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Q&A with Elona Kogan, Vice President of Legal Affairs, Avanir Pharma


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.

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Matthias Heck Head of Brussels Office German Pharmaceutical Industry Association (BPI)



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.



Guilherme Poggiali Almeida of Usiminas discusses his role as general counsel, how he hires private practice lawyers and developments in the Brazilian legal market. "The best way for law firms to stand out is to consider each client as a unique one, dedicating at least one or more senior partners to regularly oversee the company’s requests and getting closer to the company by being more available and getting to know its businesses and projects."

An Interview with Constance Crosby of Cisco Canada


In an interview with Who's Who Legal, Constance Crosby tells us about her new role as legal director, Canada and vice president of Cisco Canada. "As a generalist, I enlist the help of experienced external counsel for those areas of compliance sensitivity such as competition or lobbying. We also rely on external counsel for contract negotiations as an overflow capability."

Corporate Counsel Q&A: Nigeria 2013


In an interview with Who's Who Legal, Kenneth Okere, head of the corporate bank/capital legal unit of Ecobank Nigeria, describes the domestic legal marketplace and discusses the opportunities and challenges facing the local banking sector.

Corporate Counsel Q&A: Aviation


Who’s Who Legal spoke to Andrew Winterton, head of legal and compliance at easyJet, about his role within the company, recent projects the legal team has been working on and the airline’s interaction with the private practice sphere.

Corporate Counsel Q&A: Insurance & Reinsurance 2013


Who’s Who Legal spoke to Jason Gordon, president of FNF Title International, about his views on the real estate industry and adapting to market changes. Trained as a lawyer and with experience in litigation, underwriting and compliance, Gordon took on the role of president in 2008, shifting his focus to the business needs of the department.

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