Interview with Jiang Ying, legal director of the LEGO Group 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. Jiang Ying, legal director of the LEGO Group, China shared her insight with us on team management

I see a very long-term trend that what an in-house counsel really requires is a combination of legal and commercial knowledge. We think that in order to provide a practical solution or legal advice to our business, we need to have a better understanding of the business. So that’s why I think this is a long-term trend for an in-house counsel.

We always think of what is the real value that an in-house counsel can add to the company. As an in-house counsel, we don’t just say “no” for zero risk, because this is not the value we bring. Our real value is in trying to say “yes” more, with a can-do attitude to driving the growth of the business in China, while also ensuring that our business mitigates potential legal and business risks. So I think the key is to put ourselves in business shoes and try to provide a practical solution.

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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.