'A laser-like focus' - how Clyde & Co transformed its US presence in little over a year

Clydes senior partner Simon Konsta on establishing a substantial US presence without a major merger - and why Canada could be next on the agenda

“A huge proportion of global business is headquartered in the US, and roughly 50% of global legal spend is there. More often than not, the global general counsel and heads of litigation are based there, whether that’s in New York, Chicago or Los Angeles, so you need to be there,” says Clyde & Co senior partner Simon Konsta.

During the past 18 months, Clydes has been in an expansive mood across the pond. On the back of office launches in Washington DC, Chicago and Los Angeles during 2017, last December the firm took on a team of 15 partners from collapsed US firm Sedgwick, led by insurance chair Ralph Guirgis and Los Angeles managing partner James Holmes.

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