Event: 2nd Annual Doing Business in Emerging and High-Growth Markets Conference 2014

26 June 2014

About the Forum

More and more leading Western multinational corporations base their future success largely on their ability to efficiently organize operations in the emerging and high-growth markets. With major political and regulatory changes on the way, 2014 will be an important year for many high-growth areas, establishing key trends that will play out through much of the remainder of the decade.

As the global markets shift, it is more than ever important for legal and compliance professionals to change and adjust their strategy to enable their businesses to grow worldwide. Practical Law’s 2nd Annual Emerging and High-Growth Markets Conference is the only legal event in UK which will give you the tools to do that by exploring the main emerging market trends, opportunities and legal challenges across multiple emerging markets from both regional and international perspectives.

By attending this forum you will be able to

  • Meet other General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officers, Heads of Emerging Markets and C-Level officials of multinational and regional corporations already operating or starting to expand into high-growth areas
  • Deepen your legal knowledge of the emerging market(s) of your choice and make your legal strategy comply with the latest legislative developments in those markets
  • Learn from the case-studies from some of the world’s leading companies and individuals who have already found long-term solutions effective for the emerging market they are operating in
  • Participate in interactive break-out sessions focused of specific area of your interest and have your questions answered by the local companies as well as the global law firms well- established in the region

Advisory Board Members and Speakers include:

Jack Chang, Honorary Chairman, QBPC, Former Senior IP Counsel Asia, GE

Jonathan Stevens, Global Head of Litigation, ATOS

Zoe Ashcroft, Partner, WINSTON & STRAWN

Alexey Popovichev, Executive Director, RUSBRAND

Jerry He, CEO, SILVER LION GROUP

Stewart Room, President, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DATA PROTECTION OFFICERS

Nick Archer, Managing Director, Policy and Network Development, UKTI

Chris Martin, Counsel EMEA, INTEL CAPITAL

Trevor Barton, Executive Director, RUSSO-BRITISH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Neil De Beer, Secretary General, ORGANISATION FOR AFRICAN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Hans Von Der Linde, General Counsel Downstream, SHELL INTERNATIONAL

Don Hughes, VP and EMEA General Counsel, HITACHI DATA SYSTEMS

Leo Csaky, Senior Legal Counsel Global Strategy and Business Development, STATOIL

David Tudor, General Counsel Global Transaction E-Commerce, NASPERS GROUP

Michael Rasmuson, Vice President International Legal Operations, BAKER HUGHES

Ignacio Iribarren, Principal Investment Officer, IFC, WORLD BANK

Martin Brostoff, General Counsel Europe and Asia, GKN

Richard Heald, CEO, UK INDIA BUSINESS COUNCIL and many others...

Back by popular demand!!!

Our International Champagne Roundtables will not only give you a detailed understanding of the business overview and legal footprint of the existing and upcoming emerging markets, but will also provide you with the opportunity to understand the cultural differences in putting together effective legal teams in each of those countries

New to this year's conference:

  • More local speakers and most recent regulatory updates from existing and upcoming emerging markets

  • Our Must-Attend Middle East Pre-Conference Workshop focusing on:

    • Setting up and looking at the challenges of corporate restructuring across the region
    • Overview of today's regulatory landscape. Effectively dealing with regulators and managing regulatory investigations
    • Implications of dispute resolution in the Middle East. Practical approaches to manage and avoid disputes

Programme

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP 25 JUNE 2014

DOING BUSINESS IN EMERGING AND HIGH-GROWTH MARKETS. THE LEGAL ASPECTS OF DOING BUSINESS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Time Details
1.30pm - 2.00pm

Registration and coffee

2.00pm - 2.50pm

Setting up and looking at the challenges of corporate structuring across the region

This part of the workshop discusses setting-up regimes in the GCC countries including the applicable laws and regulations regarding the registration, licenses, constitutional documents and challenges that generally arise as foreign investment steadily increases in the region

Topics for discussion:

  • GCC countries as a multijurisdictional environment; the jurisdictional landscape and the free zone alternatives
  • The recent legislative developments, amongst which new Commercial Companies Law ("CCL") as well as new Draft Investment Law and Industrial Law to complement the CCL
  • License categories; scope of activities and available corporate structures
  • Statutory restrictions on ownership and practical and legal alternatives
  • The recent reforms and trends across the region
  • The current outlook

Samer Qudah, Partner & Regional Head of Corporate Structuring, AL TAMIMI & COMPANY

2.50pm - 3.40pm

Overview of today's regulatory landscape

This part of the workshop discusses the extraordinary changes taking place across the GCC countries as they diversify their economies instead of diversity economies, reduce reliance on oil revenue, create innovation hubs and tackle globalisation instead of globalization. Regional stability and a willingness to embrace common policies on a broad range of issues creates an opportunity to achieve political, institutional and regulatory reforms to support growing economies.

