Corporate Jet Stranded in Barbardos? Think Instant-Messaging

Is Instant-Messaging just for the under-30 crowd?  Think again.  Used with discipline (read: with sensitivity to cultural considerations), and once it grows up in terms of: interoperability across platforms (AOL, Yahoo, Microsoft), archiving, and security it...

Multinational or Global? US or UK?

Is the Atlantic "pond" bridge-able by Wall Street and Magic Circle firms?  Or are the cultural and financial schisms simply too large? This provocative Legal Week article argues that the difference in approach and attitude between US and UK firms is...

It’s Irresistible to Speculate

Rumors of the death of the binary distribution trend have been exaggerated.  By "binary" we mean the increasing dominance of the multinational-or-boutique model, with less and less room for the mid-sized firm.*  Speculation about who’s next...

Winston & Strawn and CRM: “Brute Force Isn’t an Option”

Does "Customer Relationship Management" (CRM) mean buying tables at the right benefit dinners?  At Winston & Strawn, it means adopting a CRM IT system. How on earth to get lawyers to actually use it?  Install it, make its availability known,...

Want to Get Bigger Fast? Caveat Emptor

The UK publication Legal Week posits that mergers are becoming an endangered species because, among other things: cultural considerations are seen as increasingly central to differentiating a firm from its competitors, and cultures are inherently difficult to merge;...

Take Me to Your Leader

"Leadership" is as elusive a concept as there is in business—not that that has prevented scores of writers spilling torrents of ink on it.  (The general form of the tautology in this management literature is:  It requires a great leader to...
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