Meet Dallas Keynote Speaker Terry Jones

Watch a short introduction video from our Dallas Doing Business Globally keynote Terry Jones, founder and former CEO, Travelocity and former Chairman, Kayak.com.

Terry has become a powerful voice in the world of entrepreneurship through his numerous speaking engagements and the publication of his book, ON Innovation. He served as CEO of Travelocity for seven years transforming it to a public company with three billion dollars in travel sales. He left Travelocity when the company was taken private and became part of the founding team at Kayak.com, a company that yet again revolutionized how travel was purchased. Today he is the managing principal of ON Inc., a consultancy he founded to help companies in their transition to the digital economy. He currently serves on the boards of Boingo, Sonicwall and Camping and Education Foundation.

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Spotlight on DBG Dallas – The Changing GC Role and Making Sense of the Current Regulatory Landscape

It is hard enough to keep up with the seemingly constant barrage of news stories, let alone make sense of how the big issues will impact global business. Our upcoming Doing Business Globally Dallas program on October 18 will offer real-world solutions and recommendations to the most pressing challenges we face today. Our sessions will look through the lens of senior in-house legal teams. The morning plenary coincides with this year’s theme, the evolving role of senior in-house legal teams as the “Guardian of the Corporate Reputation.” The panel, comprised of general counsel and board directors, will aim to explain how legal departments are guiding their boards on key issues impacting the enterprise, including innovation, geopolitical developments and risk management.

Autonomous Technology and Regulation

In our session, “The Evolving Regulatory Landscape for Autonomous Technology,” our panelists will grapple with the increasingly urgent need for regulatory oversight in a sector that is developing faster than anyone thought possible. Autonomous vehicle technology, in particular, is becoming a reality. A startup developing an on-demand autonomous shuttle service recently announced testing in Texas. According to an Axios article, the reason the company chose Texas is because the state has laws on the books regulating the testing of autonomous vehicles that are less onerous than California’s current regulations but go further than the state of Arizona. Autonomous vehicle companies are shopping from state to state for testing venues because there is no national regulatory framework in place. Our panel will explore the current regulations and look at what might be coming.

The Diversity and Inclusion Imperative

FactSet published a new study on which Russell 3000 sectors and companies rank highest in terms of gender diversity in leadership positions. What’s the verdict? The short answer is that the overall numbers have improved a bit since State Street Global Advisors mandated an increase in female representation on corporate boards in March 2017. The longer answer is that there are still few companies that come even close to gender parity. Our panel on “Emerging Trends in Advancing Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Goals” will offer the latest perspectives on increasing diversity on corporate boards, within legal departments and throughout the business. Find out which diversity and inclusion programs are game changers and what are they getting right. Our panel will deliver insights on how to build a strong corporate culture that fosters diversity, professionalism and respect and successful strategies employed by in-house legal departments to improve diversity in companies and law firms.

GDPR and Evolving Data Protection Regulations

Just as “All politics is local,” so are data protection regulations. First there was the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and then California broke away and enacted its own data protection law. Most US companies have no choice but to comply with both, even though there are currently no national regulations. Now there is increasing pressure for the US government to make a move. While most of us were watching one very heated Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, six tech companies also testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, where they lobbied for a comprehensive federal law that doesn’t go as far as GDPR. No one really knows if and when a national law will become a reality, so in the meantime, companies have to comply with sometimes conflicting regulations and balance US legal demands for data. Our panel, “Conflicts Between US Legal Demands for Data and Global Data Protection Laws,” will discuss how to identify conflict scenarios between US legal demands and non-US data laws and how to establish a multi-layered approach to addressing those conflicts.

We hope to see you on October 18. Take a look at the full agenda here, and you can register here. Stay tuned for more insights on our key themes:

  • Regulation and risk management in a complex world
  • Impact of innovation and new technologies on business models
  • Workforce challenges and the diversity and inclusion imperative
  • Evolving Strategies for global expansion and investment

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Spotlight on DBG Seattle – Cross-border dealmaking, trade, risk management and more

With our Seattle Doing Business Globally event coming up on October 10, what are the big questions and challenges for in-house counsel?

