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Top Influencers: 75 UK General Counsel’s To Follow in 2022

Deputy General Counsel, VP Data Protection play a crucial role in any startup. It takes an extraordinary person to fulfil the Deputy General Counsel, VP Data Protection role. We have selected these Deputy General Counsel, VP Data Protection’s for this list as they are inspiring for a variety of reasons – whether that’s pushing boundaries, creating groundbreaking products, or doing their bit to save the world.

Our analysts did their best to select be best, and most innovative Deputy General Counsel, VP Data Protection’s. The list is in no particular order!

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Maor Fishman

Deputy General Counsel, VP Data Protection @ Checkout.com

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Checkout.com is an API-based platform providing online payment solutions that improve the user’s checkout experience. Read more aboutCheckout.com on Crunchbase…

Myles Edwards

General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer @ Constellation Wealth Advisors, LLC

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Myles Edwards is Constellation’s General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. Previously, Myles has served as General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Managing Director for Onshore and Offshore Hedge Funds, FINRA member Broker-Dealers and SEC Registered Investment Advisers. He has over twenty years of diversified experience in the securities and financial services industry. Myles J. Edwards is widely regarded as a leading expert in international private fund regulatory schemes, serves frequently on conference panels and is a noted author on compliance and risk. Myles Edwards is an adjunct professor in the Financial Services LLM Program at New York Law School lecturing on various topics including “best practices” for Portfolio Managers and aspects of operating in offshore domiciles. He is on the Board of Directors of the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors (“AM&AA”) assisting with expanding the knowledge base for participants in the New York middle tier investment banking and private equity sector. He is one of the founding members of the Trans-Atlantic Financial Forum which assists governmental officials in Washington and London in developing policy and legislation affecting the alternative investment community. Beginning January 1, 2012, Myles will be serving a three-year term as a Small Firm Representative on the FINRA District 10 Committee. Myles also serves as a Hearing Panelist for FINRA District 10. Myles J. Edwards is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, New Jersey, the Federal District Court of Newark and before the United States Supreme Court. He holds Series 7, 24 and 63 FINRA registrations as well as the Series 53 MSRB Municipal Securities Principal registration. Myles obtained his B.A. from Syracuse University with a degree in Russian & Eastern European Slavic Studies and a minor in Geography, and his J.D. from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where he is recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus. Learn more about Myles Edwards on Crunchbase…

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Rosemary Martin

Group General Counsel and Company Secretary @ Vodafone

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Rosemary Martin joined Vodafone as Group General Counsel and Company Secretary in 2010. She has responsibility for the group’s legal, secretariat, compliance and risk matters. Prior to Vodafone, she was chief executive of Practical Law Company and was General Counsel and Company Secretary of Reuters Group Plc which she joined in 1997 having been a partner in the London law firm, Rowe & Maw (now Mayer Brown). Rosemary is a member of Vodafone’s Group Executive Committee. She is also a director of HSBC Bank PLC (the European arm of the HSBC Group) and a member of the FCA’s Listing Authority Advisory Panel. Learn more about Rosemary Martin on Crunchbase…

Vodafone is a mobile telecommunications company that offers voice, messaging, and data services. Read more aboutVodafone on Crunchbase…

Tanya de Sousa-Grimaldi

General Counsel @ Reward Insight

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Reward is a global data monetisation company that helps the worlds largest banks and retailers understand and change consumer behaviour Read more aboutReward Insight on Crunchbase…

Nicola McCormick

General Counsel @ GroupM

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A noted expert on legal issues in adverting, Nicola McCormick is Global General Counsel for GroupM, the media investment group of WPP. GroupM is the world’s largest media investment group. In this role she’s held since 2015, Nicola is a key partner to hundreds of regional businesses operating as part of GroupM, including global media agencies such as Mindshare, Mediacom, Wavemaker, Essence and media specialists such as Xaxis. She advises on all facets of GroupM’s business and operations the world over, from client/vendor contracting to regional and local regulatory requirements governing how advertisers may do business. Most recently, this includes the establishment of GroupM’s readiness program for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and Nicola oversees a team that includes GroupM’s Data Privacy Officer. Nicola has been advising WPP agencies since 1997. She studied Law at University College London (UCL), specialising in Media Law, and qualified at the firm, Edge Ellison (subsequently merged into Squire Patton Boggs), which was a firm delivering services to WPP. Nicola has also advised numerous internet start-ups including social platforms and ecommerce sites. Between 2005-2015, she was a partner at Simkins LLP, a specialist firm, where she led the firm’s advertising practice. For many consecutive years, Nicola has been recognized by Chambers & Partner’s Legal Directory as an industry expert in advertising. Learn more about Nicola McCormick on Crunchbase…

