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Singapore > White-collar crime - Foreign firms Tier 1

One of the first ports of call for bet-the-company investigations in Asia Pacific, DLA Piper garners praise from clients for its ‘knowledge of compliance, sanctions, and antitrust laws in the region‘. The team fields first-class expertise in the full array of contentious regulatory and investigative processes, be it fraud, corruption, money laundering or trade issues, and particularly excels in crisis and media management, including internal compliance and employment law matters. The arrival of Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee‘s former practice head Maurice Burke, a leading dispute practitioner in this field, further reinforced the team’s capabilities in the investigations and white-collar crime space. Regulatory litigator Nathan Bush is the other key point of contact in the team; despite primarily focusing on antitrust law and competition, he has a wealth of experience in anti-corruption mandates, most notably matters involving China and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Nathan Bush; Rishikeesh Wijaya


‘The team has knowledge of compliance, sanctions, and antitrust laws in the region. They understand when to dive deep into an issue and when to provide practical answers that will solve the problem at hand.’

‘They are able to take very complex matters and distil them down into the key points that are easy to understand and communicate internally with stakeholders.’

Key clients

A major Japanese trading house

Multiple clients in various industries

Work highlights

  • Advising an Italian business group in connection with the loss of approximately US$20m through alleged fraud executed by a US-based individual with a history of similar conduct, leading the overall recovery and enforcement strategy as well as representing the client in related arbitration proceedings in Singapore.
  • Advising a global automation and logistics company on a multi-jurisdictional corruption investigation into alleged bribes in Vietnam, Indonesia, China, India, Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia.
  • Conducting an internal investigation for a US-based issuer of an alleged scheme to secure certain property development and management rights from a state-owned enterprise (SOE) in China through the bribery of government officials and SOE management together with the manipulation of public tenders.

Singapore > Insurance: foreign firms Tier 2

DLA Piper‘s Singapore office has demonstrated high levels of commitment to the insurance sector with lead partner John Goulios having over three decades of experience and acting as co-chair of the firm's global insurance practice. Along with having extensive experience in a range of insurance disputes, he is further noted for catastrophic losses, insurance regulatory matters and more recently for insurance-linked securities. He and colleagues in Australia have worked on a series of business interruption cases linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Singapore team represents a large number of major global and Asian insurers. Andrew Robinson impresses at senior associate level.

Practice head(s):

John Goulios

Other key lawyers:


‘They understand what is the aim & intention of their appointment and are proactive to suggest follow ups instead of just sitting back and waiting for the next instruction (on a matter).’

‘John Goulios – responds promptly no matter how busy and gives due consideration to the client’s considerations and thoughts before providing his advice. Andrew Robinson – makes the effort to understand the underlying issue and provide insightful analysis.’


Key clients

Swiss Re International SE

Brit Syndicates Limited

Tokyo Marine Kiln

Allianz SE Reinsurance Munich

AIG Asia Pacific Insurance Pte Ltd

Chubb Insurance Singapore Ltd

Liberty Specialty Markets Pte Ltd

Partner Reinsurance Asia Pte Ltd

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE

Work highlights

  • Acted for Swiss Re in the highly publicised Second COVID-19 Test Case issued in the Federal Court in Australia.
  • Advised a range of insurers and reinsurers on COVID-19 related claims.
  • Acted on behalf of joint liability reinsurers in respect of covering losses arising from a large-scale explosion and fire at a national industrial petrochemical complex in Korea in March 2020.

Singapore > Capital markets: equity and debt: foreign firms Tier 3

DLA Piper is the first port of call for clients in the oil and gas, petrochemical, manufacturing and technology sectors seeking advice on high-value, cross-border capital markets deals taking place across Southeast Asia and beyond. The practice, which has recently experienced some growth at the associate level and brings together US-qualified individuals, has developed a niche in high-yield bond offerings, where it acts for underwriters and issuers. It also stands out for its regulatory knowledge of cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings and digital securities. The team is under the joint leadership of two practitioners: Joe Bauerschmidt, who has been particularly active in SPAC transactions from Asia, and is singled out for his high yield background; and English and New York-qualified capital markets specialist Philip Lee, who is regarded for his experience in transactions with a nexus to Indonesia and India.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Mei Sum Chan


‘Responsive, pragmatic advice on reasonable costs.’

