Legal Week launches conference in New York for international general counsel

Leading general counsel will gather in New York this September to debate the challenges of running multinational legal teams at the inaugural Legal Week Global Corporate Counsel Forum.

The one-day conference will be chaired by Michael T Williams, general counsel of Staples, and feature keynote addresses former General Electric general counsel Ben Heineman – author of the influential Harvard Law School paper The General Counsel as Lawyer-Statesman – and legendary journalist Carl Bernstein.

The event’s launch will be followed by that of Legal Week Corporate Counsel Forum Singapore in October, boosting the number of Legal Week corporate counsel forums to six – in London, Dubai, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Singapore and New York.

Other speakers at the New York event, which takes place at the Down Town Association on 18 September, include Mary Galligan, special agent in charge of cyber/special operations for the FBI’s New York Division, and general counsel from an array of leading international companies, including Kraft Foods, BASF and The Boston Consulting Group.

The conference will examine the changing role of the general counsel in large corporations and assess how they can best respond to regulatory risks associated with operating in different regions across the world.

Galligan will outline the FBI’s latest thinking on cyber-crime and there will be sessions on cross-border litigation, reputational risk, obtaining the best legal advice overseas and how to structure international legal departments.

The conference will close with a question and answer session with Bernstein, the investigative journalist who, together with Bob Woodward, exposed the Watergate Scandal.

John Malpas, Legal Week’s publisher, said: “It is exciting for us to be holding an event for general counsel in the US, which is not only where the role of general counsel was born and but also where many of the deepest and most influential thinkers on the role of the general counsel are based.”

Legal Week Global Corporate Counsel Forum is one of two new additions to Legal Week’s network of events for senior in-house lawyers.

The inaugural Legal Week Corporate Counsel Forum Singapore will place on 22 October at the Marina Mandarin Singapore.

Also being held this autumn are the two-day Legal Week Corporate Counsel Forum (London Syon Park Hotel, 23-24 September) and Legal Week Corporate Counsel Forum Africa (Pivot Conference Centre, Montecasino, Johannesburg, 24 October).

Legal Week Corporate Counsel Forum Middle East took place in Dubai in May and was followed by Legal Week Corporate Counsel Forum Hong Kong in June.

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