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SOLID Europe
April 29-30, 2021


SOLID Europe
April 29-30, 2021

The Summit on Legal Innovation and Disruption
Virtual Experience • Audacious Mission


SOLID Europe, Agenda – April 29-30, 2021
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm GMT

*Content Subject to Change

Day 1 – April 29, 12:00pm GMT

Welcome and Opening Remarks

David Cowen

David Cowen – Founder of SOLID and The Cowen Group

Session One: The Big Picture – New Perspectives – Trends – Challenges and Solutions

Start Time: 12:10pm GMT

Mike Bryant – Partner, Knox Capital LLC

The Impact of $4B in Legal technology VC and PE Funding on the Legal Services Space.

Legal Tech M&A Headlines:
• 4 Billion dollars in Venture Capital pours into legal technology
• Industry leaders form Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC), trading on NYSE while circling two dozen “high-prospect” legal tech/services acquisition targets
• How will this investment inflow and vendor consolidation impact the industry and your career?

Adam Khan – Global Lead Legal – Retail and New Fuels, Shell

The Visualization of Complex Legal Contracts Made Easy

How do you take tens of thousands of complex legal contracts which are tens of pages long and simplify them into four-page visualizations that require no lawyers and empower the sales business unit. “The business units love this visualization and so do the lawyers.”

Meribeth Banaschik

Meribeth Banaschik – Partner, EY

Bea Miyamoto – Associate General Counsel, Panasonic

Designing Metrics To Drive Behaviour

Shifting the thinking on Metrics from Reporting Data because its available, because everyone else is and because your boss has asked you for a Dashboard, to driving Desirable Behaviours and avoiding Unintended Consequences.

Michael Sarlo – Chief Innovation Officer, HaystackID

Breakout Rooms



Session Two: Technology Innovation in Action

Start Time: 02:00pm GMT

Ashley Christy

Emer Kelly – Vice President & Senior Counsel, American Express

Leveraging Data and Technology to Accelerate your Career Progression

Emer will share her journey from practicing lawyer to Global Operations Leader, highlighting the role data has played in her journey so far. Emer will outline her experience building and maintaining scaled, industrialized processes for a global organization, including challenges and lessons learned.

Oliver Searle – Senior Counsel, Chevron Downstream & Chemicals

Digital Innovation Equals Human Transformation

In January 2019, Chevron’s Downstream, Chemicals and Midstream Law Department established a Digital Advisory Board (the DAB); a group of legal professionals tasked with guiding the global team of 200 legal professionals along their technology journey. Now in its third year, Oliver Searle (who leads the DAB) will talk about the DAB’s role in helping to change the team culture with regard to technology; an approach grounded in the belief that digital innovation is as much about human transformation as it is about technology transformation.

Gian-Reto Schulthess – General Counsel & Company Secretary, Companjon

How innovation created opportunity for disruption: What occurred during the pandemic that you can’t see.

Rajitha Yelamanchali-Boer – Managing Director, EMEA , Breakwater

In a discussion facilitated by Rajitha, Gian-Reto will explain how the pandemic was a catalyst for innovation. Where many companies struggled with transitioning to virtual workplaces, Gian-Reto will explain how Companjon leveraged technology to disrupt an industry in a complex regulatory environment.

Sachin Bhakar – Counsel (OSPO), Hewlett Packard Enterprise

“Unified Experience“ is the Innovation We Need!

How does HPE use Technology in Open Source Program Office to simplify the Legal Process and provide a Unified Experience. Answers lies in 3 key drivers: Accessible, Simplified & Automated

Eric O’Donnell – Head of Legal Operations, Total SA

“How to Leverage Failure Into Success”… A.k.a. Failing Up

How do you shift the mindsets and perspectives of a team that is adverse or reluctant to change. Collaboration with the right outside legal business partners can help and small quick failures can lead to big long term gains and a shift in culture. Eric shares his experience and checklist for success.

