Global law firm Dentons today announced that it will further its leading presence in the world's top financial centers with a combination between Dentons Europe LLP and Luxembourg's OPF Partners. OPF Partners' is a leading Luxembourg firm, rated by Chambers and The Legal 500 for banking and finance, corporate, investment funds, tax, real estate and dispute resolution. The firm's 34 lawyers, including nine partners, will join Dentons Europe LLP on January 1st, 2016.
In 2015, Dentons has entered or expanded in six of the world's leading financial centers, and this combination means that the Firm now has a presence in the following cities out of the 25 top financial centers in the world: London, New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul, Toronto, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Chicago, Boston, Frankfurt, Sydney, Dubai, Montreal, Vancouver, Shanghai, Doha and Shenzhen.
"In our 10th transformative initiative in 2015, Dentons has done more for its clients this year than any global firm,” said Dentons Global Chairman, Joe Andrew. “By listening to our clients and planning our strategy around their business goals, we are creating the law firm of the future—one that anticipates client needs and delivers the specific practice expertise and business experience required, in communities around the world."
Global Chief Executive Officer Elliott Portnoy added, "OPF Partners is recognized as one of Luxembourg's leading firms and its lawyers will be able to offer our clients elite counsel in this important European market, consistent with our polycentric approach of offering the best legal talent in communities around the world. We are very pleased to welcome this high quality team to the Firm."
Evan Lazar, Chairman of the Europe Board said, "Luxembourg plays a key role in the global and European investment fund and private equity sector, which is one of our core areas of focus and strategy. We are delighted to welcome our new colleagues from OPF Partners, with whom we have been working jointly for clients over recent years, and who share our commitment to excellence and building a leading pan-European practice.”
"We have already achieved a lot this year with our Milan launch, the hire of a substantial team in Hungary and the significant growth of our German practice with nine new partner appointments," said Chief Executive Officer for Europe Tomasz Dąbrowski. "This transaction implements another top priority under our strategic plan for Europe which we will continue to focus on in 2016 and the coming years."
Frédéric Feyten, Managing Partner of OPF Partners, commented, “We have always been committed to innovatively supporting local and international clients on the full spectrum of their Luxembourg projects. This combination will strengthen our capabilities in delivering pinpointed legal advice on a global scale. Luxembourg has achieved its status as a leading financial center, the largest European investment fund center, and a major private equity hub through its excellent services, international open-mindedness and stability. In this context, our teams are well positioned to solve the most challenging global client demands."
The news builds on Dentons' recent growth in Europe with the launch of a Milan office last month; the hire of 50 lawyers in Budapest earlier this year; and significant lateral partner hires in Germany, Russia and France. It also follows transformative combinations in China and the United States; the recent announcement of combinations with Australia's Gadens and Singapore's Rodyk; the Firm's February establishment of its Johannesburg office in Africa, where it is the first global law firm to achieve Level 1 Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment status; and the creation of its innovation platform, NextLaw Labs, which is focused on developing, deploying, and investing in new technologies and processes to transform the practice of law around the world.
Dentons es el primer despacho ‘policéntrico’ del mundo. Es actualmente el mayor despacho del mundo, contando con 125 oficinas distribuidas en más de 50 países, desde donde ofrece soluciones personalizadas a clientes del sector público y privado sin importar su tamaño para poder resolver sus necesidades locales, regionales y globales.
OPF Partners es una firma de abogados independientes de Luxemburgo. La firma se especializa en derecho mercantil, fusiones y adquisiciones, capital riesgo y fiscal, fondos de inversión, bancario y financiero, financiación estructurada, inmobiliario, reestructuraciones e insolvencias y procesal. El equipo de abogados multilingües de la firma asesora en operaciones internacionales complejas estructuradas a través de Luxemburgo y tiene una sólida experiencia en la creación de vehículos de inversión regulados y no regulados. OPF Partners presta servicios a una clientela internacional que van desde multinacionales, instituciones financieras líderes, casas de capital riesgo, fondos de inversión y grandes patrimonios. Clientes de relevancia en todo el mundo aprecian la capacidad de la firma para reaccionar, innovar y ofrecer las mejores soluciones a las demandas de los clientes más exigentes.