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...

We’re Outsourcing IT, Now About Those Associates…

Law Technology News has published its first annual technology awards (for both products and people) and the IT Director of the Year trophy goes to Craig Courter of Baker & McKenzie. Among other things, Courter set up IT support and development centers in Manila...

You Can Check In, But….

In yet another triumph for the Law of Unintended Consequences, a group of European companies, led by the Confederation of British Industry, is calling on the SEC to relax its "de-listing" requirements for US stock exchanges so that they can do so and escape...
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