Christian Clouston – Head of Engineering, Relativity Poland

When Ownership Becomes Innovation

We often think of innovation as the result of our work but, maybe surprisingly, organizations focused on end results aren’t always the most innovative. Christian Clouston, Head of Engineering for Relativity Poland, will share how fostering ownership leads to innovation and building the products customers want.

Breakout Rooms

Town Hall


Session Three: THE DEBATE

Start Time: 04:00pm GMT

Angelique Harris – Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Diversity of Thought and its Impact on Corporate Legal Programs

Diversity of Thought is a Key Driver of Change and Innovation. Angelique has unique responsibility of interacting and coordianting with an international team of eDiscovery professionals for JPMC. What are the similarities and differences between the talent, deliverables, expectations and metrics. How to get everybody on the same page at the same pace.

The Future of Contract Management Systems

Based on Adam Khan’s session one Talk on “The Visualization of Contracts”, our 4 Future Thinking Contract Management Mavericks will Discuss and Debate the Future of ”Contracts As Assets”.
This 25 minute sprint Debate will be followed by a 25 minute open Town-Hall of Q&A and Wrap up with Take-away from the Day.

Town Hall

Wrap up 4:30

Day 2 – April 30, 12:00pm GMT

Session One: Innovation in Action – Workflow and Process

Start Time: 12:00pm GMT

Maurus Schreyvogel – Chief Legal Innovation Officer, Novartis

Collaboration with Outside Counsel

Maurus has the unique executive background of a lawyer, MBA business consultant and legal operator. How does this unique skill set help him and his outside service providers deliver exceptional results to the business. What is his checklist?

Leandro Meneses – Director of Legal Operations, Técnicas Reunidas

How to Build a Legal Ops Group From Scratch and Why

Leandro will share how he built a legal ops from a team of 1 into a force of 10 in less than 1 year and the power of knowing the right network of people to jumpstart such an endeavor. Some of his compelling metrics are 50% increase in cost recovery and reduced over costing claims and empowering the team to do more high level work.”

Stephanie Hamon – Head of Legal Operations Consulting, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Efficiently allocating the right work to the right place

75 percent of CEOs believe their legal functions do not deliver sufficient value to justify their time and cost. It is hardly surprising therefore, that in-house teams are feeling the pressure and that it often translates into an objective to do more, for less. The prospect seems gloomy, but there is good news: gone are the days when working harder equalled value; it’s now time to work smarter. Ensuring that allocation decisions are data-led is key to a sustainable resourcing strategy. This allows in-house teams to evidence value add to the business and build a culture of continuous improvement. Stephanie will discuss a 6-step methodology to get you started.

Breakout Rooms

Town Hall


Session Two: Innovation in Action- Talent

Start Time: 02:00pm GMT

Kai Simon – Head of Legal Germany and Diagnostics Global Operations, Roche Diagnostics GmbH

How to Make the Business Units a Partner in Legal Transformation

Law departments are not keen to adopt and adapt to transformation and lean business principles. But with the right business unit engagement and a lean coach, Kai Simon has transformed a reluctant group of lawyers into an empowered and enthused group of transformers.

Damir Kahvedžić – Solutions Advisor \ Operations Manager, ProSearch

The Red Flag of innovation

Lessons from the past. What can we learn from a 150 year old UK law that stifled innovation and proved disastrously short sighted.

Sheila Dusseau – Head of Global Legal Operations, Ferring Pharmaceuticals

Transforming the corporate legal services model and how to level up reluctant lawyers.

Executive leadership has accelerated their demand for legal services transformation and also significantly increased their willingness to take risk to achieve the outcome of doing more with the same. Sheila will share her insights on how role – Responsibility – Authority and resources accelerate change. Hint: you must have increased authority and resources to impact change and empower others.

Nicholas Long – Senior Director of Legal Operation, Reed Smith LLP

Michael Burkart – Country Head Legal Switzerland, Implenia

Technology and Processes Supports the Talent and Talent Supports the Business. Re-Thinking Talent Empowers the Legal Department.