Topics for discussion:

  • Gulf Cooperation Council - current policy and status of the Economic Agreement
  • The impact of growth policies, economic diversification, and structural reforms on the regional regulatory landscape
  • Managing risk – corporate governance requirements in the region
  • Dealing with the regulators and managing regulatory investigations
  • Anti-corruption and boycotting issues
  • Customs regulations: imports and exports delete and
  • What will regulatory and governance structures look like by 2025

Andrea Tithecott, Lead lawyer Regulatory Practice Group at AL TAMIMI & COMPANY

3.40pm - 3.55pm

Coffee break

3.55pm - 4.45pm

Dispute resolution in the Middle East. Practical approaches to avoiding and managing disputes

This part of the workshop will cover our practical experiences and will consider common causes of disputes in the region; choosing and establishing your dispute resolution forum; dealing with sovereign immunity risks; and the issue of the international enforcement of judgments and award

Topics for discussion:

  • General approach to disputes in the ME
  • Choice of forum (comparison of options:- local courts, DIFC/QIFC courts; foreign courts; regional/international arbitration)
  • Forum risk (ie. risk of being forced into the wrong forum)
  • Sovereign immunity (particular issues arising in ME)
  • Enforcement risk (problems enforcing in the ME; strategies for avoiding problems)
  • Political/business implications of disputes
  • Common causes of disputes and themes that arise

Adrian Lifely, Partner – International Disputes, OSBORNE CLARKE
Andrew Bartlett, Partner – International Disputes, OSBORNE CLARKE

 

The Main Conference Day, 26th June 2014

Time Details
8.30am - 9.00am

Registration and coffee

9.00am - 9.15am

Chair welcome and introductions

9.15am – 9.40am

KEYNOTE SPEECH: OVERVIEW OF THE MAIN EMERGING AND HIGH-GROWTH MARKETS. KEY INSIGHTS ON WHERE NEW ACCELERATIONS ARE COMING FROM

  • Government’s vision of emerging and high-growth markets for the coming years
  • How will emerging markets impact development of different industry sectors?
  • Most common tips and traps of setting up your operations in new and potentially perilous areas
  • Where to look for support? What are UK and local authorities doing to assist companies in engaging with emerging and high-growth areas

Nick Archer, Managing Director, Policy and Network Development, UKTI

9.40am - 10.30am

EXPERT PANEL: WESTERN MULTINATIONALS, GLOBAL BRANDS AND LOCAL BUSINESSES IN EMERGING AND HIGH-GROWTH MARKETS. LEARNING HOW TO ORGANISE YOUR OPERATIONS SUCCESSFULLY

  • Finding the best time to enter emerging markets and sustaining long-term commitment once it has been done. Prioritising early government engagement and continuing to liaise with local authorities on community projects
  • Creating executive strategies credible with the area’s senior stakeholders. Driving innovation to become and stay relevant in a local market while maintaining global quality standards
  • Adjusting your structures and processes to the local demands. What is most effective way to restructure conglomerates in emerging markets?
  • Minimising business risks and effectively managing less stable regulatory regimes through acquiring knowledge of local business strategies and improved connections with local stakeholders

Neil De Beer, Secretary General, ORGANISATION FOR AFRICAN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Trevor Barton, Executive Director, RUSSO-BRITISH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Jerry He, CEO, SILVER LION GROUP
Leo Csaky, Senior Legal Counsel Global Strategy and Business Development, STATOIL

10.30am - 10.50am

Coffee break

10.50am - 12.10pm

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP CLINICS WITH SPECIFIC LEGAL FOCUS ON BRIC COUNTRIES, SOUTHEAST ASIA and AFRICA.

ANALYSING REGULATORY LANDSCAPES OF THE MAIN EMERGING MARKETS AND HIGH-GROWTH AREAS. LEARNING HOW TO MAKE YOUR LEGAL STRATEGY COMPLY WITH THE LATEST LEGISLATIVE DEVELOPMENTS IN THOSE MARKETS. EFFECTIVELY DEALING WITH KEY REGULATORY RESTRICTIONS

Those streamed sessions will start with a brief introduction to each of the legal systems and will then be followed by roundtable discussions led by a legal expert speaker for each country. From the impact of Dodd-Frank Act on Brazilian regulatory landscape, the evaluation of China’s recently amended Consumer Protection Law to the South Korean Commercial Act; these sessions will deepen your legal knowledge of each particular area of growth.

