13 February: Kick-off evening event
14 February: Conference day


the gibson hotel
Point Square, North Dock
Dublin 1, Ireland

Top themes

“The Future of the In-house Counsel”
“Trusting legal tasks to Artificial Intelligence”
“How Blockchain can be utilised in legal professions”
“Digital Products Tailor-made: From process analysis to specific roadmaps”
“GDPR compliance with legal tech”

13 – 14 February 2019
Dublin, Ireland

Legal Disruption 2019 will bring together industry-leading legal technology experts with companies offering innovative solutions and experienced corporate lawyers from businesses of all sizes. The event is tailored for company lawyers, with the discussion themes carefully selected to reflect what in-house counsel are most interested in.

Event Agenda

Wednesday, 13 February 2019:

18:00 Arrival & Drinks Reception

19:00 Welcome Speech –

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

19:15 Opening Session –

Big Law, the modern way: Lawyers + Tech + Support Staff

The better part of Big law firms nowadays offer modern ways to approach bigger legal tasks and projects which need to be solved by in-house counsels. They typically consist of a combination of classic legal expertise of lawyers combined with professional legal project management and professional support by alternative legal staff (for all tasks who do not require a full law degree) plus “Legal tech” such as a customized platform to keep track of the process and collaborate as well as AI-driven tools to speed up the work.

Dr. Frederik Leenen, LL.M. (UConn), Lawyer, Counsel, Head of Legal Tech, CMS Germany – Download


Afterwards Discussions/Q&A

20:15 Get-together with Flying Dinner

Thursday, 14 February 2019:

09:00 Welcome –

ECLA President Jonathan Marsh, Vice President, International General Counsel, Total Marketing Services & Mark Cockerill, ECLA Representative, Chairman of the Law Society of Ireland, VP,Legal – EMEA and Head of Global Privacy, ServiceNow


09:00 – 10:45 Compliant processes

1. Using technology to comply with GDPR 

Denis Kelleher, Head of Privacy EMEA, LinkedIn – Download

2. Essential steps to aid compliance with modern privacy laws 

Sally-Anne Hinfey, Legal Director & Global Head of Privacy, SurveyMonkey – Download

3. Tackling compliance questions with disruptive legal tech solutions

Frode Preber Ettesvoll, General Counsel & SVP Legal, TIQRI Corporation Pte Ltd. – Download


10:45 – 11:15 Coffee Break


11:15 – 13:00 Innovation & AI

1. How to start: the path to digital strategy –

Tobias Heining, President, European Legal Technology Association (ELTA)

2. The digital transformation in legal departments and the ethics of AI 

Jack Pineda Dale, Legal Director for the Baltics, Slovenia and Serbia, Microsoft

3. Simplifying Anti-Corruption Due Diligence with artificial intelligence solutions – a look into the SABMiller acquisition and the use of AI in ABInBev´s Global Compliance program 

Maria Rocha Barros, Vice President Legal & Corporate Affairs (European General Counsel) – Download 

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break


14:00 – 15:45 The legal departments of today and tomorrow

1. Establishing the right approach for conglomerates – integral solutions and potential disruptors 

Abhijit Mukhopadhyay, President (Legal) & General Counsel, Hinduja Group

2. Handling Stakeholders while Transforming the Legal Department to be Future-Ready

Thibaut Gregoire, General Counsel Europe, Mastercard

3. No time to care about technology: where we are and where we need to be 

Lorraine Rooney, General Counsel, AXA Life Europe dac


15:45 – 16:15 Coffee Break


16:15 – 17:30 Efficient Management

1. Streamlining the adoption of legal technology solutions for multinational corporations 

Christine Dekker, General Counsel, McDonald’s UK & Ireland – Download

2. Gathering Data to Drive Contracting Efficiencies 

Philip Merrills-Dearn, Associate General Counsel & EMEA Head of Legal, Twitter

3. Utilising blockchain in legal departments 

Matias Gross, Co-Founder and Head of Legal, HIVE Blockchain Society


17:30 Closing remarks



Mark Cockerill
Legal – EMEA & Head of Global Privacy, ServiceNow


Christine Dekker
General Counsel, McDonald’s UK & Ireland

Frode Preber Ettesvoll

Frode Preber Ettesvoll
General Counsel & SVP Legal, TIQRI Corporation Pte Ltd.

