More worlds to conquer - Slaughters and the emerging economies
Thirteen years after the firm moved to first publicly articulate its global outlook, the international strategy of Slaughter and May continues to spark intense debate among the upper reaches of the global legal market. Shunning the committed international expansion of its magic circle rivals in the 1990s, Slaughters, under then senior partner Giles Henderson, outlined a vision of elite independent law firms co-operating globally in a cover feature for Commercial Lawyer. Though the phrase was never used, it was the system that came to be widely known, somewhat incongruously, as 'best friends', a model built around a core of allied firms in Europe.
Slaughter and May has defied critics to withstand the initial globalisation of Western markets. Now all eyes are on whether the elite boutique can prosper in the key emerging economies. Claire Ruckin and Suzanna Ring report
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