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JAN-WILLEM JONKER: GREAT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL CHILDREN'S CHARITY

GC Interview

London-based Dutch lawyer Jan-Willem Jonker has worked for organisations as varied as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. He chats to GC about regeneration, fundraising, and Peter Pan.

 

 

 

 

 

JEFFREY RICH: TWITTER

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Twitter’s Jeffrey Rich tells GC about his journey from Silicon Valley to Dublin’s tech community, life as a regional counsel for a US-headquartered company, and the challenges of compliance in the world of social media.

 

 

 

 

 

ANDREAS BOHRER: LONZA

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Swiss life sciences company Lonza’s Andreas Bohrer chats to GC about his career so far, his thoughts on operating as a GC in Switzerland, and the secrets of management success.

 

 

 

 

 

NICK MALTBY: GENOMICS ENGLAND

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Genomics England is behind the UK’s 100,000 Genomes Project, which has set out to catalogue the genomes of 70,000 patients with rare diseases and cancers. GC finds out more about this unique and ground-breaking data project, and about the man masterminding the legal issues.

 

 

 

 

 

HAKAN BEKIROGLU: TOFAŞ

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GC catches up with Hakan Bekiroğlu to discuss the automotive sector in Turkey, and his thoughts on his career so far.

 

 

 

 

 

Keith Ruddock: The Weir Group

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Keith Ruddock retired at the end of 2015 after an in-house career that spanned over 23 years – first at Shell, and then at global engineering company The Weir Group. GC chats to him about his career journey, and thoughts on in-house life.

 

 

 

 

 

Emma Molvidson: UBS AG

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Emma Molvidson fills us in about life as a Swiss banking lawyer, the compliance landscape, and her thoughts on leading a successful in-house team.

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick Wilkinson: Northern Trust

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GC chats to Patrick Wilkinson about Ireland’s post-crisis recovery and day-to-day life at the Irish legal helm of a major global financial services company.

 

 

 

 

 

Maria Savelova: Tatneft

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Maria Savelova has been an in-house lawyer from day one of qualification. She tells GC about her route into the law, the oil and gas sector, and what makes a great leader.

 

 

 

 

 

Jose Camino: Metalor Technologies SA

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Jose Camino chats to GC about business and compliance in Switzerland, and his journey to the top legal role at Swiss-headquartered international precious metals company, Metalor.

 

 

 

 

 

JENNIFER PICENONI: Lindt & Sprüngli

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The general counsel of Swiss chocolatiers Lindt, Jennifer Picenoni, chats to GC about working across multiple jurisdictions for a fast-growing company.

 

 

 

 

 

ELEANOR DALY: Fexco

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Multinational finance and business solutions provider FEXCO’s Eleanor Daly talks to GC about her career in-house, the value of engagement with the wider legal and business community, and operating in the post-GFC corporate world in Ireland.

 

 

 

 

ADRIAN KELLY: airsynergy

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Amateur baseballer (and general counsel of Irish renewable energy company airsynergy) Adrian Kelly tells GC about his experience co-founding a start-up during the GFC, and the evolution of the company and his career.

 

 

 

 

DAVID KULTGEN

GC Interview

David Kultgen has practised in-house in Saudi Arabia on and off since the 1970s, almost immediately following his graduation from law school in the US. A veteran in-houser at oil giant Saudi Aramco, he has recently overseen a huge transformation and expansion of the company’s legal function.

 

 

 

 

Stephen Hibbert: Qatar Railways Company

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Former civil engineer Stephen Hibbert retrained as a lawyer and moved from his native Australia to the Middle East in 2008. He talks to GC about his current role at Qatar Railways Company. By Catherine Wycherley

 

 

 

 

Siobhan Moriarty: Diageo

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GC chats to Diageo’s GC Siobhan Moriarty about her career journey from a law firm in Dublin to the leadership team of a global drinks business.

 

 

 

 

 

Mohannad Al Nabulsi: Samsung Electronic Levant

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Although based in Jordan, Mohannad Al Nabulsi also oversees Samsung’s legal affairs for Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria. He talks to GC about operating across diverse countries, and his pioneering role at the company.

 

 

 

 

Afshan Akhtar: Bank ABC

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Afshan Akhtar went from the London office of Clifford Chance to Bahrain to take up a senior role at Aluminium Bahrain (Alba). Now at Bank ABC, she reflects on her in-house career and achievements so far.

 

 

 

 

David Kultgen: Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco)

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Texan David Kultgen first arrived in Saudi Arabia in 1974, to work for the Arabian American Oil Company (Aramco), Saudi Aramco’s predecessor. GC since 2010, he has comprehensively transformed the legal department, more than doubling its size and implementing an entirely new structure.

 

 

 

 

Jim Maxwell: Ooredoo

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Jim Maxwell arrived in Oman in 2007, with several years’ experience of private practice and in-house at Vodafone and Optus under his belt. Now at leading Omani telecoms company Ooredoo, he chats to GC about building up the legal function, and taking on a commercial role.

