LEGAL ERA CONCLAVE 2016

Legal Era Holds A Successful 5th Annual Conclave In London

The 5th edition of the Legal Era Conclave (2016) was successfully held on December 1, 2016 at Hotel Crowne Plaza, London.

Based on the theme “Make in India for the New Europe and UK: Changing business-legal landscape & the way forward”, the Conclave was organized by the Legal Media Group, which publishes Legal Era Magazine (India’s No.1 Magazine on the Business & Legal World), and saw participation from several eminent speakers, delegates, partners, and sponsors from India, UK, Europe, and across the globe.


Robert Wyld, Partner, Johnson Winter & Slattery, Sydney, Australia, and Co-Chair, International Bar Association Anti-Corruption Committee; Dr Aseem Vohra, Second Secretary (Public Diplomacy), High Commission of India In UK; Abhijit Mukhopadhyay, President (Legal) and General Counsel (Europe), Hinduja Group (UK) Vijay Goel, Founder, Indo European Business Forum, Chairman, Assocham UK; 

The Conclave kicked-off with Aakriti Raizada Sharma, Founder, Legal Media Group, warmly welcoming the dignitaries from across the globe. She shared her vision on creating more such platforms for cross-border dialogue with legal luminaries so as to build a global network of business lawyers and in-house counsel.

“We live in uncertain times with fast-moving technology and a politically disruptive environment with the recent Brexit Referendum, a new president in the US, and the demonetization drive in India and a lot more coming up this year. A closer look at global trends, opportunities and challenges helps us successfully steer our organizations. Hence, it is important to engage in such unique discussions. The legal community worldwide is a pillar of change and contributes largely to the growth and development of the respective country. A nation’s laws are upheld as well as constantly reinterpreted by its legal professionals; herein lies their power. It is therefore crucial for us to stay united and connected via such knowledgesharing forums and disseminate knowledge to build a better tomorrow,” Ms Raizada said.


Dr Rajeev Uberoi, General Counsel & Head Group Internal – Legal & Audit, IDFC Bank Limited; Bishop Peter Selby, St Paul’s Institute, London, England; Adebola Ogunlade, Legal Counsel of the Ethics and Human Rights Unit for Total SA, Paris; Geoffrey D Creighton, Immediate Past-President, In-House Counsel Worldwide, Member, BlackRock Canada IRC

The one-day Conclave deliberated upon desired efficacies for business to move forward in a “Post-BREXIT Referendum, Post-Donald Trump As New US President, And Post- Demonetization In India” world.

The opening plenary titled “Ethical Challenges For Sustainable Business: What Should The Culture Of Success Reflect?” was addressed by Chair Abhijit Mukhopadhyay, President (Legal) and General Counsel (Europe), Hinduja Group (UK), and Co-Chair Robert Wyld, Partner, Johnson Winter & Slattery, Sydney, Australia, and Co-Chair, International Bar Association Anti-Corruption Committee. The keynote address was given by Dr Aseem Vohra, Second Secretary (Public Diplomacy), High Commission of India In UK. The Vote of Thanks was rendered by Vijay Goel, Founder, Indo-European Business Forum, and Chairman, ASSOCHAM, UK.

 Gregor McGill, Director of Legal Services, CPS, Robert (Bob) Quick, CEO, BGS Ltd., London, Michelle Ratpan, Litigation Specialist, Special Litigation Unit, Integrity Vice Presidency, The World Bank Group; Gregor McGill, Director of Legal Services, CPS, Raghava Krishnaswami Raghavan, Indian Former Police Chief & Director, Central Bureau of Investigation,  B. Gopalakrishnan, Senior Partner, S.K. Singhi & Co. (Advocates), Monty Raphael QC, Special Counsel, Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

The first panel titled “Can Business Be Ethical And Survive? General Counsel As The Business Moral Compass” was moderated by Geoffrey D Creighton, Immediate Past-President, In-House Counsel Worldwide, and Member, BlackRock Canada IRC, and saw participation from Adebola Ogunlade, Legal Counsel of the Ethics and Human Rights Unit for Total SA, Paris; Bishop Peter Selby, St Paul’s Institute, London, England; and Dr Rajeev Uberoi, General Counsel & Head Group Internal – Legal & Audit, IDFC Bank Limited.

Subir Kumar, Managing Partner, SDS Partners; Vyapak Desai, Partner, Nishith Desai Associates; Tim Otty QC, Barrister, Blackstone Chambers, Richard Lissack QC, Member, Fountain Court Chambers, London; and Anirudh Krishnan, Managing Partner, AK Law Chambers.

A discussion on “Regulatory And Enforcement Trends In The UK, Europe And India For Business” had panelists Raghava Krishnaswami Raghavan, Indian Former Police Chief & Director, Central Bureau of Investigation; Robert (Bob) Quick, CEO, BGS Ltd., London; Michelle Ratpan, Litigation Specialist, Special Litigation Unit, Integrity Vice Presidency, The World Bank Group; Gregor McGill, Director of Legal Services, CPS; and B. Gopalakrishnan, Senior Partner, S.K. Singhi & Co. (Advocates) with Monty Raphael QC, Special Counsel, Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP, as moderator.

Tim Otty QC, Barrister, Blackstone Chambers, moderated the panel on “Are Arbitrations Ethical Or Just A Private Unethical Fight?”, which had participants Richard Lissack QC, Member, Fountain Court Chambers, London; Subir Kumar, Managing Partner, SDS Partners; Vyapak Desai, Partner, Nishith Desai Associates; and Anirudh Krishnan, Managing Partner, AK Law Chambers.