Choose one of the sessions below:

SESSION A:

China – Haibun Xue, Managing Partner, ZHONG LUN

Russia – Yuri Botiuk, Partner, PINSENT MASON

India – Martin Harman, Chairman India Group, PINSENT MASON

Brazil – Jorge Manuel Guira, Director, UNIVERSITY OF READING LAW SCHOOL

SESSION B: Southeast Asia, Africa

12.10pm – 1.00pm

PANEL SESSION: MAXIMISING HR AND TALENT MANAGEMENT IN EMERGING AND HIGH-GROWTH MARKETS. LOOKING AT THE INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS EFFECTIVELY USED BY SUCCESSFUL GLOBAL PLAYERS. RECOGNISING THE IMPORTANCE OF CULTURAL DIFFERENCES IN PUTTING TOGETHER EFFECTIVE LEGAL TEAMS IN EACH OF THOSE COUNTRIES

  • Identifying the issues the existing legal team is facing as well as those faced by a new team in a new jurisdiction. Looking at local work permits and employment issues. Understanding the skills needed to flourish in the new country.
  • What are the most effective ways of increasing executive market pool in emerging markets, attracting and retaining senior executives with thorough knowledge of local business? How to deal with the shortage at the top?
  • Entrusting more power to your local organisation. Ensuring successful career paths for local teams to overcome strong competition for talent at all levels from local as well as global competitors. Ensuring skill development at all levels
  • Effectively working across cultures by creating a system of shared corporate values. Recognising cultural differences in incentivising local teams

Hans Von der Linde, General Counsel Downstream, SHELL INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
Alexandra Moon, General Counsel Emerging Markets, RSA
John Dominic Upton, Legal Counsel, BAKER HUGHES

1.00pm – 1.40pm

Lunch

1.40pm - 2.30pm

Choose from one of workshop sessions below:

SESSION A: PROTECTING THE BRAND. IP PROTECTION AND ENFORCEMENT IN HIGH-GROWTH AREAS

  • Developing sustainable brand protection strategies. Adapting global brands to a local market
  • Looking at global IP portfolio management and maintaining competitiveness with IP litigation
  • How to deal with the evolving IP protection systems in some of the emerging economies?
  • Modifying your methods for protection and enforcement in accordance with local customs and strategies
  • Effective liaison with local IP Counsel and government officials outside of the court systems
  • What is the outlook for the coming years?

Alexey Popovichev, Executive Director, RUSBRAND
Jack Chung, Honorary Chairman, QBPC (THE QUALITY BRANDS PROTECTION COMMITTEE), Former Corporate Senior IP Counsel Asia, GENERAL ELECTRIC

    SESSION B: EXAMINING CURRENT TRENDS IN DATA PROTECTION REGULATION. THE LESSONS LEARNED AND THE IMPACTS FOR EMERGING MARKETS

  • Overview of recent enforcement trends for data protection in established economies.
  • Overview of data protection and cyber security developments in the Commonwealth
  • Unilever’s experiences in building a global privacy programme and approach taken for emerging economies.

Steve Wright, Global Privacy Officer, UNILEVER
Stewart Room, President, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DATA PROTECTION OFFICERS

2.30pm – 3.20pm

Choose from one of workshop sessions below:

SESSION A: DEALING WITH THE COMPLEXITY OF COMMERCIAL AGREEMENTS AND DISPUTE RESOLUTIONS IN HIGH-GROWTH AREAS

  • Complying with local law requirements for effective contractual agreements. Choosing the right contractual format. Understanding what freedom you have to choose your governing law.
  • Developing a better understanding of contractual agreements with suppliers and local business partners. Practical steps to ensure that 'best practice' is implemented in your organisation.
  • Building effective mechanisms for the resolution of disputes with customers in emerging markets. Understanding the problems and risks that can arise where disputes are to be determined locally. Understanding the practical issues relating to the international enforcement of judgments are arbitration awards.
  • Practical examples of the use of international arbitration in emerging markets including India, Russia and the Middle East. The ability of parties to interfere with arbitrations through the use of local courts and the extent to which these countries protect international arbitration.

Anita Adam, Company Secretary and Interim Head of Legal UK and Ireland, MOLSON KOORS BREWING COMPANY
Jonathan Stevens, Head of Global Litigation, ATOS
Andrew Bartlett, Partner – International Disputes, OSBORNE CLARKE

SESSION B: MANAGING BRIBERY AND ANTI-CORRUPTION COMPLIANCE RISK IN DEVELOPING MARKETS

  • How to successfully navigate the unique anti-corruption compliance challenges associated with management of operations in main emerging markets
  • Looking at the best existing compliance practices in the above regions. Why do they work? How to ensure the success of your anti-corruption programme? How to adapt programme structure, risk assessment procedures and Code of Conduct to local conditions
  • Conducting risk-based third-party due diligence: best practices to screen, audit and manage your local parties

James Kindon, Group Head of Compliance, EURASIAN NATURAL RESOURCES CORPORATION
Don Hughes, VP and EMEA General Counsel, HITACHI DATA SYSTEMS

3.20pm -3.40pm

Coffee Break

3.40pm – 4.30pm

Choose from one of workshop sessions below:

