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“My dream job is what I am doing now. But I’ll never stop learning and growing.”
Meet Angela Liu, Hiab’s Senior Legal Counsel in Shanghai, China. Angela joined Cargotec already in April 2012 when all the strategic business units were still operating as one company. She was recruited as a legal counsel to support Cargotec’s strategic projects in China: “I joined Hiab in January 2013 when Hiab, Kalmar and MacGregor became three independent strategic business units. I’ve been working with Hiab as a legal counsel ever since.”
A major part of her role as a legal counsel is to support M&A (mergers & acquisitions) deals. She also provides day-to-day legal support for joint venture companies in China and Hiab business across Asia Pacific region: “The diversity of my work is something that keeps me interested. The most interesting part of the job is to work closely with the business team and participate in the whole life of a project from start to end. Instead of simply drafting legal documents, I get a chance to better understand the business rationales and considerations behind a transaction, and try to learn from it.”
After graduating from one of the top law schools in Shanghai, Angela practiced law in an international law firm and worked there for over six years before joining Cargotec. She finds her role at Hiab very different from working with a bunch of lawyers in a law firm: “Working as an in-house counsel has developed my skills in communicating and collaborating with colleagues from different professional backgrounds and even different cultural backgrounds. As an in-house counsel, I first need to have a business sense about our company’s operation. Only by combining the business understanding with legal skills and experience, can I propose practical and to-the-point legal advice and solutions efficiently.”
In addition to a variety of Angela’s tasks, her colleagues are one of the biggest reasons for her satisfaction with the organization: “There are many colleagues in Hiab who are capable, experienced, sincere and approachable. You can really learn a lot from them and I really enjoy working with them. I also think that Hiab is a great employer that offers career development opportunities and a friendly working environment. Here personal opinions and contributions are valued!”
“You could say that my dream job is what I am doing now. But I’ll never stop learning and growing!”