GC Spotlight: Andrew Janis, Legal Director APAC at Uber.
This month we cast the spotlight on the Transportation and Logistics industry. With lockdown and the impacts of Covid, demand for travelling has been reducing. We reached out to Andrew Janis, Legal Director APAC at Uber to find out how the ride-hailing technology platform is pivoting during the pandemic. Although the demand for travelling has reduced, there's been a strike on the food delivery sector of the business. Let's find out more about their journey in this interesting GC spotlight:
Because movement, people and human interaction are at the core of Uber’s business, we’re constantly adjusting our operations to account for what’s happening in the real world. COVID has led to the creation of new rules and laws, as well as many exceptions to the existing ones, so what’s correct at one point could be incorrect within a few hours or days. It’s been a challenge to keep up with the latest and advise our clients accordingly, but it’s also been especially satisfying given the importance of getting it right.
One consideration that I think sometimes gets overlooked is that getting good data often comes at the cost of asking lawyers to take a number of administrative steps in addition to their substantive work. As a result, I do a lot of pressure testing before pushing for a new process and try to avoid a one-size-fits-all approach, as different business clients have vastly different needs. The Australia process described above works well for that business but may not be a great fit for our North Asia businesses given their different management structure.
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