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Dentons to combine with top Scottish firm

Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 10:31 AM | By John Chunn


Dentons announced on July 21 that it is to combine with leading Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens.

The combination, which is expected to complete later in 2017 following approval by the partnerships of both firms, will offer clients the services of around 800 fee earners in the U.K., including 200 partners, operating from offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Milton Keynes and Watford.

"This combination will significantly enhance our scale and capabilities in the U.K.," said Dentons' global chief executive officer Elliott Portnoy. "Combining with strong, independent and well-established firms is central to Dentons' "in and of the community" ethos, and with its rich history in the Scottish market Maclay Murray & Spens fits very much into this category.''

"Maclay Murray & Spens is a Scottish leader in some of our strongest practices and sectors including financial services, energy, transport & infrastructure and real estate," said Jeremy Cohen, CEO for Dentons' U.K. and Middle East region.

"Joining forces with the world's largest law firm is tremendously exciting for us," said Kenneth Shand, CEO of Maclay Murray & Spens. "With offices across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific, Dentons will unquestionably be the only significant player in Scotland which is a genuinely global firm. We will have a unique ability to offer Scottish businesses with international ambitions access to the largest array of legal talent in the world, and international firms with an interest in Scotland, the resources of one of the world's most innovative and forward-thinking law firms."