Pre-Congress Seminar

Pre-Congress Seminar

What do you need to be an 'international lawyer'?

Globalisation has changed the way law firms and lawyers operate and the business model they adopt. This has led to a growing need for lawyers with international expertise, specifically lawyers that can work with different business cultures and in more than one jurisdiction.

Today, international lawyers need to be tuned in to the growing global business and the latest trends in the legal services market. While education and skills development are important, there are other factors to consider in their international career. Being an international lawyer also requires having as much international real-life experience and building a network of legal practitioners working in international law fields that are of interest to them. Becoming a member of associations that work internationally or the international section of a national/state bar association can certainly provide them with unique opportunities to boost their international career.

On Tuesday, 28 August 2018 we will explore the abilities and know-how a lawyer should have to be a truly international professional. This pre-Congress Seminar is open to legal professionals seeking to pursue a career internationally or young lawyers aiming at becoming more international in their law firm.

The pre-congress seminar coordinators:

Nicolas Thieltgen, Brucher Thieltgen & Partners, Luxembourg
Olivier Sasserath,  Marx Van Ranst Vermeersch & Partners, Belgium
Jérôme Vermeylen, ALTIUS, Belgium


08:30 Registration
09:00 Welcome & Introduction to the Pre-Congress Seminar
Being an international lawyer – Competences, qualities and practical experience

Keynote speaker: Jaap Bosman, Managing Partner, TGO Consulting, The Netherlands

Nils Krause, Partner, DLA Piper, Germany
Hartwig Kienast, Partner, WolfTheiss, Austria
Martin Imhof, Partner, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, Germany

How do international companies choose their international lawyers?

Moderator: Nicole Van Ranst, Chief Corporate Officer, Golazo, Belgium

Felix Ehrat, Former Group General Counsel and Member of the Executive Committee of Novartis (10/2011 until 5/2018), Switzerland
Neil Boyden Tanner, Vice President, Chief Counsel and Corporate Secretary Cigna, USA
Frederic Hendrickx, General Counsel & Chief Risk Officer, Bridgestone EMEA, Belgium
Frederik Bauwens, Senior Legal Counsel, Deme Concessions, Belgium
Bénédicte Leroy, Corporate Legal Counsel, Ontex, Belgium

11:00 Coffee break
Lobbying, another path for international lawyers?

Speaker: Sven De Knop, Partner, Sidley Austin, Belgium

Why joining a network of law firms?

Speaker: Barend Blondé, Consultant, FrahanBlondé, Belgium

12:30 Lunch
What are the international associations of lawyers?

Moderator: Giuseppe Marletta, Association Manager, International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)

Mark Ellis, Executive Director, International Bar Association (IBA)
Christina Heid, Director American Bar Association, Section of International Law
Marie-Pierre Richard, Executive Director, International Association of Lawyers (UIA)
Rhonda Lundin, Manager, Secretariat of Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)

International lawyers: past, present and future

Malcom McNeil, Partner, Arent Fox LLP, USA
Marc Kerger, Founding Partner, Etude Kerger, Luxembourg

How to close an international transaction?

Speaker: William Howard, Partner, Travers Smith, France

How to manage a multi-jurisdiction litigation?

Moderator: Daniel Meyers, President, Consulting & Information Governance, Transperfect, USA

Thomas Stouten, Counsel, Houthoff, The Netherlands
Charlotte Tregunna, Associate, Peters & Peters, United Kingdom

16:30 Q&A
17:00 End of pre-congress seminar

Participation to this seminar may be booked jointly with your congress registration or as a stand-alone event!

Register now!