As law firms feel continued pressure to expand or risk perishing, more law firm tie-ups are coming together.

Philadelphia-based Ballard Spahr LLP, with more than 500 lawyers, also said Tuesday it plans to take on 110 lawyers from Lindquist & Vennum LLP, a Minneapolis-based firm specializing in midmarket private equity and mergers-and-acquisitions work.

In the face of stagnant demand for legal services, many firms have turned to mergers to boost market share and stay competitive. There were 52 combinations announced in the U.S. in the first half of the year, according to legal consultancy Altman Weil, topping previous midyear highs. Many of the deals this year have included one international firm, and the majority involves acquisitions of firms with 20 or fewer attorneys.

For Ballard Spahr, merging with Lindquist & Vennum was motivated by an interest in expanding the firm’s business and finance practice, said Ballard chairman Mark Stewart. The smaller firm has offices in Minneapolis, Denver and Sioux Falls, S.D., and will take on the Ballard Spahr name as of Jan. 1.

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