CMS group to pursue US merger as priority

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  • Are Camerons and their allies just too big a dinner for the Yanks? Most Americans want something a bit more bitesize

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  • @above - probably, but lets face it, apart from a few key offices (germany etc) most of the network would be considered expendable for the right US partner.

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  • With the Eurozone in tatters, it makes sense to look stateside. But who would look to expand into Europe at the moment? It already has offices in Scotland though, so guess it can't follow that particular national trend right now.

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  • Pie in the sky.

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  • Was Lovells bitesize?

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  • This makes sense, but CMS need to hurry up and fully integrate as a single firm first.

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  • The whole point would be to ally themselves to a substantial US national firm and NOT merge, i.e. to carry on as before. There is some truth in the assertion that CMS is more integrated that Norton Rose. The corporate practice at least does more in the way of know-how transfer and co-ordinated client development than many firms which are regarded as integrated units.
    What they need is a Jones Day or Squire Sanders type firm, spread out all over the US advising mid-cap industry. They can then compare exotic provincial offices. Aberdeen vs. Des Moines. Chemnitz vs. Boulder.

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  • CMS may have a $1bn in revenues, but the profits per partner of some of its partners in Europe, especially the more domestic ones, would frighten a US firm even at the bottom of the AmLaw 100. It can be overcome, but let's be realistic, once the Yanks see the numbers they'll want some serious restructuring. That said, some in Camerons may well leap at the chance to give the CMS network the shakeup it so badly needs.

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  • Let's face it, firms very rarely make this sort of announcement without having done a certain amount of homework. CMS must be fairly confident of it's ability to deliver against this.

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  • One for the Texans? In recent times they have all been linked with Norton Rose. That isn't going to happen now Norton Rose has bulked up.

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