Locke Lord chair Jerry Clements on life after merging

US firm Locke Lord has just completed its third merger in 25 years. Its tie-up with Edwards Wildman Palmer is its biggest yet, and chair Jerry Clements is pretty happy with the result.

In this week’s leadership interview, Clements says that it was an “honour and a privilege” to lead the firm through the tie-up, making Locke Lord and Edwards Wildman one firm after months of talks in 2014.

Clements’ focus has now turned towards integrating partners as soon as possible, making office moves where necessary and taking advantage of Edwards Wildman’s offices in Tokyo and Istanbul.

She also insists that far from there being any fight over Edwards Wildman’s London partners with technology giant Cooley, the latter’s London launch was the result of an orchestrated lateral hire between the three firms.

As Clements said, “We got the team we wanted”.

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