There’s only one trend in the US right now – getting hitched. Weeks after Cooley announced a combination with the Washington DC office of Dow Lohnes, Washington lobbying giant Patton Boggs has started flirting with Dallas-based Locke Lord and San Francisco’s Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has confirmed tie-up talks with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Good grief, we haven’t even mentioned Dentons’ merger talks with McKenna Long & Aldridge yet.
And these are just the big whoppers. Lower down the foodchain, Texan firm Cantey Hanger has acquired local aviation firm Smith & Moore, Florida-based Carlton Fields has merged with class-action defense boutique Jorden Burt and Florida’s Becker & Poliakoff has joined forces with Taylor & Carls. That’s a lot of love-ins for one month.
But it’s not just October that’s left US firms hankering for a partner. According to legal consultancy Altman Weil there’s been over 50 announcements of US firm mergers this year. Let’s hope the honeymoon period lasts.
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- New York-based Herzfeld Rubin Meyer & Rose (HRMR) has become the latest US firm to establish a presence in Myanmar
- Squire Sanders has signed an association agreement with eight-partner Ukrainian firm Salkom, boosting its presence in the country
- Debevoise & Plimpton, Linklaters and Irish firm Arthur Cox have won roles in the placement of a $1bn (£621.6m) seven-year Eurobond by Russian metals giant Norilsk Nickel