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38th GLOBAL LEGAL CONFEX 15 NOVEMBER 2017, DUBAI, UAE

Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek,
Baniyas Road, P.O.Box 476,
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Agenda Detail

15 November 2017

ConfEx Agenda (From 07:30 AM to 06:00 PM Gulf Standard Time)
Panel Discussions to be held in Halls A and B)

07:30 AM – 08:30 AM

ZABEEL FOYER & HAMRIA ROOM

Registration and Informal Networking with Exhibitors

08:30 AM – 08:50 AM

Hall A  (ZABEEL 1)

Breaking The Ice - Know The Participants in Advance. Introductions : One By One. Networking Opportunity

  • Opening Welcome Address
  • Short Introductions of All Participants - One By One
  • Identification of "Who Is Who"
  • Prioritizing Your Networking with Audience
  • Assistance in Scheduling Meeting in Networking Breaks

08:50 AM – 10:00 AM - Hall A  (ZABEEL 1)

Opening Keynote Address

“People Still Matter in IP & Legal World: Ensuring Your Teams are Communicating, Collaborating and Sharing Knowledge”

Joanne Fischlin

Mark Beer

Chief Executive,
DIFC Dispute Resolution Authority,
UAE

Joanne Fischlin

Joanne Fischlin

Senior Attorney Manager,
Head of Corporate,
External and Legal Affairs,
Gulf Microsoft Corporation,
UAE

Pavani Reddy

Pavani Reddy

Managing Partner,
Zaiwalla & Co.,
UK

Gladys Daniel

Attorney,
Daniel And Gladys Advocates,
India

 

ZABEEL FOYER & HAMRIA ROOM
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Coffee and Tea Break - Informal Networking with Exhibitors

10:30 AM – 11:10 AM Hall A (ZABEEL 1)

Leadership Learning Lab

Worldwide Patent Perspectives: Software, SEPs, and the future of Patent Litigation; Cloud Technology Adoption Among IP Lawyers

  • Changing Patent system in ME & Europe
  • The internet of things & standard-essential patents (SEPs)
  • Examining and protecting software source code during discovery.
  • Why is the IP/legal profession generally a slow adopter of new technology?
  • Patent licensing disputes
  • Top concerns hindering cloud technology adoption among IP lawyers such as security and privacy of data, migration costs, and loss of physical controls

Baraa Kahf

Partner,
Knobbe, Martens,
Olson & Bear LLP,
USA

Angela Wing

Hani Abo Samra

Associate General Counsel -
Middle East & Africa & Italy,
Shelf Drilling,
UAE

Yasmine Afifi

Legal Counsel,
Cisco,
UAE

Ahmad Saleh

Partner & Head of Patents & Designs
(R&D and Innovations) Al Tamimi & Co.,
UAE

Rami Filfil

Senior Legal Consultant,
Rouse,
UAE

 

10:30 AM – 11:10 AM Hall B (ZABEEL 2)

Leadership Learning Lab

The Tech-Enabled Legal Department

Today, General Counsel (GCs) of global companies are required to be master multi-taskers. In addition to critical day-to-day legal support for businesses, GCs are asked to work with chief executive, CTO and corporate boards on strategies for overall business stability, management and profitability.
  • Aligning technology with internal and external stakeholders
  • Understanding business operations and processes
  • How technology innovation can improve business operations and processes
  • Collaboration with outside counsel
  • Tech training options

Moutaz Abdullat

General Legal Counsel, Ferrero Middle East,
UAE

Debolina Partap

Vice President Legal & General Counsel, Wockhardt,
India

Lily Jivani

Senior Legal Counsel, ETA Ascon / ETA Star,
UAE

Nasser Ali Khasawneh

Managing Partner - Middle East, Eversheds Sutherland,
UAE

Stuart Paterson

Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP,
UAE

 

11:15 AM – 11:35 AM

Exclusive Case Study Presentation

Corporate Governance 4.0 - Digital Challenges and Opportunities 

  • The Legal Team role in Corporate Governance
  • The Digital challenges
  • Opportunities : Legal Entities management and DOA solution
  • Contracts and Litigations software solutions
  • Business and Analytics tools for Legal Teams

Sameer Sehgal

Regional Business Manager,
DiliTrust,
UAE

Aïman Sadellah

Regional Business Manager,
DiliTrust,
UAE

Sponsored By:

OneTrust
 

11:15 AM – 11:35 AM

Exclusive Case Study Presentation

How to Tackle the GDPR: A Typical Privacy & Security Roadmap

As a new era of privacy regulations approaches, security and compliance professionals must ensure GDPR is a priority by building privacy into security plans. You will learn about:

  • The GDPR's key components
  • The importance of demonstrating on-going compliance
  • How privacy management software can support security and compliance professionals in these efforts

Ian Evans

Managing Director - EMEA,
OneTrust,
UK

Sponsored By:
 

11:40 AM – 12:20 PM

Leadership Learning Lab

IP Risk Management - Bad Data, Bad Decisions

In this uncertain world of globalization and emerging markets, Dubai’s economic and cultural growth is supported by a legal and regulatory framework developed to encourage significant local and international business creativity. Since the evolution of Intellectual Property (IP) Law over centuries, businesses have certainly started firmly establishing the concept. IP has now emerged as a commonplace in the world with an objective to Promote Progress. You will learn about:

  • Cybercrime & IP Risk in Dubai and UAE
  • Explore the importance of the decisions you make using intellectual property data
  • UAE war on Data Theft
  • Discover how to be better equipped to increase productivity and become a strong resource to your business
  • Uncover evaluation techniques that could save you countless hours in IP analysis
  • Distill insights to your stakeholders and impact day-to-day business decisions

Joan Mill

EVP Sales, EMEA, CPA Global, UK

Karim Elhelaly

Senior Legal Counsel,
Oracle Systems Limited,Dubai, UAE

Candice Kloes

Senior Legal Counsel, du, UAE

Nadim Bardawil

Senior Associate,BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP,
UAE

Aditya Verma

Senior Legal Counsel,
OSN,
UAE

 

11:40 AM – 12:20 PM

Leadership Learning Lab

Cross-Border Privacy Issues and Jurisdictional Differences

  • The current legislative landscape
  • Developing multi-jurisdictional privacy policies and practices
  • Managing movement of personal information between parent companies and subsidiaries
  • Can a multinational corporation effectively put data out of reach for U.S. discovery by relocating the data to a foreign affiliate?
  • E-discovery differences between US, EU and Asia
  • Handling Cross-Border Litigation

Shahab Ahmed

Managing Counsel, Lead Group Privacy Counsel, Etihad Airways, UAE

Shintaro Shiba

General Manager, Legal & Compliance, Sony, UAE

Linah Yazbak

Manager, Legal & Compliance, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Amman, Jordan

Shanavas Abdul Azeez

Senior Legal Counsel, Selevision Co, UAE

 
 

12:25 PM – 12:55 PM

Exclusive Case Study Presentation

Trade of History - Cyprus, Dubai and UK

Katherine Alexander Theodoutou

Katherine Alexander Theodoutou

Principal, Highgate Hill Solicitors, UK

Sponsored By:

Highgate Hill Solicitors
 

12:25 PM – 12:55 PM

Exclusive Case Study Presentation

App4Legal , the Secrets of Tech-Innovation for Legal Teams

A complete Legal Practice Management Solution becomes crucial for Legal Teams in order to collaborate, track & control! With App4Legal, you'll access an easy & complete workspace tailored for Lawyers to:

  • Manage your Corporate Matters
  • Track & follow-up on your Litigation Cases
  • Collaborate on internal Tasks
  • Organize your channel of communication with your Clients or other departments
  • Control your budget allocation & your Capacity
  • Generate your ultimate Reports & KPIs in one click

Feras El Hajjar

CEO, Infosysta, UAE

Sponsored By:

App4Legal
 
 

ZABEEL FOYER & HAMRIA ROOM
12:55 PM – 01:40 PM

Lunch and Informal Networking with Exhibitors

01:40 PM – 02:20 PM

GDPR Learning Lab

How to Turn GDPR into an Opportunity in 2017-18?

The EU General Data Protection Regulation is a law designed to enhance data protection and provide a consolidated framework to guide business usage of personal data across the EU. Companies must be compliant by May 25, 2018. It's time to evaluate your readiness, build a plan, and then implement the plan.
Experts will explain what the GDPR means for your business and how you should see this as a coming opportunity:

  • What does the new GDPR entail? How to prepare for compliance by May 25, 2018.
  • How do you get started with your compliance program?
  • How to implement required security measures
  • How to make your business profitable in the era of GDPR?
  • Evaluate control requirements mandated by the new legislation.
  • Understand the financial and operational consequences of non-compliance
  • Do you need to appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO)?