SESSION A: INVESTING IN EMERGING MARKETS. GETTING YOUR FEET ON THE GROUND

  • Finding the right transaction structure - review of various options including outright acquisition, wholly owned entity, joint venture, minority investment, offshore structures
  • Protect your interest as minority investor. How to best protect your interest and benefit from shareholder rights
  • Risk Management - managing compliance risk and regulatory risk including environmental, bribery, anti-trust, local tax compliance
  • Anticipating the future – expansion or potential exit at times when further investment is required or the initial plans are not working out as originally intended

Chris Martin, Counsel EMEA, INTEL CAPITAL
Martin Brostoff, General Counsel Europe and Asia, GKN

SESSION B REVIEWING CROSS-BORDER CORPORATE TRANSACTIONS, M&A AND FINANCING IN THE MAIN EMERGING MARKETS

  • Most recent trends in cross-border M&A in high-growth areas
  • What are the most important factors influencing the success of cross-border M&A transactions and the potential risks that could impede their investments as they expand into new markets
  • Gaining investment advantages in the main emerging markets. Latest changes in regard to foreign direct investment regulations in the main emerging markets

David Tudor, General Counsel Global Transaction E-Commerce, NASPERS GROUP
Leo Csaky, Senior Legal Counsel Global Strategy and Business Development, STATOIL
Ignacio Iribarren, Principal Investment Officer, IFC, WORLD BANK

4.30pm-4.40pm

Chairman’s closing comments

4.40pm – 4.50pm

Conference Break

4.50pm – 6.00pm

International Champagne Roundtables

OUR INTERNATIONAL CHAMPAGNE ROUNDTABLES ARE BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Meet the practitioners who have successfully set up their businesses in the recently identified existing and upcoming emerging markets. The countries we are going to discuss were rated on areas of particular interest to foreign investors; the ease of doing business and the perceived level of corruption and economic freedom.

The champagne sessions below will give you a business overview as well as the legal highlights of the areas below:

CHINA:

Hans Von Der Linde, SHELL
Mark Hedley, Senior China Business Advisor, CHINA-BRITAIN BUSINESS COUNCIL

RUSSIA:

Trevor Barton, Executive Director, RUSSO-BRITISH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Don Hughes, VP and EMEA General Counsel, HITACHI DATA SYSTEMS

BRAZIL & LATAM COUNTRIES:

Jorge Manuel Guira, Director, UNIVERSITY OF READING LAW SCHOOL
Ignacio Iribarren, Principal Investment Officer, IFC, WORLD BANK

INDIA:

Richard Heald, CEO, UK INDIA BUSINESS COUNCIL

WEST AFRICA:

Zoe Ashcroft, Partner, WINSTON & STRAWN
Nicholas Usher, Partner, WINSTON & STRAWN

6.00pm onwards

End of the Conference and Drinks reception

Join your fellow delegates and the speaker faculty to continue discussions in an informal and relaxed setting while enjoying drinks and canapés.

Speakers

Nick Archer

Nick Archer

Managing Director. Policy and Network Development, UKTI

Nick Archer was appointed as UKTI's Managing Director of Policy and Network Development in January 2014. In this role he has oversight both of private sector partners of UKTI's global network - Chambers of Commerce, Prime Ministerial Trade Envoys and others - and of UKTI's relationships with ministers and departments across Whitehall involved in boosting exports and inward investment.

Nick was previously Director, Africa, the Middle East, Russia, Turkey and Central Asia for Trade in UKTI HQ from September 2012. In this role he was closely involved in UKTI's drive to provide enhanced support to businesses looking at high value opportunities in these regions' emerging markets.

Nick started his career in business, at Sotheby's, before joining the Foreign Office in 1983. In recent years he has run London departments there covering areas of the Middle East and Asia, and served variously as Private Secretary to a Minister of State and later, on secondment, to HRH The Prince of Wales; as Head of Trade and Investment in Oslo, High Commissioner in Malta, and, most recently, Ambassador to Denmark, from 2008 to 2012.

Jack Chang

Jack Chang

Honorary Chairman, QBPC, Former Senior IP Counsel Asia, GE

Jack Chang is Chairman of the Quality Brands Protection Committee of China Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment and recent Senior IP Counsel of General Electric Company for Asia, based in Shanghai, China.

The Quality Brands Protection Committee was founded in March 2000 by 28 multi-national companies and now has grown to an organization with over 180 MNC members dedicated to enhancing IP protection for patent, trade secret, trademark and copyright in China via the approach of cooperation with Chinese government and other stakeholders.

In GE his role was to provide IP strategic direction & support for GE businesses in Asia; to engage in IP policy work and to share best practices on IP protection with public & private sectors in the region, to jointly improve the IP environment based on the approach of cooperation.

Before joining GE in 2006, Mr. Chang has worked for Johnson & Johnson. He relocated to China in 1998 to set up the J&J Asia/Shanghai Office of the Corporate Law Department. He was an Assistant General Counsel and the head of the J&J China brand protection team before he joined General Electric Company.

