Legal Counsel, London
At BCG, Pioneers have the courage to take action on unique insights. They share and activate ideas that enable our clients to gain the competitive edge. Kai goes deep to understand challenges.
Populated as it is by some deeply incisive minds, the firm and partnership of BCG represent a diverse and challenging client base, but one that is exceptionally generous in its trust once it has been earned.
My vocational training was as an English barrister. I started working in BCG's legal function, initially with the intention of it only being a short-term arrangement before going into private practice.
The switch from a role defined largely by litigation and advocacy to one giving legal counsel to a large commercial consulting house represented a steep learning curve. But once I made the commitment, the firm provided me with a wealth of opportunities I could not have explored until much later in my career in private practice.
The legal team at BCG is exceptionally friendly and welcoming, and once you have proven your competence and reliability, the leadership allows you an extraordinary degree of independence to develop your internal practice. The result is that I have become the principal counsel to our Corporate Development and Private Equity practice areas and regularly provide counsel to the senior leadership.
Kai studied jurisprudence at St Peter's College, Oxford, and German civil and public law at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich.
Q: What did you learn in your first year on the job?
A: In the first year, I learned the important difference between practicing the law in its own right and how best to engage with it from the position of a large commercial organization. This means learning how to prioritize the important legal issues and manage the less important ones. I also learned a great deal about commercial contract negotiations.
Q: What characteristics do you believe define a BCGer?
A: The average BCGer is defined by a sharp and flexible intellect, an inquisitive nature, and a strong urge to solve problems—no matter the scale. Intellectual and moral honesty, as well as respectfulness and friendliness are also defining features of a good BCGer.
Q: What are some of your volunteer or charitable work experiences?
A: I have taught law as an extracurricular subject at a secondary school, provided pro bono legal advice for an independent citizen advice charity, and assisted vulnerable home owners in defending against mortgage repossessions. As part of my regular role within BCG, I also frequently support the firm's pro-bono work.