DLA Piper, the global law firm, has announced that it will join with leading Danish law firm, LETT, by the end of May 2017. As a result, the firm will have five offices in the Nordic region with more than 370 lawyers, making it the largest law firm in the Nordic region.
LETT, which will rebrand as DLA Piper, is a full-service law firm with particular strengths in corporate M&A, insolvency and restructuring, pensions and insurance, and real estate, as well as the Danish public sector. It has around 150 lawyers in its Copenhagen and Aarhus offices. Founded in 1869, it will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2019.
With 4,200 lawyers and representation in more than 40 countries, DLA Piper is one of the world's largest law firms and will be the first global law firm with representation in Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. In total the firm will have more than 600 employees in the Nordic countries, more than 376 of whom are lawyers.
Hans Christian Brodtkorb, Managing Partner of DLA Piper Norway, said: "This is an important step for our presence in the region. We are working with an increasing number of international clients, including multinational companies from the Global 1000 and Fortune 500 lists, and we recently established a China desk at the Oslo office, to offer better service for Chinese investors in Norway. It is vital to our clients, both Norwegian and international, that we can work efficiently across country borders and in the global market.
"In particular, this integration will greatly strengthen our Corporate practice, which is a growth area for us in the Nordic region. DLA Piper now will be the top ranked law firm for overall M&A deal volume in the region, as well as on a European and global level."
Henrik Puggaard, Managing Partner at LETT, added: "At LETT we share the same ambition and vision as DLA Piper, to be the leading business law firm. In an increasingly competitive legal business, having a strong global vision and a commitment to innovation are essential to provide the high level of quality expected by the market. We are therefore proud to become part of one of the world’s largest and best law firms."
Simon Levine, Global Co-CEO at DLA Piper, said: "A key part of our strategy is to operate in all the major world economies and other important markets where our clients are based or do business. Together, the Nordic countries rank as a G20 economic entity and the region is home to some major international corporates. Many of our existing clients do business in the Nordics and by extending our presence in Denmark, we will now be able to offer them an unparalleled capability in the region and access to legal services which can meet their needs domestically, regionally and globally."