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Hunton & Williams and Andrews Kurth Kenyon are in merger talks, two sources have told the New York Law Journal.

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/uploads/sites/378/2017/10/Hunton-Williams.jpg" alt="" width="616" height="372" /></a> Hunton &amp; Williams and Andrews Kurth Kenyon are��in merger talks, two sources have told the <em>New York Law Journal</em>. While it is not clear how far the talks have progressed, a merger vote is not imminently expected, the sources said. Hunton has��in recent years <a href="http://www.legalweek.com/sites/legalweek/2017/06/14/addleshaws-international-merger-talks-with-hunton-and-luther-go-cold/">held talks with��Addleshaw Goddard over a tie-up</a>, while Andrews Kurth has also been on the prowl for a combination,��even after��<a href="http://www.law.com/sites/almstaff/2016/08/29/andrews-kurth-to-hire-all-55-kenyon-kenyon-lawyers/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">acquiring intellectual property boutique Kenyon &amp; Kenyon last year</a>. Andrews Kurth, which has nearly 400 lawyers, has also spoken with other law firms, but the talks with 660-lawyer��Hunton appear to be more serious, sources said. Both US firms have offices��in London. Hunton has about 20 lawyers in the City, including seven partners, according to its website. The firm <a href="http://www.legalweek.com/sites/legalweek/2011/05/11/hunton-faces-raft-of-exits-in-london-after-office-refocus-3/">significantly downsized in��London��about six years ago</a>, when a number of corporate partners left, leaving the office to focus primarily on data protection and banking and finance. Andrews Kurth, meanwhile, has a five-partner London base led by arbitration partner Melanie Willems, who <a href="http://www.legalweek.com/sites/legalweek/2013/09/23/the-transfer-window-recent-moves-including-eversheds-bakers-and-oc/">joined from��Chadbourne &amp; Parke in 2013</a>. Some of Hunton and Andrews Kurth���s key financial metrics��are similar. Profits per equity partner are $1.26m at Andrews Kurth and $1.1m at Hunton, while revenue per lawyer is $820,000 at Hunton and $885,000 at Andrews Kurth. Revenue at Hunton, which��placed 63rd in <a href="http://www.legalweek.com/sites/legalweek/2017/04/28/the-am-law-100-2017-warning-signs-for-the-uk-market-as-americas-biggest-get-bigger/">the most recent Am Law 100 rankings</a>, rose 2.5% to $541m in 2016, while the 111th-ranked Andrews Kurth saw��turnover��fall 2.7%��to $289m. Both firms��have been hit��by a series of partner defections this year.��In June, a��team of Hunton competition lawyers, including five partners,��<a href="http://www.legalweek.com/sites/legalweek/2017/06/15/five-partner-hunton-competition-team-set-to-leave-for-shearman-in-washington-dc/">left to join Shearman &amp; Sterling in Washington DC</a>. Andrews Kurth spokeswoman Ashley Nelly said the firm���s managing partner, Bob Jewell, was not available to comment, while Buck declined to comment about his plans. Hunton spokeswoman Eleanor Kerlow said the firm had no comment. Addleshaws merger��discussions with Hunton, which began in 2015, are now <a href="http://www.legalweek.com/sites/legalweek/2017/06/14/addleshaws-international-merger-talks-with-hunton-and-luther-go-cold/">thought to be very unlikely to come to fruition</a>, with��one former Addleshaws partner��describing the talks��as ���very, very cold now���. <

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