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Off the Shelf, the Global Consumer Goods & Retail Industry Podcast, provides short practical legal insights into the key issues affecting consumer goods and retail (CG&R) businesses.

Episode 16: New Brand on the Block(chain): Consortium Considerations

In the final episode of our blockchain for brands series, Alyssa Auberger, Baker McKenzie’s Chief Sustainability Officer and Global Chair, Consumer Goods and Retail (CG&R) Industry Group continues the conversation with Sue McLean, partner in Baker McKenzie’s IP, technology and data group, to discuss the key issues that CG&R businesses should be looking into when performing due diligence before signing up to a blockchain consortium, including consortium structure, governance and funding, and intellectual property, competition law issues

 

Episode 15: Joining the Block(chain) Party

Continuing on from the previous episode, Alyssa Auberger, Baker McKenzie’s Chief Sustainability Officer and Global Chair, Consumer Goods and Retail (CG&R) Industry Group is again joined by Sue McLean, partner in Baker McKenzie’s IP, technology and data group, to discuss some initial considerations – and in particular data privacy considerations – for CG&R businesses who are thinking about participating in a private blockchain consortium.

Episode 14: Blockchain Basics for Brands

In this episode, Alyssa Auberger, Baker McKenzie’s Chief Sustainability Officer and Global Chair, Consumer Goods and Retail (CG&R) Industry Group is joined by Sue McLean, partner in Baker McKenzie’s IP, technology and data group. They discuss blockchain basics for CG&R businesses who may be considering blockchain, whether it be to advance sustainability objectives, tackle counterfeiting issues or address other business challenges.

Episode 13: Sustainability and competition law, the inside story

In this episode, Alyssa Auberger, Baker McKenzie’s Chief Sustainability Officer and Global Chair, Consumer Goods and Retail (CG&R) Industry Group is joined by Grant Murray, an Antitrust and Competition expert based in our London office. They discuss how competitor collaboration to address common sustainability challenges in the CG&R industry need not land companies on the wrong side of competition law.

Episode 12: Sustainability and competition, to collaborate or not to collaborate?

In this episode, Alyssa Auberger, Baker McKenzie’s Chief Sustainability Officer and Global Chair, Consumer Goods and Retail (CG&R) Industry Group is joined by Grant Murray, an Antitrust and Competition expert based in our London office. They discuss what CG&R businesses are doing in collaboration with competitors in an effort to address common sustainability issues in the industry, as well as the importance of addressing competition law issues.

Episode 11: Online Retail Is Here to Stay – Don’t Forget the Basics!

In this episode, Alyssa Auberger, Global Chair of Baker McKenzie’s Consumer Goods and Retail (CG&R) Industry Group, is joined by Anne Petterd, partner in the Technology, Communications and Commercial team. Following on from Episode 10, they continue to discuss the future of online retail, and talk about the increased use of new technologies that can give CG&R businesses an edge and support their post-COVID-19 renewal activities – and with a reminder not to forget the basics when exploring the use of these new technologies.

Episode 10: Online Retail Is Here to Stay – Digital Deliberations

In this episode, Alyssa Auberger, Global Chair of Baker McKenzie’s Consumer Goods and Retail (CG&R) Industry Group, is joined by Anne Petterd, partner in the Technology, Communications and Commercial team. In light of the ongoing digital transformation in the CG&R sector, they discuss the future of online retail and some key considerations for CG&R businesses as online sales and the omnichannel environment have become an essential part of the COVID-19 recovery strategy for many businesses in the sector.

Episode 9: COVID-19 and Commercial Behavior – A Renewed Approach to Competition?

In this episode, Alyssa Auberger, Global Chair of Baker McKenzie’s Consumer Goods and Retail (CG&R) Industry Group, is joined by Mara Ghiorghies from our global antitrust team who is based in London. They discuss both the challenges and opportunities of the crisis for CG&R companies from a competition compliance perspective, whether they be on the supply, distribution, or sales side, and whether we will see competition authorities taking a renewed, more flexible approach given changes to consumer and market behavior.

Episode 8: COVID-19 and Commercial Behavior – On the Road to Recovery, Playing it Safe

In this episode, Alyssa Auberger, Global Chair of Baker McKenzie’s Consumer Goods and Retail (CG&R) Industry Group, is joined by Mara Ghiorghies from our global antitrust team who is based in London. They discuss the antitrust scrutiny of commercial behavior in the consumer goods and retail sector observed during these challenging times, and what kinds of commercial behavior CG&R businesses need to be mindful of as they move towards recovery.

Episode 7: COVID-19 – Renewal – Avoiding Marketing Mishaps

In this episode, Alyssa Auberger, Global Chair of Baker McKenzie’s Consumer Goods and Retail (CG&R) Industry Group, is joined by Rebecca Lederhouse, IP counsel based in our Chicago office. They discuss a number of practical tips that CG&R businesses can keep in mind to avoid inadvertent marketing mishaps – including by influencers and sales staff – as they renew both their online and in store advertising campaigns for the new COVID world. Based on recent US trends, the points discussed are relevant to any CG&R business looking to advertise to a US audience, and can also serve as best practice guidance for any business in the sector.

