Confirmed Lexpo'20 Speakers
- Frederieke Leeflang
Frederieke is managing partner at Deloitte Legal Netherlands and has a great deal of experience in advising companies and associations on competition and European law and litigating before the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM), the European Commission and Dutch civil courts. Her rich experience provides synergies in achieving the digital transformation needed within organizations that are faced with rising costs, exponential technologies and changing talent models and ways of working. LegalTech plays an important role within that paradigm shift and is deeply engrained within the Deloitte Legal Operating Model that we advise on.
- Bas Kodden
Bas (Sebastiaan) Kodden (PhD., MSc BA, BSc BA, LLM) is a professor of leadership & management development and one of Europe's leading speakers on leadership, entrepreneurship and personal development. He is the author of several #1 management-related and internationally published management books, including Be a HERO – How To Bring Out Leadership in Everyone, Legal Leadership and The Art of Sustainable Performance.
As a leadership coach he worked with World & Olympic champions, world's most famous sports coaches and well-known entrepreneurs and CEOs from all over the world. He is the Director Executive MBA at Nyenrode Business University, The Netherlands.
Since the publication of his Nr. 1 bestselling book 'Be a HERO' Bas is asked by many (global) organizations to contribute to their next levels of leadership. He is one of a select few executive advisors who has worked with over 500 major CEOs and their management teams.
- Priya Lele
Priya is the Legal Operations Lead, Client Solutions (UK/US & EMEA) at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in London. She has been responsible for shaping and leading many transformational projects in private practice and with several FTSE100 clients and a Fortune50 client.
A corporate finance lawyer by background (with over a decade’s experience of leading transactions and knowledge management at top global law firms), Priya now leads initiatives that drive innovation in legal service delivery including on new ways of working, innovative process design and the effective use of technology and automated solutions.
A frequent speaker at round-tables and conferences passionately championing human-centred innovation and diversity and inclusion in law. Priya recently co-founded She Breaks the Law – a global network for women who lead disruptive legal innovation – with nearly 2000 members since its launch on International Woman's Day 2019. She is also on the Advisory Board for the Cambridge Women in Law network at the Faculty of Law, Cambridge University.
- Claire Townshend
Claire is Head of HR, EMEA & US and Global Head, HR Operations at Ashurst. She has more than twenty years’ experience in the design and delivery of high-value HR functions for leading professional services firms, including Ashurst, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, KPMG and Andersen.
Most recently at Ashurst, Claire has been part of both innovation and transformation projects including a restructure of the global operations and secretarial function, the development of truly global D&I initiatives including “Smarter Working” and globalising maternity, paternity and shared parental leave provisions. Prior to this, Claire was the first to implement a cloud-based global HR system in an international (UK headquartered) law firm.
In her day job, Claire supports the talent and engagement strategy of the firm, has responsibility for reward and benefits, general staff policies and employee relations.
Claire has dual South African / British nationality and having previously studied at the University of Cape Town, Thames Valley University and the University of Johannesburg. She has worked in the UK, The Netherlands and South Africa. She loves nothing more than a South African Chardonnay and travelling with her husband and young family.
- Alexander Fruehmann
Alex is co-founder of The Legal Minds Group, a strategic advisor at the intersection of law, strategic management, organizational behavior and psychodynamic systems, and a passionate lecturer at different universities. The Legal Minds Group advises professional firms, organizations, legal departments and executive boards on the strategic and human dynamics of change, cultural transformation and leadership development.
Before starting his own consultancy in 2015, Alex has, for over 20 years, strategically served corporate and individual clients as transactional lawyer, law firm partner, management consultant and global legal executive. Alex has been working with leading firms like Baker & McKenzie, Deloitte and Wolf Theiss. At Red Bull International, Alex was Head of General Legal Matters for Europe, Russia and CIS, supervising the legal operations of more than 48 countries.
