The merger market picks up: after CMS, could Q4 usher in a spate of law firm tie-ups?

Littler Mendelson's tie-up with France's Fromont Briens is the latest in a flurry of law firm mergers


The law firm merger front was quiet in the third quarter of 2016, but a spate of combinations announced within the past week suggests the end of the year is likely bring an upturn in merger news.

Last week’s partner vote confirming the merger of CMS Cameron McKenna, Nabarro and Olswang was followed by the news yesterday (17 October) that US firm Littler Mendelson is combining with France’s Fromont Briens, a 170-lawyer employment firm with offices in Paris and Lyon.

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