Session 1: Modern In-House Counsel at the Cutting Edge (Live Stream)

Session ID: WEB183NZA04A
Date: Wednesday, 14 March 2018
Time: 09:00am - 01:15pm
Venue: This live web seminar is being streamed from AUCKLAND

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Date: Wednesday 14 March 2018
Time: 9.00am to 1.15pm
Live Stream

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Heading into its third year, this annual conference has quickly established itself as New Zealand's premier in-house event. Network with and learn from your peers while an array of prominent general counsel share their experiences and insights from working at the coalface of in-house practice. Hear from eminent lawyers and accountants on the key issues keeping in-house counsel up at night and the skills needed to address those issues effectively.

Chair: Michael Sage, Partner and co-head of Technology Group, Simpson Grierson

Disruption, Technology Trends and the Law: Ignore at Your own Peril

  • New disruptive technologies: blockchain, smart contracts, analytics, cloud computing and the rise of the bots
  • Social media: fast paced, high stakes
  • New business models vs tried and tested methods: Should you make the jump?

Presented by Hayley Miller, Partner, Kensington Swan; Recommended Telecommunications, Media & Technology Lawyer, Doyle's Guide 2016

Privacy Law in a Digital World: Lessons for In-House Counsel

  • Building trust in digital activity: What are the relevant privacy issues and how do you ensure they are factored into the development of new apps, platforms, data analytics initiatives, AI and other emerging technologies?
  • Global developments: What is the likely impact of global privacy law reform (including GDPR) on NZ organisations and what changes can we expect to see to the Privacy Act 1993?

Presented by Frith Tweedie, Digital Law Leader, EY Law

The Latest Employment Issues for In-House Counsel

  • Insights from recent cases, trends and developments
  • Clarification from the courts around holiday pay
  • The first H&S sentencing cases under the new Act and the rise of the Enforceable Undertaking
  • Developments on the territorial limits of discrimination jurisdiction
  • Where to from here for equal pay

Presented by Christie Hall, Director and Employment and Health & Safety Leader, EY Law

Navigating the New NZX Corporate Governance Code
Analyse the key legal considerations in the new NZX Corporate Governance Code and how it will impact your practice. Consider other recent legal developments that will affect how you can provide effective corporate governance.

Presented by Hayley Cassidy, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Nikko Asset Management

Fraud, Corruption and Misconduct: Insights for In-House Counsel

  • What issues are New Zealand entities encountering?
  • How should organisations respond when issues arise?
  • How can organisations better protect themselves to manage these risks?

Presented by Jason Weir, Partner, Deloitte Forensic

Learning Objectives:

  • Catch up on disruptive trends, new technology and privacy issues
  • Analyse new employment and corporate governance developments
  • Master how to deal with fraud, corruption and misconduct

Chair: Michael Sage

Michael Sage is a partner in the firm's commercial group, specialising in infrastructure and technology. In the infrastructure/utilities sector, Mike's clients include leading companies and public authorities in the telecommunications, electricity, transport, water/wastewater and solid waste sectors. He provides advice on issues such as interconnection, regulatory compliance, outsourcing, infrastructural/network development, mergers and acquisitions, the negotiation and drafting of commercial contracts, joint ventures and PPP (public private partnership) arrangements. Mike is an expert in outsourcing, particularly network/utilities management, repair and maintenance. In the telecommunications sector, Mike provides advice on strategic alliances and joint ventures, regulatory issues, interconnection agreements, spectrum auction/acquisition/disposal advice, reseller/distribution, satellite, and major customer contracts, technology procurement, fibre leasing/IRU contracts, and broadband network establishment. He co-heads the firm's technology group, providing advice to users and suppliers in the technology sector, particularly in relation to life sciences, information technology, e-commerce and the commercialisation of technology. Mike has extensive experience in buying and selling businesses and companies, and in the establishment of joint ventures (particularly in the insurance sector). He has a particular interest in the areas of business structuring and capital raising for early to mid stage companies.

