DLA Piper > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Firm Profile
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DLA Piper > The Legal 500 RankingsDLA Piper in Hong Kong has a wealth of experience assisting global clients with devising and implementing tax-efficient strategies. It provides an excellent end-to-end user service, which makes it a strong choice for advice on M&A-related tax matters, and inbound and outbound investments, as well as transfer pricing. Beyond work for corporate clients, the firm also assists high-net-worth individuals with private wealth management and global estate planning. Anderson Lam is experienced in assisting businesses with structuring their operations in a tax-efficient manner, and is notably active in matters with a cross-border dimension. Daniel Chan advises domestic and international clients on PRC-related tax matters, with a focus on supply chain management, distribution and retail.DLA Piper is well regarded in the market for the financing of energy-related transactions, both conventional and renewables. It has recently seen an uptick in ESG-linked financing and green lending, and is active in the telecoms, media and fintech sectors. Matthias Schemuth heads the practice and handles a range of innovative financings for international and regional commercial banks, multilateral lending agencies, export credit agencies (ECAs) and corporate borrowers. Matthew Worth was promoted to partner in July 2020 and Ed Sheremeta joined from Ropes & Gray LLP in November 2020. Since publication, Crystal Chen joined from Linklaters in May 2022.
‘The team is friendly and helpful’.
‘They are practical, creative and solutions-orientated’.
‘Overall, I find them very user-friendly from a client perspective’.
‘Matthias Schemuth has good knowledge on a full range of trade finance product and is always willing to share market intel on how other banks/clients have dealt with the issue’.
‘I highly enjoy working with Matthias.’
‘The team provides a rare combination of English and Hong Kong law expertise together with experience in the Asian market with Asian clients’.
‘DLA offers commercial and practical advice, their knowledge is good and their services are value for money’.
Hang Seng Bank
Standard Chartered Bank
Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank
China Merchants Bank
Asian Development Bank
Bank of Communications
Bank of China
- Advising Bank of China (Macau), one of the four largest state-owned commercial banks in China, in connection with the amendment and restatement (including a one-of-a-kind $1bn incremental facility) in respect of a $2bn revolving unsecured credit facility (including a bespoke swingline feature) made available to Sands China, the leading developer, owner and operator of multi-use integrated resorts and casinos in Macau, by a large syndicate of regional, US and European banks.
- Advising Japan Bank for International Cooperation on a $1bn untied loan facility made available to State Bank of India (SBI) for the purpose of financing the granting of sub-loans by SBI for the manufacturing and sales business of Japanese OEMs, the automotive dealers as well as for the provision of auto loans for the purchase of Japanese automobiles.
- Advising DBS Bank in connection with the $630m financing to Hutchison 3 Indonesia and guaranteed by CK Hutchison Holdings in relation to financing of the Network Expansion Program in Indonesia being developed and completed by Huawei.
Hong Kong > Investment funds Tier 2DLA Piper has a strong reputation advising a sponsor/fund manager-focused client base on the establishment of some very sizeable alternative investment funds. Although it is well-versed across the panoply of alternative asset/investment classes, including private equity, venture capital and hedge funds, the team has recently been particularly active in advising regional fund managers on the establishment of real estate credit funds, an area of notable growth in the market as banks have decreased their lending activity in the sector. The firm has also begun to grow its investor profile and has recently advised UBS Asset Management Switzerland on its investment in GLP Japan Income Fund, one of the largest private open-ended logistics real estate income funds. Vastly experienced team head Luke Gannon is particularly experienced in advising GPs and LP investors across a range of mandates, including real estate, digital technologies and securities.
‘Clients enjoy getting succinct and practical advice that helps them to easily achieve their commercial imperatives.’
‘Luke Gannon brings a wealth of experience and knowledge which may not be found in some of the other funds teams in Asia.’
UBS Asset Management Switzerland
Avataar Venture Partners I
First Beijing Investment Limited
Nine Masts Capital Limited
Sun Hung Kai & Co. Limited
COFCO Capital Group
China Ping An Insurance Overseas (Holdings) Limited
‘Nothing phases the DLA Piper team – they approach every engagement with an open mind, whether it be a run-of-the-mill query or an unusual situation. DLA Piper are very solution-oriented – very pragmatic and commercial. For us, teaming both HK and PRC guidance was very valuable and allowed a full view of the project without having to engage multiple firms.’
