Legal Disruption 2019 - ECLA
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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 utilized in legal professions”
“Digital Products Tailor-made: From process analysis to specific roadmaps”
“In-House Predictive Analytics”
“Using Technology to Comply with GDPR”

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.

Preliminary 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 – “How legal tech has already changed the day-to-day operations for company lawyers”

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 Trusting laborious tasks to AI

1. An outlook to future developments in AI

2. 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)

3. Opportunities with AI in legal departments of today


10:45 – 11:15 Coffee Break


11:15 – 13:00 Breakout Sessions “Efficient Management and Compliance”

Efficient management

How to start: the path to digital strategy –

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


Using technology to comply with GDPR –

Denis Kelleher, Head of Privacy EMEA, LinkedIn

Streamlining the adoption of legal technology solutions for multinational corporations 

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

Cloud computing – a safe way to adhere to compliance rules for data storage?

Is working without legal matter management systems debilitating to legal departments of today?

Essential processes to aid compliance with privacy laws and reduce risk profile –

Sally-Anne Hinfey PhD, Legal Director, SurveyMonkey

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break


14:00 – 15:45 Process automation

1. Saying good riddance to arbitrary errors and loss of time with automated contracts

2. Permissioned blockchain network – buzzword or a realistic method for signing and verifying contracts

3. Collecting data & reinforcing it to automated processes to increase business efficiency

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


15:45 – 16:15 Coffee Break


16:15 – 18:00 The legal departments of today and tomorrow

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

Lorraine Rooney, General Counsel, AXA Life Europe dac

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

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

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

Thibaut Gregoire, General Counsel Europe, Mastercard


18:00 Closing remarks



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


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


Thibaut Gregoire,
General Counsel Europe, Mastercard


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


Tobias Heining
President, European Legal Technology Association


Sally-Anne Hinfey PhD,
Legal Director, SurveyMonkey

Denis Kelleher

Denis Kelleher,
Head of Privacy EMEA, LinkedIn

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Cornelia Kutterer,
Senior Director, EU Government Affairs, Privacy and Digital Policies, Microsoft


Jonathan Marsh
VP, International General Counsel, Total SA


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


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


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


Lorraine Rooney,
General Counsel, AXA Life Europe dac

Eric Warberg 2

Erik Normann Warberg,
Head of Legal & Procurement, Avinor Flysikring AS

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 ( 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.



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.

Jonathan Marsh
ECLA President & Vice President, International General Counsel, Total 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 laudeand 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.

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.

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 Anheuser Busch InBev, the leading global brewer, best known for its brands Stella Artois, Budweiser and Corona. Prior to joining AB-InBev, Maria worked at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York, where she advised on M&A, IPOs, bond offerings, syndicated credit facilities and pro bono matters.Maria holds a bachelor of laws degree from the Universidade de Sao Paulo, an LLM from Stanford University and is admitted to practice in the U.S. (New York), England & Wales and Brazil.