NGJ closes in on US merger with Kirkpatrick & Lockhart

City firm Nicholson Graham & Jones (NGJ) has entered the final stages of merger discussions with US national firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart just six months after negotiations with Pinsents broke down.

The transatlantic firm will be known as Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham and will contain more than 900 lawyers. Kirkpatrick has 10 offices in the US but this is its first step outside its home market.

In a joint statement, Peter Kalis, chairman of Kirkpatrick and Michael Johns, NGJ’s chairman, said: “Further expansion into continental Europe as well as other key US markets will be an early priority for the firm.”

The management committee of Kirkpatrick and the partnership board of NGJ have approved the talks, informed partners and hope that negotiations will be completed by September or October, when there will be a final partnership vote.