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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