Displaying items by tag: Inhouse counsel

Monday, 08 December 2014 09:00

Careful planning needed to fire the CEO

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgOne of the greatest challenges in the life of an in-house counsel is to successfully navigate the multiple conflicts and other challenges raised by succession of the chief executive officer. We have all seen, on the one hand, stocks dramatically plummet, and companies and reputations utterly destroyed when handled poorly, and on the other hand companies strengthened when properly executed.
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_fred_krebs_2014.jpgLawyers leave private practice and go in-house for many reasons.
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‘When you are acting for a corporation, the organization is the client — not the shareholders, officers, or employees,’ says Edgar Schidt.
‘When you are acting for a corporation, the organization is the client — not the shareholders, officers, or employees,’ says Edgar Schidt.
“There is a little bit of larceny in all of us.”
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Monday, 20 October 2014 08:00

Be a contact curator: sorting for success

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Simone_Hughes-1.jpgIn my September column, I started a series of articles to help you turn your contacts into lifelong profitable relationships. Becoming a “contact curator” is a career mandatory.
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Perhaps it was the peripheral buzz of the Toronto International Film Festival happening all around our event, or just the glee of finally seeing the Innovatio Awards take shape at the Four Seasons last month, but from the moment guests started arriving, I could tell it was going to be a really good night.
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Wednesday, 15 October 2014 08:00

Power play

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2014_October_Issue_Profile-Rachelle-Verret-Mor.jpgOnce a month, Rachelle Verret Morphy, the general counsel of SaskPower, makes the two-and-a-half hour drive from the electrical utility’s headquarters in Regina southward to Estevan. There she meets with the Crown corporation’s engineering team as it commissions the world’s first commercial-scale, operational power plant that captures CO2 emissions.
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Wednesday, 15 October 2014 08:00

Mining the gold in mind maps

Photo credit: Sandra Strangemore
Photo credit: Sandra Strangemore
The perception of in-house legal departments as insular and mysterious can impede their ability to best serve the business. And while perceptions don’t always reflect reality, a repositioning of legal as an equal in the organization can have a dramatic effect on both the lawyers’ job satisfaction and overall efficiency in the business.
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Xerox general counsel Don Liu spoke at Hart House in Toronto last week about the importance of diversity in the legal department.
Xerox general counsel Don Liu spoke at Hart House in Toronto last week about the importance of diversity in the legal department.
Law firms who want to do business with Xerox Corp. Ltd. are well advised to complete its survey asking about the diversity of lawyers in their firms. If a firm fails to complete the survey three times, it will be eliminated from Xerox’s roster of legal providers.
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Simone_Hughes-1.jpgBuilding a list of contacts and turning them into meaningful relationships is your key to long-term prosperity. A steady flow of good work is your ultimate goal.
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Monday, 08 September 2014 09:37

Pre-planning a corporate virtual data room

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgThe introduction of virtual data rooms some 10 years ago has had a major effect on shortening deal cycles, increasing valuations, and increasing productivity. They replaced labour-intensive, paper-based due diligence where lawyers, accountants, and executives flew across the globe to complete mergers and acquisitions and loan syndications. Undoubtedly, a lot of trees have also been saved.
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