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Agenda Introduction/Case Overview Struggles of Thacher Proffitt & Wood Employee Update Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal today Current unemployment political debate Job creation Conclusion Questions
Thacher Proffitt & Wood’s growth was mainly due to mortgage-backed securities. Thacher Proffitt & Wood loses 100 attorneys to a competitor. Thacher Proffitt & Wood pursues a merger with another firm to keep its doors open. Thacher Proffitt & Wood law firm goes out of business. During the collapse of the housing market Sonnenchein Nath & Rosenthal implemented a growth plan. Sonnenchein Nath & Rosenthal hired attorneys from a failed rival. Introduction
The Struggle Sub-prime crisis strikes More than half of Thacher Proffitt & Wood’s attorneys join a competitor’s firm Plans for a merger fall through Thacher Proffitt & Wood closes it doors Thacher Proffitt & Wood Dissolves: Sonnenschein Rescues
Thacher Proffitt & Wood’s Decisions
9/11 – TPW employees survived the attack on World Trade Center
Invested almost all their work in mortgage-backed securities
No diversity in investments
Market crashed, causing TW&W’s clients to go bankrupt
Refused to merge until it was too late
After the decision of a merger the candidate pulled out
Spent millions on renovations and leasing
Acquired debt of $30 million
What action would Sonnenschein Take? Sonnenschein, Nath, and Rosenthal saw an increase in demand for people with the skills of former Thatcher Proffitt and Wood attorneys
How does this create a competitive advantage for firms? Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal saw the downturn as a chance to gain market share. Hired 100 of rival Thacher’s top attorneys as Thacher dissolved due to the economy Thacher’s financial-services lawyers would pair with Sonnenschein’s regulatory and lobbying practices in Washington Sonnenschein would hire the Thatcher attorneys at lower salaries than what the market had typically been offering before the economic crunch.
What is Countercyclical Strategy? Countercyclical Strategy
While most firms are downsizing due to the economic slowdown, Sonnenschein Nath and Rosenthal, committed to hire in order to be ready for the upturn in demand for services.
Why did Sonnenschein see a need for financial services specialty lawyers? BIGGEST BAIL OUT IN HISTORY OF BANKS AND WALL STREET FIRMS Strategy was to be ready for increased demand for talented litigators.
What is Sonnenschein’s position in the world of law today? According to AM Law
Salary Reductions & Lay-offs Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal plans to cut associate salaries, beginning June 1st. Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal recently laid off an undisclosed amount of associates. Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal reduces the salaries of their associates.
Current Unemployment Unemployment rate is 9.7% Payroll employment rose 431,000 in May Obama Administration strongly encourages job creation in the private sector
Job Creation Senate passed a $15 million job-creation bill Policy makers predict unemployment rate below 9% by the end of 2011. Banks are stabilizing but not improving rapidly.
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