Doretha Dian has been the general counsel of global technology giant Siemens’ Indonesian unit for about 18 months, leading a legal team in negotiating big-ticket contracts, managing disputes and ensuring regulatory compliance. An in-house counsel since 2007, she has led legal teams in the infrastructure and technology…
As director of legal at Doctor Anywhere, a fast-growing one-stop telehealth app provider in Southeast Asia, Melissa Tan leads an in-house team that guided the company through “unchartered” waters during the pandemic. In this interview, Tan speaks about how one of her biggest personal highlights is witnessing each team member grow, why openness in communication is key to impactful lawyering, and why being comfortable with ambiguity in the law is something she looks for in her hires.
Navrita Kaur, chief legal officer of Malaysian tech company Microlink Solutions, talks about how she encourages her team to have the mindset of adding value to the business, how the legal services landscape has changed since she went in-house, and why one should never have two thoughts in one sentence.
Surabhi Madan, senior director and global legal counsel of ASM, talks about how a culture of fear of making errors hinders independent thinking, why she looks to hire lawyers who can think like engineers, and what areas of expertise she wishes law firms had.
Alex Liam, head of legal, data protection officer and company secretary at Singaporean utility YTL PowerSeraya, talks about his experience leading during challenging times, why it is important to be decisive to move things forward, and how he is looking to always stay grounded.
Yi Wong, general counsel of real-estate management company Lum Chang Holdings, talks about why walking the talk is better than putting up posters along the corridor, adopting a proactive instead of reactive approach to compliance, and why he prefers law firms that serve as a “one-stop shop.”
Setiawan D Atmojo, general counsel of BDx Indonesia, tells ALB about how he encourages an open dialogue with employees to help them feel comfortable sharing their ideas, why the best lawyer is not the smartest but the one who delivers, and that those who fail to prepare should prepare to fail.
Daniel Lo is the chief legal officer of Cake Group, a Singapore-based decentralised finance platform. In this interview, he talks about he wants to break the stereotype of in-house lawyers being a blocker to business, why technology is the best friend for any lean legal team, and how great heights are reached only through hardship.
ALB Conversations: Takayuki Kitajima, Representative Executive Director and General Counsel, Unilever Japan
Takayuki Kitajima, representative executive officer and general counsel of Unilever Japan Holdings, discusses his strategy for the legal team, his approach to technology, and the secret to sustainable long-term cooperation with external law firms.
Jiyoung Won, lead counsel at General Motors Korea, shares about how her strategy for her legal team is fluid, creative, and yet uncompromising; what attributes she looks for when it comes to hiring; and why she wishes Korean law firms would adopt a more “out-of-the-box” mindset.