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Allen & Overy: Surviving the Banking Crisis (A)

 Laura Empson, Karina Shaw, and Lisa Rohrer  
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HlS 16-13
13 pages
discussion-based case study
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July 2016

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The case describes how British law firm Allen & Overy approached the difficult task of reducing the number of partners in the wake of the financial crisis in 2009. By carefully working with a group of important partners, David Morley and Wim Dejonghe, the global senior partner and global managing partner, managed to preserve a sense of partnership while executing a painful round of downsizing. The case asks the reader to consider the nature of leadership in professional service firms and how leaders can adapt their leadership styles when organizations face challenging times.

Learning Objectives     

The case allows readers to explore the nature of leadership in professional service firms and reflect on how leadership styles change in crisis situations.

Subjects Covered

Leadership, Governance, Change Management


Geographic: United Kingdom

Industry: Law Firm

Event Year Begin: 2008

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