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Hunton & Williams to merge with Texas law firm

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Hunton & Williams LLP is merging with Texas-based Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP to create a combined law firm with 1,000 lawyers.

When the merger is completed on April 2, the combined firm will be called Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

The deal will make the Hunton Andrews Kurth one of the 50 largest law firms in the U.S. in terms of headcount and revenue. The firm will have 15 domestic and five international locations.

Wally Martinez, the managing partner of Hunton & Williams, will serve as managing partner of the combined firm. Robert V. Jewell, managing partner of Andrews Kurth Kenyon, will become managing partner emeritus.

“This is a merger of two great firms already aligned around complementary practices and geography,” Martinez said in a statement. “Together we strike a bolder geographic footprint in key markets and establish ourselves as a powerhouse in Texas.”

The current Hunton & Williams Executive Committee Chairman George C. Howell III will remain chairman of the combined firm’s executive committee. It will include five legacy Andrews Kurth Kenyon partners and nine legacy Hunton & Williams partners.

Hunton Andrews Kurth will have approximately 300 lawyers in four Texas offices, more than 200 in Richmond and more than 150 each in New York and Washington.

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