Seye Kosoko, head of legal and company secretary at Standard Chartered Nigeria speaks to Who's Who Legal about the legal marketplace in Lagos. Standard Chartered is a British multinational banking and financial services company which operates a network of over 1,700 branches and outlets across more than 70 countries. It is a universal bank with operations in consumer, corporate and institutional banking and treasury services. Though based in London, the bank does not conduct retail banking in the UK, and a considerable proportion of its profits come from Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
As the role of the in-house lawyer becomes increasingly varied from industry to industry, corporate counsel are facing new challenges in terms of their interaction with the companies they represent and the private practice firms they retain. Contributors to the research for many of our publications have spoken of the fluidity of the corporate counsel legal market, prompting questions over its effect on private practice, the relationship between the two sides and the competencies required to excel in each.
Who’s Who Legal brings together three leading in-house practitioners, Jacobo Cohen Imach of Mercado Libre, Christian Matton of Galderma and José Alberto Cerutti of Bristol Myers-Squibb, to discuss the changing role of corporate counsel, their interaction with private practice and developments within their respective industries.
Tim Cowen is a partner at Sidley Austin’s London office and specialises in UK and EU competition law, with over 28 years’ experience in the field. Cowen is well placed to comment on the differences between working as a private practice lawyer and corporate counsel, having served as general counsel for BT’s international business before recently returning to private practice at Sidley Austin. Who’s Who Legal spoke to him about the nature of his roles over the years and the competencies required to excel both in private practice and as part of an in-house team.
Elona Kogan joined Avanir Pharmaceuticals in 2011 as vice president of the legal affairs department. She has over 17 years’ experience in commercial, compliance, regulatory, litigation and corporate governance. Most recently Ms Kogan was associate general counsel and privacy officer at King Pharmaceuticals where she was the primary legal liaison for corporate strategic and tactical commercial initiatives. Who’s Who Legal spoke with Ms Kogan about her role at Avanir Pharma, the qualities needed to succeed as an in-house lawyer and the differences between corporate counsel work and private practice.
In an exclusive interview with Who’s Who Legal, Diego Brieba Vial, a senior lawyer in the office of the general counsel at CODELCO, provides an insight into the Chilean mining sector and the current challenges facing the industry. A previous nominee in The International Who’s Who of Mining Lawyers, Diego Brieba Vial left his former role as head of the mining practice at Prieto y Cia in May of this year to make the move in-house.
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