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The demands on today’s general counsel are many, complex, and unfortunately often in conflict with the wider business. Corporate counsels are their company’s traditional guardians, expected to protect the business against unnecessary risk from poorly thought out plans, regulators, unscrupulous partners, class-action lawyers, bad business processes and more. But with this traditional approach, business silos are as prevalent today as they were 20 years ago. As CEOs and business directors look to destroy them, the general counsel becomes the fall guy, often getting the bad rap for inhibiting progress in areas of business development-an area criticized for not being taught in law schools today.

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