• Wim Dejonghe

    Senior Partner, Allen & Overy

    Wim is Senior Partner of Allen & Overy LLP, having been Global Managing Partner from 1 May 2008 until 1 May 2016. Previously, he co-headed A&O’s global Corporate practice. Wim joined Allen & Overy as a partner in 2001 having previously been a partner at Loeff Claeys Verbeke since 1993. He co-wrote the book M&A in Belgium, the only in-depth and comprehensive legal guide to Belgian M&A transactions. He received his law degree from the University of Louvain (KUL).

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  • Andrew Ballheimer

    Managing Partner, Allen & Overy

    Andrew is Global Managing Partner of Allen & Overy LLP. Prior to his appointment, he was the Global Co-Head of the Corporate practice from 2010 to 2016. Andrew specialises in public and private M&A and ECM transactions and has broad experience in complex, multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions throughout Western and Eastern Europe, the U.S., Latin America and Asia. In 2013, Legal 500 UK said he is “one of the smartest and most resourceful M&A lawyers around”.

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  • Marvin Ammori

    General Counsel, Hyperloop One

    Marvin is General Counsel of Hyperloop One. He began his career at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and for five years headed a firm representing Google, Apple, Dropbox and others in their most prominent regulatory debates. Time Magazine calls him “a prominent First Amendment lawyer and Internet policy expert” and he has been named on POLITICO 50’s “list of thinkers, doers and dreamers” as “transforming politics”. Marvin is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Harvard Law School.

  • Laura Bailey

    Co-founder, Zerado

    Laura is co-founder of Zerado, an independent consultancy and technology provider, harnessing distributed ledger technology from concept to commercialisation. Previously, Laura was at HSBC where she was responsible for the origination and execution of private equity-backed structured finance transactions, positioning HSBC as a leading financial services provider. Laura’s primary role at Zerado is providing commercial direction for applications of Blockchain technology in a range of markets and sectors. Laura studied at Nottingham University and holds two degrees.

  • Ahmed Baladi

    Partner, Allen & Overy

    Ahmed specialises in outsourcing, IT and data protection with a particular focus on the TMT and Finance sectors. He leads the global Allen & Overy Technology Group. Ahmed has wide experience of digital transition projects including cloud computing, big data, the Internet of Things and Fintech. He is also an expert on multi-jurisdictional and offshore outsourcing projects and data protection/cybersecurity.

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  • Sarah Banatvala

    Legal Counsel, Employment, Google

    Sarah is a Pinsent Masons alum with in-house experience at Barclays, RBS, GE and HSBC. She provides advice on all aspects of employment law. Sarah is a CEDR-accredited mediator. She has been working via Peerpoint for Google in its employment legal team since April 2016.

  • Allison Brown

    Director – Legal, Employment, Google

    Allison is Director – Legal, Employment for Google in its Europe, Middle East and Africa region, and has extensive cross-border experience. Google currently has operations in 36 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Allison manages a team of lawyers who are responsible for all employment legal, benefits and HR data protection law matters in the region.

  • Matthew Edwards

    Managing Director, Accenture

    Matthew is a Managing Director for Accenture Corporate Citizenship. He has a long-standing interest in this area from his work with Amref over the years and is relishing the new challenge. Prior to his role in Corporate Citizenship, Matthew was a Managing Director in Accenture’s Financial Services practice with over 28 years of experience.

  • Filip van Elsen

    Partner, Allen & Overy

    Filip chairs our global TMT sector group and also heads the IP/IT department of Allen & Overy in Belgium. He advises clients on IT law, outsourcing, intellectual property, cybersecurity and data protection. In particular, he specialises in advising multinational companies on business-critical technology transactions, cloud computing arrangements, big data and data analytics projects where technology produces transformational business change. Filip has won plaudits for his ability to marry his commercial understanding with his legal expertise.

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  • Dr Githinji Gitahi

    Group Chief Executive Officer, Amref Health Africa

    Githinji joined Amref Health Africa on 1 June 2015. Prior to this, he was the Vice-President and Regional Director for Africa, Smile Train International, where he established partnerships with various African governments aimed at providing long-term sustainability. Previously he was Managing Director for Monitor Publications for the Nation Media Group in Uganda, as well as General Manager for Marketing and Circulation in East Africa. Githinji has also held progressively senior positions at GlaxoSmithKline, Avenue Group and in the insurance industry.

  • Sasha Hardman

    Global HR Director, Allen & Overy

    Sasha is Global Director of HR at Allen & Overy. She began her career as a corporate tax advisor at PwC before moving into HR. She has more than 20 years of HR experience in professional services firms. Sasha has a wide range of experience supporting business leaders, including outsourcing, near-shoring, new business development and merger integration. She is passionate about talent development and diversity. She leads a global team across the firm’s more than 40 offices.

  • Elaine Johnston

    Partner, Allen & Overy

    Elaine is a widely experienced antitrust lawyer whose practice covers antitrust litigation, mergers and acquisitions and antitrust counselling. She frequently appears before the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission and has particular expertise in coordinating antitrust clearances on complex cross-border deals. Elaine led the international A&O team that created the advocacy toolkit for Amref, our most significant piece of pro bono work for a global charity partner. Elaine is a member of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.

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  • Richard Kim

    Partner, Allen & Overy

    Richard is Managing Partner of Allen & Overy’s Beijing and Shanghai offices. He advises leading financial institutions, private equity houses and corporate clients on cross-border M&A, real estate investments, private equity investments, corporate restructurings, and equity and debt capital market transactions. Richard is a recommended lawyer for corporate/M&A in the Legal 500 2014 edition and is cited in the 2014 edition of IFLR1000 as “a leading corporate/M&A lawyer”.

