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Osborne Clarke repositions as European firm with local mergers

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  • About time. Osborne Clarke is going to require quite a few more mergers in order to develop a proper international platform however...

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  • For me, the OC are the measure of what a mid-tier firm is and can offer.
    Therefore seeing them take this big step suggests that the whole mid-tier market is changing in a significant manner.
    In the coming months we're going to see the mid-tier market divide. The smaller practices that couldn't find a merger partner will fall behind. Those that consolidated early on and with the best partners will move away.
    The top 100 statistics next year will make for some very interesting reading. Expect some big changes (although most firms will rise 10 points because there have been so many mergers). Also expect some big regional players to split up as partners realise they have a better chance of merger without some of the smaller offices.

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  • Too little, too late. This firm will remain grossly sub scale and an irrelevance outside of Europe.

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  • Isn't it about time we start celebrating the firms that are growing rather than always moaning...
    This is good news for OC and for the mid-tier. Rather than being lumped with the 'squeezed middle' the firm has sought to differentiate itself. Who knows what will happen next, but at least there is some initiative.

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  • Great firm, right strategy. There IS a global mid market and it needs a dynamic player like OC to lead it. They should bring back their prowly panther logo too. That was cool.

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