Legal Business

Global 100 – Market Comment 2015: Word from the World

From an intensely competitive market in Asia to renewed fears of states breaking from the EU, law firm leaders give us the global perspective.

Done deals

‘It is encouraging that the factors contributing to a high level of dealmaking over the past year remain in place, and we are optimistic that these conditions will sustain robust M&A activity, particularly in the telecoms/media and energy sectors, and consolidating industries, such as pharma and healthcare. We may see increased interest in inbound M&A into Europe as its economic recovery continues.’

Eric Friedman, executive partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Asia struggle

‘Most people underestimate how competitive it is in Asia to win work against UK and US firms. Clients are very selective and it’s very price competitive, even for the complex cross-border work. Everyone is competing hard to get to know the client.’

Stuart Fuller, global managing partner, King & Wood Mallesons