 

 

 

 

Olof Arnman: Grey Wolf Oilfild Services

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Olof Arnman has worked in the oil industry for nearly ten years, in Denmark, Qatar and Dubai, where he is now based. He talks to GC about life at the intersection of legal and business in Grey Wolf, part of Precision Drilling, and his globetrotting in-house career.

 

 

 

 

Ron Sanders: Colony Capital

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Ron Sanders is chief legal officer at Colony Capital, a global real estate and investment management firm, a role he has held since 2004. During his tenure he has steered Colony through the choppy waters of the global financial crisis and the concurrent landscape of increased global regulation for fund managers as well as the combination of its private investment management platform with its publicly traded REIT to create a public company. Nevertheless, remains at heart a deal lawyer who likes being hands on with his work. Ron recently won Private Equity Individual at The Legal 500 US Awards.

 

 

Peter Engstrom: Baker McKenzie

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Being GC at a law firm may not be what most lawyers envisage when they first consider going ‘in-house’. But how do the role and its concerns differ from those of a general counsel at a corporate?

 

 

 

 

Tim Slotover: flexGC

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Ten months ago Tim Slotover became the master of his own destiny, creating his own legal services business in the Hedge Fund space. flexGC promises bespoke in-house general counsel services to asset, hedge fund and investment managers on a flexible, as-needed basis. Sound familiar? How does this model differ from Axiom or Halebury? And how can one man possibly provide effective GC services to several clients at once?

 

 

 

Marina Zain: Royal Shakespeare Company

GC Interview: UK

Having previously worked for technology and tobacco companies, Marina Zain ran away to the theatre and has been the Royal Shakespeare Company’s head of legal since 2013. She takes GC behind the scenes of her role at the legal helm of one of the UK’s most iconic and well-loved arts organisations.

 

 

 

 

LYNELLE BAGWANDEEN: NETCARE

GC Interview: South Africa

Lynelle Bagwandeen is group company secretary and general counsel for Netcare, a large network of private hospitals in South Africa. She chats to GC about her varied career path, which has seen her develop from medical student to cellular biology graduate, to lawyer.






LYNDA AIT KACI: GENERAL ELECTRIC INTERNATIONAL

GC Interview: Africa

Lynda Ait Kaci is executive counsel for North Africa at General Electric International, based in Algeria. She spoke to GC about her career highlights and what she has learnt from the journey so far.






FIONA GUMEDE: ENGEN PETROLEUM

GC Interview: South Africa

South Africa-based Fiona Gumede is company secretary and general manager for corporate legal at petroleum company Engen. She talks to GC about the importance of corporate counsel broadening their skillset and staying on top in a rapidly evolving legislative and business environment.






AKINFELA AKONI: AIRTEL AFRICA

GC Interview: Africa

Former clinical research scientist Akinfela Akoni downed his pipettes and followed the call of law. It took him from London to Lagos via Nairobi, where he now works for telecoms company Airtel Africa, managing a pan-African legal team of internal and external counsel.






AYMAN ESSAM: MOBINIL, CAIRO

GC Interview: Africa

Ayman Essam is the legal director of Egyptian mobile phone operator Mobinil (part of Orange), and previously worked at Vodafone. He chats to Catherine Wycherley about the challenges and opportunities of the fast-evolving Egyptian telecoms market, and his career so far.






WILLIAM KOSAR: USAID

GC Interview: Africa

Former law firm attorney and Professor William Kosar chats to Catherine Wycherley from Botswana, where he is beginning a new role as senior legal advisor to a trade facilitation project for US government aid agency USAID. Now living in Kenya, his development work has seen him venture to countries as far flung from his native Canada as Rwanda, Iraq, South Sudan and Somalia.






DAYO OKUSAMI: ATLANTIC ENERGY

GC Interview: Africa

Dayo Okusami is a group general counsel and company secretary of Nigerian oil and gas company Atlantic Energy. Catherine Wycherley catches him in-between one of his frequent trips to London and Zurich to discuss his career so far.






KARIN SINNIGER: BP AFRICA

GC Interview: Africa

Karin Sinniger is assistant general counsel for Asia Pacific, India and Southern Africa at BP Africa, and is currently based in Angola, where she has been a key driver behind the development of the legal team on the ground. In 2013 she also set the world record for scuba diving in the most number of countries. Catherine Wycherley catches up with her to chat about scuba diving and life as a GC in Angola before she leaves the country for a new posting abroad.




PATRICIA MBUGUA-KILWAKE: EAST AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK

GC Interview: Africa

Kenyan advocate Patricia Mbugua-Kilwake recently began a new role as principal legal officer at East African Development Bank headquartered in Uganda, having previously worked at Bank of Africa Kenya Limited. She chats to Catherine Wycherley about the importance of facilitating business processes and her experiences in-house.






ZUKISWA SITHOLE: DEVELOPMENT BANK OF SOUTH AFRICA

GC Interview: Africa

Zukiswa Sithole is head of legal for private and investment banking at Development Bank of South Africa. Working in the development sector has brought her great involvement in the renewable energy space, and she is passionate about this emerging African industry. She chats to Catherine Wycherley about her career path so far.






