DLA and Piper Rudnick LLP are to merge, the firms have announced. This international merger of equals is evenly balanced on both sides with 1,350 plus lawyers in the US and more than 1,350 lawyers in Europe and Asia. Two months ago Piper Rudnick announced that it is merging with Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich LLP. With the latest merger the combined organisation will be known as DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary and will be the only legal provider in the world with more than 1,000 lawyers on both sides of the Atlantic. Both mergers become effective on January 1, 2005.
With more than 2,700 lawyers located in 18 countries and projected 2005 revenues of US$1.5bn, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary will become the third largest legal services provider in the world, based on the number of lawyers, and the second largest based on revenue, according to the latest AmLaw Global 100 rankings. Through its 49 offices located in the US, Europe and Asia, it will focus on providing clients with a broad range of legal services to meet their day-to-day needs anywhere in the world.