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SJ Berwin's merger with King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has been met with guarded optimism by law firm partners, who are more cynical about other recent high-profile tie-ups. Legal Week's latest Big Question survey has found that nearly 50% of partners...
13 Mar 2014 | 12:20 |
Among a string of recent tie-ups, UK firm SJ Berwin's November union with Sino-Australian partnership King & Wood Mallesons stands out as having the potential to bring real change both to the legacy firms and the wider legal market. The combined firm ...
13 Mar 2014 | 10:55 |
July 2013. In a meeting room in King & Wood Mallesons' Hong Kong office, a group of journalists wait for an announcement about the firm's pending merger with UK outfit SJ Berwin. The press invitation had been sent out a day before voting closed – a ...
13 Mar 2014 | 10:40 |
Nabarro has split with French alliance firm August & Debouzy and has begun its search for another ally. The French firm opted out of the arrangement in order to explore options with other firms in the same jurisdictions as its former allies.
06 Mar 2014 | 15:56 |
Ascent, the debt legal services arm of Irwin Mitchell, has acquired Manchester-based volume legal services outfit HL Interactive. The deal - which involves the transfer of all 62 HL Interactive staff to the top 20 UK firm - is the fourth by Ascent and...
04 Mar 2014 | 00:34 |
Squire Sanders is in preliminary merger discussions with Washington-based public policy and lobbying firm Patton Boggs. In a statement, the two firms said discussions are in the early stages, and that there was no assurance a combination would be comp...
27 Feb 2014 | 13:05 |
Howard Kennedy FSI (HKFsi) and Davenport Lyons have called off merger discussions. A combination between the two would have created a firm with combined revenues of £62.5m, based on their respective financial results for 2012-13, placing the merge...
27 Feb 2014 | 12:51 |
Speechly Bircham and Charles Russell have announced that they are in talks over a possible combination, that would create a UK top 25 law firm with revenues around £126.3m.
21 Feb 2014 | 09:54 |
According to many lawyers in South Africa the vibe at the African Mining Indaba – a practically mandatory event in every major local law firm's calendar – was somewhat reserved this year. It is not hard to see why, when taking into account reduced...
20 Feb 2014 | 09:55 |
Davenport Lyons and HowardKennedyFsi (HKFsi) have begun talks over a merger which would create a £60m law firm on the fringes of the UK top 50. The discussions begun after Davenport Lyons, which is based near London's Covent Garden, approached HKF...
14 Feb 2014 | 14:08 |
For a law firm leader, Wragge & Co senior partner Quentin Poole is very approachable. Neither colleagues nor rivals seem to have a bad word to say about him and, as the firm's long-awaited London merger draws closer, he has more reason than ever to be...
13 Feb 2014 | 11:40 |
Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham (LG) will seek a global merger once their own tie-up goes live on 1 May. In an exclusive interview with Legal Week, Wragges senior partner Quentin Poole said a merger with an international practice or practices was o...
13 Feb 2014 | 10:11 |
The first thing many people comment on when meeting Wragge & Co senior partner Quentin Poole is how happy he looks. And with the firm's merger with City firm Lawrence Graham set to go live in a matter of months, Poole has more reason than ever to smil...
13 Feb 2014 | 09:15 |
DLA Piper has ended discussions to take on a group of lawyers from Heenan Blaikie, the Canadian firm set to be wound up. The firm had been in talks to take on a group of between 60 and 70 lawyers from Heenan Blaikie, after the Canadian firm - once on...
10 Feb 2014 | 16:53 |
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has agreed merger terms with Manchester boutique Heatons. The tie-up will add eight partners, 12 associates and a further six fee earners to the London-based firm's headcount. Partners voted the merger through earlier ...
07 Feb 2014 | 09:05 |
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