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GC Summit Central & Eastern Europe

23 May 2019 |



The role of the general counsel and senior in-house advisors is in a constant state of change and expansion. Increasingly, counsel are being tasked with engineering privacy policies, defending against cyber threats, owning disputes and ensuring compliance with an ever-growing array of regulations – all the while taking ownership of the day-to-day legal challenges which directly affect the bottom line of the business.

GC Summit – Central & Eastern Europe invites the most esteemed in-house counsel from the CEE’s most prolific companies to discuss their changing roles as in-house leaders and the challenges, issues and opportunities they are facing in 2019 and beyond. Between comprehensive panel discussions and the opportunity to meet and engage with fellow in-house counsel, GC Summit – Central & Eastern Europe promises to be a practical, forward-looking event bringing together the region’s top legal minds.




Thursday 23 May 2019


Sofitel Victoria Warszawa, Poland

GC Summit Central & Eastern Europe
13:30 – 14:40Registration and networking lunch
14:40 – 14:50Welcome
14:50 – 15:35Panel Discussion (PwC)– Acknowledging, understanding and conquering data protection and cyber security challenges.
Acknowledging the critical concepts of data protection and cyber security, this panel will focus on the most effective ways to stay up to date with challenges posed by existing and incoming regulations and threats. The panel will discuss effective, workable and business-oriented solutions that are needed for organisations to be as safeguarded and compliant as possible, and where general counsel can prove to be the leading lights within their business in successfully navigating these challenges.
15:35 – 16:20Panel discussion: (Kochanski & Partners): Lawyer 2.0 how technology is influencing the future of the legal profession.
The seminal topic of technological developments and their relevance to the law will be discussed with particular attention paid to the effects of automation, implications on workload and how to “future proof” lawyers and their roles. It will be discussed what legal technology means in terms of “low level” and “high level” legal work, and how the career development and training of lawyers may be forced to change. The design and development of new systems, as well as how lawyers use them, will be looked at also - in particular the need to avoid biased outputs and to ensure the right level of IT-savviness is achieved by legal professionals. Legal technology's impact on how the desirable characteristics of lawyers might change will also be discussed, as will the dangers inherent in the potential shift to outsourcing or delegating of low level work.
16:20 – 16:35 Coffee break
16:35 – 17:20 Panel discussion: (Eversheds Sutherland) – Alternative dispute resolution; its impact on lawyers and their organisations.
Established as a favoured method in resolving disputes in recent years, the topic of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) will be discussed with a distinct regional twist by our panel of experts. The discussion will be informed by the shared experiences of our panellists experiences with different ADR methods across relevant European jurisdictions, including its effect on corporations and business stakeholders, including entrepreneurs. The applicability of ADR will also be discussed, including whether it can be used successfully across all types of disputes, as well as general hints and tips that can be used to inform strategies regarding disputes going forward.
17:20 – 18:05 Panel Discussion: (CMS) – Investigations
This panel will approach a number of different topics regarding investigations, including how organisations should approach the question of self-reporting. While self-reporting can enable a company to demonstrate a culture of good compliance and to move quickly to remediate and disclose, it can limit a company’s ability to control disclosure of the internal investigation. Is there a “right answer” when it comes to knowing when to self-report? Our panelists will draw on their real, practical experience in the region to best answers these questions and discuss further implications of self-reporting. The effectiveness of benchmark discounts on penalties will also be discussed, and whether these incentives make self-reporting the best course of action. For example, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) programme talks of a 50% discount available to companies that self-disclose and then later self-report. The panel will also consider the way in which companies are developing effective whistleblowing mechanisms, including initiatives such as reportable concerns offices and whistleblowing “champions”. With proposed legislation regarding the criminal liability of companies in Poland, and the fears related to its harsh sanctions, what consequences will this have on the reporting of wrongdoing within companies? Other risks, such as that of civil litigation arising in parallel to criminal investigations, will be discussed also, including measures such as risk assessments on the disclosure and privilege issues that may arise in in common law countries.
18:05 – 18:15Closing remarks
18.15 – 20:00Networking drinks and canapes


Eversheds Sutherland

Maciej Jóźwiak is heading the dispute resolution team at the Polish office of Eversheds Sutherland. He supports clients with risk management for potential disputes and dispute management for ongoing matters. He represents clients in litigation, arbitration and mediation, in both commercial and criminal proceedings. He is an arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration at Polish Confederation Lewiatan and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London. He is also a board member of the ADR Committee at ICC Poland, where he leads the work of the Corporate Counsel Advisory Board.

