Dentons has a think

Earlier this month we asked if Dentons’ eyes were too big for its tummy, what with a McKenna Long & Aldridge merger on the cards. Is the firm fattening up too fast?

Not especially, given that the 14 November date to vote on the tie-up has passed with no decision made. A spokesperson said the combination talks were ongoing, with the “period of partner review” yet to be completed. Yawn.

“If anyone’s got a problem with this merger it’s most likely to be the US side,” a London-based source told The Lawyer earlier this month. “It wouldn’t affect profitability or cause a cost strain on European operations so people over here are pretty neutral. But for those in the US, it would be right on their doorstep.”

While we wait for the final decision, Dentons fanatics can read plenty else on the firm this week. First, we have former co-chief executive Howard Morris resurfacing at Morrison & Foerster as head of business restructuring and insolvency in London, after he resigned from Dentons last month. Next up, Dentons boosts its Middle East practice with the hire of two lawyers, from DLA Piper and Norton Rose Fulbright.

It’s all go.

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