By optimizing their operating models and effectively utilizing technology, legal departments can enhance efficiency, lower costs, better mitigate risks and play a strategic role in enabling growth.

Rishi Ballakhan

EY Asean Legal Operations Leader

Helps create and deliver innovative solutions to support legal departments. Motivated by people, culture and diversity. Global citizen, movie buff and sports fan.

Rishi leads the Legal Operations practice in Southeast Asia, overseeing a team delivering legal function consulting and legal managed services to companies across the region.

He provides strategic advice to legal departments on the design of operating models, identification and implementation of technologies, evaluation of sourcing options as well as the development of analytical solutions and KPIs to help realize greater business value.

Previously, Rishi led the Forensic Technology practice at Ernst & Young LLP in Illinois, US where he oversaw a team delivering technical solutions and consulting services to support corporate legal and compliance departments. Prior to this, Rishi worked at a US law firm and the in-house legal department of a US pharmaceutical corporation.

How Rishi is building a better working world

“Legal departments are under greater pressure to do more with less resources as risks and regulations increase and budgets are cut. I work closely with them to implement solutions and digital technologies that help innovate legal processes to boost efficiency, lower costs and provide timely insights to better mitigate risk. This in turn frees up resources and allows legal departments to play a strategic role in helping the business grow.

By collaborating with legal departments to develop better staffing models, I also help them leverage the appropriate talents at the right time and price from a multidisciplinary pool of professionals.”

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