Thursday 28 March - The New New World

12.30pm - 1.30pm

Lunch in La Veranda
After lunch, guests will walk along the Lake to the Regina meeting room

1.30pm - 2.30pm

Welcome to the new new world  
Opening the 2019 Global General Counsel Forum, Professor Ian Goldin will take us on a journey, in which he will compare the present day to the Renaissance, another “rare moment of flourishing genius and risk,” and explores how to “fashion our own golden age.” 

Professor Ian Goldin University of Oxford

2.30pm - 3.20pm

Changes in the Legal Landscape caused in response to a New World
Globalisation, shifts in geopolitics and State power have created many opportunities for companies, but also legal challenges.  A single transaction over its lifetime often gives rise to numerous legal issues across multiple jurisdictions which are not contemplated when the original transaction is agreed.  Those issues include market access, jurisdiction, legal privilege, sanctions, criminal responsibility, arrest and extradition, investor-State arbitration claims, enforcement of judgments and awards.  The panel of external counsel and GCs discuss some of these issues, sharing their experience in recent civil, criminal and investor-State proceedings.

Reid H Weingarten, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson

Neil Dooley, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson

Matthew Coleman, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson

Ria Sanz, EVP Group Legal, Commercial & Governance and Company Secretary, AngloGold Ashanti Limited

Contributors from the floor: 

Rupert Hopley, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary, Informa
Mark Collins, General Counsel Europe, Mexichem

3.20pm - 3.50pm

Coffee break over Lake Como

3.50pm - 6.10pm

War Room: You have been disrupted 
A unique session, taking you through a war room scenario. Sharing insights into diplomacy and influencing skills, these highly skilled individuals will guide you through case studies and scenarios to demonstrate how they develop strategies to achieve a win-win outcome.

Sarah-Jill Lennard Former UK Diplomat                                                 

Richard Mullender Former hostage negotiator                                              

Catherine Royle Political Advisor at NATO and former UK Ambassador



Close of Day One

7.30pm - 8.00pm

Drinks Reception in Colonne

8.00pm- 10.15pm 

Welcome Dinner in La Veranda

After Dinner Speaker: The Uncomfortable Duty of Truth

David Walsh Chief Sports Writer, Sunday Times, whose constant pursuit of Lance Armstrong and inability to give up on the truth is unfalteringly admirable.

Lord Hogan-Howe Former English police officer and was the head of London's Metropolitan Police.


Bar Canova

Friday 29 March - ‘It’s not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change’ - Charles Darwin

7.00am - 7.45am

Rise and Shine

A full body early morning workout to help boost your spirits and make you feel energised for the entire day. The workout consists of short cardio intervals, combined with total body conditioning.

Sarah Jane Cohen Personal Trainer

7.00am - 9.15am

Breakfast in La Veranda

9.15am - 9.30am

Morning Welcome: The GC {RE}DEFINED

Kylie Wright-Ford CEO, Reputation Institute

9.30am - 9.45am

Key Insights from the GC {Re}Defined

Brad Wine, Partner, Morrison & Foerster 

9.45am - 11.15am

The art of manipulation for information
With cyber attacks making headlines, the security industry is always innovating to help companies implement more sophisticated software to hit back at the attackers and protect sensitive data. However, as Jamie Woodruff will explain, even with the right technology in place, social engineering is one of the easiest and simplest ways to get into the organization. It takes advantage of the weakest link in the chain – employees. This morning’s session will really wake you up!

Jamie Woodruff Leading Ethical Hacker

11.15am - 11.45am

Coffee break over Lake Como

11.45am - 12.45pm

Thoughts on geo-political change in Europe and Beyond: Q&A with Lord Lamont
The day has finally come, but what’s in store for us? Lord Lamont is ready to take your questions on what the various shifting economic and political realities may mean for general counsel and their companies.

Interviewer: Jeremy Barton General Counsel, KPMG UK 

Interviewee: Lord Norman Lamont Baron Lamont of Lerwick, British politician

12.45pm -  2.00pm 

Lunch in La Veranda
Dragons Den groups identified

2.00pm - 3.00pm 

The Innovator’s Method
In the era of uncertainty created by digital disruption and the 4th industrial revolution, how can leaders create the breakthroughs that will allow them to prosper? Professor Nathan Furr explores how firms can effectively manage the uncertainty they face. His work unpacks both strategy fundamentals of digital transformation and how to cross the divide with innovation, by developing the people, process, and philosophy that will allow an established company to operate.

Make sure you listen closely, Professor Furr will be offering some top tips for the next session!

Professor Nathan Furr INSEAD


Coffee break over Lake Como

3.15pm - 5.30pm

Dragons Den: What would you do to secure a successful future for in-house legal services?
Thinking about the greatest challenges facing General Counsel and in-house legal departments today, your teams will be asked to create and pitch a sellable and scalable process or product in one of three areas: 

  • Wellbeing of lawyers and their families 
  • Social responsibility and/ or ethics 
  • Business and/or development 

Tim Jones Global Ambassador, GLL

Suzanne Rich Folsom Global Ambassador, GLL

Marie Stevens Global Ambassador, GLL

Neeta Patel CEO at New Entrepreneurs Foundation

Jonathan Pearl Global Ambassador, GLL


Gala Drinks Reception in the Grand Lobby of Villa d’Este


Black Tie Gala Dinner in Impero
After Dinner Speaker: Navigating changing concepts of truth

"Maybe the single greatest reporting effort of all time"

Few journalists in America’s history have had the impact on their era and their craft as Carl Bernstein. For forty years, from All the President’s Men to A Woman-In-Charge: The Life of Hillary Clinton, Bernstein’s books, reporting, and commentary have revealed the inner-workings of government, politics, and the hidden stories of Washington and its leaders. We are honoured to have Mr Bernstein hold the dinner speech.

Carl Bernstein Investigative Journalist and Author


Bar Canova and entertainment in the d’Este Club

Saturday 30 March - “A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes”

7.45am - 8.30am

Yoga and Pilates

A blend of Pilates and Yoga to promote strength, well-being and flexibility.

Sarah Jane-Cohen Personal Trainer

8am - 10am

Breakfast in La Veranda

9.30am - 11.30am

Concluding our three day programme Dr Helena Boschi, some ‘why’ questions that the session looks to answer include:

  • Why we have a brain?
  • Why we are not designed for the world we have designed for ourselves (and what we need to do about it)?
  • Why we need to keep learning and innovating?
  • Why we make irrational and emotional decisions?
  • Why real change requires neural rewiring in the brain?
  • Why we need to work on improving our resilience
  • Why our environment is critical to our health and wellbeing?

Dr Helena Boschi Chequered Leopard

11.30am - 12.45pm

Workshop: Making choices about the kind of leader you want to be
Having been exposed to inspiration and challenge, through the ideas and thoughts expressed throughout the Forum programme, it’s time to get practical. This session is a chance for our GCs to pause and self-reflect on what they have heard, seen and who they have met. This session will be guided and practical, to help our GCs take stock, prioritise and make choices about what they want to do differently tomorrow.

12.45pm - 2.00pm



Coaches depart