It is our great pleasure to invite you to the inaugural UAE Managing Partners' Briefing on Wednesday 31 October 2018 at the Capital Club, DIFC, for a late afternoon of insight and discussion, followed by drinks and early dinner.
The event will begin with expert consultants delivering presentations on latest use of technology in the legal sector. This will be followed by a panel comprising three Managing Partners, together with an open session to close. After the Briefing, we invite you to continue the discussions and networking over drinks and dinner.
We are expecting 50 managing partners to attend and request your early confirmation.
Date: Wednesday 31st October 2018
Time: 16:30 - 21:00
Location: The Capital Club, Building 3, Gate Village, DIFC, Dubai
|Reception||Teas & Coffee||Peer-to-Peer Networking|
|Welcome Address||Formalities and Introduction||Mark Freeman, Head of Corporates Sales, Thomson Reuters, MENA|
|Presentation||*How MPs can align innovation strategy with elements of their business and people strategies; *Practical steps to designing and implementing an approach to innovation within a law firm; *What the leading global firms are doing in this space, and the lessons that can be learned from them *How clients of law firms are responding to the innovation / technology agenda, and how their expectations will change in the future.||Alastair Beddow, Managing Director, Meridian West, UK|
|Presentation||*Blockchain in Legal - The use cases and emerging law firm applications *AI in Legal - The current landscape of AI in Legal *Bots VR/MR/AR and VPA (Virtual Personal Assistants) - The early adopters’ applications||Joseph Raczynski, Technologist and Futurist, Thomson Reuters, US|
|Panel Session||*Is it better to develop your own technology, or to buy technology and bespoke for your own needs? *What role can technology play in your client-centric strategy? *Thinking on Cyber-security||Haley O’Brien, Market Development Lead, Legal, Thomson Reuters, MENA Sadiq Jafar, Managing Partner, Hadef & Partners Deidre Walker, Head of Middle East, Norton Rose Fulbright Robin Abraham, Managing Partner, Clifford Chance|
|Open Discussion||*Associate Recruiting and Retention in the UAE *Approach to Enhanced Diversity||Moderators (TBC) each leading 15-minute sessions, summarizing key points at the end in 3 minutes.|
|Dinner||Capital Club Restaurant in DIFC||Thank you|
Sadiq Jafer - Managing Partner, Hadef & Partners
Sadiq is Managing Partner of the Dubai office of Hadef & Partners. He has extensive corporate and commercial law experience, particularly in respect of inward investment, joint ventures, banking and finance, energy and infrastructure, and mergers and acquisitions
Deirdre Walker - Head of Middle East, Norton Rose Fulbright
Deirdre Walker is a dispute resolution lawyer based in Dubai where she is Head of Middle East. Deirdre has experience in all forms of dispute resolution including litigation, mediation and arbitration as well as general commercial dispute resolution with a particular specialism in commercial fraud and interlocutory applications.
Robin Abraham - Managing Partner, Clifford Chance
Robin Abraham is the Managing Partner of Clifford Chance's Middle East Region and specialises in banking and project finance. Robin's areas of practice include project finance, restructuring, Islamic finance and secured and unsecured lending.
Alastair Beddow - Managing Director, Meridian West
Alastair is the managing director of Meridian West and a respected commentator and adviser on the strategic and commercial issues impacting professional and financial services firms and their client relationships. He is the co-author of Professional Services Leadership Handbook (Kogan Page, 2017) and his views are regularly in demand from publications such as The Times, PM Magazine and PSMG Magazine.
Joseph Raczynski - Technology Consultant, Thomson Reuters
Born in Washington DC, Joseph grew up in Bethesda, MD and graduated from Providence College with a double major in Economics and Sociology. He worked for CoStar Group managing two successful teams of researchers and writers for the number one provider of commercial real estate information across the US.