Thibaut Gregoire

Thibaut Grégoire
General Counsel Europe, Mastercard

Matias Gross

Mattias Gross
Co-Founder and Head of Legal at HIVE Blockchain Society


Tobias Heining
President, European Legal Technology Association


Sally-Anne Hinfey
Legal Director & Global Head of Privacy, SurveyMonkey

Denis Kelleher

Denis Kelleher,
Head of Privacy EMEA, LinkedIn


Dr. Frederik Leenen, LL.M. (UConn)
Lawyer, Counsel, Head of Legal Tech, CMS Germany


Jonathan Marsh
VP, International General Counsel, Total SA

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Philip Merrills-Dearn
Associate General Counsel & EMEA Head of Legal, Twitter


Abhijit Mukhopadhyay
President (Legal) & General Counsel, Hinduja Group

Jack Pineda Dale

Jack Pineda Dale
Legal Director for Baltics, Slovenia and Serbia, Microsoft

Maria Rocha Barros

Maria Rocha Barros
Vice President Legal & Corporate Affairs (European General Counsel), Anheuser-Busch InBev


Lorraine Rooney
General Counsel, AXA Life Europe DAC

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Arrival & Accommodation

Event Location:
the gibson hotel
Point Square, North Dock
Dublin 1, Ireland
Phone: +353 1 681 5000


Reservation – limited room block on 13 Feb 2019
A room block has been optioned until 14 Jan 2019 (upon availability)
Room rate single occupancy: EUR 170,00 per night incl. breakfast

Please use this booking link for your reservation.


Special member price: EUR 799,00 (+23% VAT): for company lawyers, who are a member of a member association of ECLA.

Normal price: EUR 1.999,00 (+23% VAT): for company lawyers, who are no member of a member association of ECLA.

Personal Data

Registration conditions:

After your online registration you will receive a booking confirmation and an invoice by ECLA Association Services SPRL to your given email address.
If you find out after registration that you are unable to attend, your registration can be transferred to another person (company lawyers only). This transfer needs to be announced to and proved by the event organizer ECLA Association Services SPRL. A possible cost difference depending on the membership status will be charged accordingly.
If you are unable to find a substitute participant, you can cancel your registration in written form with the organizer (event@ecla.eu). For written cancellation until 30 days prior to the event, a handling fee of EUR 150,00 will be charged. For cancellation less than 30 days prior to the event, the registration fee will be payable in the full amount. The date on which written notice of cancellation is received by the organizer shall be decisive.



Mark Cockerill,

VP, Legal – EMEA and Head of Global Privacy, ServiceNow & Chairman of the Law Society of Ireland,

Mark Cockerillis Vice President, Legal (EMEA/APJ) and Head of Global Privacy for ServiceNow, one of the world's leading enterprise SaaS providers. He advises and directs on all international corporate matters, as well as leading the worldwide privacy team. He also serves on the Board of all international entities and as a key member of various strategic leadership teams. Prior to ServiceNow, Mark was Director of Legal Services at the Eircom Group of companies, Ireland’s incumbent telecommunications operator and also previously held a senior in-house role with Telefonica. He is currently the Chairman of the Law Society of Ireland’s In-House and Public Sector committee and has also lectured in Company and Contract law in universities and colleges for over fifteen years.



