New multinational law firm makes it official

Another Canadian firm goes global. Goodbye FMC, hello Dentons

By Melanie Dziengo

On Tuesday April 2nd, 2013

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The legal landscape is changing. Today, three law firms — including a Canadian one — have officially formed the multinational law firm Dentons. The three firms involved in the merger are Canadian law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP and global law firms Salans LLP and SNR Denton. The newly created firm has over 2,500 professionals in 52 countries.

The multinational makeup of the firm means that it will be able to serve clients around the world. It also means it will not have a dominant national culture, or one main headquarters. According to Dentons Canada LLP’s CEO, Chris Pinnington, the new firm will have particular benefits here at home, providing “enhanced depth and value to Canadian clients expanding abroad and to international clients as they invest in Canada.”

This isn’t the first time a Canadian law firm has gone international. In 2011, Ogilvy Renault merged with business law powerhouse Norton Rose, as did Macleod Dixon in 2012.