Herbies hit by legacy Freehills exits in Singapore

No global merger ever comes together without a few hiccups. The hard work – or integration as it is known – can only start when the lawyers are officially brought together under a united brand.

With the rush of merger activity the legal sector has seen in recent years it was inevitable that there would be some post-merger fallouts.

And so to Singapore where Herbert Smith Freehills is trying to put some gloss on the fact that the bulk of the legacy Freehills team has walked out in the year since the firms first came together.

It isn’t alone. In Australia DLA Piper has seen two regional practice heads exit for Gilbert + Tobin and a 23-lawyer insurance team moved to domestic firm HWL Ebsworth in Sydney.

Ashurst’s management shakeup post-Blake Dawson merger led to Stephen Lloyd rushing for the doors, while Norton Rose Fulbright suffered its own mini-crisis in the Middle East after being raided by Baker Botts.

Merger mayhem indeed.

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