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Mustafa Tharoo

General Counsel @ IHS Towers

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Mustafa is a leading corporate and commercial lawyer. He has over 15 years of experience in M&A and project transactions Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Zambia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Sudan. Mustafa’s primary fields of practice include banking and finance, property law and mergers and acquisitions. He has acted for and advised lenders on obtaining, perfecting and enforcing securities, and on reviewing and drafting loan and facility agreements. Mustafa has also undertaken a variety of private and public company commercial work. He has acted for and advised vendors and purchasers on the acquisition and disposal of shares and assets. This included undertaking detailed due diligence investigations and drafting and negotiating share purchase, asset sale, joint venture, partnership, and distribution and marketing agreements. Before joining IHS, Mustafa was a Consultant at ADEPT Chambers in Tanzania. Previously, he served as a consultant at Ringo & Associates in Tanzania and a Partner at Anjarwalla & Khanna in Kenya. Mustafa is a member of the Law Society of Kenya. He is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences on various aspects of law and investment. Learn more about Mustafa Tharoo on Crunchbase…

IHS is a mobile telecommunications infrastructure provider. Read more aboutIHS Towers on Crunchbase…

Deborah Grimason

General Counsel & Company Secretary @ V.Group

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V.Group is a provider of maritime services to the commercial shipping, cruise, energy and defence industries. Read more aboutV.Group on Crunchbase…

Markus A. Federle

Senior Managing Director, General Counsel and Head of Group Compliance @ Samena Capital

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Markus Federle is the General Counsel and Head of Group Compliance of Samena Capital and a Senior Managing Director of Samena Capital Investments Limited in Dubai. He has more than 19 years of experience advising investors on M&A, private equity and other complex transactions in equity, debt and real estate. Prior to joining Samena Capital, Dr Federle was a Co-Founder and Managing Director of The Fairsky Group, a Swiss and London based group advising funds and investors in alternative strategies. Previously, Dr Federle was a Co-Founder, Partner and General Counsel of ESO Capital Group, a US$500 million investment manager focusing on illiquid special situations investments throughout Europe. Prior to this, Dr Federle was a partner at the international law firms Dewey Ballantine and Norton Rose where he specialised in transactional work for private equity and hedge funds. He started his career as an associate at the German law firm Hengeler Mueller in Frankfurt. Dr Federle holds a JD and PhD (Dr iur) from the University of Freiburg i.Br. (German Academic Foundation Fellow), a Licence en Droit from the Université D’Aix-Marseille, and a Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of California at Los Angeles (Fulbright Fellow). He is also qualified as a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). Learn more about Markus A. Federle on Crunchbase…

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David McAlinden

General Counsel @ Big Ideas Group

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Big Ideas Group provides strategic advice, business support, and financing to entrepreneurial companies with big ideas. Read more aboutBig Ideas Group on Crunchbase…

Andrew Biggs

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary @ Primeline Energy Holdings

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Andrew Biggs is qualified as a solicitor in England and in Hong Kong. Between 1981 and 1998, he was a partner of international law firm Richards Butler, both in Hong Kong and London, specialising in Hong Kong/Asian M&A and corporate finance transactions. He was involved in many of the early H-share listings of mainland Chinese companies on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and dealt with numerous M&A and financing transactions in China. In 1998, Mr. Biggs joined Parkview Group (which group includes Primeline) as Corporate Affairs Director and General Counsel. In this capacity he has overseen all legal aspects of Primeline’s operations. Mr. Biggs has worked for Primeline full time since 2007. Learn more about Andrew Biggs on Crunchbase…

Primeline is an independent, China focused oil and gas exploration and production company. Read more aboutPrimeline Energy Holdings on Crunchbase…

Sami Salomaa

VP, Business Development and Planning & VP, Commercial and General Counsel @ Secondmind

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Sami is an applied mathematics engineer with more than twenty years experience building innovative and complex business models at the crossroads of finance and technology. Originally from Finland, Sami has spent much of his life as an expat around the world. He heads our initiatives in the financial sector. In his spare time, he prefers to build solid things that solve simpler problems, like huge natural light sky panels to help his family cope with winters in the far north. Learn more about Sami Salomaa on Crunchbase…

Machine learning for automotive innovators Read more aboutSecondmind on Crunchbase…

Charles Sermon

General Counsel & Co-Founder @ Mereo Biopharma

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Charles is Mereo Biopharma’s General Counsel, Company Secretary and a co-founder. He has over 20 years’ experience in corporate law and biopharmaceuticals. He started his career as a corporate lawyer at Freshfields before joining Nomura as an Associate Director in 1998 where he worked for Nomura’s life science investment team investing globally in biotechnology companies. Charles was part of Phase4 Partners’ MBO from Nomura in 2010. Charles has an LLB (Hons) from Hull University. Charles is a Board Member of Phase4 Partners and a Member of the Mayor of London Enterprise Panel’s Digital Creative, Science and Technology Working Group. Prior to Nomura Charles was a corporate lawyer in London with Freshfields. Charles holds a LLB (Hons) from the University of Hull and a Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors. Learn more about Charles Sermon on Crunchbase…

