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Christopher Vajda

Judge
European Court of Justice
Christopher Vajda
  • Christopher Vajda
    Christopher Vajda has been the UK's judge on the European Court of Justice in Luxemburg since October 2012. Prior to his appointment, he practised as a barrister in London and Brussels for over thirty years, specialising in EU and competition law. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1997 and a Bencher of Gray's Inn in 2003. He also served as a Recorder of the Crown Court from 2003 to 2012. He is a graduate of Cambridge University and the Université libre de Bruxelles.
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Vera Lengsfeld

Author, Civil Rights Activist and Former Member of the German Federal Parliament
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  • Vera Lengsfeld
    Vera Lengsfeld was born in East Germany in 1952 and studied history and philosophy in Leipzig and Berlin before working as an academic at the National Institute of Philosophy in the Academy of Sciences of the German Democratic Republic. In 1975, Vera joined the SED - the Socialist Unity Party of Germany - which was the governing Marxist-Leninist political party of East Germany until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Following a party procedure as a result of her dissident views, she was forcibly transferred to the Institute for Scientific Information. From the 1970s she was an active opponent of the ruling SED regime and was involved in various civic organisations promoting peace and environmental causes. Following her public protests against the stationing of Soviet nuclear missiles in East Germany and her other civil rights activities, she was expelled from the SED in 1983, prevented from exercising her profession, and banned from travelling. Over a number of years, Vera was under surveillance by the Stasi, and she discovered later that a total of 49 individuals had informed on her to the GDR's state security service. In January 1988 Vera was arrested for attempting to participate in a demonstration, while carrying a banner declaring "Every citizen has the right to express his opinion freely and openly", and subsequently detained in Berlin Hohenschönhausen political prison. She was put on trial for "attempted riotous assembly" and received a custodial sentence, but was given the option of leaving East Germany on a temporary visa. In February 1988 she was deported and went to Cambridge to study philosophy of religion. On the morning of 9 November 1989 she returned to East Germany and was present as the Berlin Wall fell that evening. After the fall of the Berlin Wall Vera was a member of the Constitutional Commission on the Reunification of Germany and continued her civil rights work. She joined the Alliance 90, East Germany's Green Party, and in the 1990 GDR election was elected to the first and last freely-elected GDR parliament until it was dissolved later that year on Reunification. At the first election after Reunification, she was elected to the Bundestag, the German Federal Parliament, and remained an MP until 2005. In 1990, Vera was awarded the Aachen Peace Prize. In 1996, Vera was one of the founders of the Citizens Bureau for people persecuted under the GDR dictatorship. In 2003 she was involved in setting up the Memorial Association at Berlin-Hohenschönhausen, the site of the Stasi prison she had been detained and tortured in during 1988. In 2008, Vera was awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Since leaving Parliament in 2005, Vera has been an independent author based in Berlin. She contributes to various publications such as the well-known German political blog Achse des Guten (Axis of the Good), The European and the Huffington Post as well as maintaining her own active blog. She has authored several books in German about her personal journey which provide a unique and intimate window into a fascinating period in modern German history.
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Riccardo Falconi

Director - Legal Strategy & Planning
Uber
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  • Riccardo Falconi
    Riccardo Falconi is Legal Director at Uber in Amsterdam where he is in charge of Legal Strategy & Planning for EMEA. He and his team provide and coordinate high-level strategic legal advice on product launches and matters which are, or can develop, cross-regional aspects at the EMEA level. His team covers EU-level legal affairs as well as authorities which are engaging at a supra-national level. Riccardo also leads the France & Southern Europe legal team based in Paris. Prior to joining Uber, Riccardo spent five years in Paris as Senior Legal & Regulatory Counsel for Euronext, after having co-founded an entrepreneurial venture in New Zealand, and having spent four prior years as a corporate associate in the international law firm Linklaters in Luxembourg. Riccardo studied law at Université Paris 2, Panthéon-Assas, and completed an LL.M. in corporate and capital markets law at New York University. He is admitted to practice in New York, Paris and Luxembourg and speaks French, Italian and English.
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Dr Sandra Wachter

