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January 31, 2020

January 2020 Corporate Compliance & Ethics Report

The compliance and ethics function continually grows more complex as companies face new regulatory matters, navigate more difficult privacy challenges, and continue to expand their network […]
August 1, 2017

August 2017 Corporate Compliance & Ethics Report

The corporate compliance and ethics function grew significantly in the early 2000s, largely in response to new regulations addressing bribery and corruption, as well as other […]
February 27, 2017

February 2017 Corporate Compliance & Ethics Report

The demands of the compliance and ethics function grow more complex as companies face new regulatory matters, navigate more difficult privacy challenges, and continue to grow […]
April 23, 2016

2016 Corporate Compliance and Ethics Report

Regulatory demands—both globally and in the U.S.— drove the initial need for the Chief Compliance Officer in the corporate realm. The function has further evolved over […]
January 28, 2016

January 2016 Global Corporate Compliance & Ethics Report

Chief Compliance Officers face a variety of complex challenges. Among these are increasing data privacy issues, changing foreign regulatory requirements, and the logistical hurdles of global […]
June 10, 2015

June 2015 Corporate Compliance & Ethics Report

Given the increasing volume of global regulations and internal corporate compliance policies, the role of the Chief Compliance Officer is more important and challenging than ever […]
January 15, 2015

January 2015 Consero Corporate Compliance & Ethics Report

The Chief Compliance Officer is more important than ever to the success of global businesses. Complex regulatory changes, emerging market risk, and many other challenges keep […]
May 5, 2014

May 2014 Corporate Compliance & Ethics Report

The responsibility of Chief Compliance Officers grows each year, as large businesses expand their reach in the global marketplace. Heads of Compliance are responsible for ensuring their […]
December 12, 2013

December 2013 Corporate Compliance & Ethics Report

As companies look to expand into new and emerging markets, they must be more mindful than ever of differences among local laws and regulations to avoid fines and […]
June 6, 2013

June 2013 Corporate Compliance & Ethics Report

As companies face intensifying regulatory hurdles and constrained budgets, C-suite executives are turning to their compliance departments to keep companies moving forward efficiently while mitigating risk and promoting ethical […]
April 29, 2013

April 2013 Global Compliance & Ethics Report

The past year has presented many challenging compliance issues within the global marketplace. As the international economy recovers, corporations are anxious to increase revenue and profitability. But besetting […]
November 26, 2012

November 2012 Corporate Compliance & Ethics Report

The global compliance landscape is evolving rapidly. As complexity and risk increase for the world’s multinational businesses, the compliance function has never been more critical to long-term corporate […]
October 24, 2014

October 2014 Brand Protection Report

A modern company’s brand is among its most important assets, and the protection of that brand is vital to long-term corporate success. Brand protection efforts seem to increase […]
August 19, 2013

August 2013 Brand Protection & Anti-Counterfeiting Report

Each year, illegal counterfeiting costs U.S. companies an astounding $250 billion, accounting for an estimated seven percent of all global trade. Given the severe negative implications for customer […]
January 17, 2019

January 2019 General Counsel Report

Consero created the 2019 General Counsel Report in connection with its 2018 General Counsel Forums. These events brought together Chief Legal Officers from corporations with revenues […]
January 26, 2017

January 2017 Healthcare General Counsel Report

The regulated nature of the healthcare industry makes for a complex system, which today’s legal executives must navigate carefully. Making the landscape even more complicated are […]
January 9, 2017

January 2017 General Counsel Report

Today’s General Counsel is responsible for overseeing a variety of issues, from intellectual property to labor and employment, compliance and ethics, and much more. More recently, […]
September 17, 2016

September 2016 General Counsel Report

Today’s complex corporate world sends a variety of work to the desk of the General Counsel. Not only must GCs manage traditional internal challenges of the legal department, […]
December 31, 2015

December 2015 Global General Counsel Report

General Counsel of today’s international businesses are charged with navigating a series of risks at home and abroad to help ensure steady business growth. Increased focus […]
December 4, 2015

December 2015 Healthcare General Counsel Report

The ever-changing landscape of the healthcare industry keeps senior legal executives on constant call. General Counsel in the sector must manage a host of new regulations, […]
July 17, 2015

