Presentation on theme: "A good commercial lawyer sees beyond the law Vinge law firm Outsourcing Wuxi 11 October 2007 Kain Grauers, chief rep. Shanghai office."— Presentation transcript:
A good commercial lawyer sees beyond the law Vinge law firm Outsourcing Wuxi 11 October 2007 Kain Grauers, chief rep. Shanghai office
Karin Grauers Swedish attorney – member of the Bar Junior judge – Vinge for 27 years Vinge – ca 300 lawyers, alliances Denmark and Norway, close co-operation Finland In China since 1985, in Shanghai since 1999 Specialised in IT/IP since mid 80s Ranked as a leading lawyer in Sweden in the area
The six largest law firms in Sweden Revenues MSEK * Vinge and MSA are among the 50-60 largest law firms in Europe
Independent lawfirm Represents clients from all over the world Traditionally, representing challengers of monoplies and entrepreneurs Often represents the foreign party
Important issues for companies considering outsourcing Management decision – strategic IT decisions Do not outsource problems Get your organisation involved and committed Keep competence to be an efficient Customer Abundantly clear reasons/expectations – communicate! - save money - more professional services - higher level of expertise and more resources - concentrate on core-business Carefully considered SLAs!
SLAs Service Level Agreements are the only definition of what you buy and get in an outsourcing deal and are therefor central to the outsourcing contract. Without them you get what is delivered, not what is required, and you have no reference point against which to obtain remedy.
Important issues for companies considering outsourcing 2 Secure verification Open up for CHANGES Plan exit – hw? Licenses? Consider sales/ Change of Control CONFIDENTIALITY! Dispute resolution – escalation?
Disadvantages to be considered Loss of control Security issues Loyalty conflicts Dependence on Supplier Less flexibility?
Important issues for Suppliers Do not over-sell Understand Customer needs, reasons and business Agree on payment – and penalties! - according to SLAs Exits – be a good sport!
Low CSIs over the years More than 50 % of Customers are unsatisfied Many regret the outsourcing Time consuming disputes Customers loose – Suppliers loose
Success factors Customer needs and reasons well identified and established Customer must have realistic expectations Customers organisation must be prepared and willing Retained competence on Customer side – counter party Close follow-ups, regular meetings Supplier needs to be well prepared and knowledgeable about Customers business and reasons Set rules for handling of changes, disputes and exits.