As well as the editorial agenda, the GC Futures Summit offered a series of breakout sessions for delegates to choose from.

The sessions included:

Morning Sessions

 Mitratech logo_large STRATEGIES TO MOVE YOUR LAW DEPARTMENT UP THE VALUE CHAIN In-house legal departments must manage ever-increasing risk and compliance challenges and increasing litigation costs, evolving from a company cost centre into a strategic business partner. Law departments are forced to do more with less, while they must also increase visibility, predictability, and responsiveness. Delegates aedttend this session to learn how leading legal departments have invested in building the skills, processes, and tools to support these changes, move up the value chain, and drive business value.Chair: Jason Parkman, CEO, Mitratech
Reza Ghadiri-Zare, Group Legal Advisor, Standard Chartered
Tony Moss, Head of Investigations, British American Tobacco
 Exigent-v1 THE CONTRACT FOLDER: HIDDEN VALUE OR TICKING BOMB?Managing contracts is becoming more complex and the risks of failure more severe. Value creation opportunities exist throughout the contract lifecycle. In order to discover and capture this hidden value, GCs need to extract and aggregate unstructured data from legacy systems and use advanced technology to enforce obligations, manage contractual risk, compliance and performance.

Nicola Stott, MD, Exigent and Kevin van Tonder, Director Global Legal Services, Exigent.

Afternoon Sessions

 elevate-logo Running the legal department with business disciplineRunning a successful business is difficult – ask any CEO. You must assess your current state, envision the future, then chart and navigate a course to get there. This session examined how leading legal departments are adopting business disciplines from other corporate functions, including:

  • Building consensus, alignment and buy-in
  • Using metrics to measure progress and enable course correction
  • Analyzing and managing costs
  • Deciding what to build and what to buy
  • Operating at the speed of business

Jack Diggle, Director, Legal Business Solutions, Elevate Services
Dr. Dierk Schindler, M.I.L., Head of EMEA Legal Field & WW Contract Management & Services, NetApp

 recommind Investigations – combining analytics technology and lawyers to stay ahead of the gameThe phone rings. A voice at the other end tells you your company is subject to a regulatory investigation. Worse perhaps, a suspect in a criminal investigation  If you’re ‘lucky’ may be your compliance team just told you that they received a whistleblowing report about alleged violations of regulations and allegation of bribery or fraud by your company. You want to get to the bottom of it quickly working with experts in the field. The challenge? You don’t have a complete understanding of the problem. What do you do…

Chair: Simon Price, CEO, Recommind

Barry Vitou, Partner and Head of the Global Corporate Crime Team, Pinsent Masons
Peter Pope, Partner and Co-Chair of the White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice, Jenner and Block