General counsel, The New Yorker Magazine
Fabio Bertoni is the general counsel of The New Yorker magazine, where he is responsible for pre-publication review of all articles, website posts, videos and other content published by The New Yorker, as well as supervising legal issues surrounding The New Yorker Festival and other events. He began his legal career at the firm of Hughes Hubbard & Reed. Prior to working at The New Yorker, Fabio was assistant general counsel at HarperCollins Publishers, where he conducted pre-publication review of non-fiction books, and handled legal issues for the Children’s Division, negotiated author-publisher agreements, and advised on licensing, copyright and trademark issues. Prior to that, Fabio was vice president and deputy general counsel for ALM Media, publisher of The American Lawyer, the New York Law Journal, and dozens of other newspapers and magazines across the United States. Fabio also serves as an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School, where he teaches a seminar on Media Law Drafting. He graduated from Columbia Law School and from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
General Counsel Healthcare Business EMEA, 3M
Elmar Büth is 3M’s General Counsel Healthcare Business in EMEA. Elmar joined 3M as General Counsel of the supply chain operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa in 2014, and was additionally appointed General Counsel to the business operations in 3M’s East Region in 2016. At the same time he is a faculty member and lecturer at the in-house counsel Certificate of Advanced Studies course offered by the University of Zurich, a highly innovative program that is ground-breaking for the legal practice in Switzerland. Prior to joining 3M, he served as corporate counsel Europe at manufacturing company Mettler Toledo from 2007 to 2014 where he reported directly to the group general counsel. Before moving to Switzerland he worked as an in-house lawyer for a group company of Deutsche Telekom in Germany and for law firms and institutions in Düsseldorf, Tokyo, Brussels and New York. Elmar is admitted to practice law in Germany, received an LLM from the University of London and holds a law degree from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University of Bonn.
General Counsel Middle East and North East Africa, Siemens
Dr. Mohamed Elmogy is a General Counsel at Siemens supporting its businesses in the Middle East and North East Africa. Prior to this, he was the Head of Legal and General Counsel for North East Africa Region at Sandoz (a Novartis company) which is one of the top multinational pharmaceutical companies. His legal expertise includes litigation, dispute resolution & claims, compliance & governance, corporate ans shareholders’ relationship and employment matters. Prior to 2016, Dr. Elmogy was the Compliance & Ethics Officer MEA at Pepsi Co Inc., based in the Dubai regional office. He is a senior legal counsel and compliance officer with a track record of 24 years of hands-on legal experience across major commercial groups from the telecoms, shipping and oil & gas sectors in emerging markets such as the Middle East. His impressive professional background includes, among others, positions such as Senior Legal Counsel at Qatar Petroleum in Doha and Senior Litigation & Property Lawyer at Vodafone in Cairo. Dr. Elmogy successfully obtained his Ph.D. in International Commercial Arbitration at the American Arab Academy in partnership with the Texas University in the US and his master’s degree in Law MSC in International Legal & Commercial Transactions and Logistics at the Arab Maritime Academy for Science and Technology in Egypt.
Head of Legal, Grupo Visabeira
Isabel Fernandes is the Head of Legal of Grupo Visabeira since august 2006, which since April 2009 also includes Grupo Vista Alegre. The Portugal-based conglomerate Grupo Visabeira is active in a diverse business sectors (telecommunications, energy, industry, construction, real estate and tourism), with a presence in a number of countries (16 in total), being particularly active in Africa (Mozambique and Angola), where the multinational and multisectoral company has formalized long-standing partnerships within telecommunications and energy infrastructural areas, cable TV, tourism, construction and services sectors. Mozambique is a country Visabeira Head of Legal Isabel Fernandes knows particularly well, having taught Law degree at the country’s first private university before being actively part in the reform of its tax regime and advising some of the most iconic foreign investing projects in the country as an associate director of PricewaterhouseCoopers Mozambique (1996-2006). Before Mozambique, she was invited to go to Macau as part of the Office for Legal Translation in charge of supporting the Governor within the territory transition process to China, where she stayed for two years (1994-1996). Having studied at the Coimbra University, Isabel Fernandes trained for the Portuguese Bar Association while working in the Studying and Planning Department of the Portuguese Ministry of Justice, particularly assisting the representation of the Ministry within OECD and European Commission in several legal matters, with particular focus to the initial discussions around personal data protection (1993-1996). Isabel Fernandes currently leads a thirteen–person legal team in charge of assisting the managing structure in respect of the diverse legal matters affecting Visabeira and its numerous international subsidiaries. Grupo Visabeira’s legal team main function is no longer limited to managing the legal risk associated with the business they work with, rather than partner with the business, understand its issues and produce viable and tangible solutions.
Luis F. Lozano Olivares
Legal Government & Industry Affairs Senior Director
and General Counsel & Compliance, Toyota Mexico
Luis F. Lozano Olivares received his law degree from the Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City, being admitted to practice throughout the Mexican Republic since 1998. Up to 2001 he practiced law in Mexico City with Baker & McKenzie as an associate of the firm. He lived in Madrid, Spain from September 2001 up to December 2002, where he attended and obtained the Executive Master in Business Administration degree form the prestigious IE Business School. He joined Jáuregui Navarrete y Nader, S.C. in 2003 as an associate. He joined Toyota Motor Sales de México, S. de R.L. de C.V. in 2005 where he has worked since as responsible of the Legal Department; his expertise include among others, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, project finance matters, contracts, foreign investment and as General Counsel he has familiarized with other relevant legal matters such as labor, tax, environmental-concerns, international trade and investment, transfer of technology and industrial property, Product liability and Consumer Protection. Luis has developed himself within Toyota by acquiring more responsibilities of relevant areas for the company. He is now responsible for Legal (as General Counsel for Mexico Operations), Government and Industry Affairs, Trade, Compliance and Corporate Communications for Mexican Toyota operations. He participated as representative of Toyota with government and Mexican private sector during the negotiations of USMCA. He is a columnist on politics in Excelsior which is a National Newspaper.
Group Legal Director, Elsewedy Electric
Mahmoud Shaarawy is Group Legal Director at Elsewedy Electric and is the head of a team of 32 Lawyers serving about 96 companies in the Middle East and in Africa, specialized in energy, telecommunications, construction, turnkey projects, and manufacturing. His legal expertise includes contracting, services, consulting, purchasing, corporate, construction and company operations. He ensures compliance with MEA country laws and general matters such as land, corporate, competition, employment, intellectual property, dispute procedures, and claims management. Mr. Shaarawy has extensive experience in EPC agreements and related financing agreements, mainly handling agreements related to power generation, electricity transmission, electricity distribution, substations and infrastructure projects. He also reviewed and negotiated several project agreements related to renewable energy. Mr. Shaarawy’s previous experience includes working at ElDib Advocates where he expanded his legal expertise in several law fields and working as a legal counsel for the Multinational Corporation (Oracle) and International Corporations (Alkan & ElSewedy). He graduated from Alexandria University, with a bachelor’s in Law – English Department. He has a master’s degree in Logistics, Finance, and Legal Affairs from the Arab Academy for Science & Technology as well as a diploma in International Law from Ain Shams University.
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