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COVID-19 presents unprecedented personal and professional challenges both to every individual around the globe. The American economy has come very close to a full stop and almost every business now finds itself in a difficult position financially and operationally. The legal industry was not spared, and law firms of all shapes and sizes are feeling their way through a contracting marketplace. With the occasional exception, lawyers are confronted by their clients’ shrinking legal budgets and facing the fact that their own daily business activities look dramatically different than just a few short months ago. But don’t despair, history shows us that Americans are a resilient bunch.
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By Ryan Drimalla and Karl Dorwart
The London Interbank Offered Rate has long been the global basis for agreements that include a variable interest rate component. However, LIBOR would be replaced by other benchmarks by the end of 2021. Key to assessing risk of exposure, quantifying the financial impact, developing remediation plans and communicating material information to stakeholders will be the identification, analysis and remediation of LIBOR-based contracts.
By Derek F. Meek and Hanna Lahr
The economic downturn that is projected to come out of the shutdowns mandated due to COVID-19 is likely to be more wide-ranging than the Great Recession of 2008 in light of the non-discriminative impact of the virus. Given this outlook, now is a critical time for companies to reassess their business and finances so that they can be prepared for the future.
By Scott Wallingford
Strategic business development is critical to support firm growth, and CRM software is the backbone of a data-driven approach. It not only helps your firm prospect for future clients, but also helps you strengthen and expand existing client relationships.
By Nathan Cemenska
The COVID-19 crisis has caused a money crunch across industries, and CLD budgets are tightening. This downturn demands that CLDs stop writing blank checks for services of indeterminate scope and duration. Here are some ideas for law departments looking to do better.