As Reed Smith inherits the Beijing office of Dewey Ballantine, London has seen another casualty from the tie-up between Dewey and fellow US firm LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae.
Former Linklaters partner Lee Parker, who joined Dewey from recruiter Global Legal Search less than a year ago, was charged with beefing up Dewey's presence in the London market. Fresh from a failed merger bid with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe the firm was keen to make its mark on the City.
And Parker rose to the challenge, leading Dewey on a hiring spree that saw the firm take on a head of IP litigation and two partners from Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi, as well as Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer equity capital markets partner Carlo Kostka and litigation partner Alastair Crawford.
Parker's remit was achieved in one fell swoop, though, with the birth of Dewey & LeBoeuf. His services are now no longer required.
It's a similar story in Beijing. There's no need for two offices there and the legacy LeBoeuf one got the nod. Which rather begs the question of how many more previously unknown departures might surface.Get the latest news and an irreverent commentary delivered to your desktop every day by subscribing to Lawyer News Daily.