Debunking the myth of the law firm verein

Recently Joe Andrew, the chair of the Dentons’ verein, wrote an opinion piece entitled ‘Debunking the myth of the pay-to-play network’. Unfortunately, he overlooked one fact. He did not mention that Dentons’ verein structure, in almost all respects, could be characterised as a territorially exclusive pay-to-play network but with much higher fees. Dentons has adopted essentially the same structure of the traditional networks Andrew is critiquing.

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