Fireside Chat: The Future of Legal Teams: Embracing Technology and AI

The legal industry’s adoption of AI is in its nascent stage. In this session, we will discuss how firms are benefiting from the utilisation of AI technology, as well as explore its current limitations and risks.

The competitive edge: How technology is transforming legal operations by enhancing efficiency, productivity, and strategic decision-making.

The hybrid AI model: What a culture of innovation, adaptability, and collaboration between human expertise and machine capabilities means for the future of the industry.

Realism vs Idealism: Why technology needs to be a part of your legal budget considerations and what AI can realistically do to drive greater efficiencies.

Panel Discussion: Transforming the Perception of Legal Teams: Adding Value in Private Equity Deals

This session will demonstrate how legal teams can showcase their impact for internal stakeholders. We’ll highlight how efficient legal processes can give firms a competitive advantage and help maximise fund returns. We’ll be exploring strategies to leverage data insights to accelerate and enhance deal structuring and risk mitigation.

Accelerate Growth: How to scale quickly by prioritising and allocating resources effectively.

Embrace digital innovation: Streamline workflows by leveraging technology.

Increase operational efficiency: Become a value add through cross-functional partnerships.


Seda Yalçınkaya
General Counsel for Europe and Asia Apollo Global Management

Seda Yalçınkaya is an experienced general counsel with deep sector exposure in technology and financial services.  She is currently General Counsel for Europe and Asia at Apollo Global Management, based in London.

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Troy Pospisil
Founder & CEO Ontra

Troy is the Founder and CEO of Ontra, where he has led the company from inception to becoming the market-leading provider of contract automation and intelligence to the private markets - with over 350 employees, offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, and investors such as Blackstone and Battery Ventures.

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Aaron Kienwald
Chief Operating Officer Oakley Capital

Aaron is Oakley Capital’s Group Chief Operating Officer having moved in 2020 from private practice law. Aaron is responsible for the group’s operations in particular Legal and Regulatory, Compliance, Risk, Fund Operations and Tax with a particular focus on fundraising working closely with the investor relations and deal teams.

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Rebecca Neuschatz Zelenka
Partner Fried Frank

Rebecca Neuschatz Zelenka advises clients on all aspects of fund formation and the ongoing operations of funds and their managers. Rebecca’s practice maintains a particular focus on the structuring and offering of private equity funds and other alternative investments.

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Sam Blake
Sam Blake
Principal - Legal Antin Infrastructure Partners

Sam is a Principal in Antin’s legal team. He has been with Antin since joining from Weil, Gotshal’s Private Equity team in 2018. At Antin, he works closely with the investment and tax teams and external counsel on all aspects of transaction evaluation and execution, portfolio company management and management incentive plans.

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Bridget Deiters
Sr Managing Director & International Lead Ontra

Bridget is a Senior Managing Director at Ontra. Prior to Ontra, Bridget practiced corporate and capital markets law at Kirkland & Ellis and Cravath. Bridget holds a J.D. from Georgetown and a B.A. from Yale. In her spare time, Bridget enjoys cooking, arts and crafts, and country walks with her dog.

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