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16 April 2019 / news

Loyens & Loeff sponsor Swiss General Counsel Summit 2019

Zurich, 16 April 2019 – Loyens & Loeff sponsors the General Counsel Summit organised by The Legal 500 on 22 May 2019 in Zurich.

Loyens & Loeff today announced it will sponsor the Swiss GC Summit 2019. This exclusive event, organized by The Legal 500, offers forward thinking Swiss in-house counsel working at multinationals and Swiss firms, an opportunity to hear from General Counsel from outside Switzerland, business leaders and thinkers.

GC Summit

The Legal 500 developed the GC Summit Switzerland event following discussions with our GC Powerlist community over 4 years ago. The events have a unique format: keynote speaker, panel of experienced Swiss based General Counsel and informal peer to peer knowledge sharing. The keynote shares perspectives relating to the strategic and tactical challenges General Counsel face as their role changes, the keynote speaker joins a panel of illustrious Swiss based GCs who give their response to the topic, earthed in their experience. General Counsel have found this forum to be an excellent source of inspiration, challenge to do things differently and excellent source of peer support. We look forward to meeting up with General Counsel in Switzerland on 22 May.


Mo Zain Ajaz, Global Head of Legal Operational Excellence of National Grid, one of the world largest utilities companies, will be the keynote speaker. Mo will be speaking about the role of the General Counsel as an ultimate integrator, responding to the needs of the board, the needs of the legal team and the innovation agenda. During the keynote, Mo will share with the attendees his legal journey including the benefits of Lean methodology and how effective change management is essential when transforming a people business. We will also be hosting a panel discussion on how law firms and in-house can collaborate more to achieve win-win situations.

Managing director The Legal 500

Commenting on the partnership, David Goulthorpe, Managing Director, The Legal 500 said: “The Legal 500 are delighted to be working with Loyens & Loeff as our partner for GC Summit Switzerland in May and are grateful for their support of this event which Swiss General Counsel tell us they find so relevant and valuable.”

Managing partner Loyens & Loeff

Bram Linnartz, Managing Partner Loyens & Loeff: “How does the future facing General Counsel respond to the needs of its board, the needs of their team and the innovation agenda? We are seeing many changes in the legal world, and they will change the future role of the General Counsel. We are excited to work with The Legal 500 in bringing this year’s GC Summit to Zurich. Keynote speaker Mo Zain Ajaz, will share his view on the role of the GC as an integrator, bringing together the different needs within a business. We value bringing a quality event for GCs in our upcoming home market, Switzerland, giving general counsels the opportunity to connect and discuss the latest developments in their field of expertise.”

Event details

The GC Summit will be held at the Baur au Lac, Talstrasse 1, 8002 Zurich, on 22 May 2019.

18.00h     Arrival with drinks and Apéro riche
18.45h     Welcome and introduction by The Legal 500 senior editor and managing partner of 
                Loyens & Loeff
19.00h     Keynote address from Mo Zain Ajaz
19.15h     Panel discussion
20:15h     Networking with Apéro riche
22:00h     End

We look forward to seeing you at the Baur au Lac.

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