Dentons is pursuing a merger with Lee International in a deal that would see it become the first international law firm to combine with a Korean firm.
If successful, Dentons’ Korean operations would be 100% owned and controlled by Korean partners. The planned merger is subject to a partner vote and regulatory approval, and is expected to launch in the next several months.
“We are enthusiastic about joining Dentons.” said Sung-Duck Park, representative attorney of Lee International. “The combination with Dentons will enable us to connect our respective talents to opportunities in South Korea and around the world.”
Dentons expansion in Asia has seen it establish combinations with Dacheng in China, Rodyk & Davidson in Singapore, Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners in Indonesia, Zain & Co in Malaysia and part of Gadens in Australia.
A tie-up with Lee International would give it access to a top-tier, full-service firm in one of the region’s biggest economies.
“Combining with such a reputable firm that has strong economic ties to Korea’s conglomerates would enhance Dentons’ brand value in the region,” said Elliott Portnoy, global head of Dentons. “We are excited to augment our client offering further by building a presence in this critical region.”
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