The Atlanta legal market stands to see its second trans-Atlantic merger deal in as many years with the news that Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan could combine with U.K.-based Eversheds, but the path and outcome for Sutherland will likely be much different.

Unlike McKenna Long & Aldridge’s acquisition by global megafirm Dentons, Sutherland would not lose its name, and it would be a joint partner with Eversheds, according to the firms’ announcement Tuesday that they were in talks. Their equity partnerships were presented the tie-up proposal Tuesday and are expected to vote before the end of the year.

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