner, former Member of the European Parliament

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


Fergus McReynolds
Director of EU Affairs – Make UK

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Andreas Mestel
General Counsel EMEA, ALLNEX

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John Engholm
General Counsel – Serendipity

Founder – InsiderLog


Marc Beyens
President of the Federal Institute of Company Lawyers (IJE/IBJ) of Belgium
General Counsel Energy Belgium-Lux. – Engie Electrabel


Aiga Senftleben
General Counsel/Co-Founder – Billie

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Sigrid Windmolders
Legal and Corporate Affairs Attorney BeLux –Microsoft


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.


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


Elona Ganaj
General Counsel and Company Secretary – Play Communications S.A.

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Marijn van Houtum
Director and General Counsel EMEA – ASICS EMEA

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Nemio Passalacqua
General Counsel Europe – Petronas Lubricants Italy S.p.A.

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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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Carl Leeman
Chief Risk Officer – Katoen Natie


Dr. Friedrich Popp
Senior Associate – Debevoise & Plimpton


Robert Maddox
Senior Associate – Debevoise & Plimpton

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Marianna Patané
Senior Counsel & CEDR accredited mediator


Koen Van de Casteele
Head of Unit, State Aid Policy and Case Support, DG COM – European Commission


Ralph Vonderstein
Managing Director and Head of Legal Software – Wolters Kluwer Deutschland GmbH


Mareike Petrowitsch
General Counsel – Lesson Nine GmbH

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Tom De Cordier
Partner – CMS

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Nicole Cambré
Vice President Legal – Radisson Hotel 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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Viviane Adélaïde Reding
Former Vice President and three-term European Commissioner, former Member of the European Parliament

Viviane Reding is one of the most prominent personalities of Europe. She completed 3 terms as member of the European Government and became first Vice President and EU Commissioner responsible for Justice, Fundamental rights and Citizenship in 2010. Following her victory in the European elections in May 2014 she was Member of the European Parliament from Luxembourg until September 2018.

In 1999, having served 10 years in the Luxembourg Parliament and 10 years in the European Parliament, she became EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.  In 2004 she became EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media where she was instrumental in the reform of the European telecom sector, opening the internal market to competition.

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

Philippe Lamberts was born in 1963 in Brussels, Belgium. He studied Engineering in applied mathematics, at the Catholic University of Louvain. From 1987 to 2009, he worked at IBM in various business positions. He was elected in June 2009 for a first term in the European Parliament. In May 2014, he was re-elected for a second term and appointed Co-President of the Green group in the European Parliament.

His political career within the Belgian green party (Ecolo) started in 1991, where he served both at the local and federal levels.  As of 1999, he became more and more involved with European politics, and more specifically through the European Green Party (former European Federation of Green Parties), of which he has been the co-president from 2006 to 2012.

As Member of the European Parliament, he focuses on economic and financial questions, and has become a specialist on fiscal, banking and macroeconomic issues.

Philippe Lamberts is currently co-chair of the Greens/EFA political group with Ska Keller. He aims to reinforce the Greens both within and outside the EU institutions, and with civil society, and to continue his work on the financial regulation and social justice front.

He is running for European elections in May 2019 for Ecolo in Belgium together with Saskia Bricmont.

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 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, Member of the Institute of Company Lawyers 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 (overseeing Belgium, France, Luxembourg, UK, US and Turkey). 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, a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration and in a Postgraduate Certificate from the Brussels School of Cognitive Technology and Law.

Fergus McReynolds
Director of EU Affairs, Make UK

Fergus McReynolds represents Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation in Brussels, leading Make UK’s engagement and liaising with the European institutions and stakeholders on a wide range of European policies. Working through his extensive European network with the UK Government, the EU Commission, the European Parliament and our European partner organisations, including Ceemet, Fergus has represented manufacturers across Europe for over 5 years.

Fergus ensures that manufacturers have a strong voice when it comes to the formation of European policies. In close collaboration with Make UK’s team in London, he follows the European legislative programme and provides advice and guidance on political developments in the EU. Fergus’s work on Brexit helps to develop Make UK’s strategy and feeds key recommendations into governments and stakeholders at all levels.

