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Bond Dickinson and Womble Carlyle approve transatlantic combination to create Womble Bond Dickinson

Date: 02 Jun 2017

Citywealth

Bond Dickinson and Womble Carlyle approve transatlantic combination to create Womble Bond Dickinson

A new breed of transatlantic law firm encompassing key commercial and financial hubs in twenty-three cities across the United States and the United Kingdom, the combined firm builds on the successful Strategic Alliance announced by the two firms in June 2016.

The partners of UK-based Bond Dickinson LLP and US-based Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP have voted to combine as equal members in a new entity under the name Womble Bond Dickinson. Effective from October 2017, the company will have more than 420 partners and 1,000 lawyers across eight offices in the UK and fifteen offices in the US.The combination will put Womble Bond Dickinson in the UK’s top 20 and in the top 80 in the US listings with combined revenues in excess of US$410million or ¬£340million.

The new entity will be a company limited by guarantee of which Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP and Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP will be the members with each firm continuing to operate as a separate and autonomous partnership with its own independent management. Four members of each firm will be appointed to the board of the new entity. That board will be co-chaired by Betty Temple, chair and CEO of Womble Carlyle, and Jonathan Blair, managing partner of Bond Dickinson.

Commenting on the combination, Betty Temple said: “The transatlantic foundation will create particular opportunities for further development and expansion in key hubs, such as Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, Washington D.C., and Silicon Valley, along with other US markets where we are building our footprint.”

Jonathan Blair, commented: “The agreement creating Womble Bond Dickinson marks the achievement and culmination of our vision to be a Top 20 law firm by 2020.”

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