Christine Dekker,
General Counsel, McDonald's UK & Ireland

Tina Dekker is currently the General Counsel for McDonald’s UK leading the legal team for the UK and Ireland.  Her responsibilities include handling a broad range of commercial business and legal matters, including IT/Digital transactions, franchising, advertising and marketing, trademarks / IP, labor and employee relations, data privacy & governance, real estate, supply chain, food safety and nutrition, risk management, and corporate governance.

Tina joined McDonald’s Global Legal Team in 2008 and has held a number of positions in the legal department supporting the U.S. and Global business.  She started her career with McDonald’s in the Litigation Practice Group. In 2012, she moved to the U.S. business where she served as general business counsel for several regions in the West Division.  In 2014, Tina joined McDonald’s China where she served for 3 years as Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and head of Compliance.

Tina received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia and a Juris Doctorate from the John Marshall Law School in 1994.  Prior to joining McDonald’s, Tina was in-house counsel for Northwest Airlines, a partner in the law firm of Ungaretti & Harris in Chicago and served as a law clerk to a United States Federal Judge.


Frode Preber Ettesvoll,
General Counsel & SVP Legal, TIQRI Corporation Pte Ltd.

With background as a lawyer (corporate, contract and privacy law) and 15 years’ experience with ICT solutions for government and businesses, I’m passionate about my work towards a more proactive digital future by enhancing interoperability, transparency, good governance and sustainability in ICT. 
My dedication: #Usability, #Semantics, #IT-legislation, #Interoperability #BusinessStandards #CSR #Governance

Selected main achievements:
Co-founder and General Counsel and SVP Legal of Tiqri Corporation:
Tiqri exports Nordic based technology and competence to improve private and public sector performance.
Co-founder and CEO of More Software Solutions AS (More AS):
A Norwegian software company delivering platform technology for application development, filling a gap between legislation and ICT.


Thibaut Grégoire,
General Counsel Europe, Mastercard

Thibaut Grégoire has been the general counsel and Law, Franchise & Integrity lead for the Europe since 2014. In this role, he leads the legal, compliance, regulatory and public policy support for Mastercard’s businesses in the 55 countries of the Mastercard’s Europe region, and oversees the Franchise teams in that region. He is also in charge of the development of the risk strategies for the Europe region, he is a member of the European Senior Management Team and a director of several Mastercard entities in Europe.

Before joining Mastercard in 2007, Mr. Grégoire worked as an attorney-at-law as a member of the bar of Brussels.

Mr. Grégoire holds a law degree from the University of Louvain (UCL) and a Master in Business Law from the University of Brussels (ULB).


Mattias Gross,

Co-Founder and Head of Legal, HIVE Blockchain Society

I conduct daily legal analyses related to Blockchain technology, and as such:

Legal framework for "ICO-Initial Coin Offering" (Official position of market regulatory authorities (AMF, FSMA, FINMA, etc.); legal analysis of the economic modalities of the token; conditions required for the issuance of the AMF visa; legislative and regulatory provisions potentially applicable to these fundraising operations, best practice guide established by the Swiss and German regulators, etc.);
Establishment of investment funds managing the portfolios of third parties in cryptocurrency in accordance with the FSMA regulation on the prohibition of the marketing of certain financial products approved by Royal Decree of 24 April 2014;
Review of Whitepapers in terms of quality and information requirements.


Tobias Heining
President, European Legal Technology Association

Tobias Heining is founding member and president of the European Legal Tech Association (ELTA), as well as Director Business Development & Communications (BD&C) at CMS in Germany. The BD&C department at CMS also comprises a Research & Development unit which is responsible for developing technology-based legal advisory products and launched its first product in 2015.

Prior to becoming BD&C Director at CMS, Tobias has been working as Consultant at a PR agency, as Marketing Manager at US law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, joined CMS as BD Manager and headed the BD unit at CMS for a couple of years. In his various functions, Tobias Heining has been dealing with product development in law firms and its effects on the legal market as well as business models of the future since 2007. This also includes the greater digitization strategy of CMS Germany. Tobias studied History, Politics and Communications at Freie Universität Berlin, as well as Business Economics later on.

