For firm leaders at Armstrong Teasdale, establishing a U.K. presence by combining with Kerman and Co. doesn’t just allow the firm to tap into London’s global network of financial industry clients, it will serve as the rapidly growing firm’s “entrée into Europe.”

Armstrong Teasdale’s European expansion efforts come in response to clients with increasingly international ambitions, managing partner David Braswell said. Intellectual property, for example, is a driving force of the firm’s international growth, as clients seek to protect their patents or trademarks in jurisdictions beyond the U.S.