The Legal 500. GC Summit Romania / 16 March 2023, Bucharest

The Legal 500 organises in Partnership with

GC Summit Romania

16 March 2023

12:30pm – 6:00pm

Grand Hotel Bucharest, Bulevardul Nicolae Bălcescu 4, Bucharest, Romania

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The Legal 500 is pleased to host an exclusive summit for in-house counsel in Romania. In partnership with Dentons, NNDKP, Mares & Mares, Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA, and Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii, corporate counsel from across Romania will convene in Bucharest to consider contemporary issues for Romanian counsel, as well as the broader picture for Romanian business and foreign investment. Expert panelists will cover crisis management, compliance, business and legal leadership, the digital economy, and more. In addition, panel discussions will look at the challenges in-house counsel have and will face in Romania and the opportunities presented by the current market.

As one of the most open market economies in Europe, Romania has spent the last decade implementing major economic reforms that have left the country well-placed to enter into a new period of prosperity. Our panels will draw upon leading Romanian legal experts to highlight critical factors for in-house counsel.


12.30pm – 1.30pm Registration and lunch

1.30pm – 1.55pm Welcome address and keynote speaker

2.00pm – 2.45pm Navigating the digital economy: Disruptive innovation and the future of legal services
As an increasing number of business look to AI, digitalisation, blockchain, and a range of other new technologies to drive profits, we ask what disruptive innovation means for GCs and their advisers. Are GCs and law firms equipped with the relevant skills to help their businesses move fully into the digital economy and drive transformational change? And should legal teams and law firms look to structure themselves in response to the new business environment?

Cornel Popa, partner, Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii
Camelia Nicoara, legal and public affairs director, Michellin
Arina Dobrescu, legal director, Tenaris
Mihaela Dumitrache, head of legal department, Carrefour Romania

2.45pm – 3.00pm Coffee break

3.00pm – 3.45pm What do clients want from their law firms?
This panel will explore the topic of managing legal resources in an ever changing and challenging business environment. Driving efficiency and added value for business will bring into discussion the training and upskilling needs for in-house legal teams, as well as the advantages of a long-standing collaboration with the same external advisors, including in case of crisis management. Our panel of leading GCs share their view on what they want to see from their external advisers, from proposing new ways of staffing matters to working with technology providers and specialising in niche areas of law.

Roxana Ionescu, co-head of data protection and head of environment practices, NNDKP
Alina Radu, head of banking and finance practice, NNDKP
Alexandru Berea, general counsel, Banca Comerciala Romana (BCR)
Alina Senchea, legal manager East Balkans, PepsiCo
Mihai G. Popa, corporate legal department director, E.ON Romania

3.50pm – 4.35pm Fireside-chat: From GC to CEO/Board Member
As a growing number of GCs are granted P&L responsibility within their organisations, we ask what they can do to break through the glass ceiling and ascend to the role of chief executive. We will hear the thoughts of senior business figures and a leading executive on how GCs should position themselves to land the top job

Simon Dayes, partner, Dentons

4.35pm – 4.50pm Coffee break

4.50pm – 5.15pm From risk hunter to a tactical adviser: The role of professional advisers in crisis management 
In this session we will explore how GCs and their external advisers can join together to plan an effective response to a corporate crisis. The session will look at practical strategies to manage different stakeholders in a range of crisis situations and deliver war stories that contain lessons for all GCs.

Mihai Mares, founding partner, Mares & Mares
Alina Arsene, general counsel, Interbrands Marketing & Distribution
Oleg Roibu, general counsel, eMAG Group

5.20pm – 6.05pm The changing function of GC: Finding the right balance between legal advisory and leadership roles
Nowadays, shifting legislation, rapid advances in technology, disruptive innovation, increased focus on compliance and enforcement, growing internal need for enhanced efficiency and cost savings, are only a few of the challenges GCs must face. Once focused on exclusively providing legal advice, the modern GC is more than ever a leader and strategic business partner. Therefore, finding the right balance between these roles is key to the success of the legal function.

In this panel, we will discuss practical ways for GCs to identify and integrate the right tools and solutions for managing projects, teams, budgets, and expectations. Topics include information management, project management, litigation financing, legal tech, leveraging team efficiency, among others.

Sebastian Guțiu, managing partner, Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA
Gabriela Popescu, legal director, Microsoft

6.05pm-6.10pm Closing remarks
6.10pm–7.00pm Drinks and networking

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