Marriage and mergers
When two large firms merge, ensuring that the newly-combined practice management systems are running smoothly is key. Peter Kelly offers advice for firms looking to find wedded bliss
Like an upscale wedding, there is much hard work and many months of planning involved in pulling off a successful merger between two large law firms. The first stage is the courtship and getting-to-knowyou period, which can last from a few weeks to many months – or longer. Then there is the public announcement and the setting of the date. Between the announcement and the happy day, there is a tremendous flurry of activity (and angst) involved in making preparations, printing stationery, making financial arrangements, launching the new public image and, finally, presenting the joined couple to the world as a newly-united team.
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