Smith & Williamson advises Eames Solicitors on merger with law firm Clark Hill

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  • Published: Mon, 17 Jan 2022 11:34 GMT

Smith & Williamson, part of wealth management and professional services group Tilney Smith & Williamson, is delighted to have advised Dublin litigation specialists Eames Solicitors in their merger with US-based international law firm Clark Hill as part of the expansion of Clark Hill’s Dublin office.

The Smith & Williamson advisory team was led by Paul Wyse, Corporate Finance Director.

Aidan Eames, Managing Partner, of Eames solicitors stated, “We were delighted to have the advice and support of Smith & Williamson in bringing this important transaction to a successful conclusion. It was invaluable to have the expertise of Paul Wyse and his team. We now look forward to joining Clark Hill, an international firm which will deliver broader service offerings for our clients.”

Kirby Tarrant partner in charge of Clark Hill’s Dublin office stated, “Smith & Williamson has its finger firmly on the pulse of the legal market in Ireland not least through its excellent Annual Survey of Law Firms in Ireland and we are delighted Paul Wyse brought this exciting opportunity to us. The addition of Aidan and his team provides our US based and multinational clients with additional top tier transactional and commercial litigation capabilities in a key European market.

Clark Hill employs a total of 650 lawyers in the U.S., Mexico and Dublin, where it first opened its office in 2018. It merged with another Irish firm, O'Gradys Solicitors, in 2019.

“The addition of the Eames Solicitors group to our Dublin office with their deep connections in Ireland is an important strategic step in our overall plan to expand our capabilities in Ireland,” said John Hensien, CEO of Clark Hill PLC. “With the fastest growing economy in the EU, and heightened interest in investment in Ireland from multinational companies resulting from Brexit, Ireland offers a value proposition that is attractive to our US and global corporate clients, reinforcing our commitment to developing a significant presence on the ground.”

Tilney Smith & Williamson is the UK’s leading integrated wealth management and professional services group, created by the merger of Tilney and Smith & Williamson on 1 September 2020. With £56.0 billion of assets under management (as at 30 September 2021), it ranks as the third largest UK wealth manager measured by revenues and the sixth largest professional services firm ranked by fee income (source: Accountancy Age 50+50 rankings, 2021). The Group currently operates through three principal brands: Tilney, Smith & Williamson and online investment service Bestinvest. It has a network of offices across 28 towns and cities in the UK, as well as the Republic of Ireland and the Channel Islands. Through its operating companies, the Group offers an extensive range of financial and professional services to individuals, family trusts, professional intermediaries, charities and businesses. It is uniquely well-placed to support clients with both their personal financial affairs and their business interests. Tilney Smith & Williamson’s personal wealth management services include financial planning, investment management and advice, online execution-only investing and personal tax advice. For businesses, its wide range of services includes assurance and accounting, business tax advice, employee benefits, forensic advice, fund administration, recovery and restructuring and transaction services.

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