The proposed combinations, announced Wednesday, will see Dentons join forces with Dinner Martin in the Cayman Islands; Delany Law in the Eastern Caribbean; Hamilton Harrison & Mathews in Kenya; Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners in Indonesia; Balgobin Chambers and Mardemootoo Solicitors on the Indian Ocean nation of Mauritius; and Zain & Co. in Malaysia.
If approved by partners, the deals will go live later this year.
Dentons has completed a string of combinations around the world since early 2017, including moves into Barbados, Brazil, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Myanmar, The Netherlands, Peru, Scotland, Uganda and Uzbekistan. In previous years, Dentons forged a landmark combination with China’s Dacheng and inked other deals in Australia, Canada, Colombia, England, Luxembourg, Mexico, Singapore, South Africa and the U.S., where Dentons absorbed McKenna Long & Aldridge in 2015.
“We are growing faster in Latin America and the Caribbean—and with truly high quality firms—in a way that no one has ever done before,” said a statement by Dentons global CEO Elliott Portnoy. “Our new offices in Mauritius and Kenya complement our growing pan-African presence, coming on the heels of our expansion in neighboring Uganda just last year. And our expansion in Indonesia and Malaysia builds on our presence in Singapore and Myanmar in the dynamic Southeast Asia region.”
The seven firms cover a number of practice areas, including banking and finance, corporate, dispute resolution, infrastructure, real estate and tax.
“Our expansion in Kenya will build on our East Africa presence in Uganda, while our combinations in Mauritius will help us pursue our overall Africa growth strategy,” added Dentons Africa CEO and South Africa managing partner Noor Kapdi, who saw his former local firm join Dentons in 2014.
Dentons, which in recent months has launched its own public affairs network, tapped a new leader for its NextLaw Labs unit and agreed to an affiliation deal with an energy consultancy led by former U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, has its roots in the 2010 merger between former Am Law 100 firm Sonnenschein Nath Rosenthal and the U.K.’s Denton Wilde Sapte. The combined firm was initially known as SNR Denton, but switched its name to Dentons in 2013.