“Kelley Drye in Merger Talks with Collier Shannon”

Want to let some of our readers know their firm might be acquired….

“New York-based Kelley, Drye & Warren is in advanced merger talks with the 82-lawyer D.C. firm Collier Shannon Scott, both firms confirmed Tuesday.

“The firms have yet to sign a letter of intent, but both partnerships are expected to make a decision in the coming weeks, says Brad Mutschelknaus, managing partner of Kelley Drye’s Washington office.

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“A combined firm would more than double Kelly Drye’s Washington presence to about 125 lawyers, and bring the corporate litigation firm a mix of regulatory practices, including Collier Shannon’s advertising, international trade and antitrust groups.

“The merger would be the latest in a string of acquisitions in the D.C. legal market, which has seen many local midsize firms swallowed up by out-of-town players looking to bolster their presence inside the Beltway.”

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