Conference | Lecturers 2014
Alenka Zhnidarshikj Kranjc
Alenka Zhnidarshikj Kranjc
Prva Group

In the Slovenian business circles, Alenka Zhnidarshikj Kranjc is considered the most successful woman manager and entrepreneur. She become known to the public after becoming a member of the management of the Maribor "KBM Infond", later becoming the co-founder of "Dej". Alenka Zhnidarshikj Kranjc was the President of the Supervisory Board of "Luka Koper" A.D.

After that, she became part of the first company for voluntary pension insurance "Prvo Pokojninsko Druzhbo" which soon began working outside Slovenia, expanding internationally.

Today, Alenka is the CEO of "Priva osebna zavoravalnica" A.D., President of the Managing Board of "Skupina Prva, zavarovalniski holding" A.D. and President of the Supervisory Board of "Deos" A.D.

Alenka is an author and co-author of several professional books, such as: "Privatizacija ali zakonita kraja: divja privatizacija, načrtovana kraja, neznanje, ali slovenska nevoščljivost?", "Ekonomika in upravljanje neprofitne organizacije", "Planirani stečaji?: Značilnosti, razlogi , koristi in škoda v stečajih slovenskih podjetij "," Strateški menedžment: Poslovni prigodki "etc.; she has been a lecturer at various institutions and an insightful commentator in many journals in the field of finance.

Prva Group
In the Slovenian business circles, Alenka Zhnidarshikj Kranjc is considered the most successful woman manager...
Prof. Dimitar Gelev, PhD
Prof. Dimitar Gelev, PhD
Faculty of Law "Iustinianus Primus" -

He graduated from the Faculty of Law in Skopje, in the academic year 1986, Judiciary Department.

Ha was elected Junior Assistant in 1988 at the Faculty of Law, group of courses "Self - Managing Associated Labor".

He obtained Master of Law degree at the Faculty of Law in Skopje in 1992 when he defended his master thesis "Companies founded by parties/Partnerships", after which, in 1993 was elected "Assistant" for the course "Companies’ law."

He defended his doctoral thesis entitled "Stock Exchange - Legal Aspects" at the Faculty of Law in 1995 and obtained the PhD title in the field of legal sciences.

He was granted the title of "Assistant Professor" in 1996 for the course "Companies’ Law”. From then on, he also teaches the course "Securities Law."

He participated in the drafting of a great number of legal projects and published a number of scientific papers

Faculty of Law "Iustinianus Primus" -
He graduated from the Faculty of Law in Skopje, in the academic year 1986, Judiciary...
Sandra J. Roberts
Sandra J. Roberts
Sandra Roberts Consulting LLC

Sandra Roberts is the CEO and founder of "Sandra Roberts Consulting". She has more than 30 years of legal experience, 20 years of which she has been working as a risk manager, successfully managing risk management for two large law firms in Northern California. Sandra has 7 years of experience in the municipal courts in California.

Today, Sandra Robert is a consultant to a number of companies helping and advising them create their own risk management procedures. In addition, Sandra is an active blogger, she has published her own articles for the famous blog "Legal Solutions Blog" owned by the renowned publishing house "Thomson Reuters".

Sandra Roberts Consulting LLC
Sandra Roberts is the CEO and founder of "Sandra Roberts Consulting". She has more than...
Zvonko Kremljak, PhD
Zvonko Kremljak, PhD
ONE Telecom Slovenia Group

Zvonko Kremljak has a rich and varied work experience and he is a member of the Supervisory Board of ONE operator, Telecom Slovenia Group.

Mr. Kremljak is an author and co-author of several professional and research papers published in reputable journals and collections, including: DAAAM International Scientific Book, Strojniki vestnik - Journal of Mechanical Engineering, Procedia Engineering (24th DAAAM International Symposium on Intelligent Manufacturing and Automation, 2013), International Journal of Services Operations and Informatics, etc. Among his more important papers are the following: "Risk Management Methods - Project risk": DAAM International Scientific Book 2011, pp. 119 to 132; "Types of European Risk in a System Environment Engineering and Software Tools for European Risk Analysis": Procedia Engineering, Volume 69 , 2014, pp. 177-183; "Decision making under risk": DAAAM Publishing series: Management Science, DAAAM International, Vienna, 2004., etc. His PhD paper has been cited in more than 400 legal articles in the world.