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  • Ling Li

    Partner, Allen & Overy

    Ling’s corporate practice includes cross-border M&A, joint ventures and capital markets. She has particular experience in advising Chinese companies on outbound transactions. Before joining Allen & Overy, Ling was General Counsel of a large Chinese state-owned enterprise focusing on overseas investment. In 2011, Ling was awarded the In-house Legal Award in Asia Women in Business by China Law & Practice. In 2012, Asian Legal Business voted her one of China’s Ten Leading In-house Legal Counsel. Prior to that, Ling worked for a top Wall Street law firm.

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  • Roger Lui

    Partner, Allen & Overy

    Roger has wide experience advising on finance transactions, including corporate loans, pre-IPO financing, equity-backed financing, structured and acquisition financing, real estate financing and project financing. He has experience with power projects in Korea, Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, Laos and the Philippines. Fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin, Roger is renowned for his knowledge of the markets across the region.

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  • Pablo Mayor

    Partner, Allen & Overy

    Pablo is head of Allen & Overy’s Public Law and Regulated Sectors department in Madrid. In 1996 he was appointed junior minister of the Ministry of Public Works, responsible for infrastructure, telecommunications and transport. He has been on the Board of Directors of RENFE, AENA and GIF. Pablo advises on telecommunications, media, energy, transport, gambling, infrastructure, public procurement, public law litigation, the negotiation of concession contracts and managing contract resolution. Pablo is highly recommended by Chambers and Partners.

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  • Tomasz Mloduchowski

    Co-founder, Zerado

    Tomasz is a solutions architect at Zerado where he provides insights on the impact that Blockchain can offer to the finance, banking, health and identity markets. He has been involved in the Bitcoin and Blockchain space since late 2009. Tomasz studied physics at MIT where he focused on computational physics and supercomputing. At Harvard, he audited lectures at the Berkmann Centre. He is an alumnus of the Clinton Global Initiative University programme, and founder of the Warsaw Hackerspace.

  • Gareth Price

    Partner, Allen & Overy

    Gareth is Global Head of the Projects Group and Co-Head of Energy at Allen & Overy. He works on all aspects of the development, acquisition, disposal and funding of energy and infrastructure assets around the world. Gareth is used to advising on all sides of energy and infrastructure transactions, allowing him to draw on his experiences to promote consensus.

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  • Francisco Reynés

    Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Abertis Infraestructuras

    Francisco is the Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Abertis Infraestructuras. As a representative of Abertis, he is the Chairman of Cellnex Telecom and a member of the Board of Directors of Sanef in Paris, Arteris in São Paulo and Hispasat in Madrid. Previously, Francisco was Managing Director of Criteria CaixaCorp. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Gas Natural Fenosa and Aguas de Barcelona, among others. Francisco holds a degree in industrial engineering from Barcelona University and an MBA from IESE.

  • Chris Reynolds

    Managing Officer and General Counsel, Toyota

    Chris is Managing Officer and General Counsel of the Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), responsible for all legal matters relating to design, manufacturing and sales worldwide. He is also Deputy Chief Officer of the General Administrative and Human Resources Group and, as Chief Officer for the Governance Management Group, is responsible for co-managing the governance practices of TMC. Previously, Chris was General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer of Toyota Motor North America. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, a former federal criminal prosecutor and a former partner at a major American firm.

  • Mitchell Silk

    Partner, Allen & Overy

    Mitchell is a projects partner and head of the U.S. China group in the New York office and an industry expert in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He advised, primarily in these sectors, on many of China’s landmark project financings and outbound acquisitions and on major project developments, financing, M&A transactions and fund formations across the globe. Mitchell has become increasingly involved in China and other Asian outbound investment in technology-related targets with applications in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

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  • Barry Swartzberg

    Chief Executive Officer, Discovery Partner Markets

    Barry joined Discovery Health at its inception in 1992. He was CEO of Discovery Health from 2000 to 2005 and currently serves as Group Executive Director of Discovery Limited, responsible for international strategy at the group level, and Chief Executive Officer of Discovery Partner Markets, Discovery’s international ventures arm. Barry is a member of the Discovery Holdings Group Executive Committee and serves on the Board of Discovery, Discovery Insure, The Vitality Group (USA) and Ping An Health in China.

  • Josh Hardie

    Deputy Director-General of Policy and Campaigns at the CBI

    Josh joined the CBI as Deputy Director-General, Policy and Campaigns in March 2016. Prior to this, he was Group Director for Corporate Responsibility at Tesco, leading the integration of social and reputational issues into business strategy and developing a new approach to campaigning on issues including health, employability and sustainability. Josh has held director-level roles at EdComs Ltd – a leading communications and CSR agency – creating campaigns for clients including Google, NSPCC and the British Army.

  • Sebastian Remøy

    Global Head of Public Affairs for Kreab

    Sebastian is Global Head of Public Affairs for Kreab and leads the consultancy’s Trade Competition and Digital practice. He is part of the London School of Economics’ Commission on the Future of Britain in Europe and is European Co-Chair of the Brexit Working Group in the Transatlantic Business Council. Previously, Sebastian was Senior Officer in the EEA Coordination Division of the EFTA Secretariat and was Deputy Head of the Commercial Section at the U.S. Embassy in Oslo. He has dual Norwegian/American citizenship.

  • Charles Grant

    Director of the Centre for European Reform

    Charles helped to found the Centre for European Reform in 1996. In January 1998 he became the CER’s first director. He is the author of numerous CER publications, including Russia, China and Global Governance (2012) and How to Build a Modern European Union (2013). His specialisms include EU foreign and defence policy, Russia, China, the euro and global governance. He is a member of the councils of the Moscow School of Civic Education, the Turkish think-tank EDAM and the French think-tank Terra Nova.