Alexander has been admitted to the bar in Austria and New York, has received a doctorate from the University of Vienna, graduated from Yale Law School and studied behavioral psychology, psychodynamic systems and organizational change at INSEAD Business School.
- Patryk Zamorski
Patryk is the European Director of Talent at Dentons. His role is to attract, develop and retain the best talent from across Europe for what is now the biggest team of lawyers and business professionals in the world.
He has worked in professional services for over twenty years (Andersen, EY and Deloitte before joining Dentons), focusing mainly on legal services. His special interests are neuroscience, behavioral psychology, nudge architecture, leadership studies, strategic management and personal effectiveness. These interests are applied in Dentons’ professional development programs, which are available to Dentons’ employees and external clients.
As part of his own professional development, Patryk has done a vast number of executive programs, such as on Leveraging Neuroscience to Power Organizational and Individual Performance at Columbia Business School or the Lawyer Strategic Management Program as well as recently the Executive Master in Coaching and Consulting for Change at INSEAD Business School. He is a member of the NeuroLeadership Institute, the Neuromarketing Science & Business Association, the Society for Neuroeconomics and the Society for Consumer Psychology. Patryk is also a certified coach with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and a Chartered Marketer, member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing in London.
- Anna Lozynski
Anna Lozynski is an executive general counsel and author. She believes that legal innovation is invigorating, change is energising and efficiency will never go out of fashion. Anna has studied law in Melbourne, Beijing, Utrecht and Boston. Starting out at a major Australian law firm, she has spent the majority of her legal career in-house working in the banking, automotive and cosmetics industries. Described as a change agent, Anna is a sought-after commentator and speaker both domestically and internationally – seeking to shift the dialogue in order to propel the profession forward.
- Jeroen Plink
Jeroen is the CEO of Clifford Chance Applied Solutions. He began his career in Clifford Chance's Amsterdam office as a private equity associate. Upon leaving Clifford Chance in 2000, he co-founded a company that developed software for conducting due diligence. He sold this company in 2002 to Practical Law Company, an online legal publisher (now owned by Westlaw). For Practical Law Company England, amongst others, he was involved in developing its document automation product and other digital products.
In 2007, Jeroen moved to the United States to set up Practical Law Company US. Within five years, he successfully grew this business from two employees in 2007 to 250 employees in 2013 and selling its products to thousands of in-house departments and hundreds of law firms including 80% of the AmLaw 200. In 2013, Practical Law Company was acquired by Thomson Reuters (Westlaw). After the sale of Practical Law, Jeroen, in capacities varying from advisor, board member and investor became involved with numerous legal tech startups, including Kira, Casetext, Compliance.ai, CoInspect, Allegory Law (now part of Integreon) and many others. In 2018, Jeroen re-joined Clifford Chance to set up Clifford Chance Applied Solutions.
- Wendy Butler Curtis
For three consecutive years, Orrick has been named, by the Financial Times, as the Most Innovative Law Firm in North America. Wendy also received their 2018 “Most Innovative Lawyer of the Year” award as she is celebrated by her clients for her “fresh thinking, legal nuance and practical understanding of the courts.” They note that Wendy “understand[s] the diversity of roles that make a team great” and has “introduce[ed] many new technologies and delivery models that have transformed the way the firm operates and works with clients.” Orrick was also honored by The American Lawyer as the recipient of their 2018 first-ever “Legal Services Innovation” award, and Wendy was the recipient of the 2018 “Outstanding Contributor” award by Lawyers for Civil Justice.
- Peter Wallqvist
Peter Wallqvist has spent his career in information technology. He joined BT Research as a graduate engineer in 2003, and from there he went on to deliver a number of high-profile IT projects in the US and Europe at organisations such as Bloomberg and GlaxoSmithKline. In 2010, he co-founded and became CEO at the AI company RAVN Systems, to build and deliver a platform to drive digital transformation initiatives in the professional services industries.
