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Conventional wisdom has it that mergers enhance profitability through increased revenues and reduced costs. However, the numbers contradict this view: post-merger revenues are lower relative to competitor firms than are the sum of the predecessor firms’ revenues, and costs per lawyer increase markedly.
The evidence is unambiguous: mergers increase profitability. The merged entities resulting from intra-Am Law 200 combinations climb an average of 23 places in the profit-per-equity-partner (PPP) rankings from the five-years before to the five years after the merger. Average compensation for all partners rises by a comparable amount — 18 places over the same time period.
By Joel A. Rose
Due to a law firm’s team-oriented approach to business development and client service efforts, it is not always clear who should logically and most efficiently serve as the billing partner for a client or a particular client matter. A person should only be a billing partner if he or she is or will be performing the functions outline herein.
By Arnold Keiser
Almost anyone willing to develop the qualities necessary can become a rainmaker.
By Marcie Borgal Shunk
A new crop of leaders is gearing up to take the helm. Like their brethren before them, they have little in the way of formal experience or training for the roles they are about to inherit.
By Dan Packel
The World’s Largest Firms Turned In a Second Straight Year of Robust Revenue Gains Amid Near-Universal Progress
Mergers, rapid growth among Chinese law firms, and a healthy American market coalesced to turn 2018 into a spectacular year for the world’s largest law firms.