Bingham snaps up McKee in US merger

Bingham McCutchen has acquired 120-lawyer US firm McKee Nelson.

Bingham McCutchen has acquired 120-lawyer US firm McKee Nelson.

The move will bring Bingham’s total number of firm acquisitions to 10 during the last 15 years.

Bingham chairman Jay Zimmerman said: “This is the right combination at the right time. Legal and regulatory lines are being redrawn and are intersecting in ways they have done before. There is a need for a sophisticated integrated approach in helping financial services clients efficiently navigate this changing environment.”

The acquisition of McKee comes after Ashurst hired a team of 11 structured finance partners from the firm in February to launch US offices in New York and Washington DC ( 24 February).

In 2007 Bingham completed two mergers in Japan in the space of six months. The firm merged with New Tokyo in the Japanese capital in October in 2007 ( 9 October) six months after merging with Tokyo International Law Office in June that year.

More recently the firm has made a number of hires in the US. Last year The Lawyer reported that the firm hired Clifford Chance DC head Leiv Blad as well as litigation partners Jon Roellke and Boyd Cloern ( 13 November, 2008).