In addition to our plenary session moderated by former McDonald’s General Counsel, Gloria Santona, “Guarding the Corporate Reputation and Creating Security in a New World Order,” several of our panel sessions will address the current geopolitical situation and trade disruption as central issues for global businesses.

The Dealmaking Impact

As the likelihood increases for a long trade war with China, global markets are reacting. Although 2018 has been one of the busiest years on record for M&A, even the first half of the year started to show signs of a slowdown in cross-border deals, according to a report by MergerMarket. Many companies seem wary of the deal environment for the remainder of the year and 2019 due to looming trade issues. In addition, increased protectionism and regulations on global deals in many countries have had a chilling effect on global mega deals. In our Seattle program, we will discuss the top trends in cross-border M&A, including CFIUS reform.

We will also take a deep dive into other cross-border trends, including the increased use of reps and warranties insurance as a deal facilitation tool in large and small deals, and how this can impact deal structure and overall strategy.

The Brand Expansion Impact

We’ll be focusing on trade again in our session on “Anticipating Issues in Global Brand Expansion.” None of us fully understand the scope or impacts of the tariff escalations between the U.S. and China of late, but the one thing we are certain about is increased risk when expanding globally. How will in-house counsel and business leaders manage this complex issue? Our panel will give you the tools you need to assess enterprise-wide risk as you consider expanding your brand globally. In addition, your entity structure can make all the difference between a precarious entry into a new market and one that is low risk. Our panelists will break this down and discuss the pros and cons of various options.

Amidst the Turmoil, Staying Focused on Diversity and Inclusion

Our fantastic panel on “Emerging Trends in Advancing Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Goals” will offer the latest perspectives on this issue that is only growing in importance. Many global businesses have strong diversity and inclusion programs in place, but which ones are game changers and what are they getting right? Our panel will deliver insights on how to build a strong corporate culture that fosters diversity, professionalism and respect and successful strategies employed by in-house legal departments to improve diversity in companies and law firms

We hope to see you on October 10. Take a look at the full agenda and register for the event on our website here. Stay tuned to this blog and our Twitter at @DBGInsights for more on our key themes:

  • Regulation and risk management in a complex world
  • Impact of innovation and new technologies on business models
  • Workforce challenges and the diversity and inclusion imperative
  • Evolving Strategies for global expansion and investment

 

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Doing Business Globally 2018: A Moral Compass for your Global Business

We are living in a time of unprecedented change. From disruptive technologies to geopolitical turmoil, multinationals have a broad range of complex issues to consider in managing their global footprint, while still seeing, and capitalizing on, the unprecedented growth opportunities that come alongside change. In this complex and dynamic era, we are seeing the domain of corporate legal departments extend to include protecting one of a company’s most fragile assets – its reputation. As business executives and their boards deepen their expectations of legal departments to include this “moral compass,” chief legal officers, general counsel and their teams are juggling much more than they were only a few years ago.

At Doing Business Globally, you will hear from experienced business leaders, in-house counsel and Baker McKenzie attorneys, discussing the most prominent legal and operational challenges for businesses with global footprints, and how they are also embracing uncertainty to deliver growth.

Registration is now open for our first Doing Business Globally session in Seattle (October 10, 2018), as well as our Dallas session (October 18, 2018).

In Dallas, you’ll hear from keynote speaker, Terry Jones, founder and former CEO, Travelocity and former Chairman, Kayak.com, about how technological innovation is disrupting conventional business models, and how you can embrace and foster innovation in your organization.  For more about Terry, view his recent TEDx Talk.

Gloria Santona, former EVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of McDonald’s Corporation of nearly 40 years, and now Of Counsel, Baker McKenzie, will moderate both Seattle and Dallas plenary sessions on this year’s Doing Business Globally theme, Guarding the Corporate Reputation and Creating Security in a New World Order, which explores General Counsel’s evolving and more expansive role in helping their boards and executives deliver greater security for their companies during uncertain times. How are GC and their legal departments approaching this emerging role of Guardian of Corporate Reputation, to protect their businesses’ reputation in an era of constant innovation and heightened risk, while embracing the opportunities that come with change?

