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Several groups of lawyers leave Andrews Kurth Kenyon amid reported merger agreement

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Several groups of lawyers have left Andrews Kurth Kenyon in Texas in advance of a reported merger deal with Hunton & Williams.

The deal isn’t final, but the firms have signed an agreement to proceed with the merger, two anonymous sources tell the New York Law Journal.

Katten Muchin Rosenman acquired seven partners from Andrews Kurth to open a Dallas office for the firm, Texas Lawyer has reported. The group included Mark Solomon, the managing partner of Andrews Kurth’s Dallas office.

Last Thursday, three partners left Andrews Kurth for DLA Piper in Dallas, and other deals are reportedly in the works.

In one reported move not confirmed by either firm, as many as 25 public finance lawyers are said to be leaving Andrews Kurth for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, the American Lawyer reports.

In the latest move, Andrews Kurth corporate lawyer Bill McDonald is joining Haynes and Boone in Houston, according to Texas Lawyer.

Sources tell the New York Law Journal that the departures haven’t blocked the merger because Hunton & Williams is mostly interested in the Houston office of Andrews Kurth, with its oil and gas and capital markets practices.

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