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Surviving the Merger Behind the Merger Joy Heath Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, LLP August 26, 2004.

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1 Surviving the Merger Behind the Merger Joy Heath Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, LLP August 26, 2004

2 Vital Statistics Firm Profiles Firm Profiles Sidley & AustinSidley & Austin Brown & WoodBrown & Wood Technology (In)Compatability Technology (In)Compatability Timeline Timeline

3 The Logic Behind It Client Service Issues Client Service Issues Conflicts Issues Conflicts Issues Cultural Issues Cultural Issues

4 The IT Organizations Core Structure Core Structure Sidley & AustinSidley & Austin Brown & WoodBrown & Wood Reporting Comparison Reporting Comparison Outsourcing Philosophy Outsourcing Philosophy

5 What was in the Cards A Clear Leader A Clear Leader Merging of Technology Merging of Technology Convergence of Outsourcing Strategies Convergence of Outsourcing Strategies Reorganization of Reporting Reorganization of Reporting

6 Crystal Ball in the Wash Differing Review and Compensation Practices Differing Review and Compensation Practices Clear Leader Model not Consistent Throughout Merged Organization Clear Leader Model not Consistent Throughout Merged Organization Inconsistent Relationship Model with Other Administrative Areas Inconsistent Relationship Model with Other Administrative Areas Cultural Similarities did not Extend to IT Cultural Similarities did not Extend to IT Not Sidley People Not Sidley People

7 The Greatest Challenge – 9/11 Technology Convergence Technology Convergence Staffing Reorganization Staffing Reorganization Psychological Fallout Psychological Fallout

8 Lessons Learned Prepare to Feel Stupid Prepare to Feel Stupid Understanding the Team Culture is Key Understanding the Team Culture is Key Effect of Changes in Relative Status Cannot be Underestimated Effect of Changes in Relative Status Cannot be Underestimated You Never Have as Much Time as you Think You Never Have as Much Time as you Think Little Things Really Matter Little Things Really Matter

9 Lessons Learned (contd.) Prepare to be Torn between the Important and the Imperative Prepare to be Torn between the Important and the Imperative Recognize and Get With the Program Recognize and Get With the Program Avoid Saying Thats Not How we did it at …… Avoid Saying Thats Not How we did it at …… Stars Stay Stars Stay You Dont Have to Wing It You Dont Have to Wing It Dont Be Afraid of Seeking Help Dont Be Afraid of Seeking Help


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