Schiff Hardin LLP and Arent Fox LLP today announced a formal agreement to merge, effective March 1, 2022. Operating under the name ArentFox Schiff, the new firm will be home to more than 600 lawyers and policy professionals and serve as a destination for an international roster of corporations, governments, private individuals, and trade associations.
ArentFox Schiff will be based in seven U.S. markets that include Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, and Ann Arbor, and provide comprehensive, industry-focused transactional, regulatory, and litigation counseling. ArentFox Schiff will be led by Chair Anthony V. Lupo and Co-Firmwide Managing Partners Cristina A. Carvalho and Joseph J. Krasovec III.
“We are merging at a time when both firms are having record-breaking years in terms of production and profitability,” said Arent Fox Chair Anthony V. Lupo. “Schiff Hardin’s excellent reputation is a reflection of their legal talent, storied history, and a client-first approach. This combination doubles our Corporate, Finance, and Litigation capabilities, and enhances our ability to anticipate and respond to our clients’ most important business problems. As a result, we have built out our full-service counseling for companies in industries that are driving the global economy.”
“By joining forces with Arent Fox, our clients will benefit from the collective talents and resources of two market-leading firms,” said Schiff Hardin Managing Partner Joseph J. Krasovec III. “Both firms value creativity and client service excellence. Going forward, ArentFox Schiff will prioritize investing in legal talent and innovation that enables us to continue to be an industry leader in gateway U.S. markets.”
ArentFox Schiff will be a leader in providing comprehensive legal counsel to the finance and corporate sectors, and remain a destination for clients in the real estate, environmental and agricultural, beverage and food, consumer products and product liability, health and life sciences, fashion and retail, and sports and entertainment industries.
“Arent Fox and Schiff Hardin share the same core values and commitment to client service,” said Arent Fox Firmwide Managing Partner Cristina A. Carvalho. “ArentFox Schiff will offer our clients more resources, expanded talent and experience, and a broader geographic reach. In addition, our complementary practices and similar cultures offer tremendous advantages for clients in need of bet-the-company litigation, first-class transactional, and superior regulatory counseling.”
Combined, the firm will offer significant breadth and depth of experience in practice areas that include Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring, Complex Litigation, Government Relations, Intellectual Property, International Trade & Investment, Private Clients, and general regulatory counseling.