Mereo is a new UK-based speciality biopharmaceutical company. Read more aboutMereo Biopharma on Crunchbase…

Filippo Cardini

Managing Director, COO and General Counsel @ TowerBrook Capital Partners

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Filippo Cardini is COO, General Counsel and a Managing Director of TowerBrook. He is a member of the Management Committee as well as being responsible for investor relations for the firm. He was previously a Partner, COO and General Counsel at Soros Private Equity. He focuses on the Italian market and is extensively involved in structuring and executing all of TowerBrook’s transactions. Previously, he was a senior solicitor at the London-based law firm, Ashursts, in the Private Equity Group in London and Milan. He earned his LLB from Brunel University and completed his Law Society Finals at the College of Law in London. He holds the Series 7, 24, 63, 79 and 99 licenses. Learn more about Filippo Cardini on Crunchbase…

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Victoria Kitcatt

Vice President and Assistant General Counsel @ Pfizer

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Harry Stanley

General Counsel @ TradeIX

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Arnaldo Perez

General Counsel and Secretary Carnival Corporation & plc @ Carnival Cruise Line

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Arnaldo Perez joined Carnival Corporation in July 1992 as assistant general counsel. He was promoted to acting general counsel and secretary of Carnival Corporation in 1995 and in 1996 he was named general counsel, responsible for the legal affairs of Carnival Corporation & plc. Prior to joining Carnival, Perez was a partner at Weil, Lucio, Mandler, Croland & Steele of Miami. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Miami in 1982 and a Juris Doctor (JD) from Columbia University in 1985. Learn more about Arnaldo Perez on Crunchbase…

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Alex Marshall

Partner and General Counsel @ Generation Investment Management

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Alex joined Generation in 2011 and is General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Generation Investment Management. Previously, Alex was Head of Legal for the Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs outside the Americas, and a Senior Counsel at Clifford Chance. Alex received an LLB and a Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Edinburgh, and a Masters in Corporate and Commercial Law from the London School of Economics. Alex is admitted as a Solicitor by the Law Society of Scotland. Learn more about Alex Marshall on Crunchbase…

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Craig Stoehr

General Counsel + Investment Committee Member @ Hassad Food

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Andrew Nethercot

Deputy General Counsel & Head of Legal. Group Data Protection Officer. @ Priory Group

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Priory Group is a provider of behavioral care and also operates an international referral pathway for healthcare and education services. Read more aboutPriory Group on Crunchbase…

Richard Cohen

General Counsel @ Unybrands

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Søren Lundsberg-Nielsen

Group General Counsel @ G4S

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Søren began his career as a lawyer in Denmark and since 1984 he has had a wide range of legal experience as general counsel for international groups in Denmark, Belgium and the US before joining Group 4 Falck in 2001 as Group General Counsel. Søren has been involved in a wide range of successful mergers and acquisitions during his career, including the acquisition of Wackenhut and the Group 4 Falck merger with Securicor. Søren has overall responsibility for all internal and external legal services for G4S as well as the group’s insurance programme. Søren is non-executive director of Basico A/S, a member of the Danish Bar and Law Society, a member of the advisory board of the Danish UK Chamber of Commerce and author of the book Executive Management Contracts, published in Denmark. Learn more about Søren Lundsberg-Nielsen on Crunchbase…

G4S is an international security solutions group, focused on BPO sectors where security and safety risks are considered a strategic threat. Read more aboutG4S on Crunchbase…

Jasy Loyal

General Counsel @ Schoen Clinic

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Schoen Clinic specialised in the medical specialties of mental health, orthopaedics, neurology. Read more aboutSchoen Clinic on Crunchbase…

Andrew Jessop

Partner and the General Counsel @ Hg

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Andrew Jessop is a Partner and the General Counsel at Hg. Andrew has overall responsibility for the successful running of Operations within Hg as well as making a significant contribution to the firm’s legal and compliance efforts. Andrew specialises in international M&A and plays a central role in most Hg transactions. From time to time, he also sits as a director on the board of some of their portfolio companies. Andrew holds an honours law degree and a diploma in legal practice from The University of Edinburgh. He is qualified in English, Scots and New Zealand law. Learn more about Andrew Jessop on Crunchbase…

Hg is a private equity firm that invests in software and services, focused on backing businesses. Read more aboutHg on Crunchbase…

Adrian Morris

Group General Counsel @ Tesco

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Adrian joined Tesco in September 2012 as Group General Counsel. Prior to Tesco, Adrian worked at BP plc as Associate General Counsel for Refining and Marketing. From 2002 to 2009, Adrian was with Centrica PLC, initially as European General Counsel and then as General Counsel for British Gas. Learn more about Adrian Morris on Crunchbase…

