Reorganization of the legal department of a consumer goods company

Context

An international industrial company of the consumer goods sector, member of the SBF120 index decided to reorganise its legal department. Dispatched within business units, the lawyers reported to the local CEO – an organisation that had led to the duplication of functions, inconsistencies, legal uncertainties, and therefore to the lack of organisational transparency.

Mission

Nous sommes intervenus en 3 phases :

  • Audit of the existing based on interviews ranging from the Board members to the legal experts including the Executive Committee
  • Benchmarking of the organisation based on similar groups’ studies
  • Recommendation of a target organisation: creation of a global corporate legal department, definition of positions, creation of points of contact depending on location and expertise

Results

  • Strengthened Strategic protection and legal security at all levels of the group
  • Increasing the responsibility of each team gave a new impulse that resulted into a stronger involvement of the legal experts in the group’s development
  • The executive committee perceived the added value of a properly structured legal department, notably during a recent cross-border merger that doubled the size of the group