‘Philip Lee has guided us through a number of delicate transactions with a deft hand, holding his own when up against firms/partners of more fearsome reputations.’

‘DLA Singapore has a large number of offices worldwide and it makes them lead counsel with a wide international transactional reach. A one stop shop!’

‘Philip Lee impressed with his commercial handling of files with a sound grasp of legal principles working across the nuances of various different legal jurisdictions.’

Key clients

HCL Technologies Limited

MUFG Securities

ZIP Co Limited

PT Widodo Makmur Perkasa

PT Asia Vision Network


Axis Capital Limited

Cogent E-services Limited

Mandiri Securities

Haitong Securities

Asianet Satellite Communications Limited

Hydoo International Holding

Geophysical Sub-Strata

Seeing Machines

UnionBank of the Philippines

Work highlights

  • Advised ZIP Co Limited on its US$400m convertible bonds listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange. |
  • Advised HCL Technologies Limited, a global IT services company, in its inaugural US$500m Rule 144A/Reg S bond offering by its wholly owned subsidiary, HCL America Inc – the highest rated deal ever to come to the international capital markets from India.
  • Represented PT Widodo Makmur Perkasa, the holding company of Widodo Makmur Group, on its IPO of up to US$200m.

Singapore > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 3

DLA Piper is home to one of the most active corporate transaction practices globally; its team in Singapore is acclaimed for its work on M&A, joint ventures and private equity deals and is naturally a go-to for deals with a multijurisdictional or corporate finance element. US-qualified duo Joe Bauerschmidt and David Kuo co-lead the practice alongside Katherine Chew, an expert in post-acquisition integration, W&I insurance and pre-acquisition/closing affairs; their team directs a large degree of its attention to the FinTech, technology, start-up and venture capital sectors.

Practice head(s):

Joe Bauerschmidt; David Kuo; Katherine Chew

Other key lawyers:

Heng Loong Cheong; Philip Lee


‘The team has an extremely good grasp of commercial issues and concerns to be factored into consideration. Prompt attention and turnaround time.’

‘Katherine Chew was commercially savvy and possesses great attention to detail.’

‘Cross-border M&A requires lawyers to be qualified in different jurisdictions in addition to being seriously competent in the domain area. DLA Piper Singapore is beautifully positioned in APAC in that its partners are US qualified (which looks after US funding and DD issues) and versatile with the APAC and India markets providing the best deal team for global M&A and private equity deals emanating from the region.’

‘David Kuo is an exceptional and brilliant lawyer and leads a dream deal team. His knowledge and acumen and experience in M&A makes him a sought after Partner to lead a deal. His collaboration, clarity in thought and expression, ability to influence, problem solve and weigh in at difficult points raises the bar for all M&A lawyers.

‘David Kuo has been a great new hire. I have used him for a number of projects and he is able to pull in the firm’s resources.’

‘We are a global investment firm that is new to Asia. We mainly invest in small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and partner heavily with DLA globally. What we need is a firm that can provide good quality M&A advisory support while at the same time keeping fees manageable (as each deal size is relatively small). DLA is able to deliver on this, supported by Katherine Chew who takes a strong personal interest and ownership in building the long term relationship with us.’

‘I have been working mainly with Katherine Chew of DLA on M&A transactions. Katherine and team do high quality M&A work in terms of Legal due diligence and negotiating the key documents. As we are a global investment firm but new to the Singapore/Asian market, I think what stands out is that Katherine takes a long-term relationship oriented view, supporting and advising us continuously on many different legal matters, rather than a transaction deal-by-deal approach.’

Key clients

Lanvin Group Holdings

Hinduja Global Solutions

PT Asia Vision Network

Sylebra Capital

Mizuho Asia Partners Pte Ltd

Pitney Bowes Inc.

