London Speakers

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Ruchit Patel

Ruchit Patel

Keynote speaker, Partner, Ropes & Gray International LLP

Ruchit is an antitrust partner in the firm’s London office. He advises some of the largest companies in the world on matters before the European Commission, UK Competition and Markets Authority, UK sectoral regulators and UK High Court. He also has litigation experience before the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal.

Lucie Rees

Lucie Rees

Panellist, Graduate recruitment and development manager, Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Lucie is the graduate recruitment and development manager at Watson Farley & Williams, where she is responsible for everything to do with the firm’s trainees, from recruitment through to qualification. She joined the firm in 2011 and has worked in legal graduate recruitment for over 15 years in total.

Andrew Nealon

Andrew Nealon

Panellist, Partner, Vinson & Elkins RLLP

Andrew advises on project development and finance, primarily in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He has extensive experience in engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracts.

Chloe Rowan

Chloe Rowan

Panellist, People executive, RPC

Chloe has been a member of RPC’s people and talent development team since January 2016 and plays a leading role in resourcing RPC’s trainee solicitors. Chloe is involved in every stage of the recruitment process from marketing and attraction, reviewing applications, coordinating assessment days and managing RPC’s annual summer schemes. Chloe also provides HR support to RPC’s current intake of trainee solicitors and is involved in a number of inclusion and diversity initiatives within the firm.

Rupa Lakha

Rupa Lakha

Panellist, Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys

Rupa has extensive experience of both contentious and non-contentious areas of construction law. She has advised on the drafting and negotiation of building contracts and consultants’ appointments and now specialises in dispute resolution, acting regularly for developers, consultants, sub-contractors and consultants in various forms of dispute resolution including mediation, adjudication and litigation.

Robert Nield

Robert Nield

Workshop leader, Senior associate, Sidley Austin LLP

Robert Nield has considerable experience in relation to the establishment and maintenance of investment funds and managed accounts, investor fund reviews and negotiations, and related legal and regulatory issues.

Amy Collins

Amy Collins

Workshop leader, Associate, Cooley (UK) LLP

Amy Collins is an associate in the Cooley Technology Transactions Group and is resident in Cooley’s London office. She joined in Cooley in 2015. Amy advises on a wide range of general commercial and non-contentious technology matters for clients in a range of sectors including technology, media and telecommunications, financial services and insurance. Her primary focus is on technology-related transactions including the outsourcing and procurement of technology products and complex services, software development and licensing, internet and mobile business arrangements, e-commerce issues, consumer protection, data protection and privacy.

Matthew Broadbent

Matthew Broadbent

Moderator, Business development director, LawCareersNetLIVE

Matthew is the business development director of LawCareers.Net and The LawCareers.Net Handbook. He has been in legal publishing for over two decades and knows exactly what makes the world of graduate recruitment spin, speaking regularly to students and recruiters about careers in law.

David Scott

David Scott

Panellist & workshop leader, Partner, Baker McKenzie

David is a Corporate partner based in Baker McKenzie’s London office. He is a member of the Firm’s M&A Practice Group, as well as its Consumer Goods & Retail and Healthcare Industry Groups. He is Graduate Recruitment Partner for the London office. David’s practice focuses on cross-border M&A and joint ventures, as well as advising on general corporate law matters, primarily for clients active in the consumer or pharma/healthcare sectors.

Alistair Wishart

Alistair Wishart

Workshop leader, Counsel, Energy transaction and projects group, Vinson & Elkins RLLP

Alistair’s practice includes advising on downstream oil & gas, petrochemicals, power, water, transport, and other infrastructure projects in Europe, the CIS, the Middle East, and Africa for sponsors, lenders, and host governments. Alistair has been ranked in the Chambers UK Guide for 2014 to 2017 for Projects.

Vernon Dennis

Vernon Dennis

Panellist, Training principal, Howard Kennedy LLP

Vernon is Howard Kennedy’s training principal and responsible for the firm’s graduate recruitment programme. He heads the firm’s business recovery and reconstruction service, is an author of seven published works on insolvency law and practice, and lectures regularly on issues of director conduct and options for businesses facing financial difficulty.

Gary Walsh

Gary Walsh

Workshop leader, Partner, Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Gary specialises in banking, shipping and asset finance. Gary qualified as a solicitor in June 2006 and joined Watson Farley & Williams’ London office in March 2007. He specialises in asset finance in the maritime sector, acting on behalf of international banks and owners. Gary has undertaken a 10 month secondment to the structured and asset finance legal team of an international investment bank.

Nicole Katz

Nicole Katz

Panellist, Human resources manager, Sidley Austin LLP

Nicole is a Human Resources Manager at Sidley Austin LLP, where she is responsible for vacation scheme and trainee recruitment as well as pastoral care and development for the firm’s 22 trainees. She joined the firm in 2015 and has worked in graduate recruitment for over seven years.

Will Smith

Will Smith

Workshop leader, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Will Smith is a transactional and advisory lawyer who focuses on the direct and indirect aspects of a range of international and UK tax matters. Whilst having a particular emphasis on representing a wide range of investment funds and investment advisers, Will has extensive experience in the tax aspects of cross-border investment and structuring, structured and cross border finance (including CLOs), real estate structuring and transactions, corporate transactions and reorganisations and complex incentive arrangements (including carry).

Electra Callan

Electra Callan

Workshop leader, Associate, Ropes & Gray International LLP

Electra has a wide range of experience advising clients on M&A transactions and providing general corporate law advice with specific experience of acting for private equity investors, portfolio companies and management teams on investments, acquisitions, disposals and corporate restructurings.

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