A tale of two takes on law firm mergers in '08

Firm mergers haven't slowed, but the total depends on the survey.

, The National Law Journal

Law firms didn't slow down their march to the altar in the second quarter of 2008, but just how many mergers occurred depends on whom you ask. Altman Weil announced a sharp increase in merger activity during the second quarter. It pegged law firm mergers at 26, compared with 18 in the first quarter. At the same time, competitor Hildebrandt International announced steady merger activity, with a total of 14, compared with 12 mergers in the first quarter of 2008. The discrepancy stems from how the two consultancies count the pairings.

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