Feds' Criminal Probe Puts Infosys in Awkward Recruiting Position

Don Tennant

What an awkward situation to be in. Infosys is looking to hire an attorney who would be responsible for ensuring the legal and regulatory compliance of Infosys Public Services (IPS), the U.S.-based Infosys arm that aims to get business from the government. The company is trying to fill this position at a time when the feds are wrapping up their criminal investigation of Infosys for alleged visa and tax fraud in this country.


On Sept. 24, IPS posted a job opening for the position of Principal Legal Counsel and Company Secretary, to be based in Reston, Va. Here's the list of responsibilities:


  • General responsibility for legal and regulatory compliance of IPS, including company secretarial activities (company secretarial activities represent approximately 20 percent of role).
  • Implementation and management of legal and regulatory framework applicable to federal government contractors, including Federal Acquisition Regulations, Code of Federal Regulations, and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.
  • General legal and regulatory advice to IPS senior management, including CEO, CFO and COO.
  • Negotiate and settle complex legal, commercial and financial terms consistent with IPS's risk management policies and delegations of authority.
  • Review and assist in preparing legal aspects of tenders and tender responses.
  • Research and advise in relation to matters relevant to IPS's business, including intellectual property protection, general corporate compliance and contracting.
  • Ensure compliance at all times with IPS's legal, financial and risk management policies and procedures.
  • Develop relationships with relevant departmental counsel and government and industry bodies.
  • Review and supervise work of junior counsel with a focus on training and development.
  • Instruct and manage external counsel in the resolution of commercial disputes and litigation.
  • Work with Infosys' Head of Employment Law on employment related issues.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations to sales and delivery personnel on legal topics of interest.


And here are the requirements:


  • JD/LLB or LLM from reputable law school.
  • Virginia/Washington, D.C. Bar Certified.
  • Minimum 11 years in-house/private practice experience in federal government contracting/company secretariat, ideally in the technology and outsourcing sector.


As I wrote in a July post, "Infosys Attacks Whistleblower in Wake of Senate Testimony," IPS is going on a recruiting spree with plans to hire around 800 people, apparently because the company is convinced that it's going to get a lot of business from the government. In terms of revenue, half of that business will be offshored, according to IPS CEO Eric Paternoster.


If IPS is successful in hiring an attorney who's desperate enough to accept a job with a company that's under criminal investigation by the same government it's hitting up for revenue, let's hope the hiree at least advises the company to keep more of that work in the United States. And let's hope Infosys has the decency to fully disclose to the candidates everything it knows about the criminal and civil legal battles it's facing.

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