INTERVIEW : IN-HOUSE LAWYER - ENFORCEMENT - DIVERSITY - PHARMACEUTICAL SECTOR

Susan JONES, Novartis: Navigating competition law enforcement around the world - an in-house perspective

Having worked in a competition law authority, in private practice and now as an in-house lawyer, I view the latter as the most challenging and interesting. As an in-house lawyer, I feel responsible for safeguarding the long-term success and reputation of the company. So, it is important to stay updated on legal developments across jurisdictions, look for trends and try to predict where enforcement is going with a view to mitigating the risks in advance. This forward-looking approach requires the trust of your business clients.

Introduction You have practised competition law as an enforcer, practitioner and in-house. What did you see as the main challenges in these roles and did your perception change when you moved to the other side of the table? I think that being an in-house lawyer is the most challenging and interesting of all of these roles. I really enjoyed the social welfare and public policy aspects of working at a competition law authority. At a law firm, I enjoyed immersing myself in legal research and advocacy. As an in-house lawyer, I am still involved in these aspects of legal practice but my role and perspective have expanded. I am working across all jurisdictions and areas of competition law. My competition law compliance role has also deepened. I think in-house lawyers are more invested in

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  • Novartis (Basel)
  • Linklaters (Brussels)

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Bernd Meyring, Susan Jones, Susan JONES, Novartis: Navigating competition law enforcement around the world - an in-house perspective, May 2018, Concurrences Review N° 2-2018, Art. N° 85391, www.concurrences.com

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