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Linklaters and Sullivan: The missing link

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  • Linklaters merger

    If you're looking at defensive tranasatlantic mergers in a depressed environment, Slaughters might get there first - how about Slaughters Polk to match Linklaters Cromwell?

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  • Linklaters S&C merger

    Why would S&C ever do this? Repeating over and over again that it would be good for Linklaters doesn't answer that question. Linklaters is a poorly integrated collection of firms worldwide that quite frankly has an extremely poor reputation in the United States.

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  • Why?

    You've clearly explained how this merger would benefit Linklater's...What's in it for Sullivan?

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  • Linklaters SC

    I agree with the other posters that the chances of Sullivan agreeing to be bossed around by a Limey schoolboy managing partner and his headmaster senior partner are next to nil. Partners in US firms are used to having some autonomy. Linklaters is not run in a way which is compatible with a firm like Sullivan, whatever the PEP figure might be.

    Links is an awful place to work and its second restructuring is not going to improve its reputation. The Tories realised that they had become "the Nasty Party". One day Linklaters will wake up and realise that it has become "the Nasty Law Firm," but it is likely to be too late.

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  • ?

    "Linklaters is a poorly integrated collection of firms worldwide that quite frankly has an extremely poor reputation in the United States." ......what are you on?







    Linklaters (along with CC) is well regarded around the world as one of the most prestigious firms (on top of being the 2nd most profitable GLOBAL firms with some of the brightest legal minds). Yes, yes...I can see what that would give a bad reputation in the states.

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  • This article is ridiculous

    This article was completely ridiculous. There is no chance Sullivan would ever merge with Linklaters, or any other firm for that matter.

    Ask yourself this: how many times has Sullivan ever merger with or acquired another firm? NEVER. In the more than 100 years of S&C, it has never compromised its independence or culture. Why would it do so now?

    There is also nothing to gain from merging with Linklaters. S&C already has the number one M&A practice in the world-- check the recent league tables. Number one in securities? Yep. What can Linklaters, a rather unimpressive firm, possibly add?

    This article reads like transparent UK jealousy. With all the layoffs and bonus-cutting at big firms, I'd think you could find something to write about that wasn't entirely ridiculous and fabricated.

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  • Not. Gonna. Happen.

    At Links partners get bounced for falling a bit behind in their profitability. At S&C you have to be disbarred before you're shown the door.

    Day 1 -- all smiles
    Day 2 -- all frowns
    Day 3 -- Simon Davies gets invited onto Michael Wiseman's boat a la Freddo in Godfather II

    Don't see it happening.

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  • ?!

    "Linklaters is a poorly integrated collection of firms worldwide that quite frankly has an extremely poor reputation in the United States."

    You seem to be mistaking Linklaters for DLA.

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  • Nasty????

    I'm not sure what makes Linklaters a "nasty" place to work - it's a business, and rewards its staff on merit, not because it wants to be nice. I'd rather work somewhere like that than one in which I am surrounded by soft, sheltered moaners bleating constantly about being treated "nicely". Be worth your salary, and they'll treat you fine. Better to risk a "nasty" label than ensure a "poorly-run, has-been, head-in-the-sand, mediocre, mid-table no-mark" reputation. And I do work there (for now), and despite everything, it is still a good place to work, as long as you don't expect the owners to ignore financial reality.

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  • To M

    How does it feel to know that Linklaters will never be as good as Sullivan & Cromwell? You have a strong opinion of your own self-worth, but the fact of the matter is that your firm is significantly below S&C.

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