Hayley Miller

Hayley Miller is a specialist technology and commercial lawyer with more than 17 years' experience advising on commercial law, intellectual property and contracts. She has particular expertise in outsourcing, commercial supply and procurement, IT and telecommunications, intellectual property, consumer law and privacy. She is adept at advising clients on the New Zealand Privacy Act and related codes and the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act. She has completed the New Zealand sections of many world-wide privacy compliance reviews, manuals and policies, and assisted with the privacy law section of an online regulatory training tool. She regularly presents on privacy related issues; most recently these topics have included what to do in a breach situation and how privacy impacts on the collection, use and disclosure of big data. Kensington Swan is a premier New Zealand law firm with 31 partners supported by more than 140 people based at its offices in Auckland and Wellington.

Frith Tweedie

Frith Tweedie has over 15 years' experience advising on privacy, online/e-commerce, technology, intellectual property, consumer protection and entertainment law issues. She has extensive experience advising on privacy issues arising in a digital context, including the privacy implications of data analytics, data sharing, cloud storage and data monetisation initiatives. Prior to joining EY Law to lead the Digital Law team, she was responsible for establishing a large privacy programme at a major telecommunications company in response to the European General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"). Frith also worked closely with a major bank's digital teams on numerous data-driven initiatives requiring extensive privacy input. In her current role, Frith works closely with EY management consultants advising on and implementing a range of technology and digital solutions. Having held in-house roles for the last 11 years' in the banking, telco and entertainment sectors in both NZ and the UK, Frith has a deep understanding of the in-house environment and the practical and strategic issues facing organisations as they implement digital solutions.

Christie Hall

Christie Hall is a director of EY Law. She leads the New Zealand legal practice and the Employment, Health & Safety and Privacy Law team. Christie has over fifteen years' experience gained at top-tier firms in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Christie's non-contentious employment law practice focuses on providing clients with practical employment and business structure advice. She frequently works together with EY's Advisory, and People Advisory Services teams to provide and end-to-end service that responds to a client's people needs from both a legal and a commercial perspective, aligning with their wider people and corporate strategy. Christie's work often includes advising organisations on compliance with people related legislative obligations, business restructuring and redundancies, industrial relations issues, employment elements of corporate transactions, disciplinary and performance management processes, conducting independent investigations and assisting to resolve employee grievances. Christie also advises on contentious matters including representing clients at disciplinary meetings, mediations, and in the Employment Relations Authority and the Employment Court. Christie is experienced in advising companies on their health and safety obligations and in defending health and safety prosecutions in the District Court. She regularly works with managers and boards, and with EY's health and safety team, to translate the requirements of the HSWA into practical steps that organisations can take to make a tangible difference to the health and safety of their workers and to develop a culture where workers are empowered to make the right safety decisions. Christie also advises on privacy law issues, including privacy impact assessments, drafting and reviewing privacy and social media policies, managing information requests and Official Information Act requests, advising on Privacy Act compliance and training employees on the practical application of the Information Privacy Principles.

Hayley Cassidy

Hayley Cassidy is an experienced lawyer, a Chartered International Company Secretary and has completed post-graduate study in corporate governance, risk, compliance, advanced negotiation skills and mediation. Hayley is General Counsel and Company Secretary at Nikko Asset Management NZ, Director/Owner of Carbine Consulting, (a governance and compliance company), and is Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Corporate Governance Forum. In her role at Nikko AM, Hayley is responsible for providing governance advice to the local Board, as well as a global executive committee. Hayley leverages off and learns from an international team of corporate governance experts at Nikko AM, which enables her to be across current issues from multiple jurisdictional perspectives. Hayley's role on the New Zealand Corporate Governance Forum sees her regularly engaging with and influencing various stakeholders to improve corporate governance in the NZ capital markets. Hayley is passionate about encouraging effective governance and provides a practical, pragmatic approach based on real life experience as in-house counsel.

Jason Weir

Jason Weir specialises in forensic accounting and insolvency and is really proud to lead the Auckland Forensic team. Jason has a diverse range of portfolios and regularly works with private businesses, listed entities, regulators and enforcement agencies to complete complex fraud and financial investigations. Jason is also regularly engaged to quantify loss in financial disputes and he has provided expert evidence in both the District and High Courts on both civil and criminal matters.

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