We describe a representation of the Bolthausen-Sznitman coalescent in terms of the cutting of random recursive trees. Using this representation, we prove results concerning the final collision of the coalescent restricted to $[n]$: we show that the distribution of the number of blocks involved in the final collision converges as $n\to\infty$, and obtain a scaling law for the sizes of these blocks. We also consider the discrete-time Markov chain giving the number of blocks after each collision of the coalescent restricted to $[n]$; we show that the transition probabilities of the time-reversal of this Markov chain have limits as $n\to\infty$. These results can be interpreted as describing a "post-gelation" phase of the Bolthausen-Sznitman coalescent, in which a giant cluster containing almost all of the mass has already formed and the remaining small blocks are being absorbed.
"Random Recursive Trees and the Bolthausen-Sznitman Coalesent." Electron. J. Probab. 10 718 - 745, 2005. https://doi.org/10.1214/EJP.v10-265