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Chadbourne, London Firm to Merge?

Posted Jun 15, 2007 7:51 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A New York City-based law firm known for its insurance coverage work is in merger talks with a London counterpart.

Chadbourne & Parke's managing partner says the firm is discussing a possible combination with Watson, Farley & Williams, reports American Lawyer. The two firms have about 400 and 200 attorneys on their respective rosters. Watson, Farley's areas of expertise include energy, finance and maritime matters.

Although Chadbourne has been looking for a merger partner at least since last fall, this is the first time that talks have progressed to a point where a potential marriage prospect was named, the magazine says. Meanwhile, several partners have departed recently, including Abbe Lowell, a white-collar defense lawyer who left in April to join McDermott Will & Emery.

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