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.
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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.
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.
Senior Managing Director - Consulting Global Health
Head of Legal for Digital & IT Roche Diabetes Care
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.
Area Vice President, Europe
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.
General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
General Counsel, Head of Legal
Director Strategy and Transactions | Automotive & Mobility
EY Strategy and Transactions
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.
Principal Analyst, Thematic Research
Head of Netherlands
Cushman & Wakefield
Vice President and CTO, International (EMEA, LATAM, APAC)
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.
General Counsel, Company Secretary
Head of EMEA Warehouse Financing
Silicon Valley Bank
Deputy Director General in the Directorate General Market Infrastructure and Payments (DG-MIP)
European Central Bank
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.
Senior Director, AI Strategy & Products
Senior Vice President, Technology Shared Services, UPMC
President, ClinicalConnect Health Information Exchange (CCHIE)
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.
Head of Engagement
President, Society for Computers and Law; Chair of the Advisory Board
Oxford Internet Institute
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.
Founder and CEO
Deputy and Innovation Fund Manager
"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"