Global General Counsel & Head of Compliance
Seshani Bala is LEAP’s Global General Counsel and Head of Compliance, responsible for all legal and compliance matters globally. As a trusted adviser and member of the executive team, Seshani is passionate about helping drive LEAP’s value today, while building for tomorrow. Seshani guides LEAP on a wide variety of matters that come with operating in an increasingly complex global environment.
Prior to joining LEAP, Seshani held executive roles at Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Primo and Gloria Jean’s Coffees and worked in private practice at Clayton Utz and Bell Gully. Seshani brings over 14 years’ experience in law, governance and risk management to LEAP. She has managed global legal operations across various industries including FMCG, education and professional services and guided cross-border mergers, acquisitions and private equity deals.
Seshani graduated from The University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts in commercial and international law. She has been admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Seshani is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, a graduate of the Asialink Leaders Program and has been successively recognised in the Legal500’s General Counsel Powerlist as one of Australia’s most innovative and influential in-house lawyers.