Corporate Malfeasance and the role of the General Counsel.

Presentation Summary:

Corporate malfeasance rarely results purely from a lack of personal ethics, and protecting the corporation requires more than good advice from the General Counsel. The standards of what is required are changing, and General Counsels are expected to know more and do more to protect the corporation from legal liability and reputational harm.

This presentation presents a short framework of some common types of malfeasance, provides current examples and consequences, and suggests approaches a General Counsel could take to mitigate the risks of corporate malfeasance.


Presenter Bio:

Krys Corbett, J.D.

General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Senior Director of Business Development

Krys has been a student of corporate behavior since attending and graduating with honors from Duke School of Law in 1997. She is currently General Counsel and Head of Business Development at ORIC Pharmaceuticals, a venture-backed company focusing on cancer research.

Previously she served in legal and non-legal roles in Partnering, Portfolio, and Legal at Roche and Genentech. Krys started her legal career at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, where she focused on Technology Transactions, including licensing and mergers and acquisitions.

In all of these roles, Krys has had to assess and manage the incentives and interests of corporations, work groups and individuals.

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