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Gerald Singham appointed as Global Vice-Chair & ASEAN Region CEO

Gerald Singham, Managing Partner at Dentons Rodyk, a member of the world’s largest law firm, has been appointed as Global Vice-Chair & ASEAN Region CEO, with effect from January 11, 2021.

Gerald has spent his entire professional career with Dentons Rodyk and served as the firm’s Deputy Managing Partner from 2011 to 2020. He is named in numerous legal guides and directories including the Chambers Asia-Pacific, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Global Competition Review, Who’s Who Legal, IFLR1000, Asialaw Leading Lawyers and Best Lawyers. He also serves on the boards of several companies and statutory boards. For his many contributions to the community, he was awarded the Public Service Star (Bar) National Day award.

“I look forward to partnering with Gerald, as Global Vice-Chair & ASEAN Region CEO, as we become even more connected and integrated as a global Firm, to create opportunities for our clients across the Region and around the world,” said Dentons Global CEO, Elliott Portnoy.

“We have every confidence that Gerald will be instrumental in our efforts to continue to scale the Firm across the ASEAN Region and to help us lead our clients into the New Dynamic Decade and help them win,” said Dentons Global Chairman, Joe Andrew.

“The ASEAN region has become one of the most dynamic drivers of today’s global economy, and I am energised to lead our offices in Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar and Malaysia as we continue to deliver exceptional quality to our clients in this decade of new opportunities,” said Gerald Singham, Managing Partner at Dentons Rodyk and Global Vice-Chair & ASEAN Region CEO.

About Dentons

Dentons is the world’s largest law firm, connecting talent to the world’s challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons’ legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons’ polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic.

Dentons to combine with Durham Jones & Pinegar in Utah

Dentons and Salt Lake City-based Durham Jones & Pinegar announced today a future combination. This announcement continues the growth of Project Golden Spike, a series of combinations launched earlier this year dedicated to advancing the first truly national US law firm capable of serving clients across the United States and globally.

As the legal profession’s transformation accelerates because of the pandemic and global economic crisis, there is no “New Normal” for any organisation for the foreseeable future. Companies now confront a “New Dynamic” of constant, accelerated change. With global legal perspective and business insights, Dentons is well-equipped to provide its clients with the tools and talent needed to adapt in this fast, challenging environment.

“This combination with Durham Jones & Pinegar is a testament to our commitment to helping clients navigate this New Dynamic,” said Joe Andrew, Global Chairman of Dentons. “As the largest law firm in the world, we are constantly finding new ways to support our clients, wherever they may be. As we have seen from our initial Project Golden Spike combinations of Dentons Bingham Greenebaum and Dentons Cohen & Grigsby with Dentons US, when we work together, we are better able to help all our clients meet the evolving challenges they may face.”

“We are delighted to be combining with the talented professionals of Durham Jones & Pinegar in a key and growing market for our clients,” said Elliott Portnoy, Global CEO of Dentons. “The Salt Lake City metropolitan area is a model for the New Dynamic economy: a community with a history of strong economic growth and stability that continues to foster a vibrant, diverse group of innovative businesses and initiatives. We look forward to becoming the first global law firm with an office in the ‘Silicon Slopes.’”

Durham Jones & Pinegar is one of the largest and fastest growing top-tier law firms in Utah, with nearly 100 lawyers and offices in Salt Lake City, Lehi, Ogden and St. George. Known for its innovative and practical solutions, Durham Jones & Pinegar offers a spectrum of legal services in a number of specialised fields, including complex business and finance law, mergers and acquisitions, banking, commercial litigation, intellectual property, bankruptcy, real estate, tax, estate planning, employment, family law and immigration.

“We are excited to be combining with Dentons, a widely respected law firm that, like us, clearly prioritises innovation and adaptability, especially during these extraordinary times,” said Todd Leishman, Chairman and President of Durham Jones & Pinegar. “Our combination with Dentons will allow our clients to continue to be served by lawyers they know and trust, who can now connect them to colleagues across the country and around the world.”

Building on Dentons’ global polycentric model, Project Golden Spike increases the quality and breadth of service to clients on a national and global scale, while also enabling US member firms like Durham Jones & Pinegar to retain their defining characteristics and provide in and of the community insight wherever clients need it.

“In times of accelerated change, the model of law firm combinations needs to continue to transform,” said Toby McClamroch, Managing Partner of Dentons United States Region. “Through the Golden Spike model and this combination with Durham Jones & Pinegar, Dentons is able to foster true collaboration between member firms and continue its trajectory to better serve clients across our focus on the 100 largest legal markets in the US.”

