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Like an upscale wedding, there is much hard work and many months of planning involved in pulling off a successful merger between two large law firms. The first stage is the courtship and getting-to-knowyou period, which can last from a few weeks to many months – or longer. Then there is the public announcement and the setting of the date. Between the announcement and the happy day, there is a tremendous flurry of activity (and angst) involved in making preparations, printing stationery, making financial arrangements, launching the new public image and, finally, presenting the joined couple to the world as a newly-united team.

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