(February 1, 2016) DLA Piper will join with leading Finnish law firm, Peltonen LMR, and integrate more closely with its existing office in Sweden, formerly known as DLA Nordic, as of 1 February 2016. As a result, DLA Piper will have three offices (including its existing office in Oslo, Norway) and more than 200 lawyers in the region, making it the first global law firm with a truly pan-Nordic presence.

This will enable the firm to offer clients an unparalleled capability in the Nordics and access to legal services which can meet their needs domestically, regionally and globally. Across the region, the firm has strong industry capability in each of its key sectors, including: Financial Services; Technology; Energy; and Real Estate, as well as in the Infrastructure & Construction sector.

Simon Levine, Global Co-CEO of DLA Piper, said: "we are very pleased to welcome the partners and staff of Peltonen LMR to DLA Piper and to enhance our capability in the important Nordic region.  As part of our vision to be the leading global business law firm, a key part of strategy is to operate in all the major world economies and other important markets where our clients are based or do business. Together, the Nordic countries rank as a G20 economic entity and the region is home to some major international corporates. Many of our existing clients do business in the Nordic region and we believe they will benefit from our enhanced presence there."

The Nordic region will form part of DLA Piper's EMEA practice which is led by Co-Managing Directors, Barbara van Hussen and Juan Picon.

Juan Picon added: "we are excited at the prospect of being able to offer the market a true pan-Nordic capability. Frankly, we were surprised that no other firm has succeeded in developing such a capability and having talked to our clients and other institutions who operate across the region, we believe that the market will respond positively to what we are doing."

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