Exclusive: Akin Gump swoops on Bingham London for 22-partner team

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has managed to wrestle Bingham McCutchen’s London office away from Morgan Lewis & Bockius in its entirety ahead of the firms’ mooted tie-up.

James Roome’s restructuring practice has been the talk of the town for the past fortnight as speculation over the plans for Bingham’s London office to break away has built up momentum.

Bingham London chief Roome, head of finance Barry Russell and restructuring partner James Terry have all scored top leadership positions in their new firm, with Roome picking up the role of London senior partner.

Meanwhile, providing there are no more mass defections, Morgan Lewis is expected to tie up with the rest of Bingham in the near future.

The merger is set to create a $2bn US-powerhouse if it goes ahead. Read the full story of the London deal here and the background here .

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