Law firms are focusing more on Operational Excellence

Get your projects and processes in order to meet client demands, retain talent and secure your profitability.

Clients demand cost reduction, efficiency and transparency. Digitizing of legal services requires sound workflows and good workflow management. Young lawyers want a better work-life balance. Law firm partners want to prevent profit leakage that occurs at various stages of matters and to protect or improve the firm´s profitability.

While this might sound like trying to square the circle, it is in fact possible to give the most important stakeholders of law firms what they want. Methods like Legal Project Management (LPM) and Legal Process Improvement (LPI) are key. Venturis Partner Marion Ehmann is advising law firms on design, introduction and execution of LPM and LPI. She is also doing open workshops several times a year. Read the following article about the IWR-Camp for German-speaking lawyers specializing in international business law.

Dutch column M&A: De wendbaarheid van advocatenkantoren moet omhoog

Zes keer in het jaar brengt M&A een column uit van één van onze partners, gericht op de advocatuur en het notariaat.

In deze column vertelt Martijn Lesterhuis over wat de impact is van de Corona crisis op advocatenkantoren en wat dit betekent voor 2021. Daarnaast gaat Martijn in op wat advocatenkantoren kunnen leren van de vorige crisis en welke acties ze het beste kunnen ondernemen.

Hier vind je de column

Juve asks if digitisation will lead to the third wave of law firm / law company mergers

In its latest edition, leading German legal magazine Juve analyses the often uneasy relationship between technology induced change and law firms. It interviews for market influencers, including Venturis Consulting’s Gerard Neiditsch. How can law firms prepare for and succeed in a world that is digitising rapidly without compromising their regulatory obligations? Juve sees the dawn of a new era of mergers. Following the first wave of national mergers, the second wave of regional and global integrations, will there soon be data and technology driven mergers and collaboration? Venturis Consulting is one of very few Continental European consultancies with deep experience in helping law firms transform their businesses.

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Source, Juve.

Venturis Consulting Group increases its ability to help French law firms with the hiring of Sophie Boyer Chammard

Paris, 21 September 2020. After its recent opening in Brussels,Venturis Consulting Group, the pre-eminent European law firm strategy consulting firm, has further expanded its capabilities by opening an office in Paris, France, which will be headed by Sophie Boyer Chammard – former lawyer and head of strategy and development of international law firms. Sophie has joined as a partner in Paris at the beginning of September 2020.

At Venturis, Sophie’s practice will focus on assisting clients defining profitable and sustainable growth strategies, seeking an alignment between the firm’s client portfolio, its partners’ development ambition and its organization.

Sophie started her career as a lawyer in Finance and M&A in two international law firms (Gide and Clifford Chance). After an experience of strategy consulting at Accenture, Sophie has been working for 20 years in law firm strategy, in positions of director of strategy, development and marketing at Clifford Chance (Paris), Gide Loyrette Nouel (Global) and Hogan Lovells (Europe).

INSEAD MBA, qualified lawyer at the Paris Bar from 1990 to 1998, Sophie holds a Masters’ degree (DESS) in business and tax law at the Sorbonne Paris I and an LLB in English and French Law at King’s College London.

According to Stefanie Hoogklimmer, Frankfurt-based partner: “I am delighted to welcome Sophie to strengthen our profitable revenue growth practice. Her international background and broad range of experience will benefit clients not only in France but across Europe.”

Rupprecht Graf v. Pfeil, Munich-based partner, having worked with Paris based firms over the last ten years adds: ‘’With the opening of our Paris office we are now present in this important legal jurisdiction. Sophie’s knowledge of the French and international legal market will help our clients in their efforts to increase their competitive abilities and we’ll be able to respond to growing client demand across all our practices in France.”

“I am excited to join Venturis Consulting. Since its creation more than 15 years ago, I have watched Venturis grow into the leading European Strategy consulting practice dedicated to law firms. I’m honored to be given the opportunity to add my piece to the story now!” says Sophie Boyer Chammard

For the press:

Venturis Consulting Group is the pre-eminent management and strategy consulting firm for the legal sector with offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Milan, Munich, Paris and Stockholm. Venturis has a strategic alliance with Kerma Partners Latin America with offices in Mexico-City and Miami, and, with Warwick Place Legal in New York.

