Getting large law firm mergers right

Rob’s PhD thesis:  Assessing success in large law firm mergers: a neo-configurational approach  has been deposited in the library at the University of Glasgow. It is freely available for download.

The study identifies configurations of antecedent conditions that are consistent with success in large law firm mergers. Practitioner perspectives concerning merger motives and the factors that cause successful outcomes are distilled into propositions and conditions that reflect those. They are then tested using a method called fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA). The study analyses 73 mergers that took place from 2002 to 2017 in which at least one firm was headquartered in the U.S. or U.K., the target firm consisted of ≥100 lawyers and the combined firm of ≥500 lawyers.