Bloomberg Law
April 17, 2017, 8:02 PM

PayPal’s Top Lawyer on How to ‘Earn a Seat at the Table’

Casey Sullivan

Louise Pentland holds an expansive view on how a top in-house lawyer should contribute to the company.

“As an in-house lawyer, the best you can get is when you’re integrated with the business team,” said PayPal’s Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer.

But that’s far from how Pentland said PayPal’s legal team operated before she joined in April 2015.

“It was almost like a law firm inside the company,” said Pentland. “People didn’t go to the business team meetings. They weren’t on the leadership teams. It was a very strange structure, in many ways.”

So, over the past two years, Pentland ...

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