Meet the Speakers
Grace Fu, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, General Counsel & Secretary, Barneys New York, USA
Grace Fu is Executive Vice President of Human Resources, General Counsel and Secretary of Barneys New York. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Barneys New York Foundation. In her capacity as General Counsel, she advises on all legal matters pertaining to the business, including labor and employment, contracts and transactions, litigation, regulatory issues, intellectual property, real estate and philanthropy.
As Executive Vice President of Human Resources, she oversees all human resources functions at Barneys, including talent acquisition and recruiting, benefits administration and company-wide training, development and engagement.
Ms. Fu was previously Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Tiger Management, where she advised on the firm’s legal and compliance matters. In connection with her role at Tiger, she also advised the Robertson Foundation and Tiger Foundation. Prior to working at Tiger, Ms. Fu practiced as an attorney in the Mergers & Acquisitions department at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York City. At Skadden, Ms. Fu was active in the firm’s diversity, recruiting and pro bono initiatives.
Ms. Fu is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and the University of Virginia School of Law.
Barneys New York
Barneys New York Inc. is an American chain of luxury department stores founded and headquartered in New York City. The chain operates five flagship stores and two warehouse stores in the United States. In addition, it licenses twelve stores in Japan under a franchise agreement.
Nishat Ruiter, General Counsel, TED Conferences, USA
Nishat Ruiter is General Counsel of TED conferences, a non profit organization that believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. Through creativity, and a deep respect for TED's mission, Nishat's work is centered on ensuring that TED's legal requirements are met through a combination of practical and creative solutions that meets its needs, while still retaining the authentic TED voice across every area where possible. She manages the legal issues with respect to TED's licensing, partnerships, TM, brand protection, TED's code of conduct, data privacy, copyright, transactions and all corporate legal matters. Prior to TED, she worked as Associate General Counsel where she spent ten years in a variety of roles including managing legal issues on all marketing and advertising, M&A integration, and led the North American legal team responsible for the legal review of $1B/year in licensing transactions at CA Technologies. She also worked as Managing Counsel at LivePerson, provided in house counsel legal support to Chubb Insurance, Binary Tree.com and Capco. She is a visiting guest lecturer at Fordham Law School (New York) since 2013, faculty for the Practicing Law Institute, and has served on the Editorial Board of the International In-house Counsel Journal (London). Inspired by a Bahá’í perspective on things, she loves resolving the most complex problems with an elegant solution, but always with coffee on hand. She enjoys music, tennis, hosting Spiritual Cafes in her community to foster meaningful conversations, and finding connectedness with people from all walks of life. She is married and mother of two teenagers. You can follow her on twitter @nishatruiter.
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.
Mark Lande, Senior Managing Director and Counsel, Island Capital Group LLC, USA
Mark Lande is a Senior Managing Director and Counsel of Island Capital Group. Mr. Lande also serves as the General Counsel of Island Global Yachting Ltd.
Prior to joining Island Capital Group, Mr. Lande was an Associate at Allen and Overy LLP. Over his professional career, Mark has been involved in hundreds of transactions involving cross border financings, joint ventures, property acquisitions, real estate development, derivative transactions and SEC registered debt and equity offerings. Mr. Lande has also overseen a number of litigations.
Island Capital Group LLC
Island Capital Group LLC is a leading international real estate merchant bank headquartered in New York City that controls a diverse group of real estate services companies engaged in a broad range of real estate related activities, including fund management, commercial mortgage servicing, principal investment, and financial advisory and consulting services.
Gretchen Dahlberg, General Counsel and CLO, Merrill Corporation, USA
Gretchen Dahlberg is General Counsel of Merrill Corporation, a position she has held since August 2018. In this role, Gretchen is responsible for Merrill’s legal counsel, providing support for operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia and the Americas.
Gretchen joined Merrill Corporation in 2009 as Associate General Counsel – International, where she provided in-house counsel and global legal support for the organization, with particular focus on contract law and cross-jurisdictional sales, data privacy, export and import law, FCPA, UK Anti-Bribery Law, arbitrations, policy development and implementation and regulatory compliance.
Prior to joining Merrill Corporation, Gretchen served in an international business development role with BAE Systems.
