In a shock move DLA is to acquire the Milan office of Coudert Brothers and sever ties with the former Italian member of its DLA Group, De Berti Jacchia, as the UK firm continues its rampage through Europe. The deal, which will take effect from 6 October, sees DLA take on four partners, around 25 assistants and 15 support staff, with the firm also making another associate up to partner. De Berti Jacchia withdrew from the alliance earlier this month, although the DLA vote is understood to have gone through some time before. In the short term DLA will maintain just the Milan office, although it is believed the firm will look to establish a presence in Rome in the longer term. The Milan office, which was never fully integrated into Coudert’s international partnership, will continue to be managed by local partner Federico Sutti. The one-partner Rome office will remain with Coudert. One source said that the firm would also maintain a presence in Milan, and was actively looking to recruit.