6:00 am Wake up to the sound of the baby monitor. There’s no need to set an alarm — my son is an early
riser. He’s not fully awake yet so I hurry to brush my teeth and make a cup of coffee before he starts
fussing. Today, I feed and dress the baby while the coffee gets cold.
7:00 am My husband’s alarm goes off. Begin the first baby handoff of the day so I can shower, dress, pick
out my daughter’s clothes, and pour a second cup of coffee. I drink this one while it’s still hot and
confirm the family’s schedule for the day.
7: 30 am No early meetings for my husband, so I leave him to get our daughter ready. Before I head to the
office, I drop the baby to “vuggestue” (nursery school). Double check my schedule to verify which of
our two office locations I need to visit.
8: 15 am Arrive at the Virum office. Today’s commute is about 25 minutes. It’s summertime and I am driving
against the flow of traffic away from Copenhagen. I greet my colleagues. We work in an open office
and two other lawyers are present. Grab a breakfast of homemade bread and strawberry jam from the
canteen. Breakfast and lunch are provided by the company. Sit at my desk to eat while I read emails
and news headlines.
9:00 am Quick trip upstairs to the trading floor to say good morning and clarify a question. I am currently
updating their communication and monitoring policy and drafting accompanying monitoring procedures
for my department. I read through the EU benchmarking regulation and best practices to confirm we
have the pertinent points covered.
10:00 am Solicit advice from our data privacy expert who, luckily, is the lawyer sitting behind me. Send the
drafts to HR’s legal department to ensure that we are aligned and have their OK.
10: 15 am Meet with the lead strategy associate from our “Energy as a Service” team to receive a briefing about
the initiative. Ørsted is moving away from fossil fuels so there are new projects with an emphasis on
11:00 am Up to the trading floor again to sit with the traders. Since my focus is on the financial regulations,
it is important to work closely with and understand the markets unit to ensure the regulations do
not hamper their ability to meet our energy trading obligations. Today the discussion is on the
legality of trading practices in an illiquid market and whether a script they use meet the definition
of an algorithm.
12:00 pm Head back down to legal in time for lunch with colleagues.
12: 30 pm In the car for a 10-minute drive to our other location in Gentofte.
1:00 pm Status meeting with my director. July and August are not good months for scheduling meetings in
Denmark, as half the office is vacationing. However, I am recently back from maternity leave so it is
a good opportunity for me to get caught up on what has happened during my nine-month absence.
2:00 pm Sit at my desk in Gentofte (also open office) to work on changes suggested by my director to an
agenda. A large part of my job involves keeping stakeholders informed. Schedule the next round of
status meetings with business unit leaders.
3:00 pm Last meeting of the day with my counterpart in wind energy. We discuss projects that are connected
and align our reporting output to ensure we are on message.
4:00 pm Leave the office to pick up children and head home. Slightly more traffic than the morning but
Gentofte is closer to home.
5:00 pm Arrive home with the kids and start prepping dinner.
6:00 pm My husband arrives home and takes over cooking.
6:30pm Dinner with my husband and the kids. Tonight is traditional Danish food (i.e., pork chops, roasted
potatoes, and red cabbage mixed with non-traditional West Indian spices).
7:00 pm Children’s baths, stories, and bedtime. Straighten up.
8: 30 pm Back online for work. Revise presentations for meetings the next day and read technical standards
published by the European Securities and Market Authority (ESMA).
10:00 pm Put the work computer away and watch the season finale of “Better Call Saul” on Netflix
with my husband.
11:00 pm Bedtime.
12 ASSOCIATION OF CORPORATE COUNSEL
day in the life margo rachat-nielsen
IN-HOUSE, HOUR BY HOUR
OFFICER - GROUP LEGAL
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