As corporations expand into multiple countries, their growing legal departments increasingly face a challenging question: how do they centralize both legal and administrative work to find efficiencies while handling matters demanding local expertise?

Corporate legal leaders who oversee hundreds of lawyers around the globe need to find a balance and flexibility across their in-house teams, according to several top in-house lawyers, including lawyers from Jones Lang LaSalle, Royal Dutch Shell and Mondelēz International who spoke at a recent panel on the topic.