14 June 2018

How will technology redefine legal services in the Balkans?


Official Opening of the Forum

Borislav Boyanov, Member of the Advisory Board, European Regional Forum of the IBA

Martin Solc, President of the International Bar Association

Patricia Gannon, Co-Chair of the European Regional Forum of the IBA   



The global trends that are shaping our clients’ future

What changes in technology (4th Revolution) will have the greatest impact on our clients’ business operations over the next five years?

  • AI
  • Remote delivery of people and goods
  • Blockchains
  • Fintech
  • The “Internet of Things”


Bertram Burtscher, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Vienna


Gerhard Gamperl, Verbund International, Vienna

Jozek Gruskovnjak, Inlumino Consulting GmbH, Zurich

Kalin Radev, Software Group, Sofia

Thomas N. Burg, Semantic Web Company GmbH, Vienna


10.30–10.45 Coffee Break



Difficult issues for lawyers and clients in the 2020s as a result of technological change

What will the new legal issues be that we have to advise upon in 5 years time. They include:

GDPR and other elements of personal data protection. Does it mean Europe will become less competitive?

“On-line Trust”: cybersecurity challenges in the on-line environment

Protecting the technology – is IP law in the Balkans up to it?


Immanuel Gerstner, SCWP Schindhelm, Vienna


Ondrej Kramolis, Allen & Overy, Prague

Gernot Fritz, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Vienna

Cosmina Simion, Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, SEE Legal, Bucharest


11.45–12.00 Coffee Break



The legal needs of different industry sectors

What technological changes will shape the legal needs and expectations of different industry sectors:

How lawyers can make money out of “fintech”

What legal and regulatory changes can we expect in banking and financial services, the telecommunications sector and the energy sector?


Rastko Petakovic, Karanovic & Nikolic, Belgrade


Marcin Olechowski, SK&S, Warsaw

Cristina Filip, PeliFilip, Bucharest

Philip HoflehnerTaylor Wessing, Vienna

Dragana Bajic, Kinstellar, Belgrade


13.00-14.00 Lunch



The changing nature of legal services and expertise

What practice areas don’t exist today, but will be important in 2028?

The future of international dispute resolution

What is the future of anti-corruption efforts in South East Europe?

How will technology change impact anti-trust practices?


Raoul Hoffer, Binder Groesswang, Vienna


Kristijan Polenak, Polenak Law Office, SEE Legal, Skopje

Robert Millard, Cambridge Strategy Group, Cambridge

Peter Melicharek, Wiener Advocatur Bureau, Vienna

Johanna Kuebler, Comeo LLP, Frankfurt


15.30-16.00 Coffee Break



Keeping ahead of our clients

Keeping up with clients is not good enough. How can lawyers stay two steps ahead of them?

How to advise your clients about probable future developments in the law?

Talking (or listening) to clients about technology

How do we best develop business in this new world?


Stephen Revell, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hong Kong/Singapore


Dennis E. Boyle, Whiteford Taylor Preston, Washington D.C.

Tijana Kojovic, BDK Advokati, SEE Legal, Belgrade

Alexandru Birsan, PeliFilip, Bucharest

Gus J. Papamichalopoulos, Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm, SEE Legal, Athens



The “last word” to the client

Jochen Engelhardt, Microsoft, Munich



End of Day 1 closing remarks

Peter Bartlett, IBA Treasurer and Legal Practice Division Secretary, Minter Ellison, Melbourne


19.00–23.00 Gala Dinner


Admission by ticket

15 June 2018

How will technology redefine the practice of law?


8.00 – 9.00

Breakfast Networking Event

“A Conversation about 2030”

Norman Clark, Walker Clark LLC, Fort Myers, Florida

Robert Millard, Cambridge Strategy Group, Cambridge


9.00 – 9.25


Welcoming remarks

Norman Clark, Walker Clark LLC, Fort Myers, Florida

Keynote remarks

Tomasz Wardynski, Wardynski & Partners, Warsaw



Leading change: the critical management skill of 2020s

What changes do we want from AI in our law firms?

Kaupo Lepasepp, SORAINEN, Tallinn

How to manage profound change in a law firm without destroying it

Christoph H. Vaagt, Law Firm Change Consultants, Munchen

Are law firms incapable of creating real innovation?

Gudrun StanglSchoenherr, Vienna


10.40 – 11.00 Coffee Break



Law firms: evolution or extinction?

Will multidisciplinary professional services firms replace the traditional law firms?

Hermann Knott, Andersen Tax & Legal, Cologne

What economic forces pose the biggest threats to the traditional law firm?

Robert Millard, Cambridge Strategy Group, Cambridge

The future of regulation – or deregulation – of the legal services industry

Stephen Denyer, The Law Society of England & Wales, London


12.15 – 13.30 Lunch



Looking inside the artificially intelligent law firm

How to build the offices for the law firm of the future

Steven J. Martin, Gensler, Washington, D.C. 

“They’ve landed!” Artificial Intelligence in today’s law firms

Bernhard Heinzl, DORDA, Vienna

Mice and dinosaurs: How technology can save the small law firm

Eyal Iffergan, Hyperion Global Partners, Sugar Land, Texas



“Natural intelligence” in tomorrow’s law firms

What skills do young lawyers need to learn today to be successful tomorrow?

Alexander Khvoshchinskiy, LS-Institute for Professional Legal Services and Advanced Legal Studies, Berlin

The incredible shrinking law firm – Will we need as many lawyers in 2028? – Pyramid to Rocket

Norman Clark, Walker Clark LLC, Fort Myers, Florida

New opportunities for technologically redundant lawyers and support staff

Dragan Dameski, Debarliev, Dameski & Kelesoska, TLA, Skopje


15.30-15.50 Coffee Break



Building sustainable profitability in an unpredictable business environment

Faster, lower-cost, lower-priced, and more profitable – can law firms do all four?

Lowel Morgan, Nunes Scholefield DeLeon & Co., Kingston

Legal services for less than 5 euros! Can we still make money when clients want high tech and low price?

Valentin Braykov, Braykov’s Legal Office, Sofia

How can a law firm prepare for the new IT-driven competitive environment?

Peter Lakatos, Lakatos, Koves and Partners, Budapest



Closing Remarks for BLF 2018

Martin Brodey, DORDA, Vienna

Willibald Plesser, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Vienna

Borislav Boyanov, BOYANOV & Co., SEE Legal, Sofia