In May 2017, RAVN Systems was acquired by iManage, a leading vendor of document management systems for the legal and professional services industries. Following the acquisition, Peter served as VP of Strategy and Global Practice Director, specifically to serve the professional services sector, until he left the business in October 2019.
Currently, Peter is working as an independent consultant, advising organisations on digital transformation strategies using technology and process improvements. He also serves as a Non-Executive director at financial services firm Begbies Traynor Group plc, with the specific mission to guide the company towards enhanced use of technology.
- Sophia Lagerholm
Sophia has 20 years of experience in the legal profession as a lawyer, Head of Knowledge Management & Learning and Head of Digital & Innovation. She successfully Leads the law firm's digitization and innovation work and is responsible for driving change and identifying and implementing new ways of working, as well as better implementation and more effective use of technology and automated solutions across Delphi.
She has a great passion about new technology and innovative solutions and driven by trying to do things better, with a focus on people, process and technology – all with the ultimate goal of improving client value.
- Sebastiaan Bos
Sebastiaan is the director of solutions for Thomson Reuters in EMEA. Sebastiaan has a wealth of experience, having worked with many of the leading law firms and Corporate Legal departments in Europe for the last 15 years in delivering new technology solutions, that can be used internally, as a new business or client facing.
- Johannes Maurer
Johannes Maurer, lawyer and software developer, is head of the Business Development department at BRYTER in the DACH region. Having practised as a lawyer at Hogan Lovells and co-founded LEX superior, a legal tech company, he has several years of legal and technological experience in the legal sector.
- Electra Japonas
Electra Japonas is the founder and CEO of The Law Boutique, an alternative legal service provider which is bringing law into the 21st Century. The Law Boutique takes a holistic, customer-first approach and delivers what really matters to people - high quality, pragmatic commercial support, sustainable, long-term solutions and transparency.
Prior to founding TLB, Electra worked in-house for Airbus, British American Tobacco, the European Space Agency, Disney and EY advising on a range of commercial issues from data protection to providing strategic commercial advice on large transformation projects.
Electra is also passionate about sharing her journey with other female entrepreneurs to help empower the next generation of female founders.
- Matthieu Galian
Matthieu Galian is an Executive Search Consultant at Heidrick & Struggles. He actively supports the development of Heidrick’s activities with Law Firms in France and Continental Europe, and works as a functional expert on select General Counsel / Legal / Compliance Director and NED mandates.
Matthieu started his career as Deputy Director of Gaumont Multimedia. He then joined DI Group (now Groupe Les Echos) as Secretary General in charge of strategic development, before being appointed Secretary General and COO of Groupe Glem (TF1) in 2002.
He founded Bridge Consulting, an executive search boutique, in 2006, focusing on senior Legal and Finance hires, before joining H&S Paris with his team in 2018.
He graduated in Business Administration from HEC Business School and received a Master and Post Graduate Degree in Business Law from Paris V University, before being admitted to the Paris Bar. He trained as a lawyer at Wilde Sapte, a London-based firm.
- Anna Babych
Anna Babych is one of the founders of Aequo law firm (Ukraine) and is a head of the M&A and Corporate/Commercial practice. Regarded by industry experts as one of Ukraine’s leading transactional lawyers, Anna focuses on international and domestic mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets, and providing general corporate commercial advice to private and public companies.
Anna recognized as the "Most Innovative Lawyer of the Year" by the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards Europe 2019. Anna advocates innovation and pioneers legaltech projects in the Ukrainian legal services market, including the AEQUO Friends outsourcing platform and the AEQUO Legal Tech Challenge. AEQUO is regarded as one of the most innovative law firms in Ukraine and made it to top-20 Innovative law firms in Europe according to FT Innovative Lawyers Awards Europe 2019.
Anna Babych is also actively involved in law-making and promoting legislative initiatives in corporate law, both within non-profit organizations (e.g. Ukrainian Bar Association) and expert councils of various government authorities (e.g. Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, National Securities and Stock Market Commission).
