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June 2016

On Entrepreneurship

By Andrejs K. Bunkse Our fascination with entrepreneurship is reflected in the millions of pages analyzing what qualities drive their ability to succeed at going out on their own. I’ve always been inspired by the success stories of some of the more idealistic – Richard Branson, Yvon Chouinard, and Jann Wenner come to mind. And then there’s my personal favorite Sir Ernest Shackleton. Their idealism, coupled with force of will, Read More

Lemons to Lemonade: How to turn a bet the company disaster into an advantage

By Andrejs K. Bunkse Years ago, I worked for a public company that manufactured and placed electronic bingo equipment all over the U.S. and in several countries.   One day, I got a call from the Nevada Gaming Commission alerting me that one of our software engineers had likely manipulated our software systems to cause fraudulent jackpots. When the engineer discovered the allegations,

What Can A General Counsel Do For You?

By Andrejs K. Bunkse Thirty years ago, most CEOs and Boards looked to senior counsel at an outside law firm for their legal support. As the corporate world has evolved in dizzying ways, so has the belief that a company’s outside legal service providers can be expected to holistically assess the challenges their clients face and advise at the enterprise level. Most practicing attorneys don’t have the decision making responsibility Read More

Trade Associations or How to Keep Your Friends Close, But Your Enemies Closer

Andrejs K. Bunkse What do the most stable and predictable industries have in common even in the face of controversy? They have exceptional trade associations, where resources are pooled to create reasonable industry standards to combat political challenges and enhance the public’s perception of the industry. In industries from gaming to banking to energy, competitors set aside egos to create an environment where the fiercest of competitors collaborate to protect, Read More

Integrate Corporate Objectives with Government Affairs Strategy

By Andrejs K. Bunkse We’ve all heard the saying: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. But how many of us have been engaged with an organization that doesn’t seem to be able to bridge the disconnect that exists between its stakeholders? Invariably, operations are at odds with sales & marketing. Accounting is not in alignment with research and development. Most strikingly, legal and government affairs efforts Read More