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Clifford Chance builds on Turkish association with Istanbul launch

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  • Excellent news! It was somewhat strange to have this geographic area covered by Bucharest. I hope that this becomes the most notable MC presence on the Balkans.

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  • And the news is? Firm has had an association in Turkey for two years. Firm still has an association in Turkey. Nice one Cliford Chance. Your on fire right now.

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  • I bet the Turks are quaking in their boots. Little Miss Happy may have to dream on if she thinks one partner will make 'the most notable MC presence on the Balkans'.

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  • In relation to Marjorie's comment, the difference is that CC will have a licence to open an office in Turkey, although the rules require it to open with a local partner. This was not the case before.

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  • They can open all the cute little offices they like but this is a distraction from Cliffords' real problem which is Asia. Links (especially) are streets ahead in China. Cc have also been left standing by what A&O have been doing in Australia. Compared to 17 partners in Oz, 1 partner in Istanbul is lame.

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  • It is good to have international law firms' presence in Turkey; since local law firms are always managed by nepotism. I hope the international law firms will offer more reasonable working condiitions and increase competition.

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  • Childish Dave is right. Turkey is interesting and all, and it would be fantastic to have a proper presence there, but one lawyer really isn't a statement of intent. CC got their fingers burned a bit with the Mallesons stuff but they need to do something a bit more ballsy than this Istanbul launch if they want to keep up with the rest of the magic circle.

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  • @Childish David | 25-Nov-2010 2:38 pm
    By Asia presumably you are referring to East Asia? Most of Turkey (including Istanbul) sits in Asia and as a result the firm is strategically well-placed to take advantage of many of the opportunities in western Asia, particularly oil and gas pipeline work from Caspian Sea/central Asian republics.

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  • The real question is whether Simon Williams will stamp his authority on the Turkish legal market by swimming across the Hellespont in the manner of Lord Byron.
    Well Simon Williams, will you?

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  • It's hard to argue with this move but I agree with others here that CC needs a transformational merger in Asia to really move to the next level.
    The obvious answer is an Australian merger, but they they will have to be quick or all the potential partners will be taken... ;-)

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