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Event | 01 June 2023 3:30 PM Central Standard Time

Baker McKenzie, in partnership with Accenture LLP, invites in-house corporate legal teams and interested business stakeholders to join us in person on Thursday, June 1, to discuss how various legal departments are addressing AI and how companies are managing these challenges and risks.


The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) continues to change how business is done. While in many areas the use of AI and data driven technology or solutions has already found its way into the daily business of corporations across all industries, this trend will scale up even more in the near future. In particular, this applies where the digital transformation “demands” a rapid change of the business and business models for multinational corporations to stay on top of their game. Corporate legal departments are preparing themselves for a change in the regulatory landscape as legislators globally seek to set guardrails for the use of AI. At the same time, this increased use of and reliance on AI and data makes companies increasingly vulnerable as targets of cyber criminals. In addition, legislators globally move towards regulating the use, access and sharing of data between market players.


The program will begin with a keynote address from Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. (former Manhattan District Attorney and Global Chair of Baker McKenzie’s Cybersecurity Practice) who will share his insights on the importance of data and protection of data in an environment with constantly evolving cyber threat factors.

Following the keynote, two panel discussions will feature senior corporate leaders in privacy and technology as well as Baker McKenzie practitioners from the US and Europe. The panel dialogue will provide an update on:

  • the latest data governance issues facing global companies (including Generative AI models),
  • how to navigate both the use of AI and new technology, 
  • how to practically tackle compliance with the (upcoming) regulations globally, and
  • how to appropriately guard against evolving threat factors.

Prior to each panel, we will show a short video message from our colleagues in Asia Pacific and Latin America to share current developments in each region related to AI and regulated data and how new guidance will play a part in the legal department’s compliance process.

The afternoon program will conclude with a peer networking reception overlooking Lake Michigan and Chicago’s Millennium Park.

We hope you and / or your team members are able to join us!

Private Meetings Opportunity

As part of the program, we will be organizing complimentary meetings ahead of the panel discussion, where you and/or your team can sit down with Baker McKenzie lawyers to discuss current challenges, opportunities, outline plans for the rest of the year and how our Firm can support you.

If you are interested in scheduling a meeting, please contact Marie Caylor ( or your regular Baker McKenzie contact.


Keynote by Cyrus Vance, Jr.: 3:30 pm – 3:45 pm Central

Panel Discussion: 3:45 pm – 5:30 pm

Reception: 5:30 pm

Location: Baker McKenzie Chicago Office, 300 East Randolph Street, Suite 5000, Chicago, Illinois 60601

For more information, please contact:

Marie Caylor
Senior Manager, BD

Continuing Legal Education: Approved for 1.5 general Illinois and New York CLE credits. Florida CLE credit pending. Baker & McKenzie LLP is an lllinois CLE approved provider.

Additional Information: There is no fee to attend but registration is required and will be accepted on a first–come, first–served basis. This program is not open to attendance by other professional service providers.


Cyrus Vance Jr. has earned a well-deserved international reputation as a trial attorney with a proven track record in high-stake litigation and global investigations. As the Co-Chair of Baker McKenzie's North America Litigation and Government Enforcement Practice, Cyrus is well-known for his expertise in white collar criminal investigations, complex civil and criminal litigation, sanctions enforcement, compliance and cybersecurity. With over three decades of experience in both public and private sector, Cyrus provides invaluable guidance to clients navigating cross-border investigations, enforcement matters, and cybersecurity incidents.
Prior to joining the Firm, Cyrus served three consecutive four-year terms as Manhattan District Attorney, overseeing a team of over 600 prosecutors. He handled landmark criminal prosecutions, including the successful litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court in Trump v. Vance and the conviction of Harvey Weinstein on two felony sex crimes. He also managed more than 100,000 cases annually, including complex white collar and business crimes both domestically and internationally. Cyrus regularly collaborated with regulatory and crime-fighting partners such as the City of London Police, Paris Prosecutors' Office, Singapore Attorney General, Europol and Interpol, and is known for his ability to build and manage teams collaboratively across borders and agencies.


Dr. Florian Thamm is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Frankfurt office. He is the head of the German Real Estate Practice and chair of the EMEA Real Estate Practice Group of Baker McKenzie. Before joining the Firm in 2007, he worked in the Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and London offices of Hengeler Mueller since 2000. In 2004, he was seconded to Slaughter and May in London. Dr. Thamm was admitted to the Frankfurt bar in 2002.


Teisha Johnson is a member of Baker McKenzie's antitrust practice in Washington, DC. She advises clients on a wide range of antitrust and e-discovery matters, and has considerable experience counseling clients in government investigations, proposed mergers and acquisitions, compliance, and litigation matters.


Adam Aft helps global companies navigate the complex issues regarding intellectual property, data, and technology in M&A and technology transactions. He is the lead of the Firm's North America Technology Transactions group and co-leads the group globally. Adam also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Leslie H. Southwick of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Honorable Theresa L. Springmann of the US District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.


Stephen Reynolds is a member of Baker McKenzie’s North America Intellectual Property & Technology Practice, which provides clients with a full suite of data privacy and cyber services. He frequently advises clients on complex matters involving data privacy and security laws and serves on the board of directors of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Stephen’s expertise adds value to organizations by mitigating cyber threats through proactive preventative measures and navigating complex litigation on behalf of clients in data privacy and security. As a former computer programmer and IT analyst, Stephen is uniquely able to and routinely uses his computer background in cases involving data privacy and security, electronic discovery, social media discovery, and computer forensics. Stephen has given several presentations on data privacy and security, electronic discovery and social media discovery, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US). In addition to being a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Stephen teaches CISSP classes as a Direct Instructor with the (ISC)2. Additionally, Stephen teaches a course on Data Security and Privacy Law at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.


Brian Hengesbaugh is Chair of the Firm's Global Data Privacy and Security Business Unit, a Member of the Firm's Global IP Tech Steering Committee, and a Member of the Firm's Financial Institutions' Group. Brian is listed in The Legal 500 Hall of Fame and was recognized as a Regulatory & Compliance Trailblazer by the National Law Journal. He is also listed as a Leading Lawyer for Cyber law (including data protection and privacy) in The Legal 500 and is listed in Chambers. Formerly Special Counsel to the General Counsel of the US Department of Commerce, Brian played a key role in the development and implementation of the US Government’s domestic and international policy in the area of privacy and electronic commerce. In particular, he served on the core team that negotiated the US-EU Safe Harbor Privacy Arrangement (Safe Harbor), and earned a Medal Award from the US Department of Commerce for this service. In addition, Brian participated on behalf of the United States in the development of a draft Council of Europe Treaty on Cyber Crime, and in the negotiation of a draft Hague Convention on Jurisdiction and the Recognition of Foreign Judgments. Brian has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, CNET, Slate Magazine, Compliance Weekly, BNA Bloomberg, PCWorld and other news publications on global privacy and security issues.

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