Maciej Jozwiak
Attorney at law, Head of Dispute Resolution, Eversheds Sutherland (Poland)

Jan Krampera is a partner heading the arbitration and litigation practice at the Czech office of Eversheds Sutherland. He is a dispute management expert recommended by Legal500. He specializes in representing clients in court and arbitration proceedings, as well as insolvency matters. He has a wealth of experience advising commercial clients on corporate and real estate law. In 2019, he was appointed as a practitioner at the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC) – one of the most respected arbitral institutes in the world focusing on resolving commercial disputes in Europe, America and Asia.

Jan Krampera
Attorney at law, Head of Dispute Resolution, Eversheds Sutherland (Czech)

Joanna Krawczyk-Nasiłowska
General Counsel, Ghelamco CEE

Kochanski & Partners

Gabriel is an English Solicitor whose work encompasses a broad spectrum of commercial, organisational and financial issues involving fundraising, acquisitions, joint ventures, disposals and contractual arrangements. His practice revolves around three distinct areas: transactional work for private equity firms and large corporates, discreet matters for high net worth individuals, and disputes. Prior to joining K&P Gabriel Olearnik worked at international law firms including Dentons in Warsaw as well as Mayer Brown and Clifford Chance in London.

Gabriel Olearnik, LL.M.
Partner, Head of Private Equity and Cross Border, Kochanski & Partners

Gabriela Wiktorzak

A UK qualified solicitor, member of the Law Society. Currently working as a business lawyer for Objectivity, a software company and a leading digital innovation partner for corporate customers in the UK and Germany. Magister
of Polish law (UW/EWSPiA), graduated from many prestigious universities, including the London Brunel University, BPP Law School and Kozminski Academy (Postgraduate Studies - Modern Technology Law). She is currently working on her phd thesis on predictive policing and predictive justice.

Gabriela Wiktorzak

Anthony Goltz

Judyta Sawicka


Arkadiusz Korzeniewski is a Polish-qualified advocate and a partner in the Dispute Resolution Department at CMS. He also leads the CMS CEE White Collar Crime initiative. Arkadiusz specialises in white collar crime, corporate, class actions and public procurement disputes. He also advises on international commercial and investment arbitration. He has several years’ experience in complex criminal and commercial disputes, particularly in cases related to fighting corruption and fraud. He represents clients in proceedings before the law enforcement authorities (the Prosecutor’s Office, Central Anticorruption Bureau, Central Bureau of Investigation, Internal Security Agency).

Arkadiusz Korzeniewski
Partner, CMS

Malgorzata Urbańska

Anna Mirek
Cardinal Health, Head of Legal CEE, UK & Israel

Łukasz Bendkowski
Xerox, Corporate Legal Counsel for Poland


Bio to follow soon.

Gerard Karp
PwC, Partner, CEE Privacy Legal Leader, advocate, Head of TMT/IP and Data Protection

Bio to follow soon.

Piotr Urban
PwC, Partner, Cybersecurity Leader (Poland & CEE)

Bio to follow soon.

Jacek Masny
PwC Senior Manager

Michal is a Senior Commercial Counsel at Google, responsible Central and Eastern Europe, with main focus on cloud computing solutions. He is a board member of Data Protection Officers Association SABI and member of IAB Polska Legal Group. Michal specialises in data protection and technology law and is an experienced tutor, speaker and author on those topics.

Michał Kaczorowski
Senior Commercial Counsel, Google