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White & Case drops friend to go it alone in Singapore
there are certainly some very sharp people and valued business opportunities being harvested at WC today. However, no doubt the sun is setting on WC. Here's a list of few core issues:
1) Top heavy team with being non Asian experienced. Most of the bills paid are for UK orignating partners who charge in pounds and deliver value in rupiah. Neither they are committed to be in Singapore for long. NY and Doug must see through this and value those who are fully committed to be in Asia and have registered contacts/deals/value to the firm.
2) Billable rewards: for once start rewarding those poor souls who are seriously billable and not give bonus to those with fantastic rim-job service. The team that left OMM, many of them shared this grip. Doug seriously needs to look into extraditing political fiefdoms and start promoting those simply on billable hours and actual business brought in.
3) Deadwood: Doug cut the bloody deadwood. Why are you bringing in youngins from NY who bring on the table nothing but the superiority attitude? No experience dealing with local customs and sensitivities, nor are the billable here or back NY/London.
In conclusion, WC does have some serious superstars, albeit about 10 or so. If Doug/NY doesnt change this soon, they will join the ranks of all other me-too law firms and the super 10 will soon leave.
To those law firms needing superstar talent--you know the number for WC--sharpen up your offer letters--it wont be that long.
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