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Mergers Advisory

Law firms may consider a merger to increase their geographic footprint, to enter a new market, to achieve economies of scale, to better serve clients or for a variety of other reasons.

Effective mergers between law firms require deep knowledge of Financial, Cultural and Strategic aspects of law firms. Sheppard Brown has excellent access to key decision makers and maintains outstanding pedigree in the financial and non-financial aspects of law firms, allowing us to provide the following services to our clients:

  • Merger Broking

  • Merger Searches

  • Structuring

  • Boutique law firm sales

As the legal industry continues its rapid evolution, triggered by changes in the way law firm clients operate their businesses, the nature of their client base, technological advancement, and economic globalization. We thrive on the exciting changes in the industry and view them as strategic growth opportunities for law firms.

While each merger is unique, engagements typically include some or all of the following:


  • Work with the firms leadership to create an expansion strategy that will accelerate achievement of the firm’s short- and long-term vision

  • Conduct market analysis and build consensus among key partners around criteria for candidate firms

  • Develop a list of target firms based on our client’s priorities and facilitate meetings between firm leaders

  • Prepare for meetings with candidate firms by supplying relevant data and helping identify and articulate the value proposition for the combined firm

  • Formally and informally facilitate merger discussions, manage the due diligence process, and analyze data relevant to the combination

  • Develop and implement solutions to bridge performance and other gaps between the firms, as well as internal and external communications to achieve client objectives

  • Advise on realizing the benefits of the combination through client interviews and leveraging cross-servicing and cross-selling opportunities in the combined firm

Mergers Advisory


The Partnership Track and Moving for Immediate Partnership


This article is written as a guide for senior associates or counsel to assist you in securing immediate partnership at another firm. It also explores the nature of the partnership track and looks in detail at the criteria. Read more.

Mergers Advisory Consultants

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Clinton Brown

Managing Partner




Clinton Brown founded Sheppard Brown with the aspiration of delivering exceptional legal recruitment and executive search services to private practice and in-house clients internationally. Read more.

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