Movin' On Up!

The legal market consolidated a bit more today in Canada as DLAPiper LLP announced that Davis LLP will be joining the Swiss verein's North American arm as its newest member firm in April 2015.  The Am Law Daily, summed up the change in Canada over the past few years the best:

"DLA Piper is just the latest firm to expand north, always with struggling mid-tier firms. Two other firms organized as international vereins—Dentons and Baker & McKenzie—were more successful in absorbing groups of refugees from the dissolving Heenan Blaikie last year. Dentons had already entered the market in 2013, combining with 560-lawyer Fraser Milner Casgrain.

Norton Rose was the first, sealing a deal with 450-lawyer Ogilvy Renault in 2010. Calgary-based Macleod Dixon joined it in 2011, and Fulbright & Jaworski in 2012, bringing yet another U.S. firm under the same global umbrella with a Canadian one."

Rich in natural resources and backed by a stable banking and finance industry, Canada is ever more attractive to companies and law firms alike. As a resident Canadian amongst the 3 Geeks, I wanted to share and reaffirm that there is more to Canada than hockey, beer, Coffee Crisp and ketchup chips and I am not the only one who is taking notice.


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