Sally-Anne Hinfey
Legal Director & Global Head of Privacy, SurveyMonkey

Sally Hinfey is Legal Director and head of privacy and data protection for SurveyMonkey, the online survey development cloud-based software as a service company. Prior to working with SurveyMonkey Sally also worked in two of Ireland’s top tier commercial law firms in their IP and technology departments representing a large variety of technology and software clients on areas like data protection, intellectual property and commercial contracts. Prior to practising as a lawyer, Sally undertook and completed a PhD in University College Dublin examining the various legal mechanisms to protect databases and database content.

Dr. Frederik Leenen, LL.M. (UConn),

Lawyer, Counsel, Head of Legal Tech, CMS Germany

Frederik heads the CMS legal tech department in Germany and advises big legal departments on their legal tech strategy both in general and in specific projects which include the automation of recurring legal tasks and use of artificial intelligence. He and his team design solutions to digitize the tasks involved as much as possible. Frederik is a fully qualified lawyer with a broad IT understanding and IT development background. He also advises clients in the area of European Copyright, mainly on questions about the right on communication to the public in modern digital business models.


Jonathan Marsh
ECLA President & Vice President, International General Counsel, TotalEnergies Marketing Services

Jonathan Marsh has developed extensive experience over the past 29 years in international business transactions, with over 20 years’ experience in the energy sector, involving long term projects with long investment horizons.  He has deep knowledge of geopolitical and legal risk assessments.  Recognized within his profession, Mr. Marsh serves in leadership roles in French and European professional associations. Jonathan Marsh currently serves as Deputy General Counsel of the Marketing Services Division of the Total S.A. Group legal department.  In this role Mr. Marsh manages the legal activities performed by 170 in-house legal counsel in over 100 countries.  He serves on the Group Legal Committee consisting of 10 General Counsel supervising the global team of 550 lawyers in the Total Group. Previously Mr. Marsh was International General Counsel from 2015 to 2017.

From 2002 to 2015, Mr. Marsh led the Mergers, Acquisitions and Finance Division of the Total S.A. Holding Group Legal Department.Mr. Marsh also served as Group US Counsel, supervising in particular relations with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Mr. Marsh also serves as President of the European Company Lawyers Association, as Vice President International Affairs and on the Board of Directors of the French In-house Counsel Association (Association Française des Juristes d’Entreprises – AFJE) as well as on the Management Committee of the French M&A Association (Association des Responsables de Fusions Acquisitions).

Mr. Marsh holds a Juris Doctor (Graduating cum laude and recipient of the Order of the Coif), and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations (Economic Phases) and French from the University of Wisconsin ‐ Madison.  Nominated by the French Prime Minister, Mr. Marsh participated in the 65thNational Session (2012-13) of the French Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale, a military training program focusing on geopolitical risks and strategies for high ranking military officers and private sector leaders.

Philip Merrills-Dearn,
Associate General Counsel & EMEA Head of Legal, Twitter

Philip leads the team responsible for providing a full legal and commercial service for the Twitter EMEA businesses. Philip has specialisms in commercial, privacy, intellectual property (copyright), employment and competition law and has been a champion for legal process outsourcing and simplification. Latterly the focus has been on the operational side of simplifying and accelerating Twitter's contracting cycle to support the broader growth and business development initiatives. He is also a key member of Twitter’s international leadership team responsible for business strategy, growth and expansion.

Philip spent 15 years in a number of roles at Hewlett-Packard both in the UK and Ireland and then leading the EMEA regional support for HP’s Printing and Mobile Divisions.

Philip has also been a director of ERP for over 10 years concerned with the recycling of electronic waste the as part of his pro bono activities. Philip and his team are part of the Legal 500 GC individual and team Powerlists.  Away from the office Philip runs a smallholding in an effort to live off the land.

