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GC SUMMIT SOUTH EAST EUROPE 2019

On 16 October 2019, The Legal 500 hosted the inaugural GC Summit: South East Europe in Sofia, Bulgaria.

With over 130 of the region’s leading in-house lawyers participating, the event underscored the region’s importance as a hub for international businesses and their advisers.

With investments led by EU development funds, a strong labour force and high external investment, various measurements of economic performance point towards growth and progression for countries within South East Europe.

While this naturally creates opportunities, organisations operating in the region are still mindful of balancing the accompanying risks and challenges. To ensure the Summit’s content reflected the needs of businesses, we drew on the wisdom and advice of South East Europe’s legal community. A number of the region’s senior in-house counsel with extensive experience provided thoughts, suggestions and comments on the panels and sessions for discussion.

The event also benefited from the support and insight provided by some of the leading law firms, namely, Penkov, Markov & Partners, Nagy és Trócsányi, Cerha Hempel, Pekin & Pekin, Chrysostomides and JPM. In addition, senior figures from national supervisory authorities, consultancies and innovative technology companies active in the region gave perspectives from their respective area of expertise, adding further depth to the discussions.

Over the course of eight sessions, the Summit covered the most topical issues among in-house lawyers in South East Europe, including data protection and cyber security, anti-money laundering, the challenges of managing cross-border M&As, artificial intelligence tools, how technology is driving the future of the legal profession, and key leadership and management skills.

Please scroll down to see the panel sessions in full and photos of the event:

Opening remarks

Vladimir Penkov, Penkov, Markov & Partners


Ivailo Danov, the Bar Association


Understanding and overcoming data protection and cyber security challenges

Moderator

Nikolay Cvetanov, Penkov, Markov & Partners

Panellists

Ivan Milosevic, JPM

 

Zeynep Şener, Pekin & Pekin

Ventsislav Karadjov, The Commission for Personal Data Protection

Vihren Slavchev, Mnemonica JSC


Preventing Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and financial crime

Moderator

Ioanna Sapidou, Chrysostomides

Panellists

Özge Okat, Pekin & Pekin

 

Asen Apostolov, Penkov, Markov & Partners

Albena Rasheva, Eurofast

Zdravko Raichev, 4finance Bulgaria


Cross-Border M&A Dynamics and Trends

Moderator

Yegân Liaje, Pekin & Pekin

Panellists

Chryso Pitsilli-Dekatris, Chrysostomides

 

Zeynep Şener, Pekin & Pekin

Dr. Péter Berethalmi, Nagy és Trócsányi

Alexey Tarasov, ABC Global


Presentation: Legal work in the future – an AI tool for due diligence

Presented by

Nemanja Stepanović, JPM

 

 


‘Going Digital’ how technology and digitalisation is influencing the future of the legal profession

Moderator

Hans Kristoferitsch, Cerha Hempel

Panellists

Kalojan Georgiev, Colibra

 

Konstantin Djelebov, Phyre

Livia Dumitrescu, Vodafone Romania

Gabriela Popescu, Microsoft Romania


Presentation: Legal work in the future – Law Firm 2.0

Presented by

Rumyana Yordanova, Penkov, Markov & Partners

 

Gabriela Hristova, Penkov, Markov & Partners

Keynote: Multi-dimensional Leadership

Presented by

Alexander Balabanov, Dynamix Lab


General counsel 2.0

Co-moderated by

Vladimir Penkov, Penkov, Markov & Partners

Panellists

Gligorije Brajkovic, UniCredit Bank Serbia

 

Dr. Péter Berethalmi, Nagy és Trócsányi

and

Kristina Krantcheva, CM Consulting

 

Iliana Byanova, First Investment Bank