Mr. Chang is a guest researcher of the Institute for International Intellectual Property of Peking University and the IP Institute of East China University of Political Science & Law in Shanghai.

In 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2010 he was identified by the Managing IP, a British IP Publication, as one of the 50 most influential IP persons in the world. Mr. Chang was invited in 2009 by the World Economic Forum as a member of the Network of Global Agenda Council.

Trevor Barton

Trevor Barton

Executive Director, RUSSO-BRITISH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Trevor served as an officer in the Royal Navy throughout the 1980s, after which he spent 14 years as a solicitor and partner with the international law firm Clyde & Co. This included six years in the firm's St Petersburg office in the 1990s. As a lawyer, he focussed on finance, cross-border trade and litigation. He subsequently ran the London office of The PBN Company, a consultancy specialising in financial public relations and corporate communications that worked primarily for clients across the CIS markets. More recently Trevor has worked as a consultant to a number of companies in industry and the financial services sector, all of which have been looking to develop their businesses in the Russian and CIS markets. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce for 10 years, and became Executive Director in October 2012.

Jerry He

Jerry He

CEO, Silver Lion Group

Mr. Jerry He, aged 39, is now the Chief Executive Officer of Silver Lion Group. Silver Lion Group controls and operates three businesses: China Polymetallic, a Hong Kong Main-board listed company focuses on mining of nonferrous metals in China; GPS Holdings, which is one of the largest nonferrous metals mining operations in the country of Myanmar; and China New Energy Technologies, a China-based lithium battery producer focusing on supplying lithium batteries for electric cars and power storage.

Prior to managing the Silver Lion Group, Mr. He has 13 years of experiences in private equity investments, capital markets, and mergers & acquisitions in China and globally. Mr. He was a Managing Director and investment committee member at YF Capital in 2013. YF Capital is a billion-dollar fund focusing on private equity investments in Asia, co-founded by Mr. Jack Ma, Chairman of the Alibaba Group. Before joining YF Capital, Mr. He worked in Morgan Stanley from 2004 to 2012, and most recently as the Asia Pacific Co-Head of the Special Situations Group of Morgan Stanley where he led the principal investment activities in Asia Pacific. Before relocating to Asia in 2005, Mr. He was an investment banking associate at Morgan Stanley New York focusing on mergers and acquisitions. Mr. He started his career in 2000 at Goldman Sachs in New York.

Mr. He received an MBA degree from Columbia Business School, a Master's degree in Information Systems Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Bachelor's degree in International Finance from Renmin University of China. Mr. He is a CFA charterholder.

Alexandra Moon

Alexandra Moon

Emerging Markets General Counsel, RSA

Alex is the Emerging Markets General Counsel at RSA and heads up the legal and compliance team across Asia, Latin America, Central & Eastern Europe and the Middle East. She is responsible for the end to end legal service provision for the region, corporate governance and regulatory compliance.

Prior to joining RSA in 2007, Alex practised as a corporate lawyer in two leading City firms.

Alexey Popovichev

Alexey Popovichev

Executive Director, RUSBRAND

Alexey Popovichev joined RusBrand in 2002 as IPR committee coordinator and in 2006 he was appointed executive director. Before joining RusBrand he had headed Brand Protection Group, an association of multinational companies focused on anti counterfeiting activities.

As a director of a leading association of FMCG companies in Russia, Alexey was involved in development and execution of consumer oriented communication programs and lobbying campaigns in brand protection field designed to improve IPR situation in Russia. He has an extensive experience in interaction with law enforcement agencies and government institutions in charge of national brand IPR protection policy development.

Alexey is a member of Board of Directors of European Brands Association (AIM).

Michael Rasmuson

Michael Rasmuson

Vice President International Legal Operations, BAKER HUGHES

Michael Rasmuson joined Baker Hughes in 2002 and currently holds the position of Vice President – International Legal Operations. His responsibilities are to provide and manage the general legal support function in Europe, Africa and Russia Caspian.

Michael has over 15 years of legal practice experience and has worked as an oil and gas lawyer for firms in Canada and the UK before joining Baker Hughes. Prior to his current appointment as Vice President – International Legal Operations, he held several positions in the legal group and was responsible for several different regions. Michael is a member of The Law Society of England and Wales and The Law Society of Alberta.

Christopher Martin

Dr. Christopher Martin

Counsel EMEA, INTEL CAPITAL

Chris is Counsel EMEA at Intel Capital. He has over 15 years of private equity and M&A experience with a particular focus on emerging markets. Chris is German and US qualified. During his career, he lived and worked in the US, and Europe. Prior to joining Intel Capital in 2007, he has held various senior positions in-house as well as in global law firms. Intel Capital, Intel’s global investment and M&A organization, makes equity investments in innovative technology start-ups and companies worldwide. In 2012, Intel Capital invested US$352 million in 150 investments with approximately 57 percent of funds invested outside North America. The Intel Capital EMEA legal team supports investment managers located throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa and a current investment portfolio which has companies in more than 20 jurisdictions.

