DLA Piper European Technology Summit 2021

A new era of
technology-driven resilience

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

About

On the 5 October 2021, our fifth DLA Piper European Technology Summit brought together business leaders from the European tech industry alongside key figures who are currently shaping the regulatory and financial landscape. The full day's programme for this virtual event covered some of the key issues impacting enterprise in the context of emerging technology, innovation and the pursuit of growth.

Throughout the day we were delighted to have eminent industry leaders joining us as keynote speakers and panellists to share their insights.

The Summit was attended by senior executives from across Europe’s, and indeed the world’s, technology, media and telecommunications industries as well as the financial services, retail, manufacturing and other industries looking to grasp opportunities and manage risks arising from digital transformation, plus private equity and venture capital organisations, entrepreneurs and investors from digital start-ups and local and regional regulators.

To keep up to date with the latest DLA Piper Tech Sector news and thought leadership activity, follow our social media channels: LinkedIn and Twitter, while our Technology’s Legal Edge blog offers you our latest insights on the legal developments affecting the technology sector.

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Sam Zell

Sam Zell

Chairman

Equity Group Investments

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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.

2021 Programme

09:00 - 09:05 BST
Opening remarks
Kit Burden
Speakers
Kit Burden

Kit Burden

Partner, Global Co-Head of Technology Sector

DLA Piper

9.05 - 9.55 BST
Opening Keynote
Hannah Fry
Speakers
Hannah Fry

Hannah Fry

Professor in the Mathematics of Cities

University College London
Mathematician and broadcaster

10:00 - 11:00 BST
Morning plenary
HealthTech – transforming access to medical care, responsibly
Moderator: Mark O'Conor
David Bell, Kaveh Safavi and Pascal Hofer

This session explores how the safe and ethical development, deployment and use of data-driven technology in public healthcare and drug discovery is foundational to effective and efficient collaborations between providers, policymakers, regulators, tech vendors, insurers and consumers which is key to nurturing resilience across global business and society.

Moderator
Mark O'Conor

Mark O'Conor

Partner

DLA Piper

Speakers
David Bell

David Bell

Director

Hampleton Partners

Kaveh Safavi

Kaveh Safavi

Senior Managing Director - Consulting Global Health

Accenture

Pascal Hofer

Pascal Hofer

Head of Legal for Digital & IT Roche Diabetes Care

Roche

11:05 - 11:25 BST
Break
11:30 - 12:30 BST
Morning break-outs
Digital infrastructure – stimulating innovation and building trust
Moderator: Rubayet Choudhury
Anja Blumert, Sean Williams and Simon Ford

This session will explore the critical role of digital infrastructure in the modern economy. Panellists from diverse businesses within the sector (submarine cables, data centres and fibre providers) will discuss the various trends they see and the challenges they face in raising finance, dealing with regulatory concerns and running their businesses.

Moderator
Rubayet  Choudhury

Rubayet Choudhury

Partner

DLA Piper

Speakers
Anja Blumert

Anja Blumert

CFO

GlobalCloudXchange

Sean Williams

Sean Williams

Chairman

G.Network Communications

Simon Ford

Simon Ford

Area Vice President, Europe

CyrusOne

Reimagining mobility in an era of scarcity
Moderator: Sylvia Ebersberger
Angelique Strong Marks, Klaus Schartel and Jan F. Sieper

This session explores how smart technologies, data and machine learning are set to transform our urban transportation systems making our mobility choices safer, more sustainable and integrated, given the advances in supply chain automation and drone delivery plus industry regulation and consumer incentives encouraging uptake of electric vehicles, while driverless and flying cars may offer longer-term solutions to the congestion and disrepair of today’s surface transportation infrastructure.

Moderator
Sylvia  Ebersberger

Sylvia Ebersberger

Partner

DLA Piper

Speakers
Angelique  Strong Marks

Angelique Strong Marks

General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

REE Automotive

Klaus Schartel

Klaus Schartel

General Counsel, Head of Legal

TRATON SE

Jan F. Sieper

Jan F. Sieper

Director Strategy and Transactions | Automotive & Mobility

EY Strategy and Transactions

Smart Cities – improving urban living through sensors, data and strategic partnerships
Moderator: Daphne Bens
David Bicknell, Jeroen Lokerse, Andrew Collinge and Peter Wüst

This session explores a range of technologies and public-private sector collaborations set to deliver the smart cities of the future and key policy and regulatory reforms required to enable citizens, consumers, enterprise and governments to benefit from subsequent increases in economic productivity, improved infrastructure, effective data-driven decision-making, reduced environmental footprint and enhanced quality of life, while also managing privacy, cybersecurity and other risks arising from the growing abundance of data.