‘Helen can always be relied on to deliver swift, reliable and tailored guidance. She has a strong appreciation of the human side of employment advice coupled with a keen appreciation of potential impacts upon the business.’
‘Helen Colquhoun is very professional, helpful and responsive. She always provide immediate response with professional advice and highlight any concern to our attention. She’s reliable and we are happy to get her consultation without doubt.’
‘Innovative yet thorough. Use of technology is also quite useful. ’
‘The team is very knowledgeable on trade finance matters. They are also very value for money and is a good sounding board on new structures.’
‘The team is able to draw on a diverse experience pool and help formulate solutions that are win-win.’
‘Accessible, flexible and able to offer balanced advice.’
‘The team is very responsive and understanding the market of power business very well. The team is equipped with international and local knowledge of project financed-power precedents‘.
‘Matthias Schemuth is very knowledgable but yet always available to discuss issues and willing to think out of the box to come up with suitable compromises. ’
‘Matthias Schemuth is very knowledgeable on trade finance structures, including cross-border regulatory issues.’
Hong Kong > Real estate Tier 2DLA Piper has an excellent record in real estate transactions in Greater China, with its offering in this space being complemented by its strong funds, finance and tax capabilities. Elsewhere, the firm is also prominent in major development projects across the Asia Pacific region, as well as lease-related matters. Reflective of its excellent reputation, the group acts for clients such as developers, funds and end-users. Its recent work included advising numerous international clients on investments into logistics and internet data centres, which are both booming areas of the market. In November 2020, the 'exceptional' Ed Sheremeta returned to the firm from Ropes & Gray LLP; he leads the 'smart and commercial' team. Another key individual is Susheela Rivers, whose diverse practice includes real estate investments and developments in the hotel, retail and mixed-use sectors. Janice Yau Garton joined Stephenson Harwood.
Other key lawyers:
‘DLA is a large organization with many partners across different specialisations. Being an international firm, DLA has been able to serve me and my clients well particularly for insolvency matters involving corporate issues and relating to the US capital market.’
‘Mark Fairbairn is definitely the lawyer to go to for difficult matters. His experience in the law and practice of insolvency and restructuring sets him far apart from his peers. He is also exceptionally proactive in thinking through challenges which we may come across in the next steps so that we are able to respond timely and appropriately.’
‘The team has the most depth of experience and expertise in matters of insolvency and can be depended upon to come up with creative solutions.’
‘The team is highly proficient technically and always able to come up with novel legal solutions. Moreover, this team has very strong connections especially in China that facilitates seeking out parties for talks.’
Alvarez & Marsal
Clearwater Capital Partners
Monarch Alternative Capital
China Development Bank
- Acted for Jindal Steel and Power, an Australian mining group with ultimate ownership by the Jindal family of India, on its c. $800m term loan refinancing to be implemented via an Australian scheme of arrangement, acting as English counsel on the financing documents and as Australian counsel on the scheme process.
- Acting for the ad-hoc group of holders of 1.5% convertible senior notes due 2020 issued by GNC Holdings Inc in the Chapter 11 of GNC Holdings Inc and its sale to Harbin Pharmaceutical Holding Co., Ltd.
- Representing certain investment or funds clients who acquired bank indebtedness in the secondary market in respect of the China Fishery Group, and Monarch Alternative Capital (the leading US-based private equity firm) in respect of their exposures involving borrowings in excess of $1.6bn.
Hong Kong > TMT Tier 2Scott Thiel leads DLA Piper's team, which advises regional and international clients on a full spectrum of strategically significant and complex projects. Thiel's private practice experience is complemented by his computer science background, making him a popular choice for advice on a wide range of IT and outsourcing projects. His recent work included advising gaming app developers on the launch, publishing and distribution of their games throughout Asia Pacific. Thiel is also at the leading edge of fintech-related work and was one of the key partners behind the development of the firm's own foray into the blockchain market with the launch of its TOKO product - a unique tokenisation engine which facilitates the buying and selling of high value assets using blockchain technology. Carolyn Bigg is a name to note for advice on data protection matters, particularly multijurisdictional compliance projects across the Asia Pacific region.
Hong Kong > Construction Tier 3DLA Piper is able to leverage its broad commercial litigation and corporate prowess, as well as its large international footprint, to advise a wide range of stakeholders on a variety of domestic and cross-border mandates. Drawing upon his strength in resolving commercial disputes, Harris Chan is able to handle complex construction claims (via litigation and ADR) for contractors, consultants and developers. May Ng, who is ‘capable and responsive’, co-heads the practice with Chan.
