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In brief

Our multidisciplinary practitioners discuss the importance of the need for consumer goods and retail (CG&R) businesses to be aware of their “extended enterprise” – the complex network of third parties they depend on to develop, market and sell their products and services.

In each of these webinars (held twice to accommodate different time zones), a panel of international Baker McKenzie experts was joined by Duncan Gallagher, Edelman’s Head of Issues & Crisis for EMEA to discuss the importance of the extended enterprise in today’s business environment, and share best practices for success and holistic solutions for complex extended enterprise models in the post-COVID-19 world.

During the program, the panelists discussed:

  • The evolution of extended enterprise risk – both legal and PR perspectives
  • Proactively managing third party risk
  • Global and local group governance issues, and board oversight
  • The expansion of third party risk to ESG and stakeholder concerns

If you would like more information on Extended Enterprise and how Baker McKenzie can help support your business, please reach out to one of the professionals listed or to your usual Baker McKenzie contacts.

Date: 9 December 2020 

Time zone: EMEA/Americas

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Speakers: Alyssa Auberger (Moderator), Beatriz Araujo, Reagan Demas, Gloria Santona and Duncan Gallagher (Edelman)

Date: 10 December 2020 

Time zone: APAC/EMEA

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Speakers: Kurt Haegeman (Moderator), Beatriz Araujo, Mini vandePol, Gloria Santona and Duncan Gallagher (Edelman)


Kurt Haegeman is the global chair of Baker McKenzie's Consumer Goods and Retail Industry Group and a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Brussels office. Kurt is also a member of the Firm's Global Cartel Task Force and European Competition Law Practice Group.


Beatriz Pessôa de Araújo is a partner based in Baker McKenzie's London office and has more than 30 years of experience leading on and advising clients on business critical transactions and matters. Following service, on a full-time basis, of a four-year term on the Global Board of Baker & McKenzie, her practice has focused on corporate governance best practices, including board advisory, director duties, stakeholder governance and subsidiary governance, for both UK companies as well as global groups. She has supported the World Economic Forum as an expert on governance projects and has written various articles on corporate governance topics. She won "Best in Corporate Governance" in 2018 at the Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards Legal 500.


Reagan Demas has significant experience working on behalf of companies and investors in emerging markets and high risk jurisdictions. He has managed major legal compliance investigations for a variety of Fortune 500 companies and negotiated settlements before the US Department of Justice, US Securities and Exchange Commission, and other federal and state regulatory entities, obtaining declinations in a number of matters. He has also conducted risk assessments and due diligence in a variety of legal compliance matters for companies across industries, and has worked on the ground evaluating partnerships, investments and other business opportunities worldwide. Reagan has written and spoken extensively on emerging compliance trends, ethics, corruption and doing business in Africa. In 2019, Reagan was selected as a BTI Client Service All Star by corporate counsel in recognition of being a leader in superior client service.



Gloria Santona is Of Counsel in the Chicago office of Baker McKenzie. Gloria served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of McDonald's Corporation. Since 1977, she held positions of increasing responsibility in McDonald's legal department, serving as US General Counsel from December 1999 to June 2001 and corporate General Counsel from June 2001 until 2017. As a member of the company's executive leadership, she was actively involved in the company's growth strategy. She led the company's worldwide legal, risk, compliance and regulatory function. Widely respected in the legal profession, Gloria was named an Outstanding General Counsel by the National Law Journal and has been recognized as one of America's Top General Counsel by Corporate Board Member magazine. Under Gloria's leadership, McDonald's legal department won numerous awards for its commitment to diversity and pro bono.