Janet founded Cognia Law in 2013 and leads the organisation in providing consulting and legal outsourcing services to global corporations and law firms. Renowned as a legal efficiency strategist, Janet has a varied and distinguished career as a management consultant with Ernst & Young and as a senior executive at Clifford Chance and Integreon and now as founder and CEO of Cognia Law. At Clifford Chance Janet worked as a member of the international law firm Clifford Chance's Global Operations Group leading a change agenda supporting Clifford Chance's efficiency and growth strategy which included the setup of the firm's 380 person shared service centre in Delhi, India. In addition Janet developed the firm's legal efficiency strategy and initiated a programme focused on improving the quality, profitability and efficiency of the delivery of Clifford Chance's legal services. The programme leveraged the principles of Lean Six Sigma and project management into the delivery of legal services. At Integreon, Janet was the Global Head of Legal Process Outsourcing. Based back in South Africa after spending 12 years in Europe, she divides her time between South Africa and the UK. Janet brings the skills of a hands-on-operator and internationally informed business acumen based on diverse corporate and legal sector experience.
Peter’s entrepreneurial passion, experience of large company management and operational capabilities have been integral in establishing Cognia Law. Peter started his career at Price Waterhouse Coopers, qualifying as a Charter Accountant, and progressed into various operational management roles. This experience includes being Head of Finance and Operations at Old Mutual Direct, and Finance Director and COO at LTD Trade PLC. Thereafter Peter went on to found MediClinic (UK) Ltd, a successful group of private medical clinics. On returning to South Africa, Peter established a business consultancy, Motide Ltd and has been involved in a number of entrepreneurial ventures. At Cognia Law, Peter is COO, which includes managing the finance and technology function and ensuring that the Company’s operations are running smoothly. Peter is based in Cape Town.
Mike brings invaluable commercial contracting and outsourcing experience to Cognia Law. Mike was on the Board of IBM Global Services in the UK, Netherlands and Nordics responsible for Outsourcing before joining Accenture as a Senior Partner where he built the outsourcing capability for one of the divisions in EMEA and Latin America. At Cognia Law Mike is in charge of shaping Cognia Law's commercial relationships and business development. In addition Mike draws on his wealth of previous experience to provide consulting support to clients. He is a consummate professional with a keen eye for detail in every brief he undertakes. Mike is based in the UK.
Justin Ridl – Global Head of Legal Services
Justin is a market-leading derivatives and structured finance lawyer who joined Cognia in July 2017 following his role as Head of the Corporate and Investment Banking (“CIB”) Global Markets Legal Group at ABSA Bank Limited (“Absa”), part of the Barclays Africa Group Limited. The team Justin led at Absa was responsible for structuring, negotiating and executing complex global markets banking and finance transactions for one of the largest and most profitable global markets franchises on the African Continent. After qualifying as a lawyer in South Africa, Justin moved to London where he lived and worked for 10 years as a lawyer in positions at the London Stock Exchange, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Ashurst and finally at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein before returning to South Africa to join ABSA. Justin served as a Senior Associate in the Securities and Structured Finance Group at Ashurst, where he was involved as an advisor in a number of structured finance and CDO transactions for large multinational clients. Thereafter he joined Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein as a Vice President in the Credit Derivatives and Securitisation Group. Justin is currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and in his position as Global Head of Legal Services, will be managing Cognia’s Banking and Finance service delivery teams based in Cape Town and Johannesburg. He will also be spending time in London managing relationships with Cognia’s key Banking and Finance Clients, which include Tier 1 Global Investment Banks and Asset Managers.
Edward Gill - Head of UK and Europe
Edward is responsible for managing Cognia’s business relationships and delivery services in the region. He is a proven leader, innovator and strategist, with more than 15 years’ experience in the financial services and legal sectors, having worked with C Level executives at Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies. Edward has a varied and distinguished career, having held numerous roles in well-known firms and established himself as a game-changer in these roles. As the Financial Services Sales Director and EMEA Strategy Lead at Axiom, he managed key relationships with the financial services, technology and telecommunications clients and provided strategic consulting support. At Evalueserve, he managed the integration of services from diagnosis to operational stability with leading clients across the professional services sector. It was in this role that he was short-listed as a Finalist for the British Legal Awards in 2012. As a Senior Consultant and Finance and Capital Markets Programme Manager at Clifford Chance, he managed and delivered multi-million Pound global initiatives. He also received accreditation from the Financial Times in the Legal Innovation Awards 2008. Edward joined Cognia in 2018 and forms part of our UK-based Executive team, driving our growth in the UK and Europe.
