Ashurst, KWM and the corporate puzzle in Asia Pacific

Firms always pitch mergers, with much fanfare, as the beginning of a bright new era for their whole offering. But in any huge tie-up, there are inevitably going to be winners and losers.

This week’s analysis puts Ashurst and legacy SJ Berwin ’s game changing Asia Pacific mergers under the microscope , getting an insight into the consequences for their firms’ dealmakers.

Following its deal with legacy Blake Dawson , partner headcount in Ashurst’s corporate practice has remained fairly steady as a proportion of the firm – shuffling down from 27.7 per cent to 27.5 per cent of the its total.

Meanwhile, legacy SJ Berwin’s corporate total has ballooned from 24.4 per cent of the firm’s partner headcount pre-merger, up to 37 per cent in the wake of its takeover by King & Wood Mallesons .

A closer look at deal value also shows how KWM ’s merger has given legacy SJB an opportunity to get involved in some multi-billion dollar deals that it might not have otherwise had a hand in.

Now the likes of Publicis’ £2.3bn acquisition of Sapient, and the £2bn sale of United Biscuits are the scale of deals that’ll be firmly on the radars of both Ashurst and KWM.

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