Digital Transformation

Welcome to another season of The Influencers, where we bring you insightful conversations with leaders from business, academia and regulating authorities about all aspects of digital transformation and law. How will AI, big data, asset tokenization and other deep digital technologies interact with the emerging laws and regulations? How to support innovation and progress without compromising ethical standards and the need for social responsibility? What are the stories behind new business ventures or legislative initiatives? And most of all: how to harness technological advancements to create wealth and wellbeing for all?

Empowering women through the digital transformation I Lynne Marlor, Women in Digital Assets Forum

29 November 2023

Lynne Marlor, co-Founder of Women in Digital Assets Forum and BNYMellon alum, and host and Hogan Lovells partner Leopold von Gerlach explore how we can create an ecosystem that empowers women to help address the future-facing issues raised by the digital transformation. 

About WIDAF: The Women in Digital Assets Forum (WIDAF) is driven by the vision of fostering an inclusive and equitable environment for women to thrive, contribute, and excel in the world of digital assets and fintech. Their mission is to empower, inspire, and connect women by providing them with the tools to become catalysts for change in this rapidly accelerating ecosystem. Visit WIDAF.CO to learn more.

Cyber risk & resiliency from an operating perspective - Charlie Lewis, McKinsey

15 November 2023

Charlie Lewis, a McKinsey partner, and Hogan Lovells partner Leopold von Gerlach explore how organization and operating training and awareness impact a company’s cyber risk and resiliency. 

About Charlie Lewis: Charlie Lewis is a McKinsey partner, former U.S. Army cyber operations officer and current West Point associate professor. He leads McKinsey’s cyber transformation service line with a focus on the human side of digital risk across industries and geographies. 

An interdisciplinary approach to AI - Mary-Rose McGuire, Professor at the University of Osnabrück

1 November 2023

Mary-Rose McGuire, an academic leader on the intersection of IP and technology, and Hogan Lovells host Leopold von Gerlach explore the necessity and opportunities of an interdisciplinary approach to AI, and what that means for the law.

About Mary-Rose: Mary-Rose McGuire holds law degrees from the Universities of Vienna, Göttingen and Osnabrück. She was appointed as full professor at the University of Mannheim in 2010 and currently has a chair in civil law, intellectual property and civil procedure law at the University of Osnabrück. Her main fields of research are all areas of intellectual property law, in particular licence contracts, trade secret protection and (cross-border) infringement litigation, with a special focus on European harmonisation.

Harnessing the power of data - Knut Mager, Veeva

17 October 2023

Knut Mager, a thirty-year life sciences and legal veteran and current Group General Counsel for Link and OpenData at Veeva Systems, and Hogan Lovells partner Leopold von Gerlach explore data’s next frontier.

About Knut and Veeva: Knut Mager is a senior industry leader with over 30 years of experience in strategy, legal, compliance and governance in the pharmaceutical industry. Formerly Novartis’ Head Global Data Privacy and Group Data Protection Officer, he is now the Group General Counsel, Link and OpenData at Veeva Systems, a global provider of industry-specific cloud-based software solutions that address the unique operating challenges and regulatory requirements of companies in the Life Sciences & Consumer Products industries. Learn more at  

Using digital assets to achieve financial inclusion & transparency - Jane Khodarkovsy, Celo Foundation

13 October 2023

Jane Khodarkovsky, General Counsel of the Celo Foundation and former U.S. federal prosecutor, joins Hogan Lovells host Leopold von Gerlach to discuss how blockchain and other digital technologies facilitate financial inclusion and transparency throughout society – and what’s around the next corner.

About the Celo Foundation: The Celo Foundation supports the growth and development of the decentralized, open source, mobile-first Celo platform to help build a carbon-negative financial system that creates the conditions of prosperity for all. The Foundation is guided by the Celo community tenets and contributes to education, technical research, environmental health, community engagement, and ecosystem outreach – activities that support and encourage an inclusive financial system. For more about Celo, visit