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Baker Botts raids Norton Rose Fulbright for eight-partner team

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  • Interesting reference to "my team" from Lonsberg.

    I guess the warning is there for BB, when the time is right then it might be time for "my team" to move again. A real watch your back situation.

    And for the record, both Colagiovanni and Eversman live full time in St Louis.

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  • Anyone who knows the markets and the characters here will know how really thrilled the BB incumbents will be to see these new 'colleagues' arrive.

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  • You've got to admire Robert Jordan, BB's current Middle East head. Such measured enthusiasm even though he will soon be on the receiving end of a coup attempt....

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  • Nigel Thompson has already jumped ship. It will be interesting to see how long the the other BB partners will hang around or, in some cases, be allowed to hang around.

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  • I dont think there will be too many tears in DIFC over this. I imagine the BB legacy team vote with their feet...

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  • They will either vote with their feet or leave with various puncture wounds in their back. The MO of the old Bryan Cave outfit in the Middle East has been the same for years. You either toe the line in a totally subservient manner or you get a large knife placed in your abdomen (always in the name of "quality" of course). Fulbright has had a revolving door in the Middle East since 2007 and now it is the turn of the Baker Botts guys to walk through it.

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  • Looks like BB didn't do their DD.

    Only people named Baker get to make decisions though, so he will get frustrated very quickly and move his team a firm that allows people outside Houston to make decisions.

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  • This is not a story. Basically a Fulbrights team that had no ME practice to speak of has joined another Texan firm with no ME practice to speak of. What's left of the ever shrinking NR Fulbrights team in Dubai is scarcely better. NR is home to the few partners who have yet to jump to more lucrative Yankee or magic circle firms. The good blokes at NR are really quite clueless about the ME. NR will get nowhere without people who understand the ME and are willing to get off their rumps to win new mandates.

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  • I just figured it out. Lonsberg and team left Al-Ghamdi behind to sabotage Fulbright as a fifth columnist. Sounds like he is doing a pretty good job of it too. Look to Al-Ghamdi to move to Baker Botts within 12 months.

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