U.K. firm Ashurst and Australia’s Blake Dawson have announced a deal to combine their Asia operations and prepare for a full merger in 2014.

The plan, which was approved by votes at both partnerships Friday, also calls for Blake Dawson to adopt the Ashurst brand in Australia as well as in the combined Asia offices. The integration of the Asian offices and the re-branding of Blake Dawson are scheduled to take effect March 2012, with a vote on a full merger envisioned roughly two years after that.

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