Morgan Lewis rejects merger, hires 227 Bingham partners

Morgan Lewis & Bockius and Bingham McCutchen’s negotiations have finally concluded. The result has not been a merger, or in fact a takeover, but a vote to admit 227 out of the 307 Bingham partners into its fold.

Morgan Lewis is set to reach the 2,000-lawyer threshold and has added three new offices (two in the US and one in Hong Kong) to its portfolio, effective at the end of this month.

This means 80 Bingham partners are adrift after months of negotiations, which involved Morgan Lewis’ creating specific agreements with key Bingham partners.

So where will they go? Both firms are keeping mute on the subject, but after a year that saw the firm lose $110m in revenue, the rest of the Bingham partners will have to do their best to find a port in the storm.

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