Digital Edge Asia

Surbana Jurong


TOM Group

Pine Labs

Danaher Corporation

Apeiron AgroCommodities Pte. Ltd.


Zash Global Media and Entertainment Corp.

Elisa Oyj

Lockton Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Hinduja Global Solutions, an Indian-listed conglomerate, on the US$1.2 billion sale of its US healthcare business to Barings Private Equity Asia in a carve-out transaction.
  • Representing Lanvin Group Holdings in its US$1.8 billion de-SPAC and merger with Primavera Acquisition Corp. The merger was publicly announced March 2022 and will result in Lanvin being listed on the NYSE. The transaction is expected to close in Q2 2022.        
  • Providing ongoing counsel to Digital Edge Asia on pending and potential acquisitions in China, India and Indonesia and other corporate work in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, the Philippines and Korea.

Singapore > Projects: foreign firms Tier 3

The finance, projects and restructuring team at DLA Piper is well-versed in advising on cross-border and large-scale projects. The work done by the team includes mandates in Bangladesh, Australia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar, across the full range of energy projects from project development to acquisitions. Practice head Vincent Seah acts for sponsors, developers, lenders and government authorities. Zack Lin focuses on energy, infrastructure and project finance.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Seah

Other key lawyers:


‘DLA Piper has an extensive network of offices globally, wide range of expertise and varied experience advising on many projects across all sectors. They have built up a wealth of knowledge and experience across the whole firm and are able to draw on that collective experience to advise clients on all kinds of issues, which we have found to be very useful in supporting our activities. Vincent Seah is the head of the team in Singapore and he has built a very strong team that offers high quality legal advice. They are responsive and available all the time which is particularly important when facing challenging timelines on transactions.

‘We are currently working with DLA Piper on a couple of renewable and energy transition projects and this is where they really excel. Vincent and his team are very well-versed with renewable corporate PPA structures, having advised on many of them, and they bring invaluable advice to the table as they share insights on how first of its kind projects are structured and financed in other parts of the world.’

‘Vincent Seah is my key contact at DLA Piper. I have known Vincent for many years and he has advised on many of our projects. He is well known in the project finance industry and has a stellar reputation amongst client and peers alike. He is a very skilled negotiator and is adept at finding good commercial solutions to the most difficult issues, which is his key strength and what draws clients to him. He is also a very likeable person and very easy to work with and is able to explain complex issues in a way that is clear and easy for clients to understand. I put this down to the wealth of experience he has which makes him very familiar with all the issues, from the simplest of them to the most complex.’

‘Vincent is very energetic, knowledgeable and always keen to support his client. He is reliable and always available for us. On difficult transactions (on which we have worked on a few with us), he has been instrumental in engaging with all the project participants and he is extremely diplomatic.’

‘DLA team is exceptionally resourceful and fund to work with.’

‘I’ve worked with Vincent Seah and he is very communicative, smart, understand what the client’s needs and overall great person to work with.’

‘Vincent is an expert in energy and infrastructure projects with many years of experience advising on projects throughout Asia, including many first-of-its-kind projects such as past projects in Mongolia and in Indonesia.’

‘DLA Piper’s reputation in the projects space has strengthened rapidly over the last 3 years since Vincent Seah arrived to head the team. They have a strong reputation, a great network of clients and are very responsive. Their global network is also second to none. They are now considered to be one of the leading firms for energy and infrastructure projects in many frontier markets, particularly Indonesia, Bangladesh and Myanmar where they have advised developers and lenders on many of the projects in those countries.’

Key clients

TTCL Public Company, Sojitz Corporation

ENGIE and Mitsui & Co

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)

China Huadian

DBS Bank Ltd.

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

Hartree Partners

China Construction Bank

Amazon Web Services (Amazon)

Adaro Power

Work highlights

  • Represented DBS Bank on the financing of a 50MW solar project in Bangladesh.
  • Represented ENGIE and Mitsui & Co in all aspects of the development and financing of one of Australia’s first green hydrogen production facilities.
  • Advised China Huadian on the development and financing of a hybrid 1,200MW LNG-to-power + 160MW solar + battery project in Bangladesh.

