Interview with Tonell Liu, legal director of Suning Sports


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. Tonell Liu, legal director of Suning Sports shares his insight with us on team management

“I think the progression path of an in-house counsel can be viewed through the following four quadrants, which showcases how in-house counsel position themselves and give full play to their value.

The first quadrant is “techniques”, which refers to a systemic and comprehensive technique system that includes the understanding/interpretation/application of legal rules, contract review, negotiation techniques, conflict management, financial analysis and information technology, with legal techniques at the core. Techniques are the basis for the professionalization of an in-house counsel, and any corporate counsel or legal team that lacks a systematic and structured system of technical competencies cannot carry out any service and management work.

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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.