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Big Law Lateral Market May Face ‘Shelter-in-Place’ Moment

April 2, 2020, 11:28 AM

With law firms making moves to protect their balance sheets, law firm leaders promoting lateral hiring are likely to face a partnership skeptical of long-term investments. How they manage that may be the deciding factor in whether the law firm lateral market stays hot or sees its own “shelter-in-place” moment.

Rorschach Test: The week’s news provided a sort of Rorschach test for the market. Willkie Farr & Gallagher made a large investment in a new Chicago office while another Wall Street firm, Cadwalader, announced it would freeze capital distributions during “peak months” of the crisis.

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