Data Ethics, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms, Privacy and Data Protection Expert
Oxford Internet Institute
  • www.oii.ox.ac.uk
  • Dr Sandra Wachter
    Sandra Wachter is a post-doctoral researcher in data ethics and algorithms at the Oxford Internet Institute. Her research focuses on the legal and ethical implications of big data, artificial intelligence and robotics, as well as governmental surveillance, predictive policing, and human rights online. Prior to joining the OII, Sandra worked at the Alan Turing Institute and the Royal Academy of Engineering on topics such as connectivity, AI and autonomous systems. She serves as a policy advisor for governments and NGOs around the world on regulatory and ethical questions concerning emerging technologies. Her immediate research focuses on the ethical design of algorithms, including the development of standards and methods to ensure fairness, accountability, transparency, interpretability, and group privacy in complex algorithmic systems. Her most recent paper “Why a Right to Explanation of Automated Decision-Making Does Not Exist in the General Data Protection Regulation” explains the lack of transparency and accountability mechanisms in the GDPR and provides guidance on how to improve Europe’s Digital Market Strategy. Sandra’s research also addresses the legal and ethical aspects of robotics (e.g. surgical, domestic and social robots) and autonomous systems (e.g. autonomous and connected cars), including liability, accountability, and privacy issues as well as international policies and regulatory responses to the social and ethical consequences of automation. Sandra holds a Masters degree in law from the University of Vienna, as well as Ph.D. in law from the same university. In her Ph.D., she explored the concept of democracy expressed by the European Court of Human Rights and tested whether democracy is compatible with mass surveillance methods such as the European Data Retention Directive. She also has an M.Sc. in social science of the Internet, Internet policy and regulation from the University of Oxford. Her thesis looked at tensions between freedom of speech and the right to privacy on social networks. She speaks German, English and French.
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Max Schrems

Lawyer and Privacy Activist
  • europe-v-facebook.org
  • Max Schrems
    Max Schrems is an Austrian lawyer, author and privacy activist based in Vienna. In 2011, while a law student, Max spent a semester abroad at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley. After a lecture by Facebook's privacy lawyer Ed Palmieri, Max decided to write a paper on the disconnect between Facebook's practices and privacy laws in Europe. In the process, he requested Facebook provide him with all the data it held on him as an individual user, which turned out to be a dossier in excess of 1,200 pages, and included information Max thought had been deleted from the site. Max then published the dossier in redacted form at europe-v-facebook.org and filed a number of complaints against Facebook with the Irish Data Protection Commissioner. Facebook made various changes as a result of those complaints. In 2013, Max filed a further complaint with the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, based on EU data protection legislation, aimed at stopping Facebook from transferring any more data from Ireland to the US, given the alleged involvement of Facebook in the US in the PRISM mass surveillance program, which came out as part of the Snowden revelations. When the Irish DPC rejected the complaint, Max successfully sought judicial review in the Irish High Court, and the court then referred a question of EU law to the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg. In October 2015 the CJEU found that the Safe Harbor framework which had previously governed transfers of personal information from the EU to the US was invalid. This decision threw the cross-border sharing of personal information into doubt and marked a major change in international law. Max is currently continuing his campaigns on various fronts, not least with a private "class action" style suit on behalf of Facebook users in Austria which was appealed up to the Austrian Supreme Court, which decided in September 2016 to refer the case to the CJEU. He is also involved in a further case in the Irish High Court over model terms, an unprecedented action in which the US Government has been admitted as amicus curiae. Max has authored two books in German, "Fight for your Data", in 2014 and "Private Video Surveillance Law" in 2011. Max has been recognised for his achievements by a number of organisations. He was named "Defensor Libertatis" at the Austrian big Brother Awards in 2011. This was followed in 2013 by the Privacy Champion Award from the US Privacy NGO EPIC as well as the Internet and Society Award from the Oxford Internet Institute in the same year. In 2015 he was presented with the Theodor-Heuss-Medal, and in 2016 the EFF Pioneer Award. Most recently, he was named in the Forbes 30 under 30 Europe - Law & Policy in 2017.
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Kristina Barbov

