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Daniel Winterfeldt, Partner – US Securities & Global Capital Markets, Senior Diversity Consultant, Reed Smith

Daniel is a partner in the Financial Industry Group at Reed Smith.  A US securities lawyer with over 18 years of experience in London and New York, his practice focuses on representing US, UK, European, and Asian investment banks and corporate issuers in a wide range of securities transactions.

Daniel founded the Forum for US Securities Lawyers in London ten years ago to address US securities issues in the London market across law firms, banks and intermediaries.  Daniel is also the founder and chair of the InterLaw Diversity Forum, through which he has spearheaded the ground-breaking Career Progression Report in the Legal Sector, the Apollo Project to promote business cultural change, and the Purple Reign initiative highlighting LGBT and straight ally role models and multiple identities.

Daniel’s work on InterLaw’s Apollo Project and Purple Reign was shortlisted for the FT Innovative Lawyer Awards in 2016. He was named the “Legal Innovator of the Year” at the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards in 2012 for his work in capital markets and diversity and inclusion.  

Daniel was a member of the Equality & Diversity Committee at the Law Society of England & Wales for six years, and is a member of the Judicial Diversity Forum organised by the Judicial Appointments Commission. Daniel was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States in 2013.

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Dee Sekar, Deputy Chair and Senior Diversity & Inclusion Specialist, InterLaw Diversity Forum

Dee Sekar is a UK qualified lawyer and Diversity and Inclusion Specialist. Dee trained at law firm Pinsent Masons and worked at Addleshaw Goddard as a Finance solicitor.

In order to nurture her passion for driving inclusion in the legal profession, Dee moved to Chambers and Partners where she created and led the Global Diversity and General Counsel programmes for 5 years. She worked with law firms and general counsel in the USA, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Europe. She advised firms on best practice, delivered training and workshops to senior leaders, conducted international research and created and delivered global events and awards.

Dee has also worked as Head of Diversity & Inclusion at LGBT+ corporate membership organisation, OUTstanding and at social enterprise, MyKindaFuture where she has worked specifically with students, educators and employers in widening employability opportunities for diverse young people.

Dee is a Judge for the Halsbury Legal Awards 2018. The Halsbury Legal Awards celebrate excellence in the law and legal profession. The awards, chaired by independent judges, recognise talent, innovation and best practice across the whole legal sector. Dee is currently studying on the Women in Leadership Executive Programme at Cornell University’s Business School.