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Wesleyan Poetry Degree Helps Bracewell Restructuring Chair Pen Haiku for Law Blog

Posted Dec 29, 2010 3:22 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Majoring in Victorian poetry at Wesleyan University prepared him to do absolutely nothing, Evan Flaschen likes to joke.

Until now. The Bracewell & Giuliani financial restructuring group chair agreed to oversee a firm-related law blog, but only if it could be unusual, reports the Connecticut Law Tribune in an article reprinted in New York Lawyer (reg. req.).

The result was Basis Points, which, in addition to bankruptcy law posts, posts a new poem every week—either a haiku or other short poem—related to negotiations and lawyering. As one, entitled M&A, puts it:

Insulting offer
Nasty press releases fly
New offer, deal done.

"We hope the people we are targeting will say, ‘Wow, that's pretty cool. ... I want people like this on my side because they are bold and aggressive'," Flaschen tells the legal publication. "At least so far we've gotten very favorable responses."

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