Singapore’s Rodyk name lives on in Dentons merger

by Steve Randall26 Apr 2016
Singapore’s Rodyk name lives on in Dentons merger
Global law firm Dentons has formally completed its merger with Singapore’s oldest law firm Rodyk. The firms’ intention to merge was announced last November and the formalization effective 25th April 2016 sees the launch of a new brand, Dentons Rodyk.
Although globally, the firm is generally known as simply Dentons (大成 in Chinese) the retention of the Rodyk name for the Singapore region reflects the heritage of that brand.
The firm says that its global approach remains unchanged, suggesting that local names will not be routinely appended for future mergers. There has been no announcement on whether Australia’s Gadens name will feature when that merger is formalized.
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McConnell will also join Clyde’s Asia-Pacific management board along with Hong Kong partner Gloria Jones and Ik Wei Chong who has been appointed managing director, Asia and will continue to split his time between the Shanghai and Singapore offices.
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