Sarbanes-Oxley in the EU?

Sarbanes-Oxley "lite" in the European Union?  CFO Magazine has a nice discussion of the state of financial regulatory reform in Europe, especially in the wake of the Parmalat meltdown and scandal, which deeply implicated some of the key banks funding...

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...

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;...

Nobody Ever Got Fired for Hiring Skadden

In what it would be convenient to characterize as more evidence in favor of the consolidation trend mentioned in the Wilmer-Cutler/Hale & Dorr posting, this article discusses New York firms’ successful invasion of Silicon Valley.  They have opened new...

Welcome to the AmLaw Top Ten

One of the last things I intend to do with this blog is to report on breaking news, but the Wilmer-Cutler/Hale & Dorr merger is worth a few words. The merger is being commonly described as "offensive," to differentiate it from the more common...

Be Grateful to Your Competitors

The McKinsey Quarterly has a feature asking why poor countries, to a depressing degree, remain poor:  Their answer is the "Power of Productivity." But wait, don’t we already know how to help poor countries?  Let’s look at the...
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