Fieldfisher merges with Ireland’s McDowell Purcell as part of Brexit prep

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European law firm Fieldfisher is merging with Irish firm McDowell Purcell, partly to ensure the smooth running of its European business following Brexit. Anna Tobin reports

On 1st May 2019, Fieldfisher will merge with top 20 Irish corporate law firm McDowell Purcell. “We are delighted to welcome McDowell Purcell into the Fieldfisher family,” said Michael Chissick, managing partner at Fieldfisher. “Ireland was the last piece in our international growth strategy and we are now in all the key commercial centres across Europe.

“Ireland is also one of the most successful economies in the EU. It is primarily an export-driven economy dominated by services including technology, media and telecoms, and financial services – both of which are key sectors for Fieldfisher. Its corporate tax rate is the second lowest in the EU which, together with a young workforce, good infrastructure and English-speaking population, makes it an excellent investment for us. And, of course, with Brexit on the horizon, it will also help us to continue to deliver services to our European clients.

“Our US clients, and tech companies in particular, regard Ireland as a business-friendly EU jurisdiction. A large percentage of our client base have Irish operations and have used Ireland as their EU HQ when expanding across the EU markets.”

Following the merger, Fieldfisher will have 25 offices around the world.

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