Firm to open its first location in Ireland with hire from William Fry
DLA Piper has announced that it intends to add to its extensive global platform with the opening of a new office in Dublin, with the firm revealing corporate lawyer David McCarthy has joined as a partner from William Fry to lead the office.
An exact date for the opening has not yet been confirmed, however the firm revealed that the new office will initially focus on the life sciences, technology and financial services sectors. It will become the firm's 35th location in Europe.
Simon Levine, the firm's global co-CEO, was enthusiastic about the firm's prospects in Ireland: "We have been evaluating Dublin for some time and through consultation with our clients and our partners have decided now is the right time for DLA Piper to enter the Irish market. Dublin is an important legal market and a key global hub for the financial services and technology sectors, in addition to being well located to support our global tax practice, and will continue to be so, particularly in the context of Brexit, as we expect more institutions to have or develop a presence in the country. We are really excited that David Carthy, a first-rate lawyer who is well-known and respected in the market, will be joining us to head up our new office."
Dublin has become a popular location for firms in anticipation of Brexit, with Lewis Silkin and Simmons & Simmons recently announcing new office openings in the Irish capital.