SNR Denton signs up Hammonds' Hong Kong arm for local launch

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  • I may be wrong but I seem to recall the original Dentons and Sonnenschein merger being described as 'one stumbling drunk leaning against another stumbling drunk for support'. Now Hammonds has joined the party - is this the world's worst New Year's hangover?

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  • Bit of a kick in the unmentionables for Hammonds this one.
    "No thanks, Mr Squire Sanders, we don't want to be part of your fancy new firm."
    "Oh yes, Senor Denton, let us join your fancy new firm."

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  • nice move for SNR Denton and no wonder given how legacy Sonneschein had acquired Proffit Tatcher's NY practice a few years ago in less than a week's time...

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  • Correct me if I am wrong, but didn't Dentons close thier Asian operations about 5 years ago? Does this mean that they are admitting that they were wrong with that decision, or does it just mean that the SNR side of the "two drunks" (described earlier) has more weight???

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  • Denton's closed its Asian offices in 2004, just as things we're starting to boom (following the late 90s Asian crisis). It kept only 3 lawyers of what must have been nearly 100 and let go all of the support staff. Then in 2008 they reopend Singapore (just in time for the global financial crisis).
    My question is - when did they make the strategic decision about Asia, in 2004 or now?

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  • Good move Keith & Anthony. What a great opportunity to join a huge global firm but run your own operation in Asia.

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  • From the outside I can see an awful lot of talented DWS alumni are still in Asia and doing very well for themselves.
    I struggle to see what Brandt Chan & Partners gain from joining SNRD that they would not have had with Squire - there is nolonger any DWS brand loyalty in Asia.

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