A US Mergers & Acquisitions lawyer has sent an excellent self-promoting newsletter to his contacts highlighting his record-breaking (for himself) deals.

Round-robins in the UK are usually reserved for smug family updates about Tarquin's GCSE results and Jocasta discovering herself in Nepal. But in the US, Sheppard Mullin's head of M&A, Will Chuchawat (who "does M&A, all day, every day"), was not backwards in coming forwards when he fired off his holiday missive.

In his touching letter headed, "The Chuchawat Check-in: 2020", the M&A partner reflected on his firm going great guns as it "logged its 29th straight year of revenue growth".

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Chuchawat reassured readers that it was "another steady year of deals for me as well", and listed his "stats for 2019". He handled 158 matters ("haven't tracked this before, so don't know if it's a record"), worked on 11 digits worth of matters ("not a record"), clocked-up 2,974.4 billable hours ("not a record. Not even close"), closed 5 deals on the same day "twice" ("record for me"), and closed 6 deals in a week "twice" ("record for me").

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Other stats, guessed by RollOnFriday:

  • 3 hours sleep per night
  • All meals obtained from vending machines
  • No birthdays attended

The lawyer also reeled off all 41 businesses that he represented last year and how he helped them. That included aiding a "gastroenterology practice...in its exit", illustrating just how far he will go to make money.


The M&A machine also found time to form a couple of funds himself and "settled approximately a billion dollars in litigation/arbitration matters":

As well


Chuchawat, ALL THE TIME.

The legal Übermensch also highlighted some of his concerns for the coming year, including tariffs on Champagne - because although lunch is for wimps, a dealmaker has to pause to drink.

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Money doesn't sleep, so RollOnFriday asked Chuchawat how he managed to fit some in. He said, "I normally don’t sleep much during the week, but sleep normally Fri/Sat/Sun". (We guessed right.)

If he's hiring a junior, he should look up the Wolf of Bristol.

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Anon 07 February 20 08:51

Even among M&A lawyers, who love to trumpet their achievements (/excuses not to see their families), this guy seems like a colossal asshat.

Anonymous 07 February 20 18:55

3000 hours?  And he claims not to work weekends because he is sleeping. 

I once worked my balls off for a year and only longer genuine time. 

1700 hours was the total. No idea how he can log nearly 3000.

SecularJurist 07 February 20 22:57

Is Chuchawat rhyming slang for quantifier plus indefinite article plus noun?

Anyway, he forgot stats for personality. Zero.

Anonymous 08 February 20 09:39

This type of sad behaviour is exactly what makes me want to drop my private practice career. This guy (like most of us) simply doesn't understand how exploited he is. He's the abused dog begging for more beatings - and he feels he needs a pat on the head for his good work.

Anonymous 09 February 20 11:32

Look at the stats.

If he sleeps weekends and takes no annual leave all year then he records 11.5 hours per day - every day - from Monday to Friday. 52 weeks per year.  

As a partner and head of M&A one expects a certain amount of client care for existing clients and BD to attract new business. These are non chargeable hours. So this means he is recording additional time on top of his 11.5 hour average day.

He must be approaching burnout if this is true because it doesn't appear sustainable. 

Anon 09 February 20 16:21

More stats

Several children who don’t know their father and never will 

One wife abandoned and unhappy

One unhealthy human being heading for an early grave living on coffee and takeaway who has zero outside interests  

also, seriously, who gives a s*** about all of this person’s self-proclaimed “achievements?” It’s just paper pushing and making money for corporates.  It’s not life and death and doesn’t add to the positive sum of humanity.  He’s got a totally warped sense of reality.   

'snip 12 February 20 14:21

Lawyers rarely get it. 


The game is to earn as much money as possible without getting sucked into to doing as much as possible. 

You're not a playa if you have to put this much in to get the megadolla out

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