Pre-Conference Showcase

Pre-Conference Showcase: Midwest Spotlight, August 11th

*All times are in EST.

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM | Virtual Platform Opens

Grab a cup of coffee and join us as we open the doors to this years fully virtual General Counsel Conference! Kick starting this years event on August 11th, we will be shining a spotlight on the mid-west region (formerly known as SuperConferece), before diving even further into our main General Counsel Conference on 15th - 16th September.


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM | Navigating Cross-Border Mergers & Acquisitions During A Crisis

Cross-border M&A can be difficult to navigate at the best of times, but couple this with a global crisis and you may find even further challenges afoot. During times of global crisis, how can you best navigate mergers and acquisitions through these unpredictable times? What are the best practices around communications? How can you stay ahead of the curve? and what additional measures should you put within your decision making process?

Moderator: Chris Halliday, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland

Kathleen Blaszak, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland

Derek Spychalski, Vice President, Americas General Counsel and Lead Counsel - Securities and M&A, Zebra Technologies Corporation

Keir Gumbs, Associate General Counsel, Global Corporate, M&A and Securities, Deputy Corporate Secretary, Uber


Facilitated Discussions


12:15 PM - 1:15 PM | Networking

Turn on your video cam and start networking with your peers.


1:15 PM - 2:15 PM | State Regulatory & Enforcement Trends

In 2020, companies and their counsel will need to update their compliance measures to reflect the changing enforcement priorities or regulatory agencies, State AGs Offices, and the DOJ. Hear from industry leaders in the know about how to prepare for the upcoming changes and discuss the implications of the changes to key regulations in the mid-west region and gain the skills you need to adapt quickly. 

  • Reviewing the latest and most significant case law updates and enforcement initiatives
  • Understanding the implications for your business
  • Gain a competitive edge for your company

Moderator: Quyen T. Truong, Partner, Stroock

Stephen Newman, Partner, Stroock

Bill Dummett, Chief Privacy Officer & Assistant General Counsel, Genesys

Joe Hynes, Corporate Counsel, Genesys


Facilitated Discussions


3:45 PM - 4:45 PM | Off-Setting The Impact Of Decreasing Budgets With Creative Solutions

Legal department goals have become more dynamic, but often budgets remain stagnant or shrink. While these external pressures are escalating, internal corporate demands to reduce costs are also intensifying. As a result General Counsel are beginning to explore creative new solutions to approach their budgets; managing their resources and maximising their value.

  • Top strategies for effectively managing resources across the legal department
  • Creative techniques and solutions for getting the most out of your budget
  • Maximising the value from your external partners/ALSPs/LPOs and providers 
  • Unlocking support from the wider business functions

Moderator: Ryan Loro, President, LegalBillReview.com

Rozan Simoni, General Counsel - North America, COFCO International

Brian Corbin, Executive Director, Assistant General Counsel, Legal Discovery Management, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Krishna Walker, General Counsel, CareVet