[Interview] Fast paced change and evolving client needs
Grégoire Mangeat, Managing Partner and My-Hué Tan, Counsel and Operations Director, were recently interviewed by Leaders League about the evolving challenges of corporate compliance, the importance of soft skills, and the firm’s differentiation in the market.
“Being a smaller firm is an advantage. As entrepreneurs, we enjoy pushing boundaries and trying new ways of thinking. For instance, we have introduced legal project management to handle multi-jurisdictional and complex litigation matters. This helps to increase efficiency and facilitate teamwork.”
As the Swiss legal market competitiveness keeps increasing, with many firms of various sizes and practices, the legal profession has also been evolving and so have the needs of our clients.
“We are a law firm but also a business whose management is equally important to sustain its growth, reputation, value-add services, and attractiveness. I like to compare the firm’s operations to the human spine. Some vertebrae are more important than others. We have prioritized five pillars: people, client care, business development, marketing and communication, and technology.”
Our Financial Crime & Investigations practice
Our financial crime and investigations practice relies on the complementary competencies of six lawyers, including Grégoire. The team has developed a reputable expertise in representing domestic and international clients in high-profile, complex cases of white-collar crime, including those under media scrutiny.
“We also advise clients through preventive compliance programs. Compliance is constantly evolving and becoming more complex. These programs focus on fraud, anti-money laundering, and corruption which are essential to Swiss banks. However, new risks are emerging. Swiss companies in other industries, especially multinationals and those operating in regulated sectors, are more aware of ethics, compliance, and governance due to increased regulatory scrutiny.”
Our Employment practice
Leaders League also asked about the strengthening of our employment practice and how we can help our clients to solve organisational challenges.
“Our ambition is simple: we want to do more than contentious work. We support alternative approaches, such as mediation, to de-escalate conflictual situations, as well as human risk management. A pragmatic approach is indispensable to reach clients’ objectives and reduce legal costs.”
About our team
Grégoire Mangeat is one of the founders of MANGEAT and former Chairman of the Geneva Bar Association (2016-2018). He is recommended by Legal 500 and a ranked lawyer by Chambers and Partners. His main practice areas are Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Financial Crime and Investigations.
My-Hué advises clients on the management and mitigation of legal, business and operational risks arising from corporate transactions, divestitures, acquisitions, post-acquisition integration, business restructuring, labour relations, product manufacturing, business disruption, crisis management, fraud and ethics investigations.