Agenda 2016

Luxury Law Awards 16th May 2016
The Four Seasons Hotel Park Lane, London


7:40pm Welcome:  Jonathan Russell, Chairman, Luxury Law Summit & Co-Founder, Spire Partners

7:45pm In conversation: Marion Hume, international fashion journalist, in conversation with our special guest, David Downton, fashion illustrator and celebrity artist.

8.05pm An invitation to participate in this evening’s charity auction: Lady Kitty Spencer, Ambassador for Centrepoint


8.15pm Dinner

9:15pm Luxury Law Awards Presentations

Luxury law rising star 2016
Luxury business in house legal team of the year
Luxury business General counsel of the year
Luxury law Firm of the year
Luxury entrepreneur 2016
Luxury business leader of the year
Lifetime achievement award

10:00pm Dessert & coffee

10:30pm A thank you for your fund raising

Lady Kitty spencer

11:00pm Carriages



Luxury Law Summit 17th May 2016
The Four Seasons Hotel Park Lane, London

“Thank you for the smooth running of the conference. The venue, agenda, dinner and guests were all spot on”
Geoff Chan, Group General Counsel, DAKS
“I found the event very interesting, effective and of a great quality”
Antonella Centra, General Counsel, Bottega Veneta

08:15 Morning refreshments and registration

08:50 Welcome & chair’s opening remarks

Chair: Jonathan Russell, Co-Founder, Spire Partners
Co-chair: Barbara Kolsun, Adjunct Professor of Fashion Law and Co-Director, Cardozo’s FAME (Fashion Arts Media and Entertainment) Program

09:00 The analyst’s view: The economic forecast & the future for luxury

Luca Solca, Managing Director, Sector Head Global Luxury Goods, Exane BNP Paribas

09:20 Beauty with integrity: Drilling into the diamond business

Alan Davies, Chief Executive of Diamonds & Minerals, Rio Tinto

09:40 The general counsel view: challenges & opportunities for the luxury sector

Panel Chair: Barbara Kolsun


Lorenzo Maria di Vecchio, Legal & Compliance Officer, Fendi

Giorgia Armanni, General Counsel, Furla

Christina Ngan, General Counsel, Charlotte Olympia

Michael Ellis, General Counsel, Abercrombie & Kent

10:30 Refreshments & networking

11:00 Digital wars: Alibaba and Taobao – friend or foe of luxury?

Panel Chair: Barbara Kolsun


Howard Hogan, Gibson Dunn, Counsel for Kering and Gucci

Steve Lamar, Executive Vice President, American Apparel & Footwear Association

Lee Sporn, SVP Business Affairs, General Counsel & Secretary, Michael Kors

11:40 Redefining luxury

Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover

Visiting Professor of the Royal College of Art


12:00  Breakout sessions:

Group 1, hosted by Bryan Cave
‘Are designer outlet centres the wave of the future for luxury brands?’

Group 2, hosted by Baker & McKenzie
‘Image Rights: from eponymous brands to celebrities’

Group 3, hosted by Jenner & Block
‘Growing luxury brands: Private equity and M&A strategies’

Group 4, hosted by CLS Group
‘Luxury goods market. BRUKing news’

12:50 Lunch & networking

14:00 Luxury law take-aways

Snapshot summaries of the contents of each of the pre-lunch breakout sessions.

A new chapter for luxury
Session Chair: Marion Hume

14:15 How Hermes’ legal team protects & supports business growth 

Annick de Chaunac, General Counsel, Hermès International
Sophie Sojfer, IP Rights Enforcement Manager, Americas, Eastern Europe, MEA and Internet, Hermès International. 

14:35 Luxury & data: opportunities vs perils?

Chris Morton, Founder & CEO, Lyst 

15:00 Breakout sessions:

Group 1, hosted by NetNames
‘Enhancing online brand protection strategies by turning consumers into allies: a case study on Versace’

Group 2, hosted by Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg
‘Fashion icon or fashion victim: The importance of IP due diligence in acquiring luxury brands’’

Group 3, hosted by Jacobacci
‘The love affair of art and luxury from prenuptial agreements to divorce’

Group 4, hosted by Squire Patton Boggs
‘Rules of engagement: A business oriented approach to trademark challenges in China’

15:50 Refreshments & networking

16:20 Luxury law take-aways

Snapshot summaries of the contents of each of the pre-refreshments breakout sessions

16:30 The art of the deal: routes to international growth.

Three speakers, three viewpoints…

Christopher Yu, Managing Director, United Perfumes

From Startup to Global: Emerging US Brands
Douglas Hand
, Partner, Hand Baldachin & Amburgey LLP

Robert Ferrell, Director of PGM Fashion & Brands

18:00 Chair’s summing up

18:10 Close of conference 

Jonathan Russell

18:20 Drinks reception

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