Merrill Corporation is a leading global SaaS provider for participants in the M&A lifecycle. Clients trust Merrill’s innovative applications, excellent customer service and deep subject expertise to successfully navigate the secure sharing of their most sensitive content. The company’s flagship platform, DatasiteOne, powers secure, intelligent due diligence and enterprise collaboration for thousands of deals in more than 170 countries. For more information, visit http://www.merrillcorp.com.
Juliette Passer, President and General Counsel, PanaManagement Corporation, USA
Juliette is an accomplished senior executive and has the ability to help companies accelerate their penetration and growth in the United States and abroad. Juliette has performed successfully in her role for over twenty-eight years, also serving as counsel to the legal implications and nuances of these expansions. She is particularly knowledgeable in markets including the former USSR, Eastern and Western Europe, China, Turkey, and Panama. Juliette has extensive experience on numerous private boards, and is available for suitable board engagements.
Following the completion of her legal studies, Juliette gained her early legal and international experience as a corporate Associate with the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton, as well as Patterson, Belknap Webb & Tyler, LLP. She gained exposure to corporate finance, general corporate practice, arbitration and international development for clients. Her responsibilities included negotiating lending, stock purchase, licensing, distribution and joint venture agreements, in addition to opening a Moscow office. She trained Russian attorneys under the auspices of the American Bar Association and Council for Trade and Economic Cooperation. Juliette has lectured US and international audiences on issues of law and commerce, with a particular expertise in emerging markets and the Internet.
PanaManagement Corporation is a subsidiary of the International Project Development Group, a New York strategic business consulting practice, specializing in the broad range of domestic and international transactions, representing both US and foreign clients. Since 1996, they have been counsel in sectors ranging from aviation to pharmaceuticals, telecomm, manufacturing, entertainment, and petrochemicals as well as international arbitration.
Bill Martucci, Partner, Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP, USA
Mr. Martucci, who holds an LL.M. in Employment Law from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, practices globally in complex class action (employment discrimination and wage & hour) and EEOC litigation, as well as global strategic compliance guidance with respect to whistleblower claims, global investigations, and global codes of conduct. Chambers notes “Bill Martucci is worth having on any dream team for employment litigation and policy issues.” His jury work has been featured in The National Law Journal. He is listed in the Euromoney Guide to the World’s Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America for Employment and Business Litigation. He teaches Multinational Business Policy at Georgetown. Bill offices in Washingon, DC.
Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
For more than a century, the world’s leading companies have turned to Shook, Hardy & Bacon to obtain favorable results under the most contentious circumstances.
Our clients expect more than wins. They engage Shook both inside and outside the courtroom to protect their business investments and maximize opportunities for growth. At Shook, we believe that legal excellence begins and ends with relationships founded on creative and practical solutions. Our attorneys approach every challenge with integrity, tenacity and collegiality to achieve the best results for those we represent.
Matthew Galvin, Global VP Ethics & Compliance , AB InBev , USA
Matt Galvin is the Global Vice President of Ethics and Compliance for AB InBev, the largest brewer in the world. Matt manages anti-corruption, anti-competition, litigation, data privacy, sanctions, anti-money laundering for the global enterprise. Under Matt, AB InBev has developed a leading analytics platform designed to manage compliance risks and processes and reduce investigation costs. Matt is a NY and Hong Kong-qualified lawyer who practiced in leading international law firms before
AB InBev is the world's leading brewer. It is a Belgiian-Brazilian transnational beverage and brewing company with global headquarters in Leuven, Belgium. Through its diverse portfolio of well over 500 beer brands, including global brands Budweiser, Corona, and Stella Artois, AB InBev brings people together and is an integral part of consumers lives.
Joshua Axelrod, Brand Counsel, Celgene Corporation, USA
Josh serves as primary brand counsel for a multiple myeloma product team, involving promotional and medical affairs material reviews, assessments of advisory board proposals and materials, and provision of guidance around labelling issues.
Celgene seeks to deliver truly innovative and life-changing drugs for its patients.
Robert Schwartz, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Deer Park Road Capital Management Company, USA
Rob Schwartz is responsible for overseeing all legal and compliance aspects of Deer Park Road Management Company, a manager of hedge funds and mutual funds in the fixed income markets. Mr. Schwartz brings over 20 years’ experience in the legal and compliance sector. Prior to joining the firm, he was General Counsel and CCO at Loeb King Capital Management. Previously, Mr. Schwartz was Managing Director at Nomura Corporate Research and Asset Management which managed $12B of High Yield and Leveraged Loan assets. His responsibilities included legal, compliance, marketing and strategic development. Earlier in his career, Rob was a Managing Director within the Asset Backed Securities department of Prudential Securities, in this role he held responsibilities as a Calling Officer for MBS and ABS transactions as well as involvement in the structuring of ABS and warehouse lending transactions. Mr. Schwartz received his JD at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, MO and earned a BA at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.