July 2015 Consero General Counsel Report

The modern General Counsel is more involved in overall business operations than ever before. GCs are kept busy with navigating both global laws and regulations, managing […]
January 1, 2015

January 2015 General Counsel Report

Today’s General Counsel wear more hats than ever. They manage an internal team, maintain relationships with outside counsel, and of course think critically about how to […]
July 1, 2014

June 2014 General Counsel Report

The General Counsel has never been more integral to the success of today’s Fortune 1000 companies. The position is one with increasing responsibilities of major significance to the […]
January 1, 2014

January 2014 General Counsel Report

The last year was a particularly demanding one for America’s general counsel. With a more competitive global marketplace than ever, and a slew of new international rules […]
July 1, 2013

July 2013 General Counsel Report

During the first half of 2013, Fortune 1000 general counsel faced a variety of imposing tasks. From managing an uptick in M&A activity to IP protection and monetization […]
April 1, 2013

April 2013 European General Counsel Report

As financial-accountability legislation, new anti-corruption rules, and datasecurity concerns have exacerbated the pressures placed upon high-level executives generally, the responsibilities and expectations of Chief Legal Officers have climbed to […]
January 1, 2013

January 2013 General Counsel Report

The last twelve months offered some formidable challenges for the nation’s chief corporate legal officers. With intensifying global regulatory demands, new developments in the intellectual property realm, the […]
April 21, 2020

Spring 2020 Life Sciences IP Report

Intellectual property is a critical element of any life sciences company. It provides an incentive for investment, propels growth, and provides strategic advantages that set companies […]
January 11, 2017

January 2017 Life Sciences IP Report

The competitive advantage for businesses in the life sciences industry lies in their intellectual property. As such, chief IP counsel operating in this realm are charged […]
July 1, 2016

July 2016 Global IP Management Report

Intellectual property is a crucial part of a company’s competitive advantage, helping to drive profitability and overall strategy for corporations. Chief IP counsel must not only […]
January 4, 2016

January 2016 Global IP Report For Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

Continued investment in research and development is necessary to achieve and maintain a competitive advantage within the pharmaceuticals and biotechnology industries. Chief IP Counsel are charged […]
July 2, 2015

July 2015 Global IP Management Report

The protection of patents and trademarks is crucial to maintain a competitive edge in today’s global, high-tech environment. Companies must rely on their Chief Intellectual Property […]
January 8, 2015

January 2015 IP Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology Report

The protection of Intellectual Property in the Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology industries is vital not only to the success of these companies, but to the innovations they bring […]
January 6, 2014

December 2013 IP Forum For Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Medical Devices Report

In today’s fiercely competitive markets, the use and protection of intellectual property could well be difference between success and failure for a corporate entity—particularly in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, […]
August 5, 2013

August 2013 IP Management Report

Corporations around the globe are increasingly focused on leveraging intellectual property to fuel business growth. The Chief IP Counsel is responsible for managing a company’s IP portfolio, which […]
January 27, 2020

2020 Corporate Legal Operations Report

June 19, 2019

Spring 2019 Corporate Legal Operations Report

Legal operations executives are leading the way in the modernization of today’s corporate legal department. Leveraging the latest technology and increasingly sophisticated processes to enhance the […]
January 17, 2019

January 2019 Corporate Legal Operations Report

Legal operations executives juggle the business, processes, and people of in-house legal teams to support these departments in protecting and growing their companies. This balancing act […]
January 10, 2018

January 2018 Corporate Legal Operations Report

Chief Legal Operations executives juggle the business, processes, and people of in-house legal departments to support these departments in protecting and growing their companies. This balancing […]
August 2, 2017

2017 Financial Services & Insurance Litigation Report

Changes in political administration creates regulatory uncertainty as the new administration moves to implement its own agenda and policy. This uncertainty places increased pressure on chief […]
March 8, 2017

March 2017 Corporate Litigation Report

An increasing volume of cases, persistent data privacy concerns, and a swelling mountain of electronically stored information are just a few of the pressing priorities for […]
May 24, 2016

2016 Financial Services & Insurance Litigation Report

Chief litigation officers from the financial services and insurance sectors are faced with more scrutiny and regulation than many of their counterparts in other industries, resulting […]
November 9, 2015

