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Denmark Office Splits from DLA Piper

Posted Oct 25, 2007 8:21 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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CORRECTED: A Denmark law office associated with DLA Piper is breaking away because of concerns about client conflicts.

The new independent office will be known as Horten and will be DLA Piper’s preferred referral firm, Legal Week reports. The 73-lawyer office wants to add as many as 150 lawyers and develop more clients.

Before the breakaway, DLA Piper had an exclusive referral relationship with the Denmark office. Now the relationship will be nonexclusive, says Helen Obi, Piper's overseas media manager.

Jens Bugge, who will head Horten, said the decision to break away was made as the office reviewed its strategy. “When we carried out the review, we foresaw commercial conflicts that jeopardize our growth plans and decided we needed to change the nature of our relationship with DLA," he told the legal publication. This post was corrected to clarify that the Denmark office previously had an exclusive referral relationship with DLA Piper and was not fully integrated with the firm.

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