ONE Telecom Slovenia Group
Zvonko Kremljak has a rich and varied work experience and he is a member of...
Marco Lorefice
Marco Lorefice
Edison Spa

Marco Lorefici works as a senior lawyer in one of the oldest energy companies in Europe – the Italian Edison Spa and has nearly 25 years of experience in managing complex legal issues of large enterprises, covering multiple legal areas: from commercial counseling to litigation. His experience is generally related to: negotiating complex international projects, advising commercial departments and drafting model contracts, managing teams in complex international procedures, corporate governance, lobbying in institutional and regulatory bodies, etc. Hence, his narrow expertise includes all legal aspects of the oil and gas industry, creation of contracts, legal negotiations, international arbitration, construction projects, project funding, international commercial law and corporate governance.

Marco Lorefici has participated and spoke at many international conferences.

As a member of Edison Spa legal team, Marco has won significant awards, such as "The best European Litigation in House Team" and "The Best Global Litigation in House Team" in 2013 awarded by the International Law Office and the Association of Corporate Counsel.

He speaks Italian, English, French and German.

Edison Spa
Marco Lorefici works as a senior lawyer in one of the oldest energy companies in...
Irina Trichkovska
Irina Trichkovska
White & Case LLP, office in Brussels

Irina Trichkovska has practical experience in advising clients on matters related to EU regulation on competition and state aid, as well as regulatory law of the European Union. She has counseled a number of companies in various industries, ranging from energy, aviation, games of chance, to financial and postal services, regarding legal issues related to their business activities within the European Union.

Her narrow expertise is advising on state aid, focusing on providing advice to public and corporate clients on various aspects of European regulations on state aid, which is often related to issues of restructuring and privatization. During the recent financial crisis, Irina was involved in a number of cases of bank restructuring.

In addition, Irina has experience in advising individuals and companies on issues of human rights under the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

Prior to her employment at White & Case, she worked at the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Macedonia, working on funding of projects and the harmonization of the national legislation with the EU legislation. She has experience in negotiation and cooperation with international financial institutions, such as: World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank, etc.

She has also worked as part of the European Commission, namely the Directorate General for Competition, where she worked on cases of state aid involving various financial institutions affected by the crisis.

Irina is a member of the Brussels Bar Association and the Bar Association of Skopje. She has been awarded the "White & Case Pro Bono Award, 2012" and the scholarship "HSP Huygens Scholarship, Dutch Ministry of Education, 2007".

She speaks English, Russian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian.

White & Case LLP, office in Brussels
Irina Trichkovska has practical experience in advising clients on matters related to EU regulation on...
Dastid Pallaska
Dastid Pallaska
Pallaska & Associates

Dastid is the managing partner of the Kosovo law company Pallaska & Associates, the specialty of which is related to banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions and project funding. He obtained university education in law at the prestigious American University Yale, or more precisely the "Yale Law School".

In the period from 2008 to 2009, Dastid worked as a senior adviser in an international law firm, in the Vienna office, from where he supervised the work of a the law group in charge of dispute resolution in South and Eastern Europe, having the position of a quality officer for the respective law firm in the mentioned parts of Europe. He was also responsible for working with foreign and multi-national clients coming from various industries, including, but not limited to banking and finance, insurance, energy and defense.

Dastid Palasca has a 7 year long experience as a legal expert for the U.S. Department of Justice in Prishtina, where he managed programmes the value of which exceeded 4.5 million U.S. dollars intended to aid in the development and reform of the Kosovo legal system. In addition, he was engaged as a member of the expert working group of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo, preparing the commentary of the Kosovo criminal procedure, which served as an instrument in the creation of the first Kosovo Legal Clinic at the University of Prishtina. He was the initiator of the establishment of the Kosovo Association of Prosecutors.

Dastid Pallasca has been awarded with more than six prizes for the aforementioned achievements, by the U.S. State Department, including the prestigious "Superior Honor Award".

