Kaye Scholer and Arnold & Porter Announce Merger
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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

Summary: Law firms Kaye Scholer and Arnold & Porter will merge their firms into one starting January 1, 2017.

Arnold & Porter LLP and Kaye Scholer LLP announced their plan to combine forces, effective January 1, 2017. Their new name will be Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP. The effort to merge will bring their lawyer count to roughly 1,000 and 13 offices – nine in the United States and four international.


The combined law firm will now have an even more renowned regulatory expertise, transactional practitioners, sophisticated litigation, and leading multidisciplinary practices in financial services industries and life sciences.  They will be able to provide these exemplary services through their offices in Washington D.C., New York, three California locations, Denver, Chicago, Houston, West Palm Beach, Shanghai, Brussels, and Frankfurt.

Currently Arnold & Porter is known for its cross-border regulatory, transactional and litigation services. Kaye Scholer excels in bankruptcy, finance, corporate, litigation, tax, real estate, and intellectual property matters.

Managing Partner at Kaye Scholer Michael B. Solow said, “This combination enhances our ability to anticipate and address our clients’ most significant and complex legal matters and will result in service offerings that are among the broadest and deepest in the two key US legal markets – New York and Washington D.C. The combination will also maximize our collective ability throughout our platform to provide sophisticated legal counsel and strategic guidance to public and private entities on litigation, transactional, and corporate governance matters.”

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Chair of Arnold & Porter Richard M. Alexander added, “The collective talents and financial resources of the new firm will allow us to continue to deliver to clients the sophisticated counsel and service that they expect, while creating substantial economies of scale that will accelerate our investments in talent and technologies and enable us to pursue innovation in the efficient delivery of legal services. The combination will allow us to stay true to the shared values of both firms. We will be one of the world’s leading pro bono law firms, continue to maintain a collegial work environment, and foster a consensus-based culture with an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.” Alexander will serve as Chair of the combined firm.

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