The Reemergence of the Big Four in Law is a research initiative led by David. B Wilkins and Maria Jose Esteban,which examines the reemergence of the Big Four’s legal offerings in Europe, the emerging economies, and elsewhere. Over the last decade the Big Four accounting firms have quietly rebuilt their legal networks, integrating these services into a new model of “globally integrated business solutions” and aggressively promoting this model in emerging economies in the Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Africa, and Middle East regions. Recent trends toward relaxing restrictions against “alternative business structures” and “multidisciplinary practice” are likely to accelerate the growth of the Big Four’s legal networks. This project tracks these developments, and how they are impacting the market for legal services.


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