The rumours were true: McMillan and Lang Michener have merged. The announcement was made today by McMillan CEO Andrew Kent at the firm’s head office on the 44th floor of Brookfield Place (which, conveniently, is the building where both firms’ Toronto offices are located).
The new firm, to be named McMillan, will have one of the largest rosters and biggest reaches in Canada: nearly 400 lawyers in Canada’s five largest cities, plus Lang Michener’s Hong Kong office. The new firm’s areas of practice will incorporate the shared strengths of McMillan and Lang Michener, including: energy law, insurance, financial services, mining, real estate and technology.
The merger becomes official January 1. It’s one of the larger firm marriages that’s taken place since the 1989 Supreme Court decision that allowed for the creation of national law firms.