Salans, SNR and FMC approve three-way merger after partner votes

Partners at Salans, SNR Denton and Canadian firm Fraser Milner Casgrain (FMC) have ratified the firms’ three-way merger in votes taking place today.

Elliott Portnoy
Elliott Portnoy

All three firms approved the deal, with Salans partners asked to publicly state their voting preference in a firm-wide meeting earlier (28 November 2012).

The firm will be known as Dentons and will officially have no headquarters.

The trio said in a statement: “The partners of Salans, Fraser Milner Casgrain and SNR Denton today approved combining to create a new global law firm driven to give its clients a competitive edge in the world’s largest legal markets.”

The firms added: “Dentons will connect clients to the skill and expertise of more than 2,500 talented lawyers and professionals in 79 locations and 52 countries across Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, Europe and Central Asia, the Middle East, the UK and the US. It will be the seventh-largest law firm in the world, measured by number of lawyers and professionals.

The name of the firm will continue to incorporate the Salans, FMC and SNR brands initially.

The combined outfit will be headed by global CEO Elliott Portnoy and will be effective in the first quarter of 2013.