By Brian Baxter and Sara Randazzo
Am Law 100 firms McKenna Long & Aldridge and Dentons confirmed to The Am Law Daily late Monday that they are discussing a potential tie-up that would create a firm with more than 3,100 lawyers around the world.
A source at one of the firms told The Am Law Daily on the condition of anonymity that leaders on both sides of the talks are aiming to complete the deal by January 1, 2014.
In response to requests for comment on the status of their negotiations, representatives for both Dentons and McKenna Long issued prepared statements to The Am Law Daily.
“Since creating Dentons earlier this year, we have been very clear in our determination to always deepen our capabilities to serve clients in the U.S. and around the world,” Dentons said in its statement, citing the completion of this three-way merger with Canadian firm Fraser Miler Casgrain and European firm Salans. “This has included discussions with firms and lawyers for whom we have great respect and share common goals. McKenna Long & Aldridge is one such firm, having built in the U.S., Europe, and Asia a very admirable team of lawyers and professionals with whom many of our people have worked for years.”
The Dentons statement specifically praised McKenna Long’s government contracts practice, insurance industry work, and “enhanced California team” through its merger last year with Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps. (The Am Law Daily reported last year that Luce Forward's falling financials would have caused it to fall off our annual Am Law 200 rankings.)Read the rest of the story at The Am Law Daily.