‘It has been a very good year for headhunters’ - KWM collapse has kept recruiters busy

Approximately 100 partners have left KWM Europe during the past 12 months

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The collapse of King & Wood Mallesons’ (KWM) European arm dominated the European recruitment landscape in 2016 – and has kept recruiters extremely busy.

The firm’s slide towards insolvency has been accompanied by an exodus of talent. Approximately 100 partners have left KWM Europe (KWME) during the past 12 months, including more than 50 since October, when KWM’s planned recapitalisation of £14m failed following the unexpected resignation of four senior partners.

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