Legal Week Global comment
In September last year, Juri-Avenir, the French association set up in 1992 by the big five accountants’ tied law firms to represent their interests, disbanded. A few months later, KPMG’s tied law firm in Germany, KPMG Beiten Burkhardt, voted to drop KPMG from its title in a move that was calculated to distance the firm from its accountancy parent. Then, in January this year, in a highly symbolic move, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ legal arm, Landwell, spun off its highly profitable tax litigation team to the London office of US firm Dorsey & Whitney.
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