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Focus on… DLA Piper Denmark

DLA Piper Denmark is one of the largest law firms in Denmark and is the only Danish law firm in a global network. This enables us always to provide a strong team and perform cross-border services and to draw on the knowledge and insight of our 6,600 fellow lawyers throughout the world.

In Denmark DLA Piper is a premier commercial law firm with a strong national and international practice – particularly within corporate M&A, Banking and finance, restructuring and insolvency, capital markets, Project Development and Real Estate. We are more than 350 people in offices located in Copenhagen and Aarhus and we have access to new technologies, cross-border capabilities with global reach and sector-specific experience.

Over the past 4-5 years DLA Piper has entered into the Danish market and become a strong and competitive key-player known for its cross-border capabilities and deal flow of landmark M&A-cases.

We overlay our global practice groups with global sector teams, which are designed specifically to reflect our clients’ business markets. Sector teams are cross-practice, and when advice is required the DLA Piper lawyer acting on a specific matter will be well versed in that relevant sector; as well as in regulatory, risk and the wider legal issues relevant to the sector our clients operate in.

Nordic presence As part of a global law firm DLA Piper is the only global law firm in Denmark with a truly pan-Nordic presence, positioning us to help clients with their legal needs in the Nordic countries as well as around the world. The cooperative relations between the DLA Piper offices in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland have enabled us to set up a unique Nordic platform, where we can provide cross-border assistance to our clients. We act as one firm and compile cross-disciplinary teams of highly skilled lawyers. In the Nordics, we have more than 465 lawyers organised in sector groups, which share experience and discuss market tendencies across national borders. This contributes to ensuring the key qualifications required, locally as well as globally.

Responsible business We are proud to be signatories of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). Our support for the initiative underlines our commitment to responsible business.Over the course of our six-year partnership with UNICEF, DLA Piper has pledged $7.5 million through fundraising and pro bono legal support to improve child justice and protect children’s rights worldwide.

We have a Global Scholarships programme that supports outstanding law students in developing countries reach their potential and contribute to the rule of law in their communities. And our Head Start initiative aims to improve equality of opportunity and break down barriers faced by under-represented groups when entering the legal profession.

Environmental Sustainability In DLA Piper we are committed to taking action on climate change and managing the sustainability of the firm. To achieve this, we remain firmly focused on the areas where we have greatest control and impact: energy, carbon emissions, waste and procurement.

We undertake initiatives to reduce our own operational environmental impact and we believe that our greatest contribution to a sustainable environment is the advice and support we provide to our clients – both in managing their own environmental impacts, and assessing and responding to climate-related risks and opportunities. We also make an active contribution to international climate policy discussions, and the development of investments in low-carbon technology and infrastructure.

Our strategic approach to the environment is embedded across the firm through our Global Sustainability Initiative (GSI), which is the tool we use to determine priorities and monitor progress. The GSI is governed by a committee of senior leaders from across the firm that meets quarterly to discuss progress against strategic focus areas. In addition to senior partner representatives and environmental lawyers, the GSI includes representatives from the most relevant functions of our business for implementing change – Corporate Responsibility, Procurement, IT, Risk and Facilities Management.

Pro bono DLA Piper is deeply committed to pro bono. Our pro bono efforts focus on three areas: the rights of children, access to justice and the rule of law, and assisting asylum seekers, refugees, and stateless people. Our work is both global and local. We provide direct service to individuals and organizations that could not otherwise afford counsel, while helping to build a pro bono culture in the legal profession around the world.

Diversity and Inclusion

At DLA Piper, diversity, inclusion and equality are a part of how we live our values. We are one of the world’s largest law firms, with lawyers and staff in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Our people reflect the diversity of our clients and the many communities and markets where we work.

With offices worldwide, our efforts to understand, value and incorporate differences are woven into our culture. We are on a journey and, like most law firms, we still have some distance to travel. But with strategic approaches within our geographic regions, we’re making great progress.

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