In the period from 2009 to 2011, he worked as the Chief external expert in the process of establishment and consolidation of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Kosovo, for which he has been specifically awarded by the Constitutional Court. In 2011, the President of the Republic of Kosovo appointed him to be an Independent expert in the Commission for constitutional amendments in Kosovo Parliament.

He is a member, and has been part of the leadership of the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo and the Centre for alternative dispute resolution.

Pallaska & Associates
Dastid is the managing partner of the Kosovo law company Pallaska & Associates, the specialty...
Toma Fila
Toma Fila
Law Office Toma Fila

He completed his secondary education and his legal studies in Belgrade. He graduated in 1963 and in 1967 he became the youngest lawyer in Yugoslavia. He was the Secretary of the Bar Association, a member of the Council of the Faculty of Law in Belgrade, and for seventeen years he was a member of the editorial board of many professional journals, while from January 2009 he worked as an adviser to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia - Ivica Dachikj.

He became known to the public as a solicitor of people accused of most severe crimes, including a number of people accused of crimes for which the most severe sentences are rendered; he defended ten such clients, and ​​only one judgment was enforced. In addition, he has been advising many politicians and other public figures in former Yugoslavia, including: Jovanka Broz, Slobodan Milosevikj, Zarko Laushevikj, and in a short period he also defended Goran Hadzikj, etc..

Toma Fila is first lawyer from Serbia hired by the Hague Tribunal, shortly after its foundation, a fact that did not prevent him from criticizing the work of Hague.

Law Office Toma Fila
He completed his secondary education and his legal studies in Belgrade. He graduated in 1963...
Matthew Whalley
Matthew Whalley
BLP

He started working in the renowned law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner in 2011, previously being in charge of global risk, reporting and project management in a global financial institution. The Berwin Leighton Paisner is responsible for legal risks and transformation group, helping clients identify and mitigate legal risks and informing them about the values ​​before their boards and implementing strategic transformation programs.

At Berwin Leighton Paisner, he worked as the Head of the legal risks consulting.

Matthew is an author of several professional papers devoted to various aspects of legal risk management, and he is the editor of the publication of Berwin Leighton Paisner: "Legal Risk Benchmarking Survey: Results and analysis".

BLP
He started working in the renowned law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner in 2011, previously being...
Magnus Steen
Magnus Steen
Contract Business Intelligence Nordic AB

Magnus is a lawyer who has extensive international legal and business experience, and today, as a General Manager of the Contract Business Intelligence Nordic AB company, he is focused on building quality and rational solutions for corporate clients.

In his rich professional CV, what stands out is his 8-year long experience as a Director of the Legal Department in Sony Ericson where he managed the legal work and all legal aspects of the planning and development of products - from sources of production, product development, components, services to licensing. He was the leader in launching of several initiatives to contract management and legal risks management, and contributed in the process of drafting the outsourcing strategy. In addition, Magnus has been part of several management teams and corporate transformations programmes.

What else is remarkable in his professional CV is his 5-year long experience as a solicitor, working for top law firms, such as: Vinge, Mannheimer Swartling and Lindahl, and his two-year management of the Portfolio Management Sector at Sony Mobile.

Besides Swedish, Magnus speaks English and German

Contract Business Intelligence Nordic AB
Magnus is a lawyer who has extensive international legal and business experience, and today, as...
Vanessa Alarcon Duvanel
Vanessa Alarcon Duvanel
Winston & Strawn

She completed her law education at the New York University, School of Law, and she acquired the JD title magna cum laude equivalent at the University of Neuchâtel in 2001.

Today, Vanessa is a lawyer at the office of Winston & Strawn in Geneva, where she works in the fields of international arbitration, litigation disputes, commercial Swiss and labor law. In addition, Vanessa is as advisor to major companies and sovereign states on various ad-hoc institutional international arbitration procedures for disputes arising from joint ventures, sale of shares and acquisitions, construction projects, distribution of commodities and goods, IP licenses distribution agreements resulting from a variety of procedural and substantive laws, including the Swiss, French, British, Jordanian, Macedonian, Russian, Virgin Islands laws and the state laws of New York. Moreover, Vanessa represents clients before the Swiss courts and the United States courts.

She regularly provides advice to clients on various issues of Swiss commercial law, including tips for: sales, licensing, distribution, services, employment, regulatory compliance, etc.

