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The truth is that it doesn’t make much difference in the U.K.
It probably will not set any precedent because it is difficult to merge firms because of different cultures, especially between the U.S. and U.K. It will take about 10 years to determine [if it’s a success or failure]. It’s really important to see if they get synergies, it’s really important to see who stays because often people leave after mergers.
— The U.K. head of a U.S. firm, in anonymous comments given to Law.com International concerning the recently approved merger between Allen & Overy and Shearman & Sterling that would unite the firms to become A&O Shearman come sometime in May 2024. The partner said that the combination would “inevitably” bolster A&O’s portrayal in the U.S., but won’t be of much assistance in the U.K.
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