SJ Berwin strategy review sees Euro reach expanded

SJ Berwin strategy review sees Euro reach expanded” />SJ Berwin is to expand and restructure its European network of offices under the same areas of expertise as part of its ongoing firmwide strategy review.

Following its launch in Italy in December, the silver circle firm is looking to expand its German and Spanish offices, particularly in real estate, to bring all of its Continental presences into line.

Current head of European corporate finance and private equity and incoming senior partner Jonathan Blake said, under the new strategy, all of the European offices would be expanded to cover banking and finance, corporate, labour and employment law, competition and antitrust and real estate.

He explained that the firm’s European strategy was to focus initially on private equity and taxation, although this had broadened out on an ad hoc basis. The restructure aims to realign the offices to increase referrals and cross-border instructions.

The European restructure comes as SJ Berwin looks to wind up the internal strategy and business review begun last summer. Its 10-member strategy committee is expected to report back to the firm on a department-by-department basis shortly.

It also follows confirmation of corporate partner Steven Davis as the firm’s incoming head of European corporate finance, following general consensus within the group.

Davis will replace Blake at the helm of the corporate team from 1 May, when Blake will assume the role of senior partner
Blake succeeds outgoing senior partner David Harrel. Ralph Cohen will continue as managing partner.