Develop your legal expertise. Sharpen your commercial focus. Become a trusted adviser to clients around the globe.
From mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and venture capital to private and public equity and debt offerings, our global Corporate team assists clients through all stages of their transactions to ensure successful deal outcomes. With 950 corporate lawyers across the world, we are able to help businesses transact across borders by combining a market-leading international practice with specialist local expertise.
Our M&A practice has been consistently executing more deals globally than our competitors. Thanks to this high volume of transactions, we are able to deliver high quality commercial advice to our clients who benefit from the efficiencies derived from our experience.
Our Employment group provides solutions-based advice and supports clients in the day-to-day management of their people-related legal issues and risk.
The group advises on all areas of employment, including trade union and employee relations, discrimination and diversity management, global mobility and data privacy. Employment also advises on legal, tax and regulatory aspects of remuneration, employee share incentives and other benefits, and assists clients generally in designing and delivering their reward strategies. Our pensions lawyers cover every aspect of pension provision, as well as the management of pension disputes.
Finance & Projects
Our Finance, Projects & Restructuring group provides market-leading insight and advice, representing leading investment and commercial financial institutions, public and private companies and government entities.
Our Finance and Projects teams focus on debt finance; energy & infrastructure finance; financial markets; financial services regulatory and projects, where we work on joint ventures and other collaborations. Our aim is to assist clients with finding commercially sound solutions within the political, legal and commercial environment of the host country in which they are operating.
Intellectual Property & Technology
The IPT group focus on various areas such as brands, trademarks & marketing, media, sport, IT, gambling, life sciences among many more. The practice provides both litigation-related and strategic commercial advice to a wide range of industry sectors, helping clients from technology and pharmaceutical companies to banks and financial institutions.
We develop asset management and protection strategies designed to help clients manage risk, continue growth and protect market share around the globe. We understand the commercial issues and pressures that arise from IP disputes or related negotiations, and we provide innovative and strategic solutions to handle them.
Litigation & Regulatory
DLA Piper's Litigation & Regulatory group comprises dispute resolution lawyers and regulatory specialists in more than 30 countries. Our group helps clients reduce the uncertainties involved in disputes through innovative and commercial dispute resolution strategies, and effective case management. We have the proven ability to deploy large, cross-border teams on major international disputes.
The globalisation of business is resulting in more cross-border disputes and extraterritorial application of legislation. We have the local strength and knowledge to advise on specific legal, cultural and procedural issues.
DLA Piper’s Real Estate group is the world's largest real estate practice, and is consistently top-ranked by publications and directories globally.
Real estate is the built environment - everything from offices and residential units to retail centres, logistics hubs and healthcare facilities. Almost every single DLA Piper client has real estate needs, be it as a core investment or as an underlying asset. We aim to meet the needs of all of these clients and ensure that their holdings and investments add value to their businesses.
Our Restructuring lawyers develop innovative restructuring solutions that deliver commercial results. We advise on all matters relating to public and private companies in underperforming and distressed situations. Our experience also extends to contentious issues arising from restructurings and insolvencies.
We have significant experience of advising clients on investigation, enforcement, litigation and asset recovery on a multi-jurisdictional basis. Our client base encompasses debtors, lenders, government entities, trustees, shareholders, directors, and distressed debt and asset buyers and investors.
The group helps tax departments of multinational companies to address the complex challenges of international commerce and business operations. We advise on a wide range of tax issues: inward and outward investment, private equity deals, structuring for corporate and real estate acquisitions and disposals, transfer pricing planning and documentation as well as executive and employee compensation packages.
Our Tax lawyers draw upon the experience of colleagues in numerous areas of law, which further strengthens the capabilities of our tax practitioners, resulting in fully integrated advice to our clients.
Learning and development
All our people have access to formal training courses – ranging from technical courses, business, systems and skills training, to continuing legal education.
Our award-winning International Career Academies provide our lawyers with an opportunity to learn and enhance professional skills at key stages of their careers, while developing their internal networks across the firm.
Diversity and inclusion
At DLA Piper, we know that diversity and inclusion isn't just about each and every one of us having a voice. It's about the collective power of bringing those many, varied and different voices together. Harnessing the differences in who we are, what we've experienced and how we think, for the better. Promoting equality and progressing because of it.
Wherever you are from, wherever you join and however long you stay, by joining our firm, you join our family. DLA Piper is striving to achieve a culture where everyone's voice is heard and counts and where everyone can be themselves.
To support with building an inclusive culture, DLA Piper has a number of people networks. These networks are internal communities with an interest or focus on a particular topic and are open to everyone. These are:
LAW (Leadership Alliance for Women):
LAW, our gender-balance network works internally and externally to strengthen the influence, leadership and voices of women at our firm. LAW also plays a key role in helping the firm review processes that improve gender equality.
Iris is our LGBTQ+ network for employees and allies. In addition to providing welcoming support to its members, the group serves as a forum and advisory body on matters of concern to DLA Piper's LGBTQ+ employees. The network, through 'Iris represents' delivers pro-bono outcomes specifically aligned to LGBTQ+ NGOs, individuals and organisations.
Mosaic is our ethnicity and cultural heritage people network. The overall aim of Mosaic is to ensure all DLA Piper employees, regardless of their heritage, culture, ethnicity and background feel valued, supported and able to achieve their full potential.
PACT (Parents and Carers Together):
PACT is our people network for anyone with caring and family responsibilities of any kind, and anyone who wants to find out more about how to support those who do.
Ability is committed to ensuring people with disabilities, and those who care for someone with disability, feel they belong.
Visit the blog section to read more about how DLA Piper trainees get involved with the firms people networks.
Visit our Diversity and Inclusion page to learn more about why this is important to DLA Piper.
A day in the life of an associate
So what's life like at DLA Piper? Maggie – an Associate in Intellectual Property & Technology – takes us through a typical day.
Arrive: We officially start at 9.30am, but I like to come in a bit earlier to allow time to grab a cup of tea. After that, I head back up to my desk and begin compiling my to-do list for the day while going through my emails.
Briefing: I have a quick catch-up with the Partner in my department. This allows me to confirm if there is anything urgent I need to focus on. It’s also a good opportunity for me to keep him informed of my activities and to clarify any issues.
Drafting: I work on a franchise agreement for a worldwide hotel chain. Not only do I get the opportunity to draft the agreement and advise on various contractual clauses, I also get the chance to go through it with the client under the Partner's supervision.
Lunch: I usually go out for lunch with other associates. Our office is located in a prime area of Hong Kong and we have many great restaurants to choose from.
Finalizing details: Working with the marketing team, I finalize the details for an article I have worked on. It’s titled 'Protecting Your Brand in China' and explores the importance of trademark protection and related issues.
Pro bono work: I carry out some research for PILnet, one of our pro bono clients. I am working with them to explore innovative ways to provide community legal services in Hong Kong, with a focus on certain disadvantaged groups.
Client meeting: I leave the office for a quick check-in with a client. It relates to the franchise agreement I worked on earlier that morning. We go through the agreement to get the client’s instructions on certain commercial considerations.
Yoga: I grab a drink on my way to yoga class. After a busy day, it's a great way to clear your head and recharge.