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Lawrence Graham has walked away from its network of European law firms following a wholesale review of its international relationships.
The firm has disbanded its alliances, which form Lawrence Graham International (LGI), and is pursuing best friend relationships with larger European firms which have specialist capabilities.
European firms involved in the original network include Italian firm Puopolo Sistilli Geffers & Luise, Alzaga Caro Maranan Sanchez-Teran & Associados in Spain, Esche Schumann Commichau in Germany, Verhaegen Walravens in Belgium and French firm Lafarge Flecheux Revus.
Lawrence Graham first announced a review of its European relationships in 1999, which was revisited in earnest late last year.
Business finance partner and international executive committee representative Lance Feaver told The Lawyer, Lawrence Graham established the network in the late 1980s and had since moved on from the original relationships.
“We have grown a great deal since the network was first set up and these relationships were always on a non-exclusive basis,” he said. “The firm is in the process of developing new relationships with a number of firms throughout Europe, which will also be best friends-type relationships.”
“Some of the firms we still have a good relationship with, while others have transformed quite dramatically over the years,” he added.