Tesco PLC is a British multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer headquartered in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, England. Read more aboutTesco on Crunchbase…

John W. McCullough

Senior Vice President & General Counsel @ Harbert Management Corporation

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Mr. McCullough joined HMC in 2006 as a Vice President and Associate General Counsel, and was appointed Senior Vice President and General Counsel effective March 9, 2009. Before joining HMC, he was a partner in the law firm of Balch & Bingham LLP and Associate General Counsel of a publicly traded client of that firm. He also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of McWane Science Center, a science museum and early learning center in Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. McCullough received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Washington and Lee University and received a law degree from the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University. Learn more about John W. McCullough on Crunchbase…

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James Maynard

General Counsel & SVP Group Legal @ Farfetch

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At Farfetch James is responsible for the management and service delivery of the Farfetch Legal & Company Secretariat team. James sits on the Farfetch Executive Board, is a member of the Strategy Committee and Co-Chair of the Risk Group. James has ultimate responsibility for corporate execution of all M&A activity, large scale commercial agreements, IP and brand protection and enforcement, compliance (including data protection and anti-trust), contentious employee matters, material litigation and managing the Farfetch Group’s legal and compliance risk. Prior to joining Farfetch in 2014, for almost a decade James worked as legal counsel to various online technology companies, having spent his formative professional life as a corporate M&A lawyer in a City firm. Learn more about James Maynard on Crunchbase…

Farfetch is an online luxury fashion retail platform. Read more aboutFarfetch on Crunchbase…

Angela Leach

General Counsel & Company Secretary @ IP Group Plc

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In addition to providing legal services at group level and co-ordinating external legal requirements, Angela also provides ad hoc legal support to IP Group’s portfolio of spin-out companies created amongst its ten university partners. Angela trained and qualified at leading London law firm CMS Cameron McKenna and spent two years post qualification in the corporate department before moving to AIM specialist Memery Crystal where she advised a number of technology companies on their AIM listings. Angela, who joined IP Group in January 2007, specialises in all aspects of corporate and commercial law. Learn more about Angela Leach on Crunchbase…

IP Group is an IP commercialization company specializing in evolving great ideas into world-changing businesses. Read more aboutIP Group Plc on Crunchbase…

William Rayner

Company Secretary, General Counsel @ Imperial Innovations

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Will joined the Group’s legal team in September 2004 and he became Company Secretary in January 2014. He has extensive experience of venture capital and technology licensing transactions, as well as general corporate legal matters. Before becoming a barrister, William spent five years working in technology transfer. He has a BSc in Physics and Philosophy and an MSc in Philosophy and History of Science, both from King’s College London. Learn more about William Rayner on Crunchbase…

Imperial Innovations is a technology commercialization and venture capital investor that focuses on technology. Read more aboutImperial Innovations on Crunchbase…

Martin Rose

General Counsel, Chief Information Security Officer & Company Secretary @ Glory Global Solutions

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Martin is an international lawyer managing the Legal, Intellectual Property, Data Protection & Security and Insurance & Risk Teams within Glory Global Solutions. Martin has an extensive background in international acquisitions and in negotiating significant product sales and service orders with large multi-national and blue-chip clients, private and state-owned banks as well as multi-national retailers and suppliers. He has worked at several leading international law firms and held a number of senior legal positions within global private equity portfolio companies, prior to joining the organisation in early 2008. Passionate and energetic, Martin brings a wealth of international experience to legal, compliance and governance matters within the company. Learn more about Martin Rose on Crunchbase…

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Cameron Craig

Deputy General Counsel @ HSBC

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Cameron Craig is deputy general counsel and group head of data privacy at HSBC, a role which he took on in September last year. In this new role he has responsibility for advising the Bank on global data privacy risks and appropriate measures to address these risks. Before joining HSBC Cameron was a partner in DLA Piper’s IP & Technology Team where he built and was the co-chair of DLA Piper’s EU Data Protection and Privacy Team. He worked as an engineer before turning to the law and his practice retains a strong technology focus. He has extensive experience in advising on outsourcing transactions and in managing and implementing global data protection solutions for international businesses. Cameron has managed many multi-jurisdictional projects, co-ordinating advice on compliance with data protection legislation across the world and advising clients on strategies for cloud adoption. Cameron is recognised as a data protection expert in Chambers for both UK and international data protection law which in 2010 stated that “he is well respected by market observers, who recommend him for his client-friendly and commercial approach” and in 2011 states that he is “technically second to none,” while clients value his “approachable manner and commercial advice.” The 2012 edition of Legal 500 recommends Cameron for “co-ordinating privacy projects for blue-chip clients” and the UK data protection team for providing ‘top-notch commercial advice’ on regulatory compliance matters, including for online products, international data transfers and security breach issues. He is also a regular contributor to journals and is the author of the data protection chapter for the Communications Law Handbook published recently by Bloomsbury Professional. Learn more about Cameron Craig on Crunchbase…

