Dentons prepares to seal transatlantic merger with Sonnenschein

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  • Dentons could have held out for better, IMO. Perhaps Howard Morris wanted a merger where he could be in the driving seat?

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    They could have held out but Morris needed to take action, they had been coasting for too long.

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  • Is it not ironic that DWS have found a merger partner before SJ Berwin?

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  • 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?

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  • SNR Denton sounds like a toothpaste

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  • 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.

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  • @ 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?
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    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.

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  • @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.

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  • 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.

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  • they should name it Denton Sonnenschein

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