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Dentons appoints former US presidential candidate Newt Gingrich as an adviser

The Honorable Newt Gingrich

Dentons has appointed former US presidential candidate Newt Gingrich as an adviser to the firm‘s public policy and regulation practice.

Gingrich, who was previously speaker of the House of Representatives between 1995 and 1999, ran as a candidate for the Republican nomination for president in the 2012 election.

Though the politician has no legal training it is understood he will work with the firm to advise clients on navigating the political landscape. He will take up the role on 1 June.

Dentons global chairman Joe Andrew said Gingrich’s appointment would help clients who “need insight from leaders who know how to navigate the critical intersection of business, law, regulation and policy.

“Known as an innovator, a challenger and a leader, Newt’s ability to engage and advance the goals of our clients fits perfectly with Dentons’ commitment to deliver to clients high quality talent everywhere they want to do business.”

Gingrich said the firm’s recent expansion in the US following its tie-up with McKenna Long & Aldridge in April (9 April 2015) was a “real draw”.

“The firm is committed to doing something unique, challenging the traditional and innovating in the legal profession with an emphasis on knowing and understanding communities around the world for the benefit of clients,” he continued.

Dentons’ most recent merger in the States came 18 months after initial merger talks between the two firms fell through (10 April 2015).

It is reported that Gingrich had ties with lawyers at McKenna Long & Aldridge from his time as a congressman in Georgia, which facilitated his hire by Dentons.

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