US firms ramp up City presence as latest lateral figures highlight aggressive London recruitment

KWM demise and ambitious growth strategies propel US firms to new City headcount heights

The largest US law firms in London added some 500 lawyers to their City ranks last year, making more than 100 lateral partner hires as the weaker pound and the King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) collapse helped the group of firms ramp up their presence on this side of the Atlantic.

Between them, the 50 largest US firms with UK law practices in the City added 109 new partners in London during 2017, up marginally on the previous year.

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