DLA Piper plants flag in Canada through merger with Davis

DLA Piper has finally found a foothold in Canada after agreeing to merge with local firm Davis.

The tie-up comes a year after DLA Piper pulled out of talks with a group of lawyers from collapsed Canadian firm Heenan Blaikie (10 February 2014).

DLA Piper has been on the hunt for a Canadian merger partner for four years. In 2011 then-chairman Frank Burch said the firm was talking to “three or four of the top 10” local players (7 March 2011) but it failed to complete a tie-up.

Davis brings offices in Vancouver, Montréal, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, and the more remote northern towns of Whitehorse and Yellowknife. It also has a base in Tokyo.

According to the firm’s website it employs over 250 lawyers.

DLA Piper’s global co-chair Roger Meltzer said in a statement that Canada has been “for some time, an integral part of our global strategy”.

The firm is the latest global player to break into Canada through a merger. Norton Rose Fulbright was the first to take the plunge when it merged with Ogilvy Renault in 2011 (15 November 2010).

Since then, Clyde & Co signed an agreement with insurance firm Nicholl Paskell-Mede (7 March 2011) and legacy SNR Denton carried out a merger with Fraser Milner Casgrain (8 November 2012).