Our thought-provoking discussions will revolve around the following key themes:

  • Regulation and risk management in a complex world;
  • Impact of innovation and new technologies on business models;
  • Workforce challenges and the diversity and inclusion imperative; and
  • Evolving strategies for global expansion and investment

Breakout sessions in both Seattle and Dallas will look at a variety of cross-border legal and business topics including: global expansion strategies, privacy, protecting privilege, trends in diversity and inclusion, trade compliance and recent regulatory/geopolitical developments. Attendees can customize their day and move between the sessions to take full advantage of the topical presentations.

View the program brochures and register for the event on our website.

Reasons to Attend

 Learn practical tips and strategies from senior executives at the forefront of geopolitical and macroeconomic developments that apply to your business.

  • Tailor your own itinerary for this complimentary conference
  • Build relationships and network with global executives and industry colleagues
  • Earn CLE credits
  • Access exclusive analysis and thought-provoking publications

For more insights on how globalization is changing and impacting your business, read our Globalization 3.0 report.

Join the conversation on Twitter at @DBGInsights, and tell us about your globalization challenge with the hashtag: #globalbusiness. Follow this blog for updates on our panel sessions, and global business news and insights.

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First DBG Program in Mexico Draws 250

Our Doing Business Globally program in Mexico City last week brought together senior business leaders and Baker McKenzie practitioners from across North America to discuss the legal and business challenges facing companies in Mexico. The event drew nearly 250 attendees, including dozens of general counsel, senior in-house counsel and other senior business executives.

Federico Ranero, General Manager at Uber Mexico, provided thoughtful insights on the challenges and future of urban mobility during his keynote address, while our plenary panel, moderated by Jason Marczak, Director of the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, explored the risks for Mexican companies in the global economy.

During our breakout sessions, we examined the complexities of operating across borders, and the geopolitical and macroeconomic developments impacting multinational companies in Mexico — from digital currency and GDPR to trade policy and supply chain readiness .

Check out tweets and photos from the event below.

Meet Mexico City Keynote Speaker Federico Ranero

Our keynote speaker at Doing Business Globally program in Mexico City is Federico Ranero, General Manager at Uber Mexico. Federico oversees the operation, marketing, strategy and finance of the technological platform in Mexico.

“Latin America, and Mexico in particular, provides a wealth of opportunities for international companies looking to expand their global reach,” Federico said. “I look forward to exploring the complexities of operating in this region during Baker McKenzie’s Doing Business Globally program in Mexico City, as well as the macroeconomic developments that are influencing business decisions of companies operating in Mexico.”

Prior to his current role, Federico served as General Manager of Uber in West Mexico. He began his career at the consulting firm A.T. Kearney, where he specialized in the implementation of operational and strategic optimization projects.  After that, he served as Managing Director of Operations of Linio Mexico, where he directed high impact projects focused on the continuous improvement of payments, logistics, supplies, transportation and customer service.

Federico received his BBA in Entrepreneurial Management at Texas Christian University and his MBA at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, with concentrations in Finance and Strategy.

Addressing the Challenges of Data Security and Privacy

As the May 25 implementation date for the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) quickly approaches, how can businesses in Mexico  prepare for this major regulatory change?

Our Doing Business Globally program in Mexico City will explore the impact of GDPR and other international regulatory developments during our Session II panel, “The Perfect Storm on Data Privacy and Security.” Panelists include Baker McKenzie lawyers and senior business executives, who will explore what companies are doing to prepare compliance in this rapidly evolving regulatory landscape.

Carlos Vela-Treviño, Baker McKenzie Partner

“We are seeing an increasingly complex maze of data regulations around the world, as digitalization continues to reshape how businesses operate,” said Carlos Vela-Treviño, a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Mexico City office who will serve as a panelist. “This panel will offer concrete strategies to help companies respond to GDPR and other regulatory changes.”

