Dentons Australia may lack one part of Gadens

by Steve Randall20 Oct 2016
Dentons Australia may lack one part of Gadens
It was almost a year ago that global law firm Dentons announced it was to expand its footprint by merging with Australian firm Gadens and now it seems that one Aussie office may not be part of the eventual tie-up.

While the merger between the global firm and Singapore’s Rodyk & Davidson, which was also announced last November, has already completed, a range of issues are reported to have delayed the Australian deal.

Gadens offices in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide are expected to be part of Dentons Australia when the merger is completed, probably by the end of 2016; but in an interview with UK publication Legal Business, Dentons’ global chair Joe Andrew said that the Melbourne office may not join, citing the firm’s structure of separate partnerships in each office.
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