SJ Berwin and Mayer Brown in talks over £900m tie-up

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  • £715m and £179m is not a merger, its a takeover
    now only one Berwin remains

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  • Two negatives equals a positive?

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  • SJ Berwin, you don't have to put on the red light
    Those days are over
    You don't have to sell your body to the night
    SJ Berwin, you don't have to wear that dress tonight
    Walk the streets for money
    You don't care if it's wrong or if it's right

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  • Actually a great fit and a move which would help to ensure that SJ Berwin can survive and thrive in a rapidly consolidating and globalising market in which Europe will have a rapidly decreasing share of world output.

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  • Stephen Kon, you don't have to put on the red light
    Those days are over
    You don't have to sell your body to the night
    Stephen Kon, you don't have to wear that dress tonight
    Walk the streets for money
    You don't care if it's wrong or if it's right

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  • Would give them a decent IP practice though.

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  • SJ Berwin, don't stand too close to me

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  • Or perhaps this Police refrain is more apt to describe SJ's latest surreal merger odyssey?

    'We could walk forever
    Walking on the moon
    We could be together
    Walking on, walking on the moon.'

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  • This makes a lot of sense, both firms are under weight in London and they would just about get to critical mass. SJB cures MBs problems in Real Estate, Corporate and Investment Funds. MB bring the weight in the US and HK/PRC that SJB would never be able to get to organically as well as a real global finance practice. It would also be enhancing in Germany and France where MB have a stand out transactional PE practice but nothing really to offer in the Funds space and in Germany the combination would again just about get the two firms to critical mass.
    go a step further and add King & Wood Mallesons to MB's Asian practice and you get a 10 ton gorilla in the HK/PRC market.

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  • what about:
    'Merger in a bottle' - "I'm sending out an SOS.........just a castaway looking for a home"
    one two, one two - I thank you

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