Episode 6: COVID-19 – Recovery – Trends in Advertising Regulations

In this episode, Alyssa Auberger, Global Chair of Baker McKenzie’s Consumer Goods and Retail (CG&R) Industry Group, is joined by Rebecca Lederhouse, IP counsel based in our Chicago office. They discuss some of the trends in advertising regulations around COVID-19 that CG&R businesses need to be mindful of as they move towards recovery, with stores, restaurants, hotels and other customer-facing premises starting to gear up to reopen for business.

Episode 5: COVID-19 and Retail Real Estate: Renewal – Rethinking Brick & Mortar

In this episode, Alyssa Auberger, Global Chair of Baker McKenzie’s Consumer Goods and Retail (CG&R) Industry Group, is joined by Niklas Wielandt, a real estate expert based in our Frankfurt office. They discuss what the post-COVID-19 world has in store, and more specifically, how CG&R businesses can use the crisis to renew their approach to brick-and-mortar outlets generally.

Episode 4: COVID-19 and Retail Real Estate: Recovery – Back to Business

In this episode, Alyssa Auberger, Global Chair of Baker McKenzie’s Consumer Goods and Retail (CG&R) Industry Group, is joined by Niklas Wielandt, a real estate expert based in our Frankfurt office. Niklas discusses some of the key retail real estate issues affecting CG&R businesses, and what businesses with retail outlets can do to mitigate the impact as the COVID-19 crisis continues, and move towards recovery.

Episode 3: COVID-19 and CG&R Employers: Renewal – Preparing for Business Beyond COVID-19

In this episode, Alyssa Auberger, Global Chair of Baker McKenzie’s Consumer Goods and Retail (CG&R) Industry Group, is joined by Julia Wilson and Jonathan Isaacs, partners in the Employment and Compensation practice. Julia and Jonathan look beyond the recovery phase and discuss what the post-COVID world has in store for the CG&R industry and, more specifically, how businesses can use the crisis to renew their business approach to employment issues in a positive way.

Episode 2: COVID-19 and CG&R Employers: Recovery – Weathering the Storm

In this episode, Alyssa Auberger, Global Chair of Baker McKenzie’s Consumer Goods and Retail (CG&R) Industry Group, is joined by Julia Wilson and Jonathan Isaacs, partners in the Employment and Compensation practice. They discuss some of the issues which the prolonged outbreak of COVID-19 is raising for employers in the CG&R industry, and what businesses can do to mitigate the impact and preserve business continuity as the COVID crisis continues and move towards recovery.

Episode 1: COVID-19 and CG&R Employers: Resilience – Immediate Concerns and Considerations

In this episode, Alyssa Auberger, Global Chair of Baker McKenzie’s Consumer Goods and Retail (CG&R) Industry Group, is joined by Julia Wilson, a partner in the Employment and Compensation practice. Julia discusses some of the immediate COVID-19 issues as they affect CG&R businesses to help them remain resilient during the crisis.

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Sue McLean is a partner in the IT/Commercial Practice Group in Baker McKenzie's London office. Sue advises clients on technology, sourcing and digital media business models and deals, as well as the legal issues relating to the implementation of new technologies. Sue has been included in the Women In FinTech Power List for three successive years. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Digital Banking and is a member of the techUK working group on DLT/blockchain. Sue is an active member of Baker Women and leads Baker Women in Tech, an initiative to encourage the development and promotion of women in the tech sector. In 2017, Sue won the Rising Star Award at the Variety Catherine Awards.

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Grant Murray is the Senior Professional Support Lawyer for Baker & McKenzie’s Global Antitrust and Competition Group based in London. Grant has responsibility for the know-how and training needs of a practice group comprising over 300 competition lawyers spread across more than 40 countries. A central part of his role involves monitoring and updating the group on key developments and trends in EU and global competition law, focusing on the practical implications for clients and lawyers. Grant is a Non-Governmental Adviser to the ICN (appointed by the UK Competition and Markets Authority) and a regular contributor to the work of the OECD through the Competition Committee of the OECD’s Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC).

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Rebecca helps clients register, protect and enforce their intellectual property in the US and abroad. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Rebecca was a partner at an international law firm and more recently was in-house counsel at a large retailer where she handled brand strategy, brand managing and re-branding initiatives.

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Dr. Niklas Wielandt is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie's Real Estate and M&A Practice Group in the Frankfurt office. He advises domestic and international clients on all aspects of German real estate and tenancy law as well as corporate/M&A law.

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Jonathan Isaacs heads Baker McKenzie's China Employment Practice. Mr. Isaacs is listed as a leading lawyer for China employment law in various legal publications and has shared insights on labor and employment issues with many publications and media outlets, including The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, LA Times, Reuters, The Economist Intelligence Unit, Voice of America, RTHK, LA Times and Fortune Magazine. He has also co-authored the leading treatise on Chinese employment law in English, Employment Law & Practice in China. He is admitted as a lawyer in the state of New York, USA.

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Julia Wilson is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Employment & Compensation team in London. She advises senior legal and HR stakeholders on a range of employment and data protection matters. A member of the Firm's Pro Bono Committee, she plays a lead role in the Firm's pro bono relationship with Save the Children International. She also collaborates with Law Works to deliver employment law training to solicitors who provide pro bono advice to individuals. Julia regularly presents at external and internal client seminars on a range of topics, and is often quoted in mainstream media. She authored precedent policies for the UK's Practical Law Company and co-wrote the common concepts chapter of the Tolley's Discrimination Handbook.