Hong Kong – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary (“DLA Piper”) today announced it has acquired the Singapore and Tokyo practices of Coudert Brothers, as well as a significant portion of its Beijing office, the latter transforming DLA Piper into one of China’s largest international legal services organisations. DLA Piper has secured a number of Coudert Brothers’ leading partners, associates and support staff around the region, following the impending dissolution of the multinational law firm.
DLA Piper Singapore will boost its number of fee-earners to 36 when five Coudert Brothers partners including local managing partner Lance J Miller and 12 lawyers join the organisation. The acquisition of Coudert’s Singapore practice, which was the oldest foreign law office in the country, complements and expands DLA Piper’s well-established practice especially in commercial, financial and transactional matters in the region.
In Beijing, local Coudert managing partner Tao Jingzhou and 14 other lawyers will join the organisation whilst in Shanghai five lawyers will join DLA Piper’s existing office; this increases the number of fee-earners here to 19.
The acquisition of the Tokyo operations provides the organisation with a local office in Japan; one partner and an associate will transfer to DLA Piper. The 30 year old Coudert practice in Tokyo provides DLA Piper with an established presence in the market, particularly in the areas of energy and sovereign lending.
In total, 10 people from Coudert will join as partners plus over 40 support staff will be absorbed into DLA Piper.
DLA Piper currently has offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok and Shanghai with a total of 35 partners, 116 lawyers and legal assistants across Asia. Earlier this year in Bangkok, DLA Piper recruited a six-lawyer telecoms team from Coudert Brothers, headed up by partners Chanvitaya Suvarnapunya and Chatchai Inthasuwan.
Nick Seddon, DLA Piper Asia Managing Director said: “Acquiring some of the jewels in the crown of a pre-existing international legal network which had been a competitor builds on our strength as one of the strongest Asia Pacific practices serving local and multinational clients. This is a win-win for the team at Coudert, DLA Piper and our clients. Our client base is similar, we do similar work and the corporate culture at both firms fit together very well.
“DLA Piper already has thriving offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai with an already strong China practice, and the decision of Beijing managing partner Tao Jingzhou is a vote of confidence about our future prospects in China.”