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Legal Council

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General Counsel of leading companies in Europe face a number of common challenges: increasingly severe yet inconsistent regulations about corporate governance, anxiety over risk management, rules on legal privilege and how to cope with national discrepancies between those rules, increasing litigation risks, antitrust developments and anticipation and management of antitrust problems.

In managing a law department, general counsel must confront such issues as benchmarking, recruitment and the management of career paths of lawyers from diverse backgrounds in different regions.

The power of peer learning

Enduring relationships with trusted peers in an international network are the core of the council experience. Enhanced by our global, enterprise-wide reach, these relationships span the world and extend the value of council membership. Confidential peer dialogues at meetings and in between provide you with a broader perspective and shared experiences, as well as access to specific knowledge and best practices.

Council membership benefits

Collective problem solving that puts your issues on the agenda
Global benchmarking through regular surveys of council members about relevant company practices
Multifunctional insights generated by the wealth of perspectives gathered from over 100 councils (covering more than 50 functions) that work together across geographies
Virtual communities that extend learning opportunities through a variety of online forums, webcasts, webinars, and other resources

Who should join?

Senior Corporate General Counsels, based in EMEA, are eligible.

What members say

“Our council is a place where highly experienced legal professionals from many countries and industries exchange best practices and discuss new developments in a pleasant and informal setting. It is ably chaired by one of Europe’s best antitrust lawyers.”

“The Conference Board focus is different, as it provides a substantive legal strategic education and topics and speakers are very high quality”

“The council covers the right things and gives the possibility to discuss informally with very high ranking EU officials, we are not exposed in real life.”

Upcoming Meetings: March 2017, Germany - June 2017, Italy - October 2017, Germany

Council Director

Mark Powell

Mark Powell

Council Director, Legal Council
The Conference Board
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For more information

Please contact Marie-Laure Bultot at
+32 2 566 99 06 or

Why join the Legal Council?

At the heart of the value of this experience for me is first: strong senior speakers. These are not professional speakers, but rather high-quality senior practitioners with an intimate knowledge of our environment.

Second, the networking with colleagues; something much more important than quantitative management tools, it is the opportunity to meet decision-makers and senior practitioners in the field and learn about new developments.

Third, compared to CEB, who relies on process-driven data which I can’t find an application for, the peer exchange at The Conference Board is the value.

Christopher King, Vice President and General Counsel, Hunter Douglas Management AG

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