Senior Advisor, Competition and Regulatory Law
BT Group
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  • Kristina Barbov
    Kristina joined BT in April 2016 following BT’s acquisition of EE where she had spent 5 years as the most senior competition lawyer. As part of her in-house role, she has developed an excellent knowledge of the application of the competition provisions and sector regulation to the digital environment with a specific focus on the telecommunications industry. Apart from representing EE in the context of the merger investigation by the UK Competition and Markets Authority, most recently Kristina has been involved in Ofcom’s Digital Communications Strategic Review and various litigious proceedings on behalf of BT/EE. Before joining EE in 2011, Kristina acquired extensive competition law experience in private practice at Herbert Smith Freehills and King & Wood Mallesons, in London and Sydney.
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Jack Ewing

European Economics Correspondent
The New York Times
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  • Jack Ewing
    Jack Ewing is the European Economics Correspondent for The International New York Times, and has lived in Frankfurt since 1995. He first came to Europe in 1993 as a German Marshall Fund journalism fellow in Brussels, and wound up staying permanently. Jack has written extensively on the Volkswagen emissions scandal since it broke in 2015. His book on the subject, entitled "Faster, Higher, Farther: The Volkswagen Scandal" will be published in late May 2017. A German version of the book, "Wachstum über alles: Der VW-Skandal", will appear simultaneously. Prior to joining The Times in 2010, Jack was a correspondent and then European Regional Editor for BusinessWeek magazine, and a reporter and editor for Bloomberg News in Frankfurt. He also spent over ten years as a reporter and editor for newspapers in Connecticut and Massachusetts before moving to Europe. In 2011 Jack won a New York Times publishers award for coverage of the European debt crisis.
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Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck

Journalist and Founder
Lie Detectors
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  • Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck
    Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck is an award-winning journalist who has turned her attention to ensuring that the next generation of readers will know how to tell quality journalism from bad. Following 20 years reporting and editing in Europe and the US, she recently founded Lie Detectors, a non-profit organisation that sends trained journalists into state schools across Europe to teach teenagers and pre-teens how to tell media facts from media fakes, and how to make sense of the morass of bias in between. The laws governing media differ widely across the European Union. Juliane’s work includes tracking the rapid advance of misinformation campaigns across Europe for commercial and political ends, which have made sophisticated use of an uneven media law landscape and equally uneven levels of media literacy across the bloc. Juliane is also developing the European chapter of the investigative Global Reporting Centre based in Vancouver, Canada. This project tracks unfolding trends in Europe, including political polarisation, Russian-led media manipulation and the rise of xenophobia. Previously, Juliane helped set up US operations and train a team of reporters and researchers for the regulatory news service MLex as its US Managing Editor, before heading the global expansion of MLex’s international trade coverage from Europe into the US, China and Brazil. She spearheaded the firm’s coverage of bribery and corruption. As a writer for The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Newsweek and other publications, Juliane built a track record of spotting regulatory trends early, becoming a highly trusted source of early breaking news and in-depth analysis particularly in the field of international trade. She started her journalism career as a radio reporter in Scotland, editing analogue tape by hand, and has reported from the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, across Europe and the Arctic. She earned her first degree in history from Edinburgh University and is an alumnus of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She speaks German, English, Spanish and French.
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Frédéric Altenbourger

