2014 Agenda

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

19.00  Speaker, sponsor and V.I.P. reception

Thursday, May 22, 2014

08.30  Morning refreshments and registration

09.00  Welcome to the Luxury Law Summit from The Global Legal Post and International New York Times

09.05  Chair’s opening remarks

Jonathan Russell, co-founder, Spire Partners 

09.10  General Counsel Roundtable

Alessandro Curotti, head of legal and corporate affairs, Salvatore Ferragamo
Alison Lazerwitz, executive vice president and general counsel, Swarovski
Iolanda Tursi, general counsel, Kurt Geiger

09.40  Panel: Digital and technology in the luxury world

  • What do general counsel, but also C.F.O.s, C.M.O.s and C.E.O.s need to know about how changes in technology and social media will impact their businesses and the way they interact with their customers?
  • What are the online security, privacy and reputation management issues which may arise in the near future? How should G.C.s work with their boards to tackle these issues in the right way?
  • How can luxury brands prepare for the disruptive impact of technological advances? How will the luxury industry prepare for the challenges and opportunities posed by e.g., 3-D printing?

Daniela Cecilio, C.E.O. and founderASAP54
Steven Donald, managing partner, i2i associates
Mary Huang, founder, Continuum Fashion
David Sadigh
, founder and C.E.O., Digital Luxury Group

10.30  Managing the Versace brand: Protection, nurturing and development

Gian Giacomo Ferraris, C.E.O., Gianni Versace S.p.A.

10.55   Morning refreshments

11.25   Breakout groups I

Hosted by:

  • Western Union Business Solutions: Maximising I.P. returns: Strategies for navigating international currency markets
  • Baker & McKenzie: Driving performance through distribution
  • CBM: New trademark law of China
  • Jacobacci: Protecting the aura of luxury — from supply to markets
  • Macfarlanes: “If I look confused, it’s because I am thinking”

12.45   Lunch

14.00   Breakout groups II

Hosted by:

  • Covington & Burling: M&A Panel
  • Guernsey Finance: Image rights
  • Hung Au Yeung: Welcome to Asia! Creating a global luxury brand — Asia focus
  • MarkMonitor: Large-scale counterfeiting lawsuits: Bridging the gap between legal and technology
  • MTG: When a pin or post becomes a tweet too far — social media damage limitation

15.20   Afternoon refreshments

15.45   Interview: Stefano Rosso, C.E.O., OTB Group 

Guest interviewer: Caroline Issa, publisher and fashion director, TANK

16.10   A designer’s perspective on luxury law

In this session, design visionary, Johannes Torpe, will share his thoughts on how best to “protect” creativity and how to build a business on the concept of design.

Johannes Torpe, creative director, Bang & Olufsen

16.35  Future market or emerging market: Sub-Saharan Africa 

  • What will the region mean to the luxury industry in the next 20 years?
  • Mapping out the markets, opportunities and advantages
  • Navigating and dealing with regional challenges, infrastructure and distribution
  • Looking at market entry strategies and finding the model for success
  • Optimizing digital and mobile technology and innovation for African growth

Uché Okonkwo-Pézard, executive director and founder, Luxe Corp

17.00  Interview: Building a luxury brand from scratch

What does the next generation of luxury business and creative leaders need to know when setting up shop? In this session, Nick and Giles English, co-founders of the Bremont Watch Company will talk about their experience of finding a niche in the luxury world, and some of the challenges they’ve faced along the way.

Nick English and Giles English, co-founders, Bremont Watch Company

17.30   Close of conference, followed by drinks reception

19.15   Luxury Law Summit dinner for all delegates

            The Global Legal Post Luxury Law Awards 


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