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Cross-border law firm mergers are up

Experts expect mega-merger trend to continue into 2013

Experts are seeing a trend in which more law firms are pursuing cross-border mergers to create megafirms comprising thousands of lawyers. The Wall Street Journal reports that in the past couple months, there have been three deals that will create huge firms with up to 3,800 lawyers.

U.K.-based Norton Rose and Houston-based Fulbright & Jaworski announced 2012’s biggest international merger in mid-November. The new firm, which will be known as Norton Rose Fulbright when the merger is complete on June 1, 2013, clocks in as one of the world’s largest, comprising 3,800 lawyers and 55 offices.

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