Thelen Reid trawls City for merger

US firm Thelen Reid & Priest is looking for UK merger partners.

The 400-lawyer firm is the first in the US to confirm that it is

investigating a merger with a City firm, since talks between Rogers & Wells

and Clifford Chance were revealed.

New York managing partner Jonathan Siegfried says: “US firms are looking

at various international options but Thelen Reid favours a merger with a UK

firm.”

He adds that the firm has already had several approaches from “impressive”

UK firms.

“The Clifford Chance situation seems to indicate that such combinations

are possible and that makes it an option,” says Siegfried.

Thelen Reid was formed a year ago when California's Thelen Marrin Johnson

merged with Reid & Priest, based in New York and Washington DC.