Private equity: the equity of in-house | Private equity: legal efficiency

Given the transactions costs incurred by private equity funds, fund managers and portfolio companies are often leanly staffed – or even not staffed at all – by in-house legal teams. The over-reliance on external counsel can be hugely inefficient. Steve Yoost, general counsel of cloud hosting service HOSTING, argues that in-house counsel can increase the value of private equity investments by effectively managing and mitigating risk.

Focus on… RPC | GC talks to RPC

RPC, once a traditional firm known mainly for insurance work, took a sharp left starting in 2008 with a complete overhaul of its business. It now divides its client focus between the still sizeable insurance side and an increasingly broad corporate/commercial offering; the balance is now a rough 50/50 split.

Fight for your rights | Human rights

Ericsson’s Stockholm-based chief legal officer and head of group legal affairs Nina Macpherson, and corporate counsel Lisa Edblom, describe how and why they designed a human rights-compliant due diligence framework for M&A transactions.