Sun, sand and networking for GCs

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More than 40 in-house lawyers, including heads of legal teams, attended a four day conclave from 2 February to 5 February organized by the Indian Corporate Counsel Association (ICCA). They included Mohit Shukla, managing director and head of legal in India at Barclays Bank, Shukla Wassan, executive director of legal and corporate affairs for South Asia at Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages and Amba Prasad, general manager legal at Larsen & Toubro Construction.

“The conclave provides us with networking opportunities and a forum to discuss common issues,” said Cheriachen Akkatt, vice president legal at Accenture Services.

The ICCA General Counsel Conclave 2017 was held at a seaside resort in Goa. In addition to a packed agenda of panel discussions and keynote addresses, the conclave offered ample opportunities for networking, albeit within the confines of a three-day alcohol ban, which was in force due to state elections in Goa on 4 February.

Several private practice lawyers and others, including Shashank Karnad, partner and COO of forensic services at KPMG India, also attended. Topics discussed included maintaining the independence of the in-house counsel; anti-corruption and bribery; and creating value through M&A.

Addressing the conference Erik Wulff, a partner at DLA Piper, spoke of the effect of the new US administration on India-US relations.

Meanwhile, PK Malhotra, a former law secretary of the government of India, told the conference that “the need of the hour is to simplify the law”.

The ICCA’s next conference will be in Bali.