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international currencyLoss Leaders: Predicting Success When Law Firms Go Abroad

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Pound 108, Harvard Law School

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Joe Macrae

Mlegal Consulting

Joe Macrae is founder, Chairman & CEO of Mlegal Consulting, Inc. in the San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley region (founded in 2001). He is also a co-founder and Chairman of Macrae Roxburgh Appleby in London (co-founded in 2009). Joe co-founded ZMB (now HaysLegal) in 1991 and sold the company in 2000. Joe oversaw the growth of that business from a start-up to a 60 person-plus recruiting firm which was consistently ranked as one of the top two in the U.K. for quality of service and reputation. Joe moved into the legal recruiting field in 1988. Prior to that, he qualified as an attorney in the U.K. and practiced corporate law with Herbert Smith in London and Hong Kong. Joe is a trusted legal recruiter and consultant for some of the most prominent partner-level attorneys in both the U.S. and the U.K. He frequently meets and consults with leaders of Am Law 100 & 200 and Global 100 law firms in the U.S. and the U.K. Joe has worked extensively for U.S. and U.K. law firms and corporations at the highest levels and lectures in the U.K. and U.S. on a range of issues, including law firm mergers, compensation structures, and the attraction and retention of partners.

Martha Sellers Klein
Mlegal Consulting

Martha Sellers Klein is a Shareholder of Mlegal Consulting. Martha has an outstanding track record in partner moves in the Bay Area, and also conducts national and international partner searches for key clients. Her practice includes retained searches for law firms and representing partner candidates on their career moves. She has obtained exceptional results for clients and candidates with whom she has worked in her eight years in the Bay Area. Martha stands apart from other legal recruiters in the level of knowledge and perspective she acquired from practicing law in New York and working as a legal journalist in New York and London before joining Mlegal eight years ago. She has been a leading expert in national and international law firm recruitment and strategy for more than twenty years. In discussions with thousands of partners and managing partners in firms around the world, she has gained an exceptional understanding of the distinctions between law firms locally, nationally, and internationally.

Frazer Xia
Managing Director
China Legal Career

Frazer has 20 years’ business experience in China and in the US. He began his career in the 1980′s in China and has been on various senior management positions including executive VP of a German MNC in Shanghai, COO/CFO of a large software company in Beijing, COO of a Cisco portfolio company in Beijing and etc. He founded CLC in early 2006 and has in the past 5 years brought the firm from a startup to a recognized national brand in China in the area of legal recruitment. He is extensively connected with senior legal professionals in China that includes partners at international and domestic law firms, as well as GCs and senior in-house lawyers. He got his B.S from Wuhan University in 1982 and a MBA from the State University of New York in 1986.

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