Inspire progress by doing the right thing
Meet Ling Yan, Senior Manager Legal Affairs at AGC (China) Holdings Inc. Shanghai Branch
Can you tell us about our career journey with AGC?
I joined as a graduate in 2012. At first, I imagined I would join a department like sales or HR. Instead, the company asked me to join the legal department. I was very happy at the time. Although I did not major in Law, the company was still willing to give me a platform to learn. I then moved through various roles in Japan, before moving to Shanghai in 2019 to take responsibility for legal issues for AGC subsidiaries in China.
When did you first work on a major project?
I was initially trained and began working in contract review and legal consultation. In my second year, I first participated in establishing
a new entity. I have now worked on three such projects for companies in electronics and liquid crystal glass.
What’s involved in setting up a new AGC company?
First, it is necessary to select a location and evaluate the surrounding areas, which involves many issues. In China, the environment is a hot topic. We need to create an environmental impact assessment report, as well as feasibility and energy-related reports. These reports are all made by qualified consulting companies. I liaise closely with them to get it right. If our environmental impact assessment fails, it may affect the entire project.
What other responsibilities does the legal team have?
Process will involve negotiations with the competent authority, and sometimes also negotiations with clients. Laws are frequently revised in China, so legal content and company establishment procedures must also be researched.
Where does compliance fit into the picture?
AGC attaches great importance to compliance. Our clients trust us because of our respect for compliance and quality control. Compliance also plays a vital role in risk prevention, which can mitigate unexpected costs and ensure business operations run more smoothly.
How have your skills developed by working on these projects?
My role is mainly to solve problems for others. So, my information collection and problem-solving skills have been greatly improved.
Through contracting with external parties, my own knowledge has also been greatly expanded. My personal growth is fed back into the department to provide better solutions, and operational prevention and control decisions will also gain better support.
What would you say to someone thinking of joining AGC?
If you want to take on real challenges, AGC is going to give you a great future.
I hope that people with the same aspirations and values can join AGC to realize their dreams together