Day 1: Garage2Global The opening day of the Summit was dedicated to providing entrepreneurs, emerging-technology professionals and investors from all stages of the investment community with insights into the legal and business foundations needed to drive sustainable growth and take companies from "garage to global."
Day 2: TechLaw The second day was dedicated to providing in-house counsel and leaders from well-established technology companies updates on the latest trends impacting legal departments. Speakers included general counsel and thought leaders from some of the world's largest and most innovative technology companies.
Equity Group Investments
Sam Zell is the Chairman of Equity Group Investments (EGI), the private investment firm he founded more than 40 years ago. The firm's investments span industries and continents and include interests in finance, energy, transportation, communications, health care and real estate. Mr. Zell is recognized as a founding father of today's public real estate industry after creating three of the largest REITs in history.
He is also Founder and Chairman of Equity International, a private investment firm focused on building real estate-related businesses in international emerging markets. Mr. Zell has been particularly active in bringing Equity International's companies to the public markets.
Three of these investments are listed on the New York Stock Exchange: Gafisa, a leading homebuilder in Brazil; Xinyuan, a fast-growing regional homebuilder in China; and Homex, Mexico's leading homebuilder. A fourth, BR Malls, Brazil's largest retail property owner and operator, is listed on the Bovespa.
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Technology is constantly evolving and changing where, when and how we deliver healthcare. Our panelists will discuss the rapidly changing environment within which new technology solutions are being deployed, as well as some of the factors affecting the adoption and ultimate success of these technologies.
Senior Investment Manager
Qualcomm Life Fund
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Senior Vice President and Managing Director
Director of Strategic Innovation
What do you need to think about when planning to scale your startup internationally? In this session, we’ll feature panelists who have successfully navigated international expansion. Come learn from their experiences as you consider going global.
Blue Run Ventures
Team Builder Ventures
The increasing pace of innovation means that corporations need to engage with the startup ecosystem. Our panelists will discuss using corporate venture capital, incubators and collaborations to meet this need.
Managing Director, Venture Capital
Munich Re and HSB Ventures
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Bell Mason Group
Among the points examined in this session:
CEO and Co-founder
Founder and CEO
CEO and Co-founder
New Enterprise Associates, Inc.
Founder and Managing Partner
CSC Upshot Ventures
The Internet of Things will have a dramatic impact on many industries. This panel will discuss the potential of the IoT across major industries and strategies to succeed in the new world created by the IoT.
Associate and Global Co-Chair, Connected and Self-Driving Car Practice
IoT Research Supervisor
Ford Research and Innovation Center
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Siemens Corporate Research
Director of Mobile Development
Corporate development heads of major companies discuss what they look for in emerging growth company targets, how they manage their process, and key tips for a successful exit.
Cisco Investments and Corporate Development
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development
Director, Corporate Development
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Companies expanding internationally place top priority on attracting, motivating and retaining talent in the global marketplace. But legal and regulatory pitfalls are rife. The lines between employees, contractors and other workers are increasingly blurry, while today’s workforce is increasingly mobile. Tech companies are seeking practical approaches for growing their international workforce most effectively while minimizing risk and administrative burdens. In this panel, we offer critical considerations that in-house counsel should consider as they expand globally.
Senior Director, Legal; Worldwide Employment and Compliance
Senior Corporate Counsel, Employment Law
Associate General Counsel
Lead Employment Counsel
With global contracts, investments, and operations come global disputes. This session will discuss:
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
Associate General Counsel, Director of Litigation
Adobe Systems Incorporated
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
American Arbitration Association
Senior Director, Global Litigation
Applied Materials, Inc.
This panel will focus on strategies to address the many complicated issues that arise in patent litigation. In-house counsel from top companies will provide insight on the ways they balance business needs with the desire to protect the company against unwarranted litigation that sets its sights on tech companies’ most valuable possession – intellectual property.
Senior Director, Global Intellectual Property Litigation
Director and Senior Counsel
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Some M&A sectors, such as stand-alone fabless chip companies, are seeing rapid consolidation. Meanwhile, reverse M&As through spinoffs and divestitures are increasingly common, thanks to unprecedented levels of shareholder activism. Meanwhile, the Fed is pondering whether to tighten monetary policy, while Europe tries negative interest. In this session, we focus on key aspects of M&A deals in this shifting climate, including:
Vice President, Legal
Former General Counsel
Cambridge Silicon Radio
General Counsel and Managing Director
Recent months have seen frequent media coverage of multinationals’ international tax structures. Meanwhile, the OECD is seeking to modify the framework of international taxation – activity that could have a dramatic impact on corporate structures, and investment decisions, worldwide. Our panelists, who represent some of the most forward-thinking companies in the Bay Area, will examine the current climate of reform and its impact on their companies. Find out what these and other leading companies are doing to ensure that their international structures continue to be tax optimal.
Director of International Tax
Senior Director, Global Tax Planning and M&A
Senior Director of Tax and Treasury
Imagine you’ve received a credible allegation of potential criminal conduct regarding one of your overseas subsidiaries. What do you do? What do you need to know? Where do you start? Our panel of distinguished in-house counsel will discuss their own experiences in conducting global internal investigations and how they are grappling with new issues such as cybersecurity, data privacy, and more. Join us as we discuss the anatomy of internal investigations with a focus on the hottest legal and compliance topics.
Vice President, Legal
Director, Legal Services
Senior Corporate Counsel and
Head of Global Investigations, Office of Ethics and Compliance
Chief Legal Officer
"I know how difficult and tiring conference events can be, and just want to say how much I appreciated the quality of the tech summit, you did a terrific job."
"Thanks for putting on a great program. Besides the excellent speakers, I enjoyed catching up with friends and former colleagues."
"Thanks for the invite to the DLA in-house tech law event. Some good panels and great networking."
"Many thanks to you all for letting me join such an esteemed panel! Thank you for what must have been an awesome planning task; the conference was really terrific."
"Thanks for inviting me. A pleasure being with you all and congratulations on a successful conference."
"It was truly impressive on every count, from themes, topics and flow of the day (longer length of session time, perfectly balanced with significant networking periods), and with such attention to detail and flawless implementation re: logistics - from start to finish, from registration to end of day reception."
"I enjoyed the conference very much - especially the opening session by Alec. I also made a number of useful connections. Thanks to you and DLA for hosting it."
"Congratulations to Vicky Lee for organizing the best Tech Summit ever. The keynotes and panels were all terrific and it was a great opportunity for networking and business development."
"Congratulations on an excellent event. The feedback I got was very positive, from the 2-day format, focus, content to the schedule - and keeping it timely. Really well done!"
"Thanks again for hosting such a great Tech Summit and thanks to your team. I really enjoyed it, and it was very worthwhile."
"I felt at the Summit that I was beginning to see the next generation and future possibilities of DLA Piper practices in the Bay Area. It was refreshing and engaging with those who are actually doing the real work on various fronts that do matter in tech sector."
"A friend of mine attended the TechLaw event and sent me a note after to tell me how much he enjoyed it. Thanks for all of your work in putting together what sounds like a great event!"
"I thought the Tech Summit was great. I was not there for very long because of competing meetings, but the buzz was very positive and I liked the split in the meetings between the two days."