The mystery of Mayer Brown and Simmons

Is it something in the air or does every firm out there want to merge at the moment?

First there was Hogan Lovells, then Sonnenschein and Dentons announced their intentions, now Mayer Brown is thought to be looking for an English suitor (see story).

Eyebrows, no doubt will be raised given that the firm already invested heavily in an English union back in 2002 by joining forces with Rowe & Maw.

But the transatlantic union has been criticised by some for not having delivered expected growth rates – the London office saw turnover fall 28 per cent last year.

So the firm reportedly approached Simmons & Simmons, one of the more fashionable targets at the moment.

Talks collapsed but Mayer Brown is still looking.

But given supply and demand issues everything indicates that it’s the UK-headquartered firms that will be doing the choosing.


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