Law Firm Mergers and Alliances

Troutman Pepper, Locke Lord in merger talks to create $1.6bn firm

Combination would create top 30 US firm with more than 1,700 lawyers

Pérez-Llorca enters Mexico through landmark merger with 100-lawyer González Calvillo

Tie-up to make fast-growing Spanish firm second largest international firm in Mexico

Withers forms alliance with Indonesian boutique

Association with 17-lawyer Karna Partnership sees UK firm bolster offering in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy

UK arms of rival US class action firms unveil merger

Keller Postman UK joins forces with Lanier Longstaff Hedar & Roberts to form litigation funder-owned KP Law

Fenwick Elliott forms construction and energy law alliance in Latin America

London-headquartered firm partners with Chile’s 20-lawyer Molina Ríos as regional construction market forecast to reach $840bn by 2029

Leadership announced for A&O Shearman

Allen & Overy interim managing partner Khalid Garousha named senior partner of soon-to-be firm

Growth and opportunity: seizing the moment in the Philippines

Nowhere is the ASEAN opportunity greater than in the Philippines, write Dentons’ Elliott Portnoy and PJS Law’s Regina Jacinto-Barrientos on the day their firms’ combination goes live

Eversheds Sutherland absorbs four-partner KWM team in Frankfurt

Ten lawyers join with business services colleague as part of Eversheds’ and KWM’s cooperation agreement forged last year

China decoupling will continue for Western law firms in year ahead

WarwickPlace Legal’s Robert Bata wraps ups his predictions for 2024 with a look at how legal industry trends will pan out in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America

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A&O, Shearman tie-up likely to set tone for more merger activity this year

WarwickPlace Legal’s Robert Bata looks ahead at the trends that are likely to shape the legal market in the US, UK, Europe and beyond over the next 12 months

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Eight Allen & Overy partners in running to lead A&O Shearman

Elections at UK Magic Circle firm will determine transatlantic giant’s leadership team

CMS expands in Scandinavia through tie-up with top 10 Swedish firm

International firm adds 150-lawyer Wistrand to network two years after joining forces with Norway’s Kluge

Fieldfisher to cut ties with its Italian arm

Verein arrangement to end next March as UK-based firm seeks ‘solid, long-term position in Italy’

Partners vote through merger to create A&O Shearman

Deal will create transatlantic law firm with revenue of around $3.5bn

Baker McKenzie launches Korean joint venture

Bakers to offer Korean law advice through partnership with 20-lawyer KL Partners

Spencer West adds 19-strong team from shuttered Axiom Ince in private wealth push

Fee-sharing firm also acquires London boutique Hieron and adds team from Selig + Partners

Allen & Overy and Shearman & Sterling partners start voting on merger approval

Voting will conclude on October 13, with the results announced shortly after

CMS enters alliance with Brazilian firm FAS Advogados

Agreement adds to CMS’s Latin America presence in Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru

Irwin Mitchell acquires leading family law boutique

UK firm absorbs North East-based Silk Family Law just a few weeks after snapping up 95-strong Scottish firm

Irwin Mitchell merges with Scotland’s Wright Johnston & Mackenzie

Second Scottish merger this week hands national UK firm £12m practice with network of five offices