Linklaters seals Allens Arthur Robinson alliance

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  • The only way these firms can continue to grow is to merge or forge alliances overseas. Accessing Asia via Australia is very trendy right now but where is next? Shouldn't these firms be looking to South America for fresh opportunities?

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  • Why is it thatAustralia is so in vogue right now? Everyone seems to think it's the way to enter the Asia-Pacific market, but it seems a bit of a roundabout way of penetrating Asia to me.

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  • Pathetic. Why not just merge? It will inevitably happen within a few years anyway so why not just get on with it and harness the full benefits of integration.

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  • I agree that one intention is to enter Asia via Australia, but that also discounts the fact that Australia is itself experiencing a huge resources boom on the back of Chinese demand in Western Australia (ie, Asia time), Queensland and to a lesser extent South Australia. This has seen a lot of inbound investment in these States. More generally, as far as world economies go, Australia is one of the top performing developed economies in the world. So I think all that together explains why its in 'vogue' atm.

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  • While it is being called an alliance (presumably to pacify senior AAR partners who don't want to cede their power to London), note that the announcement was timed to coincide with the start of Linklaters' year, not AAR's, and that AAR go through the rebranding exercise to fit the Linklaters coporate identity, not the other way around. Give it a couple of years for AAR to trim off some very expensive partners who are simply hoovering up equity, and the full merger of Linklaters with a smaller, more corporate focused, AAR will take place.

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  • why not get rid of the partners who don't know anything about the markets in which they are trying to win work and slim these firms down. As someone who used to work for Linklaters it never ceased to amaze me how completely untalented a lot of the partners who were "moved to Asia" to become partners were. No second languages and a real colonial attitude as to how they were so much better than anyone else. Good luck to AAR, I think both firms will need it given the "firm culture".

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