We’ve never been more excited about what the future holds for our firm, our industry and the clients we serve. But just as our business has matured so has the business of our clients. They are participating in sophisticated transactions and building their businesses that create demand for legal services that reach beyond our core practice areas. We have been increasingly and consistently referring certain work to other firms across a variety of specialties. And while it hasn’t been a tremendous disruption to servicing our clients, it forced us to consider whether we should broaden our service offering.
Recently, we were approached by Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp about the possibilities of merging with them to expand their corporate securities practice. There were other firms that had approached us in the past, names that many people would recognize in the world of corporate securities, which might seem a more obvious fit. But we were never interested in merging for the sake of merging. And combining with a larger corporate firm to go and do more of the same never felt appealing.
As we went through a period of mutual due diligence we discovered a remarkable fit. Not just in the alignment of practice areas. It went way beyond that. We found an alignment in culture, business philosophy, and strategic vision. We felt as if we found a mirror image of the firm we’ve worked so hard to build. And being able to expand our footprint to support our growth in the middle markets was very appealing.
The opportunity to merge with MSK has provided a path for growth and service to our clients, existing and future. And effective July 1st, 2015 we are proud to join such a prestigious firm and become a part of MSK. And while there are sentimental feelings that come from seeing the name Richardson Patel fade away from the landscape we are more energized than we’ve ever been to combine forces with a firm with a reputation like MSK’s and look forward to many more years of service to our clients.
Sincerely,Nimish PatelVISIT NEW SITE