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DLA Piper boosts Hamburg outpost with team of 20

DLA Piper has added a team of 20, including five partners to its Hamburg office from Bird & Bird, in a move said to double the outpost in size. 

The hires include media and competition lawyer Stefan Engels and trademark and design practitioner Ulrike Grübler who join the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology (IPT) practice group.

Bird & Bird partner and regulatory law specialist Michael Stulz-Herrnstad joins the litigation & regulatory practice group.

Joining the firm’s corporate team is partner Jörg Paura who has particular expertise in the steel, automotive and media industries and partner Daniel Weiß, who focuses on media, aviation and steel.

Also joining the IPT team are experienced media and competition lawyers Beatrice Brunn and Verena Haisch, and Verena Grentzenberg, who specialises in data protection law. Counsel Mirjam Rüve willl also move to DLA Piper, contributing expertise in corporate litigation and insolvency law.

DLA Piper’s managing partners for Germany Bernd Borgmann and Benjamin Parameswaran said: ‘DLA Piper continues its systematic growth. The addition of this large and market-leading team is a significant reinforcement for our German practice and the Hamburg office.’

The firm’s total fee earner headcount of the firm in Germany will be about 200 lawyers after the hire, with the Hamburg office believed to have doubled in size.