HSBC is a banking and financial services organization that offers a comprehensive range of services. Read more aboutHSBC on Crunchbase…

Susanna Berger

General Counsel for Europe @ Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

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Susanna Berger is the General Counsel for Europe at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts. Learn more about Susanna Berger on Crunchbase…

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Kurt Pakendorf

Chief Strategy Officer & General Counsel @ FaceIT

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Kurt Pakendorf is a chief strategy officer and general counsel at FACEIT. Learn more about Kurt Pakendorf on Crunchbase…

FaceIT is the gaming platform for professional competitions within online multiplayer video games. Read more aboutFaceIT on Crunchbase…

Charles Chipchase

Vice President & Assistant General Counsel @ Riverstone Holdings

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Mr. Chipchase is a Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of Riverstone. He is based in London. Prior to joining Riverstone in February 2014, Mr. Chipchase was General Counsel of Tercel Oilfield Products, a private equity-owned oilfield services company specializing in providing drilling, completions, and downhole services to the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining Tercel Oilfield Products, Mr. Chipchase was an Associate at Vinson & Elkins LLP, where he focused on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions work in the energy sector. Mr. Chipchase received his M.A. in History from Edinburgh University and his Diploma in Law and Legal Practice from the College of Law. He is licensed to practice law in England and Wales. Learn more about Charles Chipchase on Crunchbase…

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Victoria Ferguson

Partner & General Counsel @ MMC Ventures

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Victoria joined MMC in 2014. As MMC’s legal counsel, Victoria is responsible for all legal aspects of its work: its investments (investing, exits and everything that happens in between), funds and investors, as well as anything else the firm needs. She occasionally wishes that she were one of those lawyers in TV dramas who know about all fields of law without any research; instead she relies on a decade of experience in London and Tokyo with Simmons & Simmons and latterly Jones Day. Victoria is a member of EISA’s regulatory committee, working closely with relevant members of HM treasury and the Financial Conduct Authority to consult on proposed changes to the marketing, promotion and management of EIS issues and funds. To exercise the more creative part of her brain, Victoria sings with the City of London Chamber Choir. On her days off, Victoria can often be found at the zoo with her own little monkeys. Learn more about Victoria Ferguson on Crunchbase…

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Hilary Wandall

Chief Compliance Officer and Associate General Counsel @ Dun & Bradstreet

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Catherine Clarke

General Counsel & Consultant @ Business Growth Fund

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Catherine joined in January 2012 as BGF’s Legal Counsel, responsible for BGF’s internal legal function. Catherine has over 20 years’ experience in growth capital/private equity. She began her career at 3i Group plc and rose to Senior Legal Counsel managing a team of lawyers and support staff in 3i’s Birmingham location. During her time at 3i, Catherine acted for 3i on a huge range of investments and worked closely with lawyers across the UK and Europe. In 2004, Catherine left 3i and joined Wragge & Co LLP in Birmingham where she continued her growth capital/private equity career, this time acting as an external lawyer for houses including 3i Group plc, LDC and Bridgepoint. Learn more about Catherine Clarke on Crunchbase…

Business Growth Fund is an influential investor in small and mid-sized businesses. Read more aboutBusiness Growth Fund on Crunchbase…

Matt Jowett

General Counsel & Company Secretary @ Merlin Entertainments

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Appointed Group General Counsel and Company Secretary in February 2016. Matt was previously General Counsel and Company Secretary at DS Smith PLC, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary of VT Group plc and prior to that he was Group General Counsel of RMC Group plc. He began his career at law firm Linklaters. Learn more about Matt Jowett on Crunchbase…

Merlin Entertainments is the largest European entertainments company operating in Europe. Read more aboutMerlin Entertainments on Crunchbase…

Dan Fitz

Group General Counsel & Company Secretary @ BT

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General Counsel & Company Secretary at The Francis Crick Institute. Learn more about Dan Fitz on Crunchbase…

BT provides communications services to consumer and business sectors worldwide. Read more aboutBT on Crunchbase…

Simon Collins

General Counsel @ HarperCollins

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Simon runs the legal and contracts team, responsible for all legal advice to the company. Areas covered include corporate and commercial matters, defamation, copyright, contractual matters, acquisitions, sales and the handling of all litigation. Before joining HCUK in 2001, Simon was a legal advisor for the BBC. Learn more about Simon Collins on Crunchbase…

