Dentons announces combination with Indian law firm Link Legal

Dentons, the world's largest global law firm, has announced a combination with leading Indian law firm, Link Legal, and which will make Dentons the first global law firm to combine with a law firm in India.

Posted mercredi, novembre 2 2022
Dentons announces combination with Indian law firm Link Legal

“This is not a joint venture, not a best-friends relationship or a liaison license, nor a merger or an acquisition, but a combination like Dentons has done around the world, building one, integrated global firm,” Dentons said in a statement.

Such combinations have allowed Dentons to grow in what will be 215 offices across 83 countries.

Link Legal is one of the premier Indian firms that internationalizing, opening an office in New York and examining multiple other locations. As a first-mover, Link Legal represents the many large, fast-growing Indian companies that are globalizing, as India becomes the most populous nation in the world in 2023, Dentons said.

The combination with Link Legal will provide an established, physical presence in five of the six largest cities in India: Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad. Dentons Link Legal Indian lawyers would represent clients inside India and Dentons lawyers would represent Link Legal’s clients outside of India, becoming one firm consistent with the rules and regulations of India.

"In the current geopolitical and economic landscape, India enjoys an important and enviable position. We approached Dentons because we recognized that a combination between our firms would help us meet and exceed the needs of our clients who are increasingly becoming global," Atul Sharma, managing partner of Link Legal, said.

"Importantly, the combination allows us to be both global and local, helping us to connect our clients to leading legal talent around the world while continuing to be wholly owned, controlled and managed by Indian lawyers at Link Legal in India," he added.

"This is history in the making in India because this is not a joint venture, not a “best friends” relationship, not a “referral agreement,” but a combination as Dentons has done around the world," Joe Andrew, Dentons’ global chairman, said. "The combination in India again makes Dentons not only a first-mover but a first-mover in a market that matters to our clients."

According to Dentons’ global CEO, Elliott Portnoy, “India will be the most populous country in the world next year with a fast-growing economy making it an increasingly important market for our clients around the world". "This historic combination will allow Dentons to connect clients to leading talent in India and provide a seamless one firm experience in more than 200 locations around the globe," he added.

"Like Dentons, clients are at the center of everything we do," Nusrat Hassan, co-managing partner of Link Legal, said. "The combination with Dentons will provide access to sophisticated new technology as well as leading talent, allowing us to provide seamless, integrated services to clients across more than 200 locations."

For his part, Anand Srivastava, senior partner of Link Legal, said: “The combination between Link Legal and Dentons not only allows us to be the trusted advisors to our clients across the many markets in which they operate but will also create global opportunities for our Indian lawyers.”

Link Legal is a leading mid-sized, full service law firm with more than 19 practice areas, 42 partners and 134 lawyers, and is pre-eminent in infrastructure, corporate, litigation, finance and technology, providing end-to-end support for its clients across transactional and contentious matters.

"Dentons' strategy is focused on finding combination firm partners who have the proven ability to offer sophisticated, high-quality legal services and business solutions in their home markets and that can continue Dentons' momentum in building the leading firm," Noor Kapdi, CEO of Dentons’ Africa region, said. "By combining with the talented individuals at Link Legal, this will truly be a combination that takes Dentons from the largest to the leading firm."