Global in-house Lawyer of the Year

Marcus Heppner, General Counsel, Grünenthal Group


Since he joined German pharmaceutical company Grunenthal in 2011, Marcus Heppner has been a key player in the firm’s leadership. With revenues of EURO 1.4bn, the independent, family-owned Grünenthal has set out its objective in becoming a €2 billion revenue company by 2022 - and Heppner has become a crucial part of the team delivering that growth. Heppner has been praised for his overall strategic and commercial perspective – ‘some of the best that I have seen from any in-house counsel’ – and has been instrumental in several recent strategic moves. These include the acquisition of Zomig migraine treatment business from AstraZeneca, the acquisition of medical device company Adhesys Medical and the new US commercial partnership with Collegium. Internally, he has reshaped the legal team, which includes lawyers in Italy, Spain and Latin America, into one with uniform reporting lines that facilitates global knowledge exchange and gives clear responsibilities to individuals for certain business lines or legal matters.  Truly a trusted adviser.


Alice Marsden, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary, Thomas Cook Group (TCG)

Alice Marsden became general counsel at Thomas Cook in 2016 and in a short space of time has revolutionised the legal function at the travel company. Applauded for constructive, pragmatic and innovative approach, Marsden – described as a ‘powerhouse’ - has grown the legal team and its responsibilities and leading the company’s headline sales partnership with Expedia as well as embedding a robust compliance framework within the company.


Scott Dresser, Group General Counsel, VEON

Gwen Mahe, General Counsel EU and Global Head of Competitor Strategy, Dyson

Catherine Noirfalisse, Group Senior Counsel, Campari Group, Milan, Italy

Xavier Pujol, General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Directors, Grupo Prisa

Olgierd ƚwierzewski, General Counsel and Compliance Officer, ORBIS SA

Femi Thomas, Global Head, Ethics & Compliance Investigations, Nokia

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