A recession-weary Ashurst has finalised a long-planned but high-stakes global merger – only to eject the leader synonymous with its brand and strategy. Is Ashurst heading for peace-time prosperity or factional warfare?
The former Ashurst partner sits back in his chair and reads the text message. Having asked a friend about the mood at Appold Street in the wake of Ashurst’s expected vote for integration with its Australian ally and unexpected vote that unseated its high-profile head Charlie Geffen, the text response is succinct: ‘It’s a mess!’ The ex-partner smiles. ‘Well, it’s hardly surprising.’