Chicago-based employment specialist Seyfarth Shaw has become the US member of the Ius Laboris international alliance
With the inclusion of a US firm among its list of members, the alliance for the first time has broadened its reach beyond its European heartland. Ius Laboris was established in January last year and has doubled the number of participating firms from 5 to 10 since that time. The alliance has its headquarters in Brussels, where Seyfarth also has an office, and provides advice to clients on pensions, employee benefits and employment law. Jean-François Gerard, Ius Laboris general secretary, commented: "Seyfarth's Brussels office will facilitate both the collaboration between the members and the service offered to our clients." Seyfarth has 300 lawyers working on employment-related matters across its nine offices in the US. Rowe & Maw joined the alliance last year. Subsequent to its transatlantic merger with Mayer Brown & Platt, Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw remains the UK member, but is not involved in the US. Gerard said: "There was no discussion about Mayer Brown. It was clear that Seyfarth is our member in the US because they're the leading employment lawyers in that country." Seyfarth executive committee member Peter Chatilovicz said: "Seyfarth Shaw's membership in Ius Laboris allows us to offer to our US clients services in each of the countries in which the alliance is present, with the same level of quality, responsiveness and efficiency that we offer to them in the US." Having found its US firm, Gerard said that the alliance would return its attention to Europe. Ius Laboris is presently focusing on Eastern Europe and Gerard said he expected to announce new members later on in the year.