22 January 2015

Dentons-Dacheng merger to dwarf other law firms

A proposed merger between Dentons and Dacheng Law Offices of China, voted through by both sides, would have 6,600 lawyers - 49 per cent more than Baker & McKenzie's, the world's largest law firm at the moment.

By Neasa MacErlean

Dentons is looking to merge with Chinese law firm Dacheng ArtisticPhoto

The firms are waiting regulatory approval from the Chinese authorities, according to a Dentons source. The plan is for Peng Xuefeng, founder partner of Dacheng, to be chair of the global board. Also playing top roles will be the Dentons global chair Joe Andrew and its global chief executive Elliott Portnoy. The firm would follow the 2012 Chinese-Australian structure used by King & Wood Mallesons. Baker & McKenzie has some 4,425 lawyers.Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

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