General Counsel
BlaBlaCar
  • www.blablacar.com
  • Frédéric Altenbourger
    Frédéric Altenbourger is General Counsel at BlaBlaCar, the world's leading carpooling platform, based in Paris. Prior to joining BlaBlaCar in 2015, for six years Frédéric was in-house counsel at MedicAnimal, an online retailer of food, medicines and accessories for animals, dealing with HR and compliance issues. He also held various roles at eBay, including Legal Counsel in France and Senior Legal Counsel in San Jose, and worked for Skype as Senior Legal Counsel responsible for compliance and privacy in London. Frédéric's undergraduate law degree was completed at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and he holds a Ph.D. in law from Université Panthéon Assas (Paris II), his thesis being on electronic auctions.
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Lanah Kammourieh Donnelly

Public Policy Manager
Google
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  • Lanah Kammourieh Donnelly
    Lanah Kammourieh Donnelly is Public Policy Manager with Google in London, focusing on privacy and data governance in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Among her priorities are Google's efforts in the area of transparency, privacy controls, and user trust, particularly as Google prepares to implement the EU's General Data Protection Regulation which will apply from May 2018. Lanah is admitted as an attorney in New York. Prior to joining Google, Lanah practised privacy and cybersecurity law with the international law firm Hogan Lovells, and spent time as a consultant with the Data-Pop Alliance, a global coalition on Big Data and development. Before studying law, Lanah was a foreign policy intern with the Clinton Foundation in New York, and a political aide to Pierre Moscovici in the European Parliament in Brussels. She then worked as a journalist with France 24 in Paris and Beirut for seven years. Lanah holds an LL.M. from Yale Law School and a Masters of law from Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), as well as a Masters in international affairs from Columbia University and a Masters in political science from Sciences Po Paris. She speaks English, French, Arabic, and Spanish.
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Roddy Campbell

Founder of Vrumi and Board Member at Sharing Economy UK
Vrumi
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  • Roddy Campbell
    Roddy Campbell is the founder of Vrumi, a UK-based sharing economy company founded in 2014, which enables companies and freelancers to rent residential space for work from householders who have space which is unused during working hours. Uses range from FTSE100 company offsites and planning meetings through to coaching and counselling. He is on the Board of Sharing Economy UK, the UK's trade association for sharing economy companies. Prior to launching Vrumi, Roddy was a co-founder of London’s first hedge fund manager in 1984, and then the founder and principal in 1998 of Cross Asset Management, a European event-driven hedge fund manager, which was sold to RAB Capital plc.
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Sally Hubbard

Investigative Journalist and Attorney
The Capitol Forum
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  • Sally Hubbard
    Sally Hubbard is an investigative journalist specialising in antitrust and tech giants, including Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon. In recent months, she has focused on fake news, the market structures and business incentives that allow it to thrive, and proposed solutions. Previously, Sally was an Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Bureau of the Office of the New York State Attorney General under the Spitzer, Cuomo, and Schneiderman administrations. At the OAG, she was honoured with the Louis Leftkowitz Award for her role in the municipal bond derivative bid-rigging investigation. As a writer for The Capitol Forum, Sally has built a track record of predicting tech, media, and telecom merger outcomes. She is known for breaking from consensus. For example, following careful analysis, she wrote about the antitrust difficulties she expected for the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger the day after the deal was announced in early 2014, while most other writers advocated that the transaction would be cleared. Her analysis was confirmed some 14 months later when the US Department of Justice expressed opposition to the transaction and the merging parties terminated the deal. Sally also founded and hosts the Women Killing It! podcast series (www.womenkillingit.com). Each podcast features a notable woman who is making her mark in a unique way. With this initiative, Sally is helping to build a movement of women celebrating each other's successes and inspiring one another. Sally is also a Washington Bytes contributor for Forbes.com and her work has appeared in The Huffington Post and the American Bar Association's publication The Threshold. She holds a B.A. from The College of William and Mary, and a law degree from New York University School of Law.
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Brandon Smith

