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Slowing the Churn – Rethinking the Acquisition Side of Law Firm Growth

by Hayse LLC on

I think the acquisition of consumers might be on the verge of being mapped. The battlefield is going to be retention and lifetime value. Gary Vaynerchuk -   Growth through acquisition — individuals, groups or full-blown...more

Its Merger Season-Five Reasons for Your Law Firm to Think About Merger

by Hayse LLC on

Tis the season, but holidays are not involved. Rather, market forces, activity and trends confirm that law firm merger is on the minds of law firms. While mergers once seemed to happen mostly around the start of the year, the...more

Considering A Merger? 10 Questions to Answer First

by Hayse LLC on

Merger has continued to be a strategic choice for many law firms. The below graphic, drawn from Altman Weil’s Merger Line data, reflects the increasing frequency of announced law firm combinations....more

Five Reasons for Law Firms to Think About a Merger in 2018

by Hayse LLC on

There is much to do when a law firm closes out its year. Getting bills out, collecting receivables, paying bonuses, and distributing profits are but a few of the things that get the attention of leadership. As long as the...more

Is VC Investment in the Legal Tech Market on the Decline?: eDiscovery Trends

by CloudNine on

Last week, we took a look at whether the eDiscovery market is growing, shrinking or shifting. This week, let’s take a look at whether venture capital investment in the legal tech market is rising or falling....more

Is the eDiscovery Market Growing or Shrinking? Or Maybe SHIFTING?: eDiscovery Trends

by CloudNine on

If you look at the number of eDiscovery companies that have been merged or acquired over the past couple of years, you might think that the market is shrinking. On the other hand, if you look at the number of venture capital...more

PMI – An Insider’s Guide – Part 3: What to do When You’re Asked to Assist in a Potential Acquisition – Post-Integration Run Phase...

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

It’s been months since your company was all over the news with a splashy acquisition and the fanfare has died down a bit. There are rumors, quietly at first, but then persistently louder, that things aren’t going so well...more

Finding the Right Law Firm Merger Candidate - Five Fundamentals

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Law firm mergers are a regular occurrence in today’s American legal landscape. Large or small, they happen because law firms and their leaders see merger has meeting a perceived need. Whether seeking greater market share,...more

PMI – An Insider’s Guide – Part 2: What to do When You’re Asked to Assist in a Potential Acquisition – Between Signed and Closed...

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Your day starts with headlines screaming across the Internet – your company has acquired a particular entity (“Target”). The office is buzzing with the news and potential impacts – what does this mean for my role now and in...more

PMI – An Insider’s Guide: What to do When You’re Asked to Assist with a Potential Acquisition – Due Diligence Phase

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

The Internet is jammed with articles reporting that most merger and acquisition activity fails, and yet each year companies large and small continue to engage in the practice with the hopes that bringing onboard this...more

To Merge or Not To Merge – What’s A Law Firm To Do?

by Hayse LLC on

Merger mania continues in the legal sector. According to Altman Weil’s MergerLine, there have been more than 50 law firm mergers in the US so far this year; 2017 could well be a record year for law firm combinations. The...more

Improving the Odds in Law Firm Merger

by Hayse LLC on

Law firm mergers remain popular as law firms everywhere seek an edge. Despite the high interest in merger as a difference maker, law firms considering merger need to be careful-merger can be fraught with risk. Indeed, it is...more

Are Investment Activities Slowing Down in eDiscovery?: eDiscovery Trends

by CloudNine on

As I’ve discussed before and revisit from time to time, to get the latest list of mergers, acquisitions and investments in eDiscovery, you can go to Rob Robinson’s Complex Discovery site. His site keeps a running list of...more

Accountant and Attorney Liability NewsBrief - Summer 2017

by LeClairRyan on

Compliance programs - policies and procedures designed to prevent violations of laws,c rules and regulations – have become a big deal. That’s because government regulators and enforcers closely scrutinize companies that...more

Allowability of Legal Costs

The next in our Infographics series walks through the allowability of costs for certain in-house legal services. It provides a quick guide to when a contractor’s legal costs may, and may not, be charged to the government....more

Q&A with Joshua Gans, author of “The Disruption Dilemma”

by Hogan Lovells on

Your recent book “The Disruption Dilemma” examines how disruption can destroy even the best managed corporations. The case studies in your book – the mobile phone industry disrupted by Apple, Blockbuster’s store-based video...more

2015 Year in Review: Top Five Stories for In-house Counsel

by Sullivan & Worcester on

One of our priorities is tracking the big issues affecting in-house counsel, and since 2015 seems to be the year of the “Top __ List,” we thought it would be fun to jump on that bandwagon too. It’s helpful to understand your...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 181-Gar Hurst on Using Social Media Tools In Your Compliance Program

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode I visit with Gar Hurst, a partner at Givens and Johnston, an import/export compliance firm. He and his firm have developed a SW app, which capitalizes on social media concepts to assist his clients in import...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 175-Debra Bruce on new methods for law firm funding and its implications

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode I visit with Debra Bruce, Principle at Lawyer-Coach. She discusses the recent IPO of the English law firm Gately and alternative funding vehicles available to UK law firms. She explains how these new models...more

African Law Firms & Foreign Counterparts Navigate 'Tense' Relationship

by Mimesis Law on

Mar. 11, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- Steve Blundell, Managing Director at Redstone Consultants, talks with Lee Pacchia about how the market for law firms' services in Africa is growing due to the maturation of economies within the...more

MacEwen on BigLaw's 'Hollow Middle', Shaky Vereins & Dentons in China

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Feb. 18, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- Bruce MacEwen, consultant and publisher at Adam Smith, Esq., tells Lee Pacchia that BigLaw's "hollow middle" firms - those between 30 and 150 in the Am Law 200 - are going to need to forget...more

Dentons Dacheng Deal Done: Will BigLaw Follow Suit?

by Mimesis Law on

Jan. 30, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- Kent Zimmermann, consultant at The Zeughauser Group, talks with Lee Pacchia about the recently announced merger between Dentons and Dacheng, a 4,000 lawyer firm based in China. With 6,600...more

MacEwen: Law Firm M&A Demands 'Cultural Due Diligence'

by Mimesis Law on

Jan. 14, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- Bruce MacEwen, president at Adam Smith, Esq., talks with Lee Pacchia about the concept of 'cultural due diligence' in law firm mergers and acquisitions. According to Bruce, clients don't care...more

Zimmermann: "Two Class" Partnership Culture Emerging in BigLaw

by Mimesis Law on

Nov. 5, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Kent Zimmermann, consultant at the Zeughauser Group, talks with Lee Pacchia about how current market forces are creating substantial differences in compensation between equity and non-equity...more

DLA Piper: Still in "Growth Mode", Seeking "Escape Velocity"

by Mimesis Law on

Oct. 23, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Roger Meltzer, partner and incoming global co-chair for DLA Piper, talks with Lee Pacchia about how his firm has grown to one of the world's largest BigLaw brands in just under ten years....more

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