Global law firm Dentons has announced its expansion into the Irish market. 

Irish lawyers Eavan Saunders and Peter O'Brien will found the office and Eavan will become Managing Partner. 

As part of its expansion plans, Dentons plans to be fully operational in Dublin from the second quarter of this year and said it intends to grow its Irish operations quickly.

Dentons' Dublin office will initially focus on transactional work for clients in the financial services, real estate, energy, infrastructure and technology sectors.

Dentons is one of the leading global law firms in the UK, a top ten international law firm in Europe while it also has offices in 33 US cities and is the largest law firm in China.

It also has operations in the ASEAN region and Australasia, while it is the only Pan-Latin American law firm and has ambitions to be the leading Pan African law firm. 

Elliott Portnoy, Global CEO of Dentons, said that Dublin is a leading offshore funds centre, a global centre of aviation finance and nine out of ten of the world's largest tech companies have their European headquarters in the city.

"Dentons' strategy is to be in all of the places our clients do business, providing them with high quality lawyers who are also established leaders in their markets," Mr Portnoy said. 

He said that Ireland is a priority market for many of his company's clients.

"However, many of the strongest firms in Ireland rely on referrals from firms outside of London.  That is why we are opening our own office rather than combining with another firm at this time," he explained.