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Ian Woods

General Counsel and COO @ Virgin Group

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Ian is the General Counsel and COO at Virgin Group. Ian has been with Virgin since 2005 and has responsibility for various functions within Virgin Management including Legal, People, Company Secretarial, Facilities and IT as well as for advising Virgin companies on a broad spectrum of legal issues across different business sectors and jurisdictions. Ian sits on the Board of various Group companies including Virgin Management, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Limited Edition and Virgin Enterprises. Ian previously worked for leading international law firm Slaughter and May and holds an LLB from Sheffield University. Learn more about Ian Woods on Crunchbase…

Virgin Group is an investment company focused on leisure, travel, tourism, mobile, broadband, TV, radio, music, finance, and health sectors. Read more aboutVirgin Group on Crunchbase…

David McGlennon

General Counsel and Company Secretary @ Daisy Corporate Services

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David is a qualified solicitor and has a Master of Arts degree in law from Cambridge University. David joined Daisy as General Counsel and Company Secretary in October 2009. He was formerly a senior associate at Eversheds LLP, in the firm’s corporate group. During his time there, he gained extensive experience in advising public and private companies in relation to mergers and acquisitions. In March 2011, he was named In-house Lawyer of the year at the Manchester Law Society Legal Awards. Learn more about David McGlennon on Crunchbase…

Daisy Corporate Services | #1 independent provider of IT, communications and cloud Read more aboutDaisy Corporate Services on Crunchbase…

John O’Reilly

Group General Counsel and Company Secretary @ Kodak Alaris

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Kodak Alaris is a company that is passionate about using technology to transform organizations and improve people’s lives across the planet. Read more aboutKodak Alaris on Crunchbase…

Matthew Frankel

General Counsel @ Theramex

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Theramex is a global specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to women and their health. Read more aboutTheramex on Crunchbase…

Otto Grolig

General Counsel @ INOVYN

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Otto has almost 20 years’ experience as a corporate lawyer, about half of which have been as senior in-house counsel at Solvay. He started his career at Linklaters in 1996, including three years as a solicitor at its London office, and then moved to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in 2001. Otto joined Solvay in 2006 where he partnered with senior management on mergers and acquisitions (M&A); corporate governance; antitrust; finance and general commercial matters. Since 2012 Otto has been in charge of legal M&A matters for the Solvay Group. Otto holds a law degree awarded by the Free University of Brussels and an MA in International Relations awarded by the Johns Hopkins University. He is also a member of the Council of the Belgian Institute of Company Lawyers. Learn more about Otto Grolig on Crunchbase…

INOVYN is a vinyls producer that ranks among the top three worldwide. Read more aboutINOVYN on Crunchbase…

Chris Lagow

Senior Vice President & General Counsel @ PRA Group

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Chris is responsible for the company’s global legal, regulatory and government relations functions. He was named general counsel in January 2016 after serving as PRA Group’s deputy general counsel since 2011. Chris has been practicing law for 15 years and joined PRA in 2006 after working in private practice for law firms in New York and Virginia. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from James Madison University and a J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law. He has served on the board of directors of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and the Executive Council of the Virginia Bar Association’s Corporate Counsel Section. Learn more about Chris Lagow on Crunchbase…

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Fergus Speight

General Counsel @ Royal London Group

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Fergus Speight joined Royal London in April 2011. Before becoming a solicitor, Fergus was an underwriter with Sun Alliance. His legal career started at Standard Life, then a mutual, where he concentrated on life policy, trust work and general contract law. On moving to London with General Accident, Fergus was quickly steeped in corporate transactions while working on the two mergers and the subsequent buying and selling of insurance businesses which became the core of the Aviva Group. Moving to expand his financial services experience, he then moved to Nomura, a Japanese broker dealer, where he spent five years focused on investment banking business including regulatory matters. Here he worked all over Europe while also liaising closely with colleagues in the US and Japan. Fergus joined the Resolution Group on its acquisition of life companies from Abbey National, (which included Scottish Provident), and became head of legal and latterly head of compliance there also. On its acquisition by Pearl, Fergus joined its Group Function working on closely with its Board and the regulator through the financial crisis. As a trustee on the board of the largest parent owned primary school in England, Fergus led the bold expansion of the school by acquiring new premises and increasing the school role considerably, making one of the best performing, financially stable schools in South East London. Learn more about Fergus Speight on Crunchbase…

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John Heard

Partner & General Counsel @ Abingworth

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John has completed more than 100 venture capital financings and exits for life science and technology start-up companies across Europe and in the US. He has also been actively involved in initiatives to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of venture capital deal structuring across Europe. John joined Abingworth in 2006 from Intel Capital, the venture capital investment arm of Intel Corporation, where he was European Legal Counsel. Prior to this, John was an Associate at the international financial law practise, Hughes Hubbard & Reed, based in Washington, DC, US, and subsequently in Paris, France. He is a member of the District of Columbia and Maryland State Bars, and has qualified as a UK Solicitor. At Abingworth, John is responsible for deal co-ordination and provides legal assistance to the life sciences and healthcare team in their investment programme. Learn more about John Heard on Crunchbase…

