09:23, March 14 503 0

2018-03-14 09:23:08
Dentons bolts on seven firms in cross-continent growth spurt

Dentons has combined with seven law firms in Kenya, Mauritius, Cayman Islands, Barbados, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Dentons will combine with Hamilton Harrison & Mathews in Kenya and Mardemootoo Solicitors and Balgobin Chambers in Mauritiu.

The firm is entering the offshore market through a tie-up with Dinner Martin in the Cayman Islands and Delany Law in the Eastern Caribbean. The latter firm has offices in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.

In Asia Pacific, the firm is bolting on Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners in Indonesia and Zain & Co. in Malaysia.

Dentons global co-ceo Elliott Portnoy said: “We are growing faster in Latin America and the Caribbean – and with truly high quality firms – in a way that no one has ever done before.

“Our new offices in Mauritius and Kenya complement our growing pan-African presence, coming on the heels of our expansion in neighbouring Uganda just last year. And our expansion in Indonesia and Malaysia builds on our presence in Singapore and Myanmar in the dynamic South East Asia region.”

The seven combinations, which are still subject to a partner vote, are expected to launch later this year.

This is the latest merger for Dentons since its tie-up with Ugandan firm Kampala Associated Advocates last year. The firm also launched an office in Yangon in May 2017.