October 2015 Consero Corporate Litigation Report

Corporate executives must navigate a variety of legal opportunities and challenges to help keep their enterprises stable in today’s global environment. Chief Litigation Officers are charged […]
January 12, 2015

January 2015 Corporate Litigation Report

Today’s Chief Litigation Officers are among the busiest and most critical of all corporate employees. Given their role in managing a wide variety and ever-increasing volume of complex […]
July 24, 2014

July 2014 Financial Services & Insurance Litigation Report

The highly regulated environment of the financial services and insurance industries provides a variety of challenges and opportunities for the in-house litigator. Chief Litigation Officers within […]
October 25, 2013

October 2013 Corporate Litigation Report

The last twelve months have presented Chief Litigation Officers of large U.S. companies with a variety of interesting challenges and opportunities. Many of these corporate executives experienced an […]
December 7, 2012

December 2012 Corporate Litigation Report

The role of the Chief Litigation Officer has never demanded more focus and skill. As the volume of commercial litigation and government investigations continues to rise, along with […]


June 8, 2016

Effective Technology Use in Compliance

Compliance operations can be enhanced and streamlined with technology. Here are five tips to use technology effectively for your compliance organization. 1. Identify Technology Gaps In Your Compliance Organization No […]
March 24, 2016

Third Parties And The Compliance Department

Guaranteeing third-party compliance is among the most important responsibilities for chief compliance officers. In the event a third-party is not aware of pertinent laws, regulations, or […]
March 17, 2016

The Compliance Department And Risk

Actively tracking and addressing risk is a daunting task for compliance departments that are stretched thin. This piece details the most critical risks and how to manage them […]
March 10, 2016

Ensuring A Culture Of Compliance

Ensuring a culture of compliance is among the most important tasks for you and your team. Not doing so can result in variety of risks for […]
March 3, 2016

Aligning Your Compliance Department With The Corporate Strategy

Your compliance team is a critical part of the company’s corporate function and strategy. And today’s companies are increasingly acknowledging the impact the compliance team has […]
April 14, 2015

Compliance and Ethics in Mergers and Acquisitions

1. Re-Assess Risk After a merger or acquisition, your organization has changed into a new entity, and this entity may have different risk management needs than the […]
April 14, 2015

Managing Internal Investigations From The Compliance Side

1. Identify The Right Point Person An effective compliance program cannot exist without the ability to conduct effective internal investigations. However, internal investigations bring with them a […]
April 14, 2015

Diving Deeper Into Risk Assessment Methodologies

1. Shape Your Risk Methodology To Meet Your Company’s Needs Risk assessment methodologies are almost infinitely variable, based on factors unique to each situation. For this reason, it […]
April 14, 2015

Tips For Creating A Culture Of Compliance Within Your Middle Management

1. Design And Present Hypothetical Ethics Scenarios To Drive Compliance Compliance planning can create an excess of “what if” situations. Take these unique scenarios and use them […]
March 17, 2016

Differentiating Yourself In The New Normal Era

Larger legal departments of the healthcare industry have normalized their functions. In other words, it is harder to find differences between how legal departments operate across […]
March 10, 2016

Talent In The General Counsel Office

The legal department has become a stronger player within the business over time. This change can be seen through a bigger budget, a stronger advisory role […]
March 3, 2016

The Importance Of Culture In M&A

Mergers and acquisitions in the healthcare industry have yielded more frequent headlines than in years past. In the wake of the Affordable Care Act, this activity […]
February 25, 2016

Data And Metrics: Improving Departmental Efficiency

At the top of mind for many executives within the healthcare industry is the use of data. However, many leaders in this arena lack clear direction […]
February 11, 2016

Mediating vs. Litigating

Deciding to mediate or to litigate is one of the toughest decisions your legal team may have to make. Many factors play into this choice. Below […]
February 3, 2016

Healthcare General Counsel And Risk

Not dealing with risk in the healthcare industry can have disastrous consequences. General Counsel must make efforts to categorize risk, to develop suitable prevention and response […]
July 13, 2015

