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Simpson Grierson's Innovation Series

October 31, 2017


Partners Simon Vannini, Earl Gray, Phillipa Muir
Special Advisors Caroline Ferguson
Senior Associates Louise Taylor

Digital & new technologies Data protection (inc Privacy Bill and GDPR) Intellectual property Employment (inc Employment Relations Amendment Bill) Simpson Grierson news and events Legal innovation & technology FinTech

Prospering and surviving in rapidly changing and uncertain times is a challenge.  Businesses must innovate and adapt to meet changing consumer expectations, and manage competitive pressures and regulatory requirements.  

We are pleased to introduce our 2017 Innovation Series, a programme of insightful, interactive and practical events with industry and legal experts.  The events are designed to help organisations of all sizes better understand and navigate the key shifts in how we live and work.

Latest event: What all organisations can learn from Fintech (14 November)

Organisations ranging from start-ups, to established technology firms and more traditional financial institutions, are designing and delivering Fintech services that are changing how we spend, save, borrow, lend, manage and transfer money. Driven by customer experience and technology, there are lessons all organisations can learn from the Fintech revolution.

We've got a stellar line up of panellists including:

  • Simon Tong – Executive General Manager Technology, Innovation and Payments at ASB
  • Shaun Quincey - Founder and CEO, Genoapay
  • Natalie Bryant - General Counsel, Sharesies

Previous events

Event 1 - Accelerating Innovation (4 May)

At our first event, James Hurman, from innovation consultancy Previously Unavailable, shared learnings from his recent book "Big I little i". Interviews with 44 CEOs from New Zealand's biggest businesses and most successful startups revealed common innovation challenges. 

Simpson Grierson's Simon Vannini discussed how legal considerations can best be built into innovation projects.  And Earl Gray discussed the changing nature of intellectual property protection in a fast-moving world. 

Event 2 - The Work Revolution (21 June)

Numerous factors such as rapid technology development, shifting workforce demographics and the rise of the gig economy are having a big impact on how businesses operate and are structured.   These changes present both challenges and opportunities for all organisations.

Hosted by Simpson Grierson's employment law partner Phillipa Muir, a panel of leading legal, industry and academic experts shared their experiences and insights on how organisations can best adapt and respond to the changing work environment. Speakers included:

  • Nicola Simpson - Chief Operating Officer, Icebreaker
  • Gavin Scott - General Counsel, Global Ingredients and Operations, Fonterra
  • Professor Jayne Godfrey - Dean of the University of Auckland Business School 

Event 3 - Engaging with Startups (2 August).

Collaboration is becoming increasingly important to help organisations grow and meet changing client and market expectations. In particular, established businesses are looking at startup companies for ideas and innovations and are increasingly investing in and/or partnering with those startups.

Hosted by Simpson Grierson corporate and commercial partner Simon Vannini, a panel of leading industry and legal experts shared their experiences and insights on the challenges and opportunities of such arrangements and partnerships. Speakers included:

  • Brett Oliver - Chief Executive Officer, Astrolab
  • Andy Kerr - GM Marketing, Product and Transformation, Westpac
  • Karl Vincent - Associate General Counsel, Vector

Register your interest

If you are interested in attending the Innovation Series events, please email