ACGC Conference 2021
Reimagining our future: The next normal for Africa’s in-house legal departments
About the Conference
3-day leadership conference and training summit aimed at empowering, championing and raising the global profile of the African in-house legal community. This not to be missed event provides an exclusive environment in which Africa’s corporate and government counsel can exchange ideas, discuss and debate hot topics and build professional networks. The event will take place in person in Lagos, Nigeria and online.
Date: 30 Nov – 2 December 2021
Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Location: In-person: The Freeme Space, Nike Art Gallery Road, Lekki, Lagos
Online: The entire event will be accessible online for registered attendees.
Benefits of attending
● Pan African Perspectives – Engage in discussion with GCs & in-house counsel from across Africa and internationally on topics that are at the heart of the in-house role in both corporate and public sector
● Industry Specific Networking – meet, greet and interact with industry leaders in sector focused roundtable discussions
● Network expansion – Build and extend your network with in-house leaders, Africa focused, progressive law firms and innovative service providers
● Exclusive access – Be part of an exclusive and dedicated forum for in-house lawyers to learn, network, and evolve in their roles with unique access to legal thought leaders.
Day 1 - ACGC Conference
- 8.30 - 9.30 AM
- Registration & Breakfast Networking
- 9.30 - 10.30 AM
- Welcome address – Nankunda Katangaza, ACGC Director & Co-Founder
- Spotlight session: ‘The AfCFTA opportunity for Africa’s in-house lawyers’ In conversation with Dr Petina Gappah, Principal Legal Advisor to the Secretary-General, African Continental Free Trade Area </p> Interview by Olasupo Shashore, SAN – Partner, Africa Law Practice </p> <img src="https://i0.wp.com/acgc.africa/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/ALP-NG-Co-Final-scaled.jpg?resize=1080%2C373">
- 10.30 - 11.15 AM
- Panel discussion: The future of compliance – what’s keeping you awake at night?
- COVID-19 and new working environments have increased risk internally and pressure on budgets affected resources. <br> What new skills does a compliance role need to anticipate risk and evaluate alternative es to mitigate them? <br> What new and innovative compliance tools are needed and how best can they be deployed? <br> How can Legal embed a culture of ethics in the business within which compliance can sit comfortably? </p> Panellists: </p> Sola Dosunmu, Head of Legal, West and Central Africa, BAT, Nigeria </p> Titilayo Okoye, Head of Compliance, Savannah Energy, PLC </p> Oluwatoyin Araromi, Senior Manager Compliance & Ethics at MTN Nigeria </p> Ridwan Oloyede, Tech Hive Advisory </p> Debola Falade, Chief Financial Officer at Dangote Sugar Refineries PLC </p> </p> Moderator role: Seni Adio, SAN – Managing Partner, Copley Partners </p> <img src="https://i0.wp.com/acgc.africa/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/colpey.png?resize=236%2C102">
- 11.15 - 11.25 AM
- ALSF Keynote Address – Toyin Ojo, Senior Legal Counsel, African Legal Support Facility.
- <img src="https://i1.wp.com/acgc.africa/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/alsf_logo.png?resize=250%2C104">
- 11.25 - 11.45 PM
- Mid-morning networking
- 11.45 - 12.45 PM
- Panel discussion: Re-imagining ESG in the African context - putting in-house counsel ahead of the conversation
- Environmental Social Governance (ESG) has rightly been gathering considerable momentum as organisations rush to take a long-term view on their investment strategies. But what does all this mean in the African context? <br> how should organisations embrace a more-expansive definition of responsible investing? Which elements of ESG should be given priority by African organisations? What complexities surround the environmental debate in Africa? What role should in house legal departments play? </p> Panellists: </p> Ozim Ifeoma Obasi - Executive General Counsel, GE Africa. </p> Adeola Olumeyan, Assistant GC & Company Secretary, Channels TV, Nigeria </p> Sesan Sobowale – Head of Legal, Union Bank. </p> Collins Aziken - Legal Counsel, ESG & Compliance Manager, Flint Atlantic Capital Partners. </p> Moderator role: Olamide Oladosu, Partner, Clifford Chance <img src="https://i2.wp.com/acgc.africa/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/C-Chance.png?resize=427%2C118">
- 12.45 - 2.00 PM
- Networking lunch
- 2.00 - 2.30 PM
- Keynote Discussion: </p> Influence and impact: Lessons in leadership for the in-house legal profession
- Speaker: </p> Sheila Braka Musiime, Chief Counsel, Africa Region, World Bank </p> During this session, Sheila will share her thoughts and perspectives on how to influence, inspire and impact as a leader. The session will explore how to distinguish yourself as a leader, how to manage your leadership brand and continuously reinvent yourself. Join us for this inspiring keynote address and learn how to achieve impact, how to empower the people around you and how to influence behaviour. </p> Interview by: </p> Cynthia Lareine, ACGC Director & Co-Founder </p><img src="https://i2.wp.com/acgc.africa/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/WBL.png?resize=310%2C162">
- 2.30 - 3.30 PM
- Sector sessions: ‘Dispute resolution and management essentials for in-house teams’.