Akash Gupt, National Leader Regulatory, PwC India, Dr Akhil Prasad, Country Counsel India, and Company Secretary, Boeing International Corporation, India; Ian Casewell, Partner, Mintz Group (UK); and Dr Sanjeev Gemawat, Executive Director - Legal, Dalmia Group, 

Post-lunch, there was an interesting discussion on “Trends And Business Risks Arising In Cross-Border Mergers And Acquisitions: Keeping The Company, Directors And Shareholders Safe” with panelists Ian Casewell, Partner, Mintz Group (UK); Dr Akhil Prasad, Country Counsel India, and Company Secretary, Boeing International Corporation, India; and Dr Sanjeev Gemawat, Executive Director - Legal, Dalmia Group. Moderating it was Akash Gupt, National Leader Regulatory, PwC India.

Nina Barakzai, President and Chair, In-House Counsel Worldwide, and Group Head of Data Protection & Privacy, Sky UK Ltd. Ashish Chandra, Senior VP & Group General Counsel - Legal & Tax, Snapdeal. com; Christina Blacklaws, Deputy Vice President, The Law Society, Anurag Bana, Senior Legal Advisor, Legal Policy & Research Unit, International Bar Association; Steve Wright, Group Data Privacy & InfoSec Officer, John Lewis Partnership; 

Nina Barakzai, President and Chair, In-House Counsel Worldwide, and Group Head of Data Protection & Privacy, Sky UK Ltd., moderated the session titled “Privacy And Data Protection: Are Individual And Business Rights Still Valued?” that saw participation from Ashish Chandra, Senior VP & Group General Counsel - Legal & Tax, Snapdeal. com; Anurag Bana, Senior Legal Advisor, Legal Policy & Research Unit, International Bar Association; Steve Wright, Group Data Privacy & InfoSec Officer, John Lewis Partnership; and Christina Blacklaws, Deputy Vice President, The Law Society.

Participating in the penultimate panel of the day on “Emerging Developments For Business In India” were Neera Sharma, Chief Legal Officer, Sistema Shyam Tele Services Ltd; Pulin Kumar, Group Sr. Legal & Compliance Director, Adidas India; Ashish Chandra, Senior VP & Group General Counsel - Legal & Tax, Snapdeal.com; and Jake Stratton, Senior Partner, Control Risks. The moderator was Co-Chair Robert Wyld, Partner, Johnson Winter & Slattery, Sydney, Australia, and Co-Chair, International Bar Association Anti-Corruption Committee.

Pulin Kumar, Group Sr. Legal & Compliance Director, Adidas India; Ashish Chandra, Senior VP & Group General Counsel - Legal & Tax, Snapdeal.com; Neera Sharma, Chief Legal Officer, Sistema Shyam Tele Services Ltd; Jake Stratton, Senior Partner, Control Risks, Robert Wyld, Partner, Johnson Winter & Slattery, Sydney, Australia, and Co-Chair, International Bar Association Anti-Corruption Committee.

“Case Study On Criminal And Civil Risks For Business And Lawyers” was the last discussion moderated by Michael O’Kane, Senior Partner, Peters & Peters, London. The participants were Martin Polaine, Director, Amicus Legal Consultants; Aftab Jafferjee QC, Former UK Senior Treasury Counsel; and Tyler Hodgson, Senior Investigator, Integrity Vice Presidency, The World Bank Group.

Tyler Hodgson, Senior Investigator, Integrity Vice Presidency, The World Bank Group, Martin Polaine, Director, Amicus Legal Consultants; Aftab Jafferjee QC, Former UK Senior Treasury Counsel; and Michael O’Kane, Senior Partner, Peters & Peters, London.

The Conclave ended with attendees mingling with each other, exchanging notes on the day’s learnings, over cocktails and dinner.

We thank all our speakers, delegates, sponsors and partners, including Global GC Group; Global Lawyers Network; Indo-European Business Forum; Commerce & Industry Group, London; Inter-Pacific Bar Association; Society of Indian Law Firms; Bar Association of India; Institute of Directors, Assocham UK and London Chamber of Commerce. In particular, we would like to thank Robert Wyld, Partner of Johnson Winter & Slattery in Sydney, Australia, and Co-Chair of the International Bar Association’s Anti-Corruption Committee; Michael O’Kane, Senior Partner of a leading London law firm, Peters & Peters, & Abhijit Mukhopadhyay, President (Legal) and General Counsel (Europe) at the Hinduja Group (UK) for supporting the Legal Era Conclave 2016.

" The Legal Era Conclave reminded lawyers, General Counsel and businesses the need to take time to think about their roles in society. Much is changing faster than many people might like. To progress, businesses and lawyers should adapt to change. This Conclave provides a unique platform where experienced lawyers and businessmen from all over the globe can exchange ideas to foster their professional life and businesses.

Robert Wyld
Partner, Johnson Winter & Slattery, Sydney, Australia, and Co-Chair, International Bar Association Anti- Corruption Committee
"The recently concluded Legal Era Conclave in London was a bold move. Arranging of an international conference by an Indian publishing house away from its comfort zone and making it a success speaks volumes for meticulous planning and execution. I enjoyed it immensely and found it very informative and useful. Getting a networking opportunity was an added bonus.

Abhijit Mukhopadhyay
President (Legal) and General Counsel (Europe), Hinduja Group (UK)