Schneider Electric GC Wexler: no to panels

Paris-listed global energy company Schneider Electric Group general counsel Peter Wexler is a big fan of individual relationships. It’s the way he manages his legal department and how he deals with external advisers.

That’s why, in his in-house interview with The Lawyer this week, Wexler says he won’t put panel systems in place despite having to juggle with 125 firms. Instead, he prefers to build individual ties with external lawyers, regardless of the effort involved.

“I don’t care how many we have, as long as we have the right number,” he comments.

Being a people person doesn’t seem to exhaust Wexler, despite travelling to see his 275 lawyers worldwide and working on mergers, acquisitions and compliance issues. That’s energy for you.

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