Blake Dawson and Ashurst’s Asia teams have merged and Blake Dawson has rebranded as Ashurst ahead of a planned full merger in 2014.
Combined, the firms have over 400 partners and 1,700 lawyers in total based in 24 offices in 14 countries.
The combination has expanded Ashurst’s global reach into Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Jakarta, Melbourne, Perth, Port Moresby, Shanghai and Sydney as well as strengthening its services in the energy and resources, infrastructure and financial services sectors.
Announced for the first time in September 2011, the combination is aiming to provide significant opportunities and competitive to the new firm.
Charlie Geffen, senior partner at Ashurst and a nominee in The International Who’s Who of Merger & Acquisition Lawyers said: “This is an exciting step forward for Ashurst in achieving our goal of being among a small group of premier global law firms. This new combination of quality and scale will notably enhance our ability to meet the international needs of our clients.”
Mary Padbury, chairman of Ashurst in Australia added: “This is very much a coming together of equals that strengthens both firms. Independently we are recognised as leaders in our respective markets and together we can offer clients access to local market expertise and experience, together with seamless international reach and capability.” Padbury is listed in The International Who’s Who of Patent Lawyers and The International Who’s Who of Life Sciences Lawyers.
The two firms are indeed equal in the Who’s Who Legal research: each previously had 31 of its lawyers selected for inclusion as leaders in the field. Ashurst’s London office sees 15 lawyers listed while Blake Dawson brings 29 lawyers to Ashurst Australia and the new Ashurst Asia team has increased to a joint count of five practitioners in our books.
Lawyers from Blake Dawson give Ashurst an additional presence in 10 further practice areas in our research including Aviation, Capital Markets, Franchise and Insolvency building on an existing presence in our Construction, Corporate Tax, Oil & Gas and Private Funds chapters.
The combination of the firms augments the strength of each in our competition and project finance research, where a total of eight practitioners in each are now listed.