- Speakers: </p>Kamal Shah, Partner, Stephenson Harwood. </p> Jide Adesokun, Senior Associate, Stephenson Harwood. </p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/acgc.africa/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Stephenson-Harwood-1-1.png?resize=300%2C168">
- 3.30 - 4.15 PM
- Online session: The O-Shaped Lawyer: A mind-set and behavioural approach to developing the lawyer of the future
- The O-shaped lawyer presents a “people first; then lawyers” approach, focusing on skills related to understanding and relating to our clients, our colleagues, and ourselves. </p> Dan Kayne, General Counsel, Network Rail, UK </p> Catie Sheret, General Counsel, Cambridge University Press, UK <img src="https://i1.wp.com/acgc.africa/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/NewOShapedLogo.png?resize=519%2C500">
- 4.15 - 5.15pm
- Breakout sessions: Sector roundtable discussions sponsored by Stephenson Harwood
- <b> Public sector: Topic - Improving the effectiveness of the public sector – the role of legal & compliance. </b> </p> Babatunde Irukera, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC). </p> Mr Muhammad Sani Muhammad, Commission secretary/legal adviser – National Pension Commission (PENCOM). </p></p> <b> Financial services: Topic - The Financial Services Industry – Issues, Insights & Innovation </b> </p> Seye Kosoko, Company Secretary, FBN Holdings. </p> <b> FMCG: Topic - Trends, opportunities and challenges in the FMCG sector </b> </p> Olakunle Olusanya - Company Secretary, Legal & Public Affairs Director Fan Milk Plc. </p></p> <b> Energy and natural resources: Topic - Emerging trends in energy & natural resources – the drive towards a circular economy. </b> </p> Joseph Tolorunse – Head of legal, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) (tbc) </p> Kayode Oladipo, Senior Associate | Co-Head, West Africa (Anglophone) | Africa Practice Lead. <img src="https://i0.wp.com/acgc.africa/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Stephenson-Harwood-1-1.png?resize=300%2C168">
- 5.15 - 5.30pm
- Day one round up
Day 2 - ACGC Conference & In-House Legal Skills Institute (Part 1)
- 8.30 - 9.30 AM
- Registration & Breakfast networking
- 9.30 - 10.30 AM
- Panel Discussion: Championing innovation: The legal ops & digital transformation revolution (An African Perspective) <br> Has the implementation of tech innovation and the introduction of legal operations roles benefitted African in-house legal teams?