Fergus has a Masters in Chemistry from the University of Warwick and joined Make UK as a Senior Climate & Environment Policy Adviser. Before joining, he worked in the food industry providing guidance and analysis for dairy companies. He was instrumental in setting up the environmental target setting project, the Dairy Roadmap, in the UK. Fergus has since sat on various government and industry advisory panels in the UK and abroad. In the past, he spent six months on secondment in the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Andreas Mestel
General Counsel EMEA, ALLNEX

Andreas Mestel is General Counsel EMEA at allnex, a leading producer of coating resins. Prior to joining allnex in 2007, he held various legal positions in the German Chemical Industry Association “VCI” in Frankfurt, Colipa (today Cosmetics Europe) in Brussels and the law firm Arnecke Siebold (today Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein) in Frankfurt.  Andreas is in charge of managing legal matters within the EMEA-region across all legal areas and headed the recent project to enhance the digitalization of allnex’ legal department. Andreas graduated in Saarbrücken and Berlin and holds a postgraduation degree in European and International Law from the European Institute of the Saarland University. Andreas was admitted to the Frankfurt Bar and is member of the Belgian inhouse counsel institute IJB/IBJ.

John Engholm

General Counsel, Serendipity Group AB
Founder, InsiderLog

John Engholm is a Swedish lawyer with an L.L.M. from Uppsala University. After five years at one of Sweden’s largest law firms, he joined the investment group Serendipity as General Counsel.
”Serendipity” means accidental or unintentional success and was chosen as the company name after one of the founders accidentally discovered the world’s hardest glass material when an experiment failed.
John himself has also encountered serendipity in his career. In 2016 the new Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) came into effect and increased the burden of managing inside information for Serendipity's five publicly traded portfolio companies. John searched the market for a digital tool to automate this new workload, couldn’t find anything and decided to develop a tool of his own.
Instead of keeping it for himself, John started offering the tool to colleagues at legal departments in other listed companies. Today "InsiderLog" is a fast growing ”regtech” company and the tool is used to save time and ensure compliance by more than 370 legal departments in nine different countries and by professional advisors like DLA Piper, KPMG and PwC.
After less than a year, John was approached by Euronext who acquired an 80% in the company at a €7 million valuation.
John will talk about how more in-house counsels could commercialise their know-how and turn their legal department into a profit center.

Marc Beyens
President of the Federal Institute of Company Lawyers (IJE/IBJ) of Belgium

General Counsel Energy Belgium-Lux. - Engie Electrabel

Marc Beyens is the President of the Federal Institute of Company Lawyers (IJE/IBJ) of Belgium and the General Counsel Energy in the BeLux region for ENGIE Electrabel since 2016. Marc is an expert in the nuclear energy sector, having served as a board member and chairman at numerous energy-related associations, organisations and companies. Most recently, he became a board member for Tecnubel and Transnubel and has been a Member of the Board of the Supervisory Committee for the Belgian Nuclear Forum since 2009.

Marc has been working in the ENGIE Group since 1988. He has also worked as a judge in the Commercial Court of Brussels and as a general counsel in the Belgian Textile – Clothing Federation.

Aiga Senftleben
General Counsel/Co-Founder – Billie

Aiga Senftleben co-founded Billie GmbH in 2016 and is Billie's General Counsel since. Billie is a fintech start-up, specialised in providing factoring and online-payment services to SMEs. Previously she has been General Counsel for Funding Circle Europe, a P2P lending platform. She is a trained lawyer and solicitor, having worked for Dentons LLP as well as PayPal. 

Sigrid Windmolders
Corporate External Legal Affairs Attorney Microsoft Belgium & Luxembourg
Sigrid has solid experience from several legal in-house positions.  She started her professional career in 1998 at the beer brewery Anheuser-Bush Inbev.  After that she joined Hewlett-Packard Belgium ("HP") where she supported for seven years the Belgian and Luxembourg Subsidiaries and gained some specialized expertise in the Public Sector domain by supporting the EMEA Public Sector Business Unit.  At HP, Sigrid negotiated major outsourcing projects, consulting and support deals, leasing projects and overall IT solution projects.
In 2007 she joined LMS International (now Siemens PLM Software) a Belgian software engineering company, which is a leading company in test and mechatronic simulation in the automotive, aerospace and other advanced manufacturing industries.
After a short period at Colt Technology Services, an IT/Telecom service provider, Sigrid started in 2011 at Microsoft where she is working as a member of the Corporate External Legal Affairs Department of the Western Europe region and responsible for the overall commercial legal support to the Microsoft subsidiaries in Belgian and Luxembourg.  Currently Privacy legislation, IT law and Business Law are Sigrid's main field of expertise.
Sigrid graduated from the University of 'Leuven' (Belgium) and holds a Master in Law.  During her Master years, Sigrid Studied one year at the University of Rennes 1 (France).  She obtained a Master after Master in European Law at the University of 'Liège' and a Master after Master in Business Law at the University of Antwerp.
Sigrid is member of the Belgian Institute for Inhouse Legal Counsels and co-founder of its Practice Group 'Legal Tech'.

