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Haynes and Boone merges with London-based law firm

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The United Kingdom may have voted to leave the European Union, but that has not stopped Haynes and Boone from choosing to come to London.

In a Thursday press release, Haynes and Boone announced it had merged with London-based firm Curtis Davis Garrard. According to the press release, the merger will create a firm of over 600 lawyers that will be known as Haynes and Boone CDG in the U.K. The firm will continue to called Haynes and Boone in the U.S. and other markets.

“Our clients will continue to seek out accomplished London practitioners for English law advice on their global business transactions,” said Haynes and Boone managing partner Tim Powers in the press release. “In CDG, we found a supremely talented group of lawyers who will help us establish a premier London practice capable of providing a full range of services to companies in the industries we serve.”

The entry into the London market marks the latest expansion for Haynes and Boone. In the past year, the firm has opened up offices in Chicago and Denver. Assuming there are no regulatory obstacles, the merger with CDG will give Haynes and Boone a total of 15 offices throughout the U.S., Mexico, China and now the U.K.

CDG’s senior partner, Simon Curtis, said in the press release that his firm saw the advantages of aligning with a firm that had a thriving energy practice, as well as strong presence in Houston. “Haynes and Boone is an ideal fit, both in terms of its practice strengths and its like-minded culture,” Curtis said in the press release.

Haynes and Boone cross-border transactions partner Brad Richards will relocate from Houston to London to help with the integration process. The press release also made clear that last week’s Brexit vote had no impact on Haynes and Boone’s decision to enter the London market. “The merger underscores the firm’s belief that London’s preeminence as a commercial and financial center will not be impacted, long term, by the U.K. vote to exit the European Union,” the press release said.

See also: “UK law firms scramble to provide answers for Brexit questions” “Law firms run 24-hour hotlines for client questions after Britain votes to leave European Union”

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