Bakers seals merger with UAE firm Habib Al Mulla & Co

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  • Great combination, this puts B&M firmly in the UAE/Gulf

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  • Doomed to failure.

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  • Frankly, anyone who works in the region will be surprised at this move.

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  • i see BM as the mcdonalds of law firms with the quality of lawyers being very inconsistent. However, they do tout themselves as a transactional firm. HAM on the other hand are great for local law advice - is it the case that BM will provide transactional lawyers with HAM backing this up with local law support (in which case they will need a significant number of additional lawyers from the BM side)

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  • HAM will lose a lot of referral business as a result. Curious move for them. The international firms need a choice for local counsel and this move means that they wont be choosing B&M HAM. Guess its going to please Hadef and Tamimi.

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  • I would disagree with comment above in relation to inconsistencies of lawyers at B&M.... inconsistency of lawyers is rampant in every law firm and in fact occurs some times within the same office of a law firm!
    Baker is the pioneer of the international law firm with presence in more countries than any other law firm... as more international law firms now look to expand their network of offices overseas, they will face issues that Baker faced decades ago and successfully addressed.. Competitors have a lot to learn from Bakers and comparing it to Mcdonalds is unfair to a such a fine legal institution...
    Just my two cents.

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  • comparing it to mcdonalds is a little unfair on mcdonalds. When you go for a big mac in london, dubai, new york or hong kong it tastes the same. The cost may vary slightly but the quality / product is assured. McDonalds is also a pioneer of regional variations - noting in particular the McAloo Tikki in the subcontinent and the option for beef or lamb burgers in the middle east. McDonalds is close to being peerless and if you want something quick cheap and easy then this is where you head no matter where you are in the world. Most law firms would love to be in that position....well perhaps for the cheap

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