The Hot 100 career quiz: JPMorgan's Felipe Krause – The Lawyer

“My best friend is now retired in the south of France. I’m still trying to work out how he did it…”
“I came to understand that at the level of the business of law perfectionism is far from conducive to innovation and entrepreneurialism.”
“Don’t overthink your career. Do what you love and find your tribe. You will know instinctively whether you can work together in the first few minutes of meeting someone so don’t ignore those niggling doubts.”
“To listen, think and advise at the pace required in an ever-quickening world requires energy and enthusiasm.”
“The first time dealing with a different legal system is always a bit terrifying.”
Name: Felipe Krause
Organisation: JPMorgan
Role: General Counsel, International Chase
Based: London
Trained: Brazil, New York, London
Year qualified: 2006
Read his Hot 100 profile
What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee?
In my first training, my most vivid memory was being at the library. Internet was not developed at all. This meant having to go through old (but great!) books, looking for case law and going to the courthouse. It was a great experience. Not sure people get much of this anymore!
What is the thing in your professional career that has terrified you or taken you out of your comfort zone the most?
I think the first time dealing with a different legal system is always a bit terrifying. Although, in the long run it is equally exciting, expands your knowledge and is an incredible life experience.
What is the wisest thing anyone ever said to you (and who said it)?
That is a hard one. I’ve gotten so many useful and wise advice during my life. I think I would need to go back to my family though. My parents have always pushed me to take the right, ethical decision – not the easiest. That is something that is always in the back of my head in everything I do. Also, that you need to have focus, commitment and perseverance.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to get to where you are/do the job you do?
This is another hard one. I think there are three things.
First, be yourself, be different, be weird. Do not try to be like everyone else. Rather, find what makes you unique, and leverage your differences. Also, find a job that values your differences.
Second, have a solid family/friend base that makes you happy and that supports you –inside and outside of work. It is always hard to get where you want to be, so you need people around you that will energise you and push you forward (and you need to do the same for them, by the way!).
Third, find what you love doing, and do it. Actually, find several things you love as only one is too boring. And when you do, go for it with heart and soul. Take advice from other people, but don’t let others put you in a box of what is possible. If you really want something, you will get it through hard work and compromise. 
What’s your best friend from law school doing now?
was (and is) one of my best friends since kindergarten. We ended up going to the same law school and would commute together every day. He is an absolute brilliant attorney, but most of all an amazing person. He is married to the greatest person, has just become a father and is a partner at a law firm in Brazil.
 
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