WASHINGTON, D.C.—Dentons, the world’s largest global law firm, has announced a combination with leading Indian law firm, Link Legal. Dentons would become the first global law firm to combine with a law firm in India giving the combined firm first-mover advantage and a competitive edge in international panel competitions. This is not a joint venture, not a best-friends relationship or a liaison license, nor a merger or an acquisition, but a combination like Dentons has done around the world, building one, integrated global firm.
Dentons’ unique “polycentric” structure, which is based on a Swiss verein strives to identify the positive attributes of a partnership, allowing Dentons to combine with high quality firms in many jurisdictions respecting the legal and regulatory requirements of each jurisdiction. This has allowed Dentons to grow in what will be 215 offices across 83 countries.
Link Legal is one of the premier Indian firms that is going out into the world, opening an office in New York and examining multiple other locations. As a first-mover, Link Legal represents the many large, fast-growing Indian companies that are globalizing, as India becomes the most populous nation in the world in 2023.
The combination with Link Legal would offer an established, physical presence in five of the six largest cities in India: Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad. Dentons Link Legal Indian lawyers would represent clients inside India and Dentons lawyers would represent Link Legal’s clients outside of India, becoming one firm consistent with the rules and regulations of India.
Link Legal is a leading mid-sized, full service law firm with more than 19 practice areas, 42 partners and 134 lawyers. Link Legal is pre-eminent in infrastructure, corporate, litigation, finance and technology, providing end-to-end support for its clients across transactional and contentious matters.
The announcement coincides with the tenth anniversary of the announcement of the creation of Dentons. Following more than fifty whole firm combinations since Dentons’ launch in 2013, scaling the Firm in priority markets continues to be a core part of Dentons’ strategy to help clients face the challenges and meet the opportunities of the next ten years.
This is a combination like all the other combinations that Dentons has done around the world. Following approval by the partners, the combination with Link Legal is expected to launch in the coming months.