Lori Baker

Group Legal and Compliance Counsel, MOBY GROUP, UAE

Mansur Muradov

Senior Legal Executive, SONY, UAE

Ian Evans

Managing Director - EMEA, OneTrust, UK

Souad El Khialy

Head of Legal & Compliance - Middle East, Sulzer, UAE

 

01:40 PM – 02:20 PM

Leadership Learning Lab

How to Effectively and Ethically Deal with Cyber-Attacks

  • Overview of data security and security breach laws
  • What is the best way to respond to a cyber-attack?
  • What are the ethics traps to avoid?
  • How to implement CISO reporting structures and cyber-incident response plans
  • How to navigate the patchwork of data breach notification laws
  • How to mitigate litigation risk after a data breach
  • Cybersecurity insurance

Nadine Naji

Head Legal & Compliance – Gulf,
Novartis Middle East FZE Authority,
UAE

Nicholas Humphrey

Partner,
Kennedys,
UAE

Munir Suboh

Head of Intellectual Property,
Hadef & Partners,
UAE

Robert Flaws

Head of Technology and Telecommunications,
CMS LLP,
UAE

 
 

02:25 PM – 02:45 PM

Exclusive Case Study Presentation

Parallel Imports - Trademarks

 

Gladys Daniel

Attorney,
Daniel And Gladys Advocates,
India

Sponsored By:

Daniel And Gladys Advocates
 

02:25 PM – 02:45 PM

Exclusive Case Study Presentation

 

Transforming GDPR Compliance to Competitive Advantage: The Role of the DPO in EU and beyond

 

Alexandros Nousias

IP & Privacy Advocate,
DPO & Ethics Advisor,
Advanced Quality Services Ltd,
Greece

Sponsored By:

Daniel And Gladys Advocates
 

02:50 PM – 03:30 PM

Leadership Learning Lab

Conducting IP Audits

An IP Audit solves the purpose of a systematic review of the IP assets owned, used or acquired by a business. It helps to uncover under-utilized IP assets, to identify any threats to a company’s bottom lineand to enable business planners to devise informed strategies that will maintain and improve the company’s market position.In any transaction involving IP assets, legal counsel should conduct an internal IP audit on its patent portfolio to make sure the portfolio is complete with no holes that competitors can design around.

  • Identifying and managing IP assets
  • Knowing which type of IP rights to acquire and maintain
  • Determining the value of IP to obtain maximize license agreements
  • Identifying obsolete IP assets
  • Avoiding IP infringement
  • Enforcing IP rights

Omar Obeidat

Partner and Head of Intellectual Property,
Al Tamimi & Co.,
UAE

Taj Kunwar Paul

Trademark Counsel,
Coca-Cola,
UAE

Sau Lin Haouache

Trade Mark Attorney,
Bird & Bird LLP,
UK

Mohamed Zarroug

General Counsel,
Qurum Business Group,
UAE

 

02:50 PM – 03:30 PM

Blockchain Learning Lab

Blockchain Revolution for Middle East Lawyers

Experts will share the detailed information on the following key points

  • What is Blockchain & current impact of Blockchain technologies on Lawyers?
  • Blockchains, smart contracts and the law
  • Why will Blockchain transform the global economy?
  • Legal Education in the Blockchain Revolution (LEBR)
  • The Blockchain - Irreversible and Unhackable
  • How the UAE government is using Blockchain technology to fight fraud?
  • Digital Passports in Dubai using Blockchain Tech
  • The Blockchain train is coming—why don’t you climb on board?

Cyril Voisin

Chief Security Officer,
Middle East and Africa Microsoft Corporation,
UAE

Srinivas Kotni

Founder & Managing Partner,
LEXport,
India

Ahmad Saleh

Partner & Head of Patents & Designs (R&D and Innovations),
Al Tamimi & Co.,
UAE

Jack Hardman

Senior Associate,
Clifford Chance LLP,
UAE

Amit Khandelwal

Associate Vice President- Legal & Compliance,
Network International L.L.C.,
UAE

Alexandra Aikman

Associate Afridi & Angell
Legal Consultants,
UAE

 
 

03:35 PM – 04:25 PM

Leadership Learning Lab

New UAE Bankruptcy Law– what you need to know

The UAE government has issued Federal Decree Law No. 9 of 2016 on Bankruptcy (the New Law). The New Law was published in the Official Gazette with a publication date of 29 September 2016 and will come into force three months later on 29 December 2016.

