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EMERGING FOR MERGING - The Southeast could be a hot merger market in 2021, as cities like Atlanta, Charlotte and Nashville with relatively strong economies during the pandemic attract outside law firm interest, Major Lindsey & Africa legal recruiters DeVane Tidwell and Robert Graff told Law.com’s Meredith Hobbs. The pandemic “forces introspection” by firms, Tidwell said, because “inadequacies in any practice are magnified.” One way firms try and rectify that is through acquiring laterals or even a merger. The pandemic has accelerated merger interest, the recruiters said, and the Southeast could be terrain for national firms seeking new markets.

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