Squire Patton Boggs is launching an Atlanta office by recruiting three attorneys away from Dentons.

Ann-Marie McGaughey, whose practice focuses on corporate transactions, will be managing partner of the new office, Squire Patton Boggs said in a Jan. 18 announcement.

Wayne Bradley, an M&A lawyer whose work includes advising private equity firms, and Petrina McDaniel, a corporate litigator who specializes in privacy and data security, will join her.

The Atlanta location will be the firm’s 18th U.S. office and 47th worldwide.

“Atlanta is home to a vibrant and growing business community where we already have clients and contacts,” Steve Mahon, the firm’s global managing partner for clients and strategy, said in a written statement.

The trio haven’t officially left Dentons to join the new office yet, a spokesman for Squire Patton Boggs told Bloomberg Law. He declined to answer further questions on the expansion plan.

Squire Patton Boggs is smaller than Dentons, but still one of the nation’s largest law firmswith more than 1,500 lawyers. It resulted from the 2014 merger of Patton Boggs and Squire Sanders.

Bradley, McGaughey, and McDaniel worked for Atlanta law firm McKenna Long & Aldridge prior to its absorption by Dentons in 2015.