Penningtons Manches has announced the opening of its first non-UK office today, choosing San Francisco as the perfect place to boost its cross-border M&A practice.
Corporate and technology partner James Klein and IP/IT partner Hamish Corner will lead the team in the new office, which will focus on technology.
Penningtons Manches may recognise some familiar faces across the pond, as three other firms have already set up shop on the West Coast this year. In August, Withers opened its first office in two years in San Francisco; Osborne Clarke launched its office in California six months after planting a flag in Manhattan; and Clyde & Co hired two partners from Keesal Young & Logan to set up its fifth US base in Orange County in June.
Penningtons Manches’ lawyers may be swapping chilly England for sunny San Francisco, but will be under more pressure to deliver results as they scramble for a slice of the city’s tech pie.
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