Singapore > Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 4

DLA Piper houses a banking and finance team in Singapore, made up of lawyers who ‘are approachable, knowledgeable and prompt in responses‘. The group is well versed in leveraged buyouts and acquisition financing around the Asia Pacific region, and has additional expertise in special situations and refinancing matters on behalf of lenders and borrowers. Timothy Tan leads work related to Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand, and is skilled at acting for regional banks, investment funds and corporations.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Tan

Other key lawyers:

Wong Wei Hong


‘Timothy Tan, is very hands on and able to deliver practical and commercial solutions.’

‘The team members are approachable, knowledgeable and prompt in responses.’

‘Wong Wei Hong and Timothy Tan are very responsive to clients’ queries and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

DBS Bank

Capital Square Partners

Claret Capital



Barito Pacific

Korea Electric Power Company (KEPCO)

Indonesia Power

Proterra Partners

Work highlights

  • Representing private equity fund sponsor Capital Square Partners on its highly structured LBO of the CSS Corp group of companies.
  • Represented MUFG Bank on two concurrent and separate refinancing loan facilities provided to the NZ subsidiaries of a Malaysian conglomerate.
  • Represented Deutsche Bank as arranger of a mezzanine refinancing facility in respect of a luxury mixed development in Singapore.

Singapore > Labour and employment: foreign firms

DLA Piper has concentrated its focus on labour and employment in the last few years; employment specialist and of counsel David Smail transferred to Singapore from Hong Kong in 2021, while corporate and non-contentious employment expert Katherine Chew was promoted to partner. The Singapore team now has a wide-ranging practice, representing a large number of multinationals on their employment matters in Southeast Asia and beyond.

Indonesia > Foreign firms Tier 2

Commended for its ‘wealth of knowledge and experience’, the Indonesia team at DLA Piper advises domestic and international clients on capital markets transactions, M&As, energy and infrastructure projects, banking and finance matters, as well as disputes and competition law issues. Managing partner Joe Bauerschmidt co-leads the practice and has considerable experience advising on M&A and capital markets transactions in Indonesia, across the technology, financial services and energy sectors. Bauerschmidt is supported by Timothy Tan, who handles high-value acquisition financings and leveraged buyouts, as well as special situations financings, and corporate finance expert Philip Lee, who is English and New York qualified. Vincent Seah is praised for his ‘stellar experience’ in the development and financing of power projects, and Maurice Burke heads the investigations practice.

Practice head(s):

Joe Bauerschmidt; Timothy Tan; Philip Lee

Other key lawyers:


‘They have built a wealth of knowledge and experience and are able to draw on that collective experience to advise clients on all kinds of issues.’

‘Vincent and his team are well-versed with renewable corporate PPA structures and they bring invaluable advice to the table as they share insights on how first of its kind projects are structured and financed in other parts of the world.’

‘Vincent Seah is my key contact at DLA Piper. He is well known in the project finance space and has stellar experience. He is a very skilled negotiator and is adept at finding good commercial solutions to the most difficult issues.’

‘Maurice Burke is a resourceful lawyer who has been practicing law in Indonesia for a long time.’

‘Vincent is very energetic, knowledgeable and always keen to support his client. He has extensive experience and knowledge of the industry and is a very skilled operator.’

‘Vincent is our trusted adviser. He understands us and we have built a level of trust over the years that is irreplaceable. Because of his pedigree, he has really strengthened the DLA Piper offering significantly and put them right up there with the best.’

‘DLA partners are responsive and know Indonesia’s legal environment very well.’

Key clients

PT Widodo Makmur Perkasa

PT Asia Vision Network

Digital Edge Asia

Mandiri Securities Pte. Ltd.

China Construction Bank

MKS Instruments, Inc.

Adaro Power

Liberty Speciality Mrakets

Work highlights

  • Advised Merrill Lynch (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. and others (as arrangers and dealers) in PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (Persero)’s establishment of its US$2 billion EMTN Programme and first drawdown of US$300 million under the programme.
  • Acted for Digital Edge on its strategic investment in PT IndoInternet Tbk (US$165 million).
  • Acted for China Construction Bank as lender to the financing of a nickel production project in Indonesia.

