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It has been quite a year for in-house lawyers as they’ve worked to navigate fast-changing legal and regulatory frameworks, as well as seismic shifts in the legal industry itself. In-house legal leaders this year also took the lead on social issues such as diversity, and in some cases, called out wrongdoing within their own companies.

And they had plenty to say about these issues and challenges. Here are some of the most intriguing quotes Corporate Counsel heard out of legal departments in 2017:

“What I see is this frustration, with people who say: ‘Oh my God, there are all these regulators and every time I want to do an international deal, you now have to get clearance from 35 competition law authorities around the world.’ I mean, tough. Grow up and get it done. That’s kind of the world of competition.” —Alex Dimitrief, senior vice president and general counsel of General Electric Co., on those who grumble about global regulations.

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