At launch of the combination with what will be known as Dentons Durham Jones Pinegar, Dentons will extend its reach to 188 locations -with 37 in the US- in 76 countries.

In 2020 to date, Dentons has launched six combinations:

  • Dentons Bingham Greenebaum and Dentons Cohen & Grigsby, the inaugural member firms with Dentons US as part of Project Golden Spike;
  • Dentons Kensington Swan in New Zealand;
  • Dentons Lee in South Korea;
  • Dentons Jiménez de Aréchaga in Uruguay; and
  • Dentons Rattagan Macchiavello Arocena in Argentina.

Dentons has also opened offices in the British Virgin Islands and St. Lucia.

Dentons opens offices in the British Virgin Islands and Saint Lucia

Dentons has opened offices in the British Virgin Islands and Saint Lucia as part of its expansion plans in the Caribbean. Dentons is the only Pan-Caribbean law firm, and with more offices in all of Latin America and the Caribbean than any other law firm, Dentons is the first truly Pan-Latin American and the Caribbean law firm in the history of the legal profession.

The British Virgin Islands is widely recognised as a leading international financial centre principally due to its internationally recognised regulatory regime, a well-developed and professional corporate infrastructure, efficient company formation and administration processes, political and economic stability, an internationally renowned and respected commercial court and tax-neutrality. The British Virgin Islands is a world leader for excellence and innovation in financial services and plays an essential role in the global economy. The BVI Business Company is widely used globally as the core of many private wealth, investment and joint venture structures.

“Dentons’ new offices in the British Virgin Islands and Saint Lucia enable us to meet client needs in two additional priority Caribbean markets for our clients,” said Elliott Portnoy, Global CEO of Dentons. “We can now connect our clients to our leading talent in the British Virgin Islands and Saint Lucia as well as to our 19,000+ people in 184 locations across 76 countries around the globe.”

“Dentons continues to execute its strategy to scale the firm across the Latin America and the Caribbean region despite the unprecedented challenges created by COVID-19,” said Joe Andrew, Global Chairman of Dentons. “With offices in 25 countries, Dentons is now present in virtually all of Latin America and the Caribbean – a true differentiator for our clients.”

“Since entering the region in 2016, Dentons has combined with elite firms across Latin America and the Caribbean,” said Jorge Alers, the Latin America and the Caribbean Region CEO of Dentons. “Our new offices in the British Virgin Islands and Saint Lucia complement our strategy to enhance our offshore practices across the Caribbean , as well as in other offshore financial and corporate centers, such as Panama, Uruguay, Mauritius, Ireland, Luxembourg, Hong Kong and Singapore.”

Dentons’ new office in the British Virgin Islands is led by partner Stuart Bruce who has extensive experience handling complex, high-value cross-border matters across Banking and Finance, M&A, Private Equity and Joint Ventures, Corporate and Regulatory advice. In Saint Lucia, Dentons has expertise in Banking and Finance, Corporate, Construction, Employment and Labour, Financial Institutions, Government, Hotels and Leisure, Insurance, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Public Law and Real Estate.

So far in 2020, Dentons has launched six combinations: Dentons Bingham Greenebaum and Dentons Cohen & Grigsby, the first step in forming a truly national law firm in the United States as part of Dentons’ “Project Golden Spike,” Dentons Kensington Swan in New Zealand, Dentons Lee in South Korea, Dentons Jiménez de Aréchaga in Uruguay and Dentons Rattagan Macchiavello Arocena in Argentina.

Dentons launches combination with Rattagan Macchiavello Arocena

Dentons has launched its combination with Rattagan Macchiavello Arocena, a leader in the Argentine legal market, positioning Dentons as the largest global law firm in the country. In Argentina, the office will be branded as Dentons Rattagan Macchiavello Arocena. Dentons now has more offices in all of Latin America and the Caribbean than any other law firm, making it the first truly Pan-Latin American and the Caribbean law firm.

“Dentons’ launch in Argentina enables us to meet client needs in another priority market for our clients,” said Elliott Portnoy, Global CEO of Dentons. “We can now connect our clients to our leading talent at Dentons Rattagan Macchiavello Arocena as well to our 19,000+ people in 183 locations and 75 countries around the globe.”

“Dentons’ polycentric strategy has seen the Firm scale its presence to 24 countries across the Latin America and the Caribbean region,” said Joe Andrew, Global Chairman of Dentons. “Despite the current challenges created by Covid-19, Dentons continues to execute its strategy to scale the firm through virtual combinations with leading law firms like Rattagan Macchiavello Arocena and is now present in virtually all of Latin America and the Caribbean.”

