Cuatrecasas plans launch in London

Magic circle Spanish firm Cuatrecasas is planning to open an office in London

The Spanish firm has an alliance with Herbert Smith, but has rejected suggestions that it is opening in London to strengthen the relationship.
Cuatrecasas managing partner Rafael Fontana said: “We're planning to open in London soon, either in 2002 or the beginning of 2003. London will be our next international office.”
When asked if the firm was planning the move to strengthen Cuatrecasas's alliance with Herbert Smith, Fontana said: “We'll open in London by ourselves. We do not have just one best friend in London, we work with many. Slaughter and May and Eversheds are just two of them. We have a lot of firms that we consider best friends in London.”
Cuatrecasas's plans for London are in marked contrast to the formal alliance strategy it exercises in South America. Cuatrecasas has formal alliances with Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice in Brazil and Pérez Alati Grondona Benites Arntsen & Martinez de Hoz in Argentina. It is also looking for a best friend in Mexico (The Lawyer, 1 October 2001).
In September 2001, Cuatrecasas opened an office in the same premises as its Brazilian formal alliance partner Machado Meyer (The Lawyer, 24 September 2001). Cuatrecasas and Machado Meyor also share a New York office.
Cuatrecasas has also just become the first Spanish firm to advertise its brand.
Spanish firms have been permitted to advertise for more than two years, but Cuatrecasas is the first to take up the challenge by placing an advertising hoarding on a new office building it is developing in Barcelona.