Philippines

Dentons PJS Merging IHC
Dentons intends to combine with Philippine law firm PJS Law, in a combination foreseen to accelerate Dentons’ momentum to become the leading global law firm in the ASEAN and, with offices in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam, allow Dentons to connect clients to talent in six of the largest ASEAN economies.

The combination solidifies a longstanding cooperation between the two firms, culminating in the world’s largest global law firm helping clients to meet the challenges and opportunities in one of the fastest-growing emerging markets. Following approval by the partners, the combination is expected to launch in the coming months.

PJS Law’s reputation as a leading service provider in the Philippines, coupled with Dentons’ worldwide reach, would enable the combined firm to help clients to grow, protect, operate and finance what is important to them in the Philippines and in 214 locations in 83 countries around the world.

Dentons’ unique polycentric approach has been a differentiator, disrupting the traditional model for providing legal services in the ASEAN. As each new combination firm joins with Dentons, it can be assured that it will retain local control of its operations, finances and office leadership.

“PJS Law and Dentons share the vision of leading the way for differentiated client service in ASEAN,” said PJS Law CEO Regina Jacinto-Barrientos. “Our future combination means that we continue to deliver sustainable solutions, first-rate performance and exceptional client care representative of the PJS brand, while our clients also benefit from having access to more than 21,000 professionals around the globe.”

Elliott Portnoy, Global CEO of Dentons, said, “PJS Law’s excellent standing in the marketplace made them the compelling and inspiring combination partner for Dentons in this critical market for our clients. Founding Partners Regina Jacinto-Barrientos and Roy Santos, with their strong leadership team, have built an impressive firm that prioritizes inclusion and diversity, and is known for outstanding client service. The combination will allow us to provide clients with local knowledge and global insights across ASEAN and around the world.”

PJS Law is a full-service law firm in the Philippine market with 57 lawyers and professionals. It is owned and led by 19 partners, 57 percent of whom are women. PJS Law is widely recognized in the market for Energy and Infrastructure, Projects, Corporate, M&A, Banking and Finance, Capital Markets and Dispute Resolution.

Tags: ASEAN, Dentons, Philippines, PJS Law
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