- Christian Ejvin Andersen
Christian Ejvin Andersen joined Bech-Bruun as COO on 1 April 2014 and was subsequently, on 1 February 2017, appointed CEO with managerial responsibility for Business Development & Communication, planning and implementation of the Bech-Bruun model, new business initiatives, HR, Education, etc.
Christian completed a master's degree in economics in 1999. He previously worked with the Danish Ministry of Finance, as a political adviser to a mayor of Copenhagen and was for seven years managing partner of the communications firm GRØN EJVIN ANDERSEN and the PR firm Kreab Gavin Anderson.
Christian is also a member of the boards of .legal, Pactius A/S and Radius CPH A/S.
Christian is married to Stinne, and between them they have four children. The family lives north of Copenhagen.
- Nir Golan
Nir Golan is the General Counsel and Head of Global Legal Operations of Attenti, the leading global provider of electronic monitoring solutions.
Nir trained and spent many years at Israel’s biggest law firms, specializing in international corporate and technology transactions. Nir spent the last 15 years representing and counseling global tech companies and startups on their worldwide transactions and operations. Prior to his current role at Attenti, Nir founded his own firm specializing in tech law, venture capital law, and corporate transactions and served as the Deputy General Counsel of RADVISION (Legal & Operations), a publicly listed company specializing in video conferencing solutions and technologies, which was subsequently acquired by AVAYA.
Nir brings to his General Counsel role a passion for legal innovation, service design, user-centricity, and cross-discipline collaboration. Nir actively speaks and brings thought leadership on legal innovation and legal operations. Nir advocates for innovation in law through close collaboration between firms and customers and bringing new non-legal skills, methodologies, and mindsets to the legal profession.
- Jenny Radcliffe
Jenny Radcliffe - aka “The People Hacker”- is a force to be reckoned with. She can diffuse a crisis situation, talk her way into a secure building, and spot a psychopath at a hundred paces. She has been called a mind reader and a “human lie detector,” and likened to a Jedi Knight. In reality, she is an expert in social engineering (the human element of security), negotiation, persuasion and influence, and non-verbal communication and deception - using her skills to help clients ranging from global corporations and law enforcement organizations to poker players, politicians and the security industry.
Radcliffe speaks, consults and trains people in the skills of “people hacking” and explains how “social engineering” using psychological methods can be a huge threat to organisations of all sizes. She reveals how that same knowledge is a valuable tool not only for business executives but also for security professionals of all types working to prevent attacks, scams, and cons of all kinds. Jenny shares how she, without technology, uses the “machine between our ears” to “psychologically pen-test” companies and find the weaknesses in their security measures with the goal of helping them bolster their human defenses against future attacks.
- Chris Ryan
Chris serves as a managing director and leads the Legal Transformation + Innovation practice within the Advisory business at HBR Consulting (HBR). Chris focuses on helping clients transform service delivery and business operations, identify and implement innovative technology solutions, and improve financial performance. He has worked with organizations around the globe, from Fortune 500 companies to professional services firms, and has over 15 years of strategic and operational consulting experience across a variety of industries.
Prior to joining HBR, Chris was founder and managing principal of Overwing, a boutique operational consulting firm, and a director at Huron Consulting Group.
Chris is an active member of the Chicago nonprofit community and currently serves as an executive council member of The Cara Program, as well as an ambassador for the venture philanthropy fund A Better Chicago. Chris has completed executive education from the London Business School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He holds an MBA from Loyola University Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Villanova University (‘16 & ’18 NCAA men’s basketball champions).
An avid international traveler and fan of music and sports, Chris enjoys supporting Chicago and Ireland teams, playing mediocre golf and spending time with his wife and three children.
- Gereon Abendroth
Gereon is a member of the Management Board of Osborne Clarke Germany and leads the firm's initiative on Legal Tech and Service Innovation. He also supervises the digitisation of Osborne Clarke’s internal processes. The range of solutions developed by Gereon and the team spans from document automation to digital legal project management but also in-cludes self-service solutions for clients.
