Dentons and Lee International launch combination

31 March 2020

Dentons and Lee International launch combination

Dentons has launched a previously announced combination with Lee International in South Korea, positioning the firms to meet client needs in South Korea and around the globe. Dentons is the first global law firm in South Korea to combine with a Korean law firm, and the combination enhances the firm’s ability to provide legal services to Korean companies as they do business around the world. The new name of the firm in South Korea is Dentons Lee. 

Dentons' polycentric strategy and “in and of the community” philosophy creates a competitive advantage in connecting talent to opportunity in South Korea. Dentons is the first global firm to have South Korean operations that are owned and controlled by Koreans. 

“Lee International is a leading firm with strong economic ties to Korea’s conglomerates and our combination will enhance Dentons’ brand value in the region,” said Elliott Portnoy, global CEO of Dentons. “We are excited to be enhancing our client offering in this critical region.” 

"Dentons' strategy is to scale the firm through whole firm combinations with philosophically aligned firms in dynamic and growing regions,” said Joe Andrew, global chairman of Dentons. “In my many visits to Korea and dealings with Korean law firms, it was clear that Lee International shared our vision to always be the law firm of the future and Dentons is now the first global law firm to combine with a Korean law firm.” 

So far in 2020, Dentons has launched Dentons Bingham Greenebaum and Dentons Cohen & Grigsby in the United States as part of “Project Golden Spike” and Dentons Kensington Swan in New Zealand. 

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