The term "merger" tends to be used broadly and loosely. However, even in its most elastic configuration it couldn't be applied to the kind of combination which has taken place between law firms Kenyon & Kenyon and Andrew Kurth.
As lawyer-journalist, Kathryn Rubino, reports in Abovethelaw, forever it seemed distressed law firm Kenyon & Kenyon has been struggling to find a merger partner. Its lawyer headcount declined to about one-third of what it had been.
The underground buzz had been that it was getting hitched with law firm Andrew Kurth. Even a domain name containing the two brandnames had been discovered.
But, alas, there was no merger. Instead the remaining 55 lawyers at Kenyon & Kenyon did a lateral to Andrew Kurth.
Now we are waiting for leakers to tell how things are going with that kind of combination. What about staff? Will they be declared "redundant?"