International legal practice Osborne Clarke continues to invest in the US market to maintain its leadership position as a specialist law firm helping clients navigate change and succeed in tomorrow's world. After being in the US for more than 22 years, the firm has accelerated its investment over the last 18 months by more than doubling its team on the ground and will be moving its New York premises in 2023 to accommodate this expansion.
As a further sign of the firm's ongoing approach to bringing deep international expertise closer to its US client base, former UK Managing Partner, Ray Berg, announces he plans to join the US Team taking up a senior business development role in San Francisco in early 2023. He will work closely with the team to develop opportunities and manage relationships with US clients and deepen relationships with key intermediaries.
"Ray is an outstanding champion for the firm, and we look forward him joining our US team"
Osborne Clarke's International CEO Omar Al-Nuaimi said: "The US continues to be a very exciting market for the firm. Our strategy focuses on utilizing strong sector knowledge with deep service line experience and expertise in understanding transformational change has proven to deliver real value for our clients.
"Our unique Osborne Clarke style and approach delivers pragmatic and practical solutions has strong appeal in the US. Ray is an outstanding champion for the firm, and we look forward him joining our US team to support its ongoing success in driving growth from US-based organisations and deepening relations with our key referral network."
A corporate lawyer for more than 30 years, Ray joined Osborne Clarke in 2001, became head of the Business Transactions Group in 2013 and in 2015 was elected UK Managing Partner. During his tenure, Ray was instrumental in delivering the firm's business strategy, which strives to bring meaningful change and better outcomes for the firm's clients, people, communities and business.
Ray said: "I've been so impressed with the US team, which continues to deliver great opportunities for the firm. It's an exciting move for me and I look forward to working closely with colleagues in the US and internationally to target new clients, build relationships and spot areas we can make a difference."
"For more than 22 years, we've supported market-leading US clients as they navigate the fast-moving international business landscape."
Steve Wilson added: "For more than 22 years, we've supported market-leading US clients as they navigate the fast-moving international business landscape. Our multi-jurisdictional experts advise clients as they grapple with key overseas regulatory changes and developments across international data protection, consumer law and the transition to net zero.
"Ray's move is another developmental milestone for Osborne Clarke in the US as our strategy moves up a gear and we expand the expertise and experience of our on the ground team. We'll be announcing further new colleagues over the coming months and looking forward to ensuring their smooth integration continues to drive success in our chosen US markets."
Since opening in the US in 2000, Osborne Clarke's offices in San Francisco and New York have supported hundreds of fast-growth companies establish, grow and manage their operations in overseas markets. Working with the most exciting start-ups and many of the world’s leading companies, the in-time zone team delivers experienced support and relationship management services for the full-service overseas legal needs of US clients including M&A, Dispute Resolution, Investments, Employment, Compliance or other Regulatory/Commercial Advice.