DLA Piper is a global law firm with offices in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Middle East positioning us to help clients with their legal needs around the world.
With over 4,500 lawyers globally, our sector teams work across practice areas and offices to support the business needs of our clients working in Consumer Goods, Food and Retail, Energy and Natural Resources, Financial Services, Industrials, Infrastructure, Construction and Transport, Insurance, Life Sciences, Media Sport and Entertainment, Real Estate and Technology.
Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies. They include more than half of the Fortune 250 and nearly half of the FTSE 350 or their subsidiaries.
In Australia we are trusted legal advisors to approximately a third of the ASX 100 companies or their subsidiaries and all levels of government. We spend time getting to know our clients, so we can understand their businesses and provide strategic solutions that are practical and commercially focused.
Why work with us
DLA Piper works with fast growth companies at all stages of their lifecycle, from when they first attract seed investment to when they list on the ASX or pursue exist strategies. We also support investors into these businesses and can advise large organisations on growth or innovation strategies.
Some of our differentiators include:
- Leading firm for M&A, PE and VC deals: Globally, we were the only firm to rank among the top five most active law firms for global deal volume in each of private equity, venture capital and M&A. Also for the tenth consecutive year in 2020, we were named the highest ranked legal advisor in the world for M&A deal volume, according to Mergermarket’s league tables.
- Global reach: We are best place to advise on global legal needs and we can assist investors and businesses to execute best-practice deals. DLA Piper has more than 150 venture capital lawyers in the United States and a leading venture capital practice in Europe and Asia. We can introduce our clients to a range of international venture capital funds and corporate venture funds who are actively investing in the Asia Pacific region.
- We are a law firm built for global growth: We understand how important scaling globally is to fast growth companies and we have built our law firm in order to service the legal needs of fast growth clients everywhere that they operate. In particular, for many of our fast growth clients, our colleagues always provide a first port of call in a new jurisdiction, to make introductions and to enable for easy navigation of a foreign compliance regime. We can also make introductions to banks, repeat entrepreneurs, recruitment firms, PR firms and possible nonexecutive directors in many jurisdictions and have done so with many clients with great success.
- Our sector focus and knowledge: The firm continues to be heralded in the top position as a leading law firm, locally and globally, across the sectors and practice areas in which we operate.
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Projects or Case studies (2)
Advising Vspry as they establish their new payment platform for the health sector
Vspry is a new fintech company establishing a new payment platform for the health sector. We initially acted for Vspry on their corporate establishment and fundraising and subsequently in connection with the establishment of their new payment platform by drafting all their standard customer and merchant terms and conditions, establishing the fund and all other related contracts and agreements. We also provided all the related regulatory advice. The establishment of a major new fintech company with a new payment platform with significant regulatory considerations is complex and involved advice from our FSR, corporate and tax teams.
Advising Credible Labs on their capital raise, IPO and merger with Fox Corporation
DLA Piper advised ASX listed Credible Labs Inc on its AUD585 million merger with NASDAQ listed Fox Corporation. Founded in 2012 by entrepreneur Stephen Dash, San Francisco-based Credible operates a consumer finance marketplace that allows borrowers to compare real time loan offers from lenders. Helping consumers save money and make better financial decisions. DLA Piper has previously supported Credible on its AUD300 million IPO and ASX-listing in 2017 and on its listed company journey since then. We also advised Credible on its Pre-IPO convertible note which raised AUD10 million. This deal is important for the industry as a US-style merger of this kind involving a US domiciled ASX-listed counterparty is not a well-trodden path in the Australian and US markets.