Herbert Smith Freehills combines to form the eighth largest firm in the world
Herbert Smith Freehills was launched on 1 October establishing a global firm of 2,800 lawyers in 20 offices; the world’s eighth largest law firm based on total lawyer numbers.
Following an announcement in June this year, Herbert Smith LLP and Freehills partners agreed to combine their respective practices to create a leading international firm offering specific expertise in M&A, arbitration, energy, private equity and capital markets.
With offices already in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Middle East prior to the announcement, Herbert Smith recently opened its first US office based in New York and confirmed plans for Herbert Smith Freehills to establish a presence in Germany, South Korea and Francophone sub-Saharan Africa in 2013.
David Willis and Gavin Bell, the former managing partners of Herbert Smith and Freehills, are joint CEOs of the combined firm.
“The creation of Herbert Smith Freehills gives us the opportunity to provide clients with the type of capability they increasingly value – a leading origin-to-destination service across a single global platform” said Willis.
“A key priority for us will be further international expansion. We recognise that the firm’s global reach, when combined with our industry sector strengths and balance of disputes and transactional expertise, will be the foundation on which we can build strong and deep client relationships.”
Gavin Bell said: “We’re gratified by the positive response we've had from our clients. Whether they have international or domestic operations, they recognise the benefits a greater global perspective will bring to their matters. This merger reflects the changing global landscape and the rebalancing of world economies.”
A total of 125 lawyers from Herbert Smith Freehills are listed in Who’s Who Legal publications making it the seventh largest in our research worldwide with nominees from 17 offices.