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When: 22 - 23 May 2014
Where: Berlin, Germany
The WSG European Regional Meeting was held in Berlin, Germany by local host Heuking Kuhn Luer Wojtek. The meeting consisted of guest speakers Dominic Carman and Harkus Hartung, valuable panel discussions, and case studies. In addition, there were several opportunities to connect and network among the WSG European members.

If you participated in the WSG 2014 European Regional Meeting and would like to fill out a survey, please complete the form online at www.worldservicesgroup.com/meetingsurvey.aspx?pid=46&id=927


1. Welcome
2. Independent Law Firm Approach - Return of Independent Model
3. Panel Discussion: The Independent Law Firm
4. Guest Speaker Presentation: Who is Eating Law Firm's Lunch?
5. Panel Discussion: Law Firm Management Issues
6. Panel Discussion: Debt Funds as an Alternative Financing Source for Businesses in Germany & Europe
7. WSG Updates

 

1. Welcome

 

Alexander Zharskiy, Chair, WSG European Regional Council welcomed all members to the WSG 2014 European Regional Meeting in Berlin, Germany. Host firm representative Andreas Urban of Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek further welcomed guests to Berlin and introduced the guest speaker.

 

  Alexander Zharskiy
Chair, European Regional Council
World Services Group

Andreas Urban
Partner
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek


 


 

2. Guest Speaker Presentation: Independent Law Firm Approach - Return of Independent Model

 

This guest presentation addressed three key questions: How do independent firms adapt and respond to succeed against international competition? Which strategies give them the edge? What may work best in the future?

 

  Dominic Carman     

Guest Speaker:
Dominic Carman
Journalist and Writer

 


 

3. Panel Discussion: The Independent Law Firm

 

 

Krzysztof Libiszewski     

Moderator:
Krzysztof Libiszewski
Partner
Wardyński & Partners

Panelists:   Dominic Carman
Journalist and Writer


Vicente Calle
Partner
Garrigues

Stefan Artner
Managing Partner
DORDA BRUGGER JORDIS

Mika Ståhlberg
Partner
Krogerus

 


 

4. Guest Speaker Presentation: Who is Eating Law Firm's Lunch?

 

This presentation covered recent developments concerning non-lawyers and competitors trying to grab the lawyers business.

 

Presentation

Article: Game Over?
Markus Hartung     

Guest Speaker:
Markus Hartung
Director
Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession (CLP) at Bucerius Law School

 


 

5. Panel Discussion: Law Firm Management Issues

 

This panel discussion will touched on the following topics: 1. How "new partners" should look like? 2. Leadership succession 3. How to get buy in from partners to steer the ship? 4. What does tomorrow's law firm look like?

 

  Markus Hartung     

Moderator:
Markus Hartung
Director
Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession (CLP) at Bucerius Law School

Panelists:   Francesco Gianni
Founding Partner
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo,
Cappelli & Partners


András Szecskay
Managing Partner
Szecskay Attorneys at Law

Jan Magne Juuhl-Langseth
Partner
Schjødt


Andreas Urban
Managing Partner
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

 


 

6. Panel Discussion: Debt Funds as an Alternative Financing Source for Businesses in Germany & Europe

 

Lending money has traditionally been a business for banks. Since the early 2000s, non-bank lending has emerged in Europe. Due to the current financial crisis, non-bank lenders/debt funds have become much more active in Europe.

 

Presentation
Arnold Büssemaker     

Moderator:
Arnold Büssemaker
Partner
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Guest Speakers:   Dr. Alexander Krämer
Director
Deutsche Bank AG, London

Dr. Johannes Schmittat
Managing Director
Altium Capital

Keith Magliana
Head of European Credit
Taconic Capital Advisors LLP


 


 

7. WSG Updates

 

WSG organizational and European Regional Council updates for 2014.

 

  Alexander Zharskiy
Chair, European Regional Council
World Services Group

Steve McGarry
President
World Services Group

Maricarmen Trujillo
Vice President
World Services Group

 


    

Hosts
WSG 2014 European Regional Meeting


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