Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM) has strengthened its footprint in Europe by entering a strategic alliance with Spanish law firm Ramon & Cajal. The announcement comes a year after the US firm launched its alliance with Rome-based Tonucci & Partners. MBRM partner in charge of the Paris office Jean-Philippe Lambert said: "The tie-up will bring a lot of cross-selling between the firms and also a level of synergy between both firms' clients." Last November the Hong Kong Law Society finally approved the US firm's Hong Kong practising licence, resulting in its first Asia office with a full legal capability. MBRM already has a consulting office in Beijing.