Law Firm M&A

We do work for law firms that are looking to expand by acquiring a smaller firm.  Although this often entails an out-of-market acquisition, we have located in-market firms that, unbeknownst to the potential acquirer, have been interested in a merger. 

We also are frequently approached by firms that are interested in combining with a larger firm or one of relatively equal size.  In many cases, these firms have been interested in becoming the local office of a national or regional firm that does not have a presence in their market.  The following are some representative examples of successes to-date.  In each case, we found the target firm, facilitated the introduction, helped to manage due diligence, and were intimately involved in closing the deal:

  •  Growth-oriented, national, AmLaw 100 law firm expands in a highly competitive market by acquiring a seven-lawyer white collar and commercial litigation boutique.  Acquired firm had routinely rebuffed merger attempts over the years, but, after reviewing our M&A materials, agreed to move forward;
  •  Well-respected AmLaw 200 firm acquires 23-lawyer general practice firm in one of the country’s hottest legal markets.  Acquirer had made repeated attempts over a rather lengthy period of years to expand in the market, but continually hit dead ends.  Attorney Career Catalysts was retained to find a suitable target firm and spearheaded its closing;
  • One of the leading firms in its market sought to expand its transactional capabilities.  Attorney Career Catalysts was engaged to lead a retained search and facilitated the client’s acquisition of a 13-lawyer general practice firm which had a number of essential transactional practices.