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Shearman & Sterling partner exits for Freshfields in London

Shearman partner leaves firm ahead of Allen & Overy merger

Freshfields bulks up in London with Shearman hire

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Shearman & Sterling partner James Duncan has quit the US law firm to join Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London.

Derivatives partner Duncan’s exit comes against the backdrop of Shearman’s potential merger with Allen & Overy, a rival of Freshfields within the Magic Circle.

On 21 May, Shearman and A&O announced an agreement to merge in a...