What it Takes to Find the Best General Counsel for a Company - Interview: Blandine Cordier-Palasse, Cordier Conseil Executive Search - European Corporate Counsel Summit
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Blandine Cordier-Palasse who is the Managing Partner at Cordier Conseil Executive Search and a search firm at the marcus evans European Corporate Counsel Summit 2013 discusses finding the best legal and compliance candidates.

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What it Takes to Find the Best General Counsel for a Company - Interview: Blandine Cordier-Palasse, Cordier Conseil Executive Search - European Corporate Counsel Summit Document Transcript

  • 1. Interview with: Blandine Cordier-Palasse, Managing Partner, CordierConseil Executive Search“General Counsel are increasinglybecoming real business partners,involved in strategic decisions andprojects in their organisation. Findingthe right candidate for each position iscritical since the legal function is to addvalue to and secure the business,” saysBlandine Cordier-Palasse, ManagingPartner, Cordier Conseil.An executive search firm, CordierConseil will be present at the marcusevans European Corporate CounselSummit 2013, in Monte Carlo, Monaco,9 - 11 June 2013.What recruitment issues doEuropean Corporate Counsel facetoday?The recruitment issues they are facingare more and more complex. We needto find lawyers who have a global visionof the business and activities of thecompany, who are very much business,results and costs oriented. They need tohave a wide international, multi-cultural, multi-jurisdictional and multisites team experience. Thanks to theirunderstanding of the business and theirglobal vision, they will be able toaddress the legal risks issues, put inplace, implement and appropriatelymonitor a compliance program.What skills and competencies arerequired of this “new” type ofGeneral Counsel?General Counsel are increasinglybecoming part of the executivecommittee involved in making strategicdecisions. They have to anticipate whatlegal consequences business decisionsmay have, so they need to be part ofthe business and not just technicalexperts.They must have a good understandingof the company’s business, globalperspective on the company’s role, thestakes involved and developments inthe market.They have to be familiar with thecompany’s overall strategy in order toalign the compliance with the business;Understand the potential risks in orderto anticipate them and secure thebusiness.They must have leadership andcommunication skills, leadership,independence, integrity, be charismatic,communicator and mentor, human andfirm.Legal and compliance are oftenconsidered as support functions whereasthey are more about securing thebusiness, creating value and building acompetitive advantage.How do you determine what type ofperson a specific organisationneeds?We grasp, seize, and understand thecompany’s needs: culture, competitiveenvironment and main objectives todefine precisely the senior executiveposition and determine the ideal,suitable profile.It very much depends on theorganisation, culture, environment andits business activities. It depends on thegeographic areas its covers and whattechnical problems it is facing. I ask alot of questions to assess the challengesthe business, the company, the legaldepartment especially are facing inorder to determine the profile of theadequate candidate able to contributeand add value to the performance andsuccess of the department and of thecompany.What approach is required to findthese individuals?An authentic consultative and insightfulpartnership is established with ourclients. Reliable, trusting, sustainableand long-lasting relationships, built onour ability to actively listen to ourclients and candidates. We advise inorder to match the clients expectations.Executive search is carried out via adirect approach with completeconfidentiality.Why should companies trust theexpertise of firms, such as yours, tofind the best person? Can’t they findthe right candidate by themselves?We have in-depth executive expertise of20 years in various market sectors,industries and cultural internationalenvironments.We have then a proficient knowledge,expert opinion & assessment of sectors,industries and executive positions and aglobal approach of the company’sstrategy. Companies may not have thetime, the external vision, theoperational experience and benchmarkto think about what kind of candidate isbest for their company.Legal andcomplianceare oftenconsidered assupport functionswhereas theyare moreabout securingthe business,creating valueand buildinga competitiveadvantageWhat it Takes to Find the BestGeneral Counsel for a Company
  • 2. The Legal Network - marcusevans Summits group deliverspeer-to-peer information onstrategic matters, professionalt r e n d s a n d b r e a k t h r o u g hinnovations.Please note that the Summit is aclosed business event and thenumber of participants strictlylimited.About the European Corporate Counsel Summit 2013This unique forum will take place at Le Méridien Beach Plaza, Monte Carlo, Monaco,9 - 11 June 2013. Offering much more than any conference, exhibition or tradeshow, this exclusive meeting will bring together esteemed industry thought leadersand solution providers to a highly focused and interactive networking event. TheSummit includes presentations on budget control and cost management, dataprivacy, knowledge management and reputational risk.www.eccsummit.comContactSarin Kouyoumdjian-Gurunlian, Press Manager, marcus evans, SummitsDivisionTel: + 357 22 849 313Email: press@marcusevanscy.comFor more information please send an email to info@marcusevanscy.comAll rights reserved. The above content may be republished or reproduced. Kindlyinform us by sending an email to press@marcusevanscy.comAbout Cordier ConseilFocusing on General Counsels, Risk or Compliance Officers and Corporate Secretaries for leading companies or banks. She offersher clients the benefit of 18 years of operational international experience as a lawyer in an anglo saxon law firm and Generalcounsel and company secretary in multinational listed corporations. Thanks to her proficient knowledge of industries and marketsectors, she assists her clients in anticipating their real needs and implementing their development and growth strategies.www.cordierconseil.comwww.cordierconseil.comAbout marcus evans Summitsmarcus evans Summits are high level business forums for the world’s leading decision-makers to meet, learn and discussstrategies and solutions. Held at exclusive locations around the world, these events provide attendees with a unique opportunity toindividually tailor their schedules of keynote presentations, think tanks, seminars and one-to-one business meetings.For more information, please visit: www.marcusevans.comUpcoming EventsChief Litigation Officer Summit (North America) - www.chieflitigationofficersummit.comIP Law European Summit - www.iplawsummiteurope.comTo view the web version of this interview, please click here: www.eccsummit.com/BlandineCordier-Palasse