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Cost Center to Value Center: Adopting and Implementing a CLM Solution Successfully

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 59 minutes
Recorded Date: April 13, 2021
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  • The importance of having a digitally-transformed and business-oriented legal team
  • The three critical facets of a proven digital transformation model (e.g. transformation readiness, transformation delivery, and transformation success)
  • The value of enlisting the help of a trusted partner before adopting and implementing a contract lifecycle management (CLM) solution
Runtime: 1 hour, 1 minute
Recorded: April 13, 2021


Presently, legal professionals need to simplify the complexities of their contract management - to speed up contracting while better managing contractual risks. They need to free up invaluable but underutilized resources, and focus on higher-value, strategic work. This way, they can provide better risk guidance - to steer important business decisions - and ultimately drive revenue growth.

This program was recorded as part of ALM's Legalweek 2021 Virtual Conference on April 13th, 2021.

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Steve Rigler

Director of Contract Operations

As the Director of Contract Operations for Inmarsat, Steve Rigler and his team negotiate customer-facing contracts. Dealing with complex commercial and legal matters, their department's mission is to efficiently and effectively minimize commercial risk while maximizing revenue opportunities. Established in 1979, Inmarsat is a global satellite connectivity provider, offering international mobile services through 14 geostationary telecommunication satellites. Inmarsat's network provides communication services in the air, sea, and land; serving businesses and governments worldwide.

Previously, Steve was the Head of Contracts at Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine, a worldwide marine navigational manufacturer. Steve holds an LLB in Law from Swansea University, Advanced Practitioner with World Commerce and Contracting, and APMP Foundation member.

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Wendy Curtis

Chief Innovation Officer
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Wendy Butler Curtis is Orrick’s Chief Innovation Officer. Named Financial Times’ Most Innovative Lawyer of the Year in 2018, Wendy leads Orrick’s efforts to innovate through our focus on people, process and technology. Wendy is ranked Band 1 by Chambers for eDiscovery. She has met with more than 40 corporate legal departments, over the past year, to exchange ideas about innovation. Orrick provides legal solutions for visionary companies in the Technology & Innovation, Energy & Infrastructure and Finance sectors. Based in 25 markets globally, we help our clients grow and disrupt, we protect them, and we help them win. We’re also transforming the delivery of legal services.

That’s why Financial Times has named Orrick the Most Innovative Law Firm in North America three years in a row. Through Orrick Labs, we’re developing new legal technologies. Through our corporate venture investment fund, we’re partnering with exciting legal tech company founders. Through Orrick Analytics, we’re applying AI and other tools to solve clients’ problems. And through creative staffing at our Global Operations Center, we’re streamlining legal processes. We do all of this by engaging the very top talent, earning us a place on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list four years in a row.

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Jerry levine

Chief Evangelist & General Counsel, Americas

Jerry Levine is Chief Evangelist and General Counsel, Americas, at ContractPodAi. Jerry serves as an advisor to customers and the internal client voice, helping to guide global client success and shape overall product vision.

As a former global general counsel and Corporate Secretary at Amelia (IPsoft) - and a ContractPodAi customer, himself - he successfully implemented ContractPodAi within IPsoft’s legal department. Jerry also held leadership and consulting positions at both publicly and privately held companies, including Axiom and LexisNexis. He also founded a start-up focused law firm. As a leader in legal design thinking, he has been committed to helping legal professionals become “awesome lawyers” and strategic organizational leads - to drive results and increase market share for businesses.

Jerry holds a B.S. in Marketing and Japanese from the University of Maryland, and a J.D. with Honors from Rutgers Law School. He is currently based in New York City.

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Kristina Agassi

VP - Associate General Counsel
Zeta Global

Kristina Agassi serves as the Associate General Counsel for Zeta Global, a global data-driven marketing tech firm founded in 2007. In this role, Kristina manages and oversees Zeta Global’s legal matters, including ordinary commercial matters, acquisitions and divestitures, joint venture and other miscellaneous legal issues.
Previously, Kristina was a Senior Attorney at IEEE, a global engineering and technology focused company. In her position with IEEE, Kristina had broad responsibilities for IEEE’s legal affairs in the U.S. and globally.

Kristina joined IEEE from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where she was part of its Corporate group. Before joining Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, Kristina was an Associate in White & Case LLP’s London office where she was part of the firm’s Securities practice group. Kristina has experience representing both investment banks and issuers in initial public offerings, high yield financings, private placements, debt restructurings, and other capital raising transactions.

Kristina received a B.A. degree cum laude in Economics and Sociology from NYU in 2005 and subsequently worked for two years as a Management Consultant at Accenture. In 2010, she received a J.D. degree from NYU Law School, where she was Symposium Editor of the Journal of International Law and Politics.

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Oliver Round

Managing Counsel & Vice President
BNY Melon

Oliver Round is Managing Counsel & Director and Product Owner of Contract Lifecycle Management at BNY Mellon, where he advises the enterprise on leveraging legal technology, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, contract analytics, contract generation and contract life-cycle solutions.

Mr. Round is counsel to the firm's artificial intelligent legal agreement repository and contract analytics platform as well as to numerous enterprise regulatory programs. In addition, he focuses on strategically enhancing end-to-end business-as-usual process automation, firm-wide contract lifecycle management implementation and designing artificial intelligence proof-of-concepts.

Mr. Round is an alumnus of both Forham Law School and Lafayette College.

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