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Summer 2015

DOING IT DIFFERENTLY

SUMMER 2015

CATHERINE WYCHERLEY

GC explores what corporate counsel can do to further diversity – in their in-house legal department, the wider organisation, or throughout the business world. We pick the brains of general counsel across the globe about programmes they’ve pioneered or adopted to create a diverse workplace. In the first in a series of case studies, this issue we look at gender diversity.



What I want from my General Counsel – 
A CEO’s Perspective

SUMMER 2015

CATHERINE McGREGOR

GC speaks to Luis Alvarez, CEO of BT Global Services, about his thoughts on the legal department, his own role and how lawyers can get inside his head. Luis Alvarez is CEO of BT Global Services, one of the global market leaders in managed network IT services for businesses. Luis joined BT in April 1999 as multimedia and internet director, then as country manager for BT’s Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American operations. He became head of BT’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Latin America, and was in charge of BT’s Global Telecom Markets (GTM) unit, managing business with carriers and operators outside the UK. He was made CEO of BT Global Services in 2012.



From Client to Colleague: Why lawyers should become more like coders

SUMMER 2015

CATHERINE McGREGOR

Julio Avalos, GC at open source software platform and hosting service GitHub, is a lawyer who has truly embraced the culture of his company. Now he is using this knowledge to question the way legal functions, with interesting results for his relationship with the business. As with a number of start-ups, there’s an anarchistic bent to GitHub – flirting as it does between open-source hosting, building a community among software engineers and generating profits. This nonconformity is given a playful outlet in its office reception which is a recreation of the Oval Office. Otherwise, the company’s spacious headquarters in San Francisco ticks a lot of the boxes for a Hollywood (California’s other iconic industry) imagining of a tech start-up.



Welcome to Lawyerland

SUMMER 2015

PAUL TETA

What’s the view like from Lawyerland? Paul Teta, vice president and general counsel of international trading and marketing company Kolmar Americas, probes the unique lawyer mindset.



Flying Solo

SUMMER 2015

CHRIS JONES

Considering working on a more flexible basis of engagement? Why not start your own business? One high-flying GC-turned-entrepreneur takes to the skies on a  venture that redefines the limits of getting commercial. 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?



The LinkedIn Legal Department - pushing the boundaries

SUMMER 2015

CATHERINE McGREGOR

‘Every individual is now an entrepreneur, whether they recognise it or not.’ So said Reid Hoffman, one of the founders of LinkedIn. In such a culture of innovation, what does the ideal legal department and in-house lawyer look like? GC caught up with Mike Callahan, LinkedIn’s GC, to discuss the risks and rewards of working at the law’s new frontiers and how to find lawyers who are up to that challenge.



Learning how to be good from the ‘bad’ guys

SUMMER 2015

JODI BARTLE

He may seem the ultimate anti-hero, but could lawyer Saul Goodman, of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, actually be a role model for in-house lawyers? (warning: contains spoilers).



Here be dragons: Starting a legal function from scratchf

SUMMER 2015

CATHERINE McGREGOR

GC talks to founders of legal departments in Asia about the risks and rewards of drawing up the blueprint for an uncharted legal function. In the Middle Ages, map makers would often depict a place where ships could sail off the end of the world. The dangerous straits of uncharted territory were marked by pictures of ferocious sea monsters, vividly suggesting the terrible fate in store for the unwary sailor who tried to go where there were no instructions for the journey.



The dark side of the moon

SUMMER 2015

PAUL HUGHES

Why you need to examine the dark side of your company’s moon to really add value. Most of you can shut your eyes and easily visualise the moon. You’d be able to ‘see’ the ‘face’, the distinctive features that make our moon so recognisable to us. We all know what the moon looks like. But how often have you looked at the other side of the moon, the ‘dark side’?



In-house got talent? Bay Area GCs on hiring

SUMMER 2015

CATHERINE McGREGOR

At the end of April, GC, in association with recruitment consultants MLegal, gathered together a range of Bay Area corporate counsel for drinks, dinner and discussion about talent management.



Playing it forward: team structure and motivation

SUMMER 2015

CATHERINE McGREGOR

At the end of May, in association with Iken, GC gathered a group of GCs and heads of legal together in London to discuss how they structure their teams to bring out the best in them and prepare the next generation for the top legal role.



In-house life - Leslie Zhang CNOOC

SUMMER 2015

CATHERINE McGREGOR

As director of the project management division and legal department at China National Offshore Oil Corporation [CNOOC], Leslie Zhang has presided over some sizeable transactions – not least the company’s $15.1BN acquisition of Nexen Inc.



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