Global Counsel Leaders
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Work smarter. Lead better.

Advancing performance of in-house legal


Your Target Topics 2019

How can you give valued advice on unclear issues like Brexit, tariffs, sanctions, etc.?

Is your legal function geared up to meet 2020 demands? 

How can Legal/Compliance reinforce corporate reputation with good ethics and clear purpose?

In addition to consulting, our programs, events and benchmarking have a singular focus:  your in-house legal and compliance needs and priorities.  We tap into our vast global network of in-house leaders for input in our benchmarking.  Our exclusive membership group of global legal and compliance chiefs in global companies, the Global Counsel Leaders Circle, select the topics that we cover in our surveys and events.  We help you build on the lessons learned by other corporate legal functions.  It’s all about practical tips and approaches that improve how you lead, manage, gain efficiency and demonstrate performance to key stakeholders.  

Get your copy of our latest survey of corporate legal and compliance leaders: Your 2019 Goals and Needs

<span id="mind">What’s on your mind?</span> Our members choose the topics that they want to know more about. Suggest a topic for a conference, webinar, benchmarking or other event or activity.
From ideas to action
Change is happening so fast in the legal world, with a myriad of possible focal points. It’s essential for your in-house team to narrow and clarify your objectives, and then organize for implementation. Which ideas does your team want to act on?

We bring together leaders of the world’s best-in-class legal and compliance functions


Some of our Global Counsel Leaders participants over the last 2.5 years

Director of Legal Europe, 3M
General Counsel, A2A
Group General Counsel, AB Inbev
General Counsel - Global Legal, Abbott Labs
Group General Counsel & CCO, Accenture
Group General Counsel, Acteon
Senior Counsel EMEA, ADM International
SVP, Deputy General Counsel, Aetna
Chief Labor & Employment Counsel, AIG
Chief Compliance Officer, Airbus
Compliance Director, AkzoNobel
Assoc General Counsel EMEIA, Allegion
Chief Legal Officer & Corp Sec, Ardagh
Group General Counsel, Bosch
Global Deputy General Counsel, BCG
General Counsel, Bridgestone - CFNA
Grp General Counsel & Co Sec, British Telecom
SVP, Chief Counsel, CA
Sr Counsel, Regulatory, Europe, Cigna
Senior Corporate Counsel, Cisco Systems

CCO & Corporate Secretary, CNH Industrial
General Counsel, Coca-Cola Europe
Managing Director, Sr Counsel, Credit Agricole CIB
Group General Counsel, Dubai World
EVP, General Counsel & Sec, DXC Technology
EVP, Group GC & Co Sec, Emirates NBD
Group General Counsel, Eni
Group General Counsel, Ferguson
General Counsel, GE Avio
Exec Counsel Litigation, GE Capital
General Counsel Europe, GE
VP Legal + Compliance EMEA, Goodyear Dunlop
Group General Counsel, Gucci
SVP, GC & CCO, Co Sec, Ingredion
General Counsel, Intesa Sanpaolo
General Counsel, Italgas
General Counsel, Investment Corp of Dubai
General Counsel, Kotak Mahindra Bank
General Counsel, KPMG UK
Chief Legal Officer, Louis Dreyfus Commodities
General Counsel, Marriott International

Compliance Head, EMEA & APAC, NetApp
General Counsel EMEA, Oracle
Sr Director, Financial Regulation, PayPal
General Counsel EMEA, PPG
CLO & Co Sec, QBE North America
General Counsel & Co Sec, Rentokil-Initial
Group General Counsel, Safran
SVP, General Counsel & Co Sec, Sears Holdings
General Counsel, Siemens France
Group General Counsel, Snam
CCO & Co Sec, STMicroelectronics
Group General Counsel, UniCredit Group
General Counsel, EMEA, Unisys
Group General Counsel, Volvo Fin Services
General Counsel, Walgreens
Assoc General Counsel,Walmart Stores
EVP, Group GC & CCO, Marsh&McLennan
Group General Counsel, MBDA
Asst General Counsel, Microsoft
Chief Counsel, Global Svcs, Mondelez International

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The high caliber of members from respected multinationals—and their open exchange-- makes the Global Counsel Leaders Circle unique.  Founded in 2010, the Leaders Circle is our flagship roundtable group.  Members rank the Leaders Circle at the top among external activities to help them lead and manage better.  We keep the Leaders Circle small and by invitation-only.  Members are legal and compliance leaders in global organizations across many industries, based in 14 countries on 3 continents. Our members tell us they value both the practical approaches and important insights from peers they come to know well.
Global Counsel Leaders Circle programs are driven by members’ interests. In addition to roundtable events and other tête à tête meetings, member benefits include detailed benchmarking, hot-topic polls, white papers, an inquiry service, and the opportunity to share achievements with a broader audience of peers and influencers.  Click here to explore the qualifications for membership.


Who leads Global Counsel Leaders?


Global Counsel Leaders is led by E. Leigh Dance, building on her 25 years of experience working with corporate legal and compliance functions around the world to help them perform better and work smarter.  Leigh (pronounced Lee) currently focuses on projects to help in-house legal chiefs lead and sustain transformative change and demonstrate performance.  A skilled facilitator and communicator, Leigh developed her expertise by working with legal and compliance leaders to launch new businesses in a major global bank.  With LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, she co-founded Counsel to Counsel, a global forum on best practices in corporate legal services.  For ten years she organized and moderated Counsel to Counsel roundtables in more than 25 countries.  

Leigh Dance founded Global Counsel Leaders Circle in 2010, a forum designed around the needs of the premier global corporate legal leaders that were its founding members.  While the Leaders Circle remains an exclusive invitation-only group, Leigh’s activity has broadened into Global Counsel Leaders, with services, programs and events for in-house counsel leaders and their teams in international companies of all sizes.

Leigh is known in legal and business circles as a skilled international strategist, a thought leader, and a multi-jurisdiction communicator and project manager.  Since 1995, Leigh has lived and worked from bases in New York, Rome and Brussels.  She speaks and works in English, French and Italian.  Leigh is the Global In-house columnist for ALM’s Corporate Counsel.  Click here for her full profile.


Be part of the conversation

Are you an in-house lawyer or compliance professional that manages or leads a team in a corporation or institution?

If so, take part in our network of hundreds of global counsel leaders. Global Counsel Leaders focuses on small and large legal and compliance functions in middle market and larger companies with international activites. By signing up (no cost) Global Counsel Leaders will share valuable tactics and resources that your peers have told us about. We’ll invite you to take our surveys and participate in excellent events, to build your network and improve your performance.

Sign Up
Sign up if you meet at least two of these criteria:
  • Your responsibility involves a business or sector with more than $500 million in revenues
  • Your organization sources or distributes in more than 3 countries
  • You manage a team of more than 3 legal professionals