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In today’s economic environment, the concept of “doing business” has become increasingly complex. More and more businesses have become global, and even local ones are affected by global forces and trends. In 2005, DLA Piper became one of the world’s largest and most prominent legal service providers through a merger of unprecedented scope. The motivation for doing so was not about size or prestige or putting pins in a map. It was to create a global organisation capable of quickly and efficiently serving the most important legal needs of clients wherever they do business; whether it is across multiple jurisdictions or in a single market.
Today, DLA Piper has 4,200 lawyers in more than 30 countries throughout the world’s established and emerging business centers across the US, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. With a presence in Latin America since 2010, the firm recently completed a combination in Mexico City with Gallastegui y Lozano, SC. The combination brings DLA Piper’s global platform and breadth of practice areas together with the longstanding and distinguished reputation of GyL, which has a 30 year history in the Mexican legal market. It also enhances DLA Piper’s growing capabilities and strategy in Latin America, including the firm’s presence in Venezuela with DLA Interjuris Abogados in Caracas, and its cooperation agreement with Campos Mello Advogados and foreign consultancy in Brazil. DLA Piper believes such a rich global network is only valuable if it helps to better serve the needs of the client. The firm is able to offer clients the advantage of one outside law firm with the depth and geographic coverage to meet most, if not all, of their legal needs around the world.
Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate: DLA Piper’s corporate practice includes 250 lawyers in the US and 600 worldwide, who advise clients on capital markets, securities compliance governance, IT, tax, executive compensation and technology issues.
Finance: The lawyers in the firm’s finance practice – 150 in the US and more than 500 worldwide – are fully prepared to provide clients with up to date guidance and representation on all aspects of financial lending and restructuring matters.
Intellectual property and technology: DLA Piper’s intellectual property and technology practice includes nearly 200 lawyers in the US and approximately 500 lawyers worldwide, making it among the largest IP practices in the world.
Government affairs: DLA Piper’s 250 lawyer government affairs and regulatory team counsels clients on federal, state and local government and regulatory matters, as well as all levels of legislation and policy. Among the group’s members are several former high-ranking government officials.
Litigation: DLA Piper’s litigation and arbitration practice, with more than 500 lawyers in the US and 1,500 worldwide, collaborates with clients and counterparts to identify and execute the most advantageous business oriented solutions.
Real estate: With nearly 200 lawyers in the US and more than 500 worldwide, DLA Piper’s real estate practice is one of the world’s largest and the group handles all aspects of real estate transactions.
Tax: DLA Piper’s global Tax Group – consisting of approximately 300 tax lawyers and economists globally – is experienced in the areas critical to multinational companies.
Restructuring: With 260 dedicated restructuring lawyers globally, DLA Piper has the knowledge, experience and resources to address clients’ restructuring and insolvency needs locally and internationally.
Employment: With over 300 lawyers across the globe, DLA Piper’s global employment team is one of the largest in the world, with one of the widest geographical footprints of any international law firm.
Tel: 212 335 4500 • Fax: 212 355 4501
Americas co-chairmen: Roger Meltzer, Jay Rains
Americas co-managing partners: Stasia Kelly, Michael Poulos
Number of partners worldwide: 1,300
Number of lawyers worldwide: 4,200
Languages: Over 60
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