Edwards Wildman Palmer UK LLP

The Scoop

Edwards Wildman Palmer is the product of a series of mergers between firms whose roots go back more than a century. The firm currently houses 650 lawyers in 14 locations across three continents, and is steadily increasing its scope in London.

Boston Brahmins team up with Second City players

In 2005, two respected Boston-based firms, Edwards & Angell and Palmer & Dodge, merged to form Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge. The tie-up suited the firms' complementary strengths: Edwards & Angell in financial services and private equity, Palmer & Dodge in life sciences and technology. Three years later, EAPD acquired a London office when it merged with UK firm Kendall Freeman. Both firms shared strong insurance and reinsurance industry practices.

In 2011, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge underwent two more mergers. In February, the firm acquired Washington DC communications boutique Fleischman & Harding. Then in October, it united with Chicago-based Wildman Harrold Allen & Dixon, changing its name to Edwards Wildman Palmer. The merger combines EAPD's strengths in insurance, corporate and IP with the litigation talents of Wildman Harrold, which was founded in 1967 as a spin-off from litigation powerhouse Kirkland & Ellis.

Ever larger in London

Edwards Wildman has more than 90 fee earners covering 10 practice areas in London, and the office continues to grow. According to The Lawyer, turnover in London increased by nearly 50 per cent in 2010, from $20.6 million in 2009 to $30.3 million. In 2010, to accommodate its growing size, the firm relocated from its offices in Fetter Lane to brand-new space near Liverpool Street Station. Not only are the new offices about 40 per cent larger, but they are also greener; Dashwood is a low-energy building that carries the highest-available BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) rating. Meanwhile, the firm has been cherry-picking specialists to staff the office. In just the first nine months of 2011, the firm brought in six lateral partners, including corporate lawyers focusing on capital markets, life sciences and insurance, as well as three partners who joined from Bird & Bird to help launch new practices in banking, IT and outsourcing, and telecommunications.

Recent News

Takeda takes over Nycomed

The pre-merger Edwards Angell had long served as counsel to Takeda Pharmaceuticals, one of the largest drug makers in Asia, including acting on the company's landmark $8.8 billion acquisition of the Massachusetts-based Millennium Pharmaceuticals in 2008, at the time the largest-ever overseas acquisition by a Japanese pharmaceutical company. In 2011, when the Japanese giant sought to buy Swiss rival Nycomed in a new record-setting transaction, it once again turned to Edwards Wildman, who served as US counsel, while CMS Cameron McKenna advised from London. In September, Takeda completed its acquisition of Nycomed for €9.6 billion.

Pro bono recognition

On 23 June 2011, LawWorks, a charity that provides legal assistance to individuals and groups who cannot afford to pay for it, presented London partner Antonio Suarez-Martinez with its award for Best Contribution by a Pro Bono Coordinator. Suarez-Martinez was honoured for his successful efforts to increase the firm's pro bono activities, having overseen a substantial increase in both the number of hours spent and the number of staff taking part in pro bono matters over the previous year. In 2010, more than half of the firm's lawyers performed pro bono work and the firm has a whole devoted nearly 14,000 hours to pro bono work, averaging 27 hours per lawyer and reflecting a 27 per cent increase over 2009.

Bessemer mucho

In the spring of 2010, a private equity team involving lawyers from the firm's London, Boston and Providence offices completed two cross-border transactions for Bessemer Venture Partners. At the end of April, the team completed a financing of French company Criteo SA, in which Bessemer invested an aggregate of $7 million in Criteo's primary and secondary Series C financing. Two weeks later, the lawyers closed the $35 million sale of UK portfolio company Axis Network Technology Limited to Ace Technologies Corporation.

Training honours

In June 2010, for the third year in a row, Edwards Wildman won an award for the Best Work Placement Scheme in the City at the annual LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards. The award was based on a survey of thousands of trainee and newly qualified solicitors and honours the best recruiters, trainers and vacation schemes among law firms.

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Edwards Wildman Palmer UK LLP

Dashwood, 69 Old Broad Street
Phone: 44 (0) 20 7583 4055
Fax: 44 (0) 20 7353 7377


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Walter G.D. Reed
  • Total No. Attorneys 2011: 650

Major Office Locations

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Newport Beach, CA
  • Hartford, CT
  • Stamford, CT
  • Washington, DC
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • Chicago, IL
  • Boston, MA
  • New York, NY
  • Providence, RI
  • Madison, WI
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Tokyo, Japan
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