Kennedys will formally merge with aviation practice Gates & Partners this weekend (1 June).
The acquisition will add 20 partners to the insurance firm spread across four offices in London, Dubai, Singapore and Brussels. The merged firm will consist of more than 1,120 people worldwide, including 176 partners in total.
News of the talks first broke in October last year,
Senior partner Nick Thomas said in a statement: “Our expansion continues to be predicated on client need and organic growth and this merger enables us to do what we do best: dedicate ourselves to a particular sector and add real value by combining legal knowledge and industry insight.
“This approach has served us well in several other sectors. It’s a powerful combination which adds greater value to our clients’ businesses.”
The addition will be a significant boost to Kennedys existing practice, which is currently based in Miami having launched an office there in 2010 (23 September 2010).
The deal will see the exit of Gates and Partners’ senior partner Sean Gates who will initially be kept on in a consultant role.
He said: “Gates and Partners has carved out a position as the only international law firm wholly dedicated to the aviation and aerospace sectors and it will now be able to grow further, benefitting from Kennedys international platform, wider legal expertise and its strong sector focus.”
The firm is also in ongoing talks to tie-up with Scottish firm Simpson & Marwick (21 November 2012).