DLA drops Rotterdam to focus on Amsterdam

DLA Piper has today announced it will divorce its Rotterdam office as the firm seeks to ramp up its Amsterdam presence.

The firm announced today that the Rotterdam office, which specialises in international trade, transport and insurance, will shut on 1 June and will relaunch as an independent boutique.

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 clearly 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 run the office as an independent law firm, managed by Rotterdam-based partners Marc Padberg and Michiel Spanjaart.

DLA Piper first merged with Netherlands firm SchutGrosheide back in December 2003, in a deal which 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 over 100 lawyers and 27 partners.

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