March 08, 2016


7:30 am


10:30 am


Sidley Austin LLP
1 S Dearborn St # 3200
Chicago, IL 60603

Events 4

Building an International Legal Department: Obstacles and Opportunities

Presented by Sidley Austin LLP and Major, Lindsey & Africa

As businesses and organizations expand globally, their legal departments also need to consider their global reach. Join Sidley Austin and Major, Lindsey & Africa for a discussion with leading General Counsel as they discuss the challenges and decisions they faced when building—and retaining—a successful international legal team.

Building an International Legal DepartmentTuesday, March 8, 2016
7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. - Registration and Breakfast
8:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Program

Sidley Austin, LLP
1 S Dearborn St # 3200
Chicago, IL 60603

Topics of discussion will include how to:

  • Organize a multinational legal department with lawyers located outside of the United States
  • Develop strategies to build and manage international legal capacity
  • Motivate, integrate and coordinate with lawyers serving in multiple jurisdictions and business units
  • Manage cultural aspects and considerations of global legal departments

Who should attend:

  • General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel or senior lawyers involved in hiring and/or managing lawyers based overseas

Panelists in the first session will include:

  • Sheri Edison - Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Bemis Company Inc.
  • Paul Liebenson - General Counsel, ArcelorMittal USA
  • Gloria Santona - Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, McDonald's Corporation
  • Paul Williams - Partner, Major, Lindsey & Africa

Moderator: Tom Thesign - Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Panelists in the second session will include:

  • Barrett Avigdor - Managing Director, Latin America, Major, Lindsey & Africa
  • Olivia Seet - Head of In-House Practice Group Asia Pacific, Major, Lindsey & Africa
  • Bianca Thomond - Head of In-House Practice Group EMEA, Major, Lindsey & Africa

Moderator: John Sabl - Partner, Sidley Austin LLP


This event will also take place in New York on Tuesday, March 15 from 8:00 – 11:30 a.m. and Washington D.C. on Wednesday, March 16 from 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.