Dominique Hainebach – Senior Executive: UK
Dominique will provide leadership to Cognia’s legal delivery management and alliance partners as well as managing Cognia’s Consulting Practice. Dominique spent 15 years as a Management Consultant at Accenture, where she was made Partner in 2004, specialising in designing and implementing large change programmes, focusing on financial services clients in multiple geographies. Dominique launched her own business, Renew Partners Ltd, in 2009 to bring about change and improved individual and team performance, through coaching and facilitation for her business clients. She is an experienced business consultant and business coach with many years of experience helping clients make successful changes to their businesses, teams and careers. In addition, Dominique has a particular shared passion and experience working with companies and individuals who are serious about Gender Balancing and creating truly diverse and inclusive business environments. Her work with Accenture, Winmark, UK Parliament and many more have provided her the opportunity to make an impact on individuals careers and on business performance more generally. Dominique joined Cognia in 2018 and forms part of our UK-based Executive team, driving our growth in the UK and Europe with a primary focus on Business Development.
Michelle Rothuysen – Senior Consultant
Michelle joined Cognia Law in March 2017 as a Senior Consultant. She completed her Bachelor of Business Sciences degree through the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 1994. She has spent the last 20 years working across a range of companies in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Jersey, where her roles have included consulting, interim management, project and programme management and the establishment and running of 2 project portfolio offices. Michelle has incredible drive and pride to get things done and is a catalyst for high performance in teams. Her focus has primarily been in the Financial Services industry, where she has managed projects for Fortune 500’s such as Old Mutual and Standard Chartered Bank and extends to working with start-ups including 20twenty (South Africa’s first online retail bank), FireID (a technology incubator who played a leading role in establishing 2 factor authentication in South Africa) and LTPTrade PLC. Her project experience includes large scale platform and data migrations, business process outsourcing, full life cycle management of new investment product offerings (including managing all process and system build) and the review of various service and product offerings. Michelle spent 3 years with Clifford Chance in London where she was part of the Global Programme Group. Her project and programme management roles at Clifford Chance included the roll out of a global career framework (which received The Lawyers Award for Innovation) and the restructuring of the global business development support function.
Yvonne Lazarowicz - General Counsel and Head of Shared Legal Services
Yvonne completed her law degree in 1998 in England, following her first degree in Economics and Politics. She started her legal career at Clifford Chance, London in 1999 where she trained and qualified as a lawyer. In 2003 Yvonne relocated to Auckland, New Zealand to take up a position with Minter Ellison Rudd Watts. Following her return to London, she lectured at the University of Law in Business Law and Practice and Acquisitions whilst completing a Masters in Law and Development. In 2010, Yvonne moved to South Africa. Since then, Yvonne has worked for Bowman Gilfillan and as legal counsel for English law firms At Cognia Law, Yvonne is General Counsel and Head of Shared Legal Services. She brings with her expertise in her areas of corporate/commercial law and M&A, and a passion for people, law, business and innovation.
Charles Owen – Senior Legal Associate and Legal Delivery Manager
Charles completed his B.Proc degree through the University of the Free State in 1996. He started his legal career at Guthrie Colonnani Attorneys, where he trained and qualified as a lawyer. On completing articles, Charles worked in-house for an independent financial services company before moving to London, where he first worked as an in-house general litigation lawyer for a London Borough council while completing his QLTT. Charles spent the next 6 years working as a Legal Adviser and, subsequently, Principal Legal Adviser for the General Medical Council, where he dealt with a wide range of disciplinary cases, general litigation, appeals and judicial review work. In March 2010, Charles was appointed as a Senior Lawyer in the Dispute Resolution team at Capsticks Solicitors. Charles returned to Cape Town in late 2011 and was appointed as Head of the Medical Malpractice Department at DSC Attorneys. Charles joined the Cognia Law team in 2016, as a Legal Delivery Manager in the Shared Legal Services Team, where as an experienced litigator he specifically heads up Cognia’s Litigation and ADR support services.