DLA Piper has announced its merger agreement with Canadian firm Dimock Stratton LLP, a joining that will be effective from the 1st November 2016. As one of the world’s largest law firms, DLA Piper spans more than 30 countries. In April 2015, they successfully launched in Canada through a merger with domestic firm Davis, bringing with it six new offices in major business hubs, including Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver. It is believed that the merge with renowned intellectual property law firm, Dimock Stratton, will significantly strengthen the firm’s newly developed presence in Canada.
Founded in 1994 by Ron Dimock and Bruce Stratton, Dimock Stratton specialises in intellectual property, licensing of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secret protection. It has represented some of the world’s biggest brands, including BMW and Magna. Co-founder Ron Dimock believes, “The multi-jurisdictional reach and vast network of resources of DLA Piper’s global platform will give our clients a significant advantage in meeting their IP objectives and protecting their investments.” Despite Canada’s struggling economy, firms such as DLA Piper remain interested in increasing their presence in the country due to its abundant natural resources and close connections to the Asian market. Leading global firms, Norton Rose Fulbright and Dentons have both recently launched in Vancouver through mergers with Bull Housser & Tupper and a Canadian consultancy led by former Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, respectively.