Ballard Spahr and Lindquist & Vennum announced today that they have agreed to merge effective January 1, 2018.
The combined firm, which will retain the name Ballard Spahr, will have more than 650 lawyers in 15 offices nationwide. Ballard is the larger of the two firms with about 500 lawyers.
Ballard Spahr is based in Philadelphia and has an office in Wilmington.
Lindquist & Vennum, which advises clients in corporate M&A, finance, and litigation matters and is recognized as a leader in middle-market dealmaking.
The merger will enhance practice capabilities at Ballard Spahr, particularly in the areas of private equity and strategic mergers and acquisition transactions.
It also extends Ballard Spahr’s national footprint into the Midwest, giving the firm offices in Minneapolis and Sioux Falls, SD, and an expanded presence in Denver. The Minneapolis office will be Ballard Spahr’s largest office outside of Philadelphia.
Ballard Spahr Chair Mark Stewart stated: “Lindquist & Vennum is a first-rate law firm with considerable strength in areas we want to expand. A strategic priority of our firm is the continued growth of our corporate transactional practice. This merger will add a sizeable group of experienced corporate partners to our Business and Finance Department and significantly increase our M&A capabilities, particularly in the private equity space. On every level, this combination feels right.”
Ballard Spahr LLP, an Am Law 100 law firm with 13 offices in the U.S. For more information, please visit www.ballardspahr.com.