Linklaters moots tie-up with Slaughters' Aussie best friend

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  • A proper merger makes perfect sense strategically for both firms.
    Linklaters would gain a market leading presence in a continent in which it is presently effectivley absent, and a significantly expanded presence in Asia.
    Allens Arthur Robinson would generally gain scale and resources, as well as a market leading platform in Europe.
    The combined firm would remain weak in both North and South America and Africa, but have greater resources to invest there.
    A mere "alliance" would achieve little benefit however, and arguably actually place Linklaters in a weaker postiion than present.

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  • Makes no sense at all, good move for Allens - Linklaters would be selling itself short. Why cull 70 quality partners who return far more than any Allens partner ever could, then merge with a firm that does half your PEP and is a domestic practice in a market with little scope for expansion i.e. the big Aussie companies are already operating outside Australia, are sophisticated and will not make their counsel decisions any differently. Will BHP stop instructing Slaughters? not likely.

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  • Given their latest round of self-harming, if you were an AAH partner would you vote for a merger with LL? Turkeys/Christmas etc. An Alliance with a barge pole might be a safer bet.

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  • I think this is an excellent idea. I would encourage Linklaters to get on and merge with AAR.

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