Legal Department Management

Q&A with Western Union: Controlling Legal Spend and Managing New Regulations

Western Union’s Christopher Fischer, Associate General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer EMEA, speaks with the Corporate Counsel Exchange about what steps they have been taking to get legal spend under control, what types of external partners he values in driving legal department efficiency plus regulations on his radar, such as the new anti-money laundering regulations.

Tomorrow’s Legal Department – Re-Thinking Resource Management and the Sourcing Mix to Effectively Support the Business

Facilitated by the co-founder of ABS pioneer Riverview Law Adam Shutkever, this is a hands-on discussion about the future of the legal department, aiming to answer crucial questions such as how much and what kind of work should be delegated to shared services centres or outsourced to non-traditional providers. Nestlé’s Nina Cronstedt, Philip Morris’ Alexander Rohde and Novartis’ Maurus Schreyvogel share where they are along their journey to tomorrow’s legal department.

Legal and Compliance Priorities: People Management, Regulatory and Technological Change

MasterCard’s Head of Legal and Company Secretary for MasterCard Prepaid Management Services, Hemal Parekh, speaks about the priorities for his legal team right now, including: how to find the right people for the right roles in the legal team; determining whether they have the right external providers; utilisation of metrics; plus how to handle the challenges resulting from the fact that in many regions, regulatory frameworks are not keeping pace with technological change. 

General Counsel Providing Integrated Solutions Involving the Business

Mark Maurice-Jones, Associate General Counsel EMEA, Kimberly-Clark speaks with the Exchange about how they have structured their legal department to meet business demands, discussing internal and external resources, plus what external factors Mark thinks will have the biggest impact on the General Counsel’s role in the next few years. Mark explains their goals as a department: “rather than just be pure service providers, we need to provide integrated solutions in which the business is involved.”

Q&A with one of the Most Innovative In-House Legal Teams of 2014: Atos International

Atos International ranked fourth in the FT’s Most innovative European In-house legal teams 2014. So what is their secret? You can find out by watching this great interview with Executive Vice President and Group General Counsel of Atos International, Alexandre Menais. Alexandre discusses the steps they took to transform their legal department plus what factors he sees as impacting the General Counsel role going forward.

Corporate Governance Crisis: The Role of The General Counsel when Things Go Wrong

Telecom Italia’s General Counsel, Head of Legal Affairs & Secretary to the Board of Directors, Antonino Cusimano, opens up about the General Counsel’s role in a corporate crisis, including preparation, the reaction plus how to assess the legal consequences and managing them.

TelefÓnica General Counsel Interview: Outsourcing vs In-Sourcing in the Legal Department

Edward Smith, General Counsel of TelefÓnica UK Limited, speaks to the Legal Exchange Network about out-sourcing versus in-sourcing plus the factors he takes into consideration when selecting external law firms. Watch this video to learn about the transformation of the legal team and what skills tomorrow’s lawyers need to take a legal department to the next level.

Procter & Gamble General Counsel Interview: Selecting External Counsel & Building a High Calibre Team

Procter & Gamble’s Yves De Bruyne, General Counsel Europe, Middle East & Africa speaks about how he goes about selecting which external law firms to work with, how to select between large international and more boutique firms, plus how to control legal costs. Yves goes onto share insights into how to develop and retain high calibre in-house lawyers.

Applying Metrics & KPIs in Legal & Compliance Departments: a DCNS Perspective

Applying Metrics & KPIs in Legal & Compliance Departments: a DCNS Perspective

Patrick Wilkins of TalklawGlobal spoke with Adam Smith, Group General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at the defence giant, DCNS, to hear how he has gone about developing KPIs & metrics for their legal and compliance departments and why it is so important to understand what management are really looking for from your department.

Managing Legal Teams Internationally as a General Counsel: Communication and the Use of External Legal Solutions

Managing Legal Teams Internationally as a General Counsel: Communication and the Use of External Legal Solutions

Dr. Susanne Marston, VP & General Counsel – EMEA at Eaton spoke to Patrick Wilkins of TalklawGlobal to share her experiences of structuring and managing legal teams internationally. Topics covered include the role of communication, how to become a business partner and how streamline processes.