Law firms Luther and FIDAL announced the formation of unyer, a new global organization. Fidal and Luther plan to expand their international reach by establishing a new organization of leading international professional services firms under the unyer brand name. Luther and Fidal, each leading independent law firms in Germany and France, respectively, are joining forces as founding partners. unyer will have a global reach, one exclusive member per country, and offer more than just legal advice.
With a global platform, a common culture and an overarching full-service offering, unyer will meet the expectations of new members who remain independent in their areas of law, while being globally connected and able to operate through unyer. With its foundation, the organization has a turnover of more than EUR 500 million annually and consists of more than 2,000 lawyers and professionals in more than 10 countries in Europe and Asia. The strategy of unyer is to expand into the 20 most important economies worldwide in the coming years.
Networking and a global approach coupled with strong local expertise in key markets and regions is increasingly becoming the linchpin of decision making. unyer is said to be the answer to this trend.
“We are very proud to announce today the creation of a truly unique global organization: unyer”, said Christine Blaise-Engel, CEO of unyer and Senior Partner at Fidal. “We believe that our new organization and approach will enable us to meet all of our clients’ needs in a drastically changing environment. With unyer, we can offer all services in all jurisdictions and beyond.”
Dr. Markus Sengpiel, a member of the unyer Executive Committee and Co-Managing Partner at Luther, added: “Our strongest motivation in establishing unyer was a broader international reach and exclusivity that other organizations do not have to the same extent. Now, with more scale, compelling industry expertise and distinctive innovation, we are creating a game-changer. And we are open to new members if they are a good fit and have a similar approach.”
The needs of clients in the international market are changing rapidly and significantly. unyer accompanies clients as a pioneer and offers complementary and scalable services and tools, e.g. in the area of legal tech or other innovative solutions. unyer combines the professional skills of highly experienced lawyers with a broad range of consultants in other practice areas – unyer’s members are strategists and innovators. They anticipate and adapt to market needs. unyer reflects a desire to set new standards for international professional services firms and represents a new understanding of business consulting.
unyer will accept only one member from each jurisdiction – on an exclusive basis. New member firms must have a full-service offering and a strong industry focus. With these very clear criteria for its members, unyer will offer a higher level of identification and is well positioned to compete with large global law firms.
The focus of unyer reflects the needs of an industry-oriented market. Luther and Fidal are strongly anchored in their respective industries. This is due to the fact that their well-established law firms are spread throughout the country and closely linked to the respective company networks. unyer anticipates changes in markets and industries and incorporates megatrends into the solutions for its clients in order to adapt its advice even better to the ever-changing market requirements.
unyer is built to offer its clients one-stop-shop solutions under one international umbrella brand.