There isn’t a person, business or industry today that isn’t impacted by COVID, the war on Ukraine, supply chain issues, Web3, the Great Resignation, ESG factors, remote and hybrid workforce concerns, cyber threats…as well as a wide range of unique developments shaping Litigation, M&A and IP. For some, these impacts represent opportunity. For others, they are challenges.
Either way, SCG Legal’s network is at the forefront of each and more.
The 2022 Annual Meeting was distinct—in format and scope—with targeted content, relevant panel discussions and dynamic networking focused on helping attorneys and their firms navigate near- and long-term strategies for innovative internal operations and ever-changing client concerns.
Session titles link to videos, presenter names link to bios.
Click HERE for the full 2022 Annual Meeting Agenda.
WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS
Kelley Duke Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe (US: Colorado) & Chair, SCG Legal (Click HERE for slides.)
Alina Gorokhovsky CEO, SCG Legal (Click HERE for slides.)
KEYNOTE: WHAT IS THE POWER OF THE COURTS AND RULE OF LAW TO SOLVE COMPLEX SOCIAL AND POLITICAL ISSUES
Presenter: Honourable Ian Binnie
Introduction and Fireside Chat: Krista Chaytor WeirFoulds LLP (Canada: Ontario)
One of Canada’s most respected arbitrators and advocates, the Honourable Ian Binnie served for nearly 14 years as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. During his time on the country’s top court, Mr. Binnie authored more than 179 opinions, including in landmark cases involving corporate and commercial disputes, issues of contractual interpretation and torts, patent interpretation and validity, aboriginal rights, copyright and protection of trademarks, media law, punitive damages, expert evidence and many other aspects of constitutional, criminal and administrative law.
FIRESIDE CHAT: THE GENERATION GAP – RECRUITING AND RETENTION STRATEGIES TO HELP WIN THE WAR FOR TALENT
(Click HERE for slides.)
Moderator: Alina Gorokhovsky CEO, SCG Legal
Warren Smith Managing Partner, Smith Global Search
Katrina Henn Director of Talent, WeirFoulds LLP (Canada: Ontario)
IN-HOUSE COUNSEL PANEL
The scope of responsibility for in-house counsel is expanding exponentially, encompassing anything from pandemic response teams to globalization, from data privacy and cybersecurity threats to environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns…and nearly everything through a deeper focus on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). This session will feature a candid discussion among in-house attorneys about the surge in number and nature of issues that consume their attention…and what law firms can do to help.
Moderator: Lisa Borsook WeirFoulds LLP (Canada: Ontario)
Av Maharaj Chief Administrative Officer, VP Legal, Corporate Affairs & HR, The Kraft Heinz Co.
Melissa Kennedy Executive Vice-President, Chief Legal Officer & Public Affairs, Sun Life
LAW FIRM LEADERS PANEL: BUILDING A BRIGHTER FUTURE
Global law firm leaders will discuss topics such as innovation, administrative best practices, firm-cultural shifts and legal industry challenges including: strategic outlook for environmental, social and governance (ESG) programs; hybrid workforce best practices; diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives; community partnerships; new practices; and any/all programs/events recently launched or enhanced to benefit and support firm professionals.
Moderator: Mark Dunphy Hall & Wilcox (Australia: Melbourne)
Dan Cahill Poyner Spruill LLP (US: North Carolina)
Janet Bobechko WeirFoulds LLP (Canada: Ontario)
Vincenzo Maggio Mills & Reeve (United Kingdom)
Stephanie Scharf Scharf Banks Marmor (US: Chicago)
Synthia Kloot Clark Wilson (Canada: British Columbia)
Bhavesh Patel Travers Thorp Alberga (Cayman Islands)
KEYNOTE: THE WORLD AHEAD: THE NEW REALITY EMERGING IN THE WAKE OF THE PANDEMIC AND THE WAR ON UKRAINE…AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR LABOR MARKET DYNAMICS, INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND BUSINESS ECONOMICS
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Presenter: Andrew Grantham Executive Director & Senior Economist, CIBC Capital Markets Inc.
Introduction and Fireside Chat: Lisa Borsook WeirFoulds LLP (Canada: Ontario)
Andrew has a wide range of experience in different areas of economic and financial market forecasting. He joined CIBC in 2011, initially focusing on the U.S. and international outlook and its implications for foreign exchange and fixed income markets. More recently, he has taken over responsibility for the Canadian and provincial outlook. Since joining, Andrew helped CIBC win MarketWatch’s monthly contest for U.S. forecasters five times.
