Cambridge Forum on

European Collective Redress

June 5 - 7, 2024 Königstein, Germany
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The Steering Committee welcomes a select group of 48 experienced European litigators who lead mass damage cases involving competition, consumer and shareholder claims (a ‘horizontal’ approach). Attendance is equally balanced between those doing defense and claimant representation.

Using candid, seminar-style discussion, the group identifies trends and developments in their varied jurisdictions for meaningful dialogue on the most pressing issues of the day.

2024 Steering Committee

This elite group, comprised of experts in the field, personally nominates all invitees and develops the Agenda, which forms the basis of our discussions.

Committee Members

  • Maria José Azar-Baud Azar-Baud & Paris-Saclay University Paris, France

    After dealing with collective redress, as a lawyer on behalf of an approved consumer association in Argentina (2000-2005), María José pursued her career in Paris, where she obtained an LLM and her PhD at Sorbonne University and Buenos Aires’ University, on Collective actions in consumer law, under a Comparative law perspective (2006 and 2011).


    Then, she was recruited as Associate Professor at Paris-Saclay University, and as such dedicated to lecturing (at national and international universities) and research (having written more than 150 contributions in English, French and Spanish, regarding Class and Group actions and collective redress, namely a Study for the European Parliament, on the State of play of collective redress in the EU).


    She is a lawyer at the Bars of Paris and of Buenos Aires, acts as an international expert in cross border class actions, and as strategic counsel, advising Third party funders and lawyers internationally. She also seats at the Board of two NGOs bringing collective actions at a European level, in different jurisdictions (The Netherlands, Portugal, France) and sectors (consumer, competition, data breaches, health, product liability and environment).



  • Frederico Bettencourt Ferreira Cuatrecasas Lisbon, Portugal
  • Tom Cassels Linklaters LLP London, United Kingdom
  • Lesley Hannah Hausfeld London, United Kingdom
  • Paul A. Hitchings Hitchings & Co. Madrid, Spain
  • Rosemary Ioannou Fortress Investment Group LLC London, United Kingdom

    Rosie Ioannou is a Director at Fortress Investment Group. In this role she provides bespoke funding solutions for high value commercial litigation and portfolio financing solutions for law firms and their clients. Rosie has experience both in private practice and as funder in a wide range of disputes both in the UK and internationally. She has particular expertise in funding large complex matters, including group claims and competition related disputes. A solicitor of the Courts of England and Wales, before joining Fortress, Rosie worked at Vannin Capital. Prior to that she worked in the litigation department at Allen & Overy in London, where she trained and qualified.

  • Dr. Stefan Rützel Gleiss Lutz Frankfurt, Germany
  • Keith Thomas Stewarts Law LLP London, United Kingdom
  • Flip Wijers Lemstra Van der Korst N.V. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Forum Directors

  • Jessica Baker Ellis Senior Forum Director Cambridge Forums Toronto, Canada [email protected] M: +1 437 996 7841

    Jessica has a Bachelor’s Degree from McMaster University in Art History, Criticism and Conservation. A seasoned event and marketing manager, she has executed live engagements globally in the legal, technology, financial, not-for-profit and consumer products industries for many of the world’s leading organizations. Prior to joining Cambridge Forums, Jessica worked in conference management, specializing in executive events for C-Suite executives, Board members and VIP clients. A fluid communicator, Jessica utilizes her leadership skills and passion for creating flawless participant experiences as a Forum Director, focusing on programs in private wealth and antitrust. A food & wine aficionado, Jessica is also accredited with the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 Award in Wine & Spirits. When she’s out of the office, Jessica enjoys hot yoga, skiing and travel.

  • Emily Scott Senior Forum Director Cambridge Forums Toronto, Canada [email protected] M: +1 437 223 2813

    Emily holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Queen’s University. Before joining Cambridge Forums, Emily spent ten years working as an event manager; from leading full-scope event production of gala fundraisers in Toronto, to travelling the world as a destination wedding planner, managing each event from concept to onsite execution. Armed with deep expertise in relationship management and event logistics, Emily looks to deliver standout participant experiences as a Forum Director. Outside of the office, Emily can be found scouring Spotify for new music, hosting dinner parties for her friends and family, and perfecting her golf swing.

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Built on meaningful interactions and genuine connections, the Forum is the premiere gathering for preeminent European litigators who lead mass damage cases.

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