Sources say Boston, Philadelphia law firms in merger talks
The two law firms have been in discussions for at least two months, according to a third source with direct knowledge of the talks. The merger would create the 33rd largest U.S. law firm, according to financial figures for the year 2012 reported to the legal trade magazine American Lawyer.Blank Rome managing partner Alan Hoffman declined to confirm or deny the merger discussions, though he said no merger was imminent.
Both Nixon Peabody and Blank Rome have government affairs practices. In March, Nixon Peabody hired Scott Brown, the former senator from Massachusetts, in its Boston office.
At least 87 mergers among U.S. law firms have been announced in 2013, a particularly active year, according to legal consultancy Altman Weil.
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