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

Volker Weisshaar has over 20 years of experience in international legal work in Europe and in the US, most recently as General Counsel for Sonos Europe, a global manufacturer of wireless HiFi systems. He spent most of his career as counsel for the high-tech and communication industry, at large public companies as well as at start-ups. From 2002 until 2011 as General Counsel EMEA at NetApp, a global Fortune 500 company, providing data storage and management systems. Prior to NetApp Volker held various legal, management, compliance and regulatory positions in the telecommunication industry in Europe.

Volker holds a law degree from Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, where he specialized in international and intellectual property law. He is admitted to practice law in Germany.

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

Diane is responsible for providing labor and employment advice to all Honeywell activities across Europe, Middle East and Africa. She is regularly involved in transactional  projects for all businesses and she supports M&A due-dilligence processes as well as the Human Resources and Labour & Employee Relations team for all matters related to Honeywell European Works Council, unions and local works councils.

Prior to joining Honeywell in 2010, Diane had similar responsibilities for GE Healthcare for 4 years and for international Law firms in Paris and Argentina.

Diane is graduated in International Business Law from the Paris University and is a qualified French attorney.

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.

Barbara Speranza
General Counsel – Soundreef

Barbara Speranza is Soundreef media Service Srl’s Head of Legal. In this role, she oversees Soundreef’s global legal activities and policies, as well as compliance and regulatory affairs. Previously she was Senior Counsel Operations Italy & Spain in a Global Fortune 500 US chemical company. She is a member of the Italian association of company lawyers (AIGI) and of the Licensing Executive Society Italy (LES Italy), in whose Board of Directors she sat from 2008 to 2011. Barbara is an Italian licensed attorney since 2004, she has a Ph.D. in European Comparative Studies, a LLM in Intellectual Property and she is currently attending an EMBA at the Business School of the University of Turin.

Michel Vaugiac
Associate General Counsel – MoneyGram International

Michel Vaugiac joined MoneyGram International in 2011 and currently is an Associate General Counsel and Head of Regulatory Affairs for Europe and Africa. He is also member of the European Payment Institutions Federation and Chair of the AML Task Force. Michel Vaugiac has in-depth financial industry experience and intimate dealings with regulatory issues. Prior to MoneyGram, he acquired deep financial industry knowledge during his 15 years of legal experience in the Banking industry with Societe Generale (4 years) and its online banking subsidiary Boursorama (11 years). At Boursorama, Michel Vaugiac served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary provided counsel on the external & internal growth as well as on the online banking activity.

Michel Vaugiac holds a LLM from The Pantheon Sorbonne University in Paris.

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.

Elona Ganaj
General Counsel and Company Secretary – Play Communications S.A.

Elona Ganaj was appointed Group General Counsel and Company Secretary of Play Communications S.A., a Luxembourgish entity regulated by Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financière and listed in Warsaw Stock Exchange, in January 2018. Play Communications S.A. is the holding company for Play Group. Its subsidiary P4 Sp. z o.o. operates under the brand PLAY – one of the fastest growing European mobile operators, an exceptional “success story”, the largest mobile network operator in Poland with a differentiating subscriber growth trajectory with over 15.2 million subscribers.  Under the current role, Mrs. Ganaj is responsible for handling all corporate and commercial matters, supporting investments, business negotiations and M&A transactions.

Mrs. Ganaj previously worked for 10 years with Vodafone, with the last six years as Head of Legal in Vodafone Albania. In parallel she also served as Head of Legal for Vodafone M-Pesa, an electronic money institution subsidiary of Vodafone Albania part of M-Pesa, the world leading mobile money service provided by Vodafone.  Before joining Vodafone, Mrs. Ganaj was a consultant for International Finance Corporation, member of World B

Marijn van Houtum
Director and General Counsel EMEA – ASICS EMEA

As Director and General Counsel at ASICS for the EMEA region, Marijn has deep experience in the commercial dynamics and legal aspects of the various distribution strategies for consumer goods and retail businesses which includes online and platform sales and the wider digital agenda. Marijn is part of the EMEA management team and a regular speaker on distribution strategy challenges as well as the management of successful teams.