“Since entering the region in 2016, Dentons has combined with elite firms across Latin America and the Caribbean,” said Jorge Alers, Latin America and the Caribbean Region CEO of Dentons. “Argentina has a number of exceptional legal service providers, but Rattagan Macchiavello Arocena stood out for its leadership and innovative and forward-looking thinking. This new launch means we can now connect clients to market-leading talent in Argentina and the whole of the Americas.”

Less than 15 years since its foundation, Rattagan Macchiavello Arocena became a highly recognised leader in practice areas such as Corporate and M&A, Energy, Environment and Natural Resources, Banking and Finance, Compliance and Anticorruption, Government Relations, Infrastructure, Labour Law, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Pharmaceuticals and Tax.

“We are very proud and terribly excited with this distinction. As part of Dentons, our Buenos Aires office will now have at hand’s reach all of the knowledge, talent, best practices and state-of-the-art technology to better support our clients, allowing them to do business throughout Latin America and the Caribbean and, quite literally, in any other place of the world,” said Michael R. Rattagan, who in 2005 co-founded Rattagan Macchiavello Arocena.

So far in 2020, Dentons has launched Dentons Bingham Greenebaum and Dentons Cohen & Grigsby, the first step in forming a truly national law firm in the United States as part of Dentons’ “Project Golden Spike,” Dentons Kensington Swan in New Zealand, Dentons Lee in South Korea and Dentons Jiménez de Aréchaga in Uruguay, and opened an office in St. Lucia.

Dentons Boekel migrates name and brand to Dentons

The partners of Dentons Boekel have decided to transition the name to Dentons, with effect from January 1, 2020. Dutch law firm Boekel combined with Dentons in 2017.

“Dentons Boekel has had a rich legacy of serving clients for more than 60 years in the Dutch market. We are delighted to have benefited from the brand and goodwill and are excited about Dentons’ next chapter in the Netherlands,” said Elliott Portnoy, Global Chief Executive Officer of Dentons.

“Connecting our new talent to colleagues and clients around the world is a key element of our global strategy,” said Joe Andrew, Global Chair of Dentons. “As the partners of Dentons Boekel have decided to transition from Dentons Boekel to Dentons, we are remarkably pleased with the success of the combination in the Netherlands, which is just one example of the uptick we are experiencing across so many of our markets around the world.”

Since joining Dentons in May 2017, the Amsterdam office has doubled in revenue growth. It has grown from 16 to 29 partners, adding new teams, and/or significantly enhancing capabilities in Banking and Finance, Corporate and M&A, Energy, Private Equity, Intellectual Property and Technology, Tax and Real Estate.

Wendela Raas, Managing Partner in Amsterdam said: “We are delighted by the way this combination has played out, which is one of the reasons we decided to transition the name to Dentons at this time. We are fully committed to Dentons’ vision to always be the law firm of the future and look forward to continuing to work with our colleagues around the world under the Dentons brand.”

“The last two years have been transformative for our Amsterdam office,” said Marien Glerum, Benelux Managing Officer at Dentons. “Not only have we attracted top talent and strengthened our service offering, but we have also gained numerous new client relationships. At the same time, our existing clients have benefitted from the unmatched global coverage of the world’s largest law firm.”

Dentons has more than 100 lawyers in the Netherlands, and employs more than 10,000 lawyers in 181 locations and 73 countries around the world.

Jorge Jiménez to join Dentons’ Global Board

Jorge Jiménez has been appointed as a member of Dentons’ Global Board.

Jiménez, a partner in Dentons’ Mexico office with significant Energy and Natural Resources and Manufacturing practices, has been focussed on fostering connection and integration in Dentons’ fast-growing Latin America and the Caribbean region.

“I am delighted to be joining my talented colleagues from around the globe in helping Dentons to continue to challenge the status quo to serve clients better,” said Jorge Jiménez.

“Our Global Board members work together in the critical role of driving innovation and delivering value to our clients,” said Joe Andrew, Global Chair of Dentons. “Jorge understands the importance of collaboration and connection, and will no doubt make a valuable contribution in helping the Global Board to meet its agenda.”

“Our polycentric approach means that all Dentons’ regions have a voice on the Global Board,” said Elliott Portnoy, Global CEO of Dentons. “Jorge will make a strong addition to the Global Board and help to drive the continued success of our Latin America and the Caribbean region and the Firm.”

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