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Axiom Appoints Jacob Flax as Managing Director of Axiom Australia

2024-06-18 09:00 Last Updated At:09:15

Former GLG Australia Senior VP to accelerate leading ALSP's growth in Australia by helping in-house legal teams improve operational and financial performance with Axiom's high-quality legal talent and solutions

NEW YORK and SYDNEY, June 18, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Axiom announced that Jacob Flax has been appointed MD and Country Head of Axiom Australia. He joins Axiom from Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) Australia, where he served as Senior Vice President of Australia business operations. Jacob's appointment furthers Axiom's commitment to providing high-quality, flexible legal talent on-demand to Australian in-house legal teams, and follows Axiom's acquisition of Plexus Engage in 2022, one of Australia's leading secondment providers.

In this new role, Jacob will focus on empowering businesses, corporate general counsel, and legal operations leaders to improve the effectiveness and transform the efficiency of their in-house and legal ops teams. Whenever legal resourcing needs arise, they can use Axiom's high-calibre, on-demand legal talent network to meet essential requirements for everything from everyday in-house tasks to complex in-house and outside counsel work.

"Jacob brings a wealth of client partnership and leadership experience in Australia, across each of the unique Australian markets, and a genuine belief in the importance of world-class client service," said David Pierce, Chief Commercial Officer at Axiom. "He's absolutely the right person to lead our business on the continent, and I'm thrilled to welcome him to the global Axiom leadership team."

Jacob's appointment comes as GCs and in-house legal teams are facing significant operational and regulatory obstacles. According to a series of regional GC surveys conducted by Wakefield Research and commissioned by Axiom, nearly 90% of regional GCs are concerned their legal department won't be able to invest in the necessary talent and resources due to economic volatility in 2024; over 95% said their legal departments don't have the necessary legal resources in-house to do their jobs effectively; and more than 80% said it's difficult for their legal departments to hire the right legal talent to address their needs.

"General counsel and in-house legal teams are facing a unique set of challenges—from tightening budgets and fierce competition for legal talent to mounting regulatory complexity," Jacob said. "The mandate is clear: they must achieve more with fewer resources, without sacrificing quality or results. Axiom's mission is to deliver unparalleled value and innovation to in-house legal departments so they can optimise their resourcing and actually do more for less. Our track-record of uniting top-tier legal talent with discerning clients means we can help legal leaders simplify their workflow management and navigate this unforgiving landscape. I'm eager to collaborate with our extraordinary clients and our exceptional team to help GCs achieve more for less across the region."

During his tenure at GLG, Jacob played an integral role on the Australia executive team with comprehensive P&L accountability. In addition to cultivating major enterprise client partnerships, he devised segment strategies and oversaw budgeting, forecasting and talent acquisition, and fuelling double-digit annual growth.

Prior to GLG, Jacob served in sales and financial product analytics roles at Bloomberg LP in London, collaborating with institutional clients to deliver bespoke technology and software solutions. At Deloitte Australia, Jacob worked for the Financial Advisory Services division, specialising in due diligence engagements for investment banks, retail banks, and private equity firms. His track record encompasses involvement in landmark transactions such as the $1.3 billion sale of SAI Global and $3 billion divestiture of ASIC's registry business.

Jacob holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Sydney, where he majored in Accounting and Finance. He also earned his Graduate Diploma in Chartered Accounting (CA) from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and his Diploma of Financial Planning, Accredited Derivatives from Kaplan Professional.

For more information or to talk to an Axiom representative, visit https://www.axiomlaw.com/en-au/australia. For more information about Axiom, please visit our website, hear from our experts on the Inside Axiom blog, and connect with us on LinkedIn.

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Axiom is where high-calibre legal talent meets full-service law firm work. We invented the alternative legal services industry 24 years ago and now serve more than 1,500 legal departments globally, including 68% of the Fortune 100, with 95% client satisfaction. Axiom gives small, mid-market, and enterprise clients a single trusted provider who can deliver a full spectrum of legal solutions and services across more than a dozen practice areas and all major industries at rates up to 50% less than national law firms. To learn how Axiom can help your legal departments do more for less, visit axiomlaw.com.

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Axiom Appoints Jacob Flax as Managing Director of Axiom Australia

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iQIYI Variety Show 'Become a Farmer' Reaps Widespread Acclaim in Second Season

2024-07-18 19:04 Last Updated At:19:25

Recognized as Promotion Partner by WWF China

BEIJING, July 18, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- On July 13, iQIYI, a leading online entertainment service in China, concluded the second season of its hit variety show Become a Farmer to rapturous reviews. The show, which immerses a group of urban youth into the realities of agricultural life, earned a Best Variety Show nomination at the 29th Shanghai TV Festival for the second consecutive year, highlighting iQIYI's success in delivering innovative content.

The show's commitment to environmental sustainability in agriculture has also earned it the title of 'Sustainable Agriculture Promotion Partner' by World Wide Fund for Nature, China (WWF China) and One Planet Foundation. In the latest season, experts from these environmental organizations participated in content production, advocating for biodiversity protection and sustainable farming practices.

Beyond the show, iQIYI will continue their joint efforts to educate the public on the importance of biodiversity conservation and sustainable agriculture. Initiatives including citizen science activities on pollinator insects are set to start this September, all aiming to further promote awareness.

Presented by iQIYI and Blue Sky Media Group, the show followed 10 young individuals with minimal farming experience as they embraced the challenging rural lifestyle across 450 acres of land. From sowing seeds and irrigating fields to operating machinery and harvesting crops, these individuals started with basic resources, steadily building their lives from scratch.

Following the success of the first season, the new season expanded on the innovative blend of long and short-form video for deeper immersion and engaging viewer interaction. It introduced diverse new crops like chilies alongside wheat and roses, while establishing an integrated farm featuring fishponds, shrimp fields, and even developing derivative products like chili and strawberry jam to create an agritourism experience.

The uplifting journeys of personal growth – unfolding through the daily frustrations and fulfillments of farm life, heartwarming teamwork, and lighthearted interactions – captivated audiences. The new season was once again a tremendous hit, scoring an iQIYI popularity index of 8,675 at its peak, with over 10 million bullet comments. It maintained the top spot on Douban, a leading Chinese media review platform, in the domestic popular variety show ranking for 8 consecutive weeks.

The widespread popularity of Become a Farmer in exploring the niche agricultural theme showcases iQIYI's success in its creative exploration to deliver original content that resonates with diverse audiences. This hit variety show has created sustained interest and cultural influence beyond the show, with the young individuals' journeys extending from the farm to launching businesses, powering livestream commerce, organizing music festivals, and more.

CONTACT: iQIYI Press, press@qiyi.com 

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iQIYI Variety Show 'Become a Farmer' Reaps Widespread Acclaim in Second Season

iQIYI Variety Show 'Become a Farmer' Reaps Widespread Acclaim in Second Season

iQIYI Variety Show 'Become a Farmer' Reaps Widespread Acclaim in Second Season

iQIYI Variety Show 'Become a Farmer' Reaps Widespread Acclaim in Second Season

iQIYI Variety Show 'Become a Farmer' Reaps Widespread Acclaim in Second Season

iQIYI Variety Show 'Become a Farmer' Reaps Widespread Acclaim in Second Season

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