Focus: Pinsent Masons and Salans - Ever the twain?

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  • Neither firm has taken the appropriare steps to make the alliance truly work.
    Pinsents has not put anyone in place that would be the integrative force. It has had the opportunity to do so, but has not done so.
    As to Salans, its corporate & financing groups in London are not well regarded; however, if there is any work to go to London from the Salans network, it stays with Salans.
    It doesn't seem either firm is truly convinced

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  • A merger would be an obvious first step for both firms, which are increasingly sub-scale and have patchy international networks. As so often with law firms however, what is best for the firms as businesses is likely to be blocked by internal politics.

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  • I heard that it was London's Finch and that former MP Abrahams who wanted this and saw the potential. The Polish guy has been dragged along and now Finch is no more. No wonder the alliance is a damp squib.

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  • The article quotes the Salans chief saying "the technical challenges [to a merger] would be phenomenal - the US calendar year, the fact that they trade in ­different currencies to us and work in different time zones".
    Oh, wow, gee shucks, those are SUCH hard challenges (give me a break).
    I wonder how it is that most every international business deals with these everyday issues so easily, but Salans finds them so difficult?
    If such molehills are insurmountable challenges for Salans then Pinsents should find a more capable firm to partner with.
    Salans sounds thoroughly disinterested in making any effort whatsoever - their old management could see the big picture but that their new management is parochial in outlook and ambition.
    Pinsents should find a more worthy partner - a prerequisite being that they should look for a firm that wants a merger.
    It is clear that Salans is the one that has failed to maintain fidelity to its commitment.
    Pinsent Masons: Dump Salans and move on while you are still young and beautiful.

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  • Pinsents' Mullen and Ryan tried very hard to make this merger work, but salans didn't quite fancy getting together with a bunch of construction bods. so rests PM's international dreams...

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  • With regards 'Anonymous | 5-Mar-2011 9:00 pm' comment;
    Is Pinsent Masons still young and beautiful? If this alliance fails and the article suggests that it might well, this will be the third 'international marriage' to fail for Pinsent Masons or its predeccessor firms in the 'failures' of the MAQS alliance, PMLG and one could argue the fourth alliance to fail if you chuck in the Thelen Reid Masons JV in the US.
    Pinsent Masons are more like the Liza Minnelli or Joan Collins of legal alliance marriage makers. Hopefully for them we won't get to the stage of the David Guest marriage.
    PM really need to sort out a workable large international merger or alliance. The Salans deal sounded very promising when it was announced and for them I presume they will hope it can still work, but it don't look good if this article is to be believed.

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  • Funny comments re Salans finding the international (technical) issues. Salans was dissing its own capabilities and sophistication. Gee, I'd hire them - NOT.

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