WLG 2020 Spring eConference

That's a wrap!


Thank you to the WLG members and their clients for participating in the first-ever eConference. We're overwhelmed by the new connections, exciting conversations, and ideas that have come out of the past three weeks.

Many sessions were recorded and are viewable below, along with presentations and weekly summaries. If you have feedback, comments, or ideas for connecting members online, please reach out to one of the WLG team members.

We look forward to building on the success. If we don't see you in person, see you online soon!

Week One

Monday, May 4th

WLG President's Message and Opening
Human Resources Group Webinar

"The Return to Work - The Aftermath of COVID-19"

Tuesday, May 5th

Restructuring & Insolvency Resolution Group Webinar
"Corporate Survival in the Aftermath of Pandemic: A Consideration of Liquidity Issues, Revised Business Plans and Legal Strategies for Navigating Sudden and Unexpected Financial Distress"

Wednesday, May 6th

Antitrust & Competition Group Webinar
"Competition Enforcement and Merger Control in Portugal and Elsewhere During COVID-19"

Thursday, May 7th

Small Group Discussions - Technology
Interesting small group discussion with colleagues from England to Taiwan about technology adaptation during a pandemic. Silver linings emerge including increased connectivity and time saved. Looking forward to more group discussions!

Privacy & Data Protection Webinar
"Privacy and Data Protection Issues Related to COVID-19"

Friday, May 8th

Young Lawyers Forum Roundtable
The discussion of our Young Lawyer Members' Virtual Roundtable included generational differences, coaching and dialogue for managing COVID-19. Highlights included:

  • Significant global events shape our perspective on work. For some generations, this is the second or third event of magnitude. For others, it may be the first. The significance felt by a global event can depend on what other big events you can relate to, e.g. war.
  • Cultivating resilience is a practice in wellness. The term "wellness" resonates with generations differently, but the underlying fundamentals of wellness remain the same: sleep, diet, exercise, joy, and awareness.
  • The aftermath of this pandemic will influence the lens in which the next generations, Gen-Z and Generation Alpha, relate to the world and the behaviors they exhibit.

Small Group Discussions - Technology


Recap & Highlights

We enjoyed connecting with friends and making new ones this week. There is still time to sign up for next week's sessions. Be sure to check the schedule below and feel free to share the email below with colleagues in your firm.

Week Two

Monday, May 11th

Member Firm Leaders Forum Videoconference
Leaders of our member firms focused on the future of legal practice and the lasting impacts that the crisis will have on their respective firms, lawyers and businesses in this videoconference group discussion.

Tuesday, May 12th

Plenary Session
"A Remote World: Lessons and Predictions of Rapid Adaptation"

Young Lawyers Forum Roundtable (Americas)
"Millennials and Beyond - The Next Frontier of Embracing Generational Differences"

  • Participants agreed conversations and collaborations are enriched and valued between generations. They found similarities in work values rather than differences.
  • Succession planning takes five-to-seven years to transfer a client to a new key contact partner successfully. Coaching, support and a long runway for both the senior partner and the partner taking over during the transition period are needed.
  • Law firms can be traditional, attracting personalities that value those traits, making retention of those who value flexibility and out-of-the-box thinking challenging to retain.

Wednesday, May 13th

Business Development Committee Meeting
"Business Development During the Pandemic: How Are Firms Building and Maintaining Relationships Remotely?"

Thursday, May 14th

Life Sciences Group Webinar
International Regulatory Initiatives Directed at Improving the Delivery of Healthcare in the Fight Against COVID-19

Small Group Discussions

Friday, May 15th

Young Lawyers Forum Roundtable (EMEA)
"Millennials and Beyond - The Next Frontier of Embracing Generational Differences"

  • Participants agreed conversations and collaborations are enriched and valued between generations. They found similarities in work values rather than differences.
  • Succession planning takes five-to-seven years to transfer a client to a new key contact partner successfully. Coaching, support and a long runway for both the senior partner and the partner taking over during the transition period are needed.
  • Law firms can be traditional, attracting personalities that value those traits, making retention of those who value flexibility and out-of-the-box thinking challenging to retain.

Recap & Highlights

Another week and we are over halfway thought the first WLG eConference. More new faces this week and always a delight to see familiar ones. There is still time to sign up for next week's sessions including the Asia Regional Meeting, Marketing and Business Development Professionals Meeting, and more practice group meetings.

Week Three

Sunday, May 17th

Asia Regional Meeting
The Asia-Pacific Outlook on Business and Legal Services in the Current and Post-Pandemic World

Tuesday, May 19th

Joint Webinar: Intellectual Property & Information Technology and International Trade Group
"What IP Practitioners Need to Know About Current Free Trade Agreements

Wednesday, May 20th

International Corporate Transactions Group
"The Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Mergers and Acquisitions and Related Contracts"

Small Group Discussions - Careers

  • There is uncertainly about virtual coaching, training, and mentoring developing lawyers. Some are finding increased proactivity, and communication is keeping workflows moving as young lawyers want to demonstrate their value.
  • Colleagues are finding a new level of connectivity with their colleagues in the virtual environment. Seeing the "human" side of someone's life at home is creating opportunities to develop empathy and understanding for their peers.
  • The consensus is people haven't yet digested what the effects on careers may be as there is uncertainty in what the medium- to long-term impacts will be on the economy and business. However, confidence in work from home arrangements in terms of productivity and quality of work has increased, indicating this is likely a lasting shift.

Thursday, May 21

Marketing & Business Development Professionals Forum
"Get Ranked: Tips and Tricks from the Pros for Directory Submissions"

Recap & Highlights

Thank you to the WLG members and their clients for participating in the first-ever eConference. We're overwhelmed by the new connections, exciting conversations and ideas that have come out of the past three weeks. Many sessions were recorded and are viewable from this page, along with presentations and weekly summaries. If you have feedback, comments or ideas for connecting members online, please reach out to one of the WLG team members. We look forward to building the success of this virtual event. If we don't see you in person, see you online soon!