VERONICA LAI: STARHUB

GC Interview: Asia Pacific

Veronica Lai is general counsel and company secretary of Singapore infocomms blue chip StarHub She met with Catherine McGregor to discuss the changes she has seen during her 15-year tenure and her career journey so far.






JUSTUS CHUA: BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM

GC Interview: Asia Pacific

Prior to joining Boehringer Ingelheim as head of legal and compliance for South East Asia and South Korea at the tail-end of 2014, Justus Chua led on the legal aspects of Reckitt Benckiser’s spin-off of its pharmaceuticals arm into Indivior, where he was regional counsel (developing markets). He met with Catherine McGregor at his offices in Singapore.




PETER DE NEEF: GDF SUEZ ENERGY INTERNATIONAL

GC Interview: Asia Pacific

Bangkok-based Peter De Neef is senior legal counsel at the Asia-Pac headquarters of GDF SUEZ Energy International, a multinational electricity generation company. While at GDF he has played a key role in structuring the CHP5 project in Mongolia. Catherine McGregor catches up with him.





WILLIAM HAY: BARING PRIVATE EQUITY

GC Interview: Asia Pacific

Sometimes referred to as the dean of the corporate counsel bar in Asia, Baring Private Equity Asia’s William Hay has a longstanding pedigree in establishing and running pan-Asian legal functions. His long tenure in the region has been fuelled by his passion for Asian culture and traditions, particularly those of China. A fluent speaker of Mandarin, he has also become an expert at bridging the divide between western and Asian business expectations. He speaks to Catherine McGregor in Hong Kong.


JOANNE LOW: RRJ CAPITAL

GC Interview: Asia Pacific

Joanne Low was hired as the first in-house counsel at Hong Kong private equity fund RRJ Capital. She has now been in post as head of legal and compliance for X years, and chats to Catherine McGregor about work, play and the imminent arrival of twins…





YUTAKA NAKAMURA: NTT DOCOMO, INC.

GC Interview: Asia Pacific

NTT DoCoMo is one of the world’s largest mobile communications operators and Yutaka Nakamura has headed its legal function since 1999. During that period the company launched i-mode, the world’s most popular mobile internet platform, and FOMA, the first 3G commercial mobile service. As an executive committee member, Yutaka takes an active role in strategic decisions-making. He previously served as a senior counsel at leading Japanese manufacturer JFE Steel for 12 years. GC’s Catherine McGregor spoke to him to find a bit more about his career and what he likes about his role.


AMY NG: CBRE GLOBAL INVESTORS

GC Interview: Asia Pacific

As Asia Pacific general counsel of CBRE Global Investors since 2005, Amy Ng has worked on profile work such as the company’s 2010 merger with ING Real Estate Investment Management Asia. Catherine McGregor joins her in Hong Kong to discuss her role, how she got there, and what she enjoys most when she’s not running the company’s pan-regional legal affairs.

 

 

 

DEREK WALSH: RSA

GC Interview: UK

Derek Walsh is group general counsel and broker relationship director of UK-based global insurer RSA. He leads the team that won The Legal 500 UK “Team of the Year” award for the insurance field.

 

 

 

 

GRANT DAWSON: CENTRICA

GC Interview: UK

Grant Dawson is general counsel and company secretary of Centrica, a UK-based utilities company which supplies electricity and gas multinationally. He won The Legal 500 UK in-house award for the best individual in the Energy field.

 

 

 

 

JONATHAN PEARL: SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS

GC Interview: UK

Sony Mobile Communications general counsel and executive vice president of Sony Electronics Jonathan Pearl is The Legal 500 UK in-house award winner for the Technology sector.

 

 

 

 

MARIA LEISTNER: CREDIT SUISSE

GC Interview: UK

Managing director and EMEA general counsel Maria Leistner leads The Legal 500 UK in-house Finance award-winning team at Credit Suisse.

 

 

 

 

 

MARIA VARSELLONA: NOKIA

GC Interview: UK

The technology leader's CLO on creating a new legal function at a global level.

'I decided to take the challenge at Nokia because I believe you really grow and learn when you take yourself out of your comfort zone,' remarks Maria Varsellona, executive vice president (VP) and chief legal officer (CLO) of the technology company. 'It was definitely a big challenge and a risky step to take.'

 

 

PAUL NEWTON: BUPA

GC Interview: UK

At healthcare group Bupa, chief legal officer Paul Newton was the recipient of The Legal 500 UK in-house award for Healthcare.

 

 

 

 

 

TIMOTHY HAILES: J.P. MORGAN

GC Interview: UK

Tim Hailes won The Legal 500 UK in-house award for Finance, for his work as associate general counsel and managing director at J.P. Morgan.

 

 

 

 

 

VIVIENNE KING: THE CROWN ESTATE

GC Interview: UK

Vivienne King is director of business operations and general counsel of The Crown Estate, the property portfolio owned by the Crown, and one of the largest property owners in the UK. Vivienne won The Legal 500 UK in-house award for the best individual in the Real Estate field.

 

 

 

WILL LUKER: RBS

GC Interview: UK

Will Luker is general counsel for litigation at RBS, and the winner of The Legal 500 UK in-house award for litigation.

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