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Blank Rome has partnered with Brussels-based public affairs firm Interel, saying the goal is to help international clients coordinate their government relations and legal needs between Washington, D.C., and Brussels. The firms plan on offering legal, public affairs, government relations and strategic communications services to clients. The firms signed an agreement in Brussels yesterday that will allow the firms to share people, technology and clients, Blank Rome managing partner Carl M. Buchholz said. However, he was vague about specifics regarding the arrangement. Blank Rome already has a separate public affairs affiliate, Blank Rome Government Relations, which includes 29 legal, lobbying and strategic communications professionals. That group is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices up and down the East Coast. “This partnership brings together unique sets of strengths and capabilities that will add value to our collective clients and future clients,” Buchholz said in a statement. “It also clearly provides Blank Rome with additional value added resources and an even stronger differentiator for our law and government relations clients.” Buchholz said in an interview that the alliance will not be limited to the firm’s government relations affiliate, and Blank Rome has found that more of its law firm clients are benefiting from the partnership than government relations clients at this point. “A lot of the synergies are with the law firm clients,” Buchholz said. The firm hopes to expand its existing client base through joint marketing with Interel as a “one-stop shop” for government relations and legal needs for clients who have transatlantic needs, Buchholz said. The two firms are already working on matters in which Blank Rome handles the U.S. strategy and Interel handles the European focus, he said. With Brussels being the capital of the European Union

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