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GC Powerlist: France Teams

On 29th June 2017, The Legal 500 in association with DS Avocats launched the GC Powerlist France: Teams at DS Avocats office in Paris.

The GC Powerlist celebrates significant achievements and innovations by in-house legal teams. These include landmark deals or cases, process innovations, creative and effective training, talent management and inventive ways of managing outside counsel.

The celebration of the best French in-house teams was framed by a discussion which considered the changing role and increasing importance of the legal team in today’s business culture where regulation and compliance are fundamental to the success of companies.

Our panelists were:

  • Benjamin Amaudric Du Chaffaut - Head of Litigation & Law Enforcement, Google France;
  • Riccardo Falconi - Director Legal Strategy & Planning, EMEA, Uber;
  • Pierre Gentin - Former Global Head of Litigation Credit Suisse and partner Cahill Gordon & Reindel, New York;
  • Isabelle Perret-Noto - Head of Legal and Compliance, BNP Paribas Personal Finance;
  • Benoit Charriere-Bournazel - Partner, DS Avocats.

The panel was moderated by Catherine McGregor, Publishing Director GC Magazine and The Legal 500 (In-House).

The panel considered whether the increase in regulation and has changed the way many companies view the importance and function of the legal team.

It also discussed the global aspects of enforcement and how the extra territoriality of US government enforcement has affected many European companies. This led to a key question for in-house lawyers and compliance professionals - how do you create a culture of compliance? Our panelists shared the key practical steps that had been the most successful in their respective organisations.

Finally, we considered, how given the current climate for the explosion of potential crises and escalation via social media the importance for legal teams and the wider business to think more about what is right/ ethical versus what is compliant with the law/ regulations.

These questions proved a fertile ground for further discussion, both during the panel and through the rest of the evening’s networking reception.