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Atlanta firm Alston & Bird is taking over New York-based boutique Walter Conston Alexander & Green. The move will give the 500-lawyer firm its first foothold in the city, as well as adding a liaison office in Munich. Walter Conston is a 21-partner, 45-lawyer firm with a client base focused on European pharmaceutical, media, technology […]

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