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I am curious as to which of the large, national firms have been formed through mergers and when those mergers happened. 

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The first national firm was McCarthy's when the SCC ruled that they could merge with Black and Co. in Alberta, back in the late 80s.  The mergers with Clarkson Tetrault and Shrum, Little & Hebenton happened shortly after.

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15 hours ago, Adapt said:

I am curious as to which of the large, national firms have been formed through mergers and when those mergers happened. 

I imagine each has a Wikipedia page which will tell you this information.

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6 hours ago, easttowest said:

I imagine each has a Wikipedia page which will tell you this information.

Indeed wikipedia has all of this information with just a quick Google search 

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I guess I was hoping to have more of a conversation than merely gathering facts. 

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I work at a large national firm that was formed through mergers and the partners in my office  said our firm’s merger was mostly due to fear of accounting firms gobbling up the legal market and competitor law firms merging to achieve economies of scale in response to the accounting firms. Our firm was apparently approached by a competitor about merging, and then did some market research, and merged with a different firm that they thought was a better fit.

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I know in Vancouver:

Bull, Housser & Tupper became Norton Rose Fulbright in 2016.

McCullough O’Connor Irwin LLP became Bennett Jones in 2018.

Swinton & Company became Miller Thomson in 2000.

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Also:

Fraser Milner Casgrain became Dentons;

Davis LLP became DLA Piper; and

Gowlings merged with WLG to become Gowling WLG.

 

 

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Also in Vancouver:

Ladner Downes became Borden Ladner Gervais in 2000; and

Russell & DuMoulin became Fasken Martineau DuMoulin in 2000.

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Dewey and Howe LLP merged with Cheetham LLP to form Dewy, Cheetham and Howe LLP

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5 hours ago, OWH said:

Dewey and Howe LLP merged with Cheetham LLP to form Dewy, Cheetham and Howe LLP

Old, old joke!

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Almost all firms have formed by merging.  I'd be curious if anyone can think of a large firm (doesn't have to be national) that grew organically without merging.

The most famous merging story of all time was the merger of Tory Tory Deslaurier & Binnington with Hayth Curley of New York, to form what was supposed to be Tory Hayth.  At the very party to celebrate the merger however Mr. Hayth got so blindingly drunk he sexually harrassed several female associates, leading to his resignation from the firm and dropping the name Hayth (the firm of course is now just Torys).

I also found it amusing when national firm Gowlings merged with Calgary's Code Hunter.  Well after a few years both Mr Code and Mr Hunter decided they didn't like being in a national firm, so they convinced a number of colleagues to go out to form a new law firm, called Code Hunter.  How that wasn't covered off in the merger agreement in the first place mystifies me.

 

 

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Blakes and Stikeman Elliot have both never merged with another law firm. I think ironically Goodmans had an arrangement with Philips & Vineberg and after that fell apart, they might be all on their own.

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On 11/20/2019 at 4:41 PM, erinl2 said:

Old, old joke!

That is because I am old. :)

I only have old and or dad jokes in my repertoire. I'm here til Thursday....try the veal. 

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