Malaysia > Foreign firms Tier 2

DLA Piper’s focus on Malaysia principally comes from its Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok offices. It has an impressive record in representing Malaysian businesses and multinationals with assets and interests in the jurisdiction, with additional expertise in Malaysia-related M&A, employment matters, finance and projects, and IP work, among others. Heng Loong Cheong leads the Malaysia team, with Edward Chatterton impressing on IP matters. Singapore-based partner Katherine Chew is active in corporate transactions and employment engagements in Malaysia. All named partners are based in Hong Kong unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Heng Loong Cheong


‘I worked with Heng Loong Cheong and his team on a number of deals together in the last few years. He always offers practical solutions to the clients taking into account compliance legal requirements.’

Key clients



Bangkok Bank Plc

China Minsheng Bank

Industrial Bank Co., Ltd.

DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Limited

Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited

LivaNova Plc

Symbio Holdings

Pine Labs

Olympus Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented the finance parties in providing $500m facilities for ND Paper Malaysia (Selangor).
  • Acted for LivaNova in the Southeast Asia employment aspects of its divestment of its heart valve business to Gyrus Capital, namely in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
  • Advised a number of multinational clients on a full range of trademark and brand protection matters in Southeast Asia, including Malaysia.

Myanmar > Foreign desks Tier 2

DLA Piper’s versatile foreign desk practice is spread across the firm's offices in Singapore and Bangkok, with Singapore-based Vincent Seah at the helm. Seah acts for domestic and international sponsors, investors and energy companies on solar and gas projects in Myanmar, while Bangkok-based Samata Masagee advises on cross-border energy projects, in addition to telecoms and retail foreign inward investments. The Bangkok office is also home to Waranon Vanichprapa, who handles banking and finance mandates.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Seah

Key clients

TTCL Public Company

Sojitz Corporation

INPEX Corporation

Shikoku Electric Power Company

Chukoku Electric Power Company

China Huadian

Zhefu Holdings

Supreme Trading

ACO Investments

Work highlights

  • Advising a consortium of energy companies on all aspects of the development and financing of the 388MW Ahlone LNG-to-power project in Myanmar.
  • Representing a consortium of sponsors on all aspects of the development and financing of the 1,390MW Ayeyarwady LNG-to-power project in Myanmar.
  • Advising ACO Investments on all aspects of the development and financing of a 300MW solar project in Myanmar.

Thailand > Corporate and M&A

Samata Masagee leads the team at DLA Piper and focuses on public and private M&As, often involving a cross-border element. Noted for its capability in handling disposals, joint ventures and corporate restructuring, the practice has seen a growth in the number of deals arising out of the energy sector. Masagee is supported by senior associate Parama Saovabha, and associates Kanokkorn Viriyasutum, Krittiya Wuddhihiranpreeda and Nutnaree Watthanorom.

Practice head(s):

Samata Masagee

Key clients

John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Limited

RATCH Group Public Company Limited

SCB 10X Co., Ltd.

Morgan Stanley (Thailand) Limited

JWD InfoLogistics Public Company Limited

BBGI Public Company Limited

Electrocomponents plc

BCPG Public Company Limited

Levi Strauss & Co.

Lone Star Funds

Allianz Ayudhya General Insurance Plc

JKN Global Media PLC

Aetna Global Benefits (U.K.) Ltd

Global Power Synergy Public Company Limited (GPSC)

Thai Oil Public Company Limited

PTT Public Company Limited

Fircroft Engineering Services Limited

Frasers Property (Thailand) Public Company Limited

Golden Land Property Development Public Company Limited

Real Asset Development Co., Ltd.

