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THE VGBA SUMMIT 2017

Game Business & Legal Affairs

The VGBA Summit is the definitive conference for international practitioners of interactive entertainment law. Drawing the largest audience of in-house counsel from game publishers and developers, the annual event matches a senior audience and expert speakers for two days of dynamic discussion and socialization among peers.

THE SPEAKERS OF THE VGBA SUMMIT 2017

Howard Shapiro

Howard Shapiro

Partner, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp

Riley Russell

Riley Russell

Chief Legal Officer, Sony Interactive Entertainment

Greg Pilarowski

Greg Pilarowski

Founder, Pillar Legal

Ira Lam

Ira Lam

Deputy General Counsel, Aftershock Services

Michael Metzger

Michael Metzger

Senior Vice President, Houlihan Lokey

Anthony Sammi

Anthony Sammi

Partner, Skadden

Kirk A. Soderquist

Kirk A. Soderquist

Partner, Perkins Coie

Konstantin Ewald

Konstantin Ewald

Partner, Osborne Clarke

Bill Weizheng Wang

Bill Weizheng Wang

President Overseas Business, 360 Games

Justin Antonipillai

Justin Antonipillai

Founder & CEO, WireWheel

Jim Charne

Jim Charne

Of Counsel, Gerard Fox Law

Stephanie L. Zeppa

Stephanie L. Zeppa

Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton

Clinton Foy

Clinton Foy

Managing Director, CrossCut

Joseph Olin

Joseph Olin

Executive Director, Video Game Bar Association

Debra R. Bernard

Debra R. Bernard

Partner, Perkins Coie

Jason Greenglass

Jason Greenglass

‎Executive Vice President of Esports, Evolved Talent Agency

S. Gregory Boyd

S. Gregory Boyd

Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

David S. Rosenbaum

David S. Rosenbaum

Co-Founder & Board Member, VGBA

Todd Smithline

Todd Smithline

Managing Principal, Smithline PC

Dean Takahashi

Dean Takahashi

Lead Writer, GamesBeat (VentureBeat)

Patrick Sweeney

Patrick Sweeney

Co-Founder & President, VGBA

James G. Gatto

James G. Gatto

Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton

Ross Dannenberg

Ross Dannenberg

Attorney, Banner & Witcoff

Adam Sullivan

Adam Sullivan

Head of Business & Legal Affairs, Square Enix

John Rubiner

John Rubiner

Partner, Gerard Fox Law

Jennifer Lloyd Kelly

Jennifer Lloyd Kelly

Partner, Fenwick & West

Jennifer Stump

Jennifer Stump

Senior Vice President - Legal & Business Affairs, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Martin Rae

Martin Rae

Vice President Business Development, VREAL

Jorge Andres Bedoya

Jorge Andres Bedoya

Partner, Bedoya & Visbal Abogados

Lisa Cosmas Hanson

Lisa Cosmas Hanson

Managing Partner & Founder, Niko Partners

Kurt Hemr

Kurt Hemr

Partner, Skadden

Chrissie Scelsi

Chrissie Scelsi

U.S. General Counsel, Wargaming

Timothy Heggem

Timothy Heggem

Associate, Theodora Oringher PC

Don E. Karl

Don E. Karl

Partner, Perkins Coie

Stephen S. Smith

Stephen S. Smith

Founder, Law Offices of Stephen S. Smith

Danielle Gotcher

Danielle Gotcher

Managing Partner, Global Immigration Partners

David L. Anderson

David L. Anderson

Vice President - Business & Legal Affairs, NBC Universal Brand Development

Felix Hilgert

Felix Hilgert

Senior Associate, Osborne Clarke

Greg Pemberton

Greg Pemberton

Director of Privacy, Legal and Business Affairs, Sony

Dona Fraser

Dona Fraser

Vice President, ESRB Privacy Certified

EVENT SCHEDULE

PanelModeratorSpeakersTime
Registration and Breakfast (sponsored by Perkins Coie)8:00 - 9:00 AM
Opening Remarks9:00 - 9:15 AM
Intellectual PropertyRoss DannenbergChrissie Scelsi,
Todd Smithline
9:15 - 10:15 AM
Coffee and Networking (sponsored)10:15 - 10:45 AM
Employment and Immigration IssuesHoward ShapiroDanielle Gotcher,
John Rubiner
10:45 -12:15 AM
Lunch (sponsored by Perkins Coie)12:15 - 1:15 PM
Advanced Drafting/Negotiation of Game ContractsDavid RosenbaumJennifer Stump,
Konstantin Ewald,
David Anderson
1:15 - 2:15 PM
Coffee and Networking (sponsored)2:15 - 2:45 PM
Trade Secrets - *Featured Session*Ira LamTony Sammi,
Christopher Miller,
Kurt Hemr
2:45 - 3:45 PM
Privacy UpdateS. Gregory BoydKonstantin Ewald,
Dona Fraser,
Greg Pemberton,
Justin Antonipillai
3:45 - 4:45 PM
A.R. / V.R.Kirk SoderquistTyler Mah,
Martin Rae,
Debra Bernard
4:45 - 5:45 PM
Reception (sponsored by Fenwick & West)5:45 - 7:00 PM
Dinner (sponsored by Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz)7:30 - 9:30 PM
PanelModeratorSpeakersTime
Breakfast (sponsored by Perkins Coie)8:00 - 8:45 AM
EthicsJim Charne,
David Rosenbaum
8:45 - 9:45 AM
Business UpdateDean TakahashiClinton Foy9:45 - 10:30 AM
Break10:30 - 10:50 AM
Chat between Riley Russell & Joseph OlinJoseph OlinRiley Russell10:50 - 11:30 AM
Game FinanceDon E. KarlClinton Foy,
Stephanie Zeppa,
Michael Metzger
11:30 - 12:30 PM
Lunch (sponsored by Perkins Coie)12:30 - 1:30 PM
Litigation UpdateJennifer Kelly,
Steve Smith
1:30 - 2:30 PM
E-SportsJames GattoJason Greenglass,
Clinton Foy,
Timothy Heggem
2:30 - 3:30 PM
Break3:30 - 3:45 PM
International RoundupASIA:
Greg Pilarowski,
Bill Wang,
Lisa Hanson

LATAM:
Patrick Sweeney,
Jorge Bedoya,
Joseph Olin

EUROPE:
Felix Hilgert,
Adam Sullivan
3:45 - 5:15 PM
Closing Remarks5:15 - 5:30 PM

OUR EVENT SPONSORS

Check Who Makes This Event Possible

The VGBA Game Business and Legal Affairs Summit would not be possible without support from our generous sponsors, speakers who offer their expertise, our vital network of attendees representing the spectrum of game publishers and developers—and special thanks to the Video Game Bar Association for editorial guidance and to the UCLA School of Law’s Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Law Program for hosting the event.

Platinum Sponsors

FKKS


Fenwick & West

Gold Sponsors

Perkins Coie

Silver Sponsors

IE Law Group


Pillar Legal

Venue Sponsors

UCLA School of Law


Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law

Game Sponsors

Square Enix


Sony

TRAVEL INFORMATION

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Summit Venue

UCLA School of Law
385 Charles E. Young Drive, East
Los Angeles, CA 90095
United States
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