The edge of the cliff – Brexit response for worried GCs

The edge of the cliff – Brexit response for worried GCs

For UK business, 2018 will be dominated by one question: when do we push the button on Brexit? Months of scenario planning have given a sense of the possible outcomes, but there is little confidence that a decision will be taken in full possession of the facts. ‘We are 500 or so days on from …

Client Intelligence Report: Data view

Client Intelligence Report: Data view

Q: For a routine instruction, how important are the following criteria when selecting a firm? (1 = not at all important, 5 = expected, 10 = essential) Analysis of the responses to this question from clients in the UK and US exposes marked differences between client priorities in the two jurisdictions. Scores are illustrated proportionally on …

The Iran debate – The long, long game

The Iran debate – The long, long game

Hopes that Iran’s economy is opening up to foreign business have been raised and dashed in recent years. Will this year’s election change the dynamic? On 19 May, Iran went to the polls for what many believed would be a tightly-fought election. By the next morning it was clear that the analysts’ predictions had been …

The fast fast track – meet the clients of tomorrow

The fast fast track – meet the clients of tomorrow

Fast-growth, tech-driven companies are reshaping the economy. But what’s it like to be their general counsel? As the old joke goes, if you want to make a million from a start-up, start with three million. It is a market-dominated by founders’ visions rather than revenue-generating products. That typically means a lot of money is burned …

Northern lights – The trials and treasures of Scotland’s leading GCs

Northern lights – The trials and treasures of Scotland’s leading GCs

Outside the limelight of London’s legal community, Scotland’s GCs toil in low profile. Legal Business assesses the talent north of the border The professional life of a public company general counsel (GC) in Scotland can feel isolated at times. As a member of a small club, opportunities to plug into the professional networks that their …

Getting there eventually? Infrastructure moves centre-stage as Western economies look for growth

Getting there eventually? Infrastructure moves centre-stage as Western economies look for growth

James Wood talks to lawyers in an industry that attracts advisers for the long haul Transport and infrastructure has long been viewed as one of the less glamorous legal practice areas, best suited to lawyers with the patience for ploughing through the minutiae of statutes. But with increasing public and political scrutiny and a rush …

Taught leaders – executive training for the ambitious GC

Taught leaders – executive training for the ambitious GC

Leadership training has until recently neglected the growing ranks of GCs. To begin our Insight special with Reed Smith, we assess the educational options for in-house counsel striving to meet growing skills demands In 2012 the MBA degree established itself as the most popular subject of postgraduate education in the US, accounting for more than …

The art of leadership in Asia – an evolving role for legal heads

The art of leadership in Asia – an evolving role for legal heads

What does leadership mean in a region where the role of the in-house lawyer is rapidly evolving? ‘Becoming an in-house lawyer has not traditionally been a desirable career path for Asia’s top graduates,’ says Amy Ng, general counsel (GC) for the Asia-Pacific region at global real estate company CBRE. ‘But we are seeing a lot …

Costs of capital – senior counsel discuss hard lessons from the post-Lehman clampdown

Costs of capital – senior counsel discuss hard lessons from the post-Lehman clampdown

With regulatory focus on financial services business unrelenting, effective risk management strategies are vital. We teamed up with Cornerstone Research to assess the challenges Nine years ago, the financial services world began undergoing seismic changes with the onset of the credit crunch that have left the industry where it is today. The aftermath led to …