DLA Piper cuts adrift Rotterdam practice for Amsterdam focus

DLA Piper last week announced that it will dispense with its Rotterdam office as the firm seeks to ramp up its Amsterdam presence.

The Rotterdam office, which specialises in international trade, transport and insurance, will close on 1 June and will relaunch as an independent boutique, as first revealed on www.thelawyer. com (22 March).

Managing partner of DLA Piper in the Netherlands Frans Stibbe said in a statement: “Over the years, our two Dutch offices have developed differently. The specialised nature of the Rotterdam office means that it plays a different role, and this separation will enable the office to pursue this focused approach more effectively as an independent law firm.”

DLA Piper’s three remaining Rotterdam partners will share ownership of the new boutique with Marc Padberg and Michiel Spanjaart managing the firm.

DLA first merged with Netherlands firm SchutGrosheide back in December 2003 in a deal that saw DLA take on both the Amsterdam and Rotterdam offices of the 32-partner firm.

DLA Piper’s Rotterdam office currently has nine other lawyers, and while terms of the transfer are still being agreed, some staff are expected to transfer to Amsterdam. The firm’s Amsterdam office currently has more than 100 lawyers and 27 partners.

A spokesperson said the decision to separate the Rotterdam office from the rest of the business was reached amicably and will enable the firm to focus on providing legal services from its Amsterdam office.