On Tuesday, 7 November, the sixth edition of our European Tech Summit, was held at The Convention Centre Dublin, located in the heart of the city’s cluster of high-growth tech companies.
Our programme covered key issues impacting companies in the context of emerging technology, innovation and the pursuit of growth. AI, digital transformation, cyber security, tech M&A and investment trends will all feature prominently on the agenda.
Esteemed business leaders from the European tech industry and beyond, along with key figures shaping the regulatory and financial landscape, gathered to explore the major issues affecting the marketplace and the impact of emerging technologies over the next decade.
This event attracted attendees from across Europe’s technology, media and telecommunications industries, as well as financial services, retail, manufacturing and other industries looking to grasp opportunities and manage risks arising from digital transformation. This event was of great interest also to private equity and venture capital organisations, entrepreneurs, investors from digital startups, 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.
Further speakers will be announced soon.
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.
Discover how fine-tuned AI can revolutionise the way we leverage artificial intelligence and the opportunities it presents for businesses across various sectors. Gain valuable insights into its advantages, impact on data governance, and scalability, empowering you to navigate the evolving landscape of AI technology. In this session, the panellists discussed the legal aspects and implications surrounding fine-tuned AI deployments and provide insights into the advancements in this innovative approach. Furthermore, the panel shared their experiences and shed light on the benefits and challenges of implementing fine-tuned AI systems.
Senior Developer Relations Manager LLMs and GenAI
Cofounder and CEO
Associate Legal Counsel
This panel session explored the interplay between Strategy, Innovation, and Governance in the rapidly evolving tech landscape. The discussion delved into how businesses can strategically harness disruptive technologies to gain a competitive edge, foster innovation to drive meaningful growth, and implement effective governance frameworks to address ethical, legal, and societal challenges. Our panellists shared practical insights and best practices that empower the audience to navigate the complexities of today's digital frontier with confidence.
Chief Information Security & IT Risk Officer
CEO and Co-Founder
Mark Little took us on a personal journey along the fault line of artificial intelligence and business leadership. A successful entrepreneur and technology executive, Mark has harnessed AI as the engine of his business success. But he also discovered the importance of human intelligence in the age of superhuman technology. This session served as a guide to business growth and professional development through the eyes of a seasoned innovator.
Broadcaster, entrepreneur and technology leader
Real-time satellite imagery, which focuses on human activity, livestock and assets, can utilise Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to help simplify an increasingly complex commercial landscape. Earth observation from space will touch every sector, supporting the battle for increased productivity, whilst limiting our impact on our precious planet. Imagine if SatNav streamed live satellite images, emergency responders could save lives, when every second counts. Space observation is evolving rapidly, this is the time to redefine what’s possible, however collaboration is key. This session explored the unique opportunities and threats space technology, through Earth Observation, can offer businesses around the globe.
CEO & Founder
Despite the current economic turbulence, companies continue to see important potential to create value and achieve growth through acquisitions. In addition to discussing current M&A trends in Europe, this panel will reflected on the key findings of DLA Piper’s latest Technology Index report; our study that explores the perceptions and attitudes of technology growth. Our survey provides clear evidence that the main motivation for acquiring external businesses continues to be access to new technology. What are the key technological challenges when acquiring an external company? What are the key drivers for M&A? Is the war for talent intensifying? Or are companies making an acquisition for defensive purposes?
Head of Financial Advisory
Across almost every sector of the economy, organizations are talking with increased urgency about the need to transform their businesses by employing new and/or disruptive technologies. This panel discussed how businesses can succeed in Industry 4.0 covering areas such as Cloud Computing. What are the drivers of digital transformation, the importance of purpose and culture, and how to create a digitally evolved organisation.
Global Co-Chair, Technology Transactions and Strategic Sourcing
Head of Digital Innovation
Associate Partner, Business & Digital Transformation
Science, Innovation and Technology spokesperson Liberal Democrats
House of Lords
Former Member of European Commission
General Counsel EMEA & Global Legal Transformation and Strategy Lead
"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."
"I attended the Summit for the first time this year and thought that it was excellent from start to finish. Congratulations to you and your team. Great agenda, good speakers and on the pulse of the market. I’m sure this exposure will enhance the DLA Piper brand."
"Had a great time and met some really interesting people. I am going to walk around with some extra inspiration and disruptive ambition."
"It was a great discussion on the current state and future of FinTech… It was certainly a great event, with amazing speakers"