DLA Piper goes US in Asia

If you haven’t already (and why not?), check out The Lawyer’s Behind the Law series of online articles, which give the colour and detail behind the news. And can there be any firm with more colour or detail than DLA Piper?

This week’s offering from the firm that just keeps on giving (to be fair, it’s the world’s largest so frankly it would be weird if it wasn’t a story pipeline) is the inside track on its management changes in Asia. At the end of last year, out went the managing director role held by finance partner Bob Charlton, in came a new three-member US-led Asia advisory committee, none of whom are based in Asia.

“Extraordinary – let’s run one of our key regions by people who live somewhere else and have no experience of the place,” quips one commentator on www.thelawyer.com, adding possibly less than sincerely, “good luck to them”.

This week’s Behind the Law lifts the lid on the shift from DLA Piper’s long-standing UK heritage in Asia to a US-driven strategy aiming to capitalise on the growing US-Asia axis.

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