ACC’s virtual annual meeting a success

A screenshot of a session titled “When things go sideways – crisis management primer for corporate counsel”. Clockwise from left to right: Lacey Bundy, senior vice president, GC and Secretary of PetSmart; Tiffany Alexander, associate vice president, editorial strategy at the ACC; Duane Holloway, senior vice president, general counsel and chief ethics and compliance officer at United States Steel Corporation; John Blood, chief legal and corporate affairs officer, corporate secretary at Anheuser-Busch InBev; and Judy Smith, founder and president of Smith & Company.

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) welcomed more than 2,000 in-house counsel to its virtual annual meeting, which featured a tailored content stream for the Asia-Pacific in-house community for the first time.

ACC members from around the world, including from several countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region, witnessed keynote presentations, participated in roundtable discussions, and listened to a range of panel presentations at the annual event, which ran from 19-21 October.

“We are delighted to have provided our Asia-Pacific members with practical, interactive and engaging content, and the opportunity to find a community to network with, and learn from peers all around the world,” Tanya Khan, vice president and managing director of ACC Australia and Asia-Pacific, told Asia Business Law Journal.

The content stream featuring presenters from the region and contained a series of live sessions on topics that included: (1) Ascending to the GC role; (2) Navigating compliance minefields in Asia; (3) Singapore, the gateway to Asia: Setting up your regional headquarters; (4) Evolving in-house team structures in APAC and the impact of ALSPs [alternative legal service providers] and legal tech; (5) “I didn’t move in-house to do this!” – finding or creating your ideal in-house role; (6) Investigations from afar: Pointers & pitfalls for remote investigations; and (7) Snowed Under? Microsoft 365 – a new way to deliver legal ops. All sessions featured senior general counsel and industry experts from across the region.

In addition to the dedicated Asia-Pacific content stream, the annual meeting featured more than 300 speakers and presenters delivering over 100 sessions. For the first time, the ACC provided 13 curated learning paths and content streams based on members’ learning needs and career levels, including: (1) chief legal officers; (2) deputy general counsel; (3) new to in-house; (4) small law departments; (5) diversity, equity & inclusion; (6) multinational corporate legal leaders; and (7) technology. All delegates have access to the sessions on-demand until January 2022.