Investigative Journalist & U.S. Freedom of Information Act Expert
The Capitol Forum
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  • Brandon Smith
    Brandon Smith is an investigative journalist and an expert on the U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). He is currently based in Washington D.C. FOIA is an instrument by which citizens can demand government documents. Using U.S. federal and state FOIA laws to push back against improper government denials, Brandon has obtained a number of revealing documents for use in his reporting, his articles having appeared in The Guardian, Al Jazeera, and various media in Chicago. Best known for his successful lawsuit against the City of Chicago, Brandon served as the plaintiff in a freedom of information case that forced the release of a dash-cam video of an incident in which a black teenager called Laquan McDonald was killed by police. Once the video was exposed, Chicago's police chief was fired, along with the leaders of its detective unit and police review authority. The top prosecutor lost her re-election shortly thereafter and the two-year-old case continues to haunt Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, former Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama. Brandon's primary areas of coverage have been police misconduct, digital privacy and dragnet surveillance, pollution and public health, and now, antitrust and consumer protection issues. In his present role with subscription-based news service The Capitol Forum, Brandon investigates companies and government agencies. Brandon is the youngest-ever winner of America's national award for independent journalism, named after the late journalist I.F. Stone. Prior to working in Chicago, Brandon spent six years in the newsrooms of small daily newspapers in Ohio, where he grew up.
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Erica Stein

Domain Name Dispute Resolution Specialist
Dechert LLP
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  • Erica Stein
    Erica Stein is National Partner with Dechert LLP in Brussels, specialising in international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). As a recognised expert in her field, Erica was appointed and currently acts as the Vice President of the International Centre for ADR of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris. The ICC Centre for ADR is one of three institutions worldwide – along with the Arbitration and Mediation Centre of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) – to administer dispute resolution procedures for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in connection with the introduction of new generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs). In an effort to protect and support a stable internet, ICANN established a procedure under which objectors could challenge gTLD applications on certain specific grounds, with those challenges to be decided by an appointed expert. As Vice President of the ICC Centre for ADR, Erica has overseen over 100 such expertise procedures, deciding challenges to gTLDs ranging from “.amazon” to “.tunes”. In addition to her ADR work, Erica represents clients in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, and frequently sits as arbitrator. Erica has lived, studied and worked in the U.S., Argentina, France, Germany and Belgium, and is a member of the New York and Brussels bars.
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Patrick Geary

Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist - Children's Rights
UNICEF
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  • Patrick Geary
    Patrick Geary is a Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist with UNICEF, the United Nations Childrens Fund, based in Geneva. His work concerns children's rights in a digital world, in terms of privacy, data protection and beyond. He currently runs a working group which brings together a number of multinational corporations to address these issues. Prior to his role with UNICEF, Patrick was a business and human rights consultant with Save the Children Sweden, as well as a legal advocacy coordinator for the Child Rights International Network in London. Patrick holds a law degree from Yale Law School and is admitted as an attorney in New York. Following his law degree, he worked with the international law firm Simpson Thachter Bartlett LLP in New York and London. Patrick also holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Virginia and an LL.M. from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
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Dr Nadine Herrmann

Partner
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
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  • Dr Nadine Herrmann
    Dr Nadine Herrmann is the Managing Partner of Quinn Emanuel's Hamburg office and Chair of the firm's EU and German Competition Law Practice. She has broad experience in litigation. Recently Nadine has been at the forefront of efforts by some of Volkswagen's largest investors to recoup damages those shareholders suffered as a result of the Dieselgate emissions scandal. Quinn Emanuel is instructed by Bentham Europe, which is managing and funding a German claim on a "no win, no fee" basis. Quinn Emanuel is leading the case through Germany's Braunschweig District Court. The shareholders are alleging in part that VW failed to publish market sensitive information in a timely manner, in breach of German securities law. Nadine has practiced in Germany, the UK and the United States. She has a Ph.D. in law from Marburg University and an LL.M. from the University of Sydney.
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Dr Benjamin Stephan

