Posted on March 12, 2009 at 8:03 PM
Both Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe and McDermott Will & Emery have decided to delay their international office openings respectively in the Middle East and Tokyo. Orrick originally had wanted to open in early 2009 through a merger with a local firm, but the global chairman Ralph Baxter stresses that while the firm is coping with the recession in the short term, Orrick does continue to have long term Middle East plans. McDermott’s delay, in contrast, is said to not be due to the recession. Instead, a recent departure by one of its partners has put a brake on its former plans to enter Tokyo on January 1, 2009.
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