Without mentioning your job title, how would you describe what it is you do now?
I am a fixer. I help companies to build, optimize and then realize value for their shareholders, typically through a capital raising, merger, acquisition or sale process. My core role is problem solving and finding the hidden nugget of strategic value. My team support the board and management team in all commercial aspects of the transaction, and work closely with technical specialists (lawyers, accountants, tax, technology) to identify and manage risks for the owners in an integrated and collaborative manner and to solve all the problems that pop up along the way.
What was your main driver to enter the legal industry?
I was a good debater at school, I thought it was what ‘smart’ people did, I thought it would pay well (my articles years were very disappointing!)….but fundamentally I love to solve complex puzzles and fix tricky things and I thought the law would give you great tools to do that. As it turns out, it does give you an excellent framework for considering issues objectively and considering alternatives in a very structured and methodical manner. Invaluable.
Also, everyone always looked super glamorous in the law dramas on TV….
What are the first three words you think of when you hear the word ‘diversity’?
Better Decision Making.
What do you think it will take to develop truly diverse thinking within the legal industry?
Clients who are willing to work differently / think differently – the question is who will lead that, the law profession or the clients. Someone needs to change the ‘norm’.
Sharon is the Managing Director at InterFinancial Corporate Finance.