(Webcast) Corporate Counsel Symposium: Inside Counsel in the Age of COVID

Monday, January 31, 2022 | 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Program Chair:
Jonathan Schwartz
Former Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs Officer, Univision Communications Inc

  • As the Covid pandemic continues through a second year, in-house corporate legal departments are grappling with how to operate and advise their business clients in a highly unsettled and fast-moving environment. This Symposium will focus on real-world business impacts for in-house lawyers in the areas of M&A and Government Investigations and on day-to-day operational impacts in the areas of Remote Work and Mobility.

    Program Fee:
    $199 Member | $299 Nonmember
    In-House Counsel: Free to Members & Nonmembers

  • Government Investigations: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic and the Road Ahead

    Panel Leader:
    Andrew J. Ceresney, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

    Cheryl Crumpton, Head of Litigation, Regulatory Enforcement & Investigations, Robinhood

    Mei-Lin Kwan-Gett, Deputy General Counsel and Global Head of Litigation, Citigroup

    Jonathan Slonim, Head of Litigation & Investigations, Deputy General Counsel, McKinsey & Company


    M&A: Takeaways from the Pandemic Era and the Impact on Deal Activity in 2022 and Beyond

    Panel Leader:
    Melissa Sawyer, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

    Lisa Hageman, General Counsel, Diageo North America, Inc.

    Leigh Harlan, Former Senior Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel, Tiffany & Co.

    Jay Grant, Chief Legal Officer, The Trade Desk


    The In-House Lawyer Working Remotely: Ethical & Practical Considerations

    Panel Leader:
    Estela Diaz, Akin & Gump LLP

    Laura Franco, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, Bumble

    Elaine H. Mandlebaum, General Counsel, Interactive Brokers LLC

    Lan Nguyen, Senior Vice President, Head of Litigation, Univision Communications Inc.


    Mobility in the Post-Covid World 

    Panel Leader:
    Michael S. Solender, Global Vice Chair and General Counsel, EY

    Amit Banker, Partner, Financial Services, Ernst & Young LLP

    Heidi C. Chen, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Zoetis, Inc.

    Parisa K. Karaahmet, Fragomen

  • 1:30pm – 1:40pm


    1:40pm –  2:40pm
    Government Investigations: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic and the Road Ahead

    • How the pandemic changed the ways government investigations are conducted
    • COVID’S impact on negotiations and outcomes with regulators
    • Webex testimony:  will it remain; how best to prepare; risks and benefits
    • New compliance issues arising from COVID
    • Post-pandemic priorities for government regulators

    Panel Leader:  Andrew J. Ceresney
    Panelists: Cheryl Crumpton, Mei- Lin Kwan-Gett, Jonathan Slonim


    2:40pm – 2:45pm


    2:45pm – 3:45pm
    M&A: Takeaways from the Pandemic Era and the Impact on Deal Activity in 2022 and Beyond

    • Lessons learned from M&A deals that failed to close during the pandemic
    • Impact of strategic buyers competing with SPACs and private equity
    • Investor interest in sustainability and social capital and the focus on ESG-focused deals
    • Potential resurgence of shareholder activism and attempted break-ups of large conglomerates
    • How boards and senior management evaluate transformation M&A deals as well as joint ventures, licensing deals, and collaboration agreements
    • Navigating the enhanced global regulatory scrutiny of M&A transactions

    Panel Leader: Melissa Sawyer
    Panelists: Jay Grant, Lisa Hageman, Leigh Harlan


    3:45pm – 3:50pm


    3:50pm – 4:50pm
    The In-House Lawyer Working Remotely: Ethical & Practical Considerations

    • How best to organize a successful hybrid or remote work arrangement for a corporate in-house legal department, which complies with applicable bar and ethics requirements
    • Impact on legal departments of the ongoing inability to walk into colleagues’ offices for regular, impromptu consultations
    • Best “cyber substitutes” to promote interactions and collaboration beyond Zoom and other videoconferencing platforms
    • Building/maintaining relationships with key internal business clients in a hybrid or remote working environment
    • Best practices for managing outside counsel without (or far fewer) face-to-face meetings
    • With the advent of Bring Your Own Device policies, how best to protect client confidential information on personal devices
    • The pandemic’s impact on the increased competition for in-house talent (recruitment and  retention)

    Panel Leader: Estela Diaz
    Panelists: Laura Franco, Elaine H. Mandlebaum, Lan Nguyen


    4:50pm – 4:55pm


    4:55pm – 5:55pm
    Mobility in the Post-Covid World 

    • Constraints that can and should be placed on the physical location where in-house lawyers perform their jobs
    • Practical and ethical considerations for in-house and outside law firm lawyers who work on sustained basis from vacation and other remote locations
    • Immigration and tax issues in particular posed by remote work
    • Establishing internal notification and tracking requirements for remote work
    • How the prevalence of remote works affects employment contracts and other agreements that highlight were individuals are “based”

    Panel Leader: Michael S. Solender
    Panelists: Amit Banker, Heidi C. Chen, Parisa K. Karaahmet



  • New York: 4.5 Total, 3.5 Professional Practice, 1.0 Ethics
    New Jersey: 4.8 General
    California: 4.5 General
    Pennsylvania: 4.0 General

  • Thank You To Our Sponsors.

    Gold Sponsor:

    Silver Sponsor:

    Sponsoring Association Committee:
    In-House Counsel, Michael Patrick Hogan & Michael S. Solender, Co-Chairs

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Angie Avila, Manager, Membership Outreach and Sponsorships | (212) 382-6608 | aavila@nycbar.org