09 April: Kick-off evening event
10 April: Conference day
09 April: Kick-off evening event
10 April: Conference day
Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin
“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”
“Using legal tech to comply with GDPR”
9-10 April 2019
Our second Legal Disruption in 2019 is here, bringing together industry-leading legal technology experts with companies offering innovative solutions and experienced corporate lawyers from businesses of all sizes. Tailored for company lawyers, with the discussion themes carefully selected to reflect what in-house counsel are most interested in, Legal Disruption is a must-attend event for corporate counsel wishing to learn more about modern-age solutions and approaches in the legal departments.
Tuesday, 09 April 2019:
18:00 Arrival & Drinks Reception
19:00 Welcome Speech
19:15 Collective Redress across the globe – Class Actions as inherent risk for multinational corporations
Dr. Michael Thomas Melber & Klaus Schubert, K&L Gates
20:15 Get-together with Dinner
Wednesday, 10 April 2019:
Dr. Peter Schichl, Head of Legal Tech Practice Group at Bundesverband der Unternehmensjuristen e.V. (BUJ)
Dr. Peter Kriependorf, Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Syndikusanwälte im Deutschen Anwaltverein (DAV)
09:15 – 11:00 Artificial intelligence & future prospects
1. The ethics of AI
Dr. Peter Schichl, Chief Legal Technology Officer, Head of Technology & Procurement, Deutsche Telekom
2. Disruption disrupted: Where are we heading? – Download
Thomas Northoff, Managing Partner and Global Technology Leader, Deloitte Germany
3. The digital transformation in legal departments and practical applications of AI
Bettina Sonnemann, Head of Legal Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Microsoft
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 13:15 Practical approaches and in-house legal tools
1. Intake to Insight with Matter Management – Matter Management Systems and Workflow to streamline processes – Download
Michael Becker, Managing Director, Continental Europe; Andrew Dey, Senior Director, Law Department Management; Robin Snasdell, Managing Director, Law Department Management, Consilio
2. Towards legal automation
Dr. Jean Obst, Head of Legal Mobility Solution, Robert Bosch GmbH
3. Performance & productivity at stake as legal departments enter a new challenging era
Grégoire Miot, Head of New Markets / Chief Evangelist – Legal Software, Wolters Kluwer
13:15 – 14:15 Lunch
14:15 – 16:00 Breakout sessions on departmental efficiency and compliance questions
Maximising the effectiveness of corporate legal departments
1. How legal technology can increase departmental efficiency
Olaf Wolters, General Counsel and Head of Legal,
idealo internet GmbH
2. Increasing legal awareness through legal tech instruments
Sabine Abbasi, Director Corporate Legal,
EQOS Energie Deutschland
3. Correlation between legal document management solutions and reduced levels of stress – Download
Gian-Reto Schulthess, Head of Legal Technology and Innovation,
Zurich Insurance Company Ltd
Dealing with emerging challenges using legal technology
1. Soft and technical touch: the way to a holistic approach into the future of legal departments – Download
Ruud van Herpen, General Counsel,
2. The Role of Legal Tech in Hyper Growth Start-ups
Dr. Damian Bethke, General Counsel,
3. Using legal technology to address data protection rules – Download
Fabrizio Manzi, General Counsel,
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 – 17:45 Disrupted legal departments
1. Ending the insanity and risk around document production: using collaboration tools to increase inter-departmental efficiency, minimise errors and slash legal costs – Download
Tarik Gause, Associate General Counsel, VEON Ltd.
2. Following the business or shaping your own business: in-house lawyers in a brave new World
Michael Winkler, Associate General Counsel – Head of Integrity & Legal/Legal Supply and Sales, Daimler AG
3. Blockchain and its efficacy in corporate legal departments – Download
Dorota Koseła, EMEA Counsel, Jumio Corporation
Michael R. Winkler
Associate General Counsel – Head of Integrity & Legal/Legal Supply and Sales, Daimler AG
Dr. Peter Schichl
Chief Legal Technology Officer, Head of Technology & Procurement, Deutsche Telekom
Arrival & Accommodation
Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin
Reservation – limited room block on 9 April 2019
A room block has been optioned (upon availability)
Room rate single occupancy: EUR 170,00 per night incl. breakfast
Please use the keyword “Legal Disruption” for your reservation: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director Corporate Legal & Compliance Officer, EQOS Energie Deutschland
Mrs. Sabine Abbasi studied Business Psychology and Business Law in Hamburg and Boston, MA (USA). She has more than 15 years of professional and managerial experience.
