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After a merger increased the company size by one-third, global law firm Pinsent Masons quickly needed a management solution that consolidated separate ledgers and systems. In addition, the solution had to include drill-down capabilities, collaboration in multiple languages and currencies, and a multi-dimensional view of the merged firm. Adaptive Planning, part of the Adaptive Suite, accomplished these tasks and transformed the finance team “from scorekeepers to strategic business advisors.” Instead of reflecting on business decisions, the Pinsent Masons finance team now acts upon forecasting initiatives.

Challenges

  • Lengthy process to finalize data for accounting tasks
  • Monthly close took 15 days to complete
  • Difficult to incorporate data from separate databases and other offices around the world

Results

  • Monthly close analysis and reporting accelerated by 750%, going from 15 days down to 2 days
  • Integrated data across separate accounting systems and geographies delivered 360-degree visibility of performance
  • Increased productivity towards new initiatives guide long-term investments in IT, real estate, and personnel

 

About:
Pinsent Masons is a law firm headquartered in the UK with global operations. It’s annual revenue is in excess of £320 million and more than 2,500 employees worldwide. Its clients include some of the most significant players in the global energy, infrastructure, financial services, and advanced manufacturing and technology sectors.
Location:
UK
Industry:
Business Services

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Global Law Firm Integrates Acquisitions, Gains 360-Degree View of Finances

Following a merger that increased Pinsent Mason’s size by one third, the now larger law firm had a number of different financial systems—including two general ledger and practice management systems—that needed to be consolidated within months to see its finances as a whole. The global firm is made up of many different practice groups, offices, countries and currencies, and began seeking a solution that would accomplish the following:

• Drill down capability into the numbers for each practice group, office, and division
• Collaboration on financial data in local languages and currencies
• Understanding the overall top line and multi-dimensional view of the business

Failing to have this in place quickly could have resulted in potential regulatory non-compliance, lost revenues, and losing many of the benefits of the merger. As Andrew Brett, Financial Accounting Manager for Pinsent Masons revealed, "By working with Adaptive Insights’ UK partner, Clear Plan, and seeing how Adaptive Planning could perform for our law firm, we were completely confident that the software would work for us - and it did!"

Understanding the Business as a Total Sum of its Parts

Prior to Adaptive Planning, 90 percent of the finance team’s time was consumed with finding numbers for the monthly close. This often took up to 15 days before they were happy with the final data. "Now, within a day we can see the numbers, and within two or three we can run reports and start analysis without errors or discrepancies," said Brett.

What’s more, with previous systems it was difficult to incorporate data that was in different databases or different geographies which compromised the accuracy of the data. Pinsent Masons also was able to identify inaccuracies in its general ledger postings that were invisible prior to Adaptive. "With Adaptive, all the data across separate accounting systems and geographies is integrated seamlessly," added Brett.

The Finance Team Becomes More than the Scorekeeper

The increased productivity now enables Brett and his team to focus on new initiatives in cash flow and balance sheet forecasting to guide longer term investments in IT, real estate, and personnel, projects they simply didn’t have the time to accomplish before. "Now, we can advise on investment decisions, forecast and, indeed, reforecast if need be, providing valuable insights that can help grow the business, rather than simply reflect on it," said Brett. "Partners and the Executive Board increasingly want information more quickly and more accurate, particularly as we plan to expand into other territories. With Adaptive, this is what we can now deliver."

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