Dentons announces combination with Link Legal in India

27 October 2022

Dentons announces combination with Link Legal in India

Combined firm will have presence in five of India’s six largest cities.

Dentons has announced a combination with Indian law firm Link Legal Dentons would become the first global law firm to combine with a law firm in India. According to a statement from Dentons, “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’ 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,” the firm said in a statement. “This has allowed Dentons to grow in what will be 215 offices across 83 countries.”

Link Legal has recently opened an office in New York and is 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.

“In the current geopolitical and economic landscape, India enjoys an important and enviable position. We approached Dentons because we recognized that a combination between our firms would help us meet and exceed the needs of our clients who are increasingly becoming global,” said Atul Sharma, managing partner of Link Legal. “Importantly, the combination allows us to be both global and local, helping us to connect our clients to leading legal talent around the world while continuing to be wholly owned, controlled and managed by Indian lawyers at Link Legal in India.” 

“This is history in the making in India because this is not a joint venture, not a best friends relationship, not a referral agreement, but a combination as Dentons has done around the world,” said Joe Andrew 

, global chairman of Dentons. “The combination in India again makes Dentons not only a first-mover but a first-mover in a market that matters to our clients.”

“India will be the most populous country in the world next year with a fast-growing economy making it an increasingly important market for our clients around the world,” said Elliot Portnoy, global CEO of Dentons. “This historic combination will allow Dentons to connect clients to leading talent in India and provide a seamless one firm experience in more than 200 locations around the globe.”

“Like Dentons, clients are at the center of everything we do,” said Nusrat Hassan, co-managing partner of Link Legal. “The combination with Dentons will provide access to sophisticated new technology as well as leading talent, allowing us to provide seamless, integrated services to clients across more than 200 locations.”

 Link Legal has practice teams in IP, TMT, manufacturing, exchange control and foreign investment, and healthcare, life sciences and agriculture, among others.

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