Can Angel repeat his Links success at DLA Piper?

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  • "I’m not sure what’s in it for either of them,” said one firm leader."
    ....er, the money?

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  • I don't think DLA are looking for Angel to repeat his work at Linklaters.
    He's clearly a talented man who understands the strategic steps required to succeed in the legal market.
    Most of the criticism of DLA centres on them being too new - by taking on a senior figure from a magic circle firm they're buying in that old school expertise.

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  • From the looks of the article, this will not be affecting the American arm of DLA.

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  • They are hoping to borrow Angel's experience to cut down costs and make DLA a success story. I don't know how it's going to work out. DLA Piper has been "doubling down" recently and making tons of promises to new lateral partners coming in. They seem to be expanding way too rapidly for their own good. I think DLA anticipates a new global recovery and hope to expand alongside it. However, if the economy goes bad (which increasingly looks likely), then DLA will be left holding the bag on these "investments" and will stand to lose a lot of money.

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  • This article presupposes that DLA needs transforming, which seems to suggest that Knowles & co have not been as successful as they are usually boasting they are.....

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  • We are all now seriously bored of DLA and its stories of success, its stories of failure, how it may or may not be full of crap laawyers, its gigantic pay packets to ex linklaters partners, its bad treatment of employees, its PR savvy Knowles. In fact all things DLA have become dull, Perhaps it time to change the music.

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  • Tony Angel is certainly a talented man but not a miracle worker. I expect he will do well because of his clear thinking.
    On the other hand, one could argue that he took the UKs number two firm and turned it into the UKs number three firm, destroying half a dozen continental practices along the way.

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