Experts will share the detailed information on the following key points-

  • Current insolvency regime repealed
  • Application is wider – not just commercial traders
  • New financial restructuring committee to be appointed
  • New balance sheet insolvency test
  • Modernized restructuring and insolvency procedures, although still court-driven "Bankruptcy by default" (also known as the 30 day rule) has been rescinded
  • Proceedings for bounced checks stayed if rescue procedures initiated
  • New minimum threshold (AED100,000) for creditor-initiated insolvency proceedings
  • New UAE bankruptcy law to boost business confidence

Tobias Speer

Senior Legal Counsel,
Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group,
UAE

Ahmed Huseein Zekry

Vice President & Legal Manager,
Mashreqbank,
UAE

Michael Naroz

Group Legal Director,
ASGC GROUP,
UAE

Manish Kaushik

Corporate Legal Counsel,
Al wasl International Group,
UAE

 

03:35 PM – 04:25 PM

Leadership Learning Lab**

At All Costs: Managing Contract Disputes

We all understand the disputes are not certain however they are certainly not far behind. In this global world, where conflicts increase with the pace of business, much greater attention needs to be paid to managing contracts and disputes, and just as importantly, increase your chances of success when they arise. The key to success is taking the right steps from the beginning of a contract. Once you are in a dispute, then the die is, to a large extent, already cast. The experts will share their thoughts on:

  • Why contract litigation is so prevalent and expensive
  • Dispute resolution clauses in contracts
  • Negotiating the deal, and negotiating to avoid a formal dispute
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and arbitration
  • When is mediation the best approach?
  • When all else fails: the path to litigation

Richard Phelan

Managing Counsel,
Oman Gas Company S.A.O.C.,
Muscat,
Oman

Buse Pınar Kaçar

Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs Officer,
Yorsan,
Turkey

Daniel Xu

Counsel,
King & Wood Mallesons LLP,
UAE

Thanos Karvelis

Partner- Construction,
International Arbitration Corporate & Commercial,
Galadari Advocates & Legal Consultants,
UAE

Leigh Crestohl

Senior Solicitor,
Zaiwalla & Co.,
UK

Samer Abou Said

Counsel, The Firm,
Dubai,
U.A.E

 
 

04:25 PM – 04:40 PM

Coffee and Tea Break - Informal Networking with Exhibitors

04:40 PM – 05:40 PM

STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP DISCUSSION: Fostering A Global Legal Ecosystem***

Join us for this special leadership discussion aimed at connecting important communities from the global legal & IP ecosystem: in-house departments, law firms, associations and solution providers. This interactive session is a forum for all the stakeholders to discuss and deliberate the myriad and diverse issues they face today, and to find common ground and potential collaborative solutions to overcome challenges and leverage opportunities. Key Topics of Discussion

  • Top Legal & IP Trends in 2017, Predictions for 2018
  • VAT (Value Added Tax) in the Middle East – New Additions
  • Open Data Law - Significant step forward in Dubai’s Cyber Legislation and smart city ambitions
  • Dubai International Financial Centre ("DIFC") and Mediation
  • Every Contract is a Litigation Waiting to Happen
  • Preparing for Litigation Before Litigation Hits

Sumant Nayak

Partner,
Desai & Diwanji,
India

Tarek Nakkach

Region Legal Counsel- MENA,
Hewlett Packard Enterprise,
UAE

Raza Mithani

Partner,
Berwin Leighton Paisner,
UAE

Sarah Malik

Of Counsel,
Taylor Wessing (Middle East) LLP,
UAE

Filippo Cossalter

Legal Director,
Johnson & Johnson,
UAE

Gordon Blanke

Partner,
DWF LLP,
UAE

Dr. Tariq Mostafa

CEO,
All Talent Group,
Egypt

Dyfan Owen

Partner,
Ashurst,
UAE

Mohammad Alsaid

Chief Legal Officer,
Emirates Business Group,
UAE

 
 

ZABEEL FOYER & HAMRIA ROOM
5:40 PM – 06:30 PM

Lucky Draw Contest followed by Closing Remarks Followed by Evening Cocktail

Lucky Draw Contest followed by Closing Remarks & Networking Evening Cocktail. This will celebrate the presence of our speakers and sponsors who made this event happen with their undaunting support and participation.

 

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