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The firm

DLA Piper is a global law firm that provides its clients with legal and business solutions locally, regionally and internationally using integrated teams of lawyers with experience that spans a broad range of disciplines. DLA Piper is widely recognised for its pioneering approach and extensive geographic reach, which enables the practice to look after the business issues that matter to its clients – whether they are large or small. Clients of DLA Piper include single-owner startups, local and household name companies, multinationals, financial institutions, FTSE and Fortune 500 enterprises and their subsidiaries, public bodies and governments.

In Germany, a highly developed technology, services, automotive and chemical industry offers companies a wealth of new business opportunities. DLA Piper is represented with four offices in Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg and Munich, employing more than 200 lawyers. To help its clients pursue their business, both in Germany and internationally, it has established a team of partners and associates who offer experience and know-how across a wide range of legal and commercial issues.

Areas of practice

The firm’s clients range from large to medium-sized enterprises, including national and international financial institutions and public sector entities. The firm focuses on global strength through local excellence, and its global platform enables it to advise clients wherever they do business.

The firm’s lawyers are knowledgeable about domestic economic and cultural conditions, and have the multilingual skills and international experience to act internationally for clients. Building strong and substantial client relationships was and remains the compass for the firm’s business strategy and future development.

The German offices provide an extensive range of legal services around a number of practices and industry sectors, enabling the firm to effectively serve businesses at the cutting edge of today’s global economy. Practice areas in Germany include administrative/public law, antitrust, banking and finance, commercial, corporate/M&A, employment, intellectual property, information technology and outsourcing, litigation and arbitration, public procurement, real estate, regulatory and government affairs, restructuring, tax, white- collar, corporate crime and investigations. The firm also focuses on sectors such as banking and finance, energy and water, insurance and technology.

  • Other offices
  • Multiple offices throughout:
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • China
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • New Zealand
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Scandinavia
  • Russia
  • UAE
  • UK
  • USA
  • Individual offices in:
  • Amsterdam
  • Bangkok
  • Bratislava
  • Bucharest
  • Budapest
  • Casablanca
  • Doha
  • Johannesburg
  • Kuwait City
  • Kiev
  • Luxembourg
  • Madrid
  • Mexico City
  • Muscat
  • Paris
  • Prague
  • San Juan
  • São Paulo
  • Seoul
  • Singapore
  • Tokyo
  • Vienna
  • Warsaw
  • Number of lawyers: 4,000
  • at this office: 48
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German

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Legal Developments by:
DLA Piper LLP (US)

  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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