Abhijit Mukhopadhyay
President (Legal) & General Counsel, Hinduja Group

Abhijit Mukhopadhyay is President (Legal) and General Counsel of the Hinduja Group and is involved in the Group’s worldwide legal matters based in London since June 2002. Previously, he worked in India as Company Secretary and Head of Legal in six major multinational, public and  private sector companies. During his time in education, Abhijit graduated in Commerce (Honours) and Law both from the UK and India. He is also a qualified Company and Chartered Secretary both from India and the UK. In India, Abhijit has been listed in the top 50 legal professionals, the top 25 General Counsels, and the Legal 500 most powerful list. Recently Abhijit has been included in the list of top 99 General Counsels from 31 countries. The Hinduja Group, headquartered in London, employs 127,000 people in 60 countries with a global annual turnover of USD 18 billion. It has 10 business verticals in automotive, foundry, power, healthcare, BPO, lubricant, media, chemical, explosives and real estate. Abhijit was the Vice Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Commission on Arbitration and ADR as also a member of its Steering Committee in Paris (2014-2017). He is also on the Advisory Board of CCLS, Queen Mary University of London and an Executive Committee Member of the IBF, Confederation of Indian Industry, UK. He has spoken globally and his articles have been published in many countries.


Jack Pineda Dale,
Legal Director for Baltics, Slovenia and Serbia, Microsoft

Jack Pineda Dale is Microsoft’s Legal Director for Baltics, Slovenia and Serbia based in Helsinki, Finland. As a technology aficionado himself, he specialises in AI and new technologies and legal issues arising from those. He led a worldwide project in Microsoft’s legal department that created a legal bot that provides legal guidance to Microsoft’s sales and business teams around the world.

Prior to his role as Legal Director, he was an Attorney Lead in Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit specialising in Cybersecurity and Cybercrime. He holds a Master’s in International Business Law from the University of Helsinki.


Maria Rocha Barros,
Vice President Legal & Corporate Affairs (European General Counsel), Anheuser-Busch InBev

Maria Rocha Barros is the Vice President of Legal & Corporate Affairs Europe (General Counsel Europe) of ABInBev, the leading global brewer, better known for its brands Stella Artois, Leffe, Budweiser and Corona. Maria is responsible for Europe’s legal and compliance matters, government relations, media relations, crisis management, security and corporate social responsibility, leading a team of +90 in +10 countries. Since joining ABInBev in 2011, Maria has held a number of positions in New York, Mexico and Belgium, where she has worked on various M&As/Greenfield projects in China/ Vietnam, and transformational M&A deals (including the $20 billion combination with Grupo Modelo and the $100 billion combination with SABMiller), as well as commercial, procurement, technology, anticorruption, antitrust, data privacy, SEC disclosure and dispute resolution matters. 

Prior to joining ABInBev, Maria worked at the international law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York, where she advised on cross-border M&A, IPOs, bond offerings, syndicated credit facilities and probono matters. Maria holds a bachelor of laws degree from the Universidade de Sao Paulo, and an LLM from Stanford University (Fundacão Estudar Scholarship) and is admitted to practice in England & Wales, U.S. (New York) and Brazil.


Lorraine Rooney,
General Counsel, AXA Life Europe DAC

Lorraine Rooney is General Counsel to AXA Life Europe DAC and has been working in law since 2005. Prior to this, Lorraine held roles with international firms, Dechert and State Street and Irish firms, KB Associates and Carne among others.

Lorraine is a psychology graduate of Trinity College Dublin, member of the Law Society of Ireland and licentiate of the Association of Compliance Officers, Ireland. Lorraine lectures and acts as internal examiner for the Law Society of Ireland, has published work in the ACOI members' magazine and has contributed to various Irish Funds Working Groups over the years. Lorraine has a particular interest in humanising the workplace in an increasingly technologically driven society, harmonising emotional intelligence with artificial intelligence to redefine how we do business.