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Dentons and McKenna Long to merge

Merged US practices to be known as Dentons US

9 April 2015

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By Manju Manglani, Editor (@ManjuManglani)

Dentons US and McKenna Long & Aldridge have confirmed that they will merge "later in 2015".

This is the second merger announced this year by global law firm Dentons, which said in February that it plans to combine with PRC firm Dacheng Law Offices and rebrand as '?? Dentons' by the end of April.

The merged US practices will be known as Dentons US, consigning McKenna Long & Aldridge's brand to history.

"Our merger with Dentons is the result of a thoughtful, year-long strategic planning process culminating in a positive path for the future of McKenna Long and our clients," said Jeff Haidet, chair of McKenna Long.

Haidet will serve as co-CEO of Dentons US together with Peter Wolfson, current CEO of Dentons US. Mike McNamara will continue as managing partner of Dentons US following the merger.

Leadership in the firm's other regions will remain unchanged. Dentons will continue to be led by Elliott Portnoy as global chief executive, Joe Andrew as global chair and, following the combination with Dacheng, Peng Xuefeng as chair of the global board.

By mutual decision, not all lawyers and professionals will join the combined firm. The firms said announcements will be made when individuals determine where they are going to continue their careers.



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