The tripartite merger which saw pan-European firm Salans merge with UK-US outfit SNR Denton and Canada’s Fraser Milner Casgrain took effect two months ago.
Promoted as a “polycentric” merger – in other words, like legacy Salans, Dentons has no headquarters – the tie-up created a sizeable global outfit. But like all mergers, the firm is now going through a period of integration, and rivals are using the opportunity to pick up new partners.
A number of Dentons lawyers have left in the past few weeks, most recently Frankfurt finance partner Bernhard Gemmel. Gemmel, along with an associate, has left for Bird & Bird. The UK firm also hired Polish senior associate Malgorzata Darowska from Dentons as a partner in Warsaw.
In Paris, US firm Bryan Cave went for litigators, hiring local dispute resolution head Constantin Achillas along with an associate earlier this month.
But Dentons is also on the acquisition trail, having turned to Germany’s Haarmann for a duo of partners in early May.
Over the next few months, things ought to settle down, letting Dentons focus on its integration.