VQ Forum 2016 Speakers

During the day you will gain interesting, practical and visionary insights from internationally renowned speakers, based on their extensive experience.

Gerard Neiditsch has been CIO at three major law firms in Australia: AllensLinklaters, Norton Rose Fulbright and King & Wood Mallesons. He is currently a Research Associate at St. Gallen University in Switzerland researching the impact of new technologies on the professional services sector. Gerard Neiditsch has a track record of transformation management at large professional services organizations. For more than two decades, he has been working in applying innovative technology and leading large-scale work practice changes at first tier legal, advisory, and accounting firms. He was also the cofounder of a leading eDiscovery software company, and is the co-inventor of a new electronic filing technology. GerardNeiditsch has a reputation for building high-performance teams and for enabling sustained change in industry-leading firms. He has worked in Switzerland, the United States, Asia and Australia in local, regional, and global roles.

Dr. Christian Sandström is associate professor in Disruptive Innovation at Chalmers University of Technology and the Ratio Institute. His research concerns technological change and the challenges they present for established firms. Among other things, he has studied the transition to digital photography, 3D Printing's impact on established industries and how the sharing economy is affecting professions.Christian Sandström also serves on the board of Medical Innovation Design AB and AAA Certification AB.

Rachel Manser, Global Head of Knowledge & Learning at Linklaters. RachelManser joined Linklaters in 2003, as a Professional Support Lawyer in the Competition practice. She previously trained at Allen & Overy. Since 2009, she has been involved in central K&L and in 2015 she was appointed Global Head of Knowledge & Learning. Her knowledge and information responsibilities include knowledge technologies (InSite, document automation, Se@rch and Dealfinder, for example), the global Information and Research team, as well as the firm's policy relating to and development of Professional Support Lawyers. She is responsible forLinklater's professional development and learning technologies teams and the K&L offerings to clients.

Max Hübner is General Counsel at PGGM N.V. as well as lecturer at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, strategic advisor for law firms and legal departments and executive coach for legal professionals. He has for more than twenty years contributed on legal matters in the field of law enforcement, governance, environment, housing and spatial planning and financial markets. As a deputy director legislation with the Dutch government he introduced in 1999 document assembly and legal work flow management. At USG legal professionals, being Director private markets, he introduced new concepts for legal services and pricing already in 2005. Based on his failures and successes he developed an approach for the transformation of legal departments. By introducing this approach in the public and private domain he proved that change can be made. In the 2013 FT Innovative Lawyers Report, Max Hübner and his team were recognised for their Innovation in Operational Change, overhauling the approach to external spend.

Ylva Lindquist is Vice President & General Counsel, EMEIA, at Xylem Inc, a leading global water technology company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, with operations in more than 150 countries with annual revenue of approx. USD 4 billion and 12,500 employees. Ylva Lindquist heads the EMEIA Legal team supporting all Xylem entities in Europe, Middle East, India and Africa. She also heads the Ethics and Compliance Review Board for EMEIA as well as the Anti-Corruption Oversight Committee for EMEIA. Furthermore, Ylva Lindquist holdsnumerous board assignments with Xylem companies and is a member of the EMEIA Leadership team. Prior to joining Xylem Inc, Ylva Lindquist was inter alia Partner at Advokatfirman Hammarskiöld & Co.

Håkan Broman is General Counsel, Executive Vice President of the NCC Group and member of the NCC Group's Executive Management Team. The position General Counsel of the NCC Group involves e.g. the management and the development of Legal Affairs, NCC Insurance, Group Security and Group Property Management. Håkan has served the Swedish and the German export industries in numerous countries. He holds experience from a vast number of international civil engineering project boards in Asia, Europe, Africa and Central America and is a co-author to publications on international standard forms of contract.

Jonas Jeppsson is Chief Legal Officer at Widespace AB, an innovative mobile advertising expert company. Prior to joining Widespace in 2013, Jonas Jeppssonworked as a General Counsel in different industries and as a qualified lawyer. He has worked for Sweden's three largest law firms: Vinge, Mannheimer Swartling andLinklaters. Jonas Jeppsson has more than 20 years of experience of practicing law in courts, at leading Swedish and International law firms and as a General Counsel in several business sectors. He holds an LLM in civil law from the University of Lund and an LLM in International Comparative Law/Common Law from McGill University, Quebec, Canada. Parallel to his legal studies, Jonas Jeppsson studied Business Administration and has a background in Natural & Computer Science.

Annette Magnusson is Secretary General of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC). Annette Magnusson joined SCC in 2010, from Mannheimer Swartling Advokatbyrå, where she was a member of the dispute resolution group. Previously she headed strategic planning of knowledge management at Baker & McKenzie in Sweden. Annette Magnusson was SCC Legal Counsel and later SCC Deputy Secretary General from 1998 to 2005. She is the author of several publications on international arbitration, a member of the Research Panel for Arbitration Law at the Stockholm Centre for Commercial Law, sits in the Board for the Swedish Anti-Corruption Institute, and is a frequent speaker in Sweden and internationally.

Paula Röttorp is Managing Partner at the Stockholm office of Hannes Snellman, a leading Nordic law firm with 300 employees and offices in Stockholm, Helsinki, Moscow and St. Petersburg. Paula works with banking, finance and insolvency law. Projects she usually gets involved in are large international projects in the fields of acquisition financing (including for private equity), project financing of infrastructure, real estate financing and restructuring of existing loans and assets within and outside insolvency situations. Prior to joining Hannes Snellman in 2010, Paula worked at Advokatfirman Vinge for almost a decade. She serves on the board of Centrum för Rättvisa (Centre for Justice) a foundation providing pro bono legal representation and advice to clients to defend and advance the legal protection of individual fundamental rights and freedoms.

Peter Danowsky is one of the founders of Danowsky & Partners. His practice area is mainly litigation in commercial matters. Peter Danowsky has represented a.o. publishers, film producers, IT-consultants, banks, organisations and governmental bodies both as counsel and litigator. He has served as arbitrator and as a member of various boards. He is co-author of several books and has published numerous articles in the legal field.

Henrik Hjelte is the CEO of ChromaWay, the company built from the open source Colored Coins project. Colored Coins is widely known as the world's first Bitcoin 2.0 implementation, made in 2012. Henrik Hjelte has been developing software professionally since the 80's with a break to earn a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Uppsala in Sweden. Before coming to ChromaWay, he worked on financial software, sports betting applications and a search engine platform.

Zarina Virsholm is Partner and Co-founder of Sharp Recruitment, a recruitment consultant specialized in Legal, Risk & Compliance, and Tax & Finance. ZarinaVirsholm holds an LLM from University of Stockholm. Prior to founding Sharp Recruitment she worked inter alia at the European Commission, the American Chambers of Commerce in Brussels, and Rentokil. For the last 10 years ZarinaVirsholm has advised law firms in marketing and business development, employer branding, HR, and recruitment. Today Zarina Virsholm works primarily with recruitment of specialized lawyer within different sectors, including partners and General Counsels.

Patricia Shaughnessy directs the Master of International Commercial Arbitration Law Program (LLM) at Stockholm University and teaches and researches in related fields. She chairs the Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Section of the Stockholm Centre for Commercial Law and is the Vice-Chair of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC). Patricia Shaughnessy has acted as an arbitrator and expert, and as a consultant, she has led projects related to commercial law and dispute resolution in many countries.