As partner exits continue, can KWM's rebuilt EMEA arm get over its teething troubles?

Just months after KWM forged a new EMEA offering out of the collapse of what was once SJ Berwin, seven more partners have left. What impact will the exits have on the fledgling firm?


Almost exactly four months after the collapse of the legacy SJ Berwin business, the EMEA operation rebuilt from its ashes by King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) – dubbed KWM 2.0 – has been hitting the headlines for the wrong reasons.

Since January, the partner exits that brought down the firm’s European arm have continued, with seven of the roughly 30 partners who initially agreed to remain with KWM or its affiliated offices leaving in recent weeks.

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