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Ties that bind: Merger integration at global law firms

Ben Rigby goes behind the scenes at two new international law firms to learn how they have tackled merger integration

20 September 2013

How should law firms address the immediate reality of merger? Two Asia-Pacific examples – King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) – offer illustrations as to the processes to be followed by the next in line. Be it communications, branding, location or remuneration, the need for substance to follow the legal structure chosen is paramount.

In making integration happen, establishing the purpose of a merger ?is the first step, be it client demand, ?being better together, or presenting ?a global proposition.1

Jason Ricketts, now Australian managing partner at Herbert Smith Freehills, remembers that, as a member of the Freehills board, the pre-merger process was “definitely very involved; ?we did speak to a few of our larger clients, to ask them their views, while also planning what needed to be done for the new firm to start ...

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