David Tudor

David Tudor

General Counsel Global Transaction E-Commerce, NASPERS GROUP

I have been a legal advisor to the Naspers group of companies since 1996. Before joining the group full time, I was a partner in Mallinicks Attorneys (now Webber Wentzel in alliance with Linklaters) and worked in the City at two leading international law firms. In 2008 I was appointed Naspers and MIH Group Senior Counsel. In this role I led the legal teams for the group’s M&A activities in Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. Some of the more significant transactions in which I participated include: the consolidation by the group of its internet interests in Russia (through the acquisition of 28,7% in Digital Sky Technologies (DST)), the acquisition of controlling interests in OLX, Pagosonline, Markafoni, and Netretail and the acquisition by MIH Allegro of an interest in Avito. Last year I became General Counsel of the MIH Allegro Group and subsequently took the role of Chief Legal Officer. I am a director of MIH BV, MIH Allegro, Markafoni and other group companies.

Zoe Ashcroft

Zoe Ashcroft

Partner, WINSTON & STRAWN

One of the founding partners of Winston and Strawn's London office and head of the London corporate department, Zoe concentrates her practice in business and finance transactions. She has more than 25 years' experience handling complex cross-border deals, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances/joint ventures, private equity investments, venture capital financing, and corporate lending.

Zoe also advises companies with respect to securities offerings, including London Stock Exchange listings, Alternative Investment Market listings, and dual listings on these markets in conjunction with the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.

Clients include banking and financial institutions, as well as companies in a variety of sectors ranging from energy to cleantech, biotech, media, financial services groups and heavy industrial manufacturing conglomerates. She also has significant experience advising on transactional matters in Africa and Asia, in addition to cross-border US/UK/European matters.

Nicholas Usher

Nicholas Usher

Partner, Winston & Strawn

Nicholas Usher is an English qualified solicitor and partner in the Winston & Strawn London office. Mr Usher has more than 10 years’ experience of handling cross-border corporate transactions for a broad range of clients based in Europe, the US, Africa and Asia. His experience includes mergers and acquisitions, listings, securities offerings, joint ventures, private equity and hedge fund investments, and corporate lending.

He has acted for companies in a variety of industry sectors, including financial services, travel and leisure, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, consumer/retail products and services, and general industrial.

Hans von der Linde

Hans von der Linde

General Counsel Downstream, SHELL INTERNATIONAL

Hans von der Linde is General Counsel for Shell's global Downstream business (refining, marketing and chemicals). He currently leads a team of 300 people based in 40 countries. The head of Legal at Shell UK also reports to him. In 25 years with Shell, Hans has worked in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and China. During his time as head of Legal for Shell in North East Asia, he chaired the legal committee of the European Chamber of Commerce in China. Hans is an experienced M&A lawyer and has also worked in government relations and issues management. He has a keen interest in developing people, and has been in charge of talent management across Shell Legal since 2004.

James Kindon

James Kindon

Group Head of Compliance, EURASIAN NATURAL RESOURCES CORPORATION

James is a solicitor qualified to practice in England & Wales. He trained and qualified as a corporate lawyer, specialising in Mergers & Acquisitions. He has worked at several law firms in London where he specialised in cross-border M&A transactions. Before joining ENRC in September 2011 as a Senior Compliance Officer in London, James worked in the US at a law firm based in Chicago.

James is currently the Group Head of Compliance, a role he took in October 2012. James reports directly to the Group General Counsel and the Audit Committee on compliance activity.

Don Hughes

Dr Don Hughes

Vice President and EMEA General Counsel, HITACHI DATA SYSTEMS

Don Hughes is Vice President and EMEA General Counsel of Hitachi Data Systems. He is responsible for legal affairs in the EMEA region and for managing the company's team of lawyers in Europe, Russia and South Africa. Prior to Hitachi, Don was Deputy Head of Legal at Cable & Wireless, having joined C&W from Clifford Chance.

Hitachi Data Systems has been named as one of the world's most ethical companies for the past three years. Hitachi Data Systems' legal department was shortlisted for Legal Department of the Year at both the Lawyer Awards and the Halsbury Awards in 2013.

Ignacio Irebarren

Ignacio Iribarren

Principal Investment Officer, IFC, WORLD BANK

Ignacio Iribarren is currently a Principal Equity Investment Officer in IFC for Latin America Energy and Infrastructure and brings extensive asset management and sector transaction experience across the globe, particularly in emerging markets with a focus on power and infrastructure.

