Clark Hill, a Detroit-based law firm, today announced it has merged with O’Gradys Solicitors, a law firm based in Dublin, Ireland. The agreement marks the firm’s first office in the European Union. Details of the deal were not disclosed.
“Ireland is the logical choice for our first expansion into Europe,” says John Hern, CEO of Clark Hill. “It has the fastest growing economy in the EU, while the EU itself is the second largest economy in the world. It is a very attractive destination for large numbers of the world’s leading businesses, and so developing a significant presence there is an obvious step for us.”
The Dublin office offers legal services in areas including mergers and acquisitions, financial services, commercial litigation, bankruptcy, restructuring, and commercial property. It also has capital markets, fintech, data security, and cybersecurity capabilities.
“We can now offer Irish clients, large and small, access to the full suite of legal services throughout the U.S.,” says Kirby Tarrant, partner in charge of the Dublin office. “We are ideally placed to serve the increasing needs of U.S. clients doing business in and through Ireland, and equally to facilitate the globalization goals of Irish SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) wishing to expand into the U.S.
“In this era of globalization, easy access to informed, on-the-ground legal advice is becoming more and more important. With offices on both sides of the Atlantic, we offer that down-the corridor-service. Our clients, whether global organizations, SMEs, or start-ups, can all rely on the same brand of personal attention and service excellence upon which our brand has been built.”
Clark Hill has more than 650 attorneys and professionals in 25 offices across the U.S. and in Mexico City.