DLA Piper is set to open an office in Dublin with the hire of corporate partner David Carthy from the Irish firm William Fry.
With the move, which has been in the works for at least 18 months, the firm will launch a new base in the Irish capital that will initially focus on the financial services, technology, and life sciences sectors.
“We have been evaluating Dublin for some time and through consultation with our clients (a number of whom currently operate in Ireland or are looking to) and our partners, have decided now is the right time for DLA Piper to enter the Irish market,” said global co-CEO Simon Levine.
Carthy, who heads up William Fry’s foreign direct investment and life sciences and health care groups, has acted on major corporate deals, including advising King Digital Entertainment on its $5.9 billion acquisition by Activision Blizzard in 2016.
The office does not yet have a specific launch date, with Carthy set to work out his notice at William Fry.
A string of law firms has sought to create a presence in Ireland ahead of the U.K.’s exit from the European Union next year.
Simmons & Simmons opened for business in Dublin earlier this month after recruiting asset management and investment funds partners Niamh Ryan and Elaine Keane from Irish firm A&L Goodbody, while Pinsent Masons and the U.S. firm Covington & Burling have also launched offices in Dublin.
“Dublin is an important legal market and a key global hub for the financial services and technology sectors, in addition to being well located to support our global tax practice, and will continue to be so, particularly in the context of Brexit, as we expect more institutions to have or develop a presence in the country,” Levine said.
The news comes after DLA Piper recently lost more than 20 partners to McDermott Will & Emery, as well as the co-chair of the firm’s U.S. private equity practice, Steven Napolitano, who is set to join Kirkland & Ellis alongside Chicago co-managing partner Brendan Head.