Other key lawyers:
‘DLA has a very strong construction practice and an unrivalled breadth of support from its global offices. The team always performed at a very high standard and is our go-to firm for high-value and complex disputes.’
‘A strong all-round practice in the construction disputes space.’
‘May Ng is very bright and very hands-on. She has excellent judgement and her advice is always very clear and commercial.’
‘May Ng is capable, responsive and has a keen mind toward strategies for mutual settlement rather than drawing out disputes longer than they should be.’
‘Sandy Au is a brilliant lawyer and a very experienced construction lawyer. She is very thorough and a pleasure to work with.’
‘May is my main contact at DLA Piper. May is a very experienced construction and arbitration lawyer and she has always been instrumental in helping us to decide the best strategy to conduct our cases. She is extremely sharp and very approachable and her advice is concise and practical.’
Thiess Mongolia LLC
- Represented Thiess Mongolia in Hong Kong High Court proceedings for a multimillion- dollar dispute to recover payment for its mining works in Mongolia from a Hong Kong listed company and its subsidiary.
‘The team is dedicated and provides adequately professional legal advice to enable the client to make timely decisions, so as to create value.’
‘Harris Chan (partner) and Sandy Au (of counsel) have extensive experience in HK litigation/disputes and understand the client’s needs very well. They provide valuable advices and solutions to the client. In addition, their services are value for money with a great flexibility in payment terms.’
‘The DLA Piper team is extremely responsive and able to deploy sufficient resources round the clock at a moment’s notice. The team is extremely clinical in what they do and they are not afraid to go the extra mile should it be required. Not only is the team able to deliver proficient advice and work, but they are also able to assess the bigger picture for us clients commercially. All in all, they are flexible, approachable and efficient.’
‘Harris Chan, KC Tai and Desmond Cheung are all extremely capable and eloquent lawyers who are at the top of their game.’
‘In particular, Harris Chan is a pragmatic and seasoned litigator who has vast experience in all kinds of civil litigation. On top of that, he understands the capital market well and is familiar with the industry practice. He is able to grasp the key of the matter quickly and is able to turn around as quickly with a solution.’
‘KC Tai is another key to the team. Business acumen comes naturally to him and he is supremely well versed in court proceedings and various applications. KC is extremely easy to work with and his communication and problem-solving skills come second to his technical knowledge with the law.’
‘Desmond Cheung is diligent and hard-working. He is able to turn around work efficiently and effectively and comprehend complex legal problems quickly.’
‘Satpal Gobindpuri leads a very experienced and knowledgeable team in Hong Kong who has provided us with not only advice from a legal perspective, but also counsel from a practical and commercial perspective. This has been critical for us when it came to making decisions as to how to resolve a dispute with a former client.’
‘A truly global team pulling expertise from China, Hong Kong and the US. Perfect in dealing with cross-jurisdictional regulatory matters.’
‘Sammy Fang is a very client-friendly partner, technically strong, with excellent insights and strategic mind.’
Hong Kong > Shipping Tier 3DLA Piper attracts a strong flow of work from Chinese and international clients, including large shipping and logistics companies. The team is praised for its ability to provide 'client-centric legal solutions in a clear and friendly manner’. Ernest Yang and Kevin Chan co-head the group in Hong Kong, which operates on an integrated basis with the Beijing and Shanghai offices. On the contentious side, the firm is prominent in shipping litigation and arbitration in Greater China and elsewhere internationally. The team's expertise includes casualty and salvage cases, as well as commodity disputes and cargo claims. Elsewhere, the firm is also sought after for advice on non-contentious matters, such as the sale and purchase of ships, shipping finance and shipbuilding.
‘DLA Piper has a very strong and capable team of lawyers, who consistently provide exceptional, in-depth, client-centric legal solutions in a clear and friendly manner.’
‘The team has very rich practical experience in the field of maritime arbitration and can proficiently use relevant professional theoretical knowledge and provide customers with targeted dispute response plans based on the business demands of customers in specific cases.’
‘Ernest Yang is an exceptionally bright lawyer with a wealth of experience in shipping law matters. He is responsive and a pleasure to work with.’
‘A very sensible, commercial team led by Kevin Chan. Good lawyers with good judgment and client management skills.‘
Bank of Communications Co.
Samsung Heavy Industries Co.
