UK vs. US: The Global 100

And, for the record, the Global 100 (most recent listing). This article also provides background to how some of the UK firms rank as highly as they do, and what’s behind their profitability strategies.  In a word, "leverage."  UK firms in the...

And Again, Graphically

I thought it might be interesting to look at the AmLaw 100 revenue in chart form to see what type of inferences might be drawn: The most obvious point is simply the very long “tail” to the right.  Although the median firm’s gross revenue is...

The 2004 AmLaw 100

It’s official, and it’s Skadden still in first by a comfortable margin (kind of reminds you of the Yankees, doesn’t it?—only Skadden doesn’t seem to experience slumps). White & Case traded places with Shearman & Sterling (from 9th...

The Trouble With Conflicts

For a variety of reasons, most reflecting what the common wisdom would view as inexorable global trends, the once-sleepy arena of client conflicts is increasingly visible and problematic.   In the UK, the Law Society (more or less analogous to the ABA) is...

Strategy 101

If life is coming back into the economy, and if, in John Maynard Keynes’ famous phrase, the "animal spirits" of capitalism are about to be unleashed anew, the rising tide might promise to lift all boats. But according to this Strategy 101 article, the...

At Least the New Guys in Town Have Fewer Conflicts

Using client-conflicts ethics rules as a tactical offensive weapon may not be entirely new, but a high-profile case out of the UK that saw Slaughter & May oust Freshfields as the counsel of choice to Philip Green (attempting to take over Marks & Spencer) may...
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