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Kensington Swan to combine with Dentons

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Kensington Swan has announced that it intends to combine with Dentons, the world's largest law firm.

It says the combination, following approval by partners and subject to meeting regulatory requirements, is expected to launch early next year.

Since entering the Australasian region in 2016 with offices in Australia and Papua New Guinea, Dentons has been named the fastest growing law firm in Australia, opening offices in all of the major Australian markets and growing lawyer ranks by 25%, in the last 12 months.

Dentons is reported to have over 8,600 lawyers and professionals in 175 offices in 78 countries. It was founded in March 2013 when several firms merged.

"With Australia and New Zealand being such close economies, the combination with a leading law firm like Kensington Swan will enable greater coordination across the region for the benefit of clients," says Doug Stipanicev, CEO of Dentons Australia region.

"Kensington Swan is attracted to Dentons’ willingness to challenge the status quo and to deliver innovative solutions to clients, while never compromising on quality or professionalism. This ethos matches Kensington Swan's pragmatic approach to legal advice, which supports our clients' strategic and commercial goals," Charles Spillane, CEO of Kensington Swan, says.