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Annual Company Lawyers Summit 2019: Navigating Change in a Dynamic Business and Legal Environment - 16 May 2019, Hilton Sofia Hotel

May 2019 – Kinstellar, a leading international law firm operating in ten jurisdictions in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, is pleased to invite you to the second edition of our exclusive annual event dedicated to general counsels, heads of legal departments and senior in-house lawyers in Bulgaria. The event will provide insight into some of the hot legal topics on the agenda of senior lawyers in 2019, as well as an opportunity to hear from peers about what it takes to be agile and successfully develop an efficient in-house legal team.

This Year’s Agenda

8:30 – 9:00
Registration of participants & coffee

9:00 – 9:05
Welcome words by Diana Dimova, Kinstellar Sofia Managing Partner

9:05 – 9:20
Key Note Speaker – Anne De Condé, Director Legal Europe of Inteva Products (confirmed)

9:20 – 10:00
First panel discussion

Chair: Antonia Mavrova, Partner at Kinstellar Sofia

Navigating Change — Company Lawyers’ Perspective

  • How in-house legal teams respond to changes in the business model (digitalisation, AI and automation, disruption)
  • How to deal with the increasingly challenging regulatory framework
  • Cornerstones of a good strategy
  • How to manage business’s reactions and expectations
  • Managing outside legal support to build flexible resources


    • Anne De Condé, Director Legal Europe of Inteva Products
    • Yoanna Ilchovska, Legal Affairs and Corporate Governance Director at Telenor
    • Jeny Marekova, General Counsel and Country Integrity Officer at ABB Bulgaria
    • Borislava Jereva, Legal and Compliance Head at Citibank

      10:00 – 10:40
      Regulatory Crisis Prevention and Management

      • Increasing cross-border regulatory cooperation and what it means for Bulgaria-based businesses
      • Best practices for prevention
      • Best practices for crisis response
      • Communication strategies

        Real-Life Case Study: Reaction in Case of a Cyber Incident

        • Reaction within the first 24 hours
        • Reporting requirements under the GDPR and sector-specific regulations
        • Coping with the “longer-term” implications

          Lecturers: Dessislava Fessenko, Of Counsel, Mladen Minev, Managing Associate and Stiliyana Ivanova, Senior Associate, Kinstellar

          10:40 – 11:00
          Coffee break

          11:00 – 11:40
          Second panel discussion

          Chair: Diana Dimova, Managing Partner at Kinstellar Sofia

          Horizon Scanning — Bulgaria Joining the Eurozone and its Impact on Business and Legal Environment

          • Macroeconomic impact
          • Impact on business environment — local trade, foreign investment, international and local deal making
          • Expected impact on legislative framework — changes in the AML regulations, insolvency framework


            • Prof. Antoniy Galabov, Director of Laboratory for Public Policies, New Bulgarian University
            • Tanya Karageorgieva, Head of Corporate Finance Advisory at UniCredit Bulbank
            • Evgeny Angelov, Chairman of the Bulgarian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association, Partner at PostScriptum Ventures

              11.40 – 12:40
              Sustainable Change in a Dynamic Environment

              • Emotions in the face of change
              • Developing the 7 aspects of readiness for change
              • Specific techniques for managing change

                Lecturer: Gergana Markova, Business and Personal Effectiveness Certified Coach and Professional Trainer

                12:40 – 14:00

                Date, time and location

                Thursday, 16 May 2019, 09:00 – 14:00 (coffee breaks and lunch included)

                Hilton Sofia Hotel, Moussala 1 Hall


                Attendance is free of charge. The event is by invitation only.

                Please confirm your attendance no later than 2 May 2019 by e-mail to Romina Petrova at