Gereon has been advising IT and technology companies on commercial and civil law issues for more than 12 years. He has comprehensive experience in drafting and negotiating pro-ject contracts. Moreover, Gereon has extensive in-house experience, having worked as commercial counsel for an American company in the mobile communication industry, as sen-ior counsel for a producer of photovoltaic modules and with Honeywell International. At Honeywell International’s corporate headquarters in New Jersey (USA), he was part of the “Contracting Excellence” initiative and was involved in the structuring of contract manage-ment processes and in introducing technical support systems for the legal department.
Osborne Clarke was awarded JUVE law firm of the year for use of IT & Data Protection and Technology & Media in 2019.
- Reena Sengupta
Reena founded RSG Consulting in 2001 to provide research and consultancy to law firms and in-house counsel. With over 20 years experience of business and the City, she is known as one of the leading analysts of the legal profession.
As editor and publishing director of Chambers & Partners Publishing in the mid-nineties, she devised the research methodology behind the Chambers’ guides to the legal profession and launched the first Chambers Student and Chambers Global guides.
In 2005, she came up with the idea of ranking lawyers on innovation, which has become the FT Innovative Lawyers reports and awards. She is a long-time contributor to the Financial Times and helped to establish the paper’s Law & Business page in 2001.
Reena has experience of both big and small businesses and spent the early nineties working in investment banking in London and rescuing a family business out of recession.
A journalist and entrepreneur, Reena is responsible for coming up with the ideas for a number of ground-breaking projects for both clients and RSG Consulting. Among these are the RSG India Report, the 21st Century series of reports for Eversheds and the Innovative GC Club. A regular public speaker on innovation and the legal profession, she is a graduate of the Meyler Campbell Elements coaching programme and was a finalist in the Asian Women of Achievement Awards in 2009.
- Vincent Cordo
Vincent Cordo was appointed Central Legal Operations Officer of Shell’s Legal Services Global Operations Department. In 2015, Vince joined Shell in Houston in the Litigation Department as the Sourcing Officer before moving to the Netherlands to become Central Legal Operations Officer. Central Legal Operations is focused on supporting Shell's global legal strategy.
Vincent is also a long-time member of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium and has experience in the strategy and application of each of these areas, which help drive our legal team’s efforts to define and deliver maximum value and quality services throughout our organization.
Vincent also worked with several top 50 global law firms, building their AFA and LPM value programs, firm wide profitability programs, and Legal Process Outsourcing Services. His responsibilities included global strategy relating to the evaluation and implementation of Commercial Projects, Value Pricing, Alternative Fee Arrangements (AFAs), Client Service Level Agreements, Communications and Project Management (LPM). He has also worked with venture capital firms, assisting with multiple public offerings.
He is author of the book Law Firm Pricing: Strategies, Roles, and Responsibilities and recently published Data & Dialogue a relationship redefined in 2019. In 2017 lead a legal project that resulted in Shell being the first IOC to win the ACC Value Champion Award.
Vincent is a trained Six Sigma Black Belt, AGILE Project Management Certified from Rutgers Business School, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, an MBA from The University of Liverpool, and a Master’s from Columbia University.
- Ari Kaplan (Master of Ceremonies)Ari Kaplan, an attorney and legal industry analyst, is an inaugural Fastcase 50 honoree, a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, and a finalist for the International Legal Technology Association’s Thought Leader of the Year award. He is the author of Reinventing Professional Services: Building Your Business in the Digital Marketplace (Wiley, 2011) and The Opportunity Maker: Strategies for Inspiring Your Legal Career Through Creative Networking and Business Development (West Academic, 2nd Ed. 2016). Kaplan serves as the principal researcher for a variety of widely distributed benchmarking reports, has been the keynote speaker for events worldwide, and is the founder of the Lawcountability® business development software platform and iPhone app. He is an avid swimmer and a two-time Ironman triathlon finisher.