Leading global business law firm DLA Piper is opening for business in Australia today, following the integration of DLA Phillips Fox (Australia) and DLA Piper on 1 May.

The integration of experienced and highly regarded Australian lawyers to the DLA Piper global network enhances the firm’s capacity and ability to provide local, in-depth knowledge on an international scale.

DLA Piper in Australia is a full service business law firm, able to provide clients with an extensive breadth and depth of service across five capital cities nationally, and 11 offices throughout Asia-Pacific.

In Asia-Pacific, DLA Piper has more than 700 lawyers operating out of offices located in Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Canberra, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Perth, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.

Globally, DLA Piper now comprises 4,200 lawyers operating out of 76 offices in 30 countries. The group also has alliances with firms in an additional 17 countries.

Commenting on the firm’s integration with DLA Piper, Managing Partner for Australia, Tony Holland, said: “Our clients are at the centre of everything we do and we are dedicated to supporting them and helping them to do business.

“We believe this is a significant day for the Australian legal market. We are adding real value by offering a comprehensive range of legal services across a truly national and truly international footprint.

“Integration has already enhanced our ability to compete for work in the region. Our new positioning in the market has been welcomed by our clients and is attractive to prospective clients, as demonstrated by our recent appointment to the panel of a major international investment bank.”

DLA Piper’s Managing Director for Asia Pacific, Alastair Da Costa commented: “Our clients are seeking full service global mandates and demanding increasingly seamless international services. We have seen increased demand across the region for cross-border projects, deals, corporate expansions and complex legal transactions.

“There are many opportunities for our lawyers, in the region and globally, to work on international and multijurisdictional legal matters as well as providing valuable insight and experience on local matters and we are well placed to cater for and compete for this global work.”