BREAKOUT SESSION: GLOBAL CROSS-BORDER MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS: ASSESSING THE RISKS & REWARDS
As companies look for more opportunities and new places in which to grow, cross-border mergers and acquisitions continue to surface as one of the best ways to gain new market and customer access. Companies need to consider the risks and rewards associated with pursuing these ventures versus making greenfield investments. This session will examine the issues for which companies must prepare when engaging in cross-border deals and offer insights on how these complexities can be successfully managed.
Moderator: Vinita Mehra Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter (US: Ohio)
Michael Lee Dilinh Legal (Vietnam)
Charles Vernon Vernon | David (Romania)
Ryan Morris WeirFoulds LLP (Canada: Ontario)
Mario Di Stefano DSM Avocats à la Cour (Luxembourg)
Shaun O’Shea Beauchamps (Ireland)
BREAKOUT SESSION: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY TRENDS TO WATCH IN 2022 & BEYOND
Intellectual property is a critical part of research, development, branding and design strategies for companies across all industries. It is also instrumental in the invention and innovation stages of different products and services globally as well as the economic development of nations. It is crucial to know what lies on the business horizon to meet it successfully. This panel discussion will shine a light on how the decisions of various—good and bad—actors within innovation ecosystems, including policymakers, researchers, enterprises, entrepreneurs and consumers, come together to shape the future trajectory not only of innovation but of economies and societies around the world.
Moderator: Darren Cahr Scharf Banks Marmor (US: Chicago)
Ian Rostowsky APM & Co. (Israel)
Laura MacFarlane Field Law (Canada: Alberta)
Glennon Troublefield Carella, Byrne, Cecchi (US: New Jersey)
Jason Rawnsley Richards, Layton & Finger (US: Delaware)
James Kosa WeirFoulds LLP (Canada: Ontario)
BREAKOUT SESSION: SUPPLY CHAIN & INTERNATIONAL TRADE
This panel will offer insights on a range of current and emerging trends, including the challenges clients face when managing their supply chains, and the impact COVID and the war in Ukraine is having on shifting customs regulations. Panelists will offer the latest information from across the globe on critical legal and policy issues like customs, trade, sourcing and logistics.
Moderator: Alina Gorokhovsky CEO, SCG Legal
Hon. Nazak Nikakhtar Wiley (US: Washington, DC)
Jayne Hussey Mills & Reeve (United Kingdom)
Shireen Wilkinson Wilkinson, Wilkinson & Wilkinson (Grenada)
BREAKOUT SESSION: CYBERSECURITY/GDPR + DATA PRIVACY OUTLOOK & REVIEW
There has been an increase in the number of data protection laws passed across numerous international jurisdictions, and it is expected that international authorities will make full use of their new powers to apply and enforce their respective data protection legislation in the future. This panel will discuss previous, current and coming developments related to global privacy and cybersecurity laws.
Moderator: Stephan Menzemer GvW Graf von Westphalen (Germany)
Marc Yu Field Law (Canada: Alberta)
Tal Williams Holman Webb (Australia: Sydney)
Vipal Jain WeirFoulds LLP (Canada: Ontario)
THE INTERSECTION OF BUSINESS OF LAW AND TECHNOLOGY
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From the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to automating repetitive tasks to building office spaces and training facilities in Metaverse, the practice of law is not what it used to be…and there is no turning back. The impacts of new technologies in the legal industry are now being experienced everywhere. A recent survey from FTI Consulting revealed that 82% of law firms are using AI, indicating that they are embracing a wide range of technologies to practice law more efficiently. This presentation will speak to the exciting intersection of technology and the field of law, explaining how innovative tech platforms can offer more sophisticated professional development and business development opportunities.
KEYNOTE: Mitch Jackson, Founder, MitchJackson.com (Metaverse, Web3, Law and Tech) Mitch is an award-winning trial lawyer who enjoys showing clients how to leverage Web3 and the Metaverse to create better brands and business opportunities that drive new lanes of revenue. In addition to speaking several times at Tony Robbins Business Mastery events before audiences in the thousands, he has also appeared on shows with Katie Couric, Anderson Cooper, Seth Godin, Peter Diamandis, and Gary Vaynerchuk. During his SGC presentation, Mitch will share new perspectives and ideas on law, marketing, and branding relating to web3, blockchains, smart contracts, NFTs, DAOs, and his favorite topic, the Metaverse. Connect with Mitch at his firm, JacksonandWilson.com, and his blog MitchJackson.com. BONUS LINK: https://maneuvr.io/community/ is a just launched private, paid membership community that takes new web3 and metaverse users by the hand to show them everything they need to know to move forward in these spaces.