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Amy Harvey

General Counsel @ The Capital Partnership

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Amy is TCP Group’s legal counsel. She is responsible for managing TCP Group’s legal affairs including supervision and coordination of external counsel. Prior to joining TCP in September 2009, Amy worked at Olswang LLP where she specialized on a range of private equity transactions acting for institutional investors, entrepreneurs and management buy-out teams. Before that, she worked as a corporate lawyer at two top-flight Canadian law firms. She is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and has also been admitted as a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in history from the University of Guelph. Learn more about Amy Harvey on Crunchbase…

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Andrew Buchan

General Counsel @ Scottish Equity Partners (SEP)

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Andrew is SEP’s General Counsel and is responsible for all of SEP’s legal matters, including relationships with external counsel. Andrew provides legal and strategic input into SEP’s investments and portfolio company exits as well as dealing with regulatory, corporate compliance and governance matters. Before joining SEP, Andrew spent over 10 years in private practice with Maclay, Murray and Spens, where he gained extensive experience in private equity, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and finance agreements. Andrew also has a keen interest in intellectual property. He holds an LLB (Hons) in Private Law from The University of Glasgow and is also a Notary Public. Learn more about Andrew Buchan on Crunchbase…

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Nathan Snowden-Merrills

General Counsel and Co-Founder @ BillSaveUK

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BillSaveUK is an energy saving expert, making homes more comfortable and helping reduce utility bills. Read more aboutBillSaveUK on Crunchbase…

Nathan Snowden-Merrills

General Counsel and Co-Founder @ BillSaveUK

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BillSaveUK is an energy saving expert, making homes more comfortable and helping reduce utility bills. Read more aboutBillSaveUK on Crunchbase…

John Forbes Anderson

General Counsel @ Park Square Capital

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John Forbes Anderson

General Counsel @ Park Square Capital

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Mark Davis

General Counsel @ EV Cargo

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Mark Davis is the General Counsel at EV Cargo. Learn more about Mark Davis on Crunchbase…

EV Cargo is a privately-owned logistics business. Read more aboutEV Cargo on Crunchbase…

Chris Davies

General Counsel @ Navico

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Christiaan Winchester

General Counsel @ Kobalt

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Peter Khoury

Chief Executive and General Counsel @ Genesis Technical Systems

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Simon Hardcastle

General Counsel @ Endless LLP

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Simon brings over 16 years’ experience to the role of General Counsel. The first person to hold the position, he’s been a crucial advisor and takes responsibility for all things legal at Endless. Simon is one of our best problem solvers, with no nut too tough for him to crack. He’s advised on deals including The Works and bathstore, and helped project manage internal fundraising for the Endless funds II and III. “My proudest achievement is helping the firm navigate and prepare for unchartered territories – such as creating our first institutional Fund II” But don’t think for minute because he’s in legal that he’s not an adventurous soul. If you show him a hill, he’ll quickly climb up it, ski down it or ride around it. Learn more about Simon Hardcastle on Crunchbase…

Endless is an investor that specializes in supporting management buyouts, acquisition of non-core businesses, and turnaround investments. Read more aboutEndless LLP on Crunchbase…

Patrick Darby

Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary @ Encompass Health Corp.

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Patrick Darby was named executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of HealthSouth in February 2016. Prior to joining us, Darby was a partner of the law firm of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, in Birmingham, Alabama. He is listed in Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America and Alabama Super Lawyers. He received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his law degree from Washington & Lee University School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Washington & Lee Law Review. Learn more about Patrick Darby on Crunchbase…

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Stephen Houston

Director and General Counsel @ vTime Limited

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vTime is a virtual reality software company that develops apps and cloud-based solutions that redefine virtual engagement and communication. Read more aboutvTime Limited on Crunchbase…

Stuart Banks

Managing Director & General Counsel, Europe @ Hellman & Friedman

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Stuart joined H&F in 2007 and is responsible for overseeing the Firm’s legal matters in Europe related to prospective investments and portfolio companies. Prior to H&F, Stuart was an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in London. During this time, he also completed a two-year secondment to the U.K.’s Panel on Takeovers and Mergers. Stuart completed his legal training with Travers Smith, qualifying as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2000. Learn more about Stuart Banks on Crunchbase…

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Richard Given

General Counsel & Company Secretary @ 10xbanking

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Richard Given is a General Counsel and Company Secretary, Richard is responsible for corporate governance, partnership compliance and best practice at 10x. Richard thrives on re-thinking the way legal services are provided, challenging all pre-conceptions and constantly aiming to find new solutions and better ways to use technology. He previously served as Head of Legal for the Worldwide Operations of the global bank HSBC, where he built a new team from scratch. Before this he was Head of Legal for Cisco across Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Central & Eastern Europe, Russia/CIS and Pakistan, where his focus was on major strategic IT implementations. Learn more about Richard Given on Crunchbase…

