Clifford Chance (A): The Merger

Published 01 Jan 1993
Reference 4245
Region Global

This case documents two critical changes in a major law firm: the merger of two law firms into one and the globalisation of the merged firm. The merger was generally viewed as successful and the integration process is described. The second goal of globalisation is steadily proceeding but represents a larger cultural and strategic challenge.

Teaching objectives

This case allows an instructor to discuss how the changes in many professional service firms are reflected in this one law firm. Globalisation has forced firms to grow through merger, but then they must tackle the real difficulties of being both global and local. This is especially true in the legal profession.