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Legal Week
As partner exits continue, can KWM's rebuilt EMEA arm get over its teething troubles?Legal WeekAlmost exactly four months after the collapse of the legacy SJ Berwin business, the EMEA operation rebuilt from its ashes by King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) – dubbed KWM 2.0 – has been hitting the headlines for the wrong reasons. Since January, the partner ...
Australasian Lawyer
Commercial firm continues hiring spreeAustralasian LawyerHe has worked at Clayton Utz, Herbert Smith Freehills, SJ Berwin, and Gadens. The firm's corporate and commercial team in Brisbane has also welcomed Finney, who specialises in commercial law, particularly capital raising. In addition to Begaud and the ...
The American Lawyer
What Went Wrong at KWME? Partners Opine About Demise of Legacy SJ BerwinThe American LawyerOther factors mentioned by respondents included poor post-merger integration of legacy SJ Berwin into KWM (32 percent). Poor communication from management to partners about the extent of the firm's problems was cited by just 14 percent of respondents, ...and more »
Legal Week
'We are not recreating SJ Berwin' - looking forward with KWM 2.0Legal Week“We're not recreating SJ Berwin. The previous firm failed because partners refused to contribute capital. There was a lack of faith in the business that was the result of fundamental issues. SJ Berwin was successful on its own, but the success of the …
Legal Business (blog)
Shattered - The final days of 'SJ Berwin'Legal Business (blog)'When I initiated discussions on our culture at partners' meetings, I could see the faces of many of my former partners light up, not for the reasons I hoped, but from the reflected glow of their BlackBerrys. They saw an excellent opportunity to catch …
International Law
KWM names new global managing partner after Fuller's exit amid European collapse last yearInternational LawFuller had held the global managing partner role since the 2012 merger of China's King & Wood and Australia's Mallesons Stephen Jaques, and played a key role in the ill-fated tie-up with SJ Berwin in 2013. He has since returned to full-time practice in …
Legal Week
End of the road for legacy SJ Berwin as KWM Europe files for administrationLegal WeekKing & Wood Mallesons' (KWM) European arm has filed for administration, in a move that represents the end of the line for the legacy SJ Berwin business and the biggest ever UK law firm collapse. After a protracted and delayed process as management ...It's over: King & Wood EUME moved into administration in Europe's largest-ever legal collapseLegal Business (blog)London office of King & Wood Mallesons in administrationThe AustralianLegal filing marks end of the road for European arm of King & Wood MallesonsABA JournalLaw Gazette -CDR News Magazineall 42 news articles »
The Times (subscription)
KWM trainees scramble to find a new home as big names offer a lifelineThe Times (subscription)King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) — the result of a tripartite merger of the Chinese firm King & Wood and the Australian firm Mallesons and then established City firm SJ Berwin in 2013 — was seen as the most ambitious east-west merger in the 21st century.and more »
The Australian Financial Review
We need to talk about KWM and HSF: it's business time for lawyersThe Australian Financial ReviewKWM did not take the growth-for-growth's-sake approach of a fast food chain, but the expansion into Europe after the original King & Wood and Mallesons Stephen Jaques tie-up in 2012 was relatively quick: King & Wood had ties with SJ Berwin and favoured ...
The Australian Financial Review
'Pivot to Asia': King & Wood Mallesons new head Sue Kench eyes new world orderThe Australian Financial ReviewGlobal law firm King & Wood Mallesons has appointed widely respected partner Sue Kench to leadership, almost five months after Stuart Fuller stepped down in the wake of the firm's European arm imploding. Ms Kench, who will take on the role of global ...'Cementing KWM': Australian chief exec Kench elected as new global managing partnerLegal Business (blog)all 5 news articles »
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