DLA Group entices Polish firm Lukowicz into the fold

DLA’s international association DLA Group is expanding its presence in Eastern Europe after securing its first Polish member.

Four-partner Lukowicz Merski & Partners joined the group earlier this month. The move gives DLA access to 35 lawyers across offices in Warsaw, Poznan, Cracow and Wroclaw. The firm offers a full range of services, including corporate and commercial, M&A, IP, IT, insurance, litigation and arbitration, construction and property and labour and bankruptcy law.

Lukowicz has worked with DLA’s Austrian ally DLA Weiss-Tessbach for some time and it is understood the Polish firm has joined DLA Group with a view to full integration.

The move comes as DLA accelerates its European strategy ahead of its merger with Piper Rudnick. It follows the hire of Dr Ulrich Jungst and the Cologne office of DLA’s former German partner Görg Rechtsanwälte in June.

Earlier this year, DLA tied severed links with its French best friend Ginestie Paley-Vincent et Associés. At the same time, Piper Rudnick took on Hogan & Hartson’s one time French ally Cariddi Mee Rue.