eBay’s associate GC launches start-up

What does it take to be an entrepreneur? For eBay’s Singapore-based associate general counsel Steven Liew, working at a tech giant first has proved a nifty way of catching the bug.

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The former Baker & McKenzie lawyer waved the online shopping giant farewell last week, ending eight years in the company’s legal department to take the plunge with his own consultancy firm.

“In the internet and technology sector, the legal and regulatory environment is getting more complex as governments become more interventionist,” Liew tells The Lawyer. “My gut feeling is that there is a gap in the market.”

It’s a similar tale to that of former Akin Gump associate Robbie Friedman, who launched a legal billing IT app with Ohio-based whizz-kid David Schottenstein in 2012.

Who said lawyers weren’t risk takers?

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