SJ Berwin to vote on proposed merger with KWM

July 19, 2013 UK firm SJ Berwin is set to conduct a partnership vote on a proposed merger with the giant firm King & Wood Mallesons, which was itself formed in March last year by the merger of Australia's Mallesons Stephen Jaques and China's King & Wood.

The SJ Berwin vote is set for next week, and observers say that King & Wood Mallesons is also sounding out its partnerships on the proposal.

A merger would be structured as a Swiss Verein, and partners will be considering what might become of the SJ Berwin name and how to negotiate the overlap between the firms’ London and Hong Kong offices.

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