Rethinking M&A Contract Drafting: A Q&A with the Founders of DraftLens

When it comes to products aimed at the contracts process, the flavor of the month AI. Ever a contrarian, that has been reason enough for me to take a look at what’s new in automated contract creation, with content provided by humanoids. Recently I did this post about HelpSelf Legal. Today’s post is about DraftLens, simply because the co-founders, Steve … Read More

Document-Assembly Startup HelpSelf: Q&A with Co-Founder Dorna Moini

We all like buzzwords, but in this post I return to a concept that might elicit not buzz but chirping crickets: document assembly. Yes, document assembly has been around for a while, and many don’t find it particularly exciting, but document assembly is the only way to scale up quality contract content, so it has always had my attention. Perhaps … Read More

Automating Law-Firm Contracts: A Q&A with Rob Sawyer of McDonald Carano

When Thomson Reuters told me about how a Contract Express client, the Nevada law firm McDonald Carano, has gone about automating contracts, I volunteered to write about it—case studies make a nice change from free-floating speculation. So here’s my Q&A with Rob Sawyer, IT director at McDonald Carano. (That’s him in the photo to the right.) Ken:      Hi Rob. Please … Read More

Doing Deals in China: Q&A with Andrew Godwin of Melbourne Law School

Longtime readers will remember Andrew Godwin, Senior Lecturer in Law and Director of Transactional Law at Melbourne Law School, as I did this Q&A with him in 2012. And since then, he’s been my gracious host on my seminar trips to Australia. Given that my March “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminars in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong (information here) are fast … Read More

Using English-Language Contracts in China: My Q&A with China Law Blog

In March I’m going to Beijing and Shanghai to give public (here) and in-house “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminars. [Updated 22 February 2016: I’m going back in March 2016; for more information, go here.] I’ve never been to mainland China, so it makes sense that I should prepare. I figured that in addition to learning how to get from the airport … Read More

From Litigator to Deal Lawyer: Q&A with Eric Hutchins of Oracle

In my seminars, I’ve encountered people who started out as litigators, then shifted to working with contracts. That caused me to wonder what that transition involves. Eric Hutchins, corporate counsel with the Cloud Legal Team at Oracle, is one such seminar participant. He was kind enough to have this exchange with me about his transition. If you’ve made such a … Read More

Contract Drafting in Japan: My Q&A with Yusuke Sato

In November, I head to Asia—I’m giving seminars in Seoul, Tokyo, and Singapore. I’m particularly looking forward to my seminar in Tokyo. It will be my first trip to Japan in 25 years, and my first seminar in Japan. (For more information, go here.) I haven’t had much occasion to engage with Japanese contracts professionals. I expect that the seminar … Read More