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  • MB is neither S&S or Cleary's

    Your comparison of Mayer Brown to S&S and/or Cleary's is hardly appropriate. Both Shermans and Cleary are all equity partnerships that are vastly more profitable than MB and operate in a completely different league. A first year partner at MB will earn less than £160,000 - a first year equity will earn more than £400,000 at the other firms. With partners running at such a cheap (and expendable) rate, you can see why MB can make up so many, but only the best are made up at all equity NY heavy weights. Someone making salaried partner at a firm like MB could join an all equity NY firm as "of counsel" (the US equivalent to salaried partnership), probably make more money, do the same work and have the same level of responsibility.

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  • MB does not = CGSH or S&S

    This isn't an appropriate comparison. Unlike MB, CGSH and S&S are all equity partnerships (and more profitable by some distance). MB probably only makes up 1 or 2 a year to equity as well, so this is the more appropriate comparison you should be making.

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  • Number of partners made up

    If in the end all three firms make up the same number of equity partners then what's the difference other than what those equity partners take home? Admittedly, there will be some difference in what equity partners earn between Cleary and Shearman on the one hand and Mayer Brown on the other, but then they serve a different client base (Cleary is much an ECM power house and Cleary as well as Shearman are Wall Street firms whereas Mayer Brown is a US National firm).

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