Linklaters in talks with South Africa’s Webber Wentzel over alliance By Joshua Freedman 9 August 2012 13:37 17 December 2015 12:35 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Anon 9 August 2012 at 15:44 The combined entity (Linklaters Webber Wentzel? In Africa only of course) would be a formidable force. Reply Link Anonymous 10 August 2012 at 16:33 I wonder if Links have noticed that ENS have just pinched the Rwanda member of Webber’s Africa network? Reply Link Anonymous 11 August 2012 at 04:02 The Anglo-EU-US international law firms succeeded when the Anglo-American MNC clients expanded into Asia and elsewhere in the 1970s -1990s and were willing to pay a premium to them in addition to the work by their local counterparts. But these clients are now shrinking, and their regional in-house counsels are increasingly local and the Asia MNCs are expanding. The global one-firm London-cost expat-staffed model is no longer sustainable, especially in recessionary times. The only sustainable model is the common-branding common-marketing federation of national firms with Anglo-US predominance. The success of PwC KPMG Deloitte EY BakerMcK attests to this. Clients are no longer willing to pay a premium and the local firms are as good, oftentimes better when it comes to country-specific work. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.