It has been announced that UK-based Bond Dickinson LLP and US-based Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP have combined to create Womble Bond Dickinson.
The combination builds on the successful strategic alliance announced by the two firms in 2016, creating a Global Top 100 firm by annual revenue ($410 million/£340million).
The new transatlantic platform will offer clients access to 24 offices across the US and UK; access to European markets and more than 1,000 lawyers serving more than 250 publicly trade companies.
The combined firm will adopt a sector-focused strategy covering: Energy & Natural Resources; Financial Institutions; Healthcare; Insurance; Manufacturing; Real Estate; Retail & Consumer; Transport, Logistics & Infrastructure; Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences; Technology; and Private Wealth.
Womble Bond Dickinson Co-Chair Jonathan Blair comments: “This is a combination of two firms with a common culture and a shared commitment to client service.
“A growing percentage of our clients have operations on both sides of the Atlantic, and Womble Bond Dickinson will provide those clients with the consistent support they value highly.”
Julian Kinsey, Partner and Head of the office in Bristol, comments: “The combination increases our intellectual capital, allows us to innovate more readily and helps us to attract and retain the best talent in our local markets – this is good news not only for our clients who require a seamless transatlantic approach but those we work closely with on purely domestic business.
“We are proud of our heritage in the South West and are confident that with our success and depth of expertise, we can support our clients to thrive and prosper in a rapidly changing world.
“Womble Bond Dickinson gives us a unique footprint, offering expanded capability, greater commercial opportunities and direct access to the best legal minds on both sides of the Atlantic. Becoming Womble Bond Dickinson ensures our continued commitment to our regions whilst bringing greater market insight and international experience.”