The road to Ottawa – why WLG believes Gowlings can put it on the global map

The road to Ottawa – why WLG believes Gowlings can put it on the global map


Wragge Lawrence Graham has nailed its international aspirations to an ambitious tie-up with Canada’s Gowlings… to the bewilderment of peers. Why?

In September 2002, a Legal Business article on Wragge & Co likened the Birmingham giant’s fledging London branch to a troublesome toddler, describing international expansion as ‘just a twinkle in [then senior partner] Quentin Poole’s eye’. Thirteen years on, Wragges has swapped a best friends policy for offices in ten locations, including Paris, Dubai, Munich and Guangzhou, and transformed its London arm through its 2014 union with City practice Lawrence Graham (LG).

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Gowlings longstanding leader Jolliffe to step down prior to Wragges tie-up

Gowlings longstanding leader Jolliffe to step down prior to Wragges tie-up

Gowlings joint managing partner Peter Lukasiewicz will be the next chief executive officer (CEO) and chair of Gowlings, as long-term leader Scott Jolliffe prepares to step down from both posts after almost eight years.

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‘A critical first step’: WLG sets sights on global stage with Canadian tie-up

‘A critical first step’: WLG sets sights  on global stage with Canadian tie-up

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (WLG) has set out its global ambitions, following the announcement in July of its union with Canadian firm Gowlings. Gowling WLG will create a 622-partner law firm across 18 cities, and is billed as a new Global 100 practice with revenues estimated at over £400m.

Although some peers have expressed surprise at WLG’s decision to go into the Canadian market, the combination is being pitched by management as a platform to reboot the combined firm as truly global.

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Wragges in surprise union with mid-pack Canada firm to create 600-partner global player

Wragges in surprise union with mid-pack Canada firm to create 600-partner global player

There has been plenty of speculation about US and UK firms moving into Canada, but until now UK stalwart Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (WLG) had not been high up the list of suitors in the profession’s mind. Nevertheless, WLG this week made the surprise announcement that it is to combine with the sizeable Canadian practice Gowlings in a move that will create a 622-partner law firm across 18 cities. Continue reading “Wragges in surprise union with mid-pack Canada firm to create 600-partner global player”

Listing in London: WLG and Travers advise as Gabelli Value Plus raises £100m in IPO

Listing in London: WLG and Travers advise as Gabelli Value Plus raises £100m in IPO

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (WLG) has advised new investment trust Gabelli Value Plus on its £100m initial public offering (IPO) on the London Stock Exchange as it targets further work from US fund manager GAMCO Investors.

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Birmingham’s £307m NEC sale puts the limelight on Eversheds, WLG and Gateley

Birmingham’s £307m NEC sale puts the limelight on Eversheds, WLG and Gateley

Lloyds’ private equity arm acquires landmark event venue

Birmingham City Council brought in the New Year with one of its largest ever sales with Eversheds, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (WLG) and Gateley all winning mandates on the sale of the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) to Lloyds Banking Group’s private equity arm LDC.

WLG acted for the council on the £307m deal, which is for all NEC Group businesses except the leases of the Hilton Metropole and Crowne Plaza hotels. That included a 125-year lease for the NEC site itself plus a 25-year leasehold interest in the International Convention Centre and Barclaycard Arena. The transaction involved a substantial amount of property work as well as corporate aspects and saw Eversheds act for LDC, with Gateley for the management.

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Selling the NEC: Eversheds, Wragge Lawrence Graham and Gateley on Birmingham’s £307m deal

Selling the NEC: Eversheds, Wragge Lawrence Graham and Gateley on Birmingham’s £307m deal

Eversheds, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, and Gateley have all led on the sale of the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) to Lloyds Banking Group’s private equity arm LDC, one of the biggest ever sales agreed by Birmingham City Council.

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