David Blanco leads a diverse ASEAN Law, Patents & Compliance Team of lawyers which manages complex and high risk strategic matters across all Bayer Group legal entities, partnering close to all businesses (Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Health, and CropScience) and geographies; including emerging markets. At the same time he serves as the APAC LPC business partner/regional counsel for Bayer CropScience Division as a core member of its APAC Leadership Team providing strategic legal, compliance, and licensing business partnering counselling & advice, while providing innovative-creative solutions in different capacity to several functional leadership (category) teams including its Digital Venture Incubator (Climate Corporation).
Prior to this role, he held various legal & compliance and licensing portfolios in different geographies of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. As in-house corporate lawyer with 25 years living and working in Asia, serving in several board membership capacities through his career, Blanco has developed particular expertise in the buildup a culture of innovation and transformation into legal functions, antitrust/ competition law and merger regulation, licensing, IP defense, mergers integration, and dealing with significant regulatory, reputational, and legal matters related to Life Sciences industries and markets. Currently, however, he is focusing on the impact of digital transformation for all Bayer core businesses (Digital Incubator & Ventures) as well as the legal and compliance function itself, the evolution of frameworks that will be necessary to cope with digitization, and how legal and compliance departments will digitally evolve and benefit from analytics and AI.