X

Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t stopped several elite global firms from acting on long-held plans to move into Northern California, while other firms are taking advantage of the upheaval in the marketplace to boost their own presence in the world’s fifth-largest economy.

Since the start of June, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison revealed its intention to open a San Francisco office and Freshfields announced its arrival in Silicon Valley with five partners recruited from highly regarded players. The last several months have also seen Haynes and Boone, U.K.-based insurance specialists Kennedys, and financial services boutique Murphy & McGonigle open up doors in San Francisco for the first time.

A lot of this has been strategically in play well before COVID-19, but with COVID, a lot of opportunities are coming out in the marketplace,” said Larry Watanabe of Watanabe Schwartz.

Want to continue reading?
Become a Free ALM Digital Reader.

Benefits of a Digital Membership:

  • Free access to 1 article* every 30 days
  • Access to the entire ALM network of websites
  • Unlimited access to the ALM suite of newsletters
  • Build custom alerts on any search topic of your choosing
  • Search by a wide range of topics

*May exclude premium content
Already have an account?

Dan Packel

Dan Packel covers change and innovation in the legal services market, and writes a weekly briefing for Law.com, "The Law Firm Disrupted," on these subjects. He is based in Philadelphia. Contact him at [email protected] On Twitter at @packeld

More from this author

 
Reprints & Licensing
Mentioned in a Law.com story?

License our industry-leading legal content to extend your thought leadership and build your brand.

The Competitive Landscape is Changing

Where are competitors expanding? What practices are growing or shrinking, and where? Get the latest reports on lateral moves, liftouts, promotions, and more by accessing ALM's Legal Compass. Don't have a subscription? Click to get a free trial.

Get More Information
 

The American Lawyer Industry Awards 2021Event

Honoring outstanding legal achievements focused at the national level, largely around Big Law and in-house departments.

Get More Information
 
 

ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2021 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.