Ashurst streamlines US strategy with six-firm list

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  • Oh dear, what a terrible muddle. Could it be that the much vaunted hires from McKee have been a disaster and that Ashurst now desperately needs to get some revenues out of the States?

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  • I see this as the precursor to another transatlantic merger.

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  • I think this is a good move by ashurst. Forming a strong, non-financial structure, referral network can only be good for a law firm in their areas of expertise........moreover hires from Mckee were made on a long term strategic basis not for a short fix.

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  • What would be far more interesting would be a series of comments from these US-based firms on their perspectives of Ashurst and the notion that they are now being targeted and grouped together as an Ashurst referral network. Perhaps "Ashwho?" might be the reply.

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  • The Mckee deal was put together to keep the finance guys happy in London, it's not a longterm strategy to build off. Ashurst have to pick their US best friends quite carefully. I'm surprised to see Ropes there, as they want to emulate the Kirkland model and build out in London. Can't see that relationship lasting too long!

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  • There's no way Ashurst is gearing up for a US merger - the Fried Frank and Latham experience is still too painful for many of the UK partners. This is a proper grown-up approach to the toughest market in the world - and follows a proper grown-up piece of opportunism in the form of the McKee deal

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