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May 7, 2020

Wall Street ‘Nightmare’ Alive as Kirkland Poaches From Wachtell

Kirkland & Ellis’ new chairman Jon Ballis has wasted little time making his mark, poaching a rising star dealmaker away from one of Big Law’s most untouchable firms this week, despite a global pandemic slowing the economy and scaring rivals away from making big-dollar hires.  Kent Zimmerman sees the move as a demonstration of the chairman's commitment to continue the firm’s long-term investment in building out M&A.

Management Consulting, Strategic Planning | News Mentions | Kent Zimmermann | Bloomberg Law

April 1, 2020

'Strong, Big-Name Firms' Are Looking at Imminent Cuts to Partner Draws, Consultant Says

To deal with economic uncertainty, industry adviser Kent Zimmermann said Am Law 100 firms are seriously considering numerous meaningful cost-cutting options, including cutting partner draws, and are predicting a modest decline in revenue.

Management Consulting, Strategic Planning | News Mentions | Kent Zimmermann

March 30, 2020

As Coronavirus Ravages the Economy, Bankruptcy Attorneys Prepare for the Flood

Big Law has been anticipating an uptick in bankruptcy and restructuring work. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be coming sooner than expected.  Mary K Young comments on the challenges for lawyers working from home and those firms best positioned to handle the anticipated increase in bankruptcy cases. 

Management Consulting, Strategic Planning | News Mentions | Mary K Young | Law.com

March 31, 2020

GE's Former GC: Clients Have Long Memories for Outside Counsel's Conduct in a Crisis

Alex Dimitrief advises that the most important guiding principles for outside counsel during a crisis are to be helpful and to steer clear of anything that might be construed as insensitivity to a client’s distress.

Management Consulting, Strategic Planning | Publications and Articles | Alex Dimitrief | Law.com

March 24, 2020

Big Law Leaders Must Prepare For COVID-19 Economic Fallout

Peter Zeughauser provides recommendations on how law firms can prepare for a likely economic downturn due to COVID-19.

Management Consulting, Strategic Planning | Publications and Articles | Peter Zeughauser | Law360

March 23, 2020

Coronavirus Crisis Upends In-House Counsels’ Work Routines

In-house lawyers are dusting off crisis management plans and reading contracts with a different eye as they try to guide U.S. business leaders through all the uncertainty caused by the novel coronavirus. The challenges are acute in the most disrupted industries such as health care, higher education, hospitality, and transportation, many of which are now seeking billions in federal government aid.

Alexander Dimitrief  discusses priorities for law department leaders during these turbulent times.  Leaders should “slow down the room” by thinking through the long-term business implications of potentially hasty decisions. Mistaking speed for decisiveness can often result in overlooking critical dissenting views.  GCs should work with their CEOs and other C-suite leaders to remind everyone it’s the long run that counts, and not straying from an organization’s values is essential for enduring success.”

Strategic Planning | News Mentions | Alex Dimitrief | Bloomberg Law

March 23, 2020

Bankruptcy Lawyers Prepare for an Onslaught of Battered Companies

The coronavirus is threatening to destroy businesses large and small — and that’s got bankruptcy lawyers’ phones ringing off the hook.  The economic shock of the social isolation measures being taken across the U.S. to mitigate the pandemic threatens to put millions of Americans out of work and leaves companies in a raft of industries wondering how they’ll make payroll. As bankruptcy lawyers adjust to the new routine of working from home, many are seeing a spike in business they haven’t experienced since the September 2001 terrorist attacks and the 2008 global financial crisis.

Kent Zimmermann sees a sharp ramp-up in the age of the virus with demand picking up for firms serving industries under stress, starting with energy and retail, but also including transportation, leisure and hospitality, and others. High-performing restructuring lawyers with big followings are an increasingly hot commodity.   And he sees still other practice groups, including private equity, benefiting as well.

Strategic Planning | News Mentions | Kent Zimmermann | Financial Post

July 2012

In the Driver’s Seat: Harvard Law Bulletin, Summer 2012

Harvard Law Bulletin, Summer 2012

Management Consulting, Strategic Planning | News Mentions | Alex Dimitrief

October 2015

From Immigrants’ Son to Legal Chief of an American Icon: Corporate Counsel, October 2015

In naming Alex Dimitrief to lead its corporate legal team on Nov. 1, General Electric Co. this week wrote a new chapter in the tale of the American Dream—about how the son of Russian immigrants who spoke no English rose to the top of one of America's iconic companies.

Corporate Counsel, October 2015

News Mentions | Alex Dimitrief

August 2014

To Kill or Not to Kill All the Lawyers? That is the Question: The Wall Street Journal, August 18, 2014

Attorneys object to interpretation of Shakespeare's line; It's not a slur.

The Wall Street Journal, August 18, 2014

Management Consulting, Strategic Planning | News Mentions | Alex Dimitrief