King & Wood and Mallesons iron out confidentiality issues ahead of merger

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  • A firewall between these firms' IT systems is all very well. But do you really think the Chinese Government's hackers won't be all over Mallesons' clients' data the moment the two firms get together? Not exactly going to be hard to find a way in with the firms so close.

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  • To get approval for this deal surely undertakings will have been given to the MoJ by Mallesons and K&W to comply with the obligations of K&W in China? When the Communist Party come knocking for Mallesons client information the pressure will be inexorable on the K&W partner's to get it and hand it over. Wouldn't want to be the client this firewall gets tested on

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  • This the end of Mallesons doing any work for BHP Billiton (China, iron etc). It will go to Ashurst (ex-Blakes) and Freehills.

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  • Hacker - I think the key sentence is "The mainland China partnership will not have any connection to the network." If there is no physical connection then it doesn't matter how good a hacker you are . . .

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  • What is a point of a merger if the two firms have different partnerships/profit pools and even IT systems? This sounds like a defensive branding exercise so Mallesons doesn't get taken over by a UK firm.

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  • Certainly this must be one of the hardest "mergers" to pull off. Just integrating the HK offices is likely to be a nightmare with the vast differences in approach to training, compensation, billing, culture and client base. Perhaps it is not a bad thing the the rest of the firm is being kept separate.

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