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This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.
After months of market gossip, Asia-Pacific powerhouse King & Wood Mallesons and SJ Berwin have finally completed their merger talks. Earlier this morning (31 July) the two confirmed a November merger after the deal won the backing from partners.
The enlarged Swiss Verein, which consists of four partnerships – Australia, mainland China, Hong Kong and legacy SJ Berwin in the UK and Europe - will go live on 1 November. For a transitional period, the firm will be known as King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin in Europe, the Middle East and the UK, before dropping the SJ Berwin part permanently.
It’s not the first Australasian deal for a UK-headquartered firm - Norton Rose, Ashurst and Herbert Smith got there some time ago - but it’s notable for the simple fact that it’s the first ever merger of a UK firm with a major Chinese practice. That’s why the union has received wide support, at least for now, from King & Wood Mallesons’ Chinese competitors.
To find out more about why SJ Berwin chose to merge with a Chinese firm click here, and for more stories behind the 2012 merger between China’s King & Wood and Australia’s Mallesons Stephen Jaques click here