He has been tasked by IFC with significantly expanding the equity pipeline in Latin America and making IFC a leading player in the sector. He has a twenty five year career history in asset management and sector transactions. He was a Principal at Global Infrastructure Partners and worked at AES Corporation where he managed power assets at the CEO and CFO level, including tenures in the Republic of Georgia, El Salvador and Venezuela. In these positions, he was involved in challenging re-structuring, change management or workout operations, M&A and debt structuring. Mr. Iribarren was a power sector specialist at ING Barings, where he led transactions in Latin America and the Caribbean, with an emphasis in power and infrastructure. He has an MBA from George Washington University in Washington D.C. and Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA.

Leo Csaky

Leo Csaky

Legal Counsel Global Strategy and Business Development, STATOIL

Based in Norway, Statoil competes with the "super-majors" in 36 countries and in all areas of exploration and production, upstream and downstream. The business has c21,000 employees and is listed in Oslo and New York.

Leo Csaky is a senior member of the global strategy and business development legal team, based in London. Focussing on high value M&A transactions, Leo is responsible for commercial and legal risk analysis, corporate governance, deal structuring and negotiation, as well as a wide variety of commercial contracts. Leo's experience covers multiple industry sectors, with expertise in corporate governance, strategic advice and commercial negotiations.

Martin Brostoff

Martin Brostoff

Divisional General Counsel, Europe and Asia, GKN plc

Martin Brostoff is the Europe and Asia General Counsel for three of GKN’s four divisions, covering its automotive and off-highway businesses. Between 2007 and 2010 he was seconded to live and work in Shanghai as GKN’s China General Counsel, responsible for establishing GKN’s legal department in China. Prior to joining GKN, he was Assistant Company Secretary/Solicitor at another Midlands FTSE 100 company, IMI plc, and before that Head of Legal at Lotus Cars Limited in Norwich. Martin qualified as a solicitor in 1994 after training at Hammonds and holds an LLB (Hons) from Manchester University.

Richard Heald

Richard Heald

Chief Executive Officer, UK INDIA BUSINESS COUNCIL

Richard Heald joined the UK India Business Council as its Chief Executive Officer in September 2010. Before joining the UKIBC, he worked as Vice Chairman, Rothschild, India, where he played a key role in advising numerous UK and Indian companies on spin-offs and capital raisings, secondary capital raisings, outbound and inbound M&A as well as the provision of debt and restructuring. His transactions include advising the Mahindra Group on their acquisition of Ssangyong Motors and the sale of up to 51% of Cairn India by Cairn PLC.

He worked for Rothschild for over 17 years. He has over 30 years experience of the international financial markets, 20 years of which has been focused on advisory and capital raisings for governments and major corporate across the globe. Richard is a graduate from Oxford University with a degree in law. He is married with two daughters.

Neil De Beer

Neil De Beer

Secretary General, ORGANISATION FOR AFRICAN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Mr. De Beer has a vast professional experience in several fields of business, government, sport and the military. Since 1991 he has been involved in major businesses across the world which included mining resource groups in Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Angola, DRC, Congo Brazzaville and Namibia. He served as Chairman of AFGEM, CEO of SFDH, DEBCOR and Diamond Corporation, National Security Advisor in African National Congress in 1994 and 1995.

Neil De Beer is currently CEO of BORDERLESS AFRICA, a mining, energy and resource firm, Board Member of Karibuni Projects and Secretary General of Organisation of African Business Development, the business division of the NEPAD revival program and a global effort on marketing and managing BRAND AFRICA.

Stewart Room

Stewart Room

President, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DATA PROTECTION OFFICERS

Stewart has over 23 years' experience as a Barrister and Solicitor, focusing for the last 13 years on technology and communications. He specialises in the field of data protection and information management, including the commercial exploitation of data, the security of data, regulatory investigations and litigation arising from the misuse of data. Stewart is rated as a leading individual in data protection by Chambers UK, who says he "is the kind of lawyer who inspires confidence" and "he is an excellent, first-rate, tactical lawyer.

He holds a Master's Degree in Computer and Communications Law and he is a past winner of the Financial Times Legal Innovator of the Year Award, for his work with global IT companies on “Privacy Enhancing Technologies”. Stewart is also a Director of Cyber Security Challenge UK and the President of the National Association of Data Protection Officers. He has written three leading textbooks on information law including “Butterworths Data Security Law and Practice”.

Steve Wright

Steve Wright

Global Privacy Officer, UNILEVER

Steve Wright is the global privacy officer who has responsibility for overseeing the privacy for Unilever PLC. By using his solid risk and IT security understanding, 18 years of practical IT risk and business experience, coupled with his holistic knowledge of process and control frameworks – Steve is bring to bear his collective experience in implementing a global privacy framework. Having once served as a IT Security Director for a large professional services organization, and held interim high profile delivery roles, he knows first-hand the challenges and demands of Privacy, Cybercrime, Identity Theft, Computer Hacking, Data Leakage, Access Mgmt, Encryption, Cyber-terrorism, Fraud, Consumer and Staff Awareness and the complex legal, regulatory and contractual requirements of today’s multi-connected and globally trading digital environments.

