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The content of the main International In-house Counsel Journal is overseen by an editorial board that meets 4 times a year to discuss content and determine which papers are accepted for publication.

The board is drawn from a range of industry sectors and jurisdiction with considerable international knowledge.

Fabiana Lacerca-Allen, SVP Compliance, Aimmune, USA
M. Fabiana Lacerca-Allen has had more than 20 years of experience working for leading American companies such as Elan, Mylan, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Microsoft, Merck and AT&T. She has counseled and litigated in the field of international business transactions and international environment law. She has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry in leadership roles in charge of legal and compliance teams. She has counseled and represented clients in a broad range of questions, including strategic business initiatives ensuring compliance with laws and regulations, and corporate policy. Ms. Lacerca-Allen has provided legal support and strategic advice on opportunities and trends in law particularly within the government sector as well as with major and strategic corporate accounts. Fabiana has established policies and oversight on key areas of compliance affecting internationals markets and she has been able to positively impact the perception of compliance creating compliance training programs and relevant standard operating procedures and has been involved in validating and aiding due diligence in the compliance industry. frequently requested as speaker and participant in forum. Recognized in the industry by Hispanic Executive Magazine in 2013, http://hispanicexecutive.com/2013/fabiana-lacerca-allen/; a theguardian, recognized as 2015 Women in Leadership, Inspiring Leaders: http://www.theguardian.com/women-in-leadership/2015/may/12/know-who-you-want-to be-kidnapped-with-and-four-more-tips-for-leaders; served as Chair to the Bay Area Ethics & Compliance Association (BECA); and, served as Co Chair for CBI, an Advanstar company serving the Life Sciences industry. Ms. Lacerca-Allen was invited to join the Gioja Research Institute while she was a student researching on environmental law. She was recipient of 1992 UCLA’s tuition waiver based on merit and recognition, and she represented UCLA in the Roscoe Foundation National Essay Contest submitting a paper on Global Warming.


Aimmune was created in response to a united call to action from the leading minds and key stakeholders in food allergy who met at an advocacy-sponsored research retreat in 2011 to reach consensus on the direction of food allergy treatment research. Among the outcomes of the retreat, the group concluded that a standard oral immunotherapy (OIT) approach needed to be established, and associated products needed to be developed. When no pharmaceutical company showed interest in developing an OIT treatment, the food allergy community formed Aimmune. Today, Aimmune is working to fulfill the 2011 shared vision of developing a peanut allergy treatment and making it available to allergists for patients worldwide.

Paolo Palmigiano, Chairman of ICLA (Association of In-house Competition Lawyers), Association of In-house Competition Lawyers, UK
Paolo is the chairman of the European In-house Competition Lawyers’ Association, vice-chair of BIAC (the voice of business at the OECD in Paris) and a non-governmental advisor to the CMA in the UK. He is also a member of the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s users’ group. He was nominated one of the top 40 rising stars of in-house competition lawyers by Global Competition Review.

Association of In-house Competition Lawyers

The Association of in-house competition lawyers is an informal gathering of expert in-house competition lawyers. There are more than 300 members in 23 countries. Its main purpose, through its meetings in Brussels and in London, is to act as •A channel of communication to share information and update members on issues of common interest, including: events, general legal developments at the EU and national level, specific members’ experience and subjects of common interest (both by members and external speakers); •An opportunity to engage with competition authorities on matters of common interest. Officials from competition authorities are usually invited to attend ICLA meetings; •In some instances to submit responses to consultations of interest to in-house lawyers.

Armin Kammel, Head of Legal & International Affairs, Austrian Association of Investment Fund Management Companies, Austria
Dr. Armin J. KAMMEL, LL.M. (London), MBA (CLU), is Head of Legal & International Affairs with the Austrian Association of Investment Fund Management Companies (VÖIG) in Vienna. In addition to this, Dr. Kammel is Honorary Professor and Faculty Member at Danube University Krems, Austria and Adjunct Faculty Member at California Lutheran University (CLU). His research areas are European and US banking law, securities regulation, corporate law, regulatory theory and the Economic Analysis of the Law. Dr. Kammel has published extensively in these areas.

