Ottawa office of Fraser Milner Casgrain readies for merger

Mark Brownlee
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The parent company of one of Ottawa's largest law firms plans to combine forces with two of its international counterparts, a merger that it says would make it the seventh biggest collection of lawyers and professionals in the world.

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The proposed merger of Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP with Salans and SNR Denton will be put to a vote to the partners of the respective firms at the end of November.

Fraser Milner Casgrain is the 10th-largest law firms in Ottawa when ranked by the number of local lawyers, according to OBJ’s Book of Lists.

The firm’s high tech clients in the National Capital Region should see a major difference if the merger is approved, said Tom Houston, the managing partner of the Ottawa office.

The firm’s offices outside of Canada would give them “in house” expertise for handling international acquisitions rather than having to deal with another law firm.

“The world economy is increasingly globalized,” said Mr. Houston. “Our clients are increasingly requiring services outside Canada as well as within Canada.”

The Ottawa branch of the firm, which also helps clients with the federal government’s regulatory laws, employs 27 lawyers. Mr. Houston expected the merger would give them opportunities to expand on that number.

The new partnership, which the firms are hoping will begin at the start of next year, would be known as Dentons. It would have offices in cities across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Mr. Houston said the just over 200 partners in the firm will be voting on the proposed deal, which requires two-thirds support to be approved.

Organizations: Fraser Milner Casgrain

Geographic location: Ottawa, Canada, National Capital Region North America Europe Africa Asia.Mr

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