Deer Park Road Capital Management Company
Deer Park is an SEC registered investment adviser. It has approx. $3 billion under management in hedge funds and mutual funds. Deer Park is located in the Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Robert Vitale, Managing Director and General Counsel, EIG Global Energy Partners, USA
Mr. Vitale is a Managing Director, member of EIG's Executive Committee, and the Company's General Counsel. Mr. Vitale has been actively involved in energy and infrastructure transactions for over 30 years. Before joining EIG in 2008, Mr. Vitale chaired at various times during his career the New York-based Energy and Infrastructure Departments of three international law firms: Brown & Wood; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; and Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP. Mr. Vitale is a former chairman of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Project Finance. He has been cited as one of the world’s leading energy and project finance attorneys by Chambers, the International Law Review, and Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directories, amongst other publications. Mr. Vitale was recently appointed to the 2019 Legal 500 US GC Powerlist. Mr. Vitale received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Tufts University and a J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was the Associate Editor of the American Bar Association’s publication The Tax Lawyer.
EIG Global Energy Partners
Since 1982, EIG has been one of the leading providers of institutional capital to the global energy industry, providing financing solutions across the balance sheet for companies and projects in the oil & gas, midstream, infrastructure, power and renewables sectors globally. EIG has committed more than $29.1 billion in 341 portfolio investments in 36 countries. The firm has more than 130 employees operating from offices in Washington, DC, Houston, Hong Kong, London, Sydney, Seoul and Rio de Janeiro and approximately $22 Billion in Assets Under Management as of December 31, 2018.
John Ludden, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, GE Capital Aviation Services, Ireland
Graduated from University of Liverpool with LLB. Admitted as a Solicitor in England & Wales (1988) and in Ireland.
Obtained a MSc from Cranfield University in Air Transport Management in 2003.
Obtained LLM from London School of Economics & Political Science in 2017.
In private practice as a Solicitor with Sinclair Roche & Temperley in London from 1988 to 1994. In private practice in Bermuda: 1994 to 1996.
In-house counsel with GECAS since 1996 in a variety or legal roles, becoming global General Counsel in 2015.
GE Capital Aviation Services
GECAS is one world's largest aircraft leasing and finance companies with a commercial fleet of almost 2,000 aircraft. GECAS is owned by GE, headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut and has a substantial presence in Ireland and offices in a number of other jurisdictions around the world.
John Cowell, General Counsel & Company Secretary, Healthdirect Australia, Australia
John Cowell is General Counsel and is responsible for the legal, governance and compliance functions of Healthdirect Australia Ltd., a company owned by the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments. In the emerging field of medtech and e-health law, John negotiates funding agreements with Australian jurisdictions to procure and contract complex, multi transactional outsourced arrangements that span the globe. With over 20 years PQE, John has extensive experience in corporate and commercial advisory having held legal and governance roles with multinational corporations in Bangladesh, China, India, Singapore, South Korea and the UAE. In his spare time, John serves as Deputy Chair for Child Abuse Prevention Services Inc. and has volunteered for the Red Cross soup kitchens since 2012.
Healthdirect Australia is an incorporated company owned by Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments. The company procures, develops and manages e-Health and Tele-Health services.
David Miller, Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Corporate and Investment Bank, USA
David Miller – Managing Director – J.P. Morgan
David Miller is Head of Controls Management for the Global Equity Division of the J.P. Morgan Corporate and Investment Bank where he executes the end-to-end supervisory, operational and regulatory controls for the Division. Mr. Miller has been with J.P. Morgan since 2005 where he has managed Compliance teams covering all institutional sales and trading markets. Prior to J.P. Morgan, Mr. Miller served in legal and compliance at various financial institutions. He began his career as an SEC enforcement attorney in New York City in 1988. Mr. Miller is 1985 graduate of Colgate University and a 1988 graduate of The George Washington University Law School.
