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In-house aspirants take note: if Procter & Gamble’s ideas take root, you might find yourself practising fabric and shampoo rather than intellectual property or M&A. To boost lagging sales, the Cincinnati-based company is organizing its business along product lines. So is its legal department. Their 220 lawyers used to be split into five world regions; now, it will be divided along 7 global business units. A Cincinnati lawyer will become a beauty care lawyer. A European lawyer will become a fabrics lawyer. Unless, of course, you get in to one of the three core global groups, or, in P&G parlance, “centers of excellence”: lawyer teams who handle trademarks, M&A, and antitrust across the planet.

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