Kennedys and US insurance firm Carroll McNulty & Kull (CMK) have completed their merger, giving the firm over 1000 lawyers across the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.
The US legacy firm has retained its branding in the region with the new offering, now named Kennedys CMK in the US.
The merger extends Kennedys offices to New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Texas, bringing the firm’s global office count to 32. Kennedys’ Miami office will also take on the name Kennedys CMK.
The firm’s US offering specialises in coverage and defence work encompassing general liability, cyber risk, professional liability, medical malpractice, construction defect, property and casualty, surety, fidelity and reinsurance across all sectors. It also advises on construction and healthcare, commercial litigation, real estate and employment.
One of CMK’s founders, Chris Carroll, has joined Kennedys’ Global Strategy Board as part of the move.
Kennedys senior partner Nick Thomas said: ‘I’m thrilled to complete our merger with CMK, an exceptional firm with an outstanding reputation in the US that shares the same insurance focus as we do.’
‘The global nature of the insurance market means that our clients will benefit from the expertise CMK can offer in the US. Likewise, CMK’s clients will benefit greatly from access to our network of specialists, stretching from Dublin to Auckland, and many points in between,’ he added.
Carroll said that CMK had worked with Kennedys for over 10 years on some of the biggest insurance cases of recent years. ‘We know that we are joining forces with a firm with ambitions and a reputation to match our own and we look forward to continued growth with trusted friends, ’ he said.
Since the second half of 2016, Kennedys has opened five offices around Latin America, in Brazil, Peru, Chile, Colombia and Mexico.
This article first appeared on The Lex 100‘s sister publication, Legal Business.