Nemio Passalacqua
General Counsel Europe - Petronas Lubricants Italy S.p.A.

Nemio is a qualified lawyer in Italy with a LLM in International Business Law. After an experience of 5 years in the Corporate/M&A department of an Italian business law firm (Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners), in 2011 he joined the holding company of Ferrero Group in Luxemburg dealing with corporate matter, corporate governance as well as contracts. In 2013 he moved to Ferrero Italy in the industrial, operating supply legal department which he started to lead from 2016 together with the corporate department. Starting from September 2018 he joined Petronas Lubricants as General Counsel Europe.

Nemio is member of AIGI (Associazione Italiana Giuristi di Impresa): from 2016 he is the responsible for the north west Italian area and from April 2019 he is also member of the board of AIGI.

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.

Carl Leeman
Chief Risk Officer, Katoen Natie International s.a.

Carl Leeman is the Chief Risk Officer at Katoen Natie. Katoen Natie is operating on a worldwide level as a logistic and engineering supplier to the automotive, petrochemical, consumer goods, retail and food industry, covering 28 countries in Europe, North America, South America, Asia, and Africa. Worldwide, Katoen Natie employs some 14.000 people. Carl Leeman is in charge of Risk Management within the Katoen Natie group of companies, covering more than 180 legal entities. His responsibilities are amongst others operational contracts, legal issues, claim handling, safety, security, insurance, and environmental management.

In addition, Carl is the chair of the board of the captive reinsurer Global Ré. He is also a board member of Katoen Natie International S.A., vice president of Belrim (Belgian Risk Management Association), the previous board member of FERMA (European Risk Management Association) and in the past was the President and Executive Chairman of IFRIMA (International Federation of Risk Management Associations). He has written a number of articles in different publications, newspapers and magazines and has given speeches at national and international conferences, in addition to teaching in several Risk Management and Crisis Management programs. He Studied at the Nautical College in Antwerp, and holds degrees in Risk Management, Marketing, Forwarding and Insurance Brokering.


Dr. Friedrich Popp
Senior Associate, Debevoise & Plimpton

Dr. Friedrich Popp is a senior associate in the Debevoise & Plimpton Frankfurt office and a member of the firm’s Litigation Department.

His practice focuses on arbitration, litigation, internal investigations, corporate law, data protection and anti-money laundering.  In addition, he is experienced in Mergers & Acquisitions, private equity, banking and capital markets and has published various articles on banking law.

Friedrich is a frequent speaker on national and international events and a regular author for trade- and public press.

Dr. Popp is a member of the Bar Associations of Vienna, Frankfurt am Main and New York.

Robert Maddox
Senior Associate, Debevoise & Plimpton

Robert Maddox is a senior associate in Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice and White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group.

He has particular expertise on the impact of the GDPR on international dispute resolution and is a member of the ICCA-IBA Joint Task Force on Data Protection in International Arbitration Proceedings and sits on the London Court of International Arbitration’s GDPR Working Group.

Robert also presents and writes frequently on cybersecurity and data protection, having recently been published in the Global Data Review and presented on the FT Non Executive Director Programme.

Robert Maddox is admitted as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.

Marianna Patané
Senior Counsel & CEDR accredited mediator

Marianna is a senior counsel with international experience across commercial, M&A, compliance, privacy and employment matters. Following qualification in the UK as an English barrister, she worked in private practice at leading London Chambers, Littleton, and international law firm White & Case, Brussels. As in-house counsel, holding senior global roles at international companies in the technology (Dell) and consulting (McKinsey & Co) sectors, Marianna has managed large-scale global projects and risk issues, overseeing multi-jurisdictional teams.

Marianna is a seasoned litigator whose practice includes a wide range of cross-border disputes. She advises and trains multinationals and NGOs on a variety of legal and compliance matters and is a CEDR Accredited Mediator with experience in complex commercial and labour disputes.
With undergraduate studies at Cardiff and Parma Universities, Marianna holds a legal postgraduate from Oxford University. She is fluent in English and Italian and proficient in French.

Koen Van de Casteele
Head of Unit, State Aid Policy and Case Support, DG COM, European Commission

Koen Van de Casteele is currently in charge of State Aid Policy and Case Support.  In that capacity, he has followed the implementation of State Aid Modernisation.  He has extensive experience in State aid control.

He started his career in the European Commission in DG Agriculture in the area of agricultural competition law in 1998

Prior to his work at the Commission, he was a senior associate in the Business and Finance Department of a major law firm in Brussels and London.