Austrian Association of Investment Fund Management Companies

The Association of Austrian Investment Companies (Vereinigung Österreichischer Investmentgesellschaften, VÖIG) was founded on 20 January 1988, and is the umbrella organisation for all Austrian investment fund management companies and all Austrian real estate investment fund management companies. VÖIG represents 100% of the fund assets managed by the Austrian investment fund management companies and real estate investment fund management companies. It is located in Vienna and is an active member of EFAMA at European and IIFA at international level. See www.voeig.at.

Lee Callaghan, General Counsel International Markets. Group Competition Counsel, Aviva Plc, UK
Lee is the General Counsel at Aviva plc for their international markets in Europe and Asia. He has over 25 years of legal experience in industry, having worked in the UK motor industry, chemical industry and for the last 13 years at Aviva. He is also the Aviva Group Competition Law General Counsel. He also serves on the Editorial Board of the ICCJ. Aviva is the UK’s largest insurer and a top 10 global insurer that operates in general, life and asset management markets worldwide.

Aviva Plc

Aviva PLC is a leading UK based insurer with an international presence in Canada, Asia and Europe as well as a leading presence in the UK market in both life and general insurance as well as pensions, asset management and protection products.

Akhil Prasad, Director and Head Legal, Boeing India Private Limited, India
Dr. Akhil Prasad is Country Counsel India and Company Secretary with Boeing International Corporation since September 2013 and is based at New Delhi. In past, he has held offices as Head of Legal and Company Secretary with Fidelity Worldwide Investment (2007 to 2013); Director India Legal Affairs & Company Secretary of The Walt Disney Company India (2005 to 2007); as Senior Attorney & Company Secretary of General Motors India (2003 to 2005); and as Assistant General Manager Legal with Electrolux Kelvinator (2000 to 2002). Prior to these assignments, he has also worked with the legal teams in Modicorp Group (including Modi Xerox and Graphtech India from 1995 to 2000). Akhil has about over 19 years’ experience as an In-house Counsel and has worked with legal teams spread across different countries. Akhil has worked across various industries in the area of legal, risk and compliance, taxation, regulatory and corporate affairs. He has worked for Steel, Office Automation, White Goods, Computer Hardware, Media & Entertainment, IT/ITES, Private Equity, Mutual Funds and now Aerospace and Defence. His areas of practice includes Contracts (including International Contracts) & Litigation, Corporate Laws, Competition Law, Environmental Laws, Intellectual Property Laws, Industrial & Employment Laws, Information Technology and Information Technology Enabled Services, Private Equity, Risk Management, Oversight and Regulatory Compliance, Media Laws, Mergers Amalgamations & Restructuring, Real Estate / Property Laws, Tax Laws. During July 2012 to early November 2012, as a visiting faculty on part-time basis, Akhil taught 'Legal Dimensions of International Business' to the final year students of "Master of International Business" program of the 'Delhi School of Economics'. From February 2014 to April 2014, Akhil as a visiting faculty will teach at the Post Graduate Program in Management of the Indian School of Business, Chandigarh (“ISB”). The topic will be “Labor Issues in Manufacturing Sector in India”. Akhil holds a Doctorate in Law (LL.D), Doctorate in Commerce (Ph.D); is a post graduate in Law; is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, UK; is a non-practicing Solicitor of England & Wales; has done the Master of Laws (Honors) program in US laws with the Northwestern University, Chicago and Certificate in Business Administration program from Instituto de Empressa, Madrid. Akhil, therefore, has legal expertise in India, UK and the US. Akhil is the Vice – Chairman and an Advisory Board member to the Corporate Counsel Committee of the International Bar Association. He is the founder member of the Indian Corporate Counsel Association, an organisation of In-house Counsel in India iccaonline.org.in. Akhil holds professional memberships with the Institute of Company Secretaries of India; the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, UK; the Law Society, UK; Indian Council of Arbitration, India; FACT Panel of Arbitrators & Conciliators, India. He is an avid speaker and has participated in seminars in India and outside (Paris, Madrid, Vancouver, Dubai & Boston).

