As you are surely aware, next month we’ll all know the results of a rather important ballot in the UK. Yes, it’s the annual International Top 30 Firms in London report – here’s last year’s – and this year we’re polling partners on this pivotal question: what is the toughest thing about succeeding as an international firm in London?
This is shaping up to be the year of the US firm launch and re-launch, with the likes of Cooley, Locke Lord, Jenner & Block and Foran Glennon all aiming to raise their profiles in the UK through launches or bolt-ons and others, notably Ropes & Gray and Akin Gump, looking to continue with the build-out of their existing platforms.
But what is the best way to do it? Which strategy will be most successful long term? And in the shorter term, who will be the winners and losers in this year’s Top 30 report?
You’re going to have to wait until May to find out. In the meantime if you’re a partner in one of London’s top international firms we’d encourage you to have your say. It will take less than five minutes, your answers will be aggregated and not attributed to you or your firm, and they could help shape one of the most active parts of the global legal market.
Apparently next month there will also be the result of some other UK ballot too, but clearly this is the key one. Don’t miss out on the chance to give your views.
Also on www.TheLawyer.com:
- DLA Piper confirms its second office in Saudi Arabia will open in Jeddah this year, with plans to launch a third by the end of 2015
- Ropes & Gray has hired K&L Gates disputes partner Thomas Ross as its first commercial litigation hire since opening in London in 2010
- Herbert Smith Freehills hires first female partner in Germany, K&L Gates banking and finance partner Julia Müller
- Paul Hastings, Norton Rose Fulbright and Ropes & Gray among five firms providing advice on the acquisition of entertainment production company Cirque Du Soleil