News US & The Americas Law firms Dentons prepares to seal transatlantic merger with Sonnenschein By Margaret Taylor 26 May 2010 15:31 17 December 2015 15:56 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Dave Harris 26 May 2010 at 16:15 Dentons could have held out for better, IMO. Perhaps Howard Morris wanted a merger where he could be in the driving seat? Reply Link Hamish 26 May 2010 at 16:42 Re-Dave Harris They could have held out but Morris needed to take action, they had been coasting for too long. Reply Link Anonymous 26 May 2010 at 18:24 Is it not ironic that DWS have found a merger partner before SJ Berwin? Reply Link Uncle Pelican 26 May 2010 at 22:41 The noise that the newly created firm will hope to make on the world stage will surely be somewhat muted by a zero presence in that engine of global growth – Asia-Pacific – especially given the mega energy deals going on there recently. Would the new firm perhaps seek a third alliance in the region to give itself truly global capability? Reply Link Quentin N Woodley 27 May 2010 at 07:45 SNR Denton sounds like a toothpaste Reply Link Anonymous 27 May 2010 at 08:33 Having trained with DWS, I have a great deal of respect for the place. I just can’t see what the merger really has to offer. There appears to be very little synergy between the practice groups and their metrics are very different. SNR is a top drawer insurance litigator, but DWS (when I was a trainee) had only one partner practicing this discipline in London. Both firms market a focus on IPMT, but as most people at DWS would tell you, IPMT contributes a very small % of turnover. DWS strengths in London are mid-market finance (save for the excellent Wynne, Felberbaum, Andrews, Paine and Rice), real estate and a clutch of energy/project lawyers in London, Paris and Dubai. Frankly I can’t see how SNR’s St Louis and Walnut Creek offices really advance these practice areas. When Dentons and Wilde Sapte merged, a lot of top partners left because the costs were going to cripple them. I hope the same doesn’t happen again. Reply Link Anonymous 27 May 2010 at 11:04 @ Dave Harris wrote Dentons could have held out for better, IMO. Perhaps Howard Morris wanted a merger where he could be in the driving seat? ———————————————— Denton’s are merging with a firm with a PEP more than twice as high, a far higher RPL and around twice as big in total revenues. This is actually a wonderful merger for Dentons. Strategically is also great, creating a firm with a sizeable footprint in both Europe and the U.S. and the resources to expand in both and also look towards Asia. Reply Link Wilde Sapte 27 May 2010 at 11:25 @Anonymous 8.33am, I think you may have gotten the wrong end of the stick. It’s not about the practice fits but what you do with them. If their strategy is to target the Middle East and Asia then a larger platform makes sense. In any event, there is a good practice fit on the energy side. Reply Link Anonymous 27 May 2010 at 11:57 We might presume that they will have an eye to move into the Asian market in the near future. That aside, the merger is strategically sound on both sides of the Atlantic and an especially good move by Dentons. Reply Link Anonymous 27 May 2010 at 12:13 they should name it Denton Sonnenschein Reply Link Dave Cameron 27 May 2010 at 12:50 That video is HILARIOUS!!!!!! Do you think they did it all in one take? It’s amazing the way they read each other’s minds, answering questions without any questions being asked. It’s definitely worth watching right to the end for Howard Morris’s “I’m so excited by this merger” finale. I’d hate to see him bored by something…… Reply Link Joe C 27 May 2010 at 16:45 Please do not foget that SNR New York is the former high powered New York finance practice of Thacher Profit and Wood, which is a natural fit to the DWS London office. The TPW team has only recently joined so there is a lot of growth for that. SNR is as much a NY firm as it is a Chicago firm. Along with the DWS growth markets this will make a powerful combination in the long term. Give it a couple of years I think these guys are going to be heard. Reply Link Nick reynolds 27 May 2010 at 17:14 A comment on the video….OUCH it is painful to watch Reply Link Anonymous 27 May 2010 at 18:02 Looks like a smart move to me. This bumps them a few rungs up the ladder Reply Link Anonymous 27 May 2010 at 20:06 Yes, I agree Denton Sonnenschein sounds much better! Reply Link David Ufuoma Omamogho 27 May 2010 at 20:44 The important thing is that both firms are in agreement in fulfilling a mutual and common vision that will profit the merger as a whole; That i believe is the recipe for their continued and creative growth in line with current trends Reply Link Anon 27 May 2010 at 22:18 Sensible move. Reply Link Qasim11876 29 May 2010 at 15:25 We might presume that they will have an eye to move into the Asian market in the near future. Regard http://www.makemoney.pk Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.