The Integration Checklist

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After extensive discussions with strategy consultants and leaders at many of the world’s largest global law firms, we compiled a list of 13 criteria to help assess whether a firm is well integrated structurally—or not. (Vereins and verein-type firms appear in bold.)

 

YES DOES THE FIRM HAVE: NO
Baker & McKenzie*
Bird & Bird
CMS Legal
Clifford Chance
DLA Piper
Freshfields
Herbert Smith
Hogan Lovells
Jones Day
K&L Gates
Latham
Linklaters
Norton Rose
Reed Smith
SNR Denton
Squire Sanders
White & Case
A global name, logo, and brand that is identical in  all jurisdictions (apart from those in which this is not  permitted for regulatory reasons), and that is used  on a common website and in all pitch/presentation documents? So, if the firm's name is "X," it would be known as "X" globally, rather than having variants  such as "X Australia" or "X International."   Mayer Brown**
Orrick**
Baker & McKenzie*
Bird & Bird
CMS Legal
Clifford Chance
DLA Piper
Freshfields
Herbert Smith
Hogan Lovells
Jones Day
K&L Gates
Latham
Linklaters
Mayer Brown
Norton Rose
Orrick
Reed Smith
SNR Denton
Squire Sanders
White & Case
A global management or executive body that is  responsible for setting and implementing a single,  unified firmwide strategy?    
Baker & McKenzie*
Bird & Bird
CMS Legal
Clifford Chance
Freshfields
Jones Day
K&L Gates
Latham
Linklaters
Mayer Brown
Norton Rose
Orrick
Reed Smith
SNR Denton
Squire Sanders

White & Case
A single set of global executive officers -- including  a chief operating officer, chief financial officer, chief  information officer, chief marketing officer, or any  other similar post -- who report to a single, global  management body?   DLA Piper
Herbert Smith
Hogan Lovells
Baker & McKenzie*
Bird & Bird
CMS Legal
Clifford Chance
Freshfields
Herbert Smith
Jones Day
K&L Gates
Latham
Linklaters
Mayer Brown
Norton Rose
Orrick
Reed Smith
SNR Denton
Squire Sanders

White & Case
A unified, global practice or industry group  structure that has single heads for each group globally and that is subject to a global management body?   DLA Piper
Hogan Lovells
Bird & Bird
Clifford Chance
Freshfields
Herbert Smith
Jones Day
K&L Gates
Latham
Linklaters
Mayer Brown
Orrick
Reed Smith
White & Case
A single, global profit pool without  regional profit centers?   Baker & McKenzie*
CMS Legal
DLA Piper
Hogan Lovells
Norton Rose
SNR Denton
Squire Sanders
Baker & McKenzie*
Bird & Bird
Clifford Chance
DLA Piper
Freshfields
Herbert Smith
Hogan Lovells
Jones Day
K&L Gates
Latham
Linklaters
Mayer Brown
Orrick
Reed Smith
SNR Denton
White & Case
A system by which all equity partners share the cost  of any firm investment, such as the launching of new offices or the introduction of new technology, no  matter where that investment takes place? The costs  of opening a new office in France would be shared  by all partners globally and not just those in Europe  or the U.K., for example.   CMS Legal
Squire Sander
s

Would not disclose:
Norton Rose
Bird & Bird
Clifford Chance
Freshfields
Hogan Lovells
Jones Day
K&L Gates
Latham
Linklaters
Mayer Brown
Orrick
Reed Smith
SNR Denton
Squire Sanders

White & Case
A common partner compensation system that  applies the same metrics to all equity partners  in all offices and is controlled on a global basis  by a single executive body?   Baker & McKenzie*
CMS Legal
DLA Piper


Under Review:
Herbert Smith

Would not disclose:
Norton Rose
Baker & McKenzie*
Bird & Bird
DLA Piper
Hogan Lovells

K&L Gates
Latham
Linklaters
Mayer Brown
Orrick
Reed Smith
SNR Denton
Squire Sanders

White & Case
A metric within the firm's partner compensation  system by which equity partners are rewarded  for sharing work and clients between offices and  practice areas?   CMS Legal
Clifford Chance
Freshfields
Jones Day

Under Review:
Herbert Smith

Would not disclose:
Norton Rose
Bird & Bird
Clifford Chance
Freshfields
Herbert Smith
Hogan Lovells
Jones Day
K&L Gates
Latham
Linklaters
Mayer Brown
Orrick
Reed Smith
SNR Denton
Squire Sanders

White & Case
A common, global approach to lateral hires, the  promotion of new partners, and the review of existing partners' performances across all offices, with each  of these processes managed at a global level?   Baker & McKenzie*
CMS Legal
DLA Piper


Would not disclose:
Norton Rose
Baker & McKenzie*
Bird & Bird
Clifford Chance
Freshfields
Herbert Smith
Hogan Lovells
K&L Gates
Latham
Linklaters
Orrick
Reed Smith
SNR Denton
White & Case
A system by which all equity partners share  the same voting rights on all firm issues globally --  including the promotion of new partners?   CMS Legal
DLA Piper
Squire Sanders


N/A:
Jones Day

Would not disclose:
Mayer Brown
Norton Rose
Baker & McKenzie*
Bird & Bird
CMS Legal
Clifford Chance
DLA Piper
Freshfields
Herbert Smith
Hogan Lovells
Jones Day
K&L Gates
Latham
Linklaters
Mayer Brown
Norton Rose
Orrick
Reed Smith
SNR Denton
Squire Sanders
White & Case
A single conflict-checking system that is used  without exception by all offices and for all matters  globally, and that sees any conflicts managed at a  firmwide, rather than regional, level? This applies  to both legal and business conflicts.    
Baker & McKenzie*
Bird & Bird
CMS Legal
Clifford Chance
DLA Piper
Freshfields
Hogan Lovells
Jones Day
K&L Gates
Latham
Linklaters
Mayer Brown
Orrick
Reed Smith
SNR Denton
Squire Sander
s
White & Case
 
Common information technology and back- office support systems that are used by all offices  firmwide and that do not have internal firewalls  between offices or partnerships?   In Transition:
Herbert Smith
Squire Sanders

Would not disclose
Norton Rose
Baker & McKenzie*
Bird & Bird
CMS Legal
Clifford Chance
DLA Piper
Freshfields
Herbert Smith
Hogan Lovells
Latham
Linklaters
Mayer Brown
Norton Rose
Orrick
Reed Smith
SNR Denton
Squire Sanders

White & Case
A single, global key-client program that is  followed by all offices firmwide? Jones Day
K&L Gates

 

*Baker & McKenzie declined to participate in the survey. Answers provided in confidence by current and former partners.
**Orrick operates as "Orrick Rambaud Martel" in Paris; Mayer Brown operates as "Mayer Brown JSM" in Asia (and "JSM" in China).

 

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