In addition to her honorary work as an examiner at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, she also participated in various textbooks in the field of law as a writer and co-author.
She is currently doing her doctorate at Mendel University in the field of management. Since 2018 she works as Director of the German legal department of EQOS Energie Deutschland GmbH. Since 2019 she is also appointed as Compliance Officer.
Michael R. Winkler
Head of Integrity & Legal/Legal Supply and Sales (IL/LS) of the Daimler AG´s Legal Department
Since July 2017 Michael R. Winkler is Head of Integrity & Legal/Legal Supply and Sales (IL/LS) in the Daimler AG’s Legal Department.
After studying law at Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich und at St. John’s College in Oxford he completed his articles at the Appellate Court Munich.
Michael Winkler completed a European Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the international Business School ESCP in Paris in 2006.
Since 1997 he has held various positions within the legal department of Daimler AG.
From 2003 to 2007 he was in charge of alternative powertrain projects and European topics in the Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) Division.
From 2007 to 2010 he was responsible for establishing and heading the Legal and Compliance Department in Bejing for the Asia-Pacific Region.
From 2011 to 2013 Michael Winkler was General Counsel for Daimler Financial Services AG and from 2013 to 2017 acted as Head of Legal/ Corporate, Asia-Pacific and Chief Operating Officer of Daimler AG’s Legal Department.
Associate General Counsel, VEON Ltd.
Tarik Gause is Associate General Counsel at VEON Ltd., a leading global provider of connectivity and internet services based in Amsterdam and listed on both NASDAQ and Euronext. As a key member of a small team of capital markets and finance attorneys at VEON, Tarik partners with colleagues and senior management to address complex disclosure matters which arise under both U.S. and E.U. securities regulations and impact all areas of VEON’s business, including M&A, liability management, litigation, investor relations, human resources, and corporate governance. Prior to joining VEON Ltd., Tarik was Assistant General Counsel and Vice President at Bank of America Corporation (BofA); a capital markets attorney with Shearman & Sterling LLP in São Paulo, Brazil (2013-2016); an investment funds attorney with K&L Gates LLP (2010-2013); a research analyst and staff attorney in the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (2005-2010); and director of Japan and Korea international trade policy at the White House’s Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (1999-2005). Tarik is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (JD), Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (MA) and Howard University (BA). He is fluent in Portuguese and conversant in Spanish.
EMEA Counsel, Jumio Corporation
Dorota Koseła is the EMEA Counsel at the London office of FinTech company Jumio. In addition to a double MA in Law and Sociology, she holds an LL.M. in Law, Science and Technology from Stanford Law School. She advises on a wide range of contractual and regulatory issues involving technology, including Fintech, mobile health and the Internet of Things. In particular, she has developed unique practical experience in advising tech companies on their international expansion. Dorota is also a seasoned data protection lawyer. She is a keen mentor and has been advising and mentoring technology-based start-ups from Central and Eastern Europe.
Head of Legal Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Microsoft
Bettina Sonnemann is Head of Legal at Microsoft Deutschland GmbH. In her role she manages all legal matters for Microsoft‘s business in Germany. Major areas of her current work are software licensing, digital transformation, cloud services, data protection law and legal aspects of artificial intelligence. Ms. Sonnemann has over 15 years of professional experience as an in-house counsel for multi-national technology companies. Prior to joining Microsoft about 5 years ago, she was a Senior Director and Lead Lawyer at Intel Mobile Communications‘ international smartphone business and an IP attorney at Infineon Technologies AG, a semiconductor company. Bettina Sonnemann is a registered attorney and holds a law degree from Ludwigs-Maximilians-University in Munich and from Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. She earned an LL.M. in International Commercial Law from University of California, Davis, USA and is currently attending the Global Executive MBA at INSEAD.
Head of New Markets / Chief Evangelist – Legal Software, Wolters Kluwer
Former practicing lawyer in the Energy industry, he launched a consulting firm dedicated to digital transformation of the practice of law, prior leading the development of Leaders League group subsidiaries, expanding the portfolio of digital services to legal practitioners.
