British law firm MJ Hudson and MW Cornish & Co. have merged their respective private equity and hedge funds practices into a single firm.

The newly merged firm, known as MJ Hudson, plans to offer specialized legal services to the alternative assets industry.

The combined entity will have more than 30 lawyers in its offices in London and Jersey.

The merged firm also plans to launch offices in Hong Kong and other onshore and offshore centres by 2014.

The merger marks as a latest milestone to MJ Hudson’s expansion strategy.

Earlier this year, MJ Hudson merged with Jersey-based legal practice VerrasLaw to provide onshore/offshore offering to clients, as well as expanded its M&A and venture capital team with two senior lateral appointments.

Over the past 12 months MJ Hudson has doubled its number of clients, team size and revenue.

Eamon Devlin managing partner of MJ Hudson said: "Martin Cornish and his team are acknowledged experts in the hedge fund and regulatory arena and, with our combined expertise; we will have one of the most credible alternative asset practices covering private equity, hedge and other funds and managers."

Martin Cornish, partner at M.W. Cornish & Co said: "MJ Hudson has identical ambitions to our own and having already built up critical mass it made sense to put the two firms together rather than compete. We will now be able to provide our clients with a much broader range and depth of service."

MJ Hudson was set up in 2010 by Matthew Hudson, formerly a founding member of the SJ Berwin private equity group.
MW Cornish, which was previously merged with US firm Katten Muchin Rosenman back in 2005, was re-established by Martin Cornish in 2012.