Is Invenergy a global leader in sustainable energy solutions or a real estate developer in the sustainable energy space? Sometimes it’s hard to tell, jokes Tyrone Thomas, because real estate is such a critical component of the business. Before an energy project can get off the ground, the company needs to obtain rights to the literal ground.
Adam Nagorski was a day into his GC role when his new boss asked him to help the company resolve an immigration matter, something he had no prior experience handling. He quickly realized more novel questions were coming, and within the first week of moving in-house, had joined his local ACC chapter to build a network.
Vincent Montalto appreciates the cerebral, collegiate character of law, where it’s possible to smile and shake hands (when pandemics permit) with an adversary. “As shocking as it’s going to sound, practicing law should be fun,” Vincent says.
Ahmed S. Mousa believes that the importance of scientific advancement in medicine lies not only in invention but also in accessibility. This belief inspired Ahmed to focus his career at the intersection of law and science.
Whether at work or volunteering, Meyling Ly-Ortiz enjoys “being a small part of something bigger” than herself. She connected with Toyota Motor North America’s mission, explaining, “It’s not about just cars or transportation, it’s about mobility.”
When it comes to risk management, it is impossible to separate legal or regulatory compliance from technology, declares Bassel C. Korkor. True to this maxim, Bassel leverages emerging technology to help businesses meet compliance obligations and manage risk effectively.
Julisa Edwards’ in-house career has been intertwined with nonprofit conservation work for over a decade. She has lent her legal expertise to protecting the Earth’s resources from the forest to the sea, and now, as general counsel at the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, for the protection of wildlife habitats around the globe.
Asaf Alkoby didn’t always plan to be a lawyer; he was a professional volleyball player until his mid-20s, even making Israel’s national team. “Life was all about sports for me,” he jokes. But once he made the decision to pursue law, he set his sights on an in-house role at Teva Pharmaceuticals. Thirteen years and four roles later, Asaf reflects on what drew him to the company:
Ahead of his retirement, Bob Santamaria spoke to ACC Australia to reflect on some of the skills and lessons that he has applied to manage a high-profile and complex legal department during one of the most disruptive decades in the global finance industry.
In September 2019, Costa Rica received the United Nations Champion of the Earth award at the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly. The environmental honor recognizes Costa Rica’s plans to decarbonize its economy by 2050.
It is not enough to become an expert on the legal aspect of your particular company — learn as much as you can about the business side of your company and the industry as a whole. The more you know about the business, the better you can advise and predict issues that will arise.
In-house counsel involved in transatlantic tech should tread carefully. These are murky waters. At the moment, there is no EU-wide tech tax, and the French government’s posture toward digital companies and tax is radically different from countries like Ireland. One unified European strategy for your company will not be enough and could make you vulnerable to fines and litigation. Diverse strategy, as well as an agile legal team, are key.
Cyber risks are dynamic, morphing, expanding, and shifting targets. And the risk exposures are only increasing as the rate of adoption of new technologies and digital devices within businesses continues to accelerate, creating an ever-larger surface for attackers to infiltrate and new opportunities for operational disruption.
In December 2018, Spain passed Organic Law 3/2018, covering the protection of personal data and guarantee of digital rights. The law implements provisions of the EU General Data Protection Regulation and institutes the right of employees to disconnect from work during non-working hours. This digital rights law aims to protect workers’ downtime, family time, privacy, and improve work-life balance.
As multi-jurisdictional disputes increase, so does the need for an open, neutral, and cost-effective forum to resolve them. Singapore may be the answer for multinational companies — and their in-house counsel.