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Grapevine applauded the chutzpah of the head of Allen & Overy's (A&O) financial institutions group Alistair Asher following the merger between building societies Nationwide and Portman.
Asher declared: "This is the number one building society merging with the number three, and will make smaller building societies question what their meaning in life is. If you have a building society that's committed to being a building society but with these efficiencies of scale, it will be hard for them to compete."
Perhaps the statement is a new business development tactic for the firm's competition team.
If there was any investigation, Asher would feel confident of securing the mandate.
Not only is A&O advising the acquirer Nationwide, but Asher's old boss, former A&O senior partner Bill Tudor John, is chairman of Portman and will be deputy chair of the merged company.
But this isn't another A&O conflicts story, is it?