As merger activity in the legal industry continues at a healthy clip, two countries appear to be commanding extra interest from firms looking to expand their operations: Australia and Canada.

Earlier this month, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey officially launched its Perth, Australia, office, completing the integration of 80 lawyers from the Perth office of Australian firm Minter Ellison. The mass hirings, which The Am Law Daily first reported on in August when they were announced, came less than a year Squire Sanders’ merger with U.K.–based firm Hammonds.

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