For all of us doing business in today's global economy, having the right international partners is key to profitability and continued growth. The need for strong and strategic international connections is as true for national law firms like Womble Carlyle as it is for our technology clients.

At Womble Carlyle in Silicon Valley, we assist our clients with international transactions, while advising companies based outside the U.S. on their business ventures and partnerships in the U.S. To increase the effectiveness of this international work we are always on the lookout for alliances and partnerships in the legal community that will enable us to provide added value to our clients.

Last year Womble Carlyle forged a strategic alliance with Bond Dickinson - a dynamic U.K. law firm with over 130 partners and over 650 legal professionals. The alliance evolved from a long-standing relationship supporting clients in the U.S. and U.K. and is designed to ensure clients receive the benefits and continuity of coordinated high-quality legal advice on both sides of the Atlantic.

The great thing for me and my colleagues here in Silicon Valley about an alliance like this is that we are able to seamlessly offer clients here access to top legal talent in the U.K. when they are doing a deal in London or otherwise dealing with issues in the region.

Further to this theme, the firm is also a long-time member of Lex Mundi, the world's leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in 100+ countries. As a member of Lex Mundi we can offer our clients access to thousands of lawyers worldwide and more readily handle the most challenging cross-border transactions, matters, and disputes.

Making international connections has become an everyday concern for companies everywhere and it's gratifying to be part of a law firm that provides a platform to help make those connections happen!

That's it for this month. Back at you in April.

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