Legal Operations Success is more about a combination of the Right Talent and Right Technology. What are the New Roles and will they be Attorneys or Non-attorneys leading the way. Michael will share how the right talent with professional curiosity together with a dedicated Legal Operation roadmap has driven success at Implenia and the prior state – current state and future state of Legal Operations at this Global Construction giant.

Elizabeth Nie – V.P., Legal, Global Head of Sales, WeWork

From “Take the Path of Most Resistance” to “Keep It Simple, Silly”

Liz Nie will share how WeWork is transforming its approach to contracts with all types of customers, from solo entrepreneurs to Fortune 100 global enterprises, bolstered by multifaceted data, an aligned executive team and innovative technology

Breakout Rooms

Town Hall

Wrap up 4:30

What is SOLID?

SOLID is a TED-STYLE Talk summit focused on innovation and the business of law. Did you ever listen to a great SOLID Talk or panel and wish you had time to engage and brainstorm in real time on how to apply those ideas to your business? 14 speakers will give TED-STYLE talks around the intersection of innovation, advanced technology and the business of law. They share what they are doing, how they are doing it, and the business impact it has.

Our talks are followed by facilitated table talks, sprint panels, and town hall discussions, whereby participants discuss what they know now that they did not know before the session started and how to apply these lessons to their own organizations. SOLID provides participants with maximum interaction with peers and colleagues in a round table, workshop environment to assess current challenges and design concrete solutions.

SOLID Fall 2020 Insights

John Bonnet

Director of Litigation Support at MetLife

Mike Bryant

Partner – Knox Capital Holdings

Mike Russell

Sr. Manager, Head of Global Legal Operations Expedia Group

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Reasons to Attend SOLID

Our day will be broken into four themed segments focused on innovation and disruption. We will focus on challenges and barriers, identify opportunities for meaningful change, and develop solutions for all market segments.

100 legal professionals and subject matter experts from law departments, law firms, alternative legal service providers, and academics.

Purposefully moderated tables with curated participants from all market segments.

Participants will switch their tables 2 times throughout the day.

“Solid is unique in size, format and quality of participants and presenters. I met so many talented professionals, given the intimate setting I was able to collaborate with others who shared similar challenges, was inspired by the innovative ways others approach them and gained strategic insight into emerging capabilities that I could bring back and apply. It’s a great forum to expand your insights into innovative approaches that are driving real improvements for how corporations deliver legal services. It’s not your ordinary conference if you want to engage in a thought provoking learning experience while expanding your network. I would highly recommend it.”


Deb Tatar


VP Corporate Systems at MetLife

“If you can attend this, I highly recommend it! Compliance Discovery Solutions was at SOLID East last month in NYC. The format allows for an exchange of ideas with a variety of legal professionals. In one day, I felt like I learned as much or more as I’ve learned from multi-day conferences!”


Maria Maccarone


Vice President, Client Solutions at Compliance Discovery Solutions

“Before SOLID I would say I was a bit of an accidental innovator. I was naturally interested in looking for new and better ways to structure and manage my legal department and spend, but I was not aware of the incredible depth of knowledge out there about how to do that most effectively. SOLID brought all of the pieces together for me and allowed me to make lasting connections with others who are innovating within their teams and across the legal industry. I now have a much deeper understanding of how to draw upon a wide array of resources and technology to reshape what we are doing in a way that drives more value for less total spend. It’s also just a really fun and interesting group of people and the whole experience has expanded my circle of go-to colleagues.”


Jennifer Warner


VP Legal at Columbia Sportswear Company

“I think the most valuable thing for me has been the chance to collaborate with, but also to listen to clients. Getting to hear first hand from GC’s and the C-Suite about their pain points and expectations is truly valuable. It really helps us to “sense check” and to ensure we are not only listening, but hearing and acting on what our clients expect and need from their outside counsel.”


Bryant Isbell


Managing Director, Global eDiscovery & Data Advisory at Baker & McKenzie, LLP