10xbanking offers a digital banking platform that will transform the way financial services providers operate. Read more about10xbanking on Crunchbase…

Alex Asquith

General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer @ Abingworth

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Alex joined Abingworth in 2005 having previously been a member of the UK legal team at The BOC Group plc, where she was responsible for providing legal advice on a wide range of issues to one of BOC’s lines of business. Alex trained as a solicitor at the London offices of Slaughter and May and was an assistant solicitor in the corporate and commercial department from 1994-1999. Alex’s role at Abingworth is to assist the General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer as well as to provide legal support to the life sciences team Learn more about Alex Asquith on Crunchbase…

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Sally Roberts

General Counsel @ Accel

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Bill Flynn

Group General Counsel @ Lowell Group

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Bill is responsible for our legal, compliance and risk departments and joined Wonga in February 2015. He is a qualified solicitor with over 15 years’ experience in consumer credit and retail finance, including as an FCA Approved Person. His most recent role was at The Capquest Group, where he was Group General Counsel. There he oversaw the governance and control functions, including legal, regulatory compliance, risk, internal audit and HR. He has also worked at a senior level in global finance businesses in the UK and across Europe including GE Capital and Zurich Financial Services. Learn more about Bill Flynn on Crunchbase…

Lowell Group provides credit management services specializing in debt recovery, data analytics, and customer insight. Read more aboutLowell Group on Crunchbase…

Sandie Okoro

Global General Counsel @ HSBC Asset Management

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Sandie is Global General Counsel at HSBC Global Asset Management. Her previous roles have included global General Counsel at Barings and Head of Legal for Corporate Services at Schroders. Sandie is on the Management Board and Finance Audit Committee of the Panel of Recognised International Market Experts in Finance, based in The Hague. She is also a council member of the Human Rights organisation JUSTICE and, since January 2014, President of International Lawyers of Africa (ILFA). Sandie is a receipient of the 2014 Chambers Europe Award for Excellence in the category for Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession. Sandie was the winner of the Law Society’s Minority Lawyers Conference award in 2011 for encouraging minority lawyers and was named in the Powerlist 2013 magazine as the sixth most influential black person in Britain. In July 2014, Sandie will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law by City University in recognition of her career in business and law and her voluntary work in the community to help others achieve the same success. Learn more about Sandie Okoro on Crunchbase…

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Edward Hardcastle

Principal & General Counsel @ Rouse

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Rouse is a leading global IP consultancy that provides the full range of IP services, from portfolio management, disputes and enforcement. Read more aboutRouse on Crunchbase…

Richard Taylor

General Counsel @ euNetworks Group

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euNetworks is a Western European provider of bandwidth infrastructure services. Read more abouteuNetworks Group on Crunchbase…

Jane Hyndman

General Counsel @ Compact Media Group

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Compact Media Group is a full-service intellectual property rights management company distributing royalties for TV, film and music. Read more aboutCompact Media Group on Crunchbase…

Gerard Cranley

General Counsel & Company Secretary @ Brave Bison

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Rightster, the cloud-based video distribution and monetisation network. Read more aboutBrave Bison on Crunchbase…

Carl Dickinson

General Counsel @ Amadeus Capital Partners

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Carl joined Amadeus Capital Partners in 2015. He has responsibility for Amadeus’ legal, regulatory and related administrative affairs. Prior to joining Amadeus, Carl was a legal counsel at Balderton Capital. Before that, he was a senior associate at international law firm SJ Berwin where he principally advised venture capital and private equity houses on their investment and M&A activity. Carl attended Nottingham Law School and holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Warwick. He is a Solicitor admitted to practice in England and Wales. Learn more about Carl Dickinson on Crunchbase…

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Robbie McKenzie

General Counsel and Chief Risk & Compliance Officer @ LendingCrowd

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Robbie McKenzie serves as general counsel and chief risk & compliance officer at LendingCrowd. Learn more about Robbie McKenzie on Crunchbase…

LendingCrowd, a leading fintech lending platform serving mainland UK and headquartered in Scotland, was founded in 2014 by CEO Stuart Lunn. Read more aboutLendingCrowd on Crunchbase…

Mark Chilton

Company Secretary and General Counsel @ Booker Group

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Booker Group plc is the United Kingdom’s largest food wholesale operator offering branded and private-label goods. Read more aboutBooker Group on Crunchbase…

Stephen Lerner

General Counsel & Regulatory Affairs Director @ Three

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Alice Biggar

General Counsel @ Immersive Labs

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Immersive Labs develops a platform that measures and improves cybersecurity skills across businesses. Read more aboutImmersive Labs on Crunchbase…

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