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Allen & Overy’s big ask

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McDermott Will & Emery has laid off 60 associates and 89 support staff in the US due to the economic downturn. The US firm’s chairman Harvey Freishtat emailed a firm-wide internal memo today announcing the cuts. Freishtat said: “We are not immune to the continued deterioration in the market conditions. The business of our clients […]

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