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When: 28 - 01 March 2018
Where: New York, New York, United States of America
The WSG 2018 Meeting of the Americas, hosted by Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, LLP, took place in New York, New York, USA and welcomed over 65 participants from 37 firms worldwide. The event was a tremendous success and included valuable guest speakers, contributing panelists and optimal networking opportunities among professionals across the WSG Network.

Guest Speakers, Moderators and Panelists
in order of appearance
Thursday, 01 March


1. Site Visit: New York Stock Exchange

Attendees visited the famous New York Stock Exchange, the oldest and largest public exchange in the US, and went on a behind the scenes look at the unmatched intersection between technology and the securities markets. Guests also heard about current developments in equity markets and learnt how companies from around the world access the international capital markets through the NYSE. The visit included an exciting tour of the fabled trading floor for the market’s opening bell.

2. Site Visit: Christie’s

Attendees went behind the scenes and learnt how Christie’s sold Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi for a staggering USD 450 million utilizing buzz from one of the most interesting marketing campaigns:'The Last da Vinci: The World is Watching.' Attendees also heard family stories behind some of the masterworks in the upcoming sale of property from the collection of David Rockefeller; and enjoyed a guided tour of cutting edge contemporary art coming up for auction in March.

3. Panel Discussion

Tomer Inbar
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

Companies are increasingly looking for investment opportunities that create positive social or environmental impacts as well as financial returns. This panel discussed the current impact investing landscape and provided examples of how for-profit and not-for-profit organizations have implemented impact investing strategies.

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  • Jason Scott
    Managing Partner
    Encourage Capital

  • Matt Onek
    Mission Investor's Exchange
Wednesday, 28 February


4. Panel Discussion

Michelle Cohen
Chief People, Diversity and Professional Development Officer
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

This panel discussion covered the Paradise and Panama Papers as the backdrop for a conversation surrounding the current cyber threat environment for professional services firms. Speakers discussed cyber insurance, insider and third-party vendor risks, as well as steps to take/consider, in the event of a breach.

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  • Steven Grossman
    Vice President of Strategy
    Bay Dynamics

  • Paul Poh
    Managing Partner
    Tixzy Consulting

5. Panel Discussion

Dahlia Doumar
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

Our panel of women Partners and corporate leaders discussed their individual career paths and how professional services firms can support the development of women’s careers. They discussed the changing business environment and opportunities that it creates for the future.


6. Guest Speaker

Guest Speaker
Venu Kumar

Venu Raman Kumar is a successful tech entrepreneur and private equity investor. He is the founder & former Chairman/CEO of NASDAQ listed M*Modal Inc, a leading voice recognition, healthcare document technology company that he took from a start-up to until it was sold to One Equity Partners for over a billion dollars in 2012. Since then, he has actively invested in a number of ventures across India, Middle East and North America. Mr. Kumar, a true visionary and tech genius shared inspiring stories of his ongoing entrepreneurial success and discussed various hurdles he has experienced.

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