Ask The Expert: Liquid Legal - Transforming an Industry
8th December 2016 Virtual Event Ask The Expert (ATE) Webinars
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Thursday 8th December 2016 - 4:00 PM London, 11:00 AM New York, 9:30 PM Mumbai, 12 AM Perth

Join us for this webinar where our experts will introduce their book “Liquid Legal,” which compels the legal profession to question its current identity and to aspire to become a strategic partner for corporate executives, clients and stakeholders: transforming legal into a function that creates incremental value. They will present a uniquely broad range of forward-looking perspectives from several different key players in the legal industry: in-house legal, law firms, LPO’s, legal tech, HR, associations and academia.

Kai, Dierk and Roger will argue that:

  • the new legal function will shift from a paradigm of security to one of opportunity;
  • future corporate lawyers will no longer primarily be negotiators, litigators and administrators, but that instead they will be coaches, arbiters and entrepreneurs;
  • legal knowledge and data-based services will become a commodity;
  • analytics and measurement will be key drivers of the future of the profession.

Our Experts:

Kai Jacob, a lawyer by education, joined SAP in 2008 and heads the Global Contract Management Services team since 2011. In 2015, he assumed additional responsibility for Legal Information Management, aiming to support the digital transformation of the legal function. Kai joined IACCM (International Association for Contract and Commercial Management) in 2004, became a member of its Board of Directors in 2012, and since January 2014 has been serving as Officer and Vice Chair EMEA. Kai is a regular speaker at conferences and engaged in various round tables, boards, and initiatives in support of his vision of liquid legal.




Dr. Dierk Schindler is the head of Legal and Deal Management for Europe, Middle East & Africa and the Head of Worldwide Contract Management and Services at NetApp, a leading data management company. He has transformed the legal department by combining legal and deal management including the development of a deal and case management application that supports the working processes and provides legal analytics. His teams have been awarded the “IACCM Global Innovation Award” in 2014 and 2015. Between 2009 and 2016, Dr. Schindler also served as a member of the Board of NetApp Deutschland GmbH, an organization that has acquired top ranks in the Great Place to Work listings in 2014 and 2015. Dr. Schindler regularly presents both at business and peer group meetings and at various universities throughout Europe on the innovation of legal and the vision of liquid legal.


Dr. Roger Strathausen is a business consultant with expertise in leadership and legal strategy whose clients are multinational companies. He was previously an executive at Accenture and an employee at SAP. Dr. Strathausen lectures at various universities and is the author of “Leading When You Are Not the Boss - How to Get Things Done in Complex Corporate Cultures” (Apress, New York 2015). He took his PhD from Stanford University while on Fulbright and Stanford Fellowships. His website is www.strathausen.com.