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Dentons and McKenna Long are discussing a merger

Posted Oct 1, 2013 7:30 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Dentons and McKenna Long & Aldridge have confirmed they are in merger talks.

If the merger takes place, the new firm would have about 3,100 lawyers, report the Am Law Daily and the Wall Street Journal Law Blog (sub. req.). The talks are focusing on a Jan. 1, 2014, date for a potential tie-up, a source told the Am Law Daily.

Dentons itself is the product of a three-way merger, approved last year, between SNR Denton, Salans and Fraser Milner Casgrain. McKenna Long also expanded when it merged last year with Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps.

Both firms said they had been discussing expansion with various firms and lawyers, including each other. Both said discussions are continuing, but “we do not have a relationship to announce."

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