April 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // On the occasion of the first anniversary of its founding, leaders of the global law firm Dentons say its polycentric approach, strategic growth and client-centered focus has made the firm's first year a success. Dentons was launched March 31, 2013, through the combination of international law firm Salans, Canada's Fraser Milner Casgrain (FMC) and international law firm SNR Denton.
"When we agreed to form Dentons just one year ago, the partners of our legacy firms were committed to challenging the most elite law firms in the world with a polycentric approach and by providing extensive industry knowledge, exceptional legal counsel and detailed familiarity with local laws and regulations wherever our clients needed them," says Global Chair Joe Andrew. "Our clients tell us they particularly value our ability to connect them to top tier legal talent, from different regions, culture and legal traditions."
"We always knew the measure of success for the Dentons combination would come down to the answers to three questions," says Global CEO Elliott Portnoy. "Are we winning new work and new clients that would not have come to our legacy firms but for our combined platform? Are we meeting the needs of current clients and growing business with them? And are we retaining and attracting legal talent throughout the globe to better serve clients? For Dentons, the answer to each of these questions is an unequivocal 'yes.'"
Winning cross-region work: Proof that Dentons is winning work that its legacy firms would not have secured on their own is evident in many forms:
Expanding client offerings: During its first year, Dentons added to its offerings to clients in more than 50 countries and 75 locations by:
Attracting top-tier talent: The firm's global platform has also served as a magnet for talent, enabling the firm to offer clients even more expertise. Since its launch in March 2013, the firm has:
Winning recognition: In the past year, Dentons' global reach and expanded services have earned the firm recognition from clients and legal services observers for the quality of its work and its contributions to the communities that it serves. Recent accolades include:
"The legal world has been undergoing tumultuous changes since the economic crisis in 2008," says Andrew. "Dentons was formed as a response to these dynamics and the success we have achieved for our clients in the past year demonstrates we are on the right path."
Dentons is a global firm driven to provide a competitive edge in an increasingly complex and interconnected world. It was formed in March 2013 by the combination of international law firm Salans LLP, Canadian law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC) and international law firm SNR Denton. Dentons is built on the solid foundations of these three highly valued law firms. Each built an outstanding reputation and valued clientele by responding to the local, regional and national needs of a broad spectrum of clients of all sizes—individuals; entrepreneurs; small businesses and startups; local, regional and national governments and government agencies; and mid-sized and larger private and public corporations, including international and global entities.
Dentons' clients now benefit from approximately 2,600 lawyers and professionals in more than 75 locations spanning 50-plus countries across Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Russia and the CIS, the UK and the US who are committed to challenge the status quo and offer creative, dynamic business and legal solutions.