May 2017 Publisher's Note

In this issue of Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, we launch a new section: Women in Business & Law. It’s not a coincidence that “business” comes first. One of the women featured in the seven articles is a business executive. The others are lawyers who, in one way or another, have a business perspective. And it doesn’t matter if they work at law firms or in corporate legal departments: they “get” business. And they’ve worked their way into leadership positions.

But take a look at the charts on page 25. These women are the exceptions. Progress has been painfully slow. That’s what makes a recent initiative by Clifford Chance so refreshing.

The law firm published a book featuring the stories of 20 women – all Clifford Chance lawyers or alumnae – and the lessons they’ve learned on the way to successful careers. An article about the firm’s commitment to women, and the unusual publishing project in support of it, leads off the special section (page 19).  It helps set the upbeat tone that infuses the entire package – a welcome departure for a subject that often leaves readers disspirited.

This issue also features articles with a practical bent.  AlixPartners’ David White addresses the question of who you tell when your company is hit with a data breach (page 13). Pamela Hans and Christina Yousef from Anderson Kill talk about recent court decisions that suggest companies may have some leverage when their insurance companies refuse to settle litigation (page 16). And Sean Kelly of FTI Technology explains why firms may want to consider upgrading to Microsoft Office 365.

There are also two articles that may help readers assess where they are in this chaotic world of ours. ACC’s Veta Richardson takes a look through the rearview mirror, explaining what we can glean from the CLO survey her organization recently released (page 8). And Ryan McConnell and Stephanie Bustamante of the R. McConnell Group use their crystal ball to discuss the importance of forecasting risk (page 36).

Wherever you are, we hope you like the issue. Drop us a line if you have questions, comments or suggestions. We’re always happy to connect.

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