Jorge Guira

Jorge Manuel Guira

Director, UNIVERSITY OF READING LAW SCHOOL

Jorge Guira, Esq., BA, MA, JD, LLM, PgDip, PhD, is Director of the University of Reading Law School and Henley Business School Centre for Energy Law and Policy and an Associate Professor, in law and finance, including energy matters. He has taught at Warwick, been a Visiting Senior Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, and consulted for leading oil and gas firms in many parts of the world as to finance, arbitration, litigation, and contract structuring, drafting, and negotiation.

Jonathan Stevens

Jonathan Stevens

Head of Global Litigation, ATOS

As Head of Global Litigation for Atos, Jonathan Stevens is responsible for the management and supervision of the group's claims, disputes and litigations in all 52 countries where Atos operates. He has been with Atos for 12 years and prior to that worked for KPMG. Before joining KPMG, he spent 18 years in private practice, where he was managing partner of a provincial law firm, working always in litigation. Jonathan is a solicitor and also a New York attorney.

Atos is an international information technology services company with annual revenues of €8.5 billion and 75,000 employees. Serving a global client base, it delivers hi-tech transactional services, consulting and technology services, systems integration and managed services. With its technology expertise and industry knowledge, it works with clients across the following market sectors: manufacturing, retail, services; public, health and transport; financial services; telecoms, media and technology; and energy and utilities.

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Location

Date: 26 June 2014

Location: The Montcalm Hotel, Marble Arch, London

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Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company

Established in 1989, Al Tamimi & Company are the largest law firm in the Middle East with offices in the UAE, Qatar, Jordan, Iraq, Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. They are a full service law firm specialising in a range of practice areas and pride themselves on providing their clients with not only professional expertise but superior service and quality commercial advice. They have advised on some of the region’s most complex matters and continue to be at the forefront of market developments.

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke is a London based international law firm providing high quality, cost-effective advisory, litigation and transactional services. Over 600 lawyers in 7 jurisdictions provide seamless cross-border advice, backed up by top flight legal expertise.

Clients describe the firm’s lawyers as approachable, knowledgeable, experienced and straightforward. OC’s advice is framed by a deep knowledge of its clients' industries. The firm is well-known for managing high-profile international disputes and its team has extensive experience of complex cross-border issues. It advises domestic and international businesses on managing the broad range of disputes that they encounter with a focus on achieving cost-effective solutions. The firm works with clients to tailor a funding solution that suits their business needs, sharing risk and involving funders and insurance products as necessary.

Osborne Clarke’s disputes group has specialist teams focussing on international arbitration (including in-house advocacy), intellectual property disputes, property litigation, construction disputes and contentious regulatory work.

Winston & Strawn

Winston & Strawn

Winston & Strawn LLP is an international law firm with more than 900 attorneys in 17 offices, providing services to clients in Europe, Africa, North America, South America, and Asia. Our firm serves the needs of enterprises of all types and sizes, in both the private and the public sector. The exceptional depth and geographic reach of our resources enable us to manage virtually every type of business-related legal issue.

Established more than 160 years ago, we have a proud tradition of professional excellence and dedicated client service, with a diverse and collegial culture. Understanding that our clients face many challenges on a daily basis, we provide realistic solutions to legal issues to make our clients' business lives simpler.

We understand that clients are looking for value beyond legal expertise. With this in mind, we work hard to understand the level of involvement our clients want from us. We take time to learn about our clients' organisations and their business objectives in an effort to respond quickly and effectively to our clients' needs.

Our reputation is built on the quality and character of our lawyers, many of whom are recognised leaders in the global legal community.

Zhong Lun

Zhong Lun

For the last 20 years, Zhong Lun has been growing with its clients across the world. In addition to our six offices across mainland China, we now have full-service offices in London, Hong Kong, Tokyo and New York. In total, we have over 700 lawyers with extensive cross border expertise.

The Zhong Lun London Office practises Chinese and English law and serves both Chinese and UK clients across a wide range of sectors. Our lawyers are comfortable providing commercial advice to clients in both jurisdictions and are fluent in English and Mandarin. Our experience in the UK coupled with our understanding of the challenges of doing business in China enables us to provide the very best advice.


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China-Britain Business Council

China-Britain Business Council

The China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) is the leading organisation helping UK companies grow and develop their business in China. We help UK companies of all sizes and sectors, whether new entrants or established operations, access the full potential of the fastest growing market in the world. We offer practical in-market assistance, services, industry initiatives and a membership programme delivering access, seminars and networking.

Through 60 years of engagement, we have built up exceptional connections with government and business across China. Our Board is made up of senior business people from companies with a strong China interest, and our business advisers have extensive first-hand experience of doing business in China. We deliver our services and advice through 10 UK offices and 13 offices across key locations in China. This in-country network provides invaluable local insight, access, and knowledge.

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