- Why businesses and firms need to be innovative How can technology encourage innovation? </p> Why championing innovation internally can be challenging How to avoid implementing tech for the sake of it. <br> Finding the legal operations stars in your team Building and optimising a legal operations program </p> Panellists: </p> Olakunle Ogedengbe - CIO | Head of Digital Business Solutions, West & Central Africa at British American Tobacco </p> Obinna Ukonu - Country Digital & Technology Platform Director, Nigeria Bottling Company Ltd, a member of Coca-Cola HBC </p> Allan Rwakakooko, Head of Legal Services, Umeme Ltd., Uganda </p> Chinwe Odigboegwu, – Legal Director, Guinness Nigeria </p> Moderator role - Leah Molatseli, Head of Business Development, Legal Interact, South Africa
- 10.30 - 11.00 AM
- Afreximbank session: The challenges in implementing the AfCFTA and the underlying opportunities
- <p> Speakers: </p> Joseph Ifebunandu - Senior Manager, Legal (Projects and Export Development) Afreximbank </p> Enga Kameni - Senior Manager (Legal Services), Afreximbank </p> <img src="https://i0.wp.com/acgc.africa/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/AFREXIM.png?resize=220%2C229">
- 11.00 - 11.30 AM
- Morning networking break
- 11.30 - 12.30 PM
- Panel discussion: Enabling the ‘Everywhere’ Workforce: Reimagining the post-pandemic in house legal team
- Reshaping workplace culture & recalibrating expectations Hybrid working: the good, the bad and the ugly - maintaining strong connections with a hybrid team </p> ● Achieving productivity and retaining talent - keeping performance on track without endangering people’s mental health </p> ● Navigating the new data protection and privacy regimes Anticipating new employment needs </p> Panellists: </p> Tunde Simoyan – Founder Afrikaskillz/ International Legal Counsel. </p> Mirian Kachikwu – Managing Director, Unleash Academy. </p> Doris Tembwe - Head Legal & Company Secretary, Stanbic Bank </p> Darshani Parsuramen Engot - Legal Counsel for Africa, International SOS, Mauritius. </p> Moderator role: Toyin Ojo - Senior Legal Counsel, African Legal Support Facility. <img src="https://i1.wp.com/acgc.africa/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/alsf_logo.png?resize=250%2C104">
- Conference Stage Closes
- 1.30 - 3.30 PM
- ACGC In House Legal Skills Institute Session 1: Contract drafting for in-house teams
- <img src="https://i2.wp.com/acgc.africa/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/WhatsApp-Image-2021-10-13-at-12.00.48.jpeg?resize=773%2C364"> </p> Basic categories in commercial contracts. </p> Recognise drafting ambiguities to effectively re-draft poorly written clauses. </p> Draft effective standard clauses that can be used across the organisation to manage exposure to legal risk. </p> Agreement structure and boilerplate clauses.
- 3.30 - 3.45 PM
- Coffee Break
- 3.45pm - 5.30 PM
- Session 1: Contract drafting for in-house teams (cont’d).
- 6.00 - 8.00 PM
- ACGC Cocktail Reception.
Day 3 - ACGC In House Legal Skills Institute (Part 2)
- 9.30 - Midday AM
- Session 1: Contract drafting for in-house teams (cont’d)
- <img src="https://i2.wp.com/acgc.africa/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/WhatsApp-Image-2021-10-13-at-12.00.48.jpeg?resize=773%2C364"> </p> Danger zones and red flags. </p> Liability risk protection including indemnities, exclusion and limitation of liability clauses. </p> Remedial clauses and damages. </p> Force Majeure & Termination.
- 12.00 - 1.00 PM
- Lunch Break
- 1.00 - 5.00 PM
- Session 2 - Negotiation for value creation - Practical negotiation skills for in house counsel.
- What is the objective of negotiation? </p> Fundamental Principles of negotiation in the in-house context </p>The relevance of culture to negotiation </p> Contract negotiation techniques
- Abiodun PetersCountry Legal Director, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company
- Abiola DabiriAssociate Vice President, Corporate Secretariat, Africa Finance Corporation
- Adeola OlumeyanAssistant GC & Company Secretary, Channels TV, Nigeria
- Babatunde Irukera Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO of the Federal Consumer Protection Commission, NigeriaBabatunde IrukeraExecutive Vice-Chairman and CEO of the Federal Consumer Protection Commission, Nigeria
- Bertie ChiltonSenior Associate, Stephenson Harwood
- Catie SheretGeneral Counsel, Cambridge University Press, UK
- Chinwe OdigboegwuLegal Director, Guinness Nigeria
- Collins AzikenLegal Counsel, ESG & Compliance Manager, Flint Atlantic Capital Partners
- Cynthia LareineFounder / Managing Director
UK qualified corporate lawyer & seasoned business development professional who is passionate about and committed to improving the relationships between corporate legal departments and their external legal advisors.
