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When: 13 - 15 September 2017
Where: Rome, Italy
The WSG 2017 Annual Meeting, hosted by Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, took place in Rome, Italy and welcomed over 145 participants from 80 firms worldwide. The event was a tremendous success and included valuable guest speakers, contributing panelists and optimal networking opportunities among professionals across the WSG Network.

Wednesday 13 September
19:00 - 21:30
Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners Offices
Via delle Quattro Fontane, 20, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
Thursday 14 September
08:30 - 09:00
09:00 - 0945
WSG Annual Meeting
09:45 - 10:00
Coffee Break
10:00 - 11:00
Guest Speaker Presentation
Geopolitical landscape: Brexit, Trump, European Elections, Populism and Terrorism - How Much is Too Much?

Unexpected events have marked the year 2016 and the beginning of 2017. How will they affect the political, economic and financial landscapes? Is this the end of the globalisation trend? How can politic and economic leaders manage the rise of populism and protectionism in a globalised world? What will be the impact of international migrations and geopolitical risks? Are there solutions or ways out? Will Europe be able to reinvent itself? Will we move towards a multipolar world?

Guest Speaker: Enrico Letta, Former Prime Minister of Italy; Dean of Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA), SciencesPo, Paris
11:00 - 12:30
Panel Discussion
Canada, the United States, Asia and Brexit. Oceans Apart?

The actions taken by the United States have impacted the global trading regime, have led to other countries spearheading their own trade initiatives, and may lead to retaliatory measures by the European Union (“EU”) and others. This presentation will discuss recent multilateral and bilateral trade developments, as well as other important sectorial-specific initiatives.

Moderator: Julie Mendoza, Partner, Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP

Edward M. Lebow, Counsel, Haynes and Boone, LLP
Pierre Marc Johnson, Counsel, Lavery, de Billy
Alberto Pera, Partner, Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners
Paul Hally, Chairman, Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
Adam Handley, Managing Partner, Minter Ellison
12:30 - 14:30
14:30 - 15:30
Panel Discussion
Expectations and Challenges Faced in Today’s Multi-Generational Firm

We are facing a new future in terms of demographics at work: we will soon have five generations in the workplace at once. Today people are living and working longer leading to this new reality. Expected growth of law firms is much lower than in the past. Is equity becoming scarcer? What retention systems are becoming more common in law firms across jurisdictions?

Moderator: Ramon Moyano, Partner, Beccar Varela

Stefan Erhag, Partner, Delphi

Global Results - Generation Now Survey

15:30 - 16:00
Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:00
Guest Speaker Presentation
Artificial Intelligence in Law

Guest Speaker: Nick Whitehouse, Acting CEO, McCarthyFinch
19:00 - 22:30
Cocktail Reception & Dinner
Casino dell'Aurora Pallavicini
Via Ventiquattro Maggio, 43, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
Friday 15 September
09:00 - 10:00
Guest Speaker Presentation
The Future of Telecommunications: How The Digital Tsunami is Transforming it and How it'll Radically Change Our Lives in The New "Disrupted" Technological Ecosystem.

Guest Speaker: Maximo Ibarra, Former CEO, Wind and Wind Tre; Professor of Digital Marketing at LUISS University and at LUISS Business School
10:00 - 10:15
Coffee Break
10:15 - 11:15
Panel Discussion
Disruptive Technologies – Advances that will Transform Life, Business, and the Global Economy
The relentless parade of modern technologies is unfolding on many fronts. Almost every advance is billed as a breakthrough, and the list of “next big things” grows ever longer. Not every emerging technology will alter the business or social landscape – but some truly do have the potential to disrupt the status quo, alter the way people live and work, and rearrange value pools. It is therefore critical that business and policy leaders understand which technologies will matter to them and prepare accordingly.

Guest Moderator: Maximo Ibarra, Former CEO, Wind and Wind Tre; Professor of Digital Marketing at LUISS University and at LUISS Business School

Hans Rudolf Trueb, Partner, Walder Wyss Ltd.
Raz Tepper, Partner, Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co.
Eric Robbins, Partner, Ulmer & Berne LLP
11:15 - 12:30
Regional Meetings

Africa/Middle East – Room: Fori
Asia Pacific – Room: Campidoglio
European – Room: Winter Garden
Latin America – Room: Pincio
North America/ Caribbean – Room: Trianon
12:30 - 20:00
Special Event (Optional)
Lunch, Tour & Tasting Experience in Tivoli, Italy

Hosts: WSG 2017 Annual Meeting


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