Will A&O's US merger move impel its magic circle rivals to follow suit?

Magic circle firm’s transatlantic merger talks set to shake up market as rivals rethink US strategies

Allen & Overy (A&O) has made no secret of its intentions to make more inroads in the US, with successive management teams speaking candidly of a desire to gain more traction in the world’s biggest legal market.

But that talk now looks set to transform into reality, with the news revealed by Legal Week last Friday that it is in merger discussions with US firm O’Melveny & Myers.

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