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IFSEA Second Annual Conference: Risk, Reward & Reputation Management Issues for Senior Executives & Founders – this time it’s virtual!

Hot on the heels of the very popular in-person International Forum of Senior Executive Advisers (IFSEA) Conference in February 2020, this unique specialist conference ran as a series of two virtual international expert panel and networking events per week between Tuesday, 2 February – Tuesday, 16 March 2021, bringing together leading global experts from around the world to discuss issues commonly faced by international Senior Executives and Founders, particularly during these times of global crisis, disruption and opportunity. See below for the session recordings.

Find out more about the International Forum of Senior Executive Advisers.

IFSEA Conference Recordings

1. Social Movements and the Important Role of Senior Executives and Founders in Diversity & Inclusion, and Racial and Gender Equality
Date: Tuesday, 6 February 2021

  • Kelly Dermody, Partner, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP (California, USA)
  • Rick Vassell, Financial Services Senior Executive (UK)
  • Nicola Foster, Head of Solutions – Culture Transformation & Change, Better Business (UK)
  • Kiran Daurka, Partner, Leigh Day (UK)
  • Anna Birtwistle, Partner, Farrer & Co LLP (UK) (Chair)


2. Clawback and Forfeiture Clauses in Senior Executive and Founder Employment Incentive and Equity Agreements – the regulation, operation and best practice.
Date: Thursday, 4 February 2021

  • Amit S. Bindra, Partner, The Prinz Law Firm (Illinois, USA)
  • Dr Johannes Traut, Attorney at Law and Counsel, Seitz (Germany)
  • Graziana Alò, Lawyer, Daverio & Florio Studio Legale (Italy)
  • Carol Davis, Barrister, Littleton Chambers (UK)
  • Beth Hale, Partner and General Counsel, CM Murray LLP (UK) (Chair)


3. Confidential Information and Restrictive Covenant Issues for Senior Executives and Founders
Date: Tuesday, 9 February 2021

  • Mark Risk, Principal, Mark Risk PC (New York, USA)
  • Jessica Riggin, Partner, Rukin Hyland & Riggin LLP (California, USA)
  • Jane Colston, Partner, Brown Rudnik LLP (UK)
  • Mathilde Houet-Weil, Avocat à la Cour, Weil & Associés (France)
  • Carl-Fredrik Hedenström, Partner, Morris Law (Sweden)
  • Emma Bartlett, Partner, CM Murray LLP (UK) (Chair)


4. Global Mobility, Travel and Immigration Issues for Senior Executives – the impact of COVID-19 travel restrictions, a new US president, the post-Brexit world and other global disruption on international assignments and travel for executives.
Date: Thursday, 11 February 2021 

  • Brian MacDonough, Partner and Employment Department Chair, Sherin and Lodgen LLP (Massachusetts, USA)
  • Natasha Chell, Partner and Head of Risk, Laura Devine Immigration (UK)
  • Merrill April, Partner, CM Murray LLP (UK)
  • David Yewdall, Head of International Employment Tax, Smith & Williamson (UK) (Co-chair)
  • Jonathan Grode, Managing Partner, Green & Spiegel (Pennsylvania, USA) (Co-chair)


5. Senior Executive Contracts – What New Protections, Powers and Provisions should Executives and Founders be Seeking in their terms and conditions to protect them against global disruption including Brexit, COVID-19, and political upheaval around the world?
Date: Tuesday, 16 February 2021

  • Doug Mandell, Global Head of the Founder Practice, Withersworldwide (California, USA)
  • Juan José Hita Fernández, Partner, Augusta Abogados (Spain)
  • Michael Burd, Partner and Chair, Lewis Silkin LLP (UK)
  • Peter McInnes, Partner, McInnes Dunne Solicitors (Ireland)
  • Merrill April, Partner, CM Murray LLP (UK) (Chair)


6. The World of Private Equity – Advising on the Comings and Goings of PE Executives and Management Teams – what are the key issues on which private equity executives and management teams are focused in respect of their own terms and conditions, carry and co-invest, good and bad leaver provisions, and impact of non-competition clauses?
Date: Thursday, 18 February 2021

  • Gail McManus, Managing Director and Founder, Private Equity Recruitment (PER) (UK)
  • Wendi Lazar, Partner, Outten & Golden LLP (New York, USA)
  • Tim Thomas, Partner, Liberty Corporate Finance (UK)
  • Stephen Brown, Private Equity Partner, Icon Law (UK)
  • Sarah Chilton, Partner, CM Murray LLP (UK) (Chair)


7. Non-Executive Directorships – Positive Opportunity or Poisoned Chalice; Power, Influence or Unmanaged Risk? Responsibilities, risks and opportunities of holding non-executive roles.
Date: Monday, 22 February 2021

  • Peter Cornell, Chairman, Lexington Consultants (UK)
  • Chris Seaton, Senior Partner, Burges Salmon LLP (UK)
  • Bonnie J. Roe, Partner, Cohen & Gresser LLP, (New York, USA)
  • Lily Newman, Managing Director, Morgan James
  • Consulting & Trainer, Leeds University Exceptional Non-Executive Directors Programme (UK)
  • Roy Newey, Business Coach, Chairman and NED (UK)
  • Zulon Begum, Partner, CM Murray LLP (UK) (Chair)