Involved with legal technology for the past 10 years, he joined Legisway in 2018 as Head of New Markets and Chief Evangelist, in the context of its acquisition by Wolters Kluwer Group.
Managing Partner and Global Technology, Deloitte
Thomas Northoff joined in Deloitte 1994, and is, as a Partner for Deloitte Tax & Legal, the Managing Partner for Deloitte Legal. He advises public and private sector clients on funding strategies and optimization of grants & incentives, strategy and organizational development, transactions, financing structures and tax law.
Thomas Northoff also serves as a member of the board of the Deloitte Foundation and member of the supervisory board at Universitätsmedizin Rostock.
Besides his native German, he speaks English and French.
Dr. Jean Obst
Head of Legal Mobility Solution, Robert Bosch GmbH
Dr. Jean-Stephan Obst studied law from 1993-1998 at the University of Saarland. From 1995 to 1997, he completed a two-years integrated trilateral university program in England, Germany and France (Lille-Warwick-Programm). In 1997, he started his own business as a coach in communication, IT and law and together with a partner he founded GoTraining GbR. After completing his practical legal training with focus on economic law at the Higher Regional Court Saarbrücken, Jean-Stephan Obst attained a doctorate with the topic “The rights of the minority shareholder at stock exchange listed companies”. From 2003 to 2005, Jean-Stephan Obst worked as a trainee at Robert Bosch GmbH with stations in the legal department, HR department at Bosch Spain, Controlling and Sales Automotive, followed by positions as Legal Counsel (until end 2006) and Senior Legal Counsel (until October 2011) in Automotive an IT law. In addition, he served as Deputy Head for the French legal department of Robert Bosch France SARL from August 2008 to January 2009. From 2011 to 2017, Jean-Stephan Obst was Head of the legal Department at Bosch Thermotechnik GmbH and from 2015 onwards, he also been served as General Counsel West Europe. Today, he serves as Head of Law of the Mobility Solutions department at Robert Bosch Gmbh. Jean-Stephan Obst speaks German, French, English and Spanish.
Head of Legal Technology and Innovation, Zurich Insurance Company Ltd
Gian-Reto is a Swiss qualified lawyer, employed with Zurich Insurance Group as Head Legal Technology and Innovation. In his role, he also supports other areas of legal operations, focusing on Zurich’s services delivery model and the strategic planning process for the legal department. Before, he worked as Head Corporate Law Department at Adecco Group and as Head Corporate Legal Services at Forbo International SA. He studied economics and law at the University of St. Gallen and has an Executive MBA from INSEAD.
Ruud van Herpen
Chief Legal Officer, Xebia Group
Ruud is a seasoned legal management executive with close to 30 years of experience in various legal roles and is currently CLO at Xebia International Group. Xebia is a worldwide, innovative IT Consultancy Company, operating on a global scale with a team over 5,000 consultants helping the world’s top 250 companies and category leaders overcome digital challenges, embrace innovation, adopt new technology and implement new business models. Ruud has laid out a challenging digital transformation path for the legal department to become a fully digitalized and AI driven department by the start of 2025.
General Counsel, Italiaonline
Current General Counsel of Italiaonline, main Italian-based internet company with strong focus on digital advertising and the mission to digitalize small and medium enterprises, he also acts as secretary of the Board of Directors and head of the compliance and regulatory function.
Previously, he covered the role of legal head of the M&A function and extraordinary transactions in UniCredit S.p.A., offering support in all major corporate transactions in the years 2014-17. He had started his career in the private practice working for more than 12 years at Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, a primary standing Italian law firm, in the Corporate/M&A department under the guidance of Mr.Francesco Gianni.
General Counsel & Head of Legal, idealo internet GmbH
Olaf Wolters studied law in Göttingen and Oslo, and completed his legal clerkship in business law in Frankfurt and New York. His legal career began in 2000 in the legal department of the Deutsche Bahn AG. From 2001 to 2005, he worked as a lawyer in a Frankfurt law firm focusing on media law. From 2005 to 2011, Olaf Wolters led the Federal Association of Interactive Entertainment Software (BIU). During his association activities he was also a board member and chairman of the legal committee of the German Antipiracy Organization (GVU) and board member of the Interactive Software Federation of Europe (ISFE) in Brussels. In Autumn 2011, Olaf Wolters joined BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT as a media lawyer focusing on digital media and intellectual property. Since May 2018 he is General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of idealo internet GmbH, the leading European price comparison platform.