My passion for the improved delivery of legal services means I wear a number of related hats including
Client Strategy & Success EMEA @ PERSUIT | Founder & Lead Strategist, LGC Africa (Lareine Gold Consulting)| Co-founder African Corporate and Government Counsel Forum (ACGC)
Over 20 years working experience as both a legal practitioner (qualified solicitor) and business development professional in global law firms. Recent experience of working as a coach and consultant to African law firms.
Strong reputation as a dedicated professional who is proactive, pragmatic and passionate about business development particularly client development and relationship building.
Skilled team player and team leader with proven ability to manage multiple projects and multitask effectively.
Confident communicator with excellent interpersonal skills.
Strong consulting, influencing and problem-solving skills. High degree of commercial acumen.
Result oriented. Conscientious Completer – Finisher.
Proven organizational skills, strong attention to detail and ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
- Dan KayneGeneral Counsel, Network Rail, UK
- Darshani Parsuramen EngotLega Counsel for Africa, International SOS, Mauritius
- Derin AdefuluGeneral Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer & Company Secretary, Old Mutual Nigeria.
- Dr Petina Gappah Principal Legal Advisor to the Secretary-General, African Continental Free Trade AreaDr Petina GappahPrincipal Legal Advisor to the Secretary-General, African Continental Free Trade Area
- Enga KameniSenior Manager (Legal Services), Afreximbank
- Jide AdesokunSenior Associate, Stephenson Harwood
- Joseph IfebunanduSenior Manager, Legal (Projects and Export Development) Afreximbank
- Joseph TolorunseHead of Legal, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR)
- Justin McClellandPartner, Stephenson Harwood
- Kamal ShahPartner, Stephenson Harwood
- Kayode OladipoSenior Associate, Clifford Chance
- Leah MolatseliHead of Business Development, Legal Interact, South Africa
- Malcolm DowdenLegal Director, Womble Bond Dickinson
- Mirian KachikwuManaging Director, Unleash Academy
- Mr Muhammad Sani Muhammad Commission Secretary/ legal advisor - National Pension Commission (PENCOM)Mr Muhammad Sani MuhammadCommission Secretary/ legal advisor - National Pension Commission (PENCOM)
- Nankunda KatangazaCo-founder of Hook Tangaza
- Nosakhare AgueborLegal Counsel, Legal & Corporate Secretariat, Africa Finance Corporation
- Obinna UkonuCountry Digital & Technology Platform Director, Nigeria Bottling Company Ltd
- Olakunle Ogedengbe CIO, Head of Business Solutions, West and Central Africa at British American TobaccoOlakunle OgedengbeCIO, Head of Business Solutions, West and Central Africa at British American Tobacco
- Olakunle OlusanyaCompany Secretary, Legal & Public Affairs Director Fan Milk PLC
- Olamide OladosuPartner, Clifford Chance
- Olasupo Shashore (SAN)Partner, Africa Law Practice
- Oluwatoyin AraromiSenior Manager Compliance & Ethics at MTN Nigeria
- Ozim Ifeoma ObasiExecutive General Counsel, GE Africa
- Ridwan OloyedeCo-Founder, Tech Hive Advisory
- Seni Adio (SAN)Managing Partner, Copley Partners
- Sesan SobowaleHead of Legal, Union Bank
- Seye KosokoCompany Secretary, FBN Holdings
- Sheila Braka MusiimeChief Counsel, The World Bank
- Sola DosunmuHead of Legal, West and Central Africa, BAT, Nigeria
- Titilayo OkoyeHead of Compliance, Savannah Energy, UK
- Toyin OjoSenior Legal Counsel, African Legal Support Facility
- Tunde SimoyanFounder Afrikaskillz/ International Legal Counsel
- Uaboi AgbebakuCompany Secretary and Legal Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc
- Walubita LuwabelwaChief Compliance and Data Privacy Officer, Stanbic Bank, Zambia
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