Super-agent Andrew Wylie has struck a deal with Spanish agent Carmen Balcells to merge their two shingles. The new firm, which brings together Wylie's eponymous New York-based agency with Balcells's Barcelona-based firm, will be called Balcells & Wylie.

Balcells is considered by many one of the preeminent literary agents of the Spanish-language market, having represented authors like Pablo Neruda and Gabriel García Márquez. Wylie's agency, which has a second office in London, is known for representing an army of literary authors and for its strength in the estate business. Among others, the Wylie Agency represents the estates of Diane Arbus, Kingsley Amis, Saul Bellow and Roberto Bolaño.

A joint statement from Wylie and Balcells said: "We've followed and admired each other for years, and we look forward to working closely with each other beginning today. Our goal is to provide increased strength, reach and longevity to the representation of clients, and we're excited by and fully committed to the opportunities this provides."