Seat at the Table: The Age of the Chief Legal Officer (CLO)

Is your chief legal officer (CLO) positioned for maximum impact? ACC aims to inform members of the board of directors (BOD), institutional investors, and top executives of the importance of CLOs having a seat at the table and direct access to the BOD — as well as the importance of developing a company culture where the legal department is regularly consulted in business decision–making. A direct reporting line to the CEO is just the beginning.

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ACC Resources
GC Growth: How the Law Department Contributes to Improved Board Performance

GC Growth: How the Law Department Contributes to Improved Board Performance

Much has been said of the expanded role that in-house counsel is now expected to carry out in public companies. Learn how board governance has changed in the last 15 years and how in-house counsel must adapt.

 
Q&A with the EiC: Rose Marie Glazer on Getting a Seat at the Table

Q&A with the EiC: Rose Marie Glazer on Getting a Seat at the Table

Rose Marie Glazer, vice president, deputy general counsel, and corporate secretary of American International Group (AIG), has some advice for in-house counsel who may not always be invited to executive table: invite yourself.

 
The Chief Opportunity Counsel: How to Increase your Value Through Participation in Strategic Business Conversations

The Chief Opportunity Counsel: How to Increase your Value Through Participation in Strategic Business Conversations

The barrier to the boardroom can be surmounted. This article introduces key capabilities the general counsel must cultivate in order to add value to the company and counter the perception that she is "VP of No."

 
Airbus GC John Harrison on the Advancing Position of General Counsel in a Global Corporate Setting

Airbus GC John Harrison on the Advancing Position of General Counsel in a Global Corporate Setting

John Harrison, general counsel for aeronautics group Airbus, has been a longtime advocate for the importance of the general counsel's position within the company... and believes that the key to success also lies in the ability of the legal department to provide a strong, unifying voice.

 
The GC's Greatest Challenge: Resolving the Partner-Guardian Tension

The GC's Greatest Challenge: Resolving the Partner-Guardian Tension

Over the last 30 years, there has been an inside counsel revolution of increasing scope and power that has transformed both business and law in two important ways.

 
Additional Resources
NACD Blue Ribbon Commission Report on Culture as a Corporate Asset

NACD Blue Ribbon Commission Report on Culture as a Corporate Asset

Corporate culture can no longer be considered a soft issue by management and boards. Its strength or weakness has a lasting impact on organizational performance and reputation. The oversight of culture must be a key board responsibility, as it is inextricably linked with strategy, CEO selection, and risk oversight.

 
Harvard Law School, The Practice, "The In-House Counsel Movement"

Harvard Law School, The Practice, "The In-House Counsel Movement"

In-house lawyers had gone from a position of marginality and subservience — think "house counsel" as in "house pet" — to being "general counsel," a pivotal role in both defining and serving the legal needs of their powerful corporate clients.

 

NEWSROOM

ACC Chief Legal Officers Survey: Has the Age of Corporate Counsels Come?

Regulatory or government changes are considered Chief Legal Officers' (CLO) biggest focus in the year ahead, says Christopher Murphy Ives – the President of ACC Europe.

 

4 Essential Tasks New GCs Should Immediately Conquer

The beginning days, weeks and months as a new general counsel or chief legal officer are vital to success. First impressions and chaos control count, and there's a lot of groundwork to cover when settling in to a position, whether it's at a different company or the result of a promotion. 

 

General Counsel As Critical Ally

While those focused on ethics and compliance have long known the significance of corporate culture, the concept is receiving renewed attention for the competitive business advantages it offers.  

 

Chief Legal Officer Survey 2018 : vers un rôle prépondérant pour les juristes d’entreprise?

Mené auprès de 1275 directeurs juridiques basés dans 48 pays, le Chief Legal Officer Survey 2018 de l'Association of Corporate Counsel revient sur les grands défis identifiés par les juristes d'entreprise pour 2018. 

 

The 2 Biggest Worries Keeping GCs Up At Night

Looming shifts in regulation and the need to keep data secure were foremost on the minds of chief legal officers heading into 2018.  

 

Les évolutions réglementaires donnent un rôle majeur au directeur juridique

La dernière étude de l'Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) révèle que 74 % des directeurs juridiques interrogés considèrent que les évolutions réglementaires et les changements politiques seront des enjeux extrêmement ou très importants dans les 12 mois à venir. 

 

GCs Drive Ethical Corporate Culture

General counsel have an enhanced role around corporate culture and a direct input on business decisions as they become closer to their boards.  

 

Backstory: A Voice at the Table

Recently, the topic of culture has rocketed up the corporate agenda. Look no further than our interview with Nick Donofrio and Helene Gayle, who recently led a Blue Ribbon Commission on culture for the National Association of Corporate Directors.

 

Boardrooms' Missing Voices Undermine Risk Management

Listening to in-house lawyers, staff and outsiders helps spot signs of danger.

 

GCs Seek Big Role in Defining Corporate Culture

General counsel are looking to play a key role influencing corporate culture in companies.

 

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