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Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Practice Group Call

Thursday 21 October 2021

We are all back after the summer and welcoming you to the next Blockchain and Cryptocurrency PG Call.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday October 21, 7:00 am PDT (3:00 pm BST, 4:00 pm CET).

We have a great program. Our Italian member Roberto Ferretti will give a presentation on their new FinTech venture Refink and how they will use that platform to assist startup clients on FinTech regulatory matters in particular regarding cryptocurrency and blockchain products and services. Roberto will also discuss a comparative research project on regulatory frameworks applicable to crypto-assets that his firm is currently conducting. The outcome of such a research work could be published under dual branding (Refink / Mackrell International) and contributors would have a space to present their respective firms.

We also have a few new members and would like to use the opportunity to have them introduce themselves at the meeting. I am looking forward to see all of you at then.

To join the call:

If you have any program idea for our future meetings, please email me and we can discuss.

GC Roundtable

Thursday 21 October 2021

Mackrell International are very pleased to announce our upcoming GC Roundtable

Next Thursday 21st October at 8am UK BST, we will welcome a select group of GCs from leading international businesses to a roundtable discussion with MI members.

The aim will be to connect with the GCs, understand what they are looking for from their law firms, what informs their selection decisions, how the pandemic has changed their outlook and priorities – and of course, we will be looking to promote our capabilities.

The GCs and their organisations are:

Sunny Park, Asst. General Counsel and APAC Regional Director, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs, Microsoft, Singapore

Gautam Rohidekar, Group General Counsel & Director Legal at Raymond Group, India

Faizal Latheef, Regional Legal Counsel, Middle East & Africa at AbbVie, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Rajashekhar Reddy, Company Secretary & Vice President - Legal at Hikal Ltd, India

Kamal Sharma, Senior Manager & Senior Counsel, Global Brand Protection | IMEA at Procter & Gamble, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The full programme and content

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Spotlight on Litigation Funding with guest speaker John Salomon

specially for the Bankruptcy & Insolvency and Litigation Practice Groups

Wednesday 27 October 2021

We are very fortunate to have John Salomon as a guest speaker, currently a senior managing director with Pretium. Pretium is a specialized investment manager with $25.5 billion in assets under management, focused on real estate, mortgage finance and corporate debt.

John has worn many hats over the course of his career, ranging from expert witness to financial advisor to accounting, but he will speak to our group specifically about litigation funding in business/commercial litigation situations. Ray Patella, our group Chair, worked with John for many years on a matter where he was financial advisor and expert witness in a complicated tax and auditor malpractice litigation. John is not only a gentleman but is a consummate financial adviser, one of the best Ray has ever worked with.

Plus, there will be the opportunity to connect with and learn from your fellow B&I lawyers from across the MI network - do make one of the sessions below if you can, you are sure to benefit from it.

Register in advance for your preferred session:

Session 1: Oct 27, 2021 01:00 PM London / 08:00 EDT

Session 2: Oct 27, 2021 05:00 PM London / 12:00 EDT

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Space Law Practice Group Call

Inaugural Meeting

Wednesday 27 October 2021

Headed by Safak Herdem of Herdem Attorneys in Turkey, who has considerable experience in Aerospace and Defence, the inaugural meeting of the MI Space Law Practice Group will be held on 27th October at 14.30 UK BST.

The aim will be to make introductions and connections with others interested in the sector and to hear from those in Latin America and Europe who already have some experience, particularly in and around communication and civilian satellites.

MD, Keith Heddle will also update the group on his conversations with Professor of Space Law, Sa’id Mosteshar.


Meeting ID: 843 0125 3681 ; Passcode: 456479

The Patchwork of US Data Privacy Laws - MI Roundtable

Wednesday 03 November 2021

Make sure that you have saved the 3rd November at 15.30 pm UK GMT in your diaries.

An august and diverse panel of US Data-Privacy experts looks to unpick the patchwork of data-privacy legislation across the country and the challenges that poses.

Although led by the panel who will share their insight and perspectives, this will be an open session for fellow legal professionals and clients to pose questions and engage in the debate.

Please join us and your panel comprising of:

Tracy Marshall from Keller & Heckman in Washington DC

Stephanie O. Sparks from Hoge Fenton in Silicon Valley

Sherwin Yoder from Carmody Torrance in Connecticut

Carrie O’Brien from Gust Rosenfeld in Arizona.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

MI/MGI M&A Roundtable

Tuesday 16 November 2021

Continuing our collaboration with the M&A/Corporate specialists of the MGI Worldwide accountancy network, this quaerterly meeting will review available opportunities and create the chance to connect and network for future collaborations.

So join us on 16th November at 8.30 am and/or 16.30 pm UK GMT where we continue to highlight M&A opportunities and to create a networking environment for members.

Register in advance for the event:

8.30 am

16.30 pm

If you are not already on the separate ‘Opportunities Opt-In’ list, please let Mackrell International HQ know so we can keep you updated about these meetings and the quarterly MI-MGI Business Bulletin

The Mackrell International Women’s Group - Women at Larchfield

Wednesday 17 November 2021

The next meeting of the growing MI Women’s Group will not just provide another opportunity to keep building a network of fellow female legal professionals around the world, but we will also hear from two extraordinary women, Emma Mbaga and Salem Dawit who are on the Board of Larchfield Children’s Home in Tanzania, the orphanage that is one of our chosen charities for the MI ‘Connect the World Challenge’.

Join us at 14.30 UK GMT on 17th November to hear more about the lives of these Women and the ownderful work that Larchfield is doing.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

What does it take to make Partner?

An MI Mentor event

Thursday 18 November 2021

For many up-and-coming lawyers, making Partner remains the ultimate goal.

Here, in an open and frank discussion, a panel of MI lawyers, (some senior and experienced, some younger lawyers who have just joined the Partnership ranks) will shine a light on what it takes to make Partner.

Join us on November 18th at 2.30 pm UK GMT

If you are a younger lawyer looking at the trajectory towards Partner, this session could be invaluable for you – if you have any burning questions you’d like to put to the panel (anonymously if you like), please send them to MI HQ at

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2022 Annual General Meeting

London, United Kingdom

Wednesday 18 May 2022 to Sunday 22 May 2022

The Mackrell International 2022 Annual General Meeting will take place in London, United Kingdom, hosted by member firm for United Kingdom, London Mackrell.Solicitors.

The meeting venue will be the Sea Containers Hotel

For further information please contact Mackrell HQ