Moderator
Daphne Bens

Daphne Bens

Partner

DLA Piper

Speakers
David  Bicknell

David Bicknell

Principal Analyst, Thematic Research

GlobalData

Jeroen Lokerse

Jeroen Lokerse

Head of Netherlands

Cushman & Wakefield

Andrew  Collinge

Andrew Collinge

Advisor

Smart Dubai

Peter Wüst

Peter Wüst

Vice President and CTO, International (EMEA, LATAM, APAC)

NetApp

12:35 - 13:35 BST
Lunch break
13:40 - 14:40 BST
Afternoon break-outs
FinTech trends accelerating, while cashless economies also amplify risk
Moderator: Bryony Widdup
Tom Hambrett, Folake Shasanya and Fiona van Echelpoel

This session explores how the financial services industry has played an instrumental role in supporting enterprise as well as State survival in this period of structural and systemic challenges across local, regional and global economies as well as how the FinTech, payment services and eCommerce have been key to nurturing medium-long term growth which have presented a surge in returns coupled with an amplification of risk.

Moderator
Bryony  Widdup

Bryony Widdup

Partner

DLA Piper

Speakers
Tom Hambrett

Tom Hambrett

General Counsel, Company Secretary

Revolut

Folake  Shasanya

Folake Shasanya

Head of EMEA Warehouse Financing

Silicon Valley Bank

Fiona van Echelpoel

Fiona van Echelpoel

Deputy Director General in the Directorate General Market Infrastructure and Payments (DG-MIP)

European Central Bank

The Hardware Renaissance – platforms for a new age of technology
Moderator: Gareth Stokes
Stelios Diamantidis and Chris Carmody

After a 15 year period of gradual convergence, computing hardware is experiencing a period of extraordinary evolution. This session will explore the various directions that technology will take us in the next half-decade as a result of this new hardware renaissance. 

The panellists will consider just what’s powering this new explosion in different hardware platforms and what it means for enterprises planning their hardware strategies over the next few years. They will also take a look at the renaissance from the perspective of the technology companies supporting these environments and bringing new products and platforms to market.

Moderator
Gareth  Stokes

Gareth Stokes

Partner

DLA Piper

Speakers
Stelios Diamantidis

Stelios Diamantidis

Senior Director, AI Strategy & Products

Synopsys

Chris Carmody

Chris Carmody

Senior Vice President, Technology Shared Services, UPMC

President, ClinicalConnect Health Information Exchange (CCHIE)

Data analytics and tech in legal services – creating mutual value for buyers and suppliers
Moderator: Martin Bartlam
Hossein Kakavand, Daniel Grant Smith and Richard Susskind

This session explores how to meaningfully create mutual value between legal services buyers and service providers, challenging assumptions and embracing change in the process of redefining problems and to find ways of making business quicker, easier and better, with this panel set to showcase solutions DLA Piper has invested in to do so for the benefit of its clients through the firm’s Law& offering which includes the application of artificial intelligence tools that integrate technology with commercial and legal knowhow.

Moderator
Martin Bartlam

Martin Bartlam

Partner

DLA Piper

Speakers
Hossein  Kakavand

Hossein Kakavand

Co-founder

Luther Systems

Daniel  Grant Smith

Daniel Grant Smith

Head of Engagement

Legatics

Richard Susskind

Richard Susskind

President, Society for Computers and Law; Chair of the Advisory Board

Oxford Internet Institute

14:45 - 15:05 BST
Afternoon break
15:10 - 16:10 BST
Afternoon plenary
Corporate venture capital – future-proofing returns by responding to the Sustainability, Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (SESG)
Moderator: Luca Gori
Gary Stewart, Michael Langguth, Sunita Grote and Eileen Tanghal

This session explores the role of global corporate venture capital investing and strategic alliances to not just help restart economies or build back to ‘normal’, but to use this opportunity to “build back better” than before so as to bake in systemic resilience in advance of any future “Black Swan” events, notably: future pandemics; climate change; cyber or nuclear wars etc.

Moderator
Luca  Gori

Luca Gori

Partner

DLA Piper

Speakers
Gary  Stewart

Gary Stewart

Founder and CEO

FounderTribes

Michael Langguth

Michael Langguth

Co-Founder

Carbon13

Sunita  Grote

Sunita Grote

Deputy and Innovation Fund Manager

UNICEF Ventures

Eileen Tanghal

Eileen Tanghal

Managing Director

In-Q-Tel

16:15 - 17:05 BST
Closing keynote
Mo Gawdat
Speakers
Mo Gawdat

Mo Gawdat

Founder

One Billion Happy

17:10 - 17:15 BST
Closing remarks
Kit Burden
Speakers
Kit Burden

Kit Burden

Partner, Global Co-Head of Technology Sector

DLA Piper

What past delegates say

"DLA hit a homerun this year. It was the best summit I have attended. It was highly engaging from the outset and it’s worth mentioning that a number of people I spoke to said the same. Finally, your choice of venue was also inspired. Good location, good facilities and good food."

Senior Legal Counsel at an American multinational corporation that develops video, voice and content collaboration and communication technology