Slaughter and May is locked in negotiations with Bredin Prat that may result in the City firm’s Paris arm move across to its French ally.
Slaughter’s practice partner David Frank confirmed Paris press reports that the two firms have been in discussions for some time but stressed that they may decide to retain the status quo.
“We’re in the middle of discussions at the moment. But I can’t say whether they will lead to anything. If you combine the resources we have with those of Bredin Prat there are some obvious synergies,” Frank told The Lawyer.
Frank also pointed out that it was unconventional for a firm to have presence in the same jurisdiction as one of its best friends. Its other best friends include Bonelli Erede Pappalardo in Italy, Hengeler Mueller in Germany and Uria Menendez in Spain.
Slaughters’ Paris arm houses 40 lawyers of whom eight are partners.