Dentons confirms “discussions” with US firm McKenna Long

Dentons has begun merger talks with US firm McKenna Long & Aldridge, just six months after the tripartite combination which formed the firm.

In a statement this morning the firm confirmed that it was in talks with McKenna Long in a move which would add 575 lawyers, mainly in the US, to its global presence.

The news comes just six months after the tripartite merger between Canada’s Fraser Milner Casgrain, European firm Salans, and UK-US outfit SNR Denton (22 February 2013).

Dentons said the firm had “been very clear in our determination to always deepen our capabilities to serve clients in the US and around the world. This has included discussions with firms and lawyers for whom we have great respect and share common goals”.

The statement pointed in particular to McKenna Long’s “industry-leading” government contracts practice and its insurance group. It also noted last year’s merger between McKenna Long and Californian firm Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps.

McKenna Long’s 15 offices are almost exclusively in the US, although it maintains a presence in Brussels and earlier this year launched in South Korea (12 March 2013). In August, the firm said it was also applying for a licence to launch in Shanghai.

Dentons’ statement said that it was continuing discussions with McKenna Long, but did not have a “relationship” to announce yet.