Letter from Latin America

April is the cruelest Latin America month. This month has taken and is taking me to Santiago, Chile, Bogota, Colombia, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, traveling with Adam Smith, Esq.’s Director in Latin America, Antonio Leal Holguin. (Antonio splits his time between Santiago... read more +

SOX & Knee-Capping Our Comparative Advantage

I rarely if ever will use this blog for editorial purposes, but as a securities lawyer who chose that practice specialty primarily out of my (economist’s) immense respect for the United States’ capital markets—an area where we have a comparative... read more +

Is Your CFO Like a 747 Pilot?

All of us have peeked inside the cockpit of big, modern, commercial aircraft and, if you’re at all like me, you see every available square inch covered with dials, knobs, toggle-switches, and warning lights, and you wonder how on earth the pilot keeps track of... read more +

Life (and Death?) of a Salesman

The marketing function at major firms has now received acceptance, albeit grudgingly at first.  Even advertising—tasteful black and white quarter-pages in The Wall Street Journal—is becoming more commonplace. But salespeople?!  For a certain... read more +

Rooms With a View

Moving to new offices?  You might want to visit MIT first. The 1,000+ people in MIT’s computer science labs are moving from the WWII-era "NE43" building to the $285-million, 719,000 square-foot, Frank Gehry-designed "Stata Center." ... read more +

One Global Desktop? Never Happen

The former IT director of Herbert Smith, the large UK firm, evaluates the state of the art on the lawyer’s desktop, and finds it deeply unsatisfactory. I told you that "lawyers live in Outlook," and evidently that’s more true than most people... read more +

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