Boeing India Private Limited

Aviation, Aerospace and Defense

Phoebus Athanassiou, Principal Legal Counsel, European Central Bank, Germany
Academic qualifications: LLB in English and European (French) Law (London, 1998); LLM (London, 1999)Professional Qualifications: Attorney at Law (Athens Bar Association, 2003)Current Employer (2004 to date): Directorate General Legal Services, Legal Advice Division, European Central Bank Selected recent Publications:1.“Towards pan-European Hedge Fund Regulation? State of the Debate” (forthcoming in Legal Issues of Economic Integration)2.“When is e-money not e-money? Reflections on the revision of the E-money Directive’ (forthcoming in the Revue Européenne de Droit Bancaire et Financier/ European Banking and Financial Law Journal)3.“Reflections on the status of independent national authorities under Community public procurement law” Public Procurement Law Review 2007, 5, 305-324 (co-authored with Jorge García Andrade)4.“Orams v Apostolides: a case-study on the application of the Brussels I Regulation in the light of the Act of Accession 2003” Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law 14, 2007:2, 1195.“Towards a Single Market in Retail Financial Services: Reflections on the Role of ADR” in Legal Issues of Economic Integration, Vol 33, 2006, No 3, 229 (co-authored with S. Mavrommati)6.“Recent Developments in Greek Capital Markets Law”, in (2005), 16 European Business Law Review, 893

European Central Bank

Description of the ECB’s activities According to Article 105(1) of the Treaty EC, the primary objective of the European System of Central Banks (the ESCB) is to maintain price stability. Without prejudice hereto, the ESCB shall support the general economic policies in the Community with a view to contributing to the achievement of the objectives of the Community. Moreover, the ESCB shall act in accordance with the principle of an open market economy with free competition, favouring an efficient allocation of resources. Article 105(2) of the Treaty EC lays down that the basic tasks to be carried out through the ESCB shall be to (i) define and implement the monetary policy of the Community, (ii) to conduct foreign-exchange operations consistent with the provisions of Article 111, (iii) hold and manage the official foreign reserves of the Member States, and (iv) promote the smooth operation of payment systems. Directive 2006/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2006 relating to the taking up and pursuit of the business of credit institutions (recast), (OJ L 177, 30.6.2006, p. 1

Patrick Zeller, Corporate eDiscovery Counsel, Gilead Sciences, Inc., USA

Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Russell Boltwood, Lawyer, Innovative Interfaces, Inc., USA
Legal Adviser and Corporate/Business Development Executive with Substantial Experience in All Facets of Commercial, Compliance, Corporate, Data Privacy/Internet, Employment, Intellectual Property, International, Litigation Management, Securities, Technology Licensing, Transactional and Venture Capital/Private Equity Matters.

Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION: • Commercial, Intellectual Property (IP), Technology and Licensing Legal Issues: Extensive Experience with Respect to Commercial and Intellectual Property Legal Issues, Including Inbound and Outbound Licensing and Commercial Services Agreements, Patent Development, IP Portfolio Management and IP Litigation Management. • Venture Capital/IPO/M&A: Advise Emerging Firms on VC Fundraising, Including Deal Negotiations and Definitive Agreement Drafting. Have Led Legal Aspects of One Successful NASDAQ IPO and Two Secondary Public Offerings. Negotiated and Managed 9 Major Multi-Jurisdiction Transactions Valued Between $10M and $145M; Managed Transactions from Inception through Final Integration. • Corporate Governance/SEC Reporting: Highly Knowledgeable in All Aspects of Pre-Public and Post-IPO Corporate Governance Issues, Including BOD Management Issues and Best Practices, SEC Reporting and Exchange Compliance. • Transnational Legal Experience: Deep International Legal Experience in Pacific Rim Countries, with Extensive Financial, Legal and Business Contacts throughout the Region. The companies and clients I work with range from emerging, venture-backed enterprises and family offices to well-known Fortune 500 firms. Most of my professional experience has been with technology companies, but I have also worked extensively with companies in the banking, consumer discretionary, light manufacturing and retail sectors as well. While the majority of my clients are located in the United States, the companies and clients I work with also come from a variety of other countries, primarily in the Pacific Rim region.

