Fairfax in the Press

Fairfax in the Press

‘It’s a Full Stop’: Law Firm Mergers Slow Amid COVID-19

Lisa Smith is quoted. “From what we’ve seen, most of the discussions that were happening have had to be put on hold. A lot of it does rely on face-to-face meetings,” Smith said. “For good reason, firms are very much focused on business continuity and operating their firms successfully. The ability to have the bandwidth to look at merger discussions as well as manage a business effectively just isn’t there.”

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Moving Targets: Which Markets Will Attract Law Firms’ Attention in 2020

Lisa Smith is quoted. “We are continuing to see firms anywhere from 100 lawyers to 600 to 700 lawyers feel like they need more scale in order to compete effectively,” says Lisa Smith, a principal at Fairfax Associates. “I think we’ll continue to see consolidation in the form of laterals and groups or small acquisitions or mergers of equal size. Consolidation is going to continue to be big in 2020.”

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‘It’s a Full Stop’: Law Firm Mergers Slow Amid COVID-19

Lisa Smith is quoted. “From what we’ve seen, most of the discussions that were happening have had to be put on hold. A lot of it does rely on face-to-face meetings,” Smith said. “For good reason, firms are very much focused on business continuity and operating their firms successfully. The ability to have the bandwidth to look at merger discussions as well as manage a business effectively just isn’t there.”

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