Last updated: 18:11 / Wednesday, 2 December 2015
Colombia & Mexico

Dentons Will be Establishing its First Physical Presence in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Dentons Will be Establishing its First Physical Presence in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • “The Latin American and Caribbean region is of significant import to our clients," said Joe Andrew, global chairman at Dentons
  • Elliott Portnoy, global chief executive officer at Dentons said: "A combination with Cárdenas & Cárdenas and LVHS will bring more than a century of experience in the community along with valuable knowledge in key areas."
  • Bernardo Cárdenas, managing partner of Cárdenas & Cárdenas, said: “This combination will provide us with a global reach and expertise that will benefit all of our current and future clients, while maintaining our tradition of high quality service."

The global law firm Dentons announced that it will be establishing its first physical presence in Latin America and the Caribbean, with the news that it is considering combining with Colombia’s Cárdenas & Cárdenas, and Mexico’s López Velarde, Heftye y Soria (LVHS). The announcement follows Dentons' recent high-profile pivot to the Pacific Rim, in which the firm announced a combination with both Australia's Gadens and Singapore's Rodyk, and the formalization of its historic combination in China, which made Dentons the largest law firm in the world.

"Comprised of vibrant, opportunity-filled economies, the Latin American and Caribbean region is of significant import to our clients," said Joe Andrew, global chairman at Dentons. "Entering the region with a presence in two of its top four economies, and with firms that are aligned with the high level of service and quality that our clients expect, is key to delivering on our strategy to have seasoned, local talent, wherever our clients need it."

"In addition to the leading position that each of these elite firms hold in their respective markets, they add substantial experience across our practices and sectors," said Elliott Portnoy, global chief executive officer at Dentons. "Many of our clients are already doing business in Mexico, Colombia and throughout the region, and a combination with Cárdenas & Cárdenas and LVHS will bring more than a century of experience in the community along with valuable knowledge in key areas."

Bernardo Cárdenas, managing partner of Cárdenas & Cárdenas, said, "Having been a leading law firm in Colombia for the past 100 years, and as one of the first firms to work with foreign investors in the country, we are ready to take the next step. We firmly believe that the globalization of legal services is a reality and that joining such a prominent and large firm as Dentons is the right decision. This combination will provide us with a global reach and expertise that will benefit all of our current and future clients, while maintaining our tradition of high quality service."

Rogelio Lopez-Velarde, chairman and founding partner of LVHS, said, “After almost 20 years of being the leaders in legal services in Mexico in the energy, infrastructure, telecommunications and other industries, we are convinced that joining with the world’s largest law firm, which so quickly has taken such a prominent position in the legal market worldwide, will significantly enhance our capabilities and allow us to continue providing excellent service in Mexico for international clients, and for Mexican companies wherever the Dentons global footprint reaches."

Dentons first signaled its serious commitment to the region last year, when the firm appointed Jorge Alers as its chief executive officer for Latin America and the Caribbean. Alers, who came to Dentons after serving as the general counsel and general manager of the legal department of the Inter-American Development Bank, has been focused on helping the firm meet its goal for whole firm combinations in Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

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