International law firms Allen & Overy and Shearman & Sterling have announced a merger to create a unique global law firm named Allen Overy Shearman Sterling (A&O Shearman for short). .Allen & Overy and Shearman & Sterling have 250 years of combined experience. Together, A&O Shearman will have 3,900 lawyers and 800 Partners across 49 offices. A&O Shearman will be the only global firm with United States law, English law and local law capabilities in equal measure. .As per a press release, the merger was driven by clients’ needs for a seamless global offering to support them in navigating an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and geopolitical environment..Senior Partner at Allen & Overy Wim Dejonghe said:“This combination of two great firms is such an exciting step for us. Both firms have a history of excellence, and together we think A&O Shearman will be a firm unlike any other in the world. We have listened to our clients and their requests for the highest quality advice to help navigate the demands they face, and to do so in an integrated and globally consistent way. We, A&O Shearman, will do this by accelerating our ability to bring the best of both firms, regardless of geography.Shearman & Sterling is an incredible group of legal minds; a firm built on integrity and excellence, founded like us in a premier global financial capital and with an extraordinary group of longstanding clients. What excites me about this merger is the complementary cultures of our two firms. We have striking similarities across the board, and I believe we are going to be wonderful partners to one another on this journey.”.Senior Partner at Shearman & Sterling Adam Hakki said: “Client need for global elite firms has never been greater. They are calling for integrated global legal solutions and advice: merging with Allen & Overy will dramatically accelerate our ability to meet their needs in an increasingly complex environment. Allen & Overy is an outstanding firm whose work we have long admired and thought of as a kindred spirit. We have both always placed great emphasis on attracting and retaining top talent, were early to globalize, and are relentlessly focused on quality, excellence, and collaboration.This is truly a game-changing moment for both firms that will create an unparalleled offering for our clients. It is also a fantastic opportunity for our people to be part of a transformative transaction and an institution of such significance, and we look forward to recruiting even more stellar talent in the coming years.”. The proposed merger is subject to customary closing conditions, including a vote of the Partners of each of the respective firms.