Mobility & Climate Change Campaigner
Greenpeace
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  • Dr Benjamin Stephan
    Dr Benjamin Stephan is a mobility and climate change campaigner with Greenpeace Germany, based in Hamburg. Greenpeace has campaigned on the VW emissions scandal and is pushing for better environmental regulation to improve air quality in German cities. Prior to joining Greenpeace he worked as research analyst on governance issues for the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU). Ben has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Hamburg. His doctoral thesis looked at tropical deforestation in the context of global climate governance. His undergraduate degree in political science is also from Hamburg University and involved time as a visiting scholar the University of California, Berkeley, in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management. Ben speaks German, English, French and Spanish.
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Marjolein De Backer

Senior Associate
Dechert LLP
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  • Marjolein De Backer

    Marjolein De Backer is a senior associate at Dechert LLP in Brussels.

    Marjolein has spent most of her professional career in private practice as a competition/antitrust lawyer in Brussels, London and New York. She has also worked as a public policy adviser for an international trade association based in Brussels.

    In recent years, Marjolein has mainly represented clients in the transport, technology and media sectors. Among others, she has advised a number complainants in the European Commission’s investigations into Google’s monopoly practices.

    Marjolein studied law in Belgium and the US. She is admitted as a lawyer in Brussels and New York and speaks Dutch, English, French and German.

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Evan O'Dwyer

Irish Solicitor, Litigation Specialist
O'Dwyer Solicitors
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  • Evan O'Dwyer
    Evan is an Irish solicitor based in County Mayo with a strong litigation practice. His work on behalf of vehicle owners against Volkswagen since the Dieselgate scandal broke in September 2015 has been widely reported in the media both in Ireland and internationally, in particular, the case involving his client Eithne Higgins, a nurse and mother of three who owns a Seat Leon. This was brought in the Castlebar District Court, and is believed to have been the first case outside the US in which discovery was successfully obtained so that the VW Group would have to make public the original expert opinion and technical evidence that it used to develop a fix for the affected engines. With the help of international plaintiff's law firm Hausfeld, Evan is now acting for several hundred aggrieved Irish motorists. Evan holds an LLB from the University of Wales, and a Masters from Trinity College, Dublin. He completed an internship in DG Competition in the European Commission in Brussels, and then trained as a solicitor with a major Irish law firm in Dublin before returning to County Mayo to pursue his legal career.
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Rosa Guirado

Legal Expert on the Sharing Economy
Legal Sharing
  • www.legalsharing.eu
  • Rosa Guirado
    Rosa Guirado is a Spanish-qualified lawyer and economist based in Madrid with over twenty years experience in commercial law, regulation and antitrust. In recent years, she has focused her practice on the specific legal issues surrounding the sharing economy and is the founder of the boutique law firm Legal Sharing. Rosa has acted as a senior legal advisor to BlaBlaCar in competition and regulatory matters before the Spanish Markets and Competition Commission (CNMC), and during a public consultation by the same authority on the sharing economy. She has also acted as legal counsel for the Spanish Consumers' Organisation (OCU) which involved undertaking an in-depth analysis of both EU and Spanish sharing-economy platforms, and she served as the EU coordinator for the development of legal criteria as part of a European consumers study on the sharing economy. In November 2015 Rosa was a guest speaker at the Barcelona OuiShare Fest. Rosa's practice also encompasses work in the fields of pharmaceutical patents, data protection, internet law and energy. Rosa holds a law degree and a degree in economics and business administration from the Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid. She has also completed specialist studies in telecoms and internet law, and EU and Spanish competition law. In addition, Rosa holds a Masters degree in counselling and empathic listening from the Universitat Ramon Llull in Barcelona and has completed training in mindfulness-based stress-reduction. She speaks Catalan, English, French and Spanish.
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Evgeny Khokhlov

