Media Monitor
July 17, 2015
A digest of the week’s news of note:
From the most buzz-worthy and blogged-about, to the leading business, innovation and legal industry headlines.

Corporate Counsel





  • Best Legal Departments 2015: The Finalists: In June we recognized four companies as Corporate Counsel's Best Legal Departments. We also found much to admire in other nominees. This is the second installment of articles about 2015's finalists. (CC, 8.1)


  • Feeling Creaky at 37: General counsel at startups may be the oldest 'kids' in the room. (CC, 8.1)
  • Cruise Control: An airline general counsel has been busy, but he's not complaining. (CC, 8.1)



  • GC Pay by Industry: General counsel in the entertainment industry, including our top overall earner, are exceedingly well-paid. But banking and finance chief lawyers don't come home with thin pay packets, either. (CC, 7.15)





  • California Dreaming: Maybe Not for In-House Counsel: A recent survey of in-house counsel with business interests in California suggests the Golden State's litigation and business climates don't necessarily measure up to the excellent weather. (CC, 7.13)


  • The GC Who Swims Through 'Shark Week': Bruce Campbell, the general counsel and chief development officer at Discovery Communications, is the legal chief for the shark-infested programmer. (CC, 7.9)


  • In-house interview: Sarah Binder, PlusNet: With a grounding in both telecoms and M&A, Sarah Binder is well placed to face the challenges that come with being director of legal and compliance at entrepreneurial and fast-growing PlusNet. (TL, 7.13)


Legal Operations

  • Connecting the Ops: Legal operations professionals launch a conference of their own. (CC, 8.1)





  • Pricing matters. Here's why.: In a market where many firms are posting double digit rises in revenue, there doesn’t appear to be much of a problem when it comes to pricing. But don’t be so sure. (TL, 7.16)


Wall Street




  • DWF launches subsidiary to enter burgeoning legal product market: Following on from the launch last month of consultancy, paralegal and flexible lawyer offerings, DWF has entered into the growing legal product market by launching a wholly owned subsidiary, 15squared, to sell and develop technology products for in-house clients. (LB, 7.16)

Law Firms/Lawyers



  • Attention on Dewey Trial Spans Globe: As Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP collapsed in 2012, Bruno Gattai was the head of the Italian practice, managing 18 partners and about 100 other lawyers and staff split between offices in Rome and Milan. Now he is following from afar the trial taking place in Manhattan against the law firm’s former leaders. (WSJ, 7.15)
  • Law Firm Imposes Ban on Hiring Ivy League Graduates: Adam Leitman Bailey, a Manhattan attorney who runs a real estate firm, says he looks to hire law school graduates who have grit, ambition and a resolve to succeed in the legal profession. (WSJ, 7.15)


Wall Street/PE/VC




  • Accusing Amazon of Antitrust Violations, Authors and Booksellers Demand Inquiry: Five years after Amazon secretly asked regulators to investigate leading publishers — a case that ended up reinforcing the e-commerce company’s clout — groups representing thousands of authors, agents and independent booksellers are asking the United States Department of Justice to examine Amazon for antitrust violations. (NYT, 7.13)


  • MasterCard Faces Antitrust Charges in E.U: .European antitrust officials filed formal charges against MasterCard on Thursday, accusing the company of setting artificially high fees for credit card transactions in the European Union, which ultimately may have hurt consumers. (NYT, 7.14)





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