Legal Business

Surge of law firm openings in revitalised Middle East

The resurgence of commercial activity in the Middle East is prompting international law firms to strengthen their presence in the region, with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and CMS announcing their first regional offices within a week of each other.

Cleary announced at the beginning of September that it would be opening its first Middle East office after obtaining a licence from the Abu Dhabi Executive Council in the summer. CMS group opened its office in Dubai on 23 September, adding to its offerings in Iraq and Lebanon.

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It’s all in a name: why branding matters

Over the past few months CMS Cameron McKenna’s managing partner Duncan Weston has been on a charm offensive. Through lunches and presentations, he has been trying to convince the legal press that the European-wide CMS network is not just a disparate alliance, but is in fact one firm, no different to, say, Norton Rose or Squire Sanders.

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CMS group moves closer to one-firm model

The CMS group, which passed a major milestone this summer when it provided its financial results as a single entity for the first time, has told LB that it is looking to drop local firm names to strengthen its international brand.

‘We have been looking at the risks of being regarded as a single firm under this type of structure and we have decided we want to move forward towards being a single firm,’ said Duncan Weston, managing partner of UK member firm CMS Cameron McKenna. ‘We’ve already adopted a single visual identity as part of the conversion: the name CMS with law and tax underneath – a logo we decided upon two years ago.’

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The changing face of the profession

The changing face of the profession

Long live the Verein. The overwhelming majority of firms in this year’s Global 100 report are still single-partnerships, but with seven of the top 100 firms in the world now comprising multiple partnerships, it’s clear that the mantra of ‘one partnership, one firm’ is being challenged.