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Squires continues German growth with three-partner Frankfurt team from WilmerHale

Transatlantic firm Squire Patton Boggs has recruited three litigation and competition partners from US firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr, including the firm’s former Frankfurt office head.

Intellectual property and trademark litigator Reinhart Lange will join Squires in Germany, where he was partner-in-charge of the firm’s Frankfurt office. He joins with IP partner Christofer Eggers and counsel Eva Schalast, who joins as a partner.

All three are known for brand management and competition disputes and join along with a five-strong brand management team.

Lange has over 25 years of intellectual property and trademarks experience. He spent eight years at the US firm having joined along with Eggers from Mayer Brown in 2008 to launch WilmerHale’s Frankfurt operations.

Squires international dispute resolution global chair George von Mehren said: ‘We have a strong cartel litigation and competition dispute practice in Germany and this team’s arrival, coupled with the continued growth in competition-related litigation, will lead to further opportunities for the expansion of our practice as one of the leading firms for this type of specialist work.’

The firm has been expanding its operations in Germany, with Squires merging at the start of the year with San Francisco firm Carroll, Burdick & McDonough giving it an additional office in Böblingen, as well as its offices in Berlin and Frankfurt.

Squires recently appointed Jane Haxby as its new Europe and Middle East managing partner. Haxby was the firm’s chair of global corporate group for Europe, the Midde East and Africa and previously the firms Manchester managing partner.

Long-time European managing partner and former legacy Hammonds head Peter Crossley is understood to be remaining at the firm after stepping down from the leadership role at the end of the year.