The panel will address several other data privacy and security challenges, including:

  • Counter-measures you may (and should not) attempt against cyber criminals.
  • Responding to data-theft incidents in a way that does not put your company at risk for regulatory involvement.
  • Navigating the data privacy class-action minefield.

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Is Your Supply Chain Ready for Changes to Trade Policy?

Our Doing Business Globally program in Mexico City will explore how changes to trade policy may impact supply chains during our Session 1 discussion on “Is Your Supply Chain Ready for Changes to Trade Policy?”

This panel, featuring Baker McKenzie lawyers and senior business executives, will highlight recent developments on NAFTA, Pacific Alliance, TPP and other international trade agreements, while delivering practical steps for companies to navigate uncertainty and prepare their supply chains for all possible outcomes.

Adriana Ibarra Fernández, Baker McKenzie Partner

“Trade policy can significantly impact the way a company does business, particularly in terms of a company’s supply chain management,” said Adriana Ibarra Fernández, a Partner in Baker McKenzie’s Mexico City office who will serve as a panelist. “This panel is designed to help multinationals prepare for changes to trade policy and identify and manage supply chain risks.”

The panel will focus on:

  • The status of the renegotiation of NAFTA and how each of the players may react under various scenarios.
  • How the future of NAFTA may shape commercial relationships in key industries.
  • How recent developments on other major international trade agreements may impact multinationals operating in Mexico.

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Registration Opens for Doing Business Globally in Mexico City

Registration is now open for Doing Business Globally in Mexico City.  This complimentary program will feature top legal advisors, thought leaders and senior executives at the forefront of global business, who will explore the complexities of operating across borders and examine the trends impacting multinational companies in Mexico. Federico Ranero, General Manager at Uber Mexico, will deliver the keynote address.

Baker McKenzie’s highly rated Doing Business Globally series unites a dynamic mix of business executives, in-house counsel and Baker McKenzie practitioners from around the world to exchange insights and network with fellow market leaders. Through a series of topical panels and interactive discussions, the program is designed to address the geopolitical and macroeconomic developments that are influencing cross-border business decisions.

View the program brochures and register for the event on our website. Plus, stay tuned for details on our India program on April 24.

Benefits of attending the program include:

Gain Insight From Global Thought Leaders
Learn practical tips and strategies from leading executives in Mexico. Hear how top companies are seizing opportunities and gaining a competitive advantage.

Customize Your Experience
Tailor your own itinerary and choose to attend the breakout panel sessions that are most relevant to your industry and business. Take advantage of opportunities for personalized discussions with Baker McKenzie practitioners to address your specific needs.

Build Your Global Network
Grow a network of invaluable contacts for benchmarking your business strategy, and
building your company and career. Learn and interact with market leaders during a half-day of programming and networking with industry peers.

Access Exclusive Publications
Enjoy exclusive complimentary access to legal publications and handbooks that highlight trends and analysis around specific countries and areas of law, authored by industry leaders.

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That’s a Wrap on Doing Business Globally in Chicago and Dallas

The Doing Business Globally plenary panel in Dallas, moderated by Baker McKenzie partner Brian Hengesbaugh (left), discussed the impact of the Digital Age on businesses.

Our Doing Business Globally programs in Chicago and Dallas last week brought together senior business leaders and Baker McKenzie practitioners from around the world to discuss the legal and business challenges facing global companies in the Digital Age. The event drew more than 350 attendees, including dozens of general counsel, senior in-house counsel and other senior business executives.

Leading global futurist Jim Carroll provided thoughtful insights on the acceleration of risk in the era of disruption during his keynote address, while our panel sessions explored the complexities of operating on a global platform and the trends that will impact commercial decisions, providing concrete strategies to transform digital business models.

Read a full recap of DBG in Chicago and Dallas, and check out tweets and photos from the event. Plus, stay tuned for more details on our Mexico City program this spring.