Joost Maes Practice Group Leader, Brussels and Luxembourg
Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Professionals
Today’s top legal professionals must be great lawyers and outstanding leaders, capable of being trusted business advisors to the CEO.
Senior legal officers and chief compliance officers are at the heart of business today. They must master complex regulatory and risk issues across the globe and support boards in strengthening governance. At their best, they are also effective advisors to the CEO and the executive team, fluent in strategy and business, and adept at analysis, influence, and constructive challenge. Recruiting and developing these legal stars is tough, but has never been more critical.
In major law firms, the demands are just as steep. Those taking on senior roles must be great lawyers and outstanding leaders, able to shape global strategy and mobilize diverse teams. Egon Zehnder helps major law firms recruit stars from the global talent pool and foster a powerful cohort of leaders from within the firm prepared to meet the complex, business-critical demands of clients across the world.
Egon Zehnder brings you extensive experience in recruiting, appraising, and developing senior legal professionals – including chief legal officers, general and specialist counsel, company secretaries, chief compliance officers, and law firm partners and executives.
Our worldwide legal professionals’ network includes more than 40 consultants, most with law degrees or extensive legal experience. Together, we bring you deep expertise on the key challenges in legal and compliance roles, access to a global pool of top legal and compliance candidates, and close contact with CEOs and boards. This puts us in a unique position to support searches for legal professionals and compliance executives in all major industries, often through international assignments. Our knowledge is your power.
With the growing impact of regulation on business, senior legal officers and compliance executives must step up to meet ever more complex challenges. To find and nurture the right caliber of legal talent, companies turn to Egon Zehnder to appraise and develop the leadership strength of professionals already in the organization. Significantly, we can help you assess leadership potential – using a unique methodology that helps you anticipate how your rising leaders will perform in new and more demanding executive roles – to help you create more accurate and reliable leadership development and succession plans.
Rich, Precise Profiles
Given the stretching roles that senior legal professionals must play, we define search criteria in terms that delve more deeply than mere professional experience and qualifications. Referring to our globally researched benchmarks, we consult closely with you to pinpoint your ideal candidate’s leadership competencies, personality traits, and behavioral characteristics. This approach yields a precise candidate profile to guide our search.
Personal, Global Search
When the candidate profile calls for external search, our consultants personally and confidentially engage their local and global relationships and Egon Zehnder colleagues to identify candidates prepared to meet your needs. All of our consultants are motivated via our equal partnership structure and fixed-fee pricing policy to work on your behalf. The power of this trusted network places the insight and resources of our entire firm at each consultant’s fingertips, making our solutions richer and more responsive, and creating tangible and enduring business impact for our clients. Your search consultants are supported by a dedicated team of researchers who simultaneously run your requirements through relevant segments of our database, which continually tracks top executive and director talent worldwide. Through this rigorous process, we closely examine candidates who demonstrate a potential match, analyzing critical incidents in their careers for insights into how they might navigate the challenges they would face in your targeted role.
As we move deeper into conversation with interested, well-qualified candidates, we conduct interviews grounded in our sophisticated and rigorously validated leadership Competency and Potential Model. Our evaluation encompasses far more than the customary professional track record check and referencing. We methodically surface the candidate’s full range of capabilities, personal tendencies, and behavioral characteristics, gain penetrating insights into their readiness to perform in the targeted leadership role, and assess how smoothly candidates would integrate into your organization and culture.
Our consultants develop personal relationships with candidates, gaining a close understanding of their requirements and concerns. So as your search progresses toward the hiring phase we are ready to serve as problem solvers and facilitators. Our fixed-fee policy ensures that we can play this sensitive role with no conflict of interest.
Our value add does not end with a successful hire. For newly appointed senior legal professionals and compliance executives, the first few weeks and months in the role are critical. They must quickly understand the organization’s culture, set the right priorities, and establish credibility with colleagues and stakeholders. Our Accelerated Integration service speeds your new executive’s journey to full impact. We start supporting executives well before “Day One” in a new role – ideally, as soon as the appointment decision is made. Working in collaboration with the hiring manager and the HR manager, we help your executive build an accurate and insightful picture of the upcoming integration challenge, making the keys to leadership success vividly clear and crafting a plan to hit the ground running. We also work personally with the welcoming leadership team as well as the executive to quickly cultivate interpersonal trust and open dialogue. Through the first 90 days, our consultants gather and distill candid feedback on the first impressions the executive is creating during the initial integration. We meet one-on-one with the executive at regular intervals – creating “islands of time” to allow them briefly to set aside all-consuming operational priorities, reflect on progress, identify and prioritize early wins, and calibrate their approach as needed.
Executive Assessment and Development
Beyond executive search, we offer Executive Assessment and Development services designed to help you link specific talent management effort directly to your business strategy. Our proprietary approach to Executive Assessment and Development includes appraisals and benchmarking of your senior managers’ competencies, experience, and growth potential. We assess 10,000 executives a year in this way, working with you to develop your leaders, maximize the effectiveness of your senior teams, and plan and support succession for key roles. Our focus on Diversity and Inclusion helps you nurture diversity at the board and executive level – and translate it into business value.
We pride ourselves on the fact that most of our client relationships are long-term. We can achieve this only by being consistently effective, responsive to your specific needs, and committed to your ongoing success. Our goal across all our services is to help you make better people decisions for critical roles, systematically increase your leaders’ readiness to take on bigger challenges, build a sustainable talent pipeline, and ensure that your leadership teams have the diverse strengths required to create competitive advantage.