Effective Strategies When Collaborating With Outside Counsel

1. Set Early Expectations When starting a new outside counsel partnership, ask for their strategy upfront. This will help create transparency and set the expectation for […]
July 13, 2015

Three Tips To Navigating Entry Into Emerging Markets

1. Conduct Proper Due Diligence On New Markets When exploring entry into a new region, evaluate government policies that may serve as a legal barrier to […]
July 13, 2015

Preempting Problems with Proper Cyber Security Protocols

1. Develop A Response Plan Given the increase of cyber security risk, develop an incident response plan that your team can test and improve upon to […]
July 13, 2015

Three Tips On How The GC Can Be A Change Agent

1. Develop Metrics Of Success Create a legal playbook for your department that defines key metrics and milestones, and ways to meet them. Provide incentives to […]
May 13, 2015

Inside Counsel: It’s who you know: The 5 ways to meet and keep great contacts at your next conference

Originally Published in Inside Counsel | May 13, 2015 | By Adam Donovan and Will Card In the first article of this two-part series (“Ready for […]
September 17, 2014

Inside Counsel: How to avoid post-acquisition employment issues by optimizing your due diligence

Originally Published in Inside Counsel | September 17, 2014 | By Paul Mandell One of the keys to a successful transaction is getting ahead of lurking […]
September 3, 2014

Inside Counsel: Managing the cost of doing legal business

Originally Published in Inside Counsel | September 3, 2014 | By Paul Mandell Creating and managing a legal budget is among the most vexing tasks handled […]
August 21, 2014

Inside Counsel: Three keys to managing an internal investigation

Originally Published in Inside Counsel | August 20, 2014 | By Paul Mandell The key to an effective internal investigation lies in the preparation that happens […]
June 13, 2014

Inside Counsel: The work allocation debate: In-house vs. outside counsel

Originally Published in Inside Counsel | June 13, 2014 | By Paul Mandell Deciding when to send work to an outside firm can be a difficult […]
May 19, 2014

Inside Counsel: 3 tips for avoiding law department budget cuts

Originally Published in Inside Counsel | By Paul Mandell | May 19, 2014 The threat of department budget cuts is one that hangs over the heads […]
April 17, 2014

Inside Counsel: 3 keys to crisis management for general counsel

Originally Published in Inside Counsel | April 17, 2014 | By Paul Mandell Any effective crisis-management plan must include a competent team, clearly defined roles and […]
April 10, 2014

Corporate Counsel: 4 Proven Strategies for Law Department Transformation From the Experts

Originally Published In Corporate Counsel | April 10, 2014 | By Paul Mandell At most Fortune 1000 companies, the general counsel faces a never-ending flow of […]
July 13, 2015

Best Practices For The Inside-Outside Counsel Working Relationship

1. Be The Mediator Act as an intermediary so that you can identify red-flag inventors early on. This will help decrease the likelihood of any surprises […]
July 13, 2015

Restructure Your Business Under The America Invents Act

1. Plan Ahead Set clear expectations and set high-level caps with outside counsel. More importantly, make sure to discuss if the likelihood to going over those […]
July 13, 2015

How To Prepare Your IP Litigation Strategy Effectively

1. Make Budgeting A Priority Discuss your budget options thoroughly to avoid resource issues down the line. Understand the types of funds available for a given […]
July 13, 2015

DIY: Incorporating IP Into Your Company

1. Develop A Training Model Educate your workforce as to the importance of IP to the business. A refresher course for veteran employees may also help […]
July 13, 2015

Four Tips To Protect Your Company’s IP On A Budget

1. Collaborate And Listen Work closely with business unit leaders to gain an understanding of their priorities and to put together a complementary IP strategy. 2. […]
July 13, 2015

Intellectual Property Magazine: Chief concerns

Originally Published in Intellectual Property Magazine | July 8, 2015 | By Paul Mandell A recent summit of chief IP officers identified key tasks facing counsel in […]
April 13, 2015

Tips For Developing A Leading IP Litigation Strategy

1. Work Closely With Management Management never wants the yellow light; know every aspect of a potential case and make sure you are able to give […]
April 13, 2015

Staying On Budget And Filing Smart

1. Weigh The Risks While considering filing for a patent application, it is essential to weigh the risk of filing for products and technologies that are […]
April 13, 2015

