American Bar Association Leadership Forum To Address Challenges For Law Firms In A Changing International Market

Thursday, April 1, 2004 - 00:00

The American Bar Association's Section of International Law and Practice will present a panel session entitled "Leadership Forum - Challenges For Law Firms In A Changing International Market" at its Spring Meeting in New York.The session is to take place on Friday, April 16, 2004, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the Plaza Hotel, 59th Street and Fifth Avenue, New York City.

Legal service providers are now facing the challenges of a consolidating global marketplace for legal services. Studies have shown that clients have significantly reduced the number of outside law firms from which they purchase legal services, and this development has made competition even more intense than it has been in the past.

At the ABA forum top tier law firm leaders will discuss the strategies pursued by the global legal community in the current market and exchange information on designing, managing and operating law firms. These law firm leaders occupy strong but diverse market positions and platforms, and they bring an extraordinary array of experience and skills to the discussion of the business issues facing the global legal marketplace. In addition to identifying global and industry trends that affect the practice of law in the global arena, they will discuss client growth strategies and the ways in which law firms can build a competitive advantage in different markets. They will share their knowledge and experience and what they consider to be the attributes of a successful law practice.

Jeff Barnes, Chair of Fraser Milner Casgrain and Managing Partner of the firm's New York office, will chair the panel session.Mr. Barnes practices in the corporate and securities area, with an emphasis on corporate reorganizations, public and private financings, and mergers and acquisitions. He has also advised extensively with respect to project finance, privatization and infrastructure matters. Cross-border transactions are a key feature in all areas of his practice.

The panel includes George R. Krouse, head of the Corporate Department from (1991 through 2002) and, currently, Senior Administrative Partner of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Tower C. Snow, Jr., a partner at the San Francisco office of Clifford Chance and an internationally recognized litigator; Mark Welling, managing partner of the New York office of Allen & Overy and the firm's global head of business acceptance; Robert C. Treuhold, managing partner of Shearman & Sterling LLP and a leading international capital markets lawyer; and Julia Hayhoe, a consultant with Hildebrandt International, the legal consulting firm.

Among those involved in planning the 2004 Spring Meetingare A. Joshua Markus of Carlton Fields, Chair of the ABA's Section of International Law and Practice; Kenneth B. Reisenfeld of Haynes and Boone, LLP, Chair-Elect of the Section; Michael H. Byowitz of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Vice Chair of the Section; the Spring Meeting Chairs, Javier Villasante of Cuatrecasas, Madrid, Deborah Enix-Ross of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and Hernán Slemenson of Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal; Spring Meeting planning committee members Victor Xercavins of Cuatrecasas, David A. Schwartz of Wachtell Lipton, Soraya E. Bosi, Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP, Paul M. Frank of Alston & Bird LLP and Chair of the New York State Bar Association International Law and Practice Section, Carole Basri Executive Director of The Greater New York Chapter of Association of Corporate Counsel and Jennifer Dabson and Jessica Elliot of the ABA International Section staff.

The Leadership Forum is one of over 50 CLE programs that will be presented at the ABA International Spring Meeting, which will be held at the Plaza from April 14-17, 2004.

For more information on the meeting please visit the meeting's web site ( or call the Section office at 202-662-1660.