The world’s largest law firm by attorney headcount will have more than 7,300 lawyers — some 3,000 more lawyers than the next largest firm, according to a recent announcement.

Dentons said on Tuesday it has agreed to combine with Singapore’s Rodyk, with 200 lawyers, and Australia’s 500-lawyer Gadens law firm. The result will be a global enterprise which will have more than 12,700 people under one roof altogether, including other professionals and staff.

The deal, the plans of which were announced earlier this month, is expected to take effect in 2016 and create a law firm with more than $2 billion in revenue, Dentons CEO Elliott Portnoy has said.

In terms of lawyer headcount, Baker & McKenzie is the second-largest in the world, with 4,245 lawyers, according to the most recent American Lawyer ranking for the year 2014. The third-largest is DLA Piper with 3,700 lawyers.

According to these figures, DLA Piper and Baker & McKenzie combined have more than 600 lawyers than Dentons.

Dentons was formed just three years ago with a three-way merger between U.S.-based SNR Denton, Salans of France and Fraser Milner Casgrain of Canada. At the time, the firm had little more than 2,500 lawyers and professionals, but has grown rapidly ever since, scooping up lateral partners from competitors and sometimes whole firms.

Its most monumental announcement came in January when it said it would merge with China’s Dacheng Law Offices, to become the world’s largest law firm with more than 6,600 lawyers.

The firm considers itself “polycentric” — it doesn’t have any one base — and operates as a Swiss verein, with separate profit pools in different regions throughout the world.

Source - Bloomberg BNA