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Ogletree Deakins allies with Big Four lawyers for post-covid recovery
10/05/2021
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KPMG Berlin

International labour and employment law firm Ogletree Deakins is forming a global alliance with the German legal arm of Big Four accounting firm KPMG Law to provide global workforce solutions to employers looking to rebuild in the post-pandemic world.

The new non-exclusive alliance aims to expand the immigration and employment law offerings for both organisations and provide Ogletree Deakins with access to clients from non-US KPMG firms.

The agreement between the two organisations does not include KPMG in the US. For cases where KPMG US clients require legal services, Ogletree Deakins would contract with these clients separately.

KPMG Law in Germany is part of the broader KPMG Law/Global Legal Services network across KPMG firms, with 2,800 lawyers in 81 jurisdictions. Other non-US member firms are expected to join the alliance over the coming months.

The move is in response to growing client demand for a “technology-powered, globally unified approach to business challenges” faced in the areas of immigration and global mobility, labour and employment, and the associated tax, compensation, and benefits issues as a result of covid-19, the firms said in a joint statement.

“As businesses expand and look to shore up recovery in the post-pandemic world, there is increasing pressure for multinational organisations seeking to get the right people in the right places at the right time, and in compliance with the requirements of any given jurisdiction,” said Thomas Wolf, head of global immigration services at KPMG.

“Ogletree Deakins’ labour, employment, and immigration experience in the United States is a perfect fit for KPMG’s organisation of firms as we expand our global legal services practice and our global mobility services offerings around the world. We are excited to join forces with Ogletree Deakins to offer clients even deeper global coverage for their pressing employment and immigration legal matters.”

“Our alliance with KPMG Law in Germany will benefit clients by complementing our US labor, employment and immigration offerings with ‘end-to-end’ workplace solutions – including tax, compensation, global immigration, and related advisory and consulting services, over a truly global footprint,” said Matthew Keen, managing shareholder of Ogletree Deakins in Raleigh, North Carolina, one of the firm’s 53 offices across North America and Europe.

“Our firm shares a vision with the KPMG network for client service, innovation and cutting-edge technology solutions, and we are already working together on a next generation mobility services platform.”