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- Asia s King & Wood law firm, London s Berwin to merge
- King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin to exit Berlin
- Ex-SJ Berwin partners lead for US firms on $1bn private equity deal
- Legacy SJ Berwin on the brink as global managing partner stands down
- Post mortem: why KWM collapsed
- SJ Berwin partner Gold joins Electra
- King & Wood Mallesons and SJ Berwin merger goes live tomorrow
Asia s King & Wood law firm, London s Berwin to merge
He was very lucky, he says, as within three years he was made partner, and a year later became an equity partner. Pazos says he had a very clear vision of what a 21st Century law firm would look like, and he knew that this was the path he wanted to take. Following various discussions with top firms, it was his conversations with Jonathan Blake, a Partner at SJ Berwin with whom he a long standing working relationship, that moved him forwards.
They currently advise on matters for industrial clients, utilities and infrastructure players. The office has grown organically, and now houses more than 40 lawyers. Pazos admits that they are smaller than their peers, but says that their growth corresponds with the size of the network. For a while SJ Berwin had been looking westwards to the US, but this about turn was something that really excited Pazos.
After several private trips to China he was fascinated and knew he had to be there. But for me it was a no-brainer. And while led by their Asian headquarters, Pazos says they maintained a decentralised approach. Whether this will change remains to be seen, but Pazos says that the move to a centralised approach with homogeneous practices and policies, and tight financial control, is necessary if you are truly global.
As an example, the Spanish construction sector, is a world leader and companies are very active in Australia, conveniently all clients of Mallesons. So Pazos is working to capitalise on that. But, as he puts it, the real work starts now. After Dubai, they are opening their second Middle East office in Saudi Arabia in the first quarter of , after which they are looking to further expand their presence.
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King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin to exit Berlin
Deal 5: CEREA Partenaire is a leading private equity investor specializing in agribusiness and related sectors that has carried out 49 investments since its creation in , and invested, with its co-investors, more than EUR million. Specialty Chemical Packaging is the former division of Chesapeake, a global provider of paper, cardboard and plastic packaging and is the European leader in barrier plastic packaging used mainly in the transport and storage of agrochemical products. The company reached a turnover of approximately EUR 50 million and employs people in Europe. This carve-out process will allow the group to deploy its resources in new areas with strong agricultural activity, in particular Brazil and Russia.
August 1 , 1: The merger will create a practice with more than 2, lawyers.
Ex-SJ Berwin partners lead for US firms on $1bn private equity deal
In this week alone, five significant partners have indicated they are to go — a group including four of its most significant billers. Around 40 partners have now left the firm in Europe this year, including 24 the firm restructured out of the business, and the last two months have seen a number of significant departures, most damagingly at the end of August that of German funds star Sonya Pauls for Clifford Chance. That things took another turn for the dramatic was hardly a shock given the election this month of new managing and senior partners for its European and Middle East business. Given that funds has for years been top of the City priority list for high-paying US law firms, stopping the group splitting away will be difficult to say the least. It will require something dramatic to resolve this situation if partners are not to peel off rapidly.
Legacy SJ Berwin on the brink as global managing partner stands down
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Post mortem: why KWM collapsed
Legal Week mused that at one point pretty much all its top stories were on KWM. The interest was more than gossip. Legal analyst Mark A. Cohen wrote in Forbes that the Swiss verein structure was partly to blame. He criticised the lack of shared interest, reward or ethos:
SJ Berwin partner Gold joins Electra
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King & Wood Mallesons and SJ Berwin merger goes live tomorrow
Doing this deal now gives the combined firm more options to find a stronger merger partner in the US. Regarding integration, Fuller said: Zimmerman added the move was consistent with an accelerating trend toward consolidation in the legal industry. It drives brand strength and builds go-to status for the core areas of focus that the combined firm chooses. This combination with SJ Berwin provides us with the strength and depth and a quality international platform to help them navigate the complexity of inbound and outbound Chinese investment around the world. Straight and narrow Avoiding the long arm of US enforcement. Revised law expands powers for corruption trials. New cross-border e-commerce regulations. Antitrust issues in patent law amendments By Ken Dai, Dentons. Market pulse. AnJie hires dispute resolution expert 20 February Enter the dragon Reform of Hong Kong listing rules welcomes new economy companies.
They saw an excellent opportunity to catch up on more pressing issues, while I, to their minds, embarked on some abstruse philosophical and largely meaningless examination of our corporate soul. Just seven weeks into his leadership role, Bednall had dire news. Bednall and regional senior partner Michael Cziesla tell the assembled partners that its latest, frantically-assembled turnaround plan is dead in the water. KWM, after months dominated by internal strife and departures, was reverting to a desperate Plan B and hoping an acquirer could be found in a last ditch sale. After informing partners, the duo repeated the process with fee-earners and again with support staff. One former partner recalls: We had to find a merger. No real debate.
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