Interview with Feng Xiaoju, APAC general counsel of Saint-Gobain (China)

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Managing a legal team is a test of a general counsel’s wisdom, especially in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic crisis such as the one the world faces. Feng Xiaoju, Asia-Pacific general counsel of Saint-Gobain (China) Investment shared his insight with us on team management

“The structure of our legal team in APAC is pretty agile and lean, although the coverage is 14 jurisdictions and the responsibility includes both legal and compliance. This demands a lot of balance in terms of dedication, quality control, empowerment and trust, and in particular optimization of limited resources.

Many in our community believe that a general counsel plays a more and more important role in the company’s management and decision making, including implementation of compliance culture and policy. As for me, the compliance part accounts for 30% or even more of my time, which is something you could not imagine a few years ago.

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This interview was conducted during the CBLJ Forum at Grand Hyatt Hotel, Shanghai, on 12 November, with the theme “Seizing Cross-Border Opportunities – Managing Global Risks”. For more information about the conference and videos of the forum sessions, please visit our CBLJ Forum 2019 webpage here.