Wipro Limited

Zain Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising RATCH Group Public Company Limited on its acquisition of a 51% stake in Sahacogen (Chonburi) Public Company Limited by way of a private placement of newly issued shares, a sale of shares from the existing major shareholders – Saha Group and a subsequent mandatory tender offer.
  • Acting for Aetna on the divestment of its non-life insurance business in Thailand.
  • Representing Morgan Stanley (Thailand) Limited in its investment in 15% stake in The Monk Studios Co., Ltd.

Vietnam > Foreign desks

DLA Piper has offices in Japan, Thailand and Singapore and its lawyers offer expertise in corporate and M&A matters, projects and energy mandates, as well as disputes in Vietnam. Tokyo-based partner Lance Miller leads the firm’s Vietnam-focused practice and has assisted clients with their investment and expansion into Vietnam, in addition to supporting companies on outbound investments. Waranon Vanichprapa in Bangkok is notable in the banking and finance arena, and Samata Masagee, also based in Bangkok, is a key name to note in the corporate space, especially regarding both public and private M&A. Singapore-based David Kuo is a US and Hong Kong qualified lawyer handling corporate financing transactions, and Singapore-based Maurice Burke heads the investigations practice since joining the firm from Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Lance Miller

Key clients

Capgemini Asia Pacific

BCPG Public Company Limited

Global Power Synergy Public Co Ltd

Thai Oil Public Company Limited

VinFast Trading & Production Limited

VinGroup Joint Stock Company


Work highlights

  • Advising various clients in relation to the potential investments and acquisitions of the renewable energy businesses in Vietnam.
  • Advising a client on the private equity financing of its business in Vietnam.
  • Advising a client on various data protection and data privacy matters.

China > Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms

DLA Piper has a dedicated regulatory and investigations team, focusing primarily on compliance reviews, regulatory advice, and internal and regulatory investigations for both international and China-based MNCs. Due to the firm’s wide global network, it also has a strong focus on cross-border mandates. Whilst it has a busy practice handling traditional white-collar crime, internal fraud, anti-bribery, and anti-corruption investigations, it also has a growing practice in relation to cybercrime-related reviews and investigations in recent years. The team is co-led by Sammy Fang and Nathan Bush from Hong Kong and Singapore, respectively. Also notable is Christine Liu whose practice focuses on corporate investigations and compliance.

Practice head(s):

Sammy Fang; Nathan Bush

Other key lawyers:


‘The litigation and regulatory team of DLA Piper is a fully-integrated team that can tap on Global network as well as local solutions.’

‘Sammy Fang’s team helped us handle our company’s internal investigation cases. The team is quite professional and experienced in handling compliance cases.’

‘Sammy Fang has tremendous experience navigating complex regulatory and compliance environment between China and the US.’

Thailand > Projects and energy

DLA Piper advises local and international banks, investment funds, issuers, borrowers and corporate investors on a broad range of matters, including M&A transactions, in addition to the financing and refinancing of energy projects. Waranon Vanichprapa leads the team and focuses on bank lending transactions, acquisition and project finance mandates, as well as cross-border deals, in the energy sector. The practice also relies on the expertise of Samata Masagee, who is instructed by Thai energy companies on M&As.

Practice head(s):

Waranon Vanichprapa

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

IRPC Clean Power Co Ltd

Global Power Synergy Public Company Limited

BCPG Public Company Limited

RATCH Group Public Company Limited

Thai Oil Public Company Limited

Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited

Siam Commercial Bank Public Company Limited

China Minsheng Bank Corporation Ltd.

BBGI Public Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing IRPC Clean Power Co Ltd, as borrower, on the THB7 billion financing of the 70 MW gas-fired combined cycle cogeneration power plant project and the refinancing of its existing cogeneration power plant project.
  • Advising RATCH Group Public Company Limited on its acquisition of a 51% stake in Sahacogen (Chonburi) Public Company Limited by way of a private placement of newly issued shares, a sale of shares from the existing major shareholders – Saha Group and a subsequent mandatory tender offer.
  • Representing The Siam Commercial Bank Public Company Limited on its USD330 million acquisition financing for Gulf Energy Public Company Limited in acquiring shares of Intouch Holdings through a bidding process.

Global co-chairs: Frank W. Ryan and Jon Hayes
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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