Akerman Senterfitt nearing a merger deal with Wolf Block?

May 17, 2008 Akerman Senterfitt is close to consummating a merger with a 300-lawyer Philadelphia-based firm that would broaden its national platform, according to sources familiar with the talks. The merger would give the 12-office Akerman Senterfitt greater national reach, into such markets as Wilmington, Del.; Boston, New Jersey and Philadelphia. A deal would also buttress the firm's presence in New York.

Akerman Senterfitt has expanded its attorney roster from 432 lawyers in fiscal year 2006 to its current 500 attorneys, while Wolf Block grew its headcount by 4.5 percent in 2007 to 304 attorneys.

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