J.P. Morgan Corporate and Investment Bank
Global Financial Institution
Ben Turin, General Counsel and Director of Public Affairs, Kars 4 Kids Inc, USA
Ben serves as General Counsel and Director of Public Affairs for Kars 4 Kids, Inc. and Oorah, Inc., which are affiliated 501(c)(3) public charities.
Kars 4 Kids Inc
Our mission is to develop children and families by giving them opportunities to connect with their rich Jewish heritage and traditions
Harpreet K. Sidhu, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Privacy Officer, Pethealth Inc. – A Fairfax Company, Canada
Harpreet is Pethealth Inc.'s General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Privacy Officer and is a member of the Executive Leadership Team at the company. She advises in all areas of corporate compliance and oversees the legal affairs of the corporation, including litigation, general contracts, employment, mergers and acquisitions, and patent and trademark matters. She also manages governance and regulatory compliance for the corporation and is responsible for all in-house ethics programs, government affairs, and public policy activities on domestic and international affairs, and oversees legal operations in Canada, the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom.
Harpreet earned her Bachelor of Laws degree from The University of Buckingham School of Law. She is affiliated with professional and not-for-profit organizations, including Law Help Ontario, The Law Society of Upper Canada, Ontario Bar Association, Canadian Bar Association, The Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, The Halton County Law Association, and The International Bar Association. Harpreet has also been awarded The Innovation Award presented by The Canadian Lawyer Magazine on behalf of Thomson Reuters as Tomorrow’s Leader. She also writes as a Columnist for The Canadian Lawyer Magazine as an in-house counsel columnist and has spoken and chaired a number of Continued Professional Development Programs for lawyers globally through various organizations.
Pethealth Inc. – A Fairfax Company
Pethealth Inc. – A Fairfax Company, is an international leader in the provision of animal management software, RFID microchip identification, database related services for companion animals, and pet health insurance operating in North America and the United Kingdom. More recently, the Company has become a leading provider of pet pharmacy and pet specialty retail products to pet owners in the United Kingdom. Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited is a financial services holding company which, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in property and casualty insurance, reinsurance and investment management. Its common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol FFH and in U.S. dollars under the symbol FFH.U.
Stephan Buehler, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, SGL Carbon SE, Germany
Before joining SGL as the General Counsel & Chief Compliance officer in 2013, Stephan Bühler worked for more than 21 years at Siemens AG in various functions, including being the Global Head of M&A in the Legal Department. He worked in Germany and 3 years in Paris, France.
SGL Carbon SE
SGL Group – The Carbon Company, is one of the worldwide leading manufacturers of carbon-based products.
SGL has an in-depth materials, production, applications and engineering expertise, a comprehensive graphite and carbon fiber based product portfolio, and an integrated value chain from carbon fibers to composites. We operate close to our customers through a global sales network and state-of-the-art production sites in Europe, North America and Asia.
SGL has approx. 4000 employees worldwide and operates in 35 sites all over the world. The annual turnover in 2018 was approx. 1 billion €. SGL is headquartered in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Khristi Driver, Associate General Counsel, Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc., USA
Khristi Doss Driver has over 18 years combined experience as a lawyer and corporate compliance leader. Culture-focused, she is passionate about understanding the why behind behaviors and influencing positive change in workplace environments.
Khristi currently serves as associate general counsel and director of Compliance & Employee
Concerns for Southern Nuclear. In this position, Khristi holds unescorted access to and advises personnel at the three currently operating nuclear plants in Southern Nuclear’s fleet as well as the two new AP1000 units under construction at the Vogtle site. The Employee Concerns and Compliance team she supervises plays an important part in maintaining nuclear safety culture, and her legal experience includes extensive support of construction at Vogtle units 3&4.
In 2018, Khristi successfully completed the Reactor Technology Course for Utility Executives
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Previously, she has worked in various legal and compliance roles within the Southern Company system, including training directly with the Southern Company general counsel in a two-year assignment. She first joined the company in 2011, after 11 years as an insurance defense litigator in the private sector.
Highlights of external achievements and service:
Collaborative Solutions, Inc., Board of Directors (2019-present)
Leadership Hoover, Board of Directors (2018-present)
Young Alumnus of the Year, Cumberland School of Law (2015)
NARUC, Utility Rate School (2015)
Judge James Edwin Horton Inn of Court, Master of the Bench (2013-present)
The Women’s Network, Member (2008-present)
Khristi received her juris doctorate from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in
2000 and her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Alabama in 1997.
Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc.