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McKenna Long founder turns back on Dentons merger to set up CC Long

By Neasa MacErlean

24 August 2015 at 08:52 BST

Clay Long, a founder of McKenna Long & Aldridge, has cited conflict of interests with some of his existing clients and will continue to serve long-standing clients which bottle Coca-Cola in new practice CC Long Law.

Alongside another former McKenna Long lawyer, David Brown (now at BakerHostetler), he will be advising on the mega merger of three Coca-Cola bottlers that is creating Coca-Cola European Partners, a business whose revenue is projected at US$12.6b for 2015. 

Unavoidable conflicts

The Dentons-McKenna merger took place on 1 July. Mr Long, now aged 79, emailed his colleagues to say: 'McKenna Long & Aldridge is merging with the Dentons law firm, a great opportunity for the firm. Unfortunately, however, certain clients of mine have unavoidable conflicts of interest with certain of Dentons' clients. It is therefore necessary that I retire from the firm.' Source: Daily Report 


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