Masons builds solid US alliance

LONDON construction firm Masons has formed an association with Philadelphia-based practice Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz, creating one of the world's top construction, engineering and project finance capabilities.

The firms will collaborate on a non-exclusive basis, working on projects in both the UK and the US, as well the Far East and former Soviet countries.

Masons senior partner John Bishop says it is enthusiastic about the agreement, which follows the recent establishment of its practice advising US corporations doing business in Europe.

“There is a great synergy between our firms. There is a strong similarity of culture and approach, we are both leaders in construction law,” says Bishop.

“We have similar market positioning in our relative jurisdictions; geographically we're remarkably complementary with little duplication.”

He says the co-operation will offer clients expertise in most parts of the world.

“We have both recognised and invested in the opportunities in the Far East, particularly China,” he says. “Pepper has great experience in the former Soviet countries with offices in Moscow and St Petersburg in Russia, and Almaty in Kazakhstan, and those offices will be available to Masons and its clients.”

Peppers partner and executive committee member James Murray says there are already indications that both firms will benefit from the arrangement.