Miroslav Uřičař, Partner, Legalité Law firm, Czech Republic
Miroslav Uřičař specializes in administrative law and regulatory issues related to network industries, especially the electronic communications industry, as well as personal data protection. His expertise is based on 18 years spent in managerial positions in the area of law at T-Mobile Czech Republic a.s., a provider of electronic communications services, including more than 12 years in the company’s top management, namely in the post of General Counsel. In this position, he was responsible for the Legal, Regulatory, External Affairs, Business Security and Compliance units, including participation in international projects within the Deutsche Telekom AG Group. Currently Miroslav Uřičař is partner at LEGALITÉ Law firm based in Prague. Miroslav Uřičař is a member of the Commission on Public Law – the Commission on Administrative Law of the Legislative Council of the Czech Government. He also works as an arbitrator of the Arbitration Court attached to the Economic Chamber of the Czech Republic and the Agricultural Chamber of the Czech Republic. He regularly contributes to various professional journals, is a member of the Editorial Board of the International In-house Counsel Journal, and he occasionally lectures at conferences and seminars, mostly focusing on regulatory issues, competition law, compliance and personal data protection. Miroslav is also a member of the Executive Committee of UNICEF Czech Republic.

Legalité Law firm

LEGALITÉ advokátní kancelář s.r.o. (Law firm)

Evie Kyriakides, Chief Data Protection & Privacy Officer- AGC Digital Governance, Privacy & Security, Mars, Incorporated, UK

Mars, Incorporated


David Carrington, Corporate Counsel, Mornington Peninsula Shire, Australia
David is Assistant General Counsel at Neustar, based in Melbourne. He previously worked at Bombora Technologies before it was acquired by Neustar. He also worked at Schillings, the London law firm specialising in privacy, and as in-house counsel at the BBC and Channel Four Television where he advised on broadcast and online defamation and privacy issues.

Mornington Peninsula Shire

Neustar, Inc. (NYSE: NSR) is the first real-time provider of cloud-based information services and data analytics, enabling marketing and IT security professionals to promote and protect their businesses. With a commitment to privacy and neutrality, Neustar operates complex data registries and uses its expertise to deliver actionable, data-driven insights that help clients make high-value business decisions in real time, one customer interaction at a time.

Andreas Blomquist, Associate Vice President, Nasdaq, Sweden
Andreas holds a LLM from the Stockholm University. Prior to joining Nasdaq in 2009, Andreas spent four years working at Mannheimer Swartling, a leading Nordic law firm, doing Banking and Finance and EU and Competition law in the Stockholm and Brussels offices. Prior to joining Mannheimer Swartling in 2005 Andreas worked at the Brussels office of Hogan Lovells. He has also been working at the European Commission's DG Competition as well as a junior judge at a Stockholm district court. At Nasdaq he is managing the legal advise to the information services and listing services business units in Europe as well as all matters relating to litigation and competition law.


Nasdaq is the world’s largest exchange company with trading, technology and public company service capability spanning 6 continents. Nasdaq offers capital raising solutions to companies around the globe and is number one in worldwide listings with more than 3,600 listed companies representing $4.5 trillion in total market value. Nasdaq offers trading across multiple asset classes including equities, derivatives, debt, commodities, structured products and ETFs. Its technology supports the operations of over 70 exchanges in 50 countries. Through its Data and Financial Products units, Nasdaq provides its companies and investors with unrivaled market insight and visibility across multiple trading pools.

Maurus Schreyvogel, Chief Legal Innovation Officer, Novartis International AG, Switzerland
As Chief Legal Innovation Officer, Maurus Schreyvogel drives peak in-house legal department performance and accelerates functional innovation. He focuses on corporate legal department best practices and future needs, and application of technologies to increase value to the business while driving down cost and fostering a globally connected culture. His responsibilities also include Legal operations, global processes and systems. He is a member of the Group Legal Leadership Team. Maurus began his legal career at a Zurich law firm in 2002 and joined the Corporate IP department of Novartis in 2004. In 2007, Maurus transitioned to a two-year rotation in Finance and Audit and in 2009 he joined the Corporate Legal department as Program Manager. In this role Maurus led strategic, cost-saving Legal and IP initiatives such as the implementation of a global spend management program, the establishment of preferred law firm panels and the introduction of legal knowledge and matter management. In 2013 Maurus assumed responsibility for Legal operations and operational excellence. Between 2015 and 2017 he served as Chief of Staff to the Group General Counsel. Maurus received his law degree from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland in 2002 and holds a Global Executive MBA from IE Business School in Spain.

