Salans and SNR Denton latest firms to hold merger talks

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  • Hmmm. Why SNR would want to tie up with another European room is difficult to understand. Having worked with European as wellas USA lawyers - European lawyers simply do not have the breadth of training that USA lawyers have. Nothing against European lawyers, but the educational approach is so much narrower.

    SNR still has to manage the Denton under performance as well.

    Why would they tie up? Dilution of quality in search of money. What the heck - that might be reason enough.

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  • James, according to your logic no US firm would ever merge with a European Law firm - frankly I am surprised US lawyers simply dont dominate the world.

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  • All mid-tier and lower will need to merge. They will then need to lean six-sigma and whatever else to strip away costs: this might include outsourcing to CPA global etc. The law firms of the future will be amalgamations of what we have now, and much smaller. There will be fewer frontline lawyers and more focus on high quality turnaround with low office numbers akin to some US firms in the City. Those that cannot stomach the aforepredicted should seriously contemplate other careers as the Ice Age has come and another one will do the same damage as we saw in 2008/9.

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  • When ISN'T Salans in merger talks? But not all partners want to merge. Paris wants to stay as is and views any merger with a non-Gallic firm as some kind of Waterloo Revisited moment.

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