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When two law firms choose to combine, the rationale is often transparent. Transatlantic “mega mergers” create a one-stop shop for large global clients. Boutique mergers, on the other hand, signal a growing focus on a particular practice area or client base. In this way, mergers are often telling events. More often than not, they reveal what the two firms’ shared strategy is and where they believe they can best compete.

The recently revealed merger talks between UK-based Eversheds and Atlanta-based Sutherland, on the other hand, create more questions than answers. Eversheds has long sought a US merger partner. A combination with Sutherland certainly ticks that box. What Eversheds intends more broadly in the US, however, remains unclear.

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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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