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As in years past, the legal market has seen a significant number of mergers and acquisitions in 2018. This past year, however, there was a bit of a twist, and possibly, the beginning of a new trend.  Beyond notable law firm mergers involving Bryan Cave, Hunton & Williams, Clark Hill, and more, there were some mergers that raised a variety of eyebrows.  Riverview was bought by EY. UnitedLex, which did deals with LeClairRyan and GE, was sold to CVC Capital Partners. Deloitte and EY formed partnerships with boutique immigration powerhouses Fragomen and Berry Appleman, respectively. All of this activity raises an obvious question – what might we expect for 2019?

Nicholas Bruch, Director, ALM Intelligence

Nicholas is a Director at ALM Legal Intelligence. He is ALM’s principle analyst for the legal market and is the Director of the ALM Intelligence Fellows Program. Nick’s research on the legal market is regularly featured in The American Lawyer and other industry leading media outlets. Nick also speaks extensively on the legal market, keynoting major industry events and speaking at partner retreats for large and mid-sized law firms. Prior to joining ALM Legal Intelligence, Nick was part of Huron Consulting’s Law Firm Strategy Practice in the firm’s New York and London offices. Nicholas’s experience includes advising law firms and law department in developing and developed markets on issues related to strategy, business development, market intelligence, and operations. Nick holds a Masters of International Business from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a BA in Economics and Philosophy from DePaul University.

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