Sylvie Watts

Board & Senior Management

Sylvie is a former corporate lawyer, with specific expertise advising large global businesses on issues such as executive remuneration, equity incentives and corporate governance. She is a regular speaker at conferences and client training programmes.

Sector and Service Expertise

Sylvie brings her experience to all of Skarbek’s key services, in particular Transformational Change and M&A. In additional to her work addressing the challenges faced by law firms and in-house counsel in a changing legal landscape, she has advised companies across a variety of sectors, including financial services, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, IT, manufacturing and oil/gas.

Strengths and Career Achievements

Educated at Cambridge University, Sylvie has worked both in law firms and as in-house counsel. Sylvie was a law firm partner for some 17 years, the first four of which were as a partner within an international, multidisciplinary law and professional services organisation. The last 13 of these, she co-led the global remuneration and equity incentives practice at a major global law firm based in the City of London. There she helped transform the practice, meeting changing client needs for a multi disciplinary approach in this area.

Sylvie has experience advising boards on strategic issues, such as executive remuneration structures and the shareholder communication of these issues. She has also project managed large, global assignments, including in the context of transformational deals. Her work has required her to see and communicate the bigger picture while maintaining an eye for detail; to work as part of a broader team, including both colleagues and clients while managing and developing members of her own team.

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I just want to say a simple THANK YOU for the great PM work which you have demonstrated in …high regards to your technical and professional competency which you bring to the table…Specifically more on your project communications, issue escalation, conflict resolution & project tracking has been of very high quality… PM team have also gained a lot from your experience. Well done and Thank you.
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