Mont Avenir Capital Limited
China Ping An Group
China Merchants Securities (HK)
AMTD No8 BOC International
Hangzhou Qiantang New Area Construction and Investment Group
WiMi Hologram Cloud Inc.
Guangdong-Hong Kong Greater Bay Area Holdings Limited
Kunlun Energy Company Ltd
BAIOO Family Interactive Limited
Besunyen Holdings Company Limited
Chengdu Expressway Co., Ltd.
Tian Ge Interactive Holdings Limited
SouthGobi Resources Ltd
Dadi International Group Ltd
- Advised Mont Avenir Capital, as the sole sponsor and sole global co-ordinator, on the HK$872m global offering and listing of Newlink Technology Inc. on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
- Advised China Ping An Group on the $2.36bn initial US public offering and listing on the New York Stock Exchange.
- Advised Air China on the HK$39bn recapitalization plan for Cathay Pacific.
With a presence in the PRC, DLA Piper’s Hong Kong IP team is well placed to handle cross-border mandates for large international brands entering the Chinese and wider Asian markets. The practice has a strong focus on trademark work and is well equipped to handle strategy, trademark prosecution, and trademark litigation and enforcement work. Edward Chatterton heads the team and is recommended for brand protection matters.
Five Guys Enterprises
Manolo Blahnik International
Avon Products Inc.
Gemological Institute of America (“GIA”)
- Providing HSBC with ongoing advice in relation to the full range of trademark and brand protection matters across Asia.
- Advising on Avon’s trademark portfolio in China and Hong Kong, including providing filing strategy for house mark and core brands, regular monitoring of third party hijacks, enforcement action plan against hijackers/infringers, and handling all proceedings before the China Trademark Office, Trademark Review and Adjudication Board, and Chinese courts.
- Advising Manolo Blahnik on all of its trademark matters globally.
Hong Kong > Private equity Tier 5DLA Piper is well known in the marketplace for buyouts, exits and other private equity transactions, servicing clients internationally. As part of an integrated international team with offices in Beijing and Shanghai, the team is well placed to handle a mix of China and international deals. Luke Gannon and Gloria Liu who is recommended for cross-border private equity-led M&A, jopintly head the team.
China Merchants Capital
Macquarie Asia Infrastructure Fund
Lilly Asia Ventures
New Enterprise Associates
Qiming Venture Capital
Scientia Technologies Limited
Wise Road Capital
China Ping An Insurance Overseas (Holdings) Limited
- Advised Gaocheng Fund I, L.P. on its pre-IPO acquisition of shares of Tuya Inc., a leading global IoT cloud platform which recently closed highly successful IPO on the New York Stock Exchange with market capitalization over $10 billion.
- Assisted Sylebra Capital with its PIPE investment in Roth CH Acquisition I Co, in the aggregate amount of US$250 million in connection with the SPAC acquisition of PureCycle Technologies.
- Advised SINO-BLR Industrial Investment Fund, L.P. as a preferred shareholder of Innoviz Technologies, in the investment portfolio company’s de-SPAC merger transaction with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Collective Growth Corporation
‘The firm stands out in providing assessment on the degree of legal and commercial risks against certain circumstances in a timely manner and demonstrating sound judgment in planning and managing the dispute resolution matters.’
‘Harris Chan is a pragmatic and seasoned litigator who has vast experience in all kinds of civil litigation. On top of that, he understands the capital market well and is familiar with the industry practice. He is able to grasp the key of the matter quickly and is able to turn around as quickly with a solution.’
‘Satpal Gobindpuri tries to do everything possible to settle and avoid going to court.’
China Huarong International Holdings Limited
Combest Holdings Limited
Dymocks Franchise Systems (China) Limited
Everwill Industrial Limited
Haitong International Assets Management Limited
HK A-Sun Group Co., Ltd
Huatai Financial Holdings (Hong Kong) Limited
MHK Restaurants Limited
Power Securities Company
Sand Aire Limited
Sung Chung Kwun
‘The team is always helpful, even for ad-hoc advice/potential transactions.‘
‘The team is well versed in trade financing transactions and have set up various trade programmes for a number of banks; as such, they would be one of my go-to firms at a structural stage to gauge whether what we are thinking of doing is doable and if there are any red-flags.‘
‘Great at working on cross-border transactions.‘
‘Very experienced and client oriented, and very easy to work with.‘
‘Strong performers and very knowledgeable – very reliable.‘
‘Very good connections with local PRC firms, allowing it to offer a seamless service on PRC law matters.‘
‘Matthias Schumeth is particularly knowledgeable and user friendly on cross-border trade finance matters, and he is able to advise quickly whether a structure has regulatory issues in certain jurisdictions.‘
‘The team is able to draw from a diverse and experienced pool to offer a win-win solution.’
