We’re Merging Because We Can

"You ain’t seen nothing yet?"  That’s our instinctive reaction to the news over the weekend that Boston’s Ropes & Gray may be about to acquire the venerable New York IP shop, Fish & Neave.  Fish & Neave would be only...

Elect Your Managing Partner? Not so Fast.

One of the themes I recur to here is the indispensable role of leadership, and the ineffability of what makes a great leader.  Occasionally a leader will simply "emerge" as the breathtakingly obvious choice, a sort of leader by acclamation (although...

One in Twelve of your Brethren at Risk?

Will 8% of all lawyer jobs be "outsourced" by 2015?  So Forrester Research would have it.  GE’s inhouse department claims to have already saved $2-million by putting eight lawyers and nine paralegals in Gurgaon, India.  So the...

Is “Strategic IT” Over?

Can IT no longer confer a competitive advantage? According to the well-publicized writings of Nicholas Carr, it no longer can.  Whereas American Airlines’ famous SABRE reservation system provided a true, and enduring, competitive advantage decades ago (and...

Blindingly Obvious (To Those Who Would See)

Reed Smith is launching what is, so far as I know, the first of its kind collaborative partnership with the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.  Called "Reed Smith University" (RSU), the program is a customized "executive...

Your Sexy Tax Department

Tax advice as a secret weapon in beauty contests is a neglected strategy, according to this UK tax solicitor.  Of interest is her take that your tax department should be more than a transaction support function—an unexciting backwater full of competent...
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