Venturis Consulting Group helps law firms to increase their competitiveness and acts as a trusted advisor in the design, facilitation and execution of complex strategic and organizational initiatives facing the legal industry. We assist the management of sophisticated law firms worldwide to respond to changing markets and competitive dynamics, establish powerful market positions and achieve superior performance. Our advice and research-based insights have been tested and shaped through many years of experience in driving strategic and high impact ‘bet the firm’ change and transformation processes. We have been servicing international business law firms and some of the most prominent independent law firms across Europe for more than 15 years. Venturis has assisted (international) firms with market entries, mergers and advised on governance reviews and profit and practice management systems. 

For more information, please contact:

Sophie Boyer Chammard
sophie.boyerchammard@venturisconsulting.com
+33 685075814

Stefanie Hoogklimmer
stefanie.hoogklimmer@venturisconsulting.com
+49 1603675616

Rupprecht Graf v. Pfeil
rupprecht.grafvonpfeil@venturisconsulting.com
+49 16099334400

New team member: Rik Servais

Brussels, 01 September 2020. Venturis Consulting Group, the leading European law firm strategy consulting firm has expanded its strategy consulting capabilities in Europe by opening an office in Brussels, Belgium, which will be headed by Rik Servais – former EU Regulatory & Government Affairs specialist at DLA Piper. Rik will join as a partner in Brussels as per 1 September 2020.

Rik studied Law at the Maastricht University (NL) and has spent more than 15 years in EU public affairs in Brussels – twelve years of which in the capacity of EU Regulatory & Government Affairs practitioner at the international law firm DLA Piper. He has also been the firm’s Business Development Manager in Brussels for two years.

According to Rik: “In Belgium, as in most European countries, the legal market is changing. There is increasing pressure on law firms to transform, which requires a clear vision on their market positioning and supporting strategies.

Driven by the regulatory hub function of Brussels, it is increasingly indispensable for any international business law firm to have a strong presence at the doorstep of the EU Institutions. This awareness is broadly spread and still growing.

Venturis has built a name as the leading consulting firm in the legal industry and is growing rapidly. I am excited to be part of this journey and to assist our clients in being successful market players.

At Venturis, Rik will assist law firms and other legal service providers in achieving their strategic objectives, particularly through in-depth market analysis, strategic reviews (including strategic business planning), and the development and execution of growth strategies (including the onboarding of teams and mergers & acquisitions). Rik will service clients in both the national and the international market segments in Belgium and beyond.

Robert van Beemen, Amsterdam-based partner: ‘’With the opening of our Brussels office we increase our depth and breadth in our strategy consulting services in the Benelux and across the continent. With Rik’s international experience, his broad network and his sound analysis of the challenges and opportunities in the Belgium legal market, we will be able to further achieve our European growth ambitions. This will allow us to respond to increasing client demand.”

For the press:

Venturis Consulting Group is a leading management and strategy consulting firm for the legal sector with offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt,  Milan, Munich and Stockholm. Venturis has a strategic alliance with Kerma Partners Latin America with offices in Mexico-City and Miami, and, with Warwick Place Legal in New York.

Venturis acts as a trusted advisor in the design, facilitation and execution of complex strategic and organizational initiatives facing the legal industry. Venturis assists the management of sophisticated law firms worldwide to respond to changing markets and competitive dynamics, establish powerful market positions and achieve superior performance. Our advice and research-based insights have been tested and shaped through many years of experience in driving strategic and high impact ‘bet the firm’ change and transformation processes. We have been servicing international business law firms and some of the most prominent independent law firms across Europe for more than 15 years. Venturis has assisted (international) firms with market entries, mergers and advised on governance reviews and profit and practice management systems. 

For more information, please contact:

Rik Servais
rik.servais@venturisconsulting.com
+32 (0)494 57 15 48

Gerard Tanja
gerard.tanja@venturisconsulting.com
+31 (0)6 41 93 76 05

Effects of the Covid-19 crisis on the legal sector in the Netherlands

Last week, Martijn Lesterhuis and Gerard Tanja published an article in the Dutch Financial Times/The Lawyer about the effects of the Covid-19 crisis on the legal sector in the Netherlands in the short, medium and longer term and how law firms should prepare.

This crisis is different from the financial and eurozone crisis and law firms need to go beyond the usual focus on debt collection and cash management. An in-depth profitability analysis of sectors, practices and clients should be high on the leadership agenda.