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People Anatomy

A spotter’s guide to the men and women of finance.

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Partners are the sainted men and women who own and reap equity benefit from law firms. Having been trained to work incessant 90 hour weeks, partners are invincible, undefeatable, and invulnerable monsters of the industry, at least until they turn 45 and find themselves defenestrated without warning to make way for their younger, more vigorous invincible, colleagues whom they had not noticed mutating from callow trainees to monsters of industry in their own right.

Retirement it is not always a downer: many use the partner cachet to snag non-executive board memberships, and for those who can’t manage that there is a good furrow to be ploughed as a senior consultant in a small mid-Atlantic law firm that is struggling to establish a foothold in London. One can usually get away with this for two or three years before being found out.