DLA Piper

DLA Piper is one of the largest law firms worldwide. According to information posted DLA Piper 2012 income of $ 2.44 billion. According to the company employs the firm in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the U.S., more than 4,200 lawyers and a global presence of 78 offices in 31 countries. DLA Piper consists of two partnerships, DLA Piper International LLP and DLA Piper LLP ( U.S.), which in turn are joined together in DLA Piper Global in the legal form of a Swiss association.

DLA Piper went in 2005 from the merger of Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich LLP (San Diego / USA), DLA LLP forth (UK, 1996-2000 Dibb Lupton Alsop ) and Piper Rudnick LLP. The latter was a merger of Piper & Marbury (Baltimore) and Rudnick & Wolfe ( Chicago) in 1999. In Germany DLA Piper is on the five offices in Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne and Munich with over 160 lawyers.


The firm is led by world's two senior partners ( "global co-chairmen " ): Anthony Angel and Lee I. Miller. Chairman of the Global Board are senior partner and managing partner Anthony Angel Sir Nigel Knowles. Since 2012 the German offices of Managing Partner in January Geert Meents be routed. He took over the function of Ulrich recently, has the Germany - built Dependence of DLA Piper.

Legal areas and sectors

As a so -called full -service law firm DLA Piper in Germany wants to offer legal advice on many areas of national and international commercial law, particularly in the following legal areas and industries:

Areas of law

  • Labour
  • Banking and finance law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Corporate / M & A
  • Commercial and Distribution Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Information Technology and Telecommunications
  • Antitrust
  • Public Law
  • Outsourcing and IT projects
  • PPP / privatization
  • Litigation and Arbitration
  • Legislation and regulation
  • Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Tax law
  • Insurance and Reinsurance Law
  • White Collar Criminal Defense

Sectors: Energy, " Financial Services", " Hospitality and Leisure", " infrastructure ", " Life Science", Aviation, " Media and Sport, " private equity, "Real Estate ", " Safety, Health and Environment", Technology and transport.


The clients of DLA Piper are multinational corporations from the group of "Global 1000" and " Fortune 500 " and other companies. Of the top 250 on the " Fortune 500 " list DLA Piper represents more than half. Even with about half of the FTSE 350 companies or their subsidiaries DLA Piper client relationships. In Germany DLA Piper advises alongside national and international corporations and medium-sized companies from various industries as well as financial institutions and public bodies.


DLA Piper is a global presence in over thirty countries with offices, including Germany and Austria, but not in Switzerland. While in Austria a long-established tradition firm was ( with offices in many former crown lands ) integrated with white Tessbach Rechtsanwälte GmbH, we chose a different path in Germany. There, ended DLA 2004, the cooperation with the law firm GÖRG lawyers and started to build its own presence. Since the opening of the Cologne office in September 2004, the firm reported claims to be a steady growth. In November 2004, an office was opened in Hamburg in October 2005 came the Frankfurt office. Since August 2007, DLA Piper has an office in Munich and since February 2011, an office in Berlin. In the only remaining Austrian Vienna location there are more than 70 professionals.

Around 350 employees work at the German locations of DLA Piper, including more than 160 lawyers, 50 of whom have partner status.

Worldwide DLA Piper is represented in the following locations:

  • Australia: Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
  • Belgium: Antwerp, Brussels
  • China: Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai
  • Czech Republic: Prague
  • France Paris
  • Georgia: Tbilisi
  • Germany: Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne, Munich
  • Singapore
  • Hungary: Budapest
  • Italy Milan, Rome
  • Japan: Tokyo
  • Netherlands: Amsterdam
  • Norway: Oslo
  • Austria: Vienna
  • Poland Warsaw
  • Romania: Bucharest
  • Russia: Moscow, St. Petersburg
  • Saudi Arabia: Rihad
  • Slovakia: Bratislava
  • Spain Madrid
  • Sweden: Stockholm
  • South Korea: Seoul
  • Thailand: Bangkok
  • United Arab Emirates: Dubai, Abu Dhabi
  • Kuwait
  • Bahrain: Manama
  • Ukraine: Kiev
  • United Kingdom: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Sheffield
  • USA: Albany, Atlanta, Atlantic City, Austin (Texas ), Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Florham Park, Houston, Los Angeles, La Jolla, Miami, Minneapolis, New Jersey, New York City, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Phoenix (Arizona ), Raleigh (North Carolina), Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Tampa, Washington, DC, Wilmington

In countries where DLA Piper has their own offices, the firm offers legal advice through " relationship firms", with which there is cooperation.

Corporate Responsibility

Partners and employees involved in charitable initiatives. DLA Piper advises pro bono, supports social projects and is a strategic partner of UNICEF. DLA Piper is a founding member of the Pro Bono Germany eV, a non-profit association, which promote free legal counseling focuses on. In 2005, DLA Piper global pro bono initiative New Perimeter. This supports pro bono projects the development of civil society structures in underdeveloped countries. Typical projects of New Perimeter last between three and five years. The first operates in Germany law firm DLA Piper has signed the Diversity Charter. This is a nationwide corporate initiative under the patronage of Chancellor Angela Merkel. By signing the Charter, DLA Piper has committed to help create an inclusive work environment, recognize the diversity of its employees and to foster a corporate culture of mutual respect. As one of the world's first international law firms DLA Piper has launched a global sustainability initiative launched in January 2007 and received in the same year as till now the only law firm the international ISO 14001 certification. This globally recognized standard defines the responsibilities, practices, procedures and rules for the implementation of responsible and sustainable corporate environmental policy of the organization. The respective cities and regions in which DLA Piper operate their offices, are considered in the context of business- union responsibility. DLA Piper is involved at all five locations on a cultural level and participates in parallel to common charitable donations and collecting actions at sites in Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne and Munich.