Koen Van de Casteele has read law at Leuven University (1986-1991), the College of Europe (1991-1992) and the University of Michigan Law School (1995-1996).

Ralph Vonderstein
Managing Director and Head of Legal Software - Wolters Kluwer Deutschland GmbH

Ralph Vonderstein has held various positions at Wolters Kluwer since October 1st 2002 and is currently responsible for the business with software solutions for law firms, notaries and corporate lawyers.

With more than 25 years of industry experience, he is a highly sought-after speaker and expert when it comes to the digitalization of business processes and the optimization of organizational structures. In his function, he is a key driver of technical innovations in the German legal market.

He is also one of the founding fathers of the Software Industry Association for Electronic Legal Transactions (SIV-ERV e.V.) and is involved in numerous committees, including the Bucerius Law School, the Soldan Institute and the European Legal Technology Association (ELTA).

Mareike Petrowitsch
General Counsel, Lesson Nine GmbH

Mareike has a passion to build legal departments that meet cutting-edge business needs by engaging new and evolving understandings of modern, purpose-driven and sustainable lawyering. With close to a decade of leadership experiences and being part of generation Y/millennial herself, she also knows and understands the challenges of (young) demanding managers and employees as well as change management needs in regards of digitization.

Mareike has been working in the tech start-up scene in Berlin since 2013. After being part of an epic start-up journey at Delivery Hero, Mareike joined Babbel, one of the world’s leading language learning apps, in 2016. As Babbel’s General Counsel, she currently supervises a staff of eight. She started her legal career in a mid-sized law firm and in more traditional legal departments of big (global) companies, including Bertelsmann and Helios. Mareike is a fully-qualified lawyer and attorney-at-law in Germany with an LL.M. from the CWSL in San Diego. She is a member of the German Bar Association and the Inhouse Lawyer Association. In 2013, Mareike qualified as a certified mediator in Germany. She is specialized in corporate & trade law as well as labor law and ADR.

Tom De Cordier
Partner, CMS

Tom is a seasoned data & technology lawyer with a strong focus on data privacy law, technology-related IP, technology, media and communications law, and life sciences. Clients praise him for his commercial acumen and his pragmatic and down-to-earth style. His practice covers a wide range of advisory, transactional and litigation work in international and domestic matters relating to data privacy, TMC and life sciences.  Tom has experience in various fields, ranging from digital transformation projects to data protection to e-commerce to telecom transactional work to life sciences.

Tom is ranked tier 1 in Legal 500’s latest shortlist of leading practitioners in EU data protection. He is ranked also as a “next generation lawyer” for IT and telecoms.

Tom frequently speaks at conferences and seminars on technology-related and digital law topics.  He is also frequently asked by the press to share his views on recent trends and developments in this area. For example, Tom was recently cited by Bloomberg in an article about “Fiat Chief’s Death Raises Privacy Questions”.

Before joining CMS Tom worked at Allen & Overy where he started his career in October 2000, was then promoted to senior associate in May 2007 and to counsel in May 2011.

Tom obtained his law degree from the University of Ghent in 1999.   As part of the Erasmus exchange program Tom studied in Paris (Paris X Nanterre) in 1999.  After graduating from Universiteit Gent Tom obtained a LL.M degree in Computers & Communications law from London University (2000).


Nicole Cambré
Vice President Legal, Radisson Hotel Group

Nicole Cambré is Radisson Hotel Group’s vice president legal and supports business development for the new hotel leases and management agreements in Europe, Middle East & Africa. In addition she oversees the Eastern Europe lawyer in Moscow and has legal area responsibility for the group’s hotel operations in Africa (and more recently also for the Middle East). She has extensive experience in managing owner and government disputes which from time to time escalate to a crisis situation.

Nicole was one of the four members of the crisis response team that traveled to Mali following the terrorist attack on Radisson’s hotel in Bamako in November 2015 during which 20 people were killed. She is also currently on the group’s crisis team and has extensive hands-on experience in dealing on the ground with crisis situations in various countries.

Prior to joining Radisson Hotel Group, Nicole served as general counsel Europe for Calgon Carbon , head of legal Europe for Staples and senior counsel Europe for International Paper. Also in her previous roles she managed various crisis situations.

Nicole is a dual German/Belgian citizen with a law degree from the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and holds a Master Degree in International Law and Human Rights from the University of Lund ( Sweden) and a Master Degree in European Economics from University College Dublin (Ireland).  In her spare time, Nicole loves to travel the world and she is a published and awarded photographer.