AZB and Clifford Chance end best friendship

February 7, 2011 AZB & Partners and Clifford Chance broke off their best friend relationship yesterday night to become “good friends” after both firms saw fewer referrals than expected and legal market liberalisation became more unlikely than when they first entered into the relationship two years ago.

AZB Mumbai-based co-founding partner Bahram Vakil and two authoritative Clifford Chance sources confirmed the development that both firms would now continue as “good friends” instead of best friends.

One AZB partner commented: “In real terms it would mean greater freedom to work with other firms while remaining secure about our good friendship.”


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