DLA Piper and Australian affiliate DLA Phillips Fox have announced that they will integrate fully, creating what they say will be the world’s largest business law firm. The integration will become effective on 1 May.
In the Asia Pacific region, the combined firm will have over 700 lawyers in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Thailand. The integration also gives DLA the largest Australian operation of any global business law firm. China is Australia’s largest trading partner.
Meanwhile, in China, Stephen Nelson, the head of King & Wood’s tax practice and co-head of the firm’s PRC corporate group, has joined DLA Piper in Hong Kong as a tax partner. The move appears to go against the increasing tide of international lawyers joining PRC firms (see Adios AllBright: Robert Lewis joins Zhong Lun).
Nelson, who has practised in China for over 25 years, specializes in cross-border tax matters and the restructuring of businesses in China, with a focus on technology, media and telecoms.