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.


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Hourly Schedule

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="">
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="">
11.15 - 11.25 AM
ALSF Keynote Address – Toyin Ojo, Senior Legal Counsel, African Legal Support Facility.
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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="">
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="">
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="">
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="">
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="">
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="">
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="">
Conference Stage Closes
1.30 - 3.30 PM
ACGC In House Legal Skills Institute Session 1: Contract drafting for in-house teams
<img src=""> </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=""> </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


30 Nov 2021 - 02 Dec 2021


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Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 30 Nov 2021 - 02 Dec 2021
  • Time: All Day


Freeme Space
Plot 16A, Block 139A, Nike Art Gallery Road, Ikate 101222, Lekki, Nigeria
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