Partner
Antitrust Advisory
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  • Evgeny Khokhlov
    Evgeny Khokhlov practises antitrust/competition law in Moscow with the boutique Antitrust Advisory. In recent years, a great deal of Evgeny's time has been spent representing the Russian IT company Yandex in its antitrust complaint against Google in the EU and Russia over pre-installed apps on the Android operating system. In that case, the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) fined Google 438 million rouble and separately adopted an infringement decision, which was then upheld on appeal. Evgeny has a law degree from Lomonosov Moscow State University, and prior to joining Antitrust Advisory, worked in the Moscow offices of several international law firms, including Linklaters, Clifford Chance and DLA Piper. He is a member of the Expert Council for the IT sector at the Russian FAS and the non-commercial partnership Competition Support. In 2008 and 2011 Evgeny was honoured by FAS for his contribution to the development of Russian antitrust policy. He speaks Russian and English.
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Anne MacGregor

Founder
Knowledge Nomads
  • www.knowledge-nomads.com
  • Anne MacGregor

    Anne MacGregor is the founder of Knowledge Nomads and a national partner in Dechert LLP's Brussels office, where she practises EU law and competition law.

    Anne grew up and was educated in Canberra, Australia, before moving to Europe to do an LL.M. in Hamburg. Following her Masters, she moved to Brussels to do an internship in the European Commission, and afterwards ended up staying in Brussels to pursue a career in private practice.

    Along the way, Anne spent a year practising international trade law in Washington DC, and some time as a journalist establishing and running the merger control reporting unit at MLex in Brussels.

    Anne is admitted as a lawyer in Australia, England & Wales, New York, Ireland, and as a foreign lawyer in Brussels. She speaks English and German, as well as some French and Dutch.

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Giulio Coraggio

Technology, Privacy and Gambling Lawyer
DLA Piper
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  • Giulio Coraggio
    Giulio Coraggio is a partner in the Milan office of the international law firm DLA Piper, where he heads the Italian Technology Sector group and is co-chair of the global Internet of Things group. Giulio advises local and multinational clients on technology, data protection, commercial and gaming law matters and is ranked in the technology sector by the world's leading legal directories. He is also listed among the top 100 most influential individuals in the world on the Internet of Things (IoT) and is the founder of the Italian association on the Internet of Things, IoTItaly. In addition to constantly engaging with an audience of over 12,000 followers on Twitter, Giulio is the blogmaster of www.iotlaw.net and www.gamingtechlaw.com. His articles often appear on the Italian language version of Wired. Giulio is qualified as a lawyer both in Italy and England & Wales and holds an LL.M in Technology and Communication Law from Queen Mary University of London.
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Evelina Kurgonaite

Founder & Chair
Women@
  • www.womenat.com
  • Evelina Kurgonaite
    Evelina Kurgonaite is the founder and chair of www.womenat.com – a platform for women professionals, as well as the founder and chair of W@Competition – an initiative to promote women competition professionals based on merit. She is the Head of Policy Strategy & Legal Counsel at Samsung Electronics, based in Brussels. Having spent seven years in private practice – including at Sidley Austin and Morrison Foerster – Evelina established and led the Brussels office, and managed the European arm of the global regulatory news service PaRR, part of the Financial Times group at the time. At Samsung, she supports the President of Corporate Affairs Europe who leads the Legal, Public and Corporate teams in the region. Evelina works closely with colleagues in Brussels, at HQ and in European subsidiaries – on legal matters as well as strategic outreach with senior global, EU and national policy leaders and decision makers. Evelina started her career as a lawyer at Roschier in Finland, after graduating from Helsinki University with an LL.M in international law. She also holds MA in EU competition law from King's College London. Evelina is an editor for the Journal of the European Competition Law & Practice (JECLAP), published by Oxford University Press. She speaks English, Russian, Lithuanian and Spanish.
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