8. International Whistleblowing by Senior Executives – Principle Versus Personal Risk – do international whistleblowing laws go far enough to protect and encourage the principled executive, and how can they best manage the potential legal, regulatory and reputational risks of blowing the whistle on wrongdoing in corporate and public life?
Date: Wednesday, 24 February 2021

  • David Lowe, Managing Partner, Rudy Exelrod Zieff & Lowe (California, USA)
  • Paul Daniels, Partner, Keystone Law (UK)
  • Dr Chris Day, Emergency Medicine Doctor and Founder, 54000Doctors.org (UK)
  • Rosemary Connolly, Principal, Rosemary Connolly Solicitors (Northern Ireland)
  • Pia Sanchez, Senior Consultant, CM Murray LLP (UK) (Chair)


9. The Changing Role of the Senior Executive – Why am I here and how can I make a Difference? Finding business and social purpose for international executives and understanding the legal and reputational risks of charitable and other non-profit roles.
Date: Tuesday, 2 March 2021

  • Mark Stroyan, Partner, Manchester Square Partners (UK)
  • Catharine Williams, Owner Founder, All Things People (UK)
  • Jennifer Emms, Partner Elect, Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP (UK)
  • Colleen Cleary, Principal and Founder, CC Solicitors (Ireland)
  • Alison Young, Director, Leaders in Change (UK) (Chair)


10. How to Navigate the Storm – Dealing with Investigations against Senior Executives and Founders – with business increasingly the subject of criminal sanction, regulation and ‘long-arm’ legislation extending beyond national borders, the risk that those at the top fall under suspicion has never been greater. How do you negotiate regulatory and criminal investigations into senior executives and founders?
Date: Thursday, 4 March 2021

  • Martin Auerbach, Of Counsel, Withersworldwide (New York, USA)
  • Jonathan Cohen QC, Littleton Chambers (UK)
  • Angéline Duffour, Partner, Cohen & Gresser LLP (France)
  • Martijn Van Hall, Managing Partner, Van Hall Advocaten (Netherlands)
  • Ross Dixon, Partner, Hickman & Rose LLP (UK) (Co-chair)
  • Beth Hale, Partner and General Counsel, CM Murray LLP (UK) (Co-chair)


11. International Team Move Litigation – The Practical Aspects of Minimising the Risk of Litigation and Navigation of the Risks once Litigation is Live – as businesses consolidate, profits are squeezed, and the impact of change is felt by senior people who vote with their feet, team moves are likely to feature heavily in 2021; senior executives, founders and businesses alike need to be aware of team move risks, including across borders.
Date: Tuesday, 9 March 2021

  • Caroline Field, Partner, Fox and Partners LLP (UK)
  • Cathleen Scott, Managing Partner and Founder, Scott Wagner and Associates, P.A. (Florida, USA)
  • Craig Rajgopaul, Barrister, Blackstone Chambers (UK)
  • Danny Kaufer, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (Canada)
  • David Fisher, Partner, CM Murray LLP (UK) (Chair)


12. Handling Senior Executive and Founder Dismissals – the Employment, Directorship and Equity Considerations for Exiting International Executives
Date: Thursday, 11 March 2021

  • Joydeep Hor, Managing Partner, People & Culture Strategies (Australia)
  • Struan Mackenzie, Partner, Buzzacott LLP (UK)
  • Meriel Schindler, Partner and Head of Employment, Withersworldwide (UK)
  • Michèle Stutz, Partner, MME Legal (Switzerland)
  • Cathy Qu, Senior Partner, River Delta Law Firm (China)
  • Emma Bartlett, Partner, CM Murray LLP (UK) (Chair)


13. Anatomy of a Boardroom Dispute – A Live Mock Dispute Involving a Multinational Facing a Major Corporate Crisis, and a Management Board in Meltdown – advised by international legal, regulatory, PR and leadership experts seeking to guide the board from potential corporate apocalypse to strategic collaboration, planning and resolution.
Date: Tuesday, 16 March 2021

  • Ciaran Fenton, Director and Board Evaluation & Leadership Management specialist, Ciaran Fenton Limited (UK)
  • Daniel Astaire, Managing Partner, Grosvenor Law LLP (UK)
  • Nick Graves, Partner, Burges Salmon LLP (UK)
  • Nicholas Surmacz, Trial Lawyer and Investigator, Kobre & Kim LLP (USA/UK)
  • Hannah Laming, Partner, Peters & Peters LLP (UK)
  • Philip Gardner, Associate, Peters & Peters LLP (UK)
  • Merrill April, Partner, CM Murray LLP (UK) (Chair)

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Who is the conference open to?

  • Senior Executives and Founders
  • International employment law, equity and incentive specialists
  • Immigration lawyers and international executive mobility specialists
  • International regulatory and criminal law specialists
  • International family law specialists
  • Private wealth and tax specialists
  • Reputation management lawyers
  • HR professionals
  • Senior recruitment specialists
  • Executive coaches
  • PR advisers to Senior Executives and Founders worldwide

For general queries regarding the International Forum of Senior Executive Advisers, events or related queries, please contact Daniella Brann.