Martineau’s Belgian manoeuvres

Belgium is already small and densely populated and, frankly, law firms are doing little to alleviate the situation.

More than a little selfish of them, we think. But then, you can’t stand in the way of progress.

Birmingham-headquartered Martineau is just the latest in a list of firms to take the short ferry ride over to the land of… whatever it is they have there, to open an office (see story).

The move closely follows Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s push into the city with a team of lawyers from Hunton & Williams and perhaps more pertinently, Scottish firm Brodiesmove into Brussels.

Martineau’s done a bit of strategic collaboration with German firm Becker Büttner Held (BBH). Both firms are jumping two-footed into Belgium “at a time with EU Law and policy developments are affecting national energy markets like never before”, according to Martineau – in contrast to the US titans eyeing up the place, who are doing so to shore up their competition capabilities (see story).

Now here’s the intriguing bit. To ensure better collaboration between Martineau and BBH, the two firms have exchanged lawyers.

Looks like this Birmingham firm has Wragges’ European footprint in its sights.

We smell a strategy.