‘Offers industry expertise. Always ready and available. Great team to work with under pressure. Offer a great international vision.’
‘They are accessible, flexible and balanced in their provision of advice.’
China Energy Investment
Arctic Green Energy Corporation
DBS Bank Ltd
TTCL Public Company
Shenhua Guohua Lion Power Indonesia
- Advising the Sponsors in relation to the development, construction and financing of the $3.5bn 2 x 1000MV Jawa 9 & ten ultra-super critical power plant in Banten Province, Indonesia.
- Advising DBS as mandated lead arranger and the syndicate banks on an innovative project financing of a portfolio of up to 25MW rooftopsolar projects in Hong Kong undertaken by NEFIN Solar Asset Limited.
- Advising ICBC Asia as mandated lead arranger and documentationbank and the syndicate banks with respect to the financing of a 2 x350 MW coal fired power plant project in Preah Sihanouk(Sihanoukville) Province, Cambodia.
China > TMT: foreign firms Tier 3The scope of DLA Piper‘s Hong Kong-based practice ranges from day-to-day matters to technology procurement, outsourcing, and data protection and cybersecurity, to the adoption of novel, disruptive technologies and digital transformation projects concerning blockchain and digital assets. The team is also sought out for groundbreaking fintech matters. With a notable computer science background, practice head Scott Thiel has over 20 years’ experience in cutting-edge IT and outsourcing projects; and Carolyn Bigg has longstanding experience in advising on data privacy and technology-related matters. Associate Yue Lin Lee acts as the Singapore and South East Asia lead for regional TMT projects.
‘The meticulous team provides a cost-effective and professional service.’
‘The exceptional Ed Sheremeta is solutions-driven, bright and experienced.’
‘Lillian Duan provides a very rare blend of international standard/commercial clarity together with detailed-bottoms up local practice guidance and advice. This blend allows her and her team to be a very integral and critical part of our acquisition process.’
Ping An Insurance
- Advised Ping An Insurance on the 30% share acquisition from, and joint venture with, Sun Hung Kai Properties in developing the commercial and retail complex at the West Kowloon Station in Hong Kong.
‘The team has deep experience and expertise in matters of insolvency, and can offer creative solutions.‘
‘The team members are very proficient technically, and are approachable when we need to discuss legal solutions.‘
‘They are able to give creative advice, and are also able to access a wide network of people in China to facilitate talks when necessary.‘
‘Global reach and professionalism.‘
‘Technical capability and responsiveness.‘
‘We are very satisfied with the overall services of DLA Piper.‘
‘The legal services provided by the team are client oriented and best suit the company’s needs.‘
‘The firm stands out for providing assessments on the degree of legal and commercial risks in a timely manner, and is able to demonstrate sound judgement in planning and managing the dispute resolution matters of the company.‘
‘DLA Piper impressed by giving practical recommendations to solving shipping disputes and formulating strategies during arbitration cases.‘
‘The team demonstrated outstanding professionalism when analysing the merits and demerits of a current arbitration case.‘
‘They realistically anticipated the possible issues and unexpected events- they also responded to our queries and requests in a timely fashion and made helpful recommendations for our consideration, hence expediting the strategy formulating and decision-making process.‘
‘The team has a lot of experience in providing legal services to shipping companies in China, especially in the field of maritime arbitration.’
‘With a huge amount of experience, Kevin Chan is a leading light in this area.‘
Showcasing one of the largest tax teams in Greater China, DLA Piper‘s practice covers international and domestic tax issues, from corporate and individual tax planning to dispute resolution; and the China transfer pricing team is part of a global operation that (in addition to lawyers) fields economists, certified accountants and tax advisers, who regularly work alongside the firm’s US and European tax teams on domestic and cross-border transactions. Beijing-based China tax head Windson Li also co-heads the Asia tax group alongside Hong Kong tax leader Anderson Lam. Li is experienced in advising international group companies and HNW clients on cross-border tax matters; and he is particularly focused on M&A, company formation, joint ventures, tax structures, business model transitions and transfer pricing. Providing additional partner support from Hong Kong, Daniel Chan focuses on investment and taxation matters in China, and Doris Ho is an international tax and wealth planning expert.
