Being not Just a General Counsel but also a Commercial Advisor
Viola Teppati, Corporate Lawyer and Key Account Manager, Contrad Swiss SA, Switzerland
I am glad to share my experience and the challenges I am facing today, as the general counsel of a pharmaceutical company but not only that. I have been an in-house counsel for more than 18 years and built my experience in many different fields: I started as a practicing lawyer in a law firm specialized in maritime law, then, upon admittance to the Bar, I moved into my first company role as an in-house lawyer. I have since changed companies several times, working in-house in raw materials trading, then in finance, then in medical devices maintenance and, finally, I reached pharma trading… Well, it has been a pretty varied experience, I am happy about all that I learnt over the years and the chance I had to be part of so many different projects and businesses. It was clear to me from day one that the right place for me was in a company rather than in a Tribunal. Creating business was, and is, amazing.
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