SJ Berwin name poised to vanish as King & Wood merger vote looms

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  • Do Berwins really know what they're letting themselves in for? The dust has hardly settled on Mallesons yet!

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  • Agree with first comment.

    "...the idea understood to have been initiated on the SJ Berwin side by former senior partner Jonathan Blake".

    Why on earth would you want to do a strategic deal as off the wall as this based on the idea of someone who no longer has a stake in the business.

    Smacks of foolhardiness not to mention desperation.

    Come on guys, I know the PE market has been down these last few years but why give up/surrender...?

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  • The name will be no loss, it's barely known in Asia and in the UK is toxic in the job market.

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  • @Anonymous | 21-May-2013 8:28 am

    Ouch...!

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  • There were two green Berwins standing on the wall...

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  • The WongPartnership merger plans collapsed at the eleventh hour and the Australian Managing Partner is leaving in a hurry under a cloud. Titanic anyone? Bigger isn't always better ...

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  • KWM are not really a single firm - they dont share profit, systems or information. Two firms under an umbrella logo. Not even a verein. Whether this is Blake's idea or Kon's effort of a legacy I can't see that there will be much change apart from the name. KWMSJB? I cant think that the the partners will buy it, but then again......

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  • If this goes ahead, SJ Berwin will, like Mallesons before it, need to find ways to ensure client information is not shared with the Chinese firm. Chinese law firms now have an obligation to share "sensitive" or "important" information with China's Ministry of Justice and its Communist Party.

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  • Love the way Australia's former masters of the deal-making universe have proved that when it comes to their own business they are absolutely abysmal deal makers. Delinquent desperados.

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