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Perhaps it’s stock market optimism. Perhaps it’s the fruitful autumnal vibe. But you know things are looking up when absurd merger gossip starts making the rounds again.
Let’s assess the current crop.
Clifford Chance and Mallesons: sightings of a Mallesons contingent in Upper Bank Street has given rise to speculation that a deal is back on, despite the froideur following CC’s decision to stop talks last Christmas. We say: David, the Aussies are lovely, but you’ve got enough on your plate.
Wragges and Hunton & Williams: This rumour’s hot off the press. We say: Wragges is too cautious about jeopardising its US referrals, but Hunton sure fits its prescription of a firm with financial services and oil and gas expertise.
Allen & Overy and unnamed US firm: Last year the transatlantic wires were buzzing with the gossip that A&O was in talks with Shearman. And they’re buzzing all over again. We say: Shearman’s a better prospect than a year ago (see story).
McGrigors and DWF: The talk of the regions. We say: McGrigors has retreated to the Celtic fringe after its merger with L’Estrange & Brett. DWF is snapping up everyone. What’s not to like?
CMS Cameron McKenna and Bircham Dyson Bell: Less a merger rumour and more wishful thinking on the part of a certain consultant. BDB’s UK Parliamentary practice looks to conquer Europe via the (CMS) back door.
HBJ Gateley Wareing and Bevan Brittan: No, we can’t see any synergy here either. Let’s hope the regional rumour mongers are plain wrong.
So. Are they so absurd? We’ll leave you to judge.
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