Dewey unites its European branches

In the wake of its failed merger, Dewey Ballantine is continuing its management overhaul by creating a new supervisory committee for its five European offices.

The 13-partner group will direct strategy across Europe and oversee resources, training and hiring. Previously the firm had a five-strong European steering committee.

As well as chairman Mort Pierce, the committee will comprise partners from Dewey’s London, Warsaw, Frankfurt, Milan and Rome offices. All regional managing partners will take part, with London head Fred Gander leading the group.

Gander told The Lawyer: “We thought there should be better communication between the partners and that more partners should be involved.”

A third of Dewey’s 550 lawyers are based in Europe. Last week Dewey announced a new finance committee and the addition of two European partners to its firmwide executive board. Elections are taking place for four European partners to sit on the executive committee. Previously only Gander and Poland head Lejb Fogelman held places.

Gander said: “We came out of the merger discussions with far greater respect for what the European practice can offer; you’re seeing the results of that.”