CFA for mid-level in-house lawyer
I am a 34 y.o. mid to senior level in-house derivatives lawyer at a French investment bank. My main career goal is to become a general counsel - the main issue I see is the fact that I am specialist and general counsels are usually generalist corporate lawyers coming out of private practice.
I have taken into consideration an executive MBA to improve my management skills and increase visibility (and also because I love the business side of things and wouldn't mind a commercial role). However, this isn't a viable option: my employer wouldn't sponsor me financially and wouldn't give me the time for an MBA. The only viable options are courses like Stanford LEAD or online MBAs from Warwick etc which I am not sure would add much to my opportunities.
I have started to consider as an alternative the CFA which would be quite different in terms of skill-sets but would force me to at least improve my financial skills and understand better the requests from the business on a financial level. It would also give me an option to move to a legal/structuring role should there be opportunities.
What are your thoughts? Any suggestion/tip would be helpful.