The bumpy road to the alter for Squire Sanders and Patton Boggs has made it at last with the firms announcing that they had voted to merge. The new firm, to be called Squire Patton Boggs, will have around 1600 lawyers (1200 from Squire Sanders and 300+ from Patton Boggs). It will also have 45 offices and the merger will take effect from 1 June.
Although the far smaller partner, the new firm will use Patton Boggs’ expertise in the lobbying, public law and white collar areas between law, government and business and will further advance the multi-pronged approach towards law and business.
Legal Business reports that the new firm will advise in sectors including banking and financial services, energy, utilities, insurance, life sciences, healthcare, transportation, technology and telecommunications.
The merger goes ahead after top 50 Global 100 firm Dentons approached Patton Boggs with an offer to combine last month. And, follows the collapse of merger talks between Texas-based Locke Lord and Patton Boggs late last year.
It follows reports from the US legal and national press that a vote on the merger had been halted after a court filing in relation to a new suit brought against Patton Boggs by Chevron Corp, which it was feared would interfere with a $15m settlement paid by Patton Boggs to exit that litigation.
Jim Maiwurm, Squire Sanders’ chair and global chief executive until the end of the year said: ‘Patton Boggs is the premier public policy firm in the world, and this combination establishes us as the ‘go-to’ firm for public policy work. We also gain a leading position in the Middle East and several new locations in the United States, while deepening our bench in a number of important practices areas, all of which strengthen our service platform.’
Patton Boggs managing partner