Interview with Alex Guy, Partner at DLA Piper
Could you tell us more about the history of DLA Piper?
The origins of DLA Piper go all the way back to the 1700s in the UK! Three centuries and many mergers later, DLA Piper is now a global law firm with lawyers in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, positioning us to help companies with their legal needs around the world.
In 2005 DLA Piper became one of the largest business law firms in the world through a merger of unprecedented scope. DLA, Piper Rudnick and Gray Cary merged to form DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary. The combined firm became officially known as DLA Piper in 2006. The firm's strategy was simple – to create a truly global firm capable of handling the most important legal needs of clients wherever they do business.
DLA Piper entered the Australian market through an integration with local firm DLA Phillips Fox in 2011. This made DLA Piper the firm with the largest integrated Asia Pacific legal practice and the largest global law firm with a presence in Australia. We have currently 85 partners Down Under.
In October 2012, we integrated our Paris offices with boutique law firm Frieh Bouhenic, creating one of the most significant French capabilities of any global law firm.
What is the core activity of DLA Piper?
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. We also advise many governments and public sector bodies.
In Australia we are trusted legal advisors to approximately a third of the ASX 100 companies or their subsidiaries and all levels of government across the five capital cities. We spend time getting to know our clients, so that we can understand their businesses and provide strategic legal solutions that are practical and commercially focused.
Building strong client relationships is the compass for our business strategy and future development.
Can you describe your personal background and your role as Partner at DLA Piper?
Previous to DLA Piper, I worked for Anderson Legal on a range of rail, tram and PPP projects. I’ve been with DLA Piper for 15 years, predominantly overseeing transport, social housing and PPP projects, initially in the UK before moving to the Brisbane office six years ago with my wife and four kids. I now head up our Asia Pacific Transport and PPP practices and act for governments, contractors, operators and financiers across the region in respect of rail and other transport franchises as well as transport and social infrastructure projects.
How do you envisage the future of your company and how can the French-Australian Chamber help you achieve your objectives?
We are now a very diverse Infrastructure and Finance practice assisting in the delivery of projects in Australia and New Zealand of course, but also across the Asia Pacific region. A number of our key clients in the Asia Pacific region are headquartered in France, and we are keen to continue developing strong relationships, hence our decision the be involved in the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce. We are keen to participate actively to the life of the Chamber.
For more information, please consult DLA Piper’s website: www.dlapiper.com
or DLA Piper’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/officialdlapiper.
Interview conducted by Claire Dupré on 30 July 2015.
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