Novartis International AG

Novartis is a global healthcare company based in Switzerland that provides solutions to address the evolving needs of patients worldwide.

Matteo Grassani, Legal Director of KPO BV, Shell, Kazakhstan
Matteo Grassani is an Italian qualified lawyer, based in Milan. He has extensive experience in corporate, energy, real estate and project finance both in private practice (Clifford Chance and Chiomenti Rome) and primary standard companies (Head of Legal at Endesa Italia). He is currently head of legal at Bg Italia (BG Group Plc). He held classes at Luiss University of Rome both in 2010 and 2011 on energy related matters.


BG Power Italy is a society of self-production of electricity and thermal energy (steam). The electricity is fed into the distribution of the network, the thermal energy is sold to Fiat plants and other users located in the vicinity of the central heating and technological purposes.

Dick Thurston, Senior Vice President & General Counsel (retired), Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd., Taiwan
Job Responsibilities: General Counsel and Corporate Compliance Officer. Managing the legal affairs of a global corporation headquartered in Taiwan. The size of the TSMC legal department is 70 persons (US, Japan, Taiwan and China) with an annual budget of approximately U.S. $30 million. Responsibilities have involved all aspects of legal matters, most especially corporate governance and regulatory compliance; M&A; litigation; and intellectual capital management (including intellectual property). Also, specialist in international trade and investment and strategic planning, especially in and throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Responsible for the management of relationships with major international law firms including: Weil Gottshal; Backer & McKenzie; Duane Morris; White & Case; Greenberg Traurig; Sullivan and Cromwell; etc. Also, have established strategic relationships with law schools such as SMU and John Marshall in Chicago. Adjunct Professor Soochow University Educational Institution; Nanotechnology industry Teach each semester a basic course in "English Legal Writing" for the Soochow Law Graduate Students

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.

TSMC created the semiconductor dedicated foundry industry when it was founded in 1987. It continues as the market leader by steadily increasing its capital spending and by out performing all other market competitors. TSMC posted annual sales of US$9.83 billion in 2007 and currently employs over 20,000 people worldwide. To serve and support our customer's manufacturing needs, TSMC maintains account service offices in China, India, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Taiwan and the United States.

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 Conferences

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.

Jorge Perez-Vera, Senior Legal Counsel, Total Marketing Services, France
Jorge PEREZ-VERA acts as senior in-house counsel in Total Marketing Services (New business and development legal department). In such capacity he is involved in M&A transactions of the downstream and associated disputes. Prior to joining Total, Mr. PEREZ-VERA acted as in-house counsel (international contracts, M&A), in RENAULT’s headquarters in Paris and also as an attorney in Gide Loyrette Nouel, Paris. Mr. PEREZ-VERA earned his law degree from Universidad Externado de Colombia (Bogotá) in 1986, and also received an L.L.M. and S.J.D. International Law from University of Paris II.

Total Marketing Services

Total Marketing Services manages the downstream activities of TOTAL which is one of the world's largest petroleum companies. Its activities include marketing of refined products, and retail services stations.

Ferdinando Bruno, Head of Italian Restructuring , UniCredit Bank AG, Milan Branch, (UniCredit Group), Italy
Ferdinando Bruno is a dual qualified lawyer, as Avvocato in Italy and as Solicitor in England and Wales; he gained several years of experience in international capital markets, commercial and corporate law, insolvency, banking and finance. He is currently Managing Director and Head of Italian Restructuring of UniCredit Bank AG, Milan Branch, (UniCredit Group).

UniCredit Bank AG, Milan Branch, (UniCredit Group)

UniCredit Bank AG, Milan Branch, (UniCredit Group), formerly Bayerische Hypo- unde Vereinsbank AG, Milan Branch, and Unicredit Banca Mobiliare (UBM) S.p.A., is the investment bank of UniCredit Group, covering Debt Capital Markets, Equity Capital Markets, Corporate Finance, Investment Banking.