Dr. Damian Bethke
General Counsel, MessageBird
Dr. Damian Bethke is the General Counsel of MessageBird, the famous hyper growth startup headquartered in Amsterdam with offices all over the world. With passion to build-up business from scratch, Damian brings a thorough business understanding of the telecommunications industry to the table which allows him to bridge the legal responsibility with business needs.
Before joining MessageBird, Damian has worked and studied in Switzerland, Beijing and Hong Kong. In fall 2017, MessageBird raised the biggest early stage funding for a European software firm and is on a quest to revolutionize the telecommunications market.
Managing Director, Continental Europe, Consilio
Michael Becker is a qualified lawyer, admitted to the Bar in Munich, Germany. As Managing Director, he leads Consilio’s German and Swiss offices located in Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich. In addition to supporting international financial and industrial companies, he also is responsible for the comprehensive planning and management of eDiscovery, computer forensic and managed-review solutions. He has extensive expertise in the design, development and implementation of solutions in antitrust, fraud, compliance and corruption procedures, litigation, arbitration and internal investigations with specialised consideration of international data protection regulations and legal process outsourcing. In his role, Michael has led solutions design and implementation on some of the most extensive eDiscovery investigations in Germany, a large number of EU countries, the United States, Hong Kong and Japan. Michael’s most complex matter managed to date included over 82 million documents and over 1000 simultaneous custodians. Further he consults clients on data privacy and internal investigations in particular in a US/ EU cross-border context and contributes to The Sedona Conference, Working Group 6 on Discovery and Data Privacy.
Michael has published multiple articles in prestigious German newspapers and trade journals such as Süddeutsche Zeitung, Handelsblatt, and BCM, covering a wide range of topics relating to eDiscovery and Data Privacy. He is also a recognised speaker and panellist at various legal industry conferences and seminars.
Prior to joining Consilio, Michael practiced law at CHSH in Vienna and Bucharest and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in Frankfurt. Michael studied law at the University of Heidelberg and Mainz. He speaks German, English and Italian.
Managing Director, Law Department Management, Consilio
Robin Snasdell is a Managing Director with Consilio. He is leader of the Law Department Management Consulting Team where he is responsible for executing large client engagements and directing the strategic partner program. Robin offers more than 20 years of experience in strategic and operational consulting in the legal industry. He focuses on improving the business performance of law departments and firms, utilizing strategy, organizational design, change management, finance, technology, and business process.
He has experience working with organizations in a variety of industries including energy, pharmaceutical, automotive, technology, and financial. He has successfully implemented performance improvement initiatives in multiple Fortune 50 companies. Some of his clients have included Apple, Intel, J&J, GSK, Pfizer, GM, Amgen, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Phillips66, Weatherford, CSAA, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Nissan etc. Prior to joining Consilio, Robin worked with Huron Legal, Arthur Andersen and before that he was a litigation attorney.
Senior Director, Law Department Manager, Legal Operations Consulting Team, Consilio
Currently providing consultancy services to corporate Legal teams on strategy and technology and based in London, Andrew previously held various operational, change management, IT and strategy roles at Director level within the global Legal team at Barclays bank.
Andrew was a founder member of the Banking Legal Technology (“BLT”) group, the Legal IT Innovators Group (“LITIG”) and the “KMIT” in-house legal group and is an active member of the Knowledge Management Committee of the Society for Computers and Law. Having worked closely with the LEDES Oversite Committee (“LOC”) to produce the international version of their eBilling standard and pioneer the use of matter management and eBilling in the UK, he is on the Board of the LOC. Andrew also works closely with the Legal Operations Group of the ACC (Association of Corporate Counsel) and has been on judging panels for a number of legal awards.
He is very familiar with the range of software solutions on the market for corporate legal teams and the challenges in-house legal departments have related to operations and is currently Senior Director of the Legal Operations Consulting team at Consilio.