Bird & Bird seals Aussie tie-up

After a year and a half of just co-operating with each other, Bird & Bird and its Australian ally Truman Hoyle have now opted for a full merger.

The deal comes after the UK firm put growth in Asia at the centre of its strategy, sealing co-operation agreements with firms in South Korea and Indonesia in the process.

According to Bird & Bird CEO David Kerr his firm had been “very impressed by the calibre of the Truman Hoyle lawyers” and decided to merge with them as a means of upping its own presence in the Australasian region.

Bird & Bird is the latest in a line of UK firms to enter the Australian market via merger, with the likes of Ashurst, Clifford Chance and Norton Rose Fulbright all now having on-the-ground presences.

Clifford Chance is gearing up for change in Australia too, after the head of its Perth office announced that he will leave the firm for investment house Gresham Partners three and a half years after the firm that bore his name joined the magic circle giant.

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