Laureate Education, Inc.
Ditrolic Solar and China Huadian
- Advised Laureate Education on USD140m sale of INTI to HOPE Education Group.
- Represented Ditrolic Solar, a Malaysia-based solar clean energy company, and China Huadian on the acquisition, development and financing of a 70MWp solar power project in Bangladesh.
- Advised a global insurance broker on the Asia Pacific employment aspects of its global integration.
‘The team always turns around quality work at speed, as well as giving us strategic advice.’
‘We have been working with DLA’s partner David Kuo for many years on our private equity investments. We truly appreciate David’s dedication to work, the speedy response and his strong commercial sense.’
China Construction Bank (Asia) Corporation Limited
VMD Kórházi Technológiai Zrt.
VinFast Trading & Production Limited
VinGroup Joint Stock Company
- Advising China Construction Bank on the financing of a 650MW power project in An Kanh province, Vietnam.
- Advising VMD Kórházi Technológiai Zrt. on the investment and construction of Can Tho City Oncology Hospital with 500-bed capacity in Vietnam.
- Advising the HOYER Group on the acquisition of Kerry-ITS Holdings Pte. Ltd. and its subsidiaries in Singapore, China, Vietnam and Thailand.
‘DLA has put together a team composed of proper number of senior and junior attorneys. Their operation of the team was efficient and cost effective. ’
‘I was impressed by the commitment of managing partner (Daniel Lee) to get the project concluded properly and efficiently. He is always prompt in responding to client’s requests. He is also striving to make sure client’s needs are taken care of. I believe his in-house experience puts him in a unique position to understand the corporate clients’ needs better than anyone.’
‘DK Kim – he is the main contact point between DLA Korea and our firm. He pays keen attention to deals and provides timely advice. Specifically, he works very diligently, in that he works over all time zones required for the client. Our team never had problems with reaching out to him.’
‘Theresa Huh understands our project details and what we are in need of. She is also very easy to communicate as she, like Mr. Kim, is reachable anytime even in the weekends. With her attentiveness, she pays attention to every detail and prevents possible problems in advance.’
‘DLA Piper is one of the best firms I have ever worked with. The lawyers are highly knowledgeable and familiar with international litigation matters in Korea. They fully understand our needs and provide us with the best legal advice, that’s why we keep going back to them.’
‘Ted Yi did an excellent job managing his legal team and advised us on an effective legal strategy. He is a very capable and highly experienced lawyer in his fields of specialization.’
‘Daniel Lee is a superb lawyer with a great deal of experience in every aspect of business.’
‘Attorneys at DLA advised and contributed Private Equity Fund contracts closing. Especially regarding negotiation of LPA terms and conditions, Subscription doc and Side letters. We are able to get prompt answers from DLA. most of cases, We are satisfied with DLA’s legal service. ’
Hyundai Engineering Co., Ltd.
Korean Overseas Infrastructure & Urban Development Corporation (KIND)
- Representing Hyundai Engineering Co., Ltd. and Korean Overseas Infrastructure & Urban Development Corporation in connecting with an equity financing of Grupa Azoty’s Polimery Police polypropylene project.
- Advising POSCO, one of the largest steel maker and mining investor, with the potential acquisition of 30% of the Ravensthorpe Nickel Project (“Project”) in Western Australia for $240m.
DLA Piper > Firm Profile
Global co-chairs: Frank W. Ryan and Andrew Darwin
Co-chief executive officers: Simon Levine and Frank W. Ryan
Languages: The firm speaks over 60 languages
Offices: Lawyers located in more than 60 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.
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DLA Piper has a leading pro bono practice, providing over 200,000 hours’ worth of legal support annually to charities, NGOs, governments in least developed countries and vulnerable individuals around the world. We are one of the largest providers of pro bono legal services globally. Our thriving practice provides support for aforementioned organisations on a wide range of areas that are critical to their missions. This includes research, legal advice and strategic counsel. The global team works collaboratively to ensure a global impact on our key strategic focus areas including: forcible displacement, statelessness, gender-based violence, climate justice, and good governance.
In the Asia Pacific region, we deliver cutting edge pro bono programs. This includes our Know Your Rights Program, focused on fostering legal empowerment for migrants and refugees, and delivering practical legal skills programs to students in developing Pacific Island Nations. We also advise on gender based violence through our partnership with the RainLily Clinic (Hong Kong) and the Refugee Legal Family Violence Clinic (Australia).
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