DLA Piper Picked to Represent Linde Group

The Linde Group, an international gas and engineering company, has chosen DLA Piper as its main legal provider for global work with the exception of strategic corporate matters.

The company had used 150 outside law firms after a September 2006 merger with the BOC Group and has since whittled that number down to five.

After a four-month review process, Chief Legal Officer Nick Deeming selected two European firms, two U.S. firms and DLA Piper to manage global issues. Linklaters will advise on all corporate issues outside of the United States, and German firm Hengeler Muller will act as an adviser on company legal issues. Simpson Thacher will advise the company on U.S. strategic corporate work and Shearman & Sterling will handle the company’s antitrust matters.

DLA Piper will handle more of the day-to-day issues that arise in just about any jurisdiction. The firm said its work represents about 80 percent of Linde’s legal needs.

— Gina Passarella, Staff Reporter

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