Her clients are active in a variety of business activities, including: banking, finance, pharmaceutical industry, food industry, consumer goods, aircraft, mining and trading with basic products, new technologies, science, marketing and telecommunications.

She is a member of several professional associations, including: Swiss Arbitration Association, ASA Below 40, ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (ICC-YAF), LCIA Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG), International Centre for Dispute Resolution Young & International (ICDR Y & I), CPR Y - ADR, ArbitralWomen, New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), Committee on Dispute Resolution of the NYSBA. In addition, Vanessa advises nonprofit organizations in Geneva, pro-bono.

She is an author of several works, including: "Swiss banks under fire for cross-border transfers of personnel information", "Use of Spyware on employees' computers found violation of Swiss law", "Review of the Recent Case Law of the Swiss Supreme Court in International Arbitration, in New Developments in International Arbitration "and" Corruption at the SECO -Swiss Federal Data Protection Commissioner insists on transparency ".

Winston & Strawn
She completed her law education at the New York University, School of Law, and she...
Celia R. Bernal
Celia R. Bernal
Attorney at Law, Sacramento

She graduated from the California State University, Department of Political Studies, after which she acquired the title of Juris Doctor at the Monterey College of Law.

Her practical legal experience is 23 years long, and it is related to experience in all phases of various court proceedings (federal and state) in the role of a lawyer. She has extensive experience in the field of lawyer professional responsibility, including conflicts and ethics.

She advises clients from various industries on various legal issues, problems and areas.

Her narrow expertise includes: administrative law, counseling, litigation, personal injury, client relations, drafting legal acts, etc.

She is a member of the State Bar of California.

Attorney at Law, Sacramento
She graduated from the California State University, Department of Political Studies, after which she acquired...
Patrick Vézina
Patrick Vézina
Director and General Counsel at the Department of Justice Canada

Patrick Vézina is a State Secretary and Director of the Legal Risk Management Department at the Canadian Ministry of Justice.

Patrick Vézina is a prominent expert in management, monitoring and forecasting legal risks in state institutions. He worked on the preparation and application of the Canadian national legal risk management strategy, which was fully implemented in 2013, after years of preparations.

As the Head of the Legal Risk Management Department, he is responsible for the development and coordination of national policies and tools to support integrated and efficient identification, assessment, communication, prevention, mitigation and management of legal risks in the Canadian government and the Canadian government institutions.

Besides the long-term experience at the Canadian Ministry of Justice and the Legal Risk Management Department, Patrick Vézina has extensive experience with civil litigation and tax law.

Director and General Counsel at the Department of Justice Canada
Patrick Vézina is a State Secretary and Director of the Legal Risk Management Department at...
Tobias Mahler, PhD.
Tobias Mahler, PhD.
Associate Professor, Faculty of Law

Tobias Mahler holds a PhD degree in law and he is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law in Oslo, King 's College in London and Queen Mary College, University of Stockholm and a visiting professor at Stanford Law School.

Professor Mahler studied and graduated in the field of international legal studies in Germany, and he holds a German lawyer license. He completed his master studies at Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover, at the European Legal Informatics Study programme.

He worked as a corporate adviser at the Norwegian automotive industry Kongsberg Automotive Holding ASA, while after the defense of the doctoral dissertation in 2010, entitled: "Developing and Evaluating Elements of a Method for Proactive Legal Analyses, With a Particular Focus on Contracts", he became a professor at the Faculty of Law in Oslo, were he is still working.

Professor Mahler has published more independent and co-author scientific papers in professional journals and several chapters in professional books, including: " A gTLD right? Conceptual challenges in the expanding internet domain namespacе“ published in International Journal of Law and Information Technology; „The State of the Art of Contractual Risk Management Methodologies“ published in Proactive/Preventive Law and Proactive Contracting: Theory and Practice; „ Contractual risk management in an ICT context searching for a possible interface between legal methods and risk analysis“ published in Scandinavian Studies in Lawand and many others.

Professor Tobias Mahler is one of the leading specialists in Europe in the field of contractual risks and their visualizing in electronic applications.

Associate Professor, Faculty of Law
Tobias Mahler holds a PhD degree in law and he is an Associate Professor at...