Breaking – Allen and Overy and Shearman and Sterling Merger

The merger between Allen and Overy and Shearman and Sterling has been voted in favour of.

As you may have heard, these two firms have been in discussions for some months, exploring the possibility of creating a global powerhouse in the legal industry. This comes after both firms failed to secure other merger deals with Hogan Lovells and O’Melveny respectively.

This is an exciting development and will fundamentally change the offering of a Magic Circle firm. The combined firm would have a strong presence in key markets, such as the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and would offer a full range of services to clients across various sectors and practice areas. The merger would also create opportunities for our staff to work on high-profile and complex matters, as well as to collaborate with talented colleagues from different backgrounds and cultures.

As we wait to hear more about the synergies and client benefits of the merger, we would like to update you on some of the recent announcements. Namely, that the leadership team of the new firm is likely to include more Allen and Overy partners, with a limited number of places allocated to Shearman and Sterling. This reflects the relative size and profitability of the two firms, as well as the strategic vision of the merger. Allen and Overy have also been in the news for their collaboration with Harvey, an AI provider that helps lawyers automate tasks and improve efficiency.

We hope that this has given you some insight into the potential merger and its implications for our firm. We will keep you informed of any further developments as they arise. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.


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