2019 Agenda

Wednesday, November 13th 2019 – New York

08:15              Morning Refreshments & Registration

08:50              Welcome & chair’s opening remarks

Barbara Kolsun, Professor of Fashion Law and Director, Cardozo’s FAME (Fashion Arts Media and Entertainment) Program

09:00              Keynote

09:20              The CEO interview: Luxury Travel

Barnabas Carrega, Founder & CEO GR8 Group in conversation with Lee Sporn

09:45              TBC

10:30              Refreshments and networking

11:00              A Global Perspective

Three T’s that will impact your supply chain – Tax, Trade and Technology

Tax: Recent changes in the international tax landscape are likely to have a material impact on the legal entity and operation structure of many businesses – the panel will unpick the key points and explain their implications

Trade: The continuing impact of trade disputes and Brexit on global supply chains, and how the legal function can respond

Technology: How Blockchain could be transformative for tracing and anti-counterfeiting efforts

Moderator: Teresa Michaud, Partner, Baker McKenzie (Dispute Resolution, Los Angeles)

  • James Wilson, Partner, Baker McKenzie (Tax, Washington, DC)
  • Peter George, Partner, Baker McKenzie (IPTech, Chicago)
  • Jessica Mutton, Associate, Baker McKenzie (International Commercial & Trade, London)

11:30              Luxury In-House Counsel: Protecting Luxury Fashion Brands

Paula Barnes, Senior Counsel, Macy’s, Inc
Ava Farshidi, Assistant General Counsel, David Yurman
Derek Morales, Director, Brand Protection Counsel, Ralph Lauren Corporation
Hank Rouda, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Legal Affairs, Giorgio Armani Corporation

12:15              Counterfeiting Matters: How to protect your business in Canada and the US
  • Recent developments in US and Canadian law impacting the ability to limit the flow of counterfeit products and grey goods in the luxury goods space.
  • Best practices in the US and Canada to prevent the influx of counterfeit luxury goods
  • Recent trademark and copyright cases of interest in each country which will impact the luxury goods area.

Louis Ederer, Partner, Arnold & Porter
Michelle Nelles, Counsel, Torys

12:45              Lunch and networking

13.45              Luxury Rental and Resale: An inside track

Tim Hirsch talks rental, technology and why Silicon Valley is helping shape luxury for the better.
Tim Hirsch: General Counsel, CaaStle

14:00              The CEO Interview

Adam Brown, Founder, Orlebar Brown

14:30              Antitrust & Competition Law Strategies: Protecting Your Brand

More than ever before, luxury brands are facing competitive threats. What can you do to mitigate?

  • Andrzej Kmiecik, Partner, Van Bael & Bellis
  • Andreas Reindl, Partner, Van Bael & Bellis
  • Ciara Hurley-Stewart, Head of Retail Marketing & Partnerships, Asprey
  • Jon Silverman, VP, Global Brand Sales, JOOR
  • Steven J. Cernak, Of Counsel, Schiff Hardin

15.00              Refreshments

15.30              Counterfeiting Matters: How to protect your business in China

This discussion will look at the latest requirements for brands when doing business in China including new China IP laws and processes:

  • Trademark Laws – Amended to Address Squatter Issues – Effective November 1, 2019
  • E-Commerce Law to Deal w/ Platforms
  • Cyberspace Court
  • Case Studies & Best Practices in China– Brick & Mortar Retail, E-commerce Platforms & related IP Squatter Issues

Jason Drangel, Partner, Epstein Drangel
Ashly Sands, Partner, Epstein Drangel

16:00              GC Talk: Chanel v LV

Our next panel brings together LV and Chanel to discuss the legal objectives and challenges for two iconic luxury brands. These include:

  • The setup and evolution of each in-house team to practical business advisors
  • How each of the departments fit into the international legal departments of their brands
  • Common challenges and solutions and how each team has learned from the other.
  • The inside track on outside counsel and their usage

Chair: Barbara Kolsun, Professor of Fashion Law and Director, Cardozo’s FAME (Fashion Arts Media and Entertainment) Program

Chanel Team:

Louis Vuitton Americas Team

  • Kelly Koyama Garcia, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Louis Vuitton Americas
  • Melanie Lee, Director, Senior Counsel, Commercial & Corporate, Louis Vuitton Americas
  • Ellen Seo, Director, Senior Counsel, Retail & Leasing, Louis Vuitton Americas
  • Tiffani McDonough, Director, Senior Counsel, Employment & Litigation, Louis Vuitton Americas

16:45              TBC

17:15              TechTalk: Humanising Technology

How can technology learn from art to become emotionally intelligent? What implications does this have for the luxury marketplace?

Domhnaill Hernon is an award-winning technology, innovation and creativity executive who is overseeing a new initiative to fuse art and engineering/science to develop solutions that humanize technology.

Domhnaill Hernon, VP position at Nokia Bell Labs as Head of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T)

17.25              Designer Panel Discussion

The Name Game: Issues with Eponymous Brands

Chair: Doug Hand

  • Willy Chaviarria, Founder menswear brand Willy Chaviarria
  • Anna Coroneo, Founder womenswear brand Anna Coroneo
  • Nick Graham, Founder menswear brands Nick Graham and Joe Boxer

              The Luxury Law Awards Presentation

              Close of conference and networking drinks