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Denton Wilde Sapte has sewn up its Central European coverage with an alliance in the Czech Republic and a three-way merger of its Austrian allied firm
The firm already has alliance members in Hungary and Germany. The three-way Austrian merger will create the country's eighth-largest law firm, with 30 lawyers. Czech firm Klein Subrt Dosková has joined the Denton International network. Its Austrian ally Lambert Grohmann Stolitzka Röhsner has voted to merge with two other Austrian firms - Baier Böhm Orator & Partners and Arthur Wolff. It will now trade under the new name of Baier Lambert. Lambert Grohmann and Baier Böhm are full service commercial firms with 15 and 14 lawyers respectively. Arthur Wolff is a sole practitioner with an e-commerce focus which fits in well with Dentons' strong technology, media and telecoms practice. Dentons' chairman James Dallas said that Lambert Grohmann used its connections in the region to do the groundwork. Dallas said: "We encouraged Lambert to get larger as part of our strategy to cover the Central European region. Lambert then identified all the firms it wanted to talk to. They were all firms Lambert has known for a long time." Dallas described Denton International as "much more than best friends, with all the aspects of a merger apart from profit-sharing". He added that he would not rule out a full merger with the Czech or Austrian firm in the future. Dallas added that the firm is now looking at opportunities in the less explored parts of Central and Eastern Europe, such as Slovakia and Croatia.