Let’s assess the current crop.
Clifford Chance and Mallesons: sightings of a Mallesons contingent in Upper Bank Street has given rise to speculation that a deal is back on, despite the froideur following CC’s decision to stop talks last Christmas. We say: David, the Aussies are lovely, but you’ve got enough on your plate.
Wragges and Hunton & Williams: This rumour’s hot off the press. We say: Wragges is too cautious about jeopardising its US referrals, but Hunton sure fits its prescription of a firm with financial services and oil and gas expertise.
Allen & Overy and unnamed US firm: Last year the transatlantic wires were buzzing with the gossip that A&O was in talks with Shearman. And they’re buzzing all over again. We say: Shearman’s a better prospect than a year ago (see story).
McGrigors and DWF: The talk of the regions. We say: McGrigors has retreated to the Celtic fringe after its merger with L’Estrange & Brett. DWF is snapping up everyone. What’s not to like?
CMS Cameron McKenna and Bircham Dyson Bell: Less a merger rumour and more wishful thinking on the part of a certain consultant. BDB’s UK Parliamentary practice looks to conquer Europe via the (CMS) back door.
HBJ Gateley Wareing and Bevan Brittan: No, we can’t see any synergy here either. Let’s hope the regional rumour mongers are plain wrong.
So. Are they so absurd? We’ll leave you to judge.