The legal profession around the world is undergoing a significant transformation. Law firms are experiencing significant challenges in a fast-changing marketplace while at the same time the growth of in-house corporate functions has resulted in a decrease in reliance upon law firms. In that context, law firms suffered significant declines in their gross revenues and several innovative legal services models have begun to offer corporate clients an alternative to law firms, some of them Tech infused. The stated impetus underlying this development is the need to innovate the century old guild of lawyering that has failed to adapt adequately to the changes in the modern competitive marketplace. Sebastian Heinrich will outline these developments based on the example of axiom. Marc Morant, CEO Axiom Switzerland will join us later in the evening.
18.30 - Doors open
19.00 - Welcome (Swiss LegalTech Association)
19.05 - Alternative Legal Providers (Marc Morant)
Detailed description will follow.
20:00 - Networking & drinks
About Sebastian Heinrich
Sebastian is the Engagement Manager for Axiom in Switzerland who is in particular responsible for managing and developing the firm's relationships with domestic and international clients in the German-speaking part. In his role, Sebastian is also strongly supporting the General Manager in all Business Development & Strategy related activities. Sebastian joined Axiom in April 2016 from an Executive Master in Business Law Program of the University of St. Gallen (HSG).
Prior to that, he worked as M&A Senior Associate for a Canadian Investment Bank in Frankfurt (Canaccord Genuity Ltd.) and as M&A Associate for an M&A boutique in London and Frankfurt (Steen Associates Ltd.) where he became a FCA and FINRA Approved Person. Sebastian started his career as M&A Analyst at Credit Suisse (Deutschland) AG in Frankfurt and Hamburg.
During his Master in Economics studies at the University of Mannheim, he gained work experience with Berenberg Family Office in Hamburg, UBS Wealth Management in Frankfurt, BCG Strategy Consulting in Stuttgart, Commerzbank in Singapore and J.P. Morgan Chase in Paris.
Sebastian is a holder of a CISI certificate in Corporate Finance, a CAIA certificate in Alternative Investments and a Program on Negotiation certificate from the Harvard Law School.
About Marc Morant
Marc is the General Manager of Axiom in Switzerland and a member of Axiom’s Continental Europe management team. Axiom is the world’s largest provider of tech-enabled legal, contracts and compliance solutions for large enterprises. The firm’s unique solutions combine legal expertise, technology and data analytics to deliver work in a way that dramatically reduces risk, cost and cycle time. At Axiom, Marc is responsible for the firm’s first Continental European office including expansion across the region.
In this fully-fledged role, Marc is directing a team responsible for managing and developing the firm's relationships with Switzerland based clients. He is responsible for all operational matters and for driving the local office strategy. Marc joined Axiom in November 2014 from Swiss Life International, a division divided into several business units operating cross-border. As Chief Counsel and Executive Committee Member he led an international Legal & Compliance team providing a full range of services.
Prior to Swiss Life, Marc was Senior Corporate Legal Counsel at XL Insurance, Senior Associate at Staiger, Schwald & Partner Attorneys at Law, and Corporate Legal Counsel at Novartis International. Marc is a qualified lawyer and holds a Master of Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) as well as a Doctoral degree in law (Dr. iur.) from the University of Basel, where he also earned his law degree. Additionally, he passed successfully a General Management Program at Harvard Business School. Marc is fluent in German, French and English.