Five Ways The Chief IP Counsel Can Adequately Prepare For A Merger Or Acquisition

1. Use Outside Counsel For most Chief IP Counsel, a merger or acquisition can come out of left field and demand critical attention. Without the right […]
April 13, 2015

Effective Ways To Partner With Your Research & Development Team

1. Strengthen The IP And R&D Relationship It is essential for IP Counsel to take on the role of a collaborator with their R&D departments. A […]
March 13, 2015

Five Tips For Creating Your IP Strategy

1. “Trim The Fat” The future of many IP portfolios includes some aspect of “trimming the fat” to help cut costs and make your portfolio more […]
July 5, 2019

Corporate Counsel: Survey Shows Legal Operations Teams Are Growing, but Most Still in Early Stages

Originally Published in Corporate Counsel | July 03, 2019 | By Sue Reisinger About 68% of legal operations departments in a recent survey said they were […]
August 4, 2017

Corporate Counsel: Internal Investigations Becoming a Way of Life for In-House Counsel

Originally Published in Corporate Counsel | August 3, 2017 | By Sue Reisinger Some 86 percent of chief litigation officers in a recent survey said their companies […]
March 2, 2016

Fine-Tuning The Litigation Department Mission

Your legal team is an increasingly important part of the company’s corporate function and strategy. More than ever before, companies acknowledge the value of including the […]
February 24, 2016

Strategies For Optimizing The Litigation Team’s Resources

The chief litigation officer is the leader of a critical component of any in-house legal team. However, given that various priorities of modern legal departments, litigation […]
February 17, 2016

Using Data To Enhance Performance

Most companies rely on outcomes from legal battles to assess the performance of the litigation team. However, to understand the litigation department’s specific strengths and weaknesses, […]
February 10, 2016

Establishing And Optimizing Your Law Firm Relationships

As companies grow and their legal needs evolve, chief litigation officers often find themselves in need of different or additional law firms to support their efforts. […]
June 5, 2015

Four Tips For Staying Ahead Of The Curve

1. Be Innovative When Sourcing Talent Staying innovative and disruptive while maintaining the company culture is important when approaching new, potential talent. Introducing different ways of thinking […]
June 5, 2015

Improve Your Litigation Department’s Performance

1. Reassess Your Assessments In addition to quarterly assessments, consider internal, ongoing reporting, which tends to focus on material litigation trends. Ongoing reporting helps you visualize annual […]
June 5, 2015

When Alternative Dispute Resolution Makes Sense

1. Three’s A Crowd Do as much as you can to control the decision-making power. The Judge, as the impartial third party, is a significant player in […]
June 5, 2015

Tips To Select The Right Outside Counsel Successfully

1. Set Expectations Make price and mutual trust your most important factors when hiring your outside counsel. Communicate the value transparency to your legal counsel, even if […]
September 17, 2014

Inside Counsel: How to avoid post-acquisition employment issues by optimizing your due diligence

Originally Published in Inside Counsel | September 17, 2014 | By Paul Mandell One of the keys to a successful transaction is getting ahead of lurking […]
September 3, 2014

Inside Counsel: Managing the cost of doing legal business

Originally Published in Inside Counsel | September 3, 2014 | By Paul Mandell Creating and managing a legal budget is among the most vexing tasks handled […]


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July 8, 2019

LegalTech News: Legal Operations Teams Are Growing But Still in Early Stages, Says Survey

Originally Published in LegalTech News | July 03, 2019 | By Sue Reisinger More than two-thirds of legal operations departments said they were still in the early stages […]
February 1, 2019

Corporate Counsel: Legal Operations Leaders Say Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence Still Not Mainstream in Their Companies

Originally Published in Corporate Counsel | January 31, 2019 | By Sue Reisinger In-house legal operations chiefs see their main priorities as managing legal technology and cost-cutting, primarily […]
January 17, 2019

Corporate Counsel: #MeToo Having Impact That May Not Show in Surveys, Atlanta Utility GC Says

Originally Published in Corporate Counsel | January 15, 2019 | By Sue Reisinger About 69 percent of respondents to a survey from Consero Group said they were working […]