All posts by Mike Evers

Compliance, Compliance, Compliance

CultureFitimageShould a general counsel also hold the chief compliance officer (CCO) title? Associations that have sprung up in support of the CCO function say definitely no and advocate for a direct reporting relationship between a CCO and CEO, while other experts believe there are strong benefits to combining these roles.

Objective research offers insight into how companies are actually approaching the topic.

And that is: There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. A Deloitte survey—released earlier this year, and the best stats I could find on the topic—states that only 17 percent of CCOs also hold the GC title. More 

Congratulations Amy Sohl

Congratulations to Amy Sohl, who starts as Senior Counsel with IRi Worldwide on September 15th.  Amy had been at IRi on assignment via our insourcing platform for six months, and we are very happy to report this win-win outcome.  Amy’s background includes a JD from the University of Chicago, teeth cutting with Vedder Price, and several years in-house with BP.  Not too shabby, right?

I thank our VP of Recruiting, Meredith Haydon, for recommending Amy to IRi.

Evers to speak at ACC Kentucky Chapter, Sept 26

If you are a member of the ACC chapter in Kentucky, I look forward to meeting you on Sept. 26 at Churchill Downs.  I will be on the 11:30 panel titled, “Me 2.0:  The Importance of a Digital Profile for Career Development.”

Since this is your “Day at the Races” event, I also hope to show off the handicapping skills I learned from my uncle growing up near The Meadowlands in New Jersey.  Who says we cannot mix business with pleasure?

Thank you to E.M. Lysonge, Vice President of Legal Affairs with Churchill Downs Incorporated, for the speaking invitation.  I look forward to it.  Mike

M&A role: The WhiteWave Foods Company (Denver)

Evers Legal has been exclusively retained to assist Denver based WhiteWave Foods (NYSE:  WWAV) fill a newly created Vice President & Senior Counsel position.  This opportunity is directly related to WhiteWave’s growth.  The company currently includes a robust portfolio of premium food and beverage brands, including organic leaders Horizon Organic, Silk, and Earthbound Farm.  We seek an M&A attorney to support continued growth.  This position will report to an exceptional Deputy General Counsel, and the winner will spend much of his or her time working directly with the EVP of Corporate Strategy.

7+ years of experience required.  In-house experience a plus but not required.  Email with your questions and to express your interest.  All inquiries will be treated as strictly confidential.

Congratulations Robyn Martin

Congratulations to Robyn Martin, who recently joined Potbelly. A 2000 law school graduate from Michigan, Robyn’s experience profile includes successful tenures with Winston & Strawn and DeVry. We thank Robyn for her long-term Evers Legal secondment with our client Tenneco, where she handled a wide variety of commercial contract and transactional matters.

Every company needs its own Jeff Carr

JWCarr-HBJAs I read about a United States Senator calling for the firing of Michael Milliken, GM’s general counsel, I am not thinking about Milliken. I don’t know Milliken and I’m not qualified to judge his performance. Instead, my friend Jeff Carr came immediately to mind. Jeff retires on Aug. 1 from FMC Technologies after 21 years with the company. And what I am thinking is that GM needed its own Jeff Carr.

To in-house counsel who read the trade press and to us legal consulting types who follow innovation within “law world,” Jeff was a “thought leader” long before that term became fashionable. And most of us expect Jeff to re-emerge in a unique way within law world after taking some personal time. More 

Principal Financial Group (’40 Act)

National search, complete relocation package offered.  Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, Iowa, seeks a veteran ’40 Act attorney.  Details:

Attorney with a minimum of ten years of experience serving a mutual fund complex and having significant expertise relating to the Investment Company Act, the Investment Advisers Act, the Commodity Exchange Act, FINRA rules, broker-dealers, transfer agents and related regulatory filings (including registration statements, proxy statements, periodic reports, exemptive applications and no-action letters); working with and communicating clearly, promptly and authoritatively with the Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA, CFTC and state insurance reviewers and examiners as well as mutual fund and variable contract accountants, compliance administrators, portfolio managers, operations staff, distribution staff, shareholder servicing staff and other members of fund management; advising the board of directors of mutual funds and ETFs; leading a team of lawyers that serves as the legal resource for a mutual fund complex.

Nominations sought for IC: women poised to become GC

Inside Counsel has asked for our recommendations again on this year’s “R3-100″ list, a compilation of senior level women in-house counsel who are poised to become a General Counsel within the next three years.  It’s a really nice recognition.  If you wish to recommend a colleague, or put yourself up for consideration, please give us a call or email  Here is the link to last year’s list:  R3-100 for 2013