Legal Business

Global 100: The stories of the year


Merger talks, management reshuffles and structural changes – here is our recap of the stories that defined the global legal market during the past 12 months.



  • Global 100 firms continued to pile into South Korea as White & Case launched in Seoul in August, a move quickly followed by Allen & Overy a month later. In January 2016 Ashurst said its plans to launch had been put on ice following the departure of Tokyo head John McClenahan to King & Spalding. In February, Latham & Watkins revealed it had signed a lease on a property in Seoul and submitted an application for a foreign legal consultant office.